Dr. Alexia Nalewaik
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Washington DC, United States
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Alexia is the current president of professional institution AACE International. She has over 25 years of experience in project controls, specializing in audit, systemic risk, project analytics, and governance. She is a sole practitioner, who enjoys new challenges. Alexia holds a bachelors degree in physics, a masters degree in structural engineering, and a PhD in project management. She is a Fellow of RICS, a certified construction auditor, and a certified cost engineer.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
In my career, I have worked on a diverse selection of projects, including petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, utilities, and major infrastructure. Each has posed certain challenges to success, and I have enjoyed being part of the team that solves those challenges and delivers the project.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Analytics, audit / evaluation, and critical questioning
I build and nurture my professional network by:
I volunteer on the boards of professional institutions such as AACE International, ICEC, IESC, and RICS, and I present research and thought papers at conferences.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
Trusting others is overrated
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Female quantity surveyors, engineers, and architects from previous centuries, such as Julia Morgan, Irene Martin, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney, Ada Lovelace, and Ethel the Aardvark
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
To get as many letters after my name as possible. I have achieved this through education, certification, and fellow awards. At this point, they don’t all fit on my business card.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Never stop learning, and network as much as possible. Sometimes it isn’t what you know, but knowing where to find the information.
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!
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