Dr. Alexia Nalewaik
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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Dr. Alexia Nalewaik is a professor of project management and sole practitioner consultant. She has over 25 years of experience in audit, systemic risk, project analytics, process improvement, and cost management. Alexia is a Fellow of RICS Americas, AACE International, the Guild of Project Controls, and ICEC. She is a Past President of AACE International, Past Chair of ICEC, and former Governing Board Member of RICS Americas.
What is your project management super power?
My project management superpower is the ability to see patterns. That leads to identification of systemic risks, recurring issues, gaps, and duplication, which leads to solving problems and improving the project organization.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I think project management and its many facets (project controls, business analysis, quantity surveying, etc) need to be made visible to students in preparatory school, as a career option. Many of us “fall into” project management from other areas of study and work. I came from engineering.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Maths and data analysis skills are a key to future success. I am constantly stunned by the number of people in project management, often women, who are math-phobic and keep leaving number-intensive work to others.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I recover from difficult situations by going for a swim, then powering through the work. I have also learned that, sometimes, it is best to just walk away.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Numbers don’t lie. People do.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Challenges, solutions, and learning.
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