CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: London, UK
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Elizabeth Harrin, MA, FAPM, MBCS is Director of Otobos Consultants Ltd, a project communications consultancy specialising in copywriting for project management firms. She has over fifteen years’ experience in projects.
Elizabeth has led a variety of IT and process improvement projects including ERP and communications developments. She is also experienced in managing business change, having spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France). Elizabeth is the author of Communicating Change, Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers and Customer-Centric Project Management.
She also writes the award-winning blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. You can find Elizabeth online at GirlsGuideToPM.com or on Twitter @girlsguidetopm.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Launching an IT system for thousands of staff. Building relationships across the business. Becoming a Fellow of the APM. While none of these alone are anything above and beyond what plenty of other project managers have done, I’m proud of so many changes I’ve been part of in my career.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
I’ve been lucky enough to adopt flexible working for large portions of my career and I think that’s a great benefit for men and women.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
By being authentic leaders. I think being able to share successes and failures, and admitting to mistakes is a level of authenticity required in business today.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Sometimes projects have exceptionally busy periods – for me personally, this is hard to manage with my desire for a work/life balance. I think for young women, in particular, being taken seriously is an issue. Project management is a role where we are often working with senior managers and multi-disciplinary teams. It takes a degree of confidence and bravery sometimes to deal with the challenges that faces, but I don’t think that’s only specific to women.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Mentoring and championing women at work is so important. We need to support each others’ careers, grow our internal talent and provide opportunities where they are deserved.
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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