CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Helen is a high achieving IT professional. Having over twenty years’ experience in governance, portfolio, program & senior project manager (P30 & Prince2) within commercial and public sectors: Utilities, Insurance, banking, retail, construction, State Government: Treasury, Health, Human Services, and Justice.
Demonstrating finely tuned stakeholder engagement and organisational skills, she has successfully delivered concurrent IT projects thought-out the entire system development lifecycle. Typically these projects have been large scale Tier 1 integration, multi-million dollar projects (10-50 million), and whole of government initiatives.
Helens’ key strength is providing direct and honest advice to ‘C’ level executives and key business stakeholders in relation to the governance, portfolio, programs and projects in order to support the business strategy and achieving the business benefits. She is in her element leading and sourcing a formidable team, and facilitating between IT and business representatives.
Helen’s natural disposition is pleasant, confident, and she has firm management principles whilst keeping a sense of humour.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
The variety of people, and business.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Building a strong team where it is fun to go to work and make things happen.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
It is a great choice for anybody!
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Anybody can stand out by having ethics, professionalism, being good at what they do. But most of all enjoy what they do!
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Everyone in the workplace faces different challenges, and it is up to the individual to find their own path forward, perhaps seeing these challenges as a growth opportunity.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Do the best that you can do at whatever it is that you are doing (in that moment). Professional development, mentors, and networking.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
Don’t dress like a man… dress like a women, celebrate being female and being a professional!
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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