CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Asya Watkins, MBA, PMP® is on a mission to ensure the advancement of women. Founded in 2015, Women of Project Management was created to fulfill a need that did not exist – to globally connect women & women of color in the Project Management Industry.
Asya’s career spans 20 years, she has served as the Director of Mentorship for the Project Management Institute (PMI), she was a co-creator of the 1st Women’s Network for Walgreens Corporation, developed a career as a sought after expert with top-tier brands like Walgreens, CVS/Caremark, Optum, & United Healthcare leading her to create Women of Project Management.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
The flexibility that project management skills provide to cross just about any industry.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
(1) Clear Communication
(2) Proper documentation
(3) Timelines of task deliveries for a successful project implementation.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Communicating clearly, getting to know the people I work on project with, as well as picking up on personality cues to best address others based on their preferred way of communication.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
There’s no clear path in Project Management and that’s ok. Career paths vary in different industries, but just focus on the fundamental skills of project management and you will go far.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Women who dare to be themselves, approach projects in their own unique ways, and advocate for more women in the project management industry. This is the reason why I started my platform, and as a result, I have met some of the most amazing women that exhibit these qualities every day and it’s a gift to know all of them!
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Be yourself in how you approach everything. When you do this, you bring to every project and every task your own unique view. I practice this in my career as well as my personal life.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Always be yourself, always educate yourself regarding your project, and always be open to learning more. And never be intimidated if you’re the only woman on a project.
Hello amazing women of the project management world!
My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!
- If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
- Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
- Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
- Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.