Darya Schwarz-Fradkova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Darya Schwarz-Fradkova Celebrating Women in Project Management

Darya Schwarz-Fradkova


Location: Berlin, Germany

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Darya is working as a consultant for the German public sector consulting on modernization projects. Moreover, Darya is running a blog for females in project management under www.die-projektmanagerin.de interviewing successful female project managers. Prior to that, Darya was working as a consultant for the private sector consulting organizational change projects. Darya holds a Master degree in International Business from Maastricht School of Business and Economics as well as Bachelor degree in Political Science and Economics.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

Project management is a very diversified profession. Although the project management methodology is applicable to every project, the content of every project is different so it never gets boring. Project management is also a tool to make your life simpler and easier. it gives you a guideline to structure not only the working part but also the private part of your life.

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

1. Networking (projects are 95 % about communication)
2. Thinking ahead (it is much easier to prevent a crisis than to react to it)
3. Projects are as much about the content as they are about the methodology

I build and nurture my professional network by:

Working and expanding my blog gives me the opportunity to talk to interesting project managers. People, especially females are usually quite open and happy to talk to me and give me an interview in which they share their personal and professional journeys.

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

Parenting and working at the same time is much harder as I ever thought it would be. At the beginning of my career I thought that it is just a question of willpower and determination to “have it all”. Having a seven-month old baby now, I understand that no matter how much support you get from your husband and family, sacrifices need to be made one way or the other.

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

For my blog, I was lucky to have talked to many female project managers. I am especially inspired by women who manage to have a loving and happy family, a fulfilling professional career as well as doing their part on giving back to society.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

“Done is better than perfect!” To me this means to try out things and learn on the way.

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

Find people who inspire you and find out what makes them so successful. You can even ask them to be your mentor. In my experience, people are much more open on sharing their ways to to success as one would initially think.


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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