Courtney Fraser Celebrating Women in Project Management

Courtney Fraser Celebrating Women in Project Management

Courtney Fraser


Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

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At 21, I was unsure of my path in life and what industry I wanted to work in. I began working full time for a flourishing local business and became immersed in business life. I eagerly watched the Project Managers who made our businesses ideas come to life and I became inspired. My interest in Project management led me to a Bachelor of Applied Management at Ara Institute of Canterbury, majoring in Project Management.

My passion to become a Project Manager was solidified when I was given the opportunity to attend the 2017 PMI Conference in Christchurch as a sponsored student. Overall, the conference was amazing and I was completely blown away by all the interesting and passionate people that I met as well as the engaging presentations.

Before the conference, I was interested in a career as a project manager and after the conference, I was certain it was my path.

Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?

I love the idea of making dreams come true!

What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?

I am not quite yet a PM, I am a student studying a Bachelor of Applied Management, majoring in Project Management.

Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?

It’s empowers us to help change the world and make the world better.

How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?

Push boundaries, take charge and be passionate.

What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?

Equal treatment as our male counterparts. It’s starkly obvious when you are not taken seriously simple because you are female and female project managers are just as valuable as male project managers.

What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?

Encourage women to stand out and push limits. We have the ability to take charge of our projects, to own the responsibility and deliver results.

Any other comments about Women in Project Management?

We have unlimited potential as to what we can achieve.


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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