Dr. Cynthia J. Young Celebrating Women in Project Management

Dr. Cynthia J. Young Celebrating Women in Project Management

Dr. Cynthia J. Young


Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA

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Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) J. Young resides in Chesapeake, Virginia. Cindy holds several accredited degrees; a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park; two Masters of Business Administration (MBA), one in e-commerce and one in advanced management studies, from Trident University International; and a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Project Management from Walden University.

Cindy is a Theater Mission Planning Center Curriculum Developer and Instructor with Leidos, a defense contracting company. She is also a retired Surface Warfare Officer with 23 years in the U.S. Navy. She is a past-Chair of American Society for Quality, Tidewater, Section 1128, and a member of the Project Management Institute, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society.

Cindy holds professional certifications as a Project Management Professional, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and as an ASQ-Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. Her doctoral study, Knowledge Management and Innovation on Firm Performance of United States Ship Repair, provided her the opportunity to gain additional professional and academic expertise to facilitate improvements in organizational knowledge management. She is also the author of Chapter 3: Using Leadership to Improve Firm Performance Through Knowledge Management from The Refractive Thinker: Volume XI: Women in Leadership and Chapter 4: Ensuring Prosperous Knowledge Flow from the Silent Generation Through Generation Z in a Global Workforce from The Refractive Thinker: Volume XVII: Managing a Cultural Workforce: The Impact of Global Employees.

To reach Dr. Cynthia J. Young for information on refractive thinking or guest speaking, please visit her on LinkedIn or e-mail: drcynthiajyoung(at)gmail.com.

What is your project management super power?

Managing personnel on the team to work together to share knowledge.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Ensuring equal pay based on work and qualifications.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Knowledge management skills will be critical, especially sharing and transferring knowledge between project managers and project teams throughout the project phases rather than primarily at the closing phase.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I use fact-based discussions to handle situations and work to compromise as the system allows.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

Again, I discuss conflicts based on the facts and try to find a way to comprise so all parties can be treated fairly.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

empowerment (of team members), challenging, (meeting) expectations




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