Elise Stevens

Elise Stevens Celebrating Women in Project Management

Elise Stevens

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Brisbane, Australia

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Bio:

I work with women in project management roles to reinforce within themselves their true value to their team, company and industry. I provide a channel for women’s voices to be heard, supported and embraced in project management. It’s time for women to dream big in the industry, and to know that they can achieve their career goals.

While women have been recognised as equals throughout various industries in recent years, the number of women in the project management field has barely risen. There is a reason for this.

I work with incredible women who have extensive knowledge, skills and passion for their career, but unfortunately the high pressure and status quo within the workplace has left them feeling emotionally exhausted; they have lost confidence in their own hard-earned skills, and are considering leaving their roles.

For over two decades, I have worked closely with project managers to positively impact and innovate effective management processes. I have collaborated with a range of organisations including Queensland Urban Utilities, Ipswich City Council, Coca-Cola Amatil, Hutchinson Telecoms and Ansett Australia.

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

I enjoy bringing about change and working with a diverse group of stakeholders. Projects are exciting, challenging and at times stressful.

What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?

Embedding successful change into organisations – a combination of technology, process and of course people. Seeing changes successfully implemented, is very satisfying.

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

Project management offers women the opportunity to be innovative, creative, influential and great leaders. Projects are dynamic, challenging and offer great opportunities to contribute to change – just the environment women thrive in.

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

1. Be more visible both within organisations and in the wider network
2. Get comfortable with communicating your achievements, promoting yourself
3. Grow and nurture your professional network
4. Believe in yourself and your abilities

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

Women can often be labelled as being pushy/bossy when we are just being being assertive. Unfortunately the double standard still exists in some workplaces.

Flexible working arrangements – A number of organisations still favour traditional working arrangements. This makes it challenging for women who may require more flexible working arrangements.

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

1. Push ourselves to be more visible
2. Push our peers to be more visible
3. Be generous with our networks and support

Any other comments about Women in Project Management?

Project management is a great career for women.

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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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