CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Nottingham, UK
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Initially entered the world of Project Management at 17 as a Project Support Officer in the Public Sector studying to make up for GCSE results following my very rebellious teenage years. I genuinely enjoy learning and Project Management and my CV reflects every opportunity taken to learn and up skill throughout my career. I am currently progressing through the Technology industry supporting Women in Tech as part of the Refinitiv organisation (formally part of Thomson Reuters) delivering multiple Workstreams as part of a ‘Blue Chip’ business case for the global re-release of our leading product following platforming.
I am also a single mum to a 5 year old boy, have a wonderful support network of family and friends and very thankful that throughout my career I have been given and taken the opportunities presented to me. It would be really nice to share my experience in Project Management as I chose this career specifically at what was considered then, a unusually young age and it pleases me so much to see this kind of recognition now for women and of all ages celebrated in the industry!
What is your project management super power?
Integrity – I remain honest and do not commit to deliveries I am unable to achieve or invest my full potential. This sets me up for success and allows me to be transparent with my stakeholders and builds a great rapport.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I think we are becoming more and more recognised in the industry and I think if we continue to be great at what we do and invest in bringing in more young talent this will only improve naturally.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Young talent. We need more young people joining the industry to ensure the future success of Project Management. When i was 16 (albeit 2005) I was never even aware Project Management was a career opportunity I could progress.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Honesty. I am confident enough in my own integrity to ensure that whatever this situation the reasoning for this was with good intentions.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Address it always. As discreetly as possible in order to mitigate impact on team morale. I see this mostly in leadership and often its a healthy balance of best intentions and personal opinion, this can often be resolved offline with a detailed discussion on what this issue is and how to move forward.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Delivery, Teamwork and Diversity
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