CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Emma is a passionate and experienced Project Manager with more than nine years of working across state and federal government project initiatives including major events for the Department of Education Queensland and Queensland Health. Skilled in building rapport with team members, clients and stakeholders. Her successes come from working collaboratively to drive project activities. Emma is highly organised, a great communicator and dedicated to meeting business outcomes.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
As a Project Manager, I love seeing something through to the end. Having recently been a Project Manager within the Business Delivery Team of the Office365 roll out, I am extremely proud of having been a part of a major project within Queensland Health. During implementation I was fortunate to lead the team in preparation for and during the on-site support at go-live. It was amazing to see and experience firsthand how the staff were adopting this new technology.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
1. Be organised – have a plan that gives you enough structure to see the project through.
2. Be flexible – projects will change, don’t get attached to one way as per the original plan. As a PM we often need to tailor the approach to ensure that the desired outcomes and benefits are delivered.
3. Be in communication – never assume, keep updating all involved with a clear and consistent message.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Being a part of a women’s network is a great way to build my professional network and connect with other women to support each other in our professional fields. As an active member and secretary on the Board of Women in Technology (Queensland), we acknowledge, share and celebrate women’s achievements in technology and life sciences.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
I was capable to step up sooner.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
My mentor, Kirra Harris – I admire her drive and focus as a senior leader. Through my meetings with her, she’s been able to guide and encourage me to step up.
I’ve also been inspired by Dr. Kirstin Fergusson’s #CelebratingWomen Campaign and love the book “Women Kind” that she and Catherine Fox released last year.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Never apply for a role that you don’t really want – because you might get it.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
As women, we need to be confident to share more about our successes and achievements and own the successes. When seeing projects through to completion, ensure that you are not giving all the credit to everyone else involved and acknowledge your own part in the process.
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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