CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Raleigh, NC, USA
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Elizabeth is a versatile professional with 20 years of experience leading enterprise technology projects and process improvement initiatives in the Information Technology, Financial Services, and Biopharmaceutical industries. She has earned several certifications including PMP, ITIL, ScrumMaster, and Six Sigma Black Belt.
Elizabeth is passionate about collaborative planning, creative problem-solving, continuous improvement, and implementing ideas that save costs and bring great value to customers.
She enjoys building and maintaining close relationships with customers, stakeholders, IT groups, vendors and project team members.
Elizabeth currently manages enterprise Infrastructure projects for Syneos Health.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
I love planning and collaborating with people! Every day that I get to work with others to plan projects, organize work, mitigate risks, and solve problems is a wonderful day.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Thorough planning, collaboration, and communication.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
I am very active in my local PMI chapter and on LinkedIn. I also participate in local Technology Meetups and the Agile Leadership Network.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
The importance of having a mentor with a variety of project management experiences and longevity in the field. My first mentor was too junior and did not have the experience and knowledge to provide useful advice and guidance.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Chris Foster and Karen Keese, who were Directors that I worked with at NCR over 15 years ago. They were great role models and I learned a lot about managing teams by observing their actions and behaviors. I have also been inspired by Lucie Poulicakos, who is an expert at relationship building and has climbed up the ladder at TierPoint to SVP of IT.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Humility goes a long way. I learned that if a person is appreciative and humble in their outward expression, that person is more likely to come across as genuine and trustworthy. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” —CS Lewis
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Be proactive. Being proactive allows you to control situations by causing things to happen rather than waiting to respond after things happen. This trait greatly impacts a project manager’s reputation and ability to thrive and grow professionally.
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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