Candace Washington Celebrating Women in Project Management

Candace Washington Celebrating Women in Project Management

Candace Washington

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Kennesaw, GA, USA

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Bio:

With over 25 years of portfolio, program and project management experience, Candace has led key project management initiatives for various industries fueled by self-motivation, results-driven focus and desire for successful execution of projects. Maintaining solid relationship with project team members and clients has yielded a proven and consistent track record of success in the management of business critical projects for several large corporations. Having managed hundreds of projects, ranging from initiation to closing, Candace has often joined projects in progress, many of which were in trouble. Recognized as a strong leader who inspires confidence and trust in others, Candace has mentored and motivated project staffs to perform at high levels to consistently meet and exceed project expectations.

Currently, Candace is the CEO and Founder of Cancave Management, a project management consulting firm. Prior to starting Cancave Management, she held various Senior-level positions within the public and private sectors leading PMOs, Operations, Strategic Planning, Facility Management and Construction Management. Candace holds Bachelor degrees in Business, Project Management, Master of Science degree in Project Management and is currently a doctoral candidate for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified and Scrum Fundamentals Certified. Candace also maintains numerous affiliations with various professional and social organizations.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

The most exciting and enjoyable aspect of being a project manager is the process of taking an idea, thought or plan and seeing the project translate into the finished product! I love seeing projects come to life!

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

In my opinion, the three most important skills in delivering projects successfully are Communication skills, Interpersonal skills and Follow up!

I build and nurture my professional network by:

I recharge, build and nurture my professional network by finding opportunities to interact with other project management professionals, mentoring new project managers and seek continuous educational opportunities on project management trends.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

One thing I wish I knew when starting my career is the importance of building relationships with Stakeholders, project team and vendors. Having solid relationships can and will make a difference in the success and execution of your project.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

The women who have inspired me in my career included:

My mother, Lavonia Moore: she has always encouraged me to work with integrity, find the positive in every situation and have Faith.

Oprah Winfrey: True example of what hard work, drive and perseverance can led to!

My first female supervisor, Linda Moring: My first mentor who challenged me to a higher level of mastery and provided much needed social support at the executive management level. She instilled confidence in my belief that women belong in senior management.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

The most value advice I have received was to 1) Stay true to yourself and 2) Trust your instincts.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

My advise for women project managers striving for success is understanding it is okay to be vulnerable without fearing being perceived as being weak or incompetent. You do not have to have it all figured out. Learn, adjust and keep it moving!

GET INVOLVED

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. 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.

 

 

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