Cecilia Boggi Celebrating Women in Project Management

Cecilia Boggi Celebrating Women in Project Management

Cecilia Boggi

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Bio:

Graduated in Systems Analysis from Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina, Executive MBA at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain, Business Management Program at Universidad del CEMA.

Certified Project Management Professional PMP, Certified Scrum Master, Certified PMO-CP, Certified Leadership Facilitator in SDI, Toastmasters Competent Communicator, Professional Executive Coach and Graduated from Project Management Institute Leadership Institute Master Class in 2012.

More than 30 years of experience in leading software development projects, organizational processes projects, Project Management Offices implementation and Consulting, as well in private as in public sector in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, other countries in Latin America and Spain.

Founder and Executive Director of activePMO, a Consulting and Training company specialized in Leadership and Project Management skills.

Professor of international Universities and Business Schools. International speaker at conferences in Latin America and North America.

PMI Member and Volunteer since 2002, President of PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter in 2011, PMI Region Mentor for Southern Latin America since 2014 to 2017.

Currently Leader of the Community of Interest “Women in Project Management Leadership” in PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter and facilitator of the WiPM Leadership Blog at www.projectmanagement.com.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is interacting with people and learning from them. I also like being a PM as a way to solve problems and change the world for better. I love teaching project management, in special to kids and people with less resources.

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

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are kindness, assertive communicating and discipline. I have to say that mastering technical project management is an extremely valuable tool to be successful in projects but leadership and interpersonal skills are indeed the most important ones.

I build and nurture my professional network by:

I build and nurture my professional network by volunteering at PMI, attending events, congresses, delivering conferences and teaching at Universities and Business Schools. I consider all the above very valuable, but I have to highlight that volunteering at Global PMI and PMI Chapters was the more important way to be connected with people from all around the world and that opened many interesting professional opportunities to me.

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

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is negotiation skills. I think I was not enough confident to successfully negotiate and defend my rights. 30 years ago in a terrible male culture, I was too smooth to negotiate and I let go many opportunities of advancing in my career in hands of my male colleagues.

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

Sadly, in the first years of my career as a software developer and project leader I had mainly male bosses and colleagues. I had only a couple of women colleagues and bosses and I enjoyed a lot working with them. But I have to say that who really inspires me and cause me great admiration is Dame Stephanie Shirley, author of the book “Let it go”. Her history is really incredible. She was a jewish little girl leaving the holocaust when she arrived to England in the kindertransport with her 9 year old sister and thousands of other children. It seems it made her more stronger and she made a great career in computer industry. As she suffered the “glass ceiling” obstacle in her job, she decided, in 1962, to create her own company called “Freelance Programmers”, only for women who worked from their homes. Her company was extremely successful not without issues, but with her strong decision and intelligence. It seems incredible that more than 50 years ago one lady created a company and invented the “home office” way of working, in that time, with none of the technology we have today.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is: It’s funny but the more valuable advice I received was not in my career as project manager. Instead, it was in from my teacher of the painting workshop I attended several years ago. By the way, I’m a painter too. His advice was:  “Cecilia, do not hesitate so much on your work. You are a skilled and you have common sense, so believe in yourself. Be confident with your work.” I always remember his advice, and not only when painting! In many other aspects of my profession and personal life, too.

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

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Prepare yourself well and be confident.
Do not undervalue yourself.
Envision what you want and achieve it!

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.
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