Brigid Buchheit Carney
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Hamilton, Bermuda
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Brigid Buchheit Carney, MBA, PMP, LSSMBB brings more than 20 years of Project and Program Management experience in the International Health Care Industry and has presented at over 10 PMI Conferences including twice at the prestigious PMI World Congress. Carney is currently the President of Janus Health Care, a service for Medicare Advantage members. Carney was a PM consultant for the Health Care Industry, an employee several Fortune 100 Healthcare companies including WellPoint (now Anthem), UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna (now CVS Health), as well as smaller Managed Care companies like The Boston Medical Center, Affinity Health Plan and Argus Insurance in sunny Hamilton, Bermuda.
When Carney is not actively pursuing her PDU requirements, she spends time with her career firefighter husband Tim, her 12-year-old daughter Flynn, her Great Dane Cassius, and her Draft-cross horse, Sir Ian.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
I have been a consultant / contract Project Manager for most of my adult career. What I love about being a “contract player” is going in and helping a company when they really need me. My network of colleagues who have turned into friends comes from my consulting positions and it’s really great to be able to use my skills in various health care companies; the bonus is, I always learn something new. It’s a win win win!
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Teamwork, leadership and (most importantly), HUMOUR!
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Organic relationships and never being afraid to ask for the job. Half the time, I am the only volunteer!
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
That being a Project Manager is “enough”. I was chasing an idea of what I needed to be instead of embracing that the best part of my work effort came from my Project Management skills.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Ruth Pearce. Ruth stepped out of her comfort zone to write a great book, “Be a Project Motivator”. I was so impressed by that but best of all, Ruth was NOT impressed by that! She stayed true to her nature and never let her publishing get in the way of being real.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle”. I have appreciated that advice because there were so many people, mostly men but even women, who just wanted me to be less of what I was. I even had a boss make sure my presentation wasn’t near his because of my sparkle. It’s okay to be me but it took a LONG time to be authentic in my skin.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Don’t be afraid. Every woman, every mother I ever met had a bit of project manager in her. Don’t be afraid. I am a better employee because I became a PM.
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