CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Minneapolis, USA
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Andrea Brockmeier, PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, BRMP is the Director of Project Management for Watermark Learning. Andrea is an experienced trainer, facilitator, speaker, and project manager, with over 25 years of business experience. Andrea oversees certification and skills development curriculum in project management, business analysis, agile, and leadership. She has been a speaker at IIBA® and PMI® conferences and is an active volunteer. She enjoys practicing what she teaches and has a steady stream of projects that she manages. Andrea is highly committed to partnering with her clients through projects, consulting, and training, and seeks to make every engagement enjoyable as well as valuable.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
Delivering results/helping the org reach its goal
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Overall, my work as a PM has been most impactful when I can take an idea that everyone is talking about, corral resources, create clarity, then deliver something of value that truly helps the organization. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to do that many times over the years. Specifically, I remember an initiative I worked on to incorporate PM discipline and better assessment of how to use organizational resources. It really changed the conversations people were having about how to work towards meeting the business need and how we operated. That was a lot of fun and highly productive.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
Women often lead with a very collaborative style and projects benefit tremendously from that.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Women can stand out by helping each other in all roles, especially sponsorship. Getting more women into the role of sponsor is key to elevating the role of women in PM.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Women are typically underrepresented at the highest levels of organizations, so it’s not always easy to find good mentors or women who have managed large, enterprise projects.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Highlight the good work other women do and mentor young women trying to break into the field.
To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.
Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.
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