Jennifer Bridges Celebrating Women in Project Management

Jennifer Bridges Celebrating Women in Project Management

Jennifer Bridges

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES

Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Bio:

Jennifer Bridges, PMP is a high performance coach and personal development trainer passionate about inspiring, influencing and impacting the journey and success of women in project management. She is dedicated to helping them discover their purpose, create their vision, align their natural gifts and communicate their brand boldly.

Launching five companies and several brands of her own over the past 20 years, Jennifer has accumulated a treasure trove of best practices, roadmaps and success tips. She founded Rising Up Now, LLC almost 10 years ago to teach these principles and inspire women how to grow a successful business, launch multiple income streams and create a mobile lifestyle they love.

Jennifer is the Founder of PDUs2Go.com which was one of the first mobile learning platforms launched over 13 years ago. She serves a global community of over 50,000+ Project Management Professionals on the go to help maintain their professional development requirements and renew their Project Management Professional (PMP) certification simple, easy and fast. More notably recognized as one of the most prolific YouTube video trainers, Jennifer has produced hundreds of White Board Session videos providing leadership, project management and productivity best practices that have been viewed by over 19+ million leaders worldwide and syndicated in major colleges, universities and corporate campuses. Jennifer is the author of Optimize Your Thinking: How to Unlock your Performance Potential, The Thought Masters series and the companion, Thinking Journal. She is also a contributing author of the Project Pain Reliever: A Just-in-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects. She has authored hundreds of articles on leadership and project management published in print and online publications including PMNetwork Magazine by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

What is your project management super power?

Alignment. Setting my team members up for success by aligning their role with their true gifts, getting them engaged by showing them how important they are to the vision and keeping them committed by connecting them to their purpose.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Create thriving communities/organizations/teams where gender diversity is foundational… where it is seeded, nurtured, supported, celebrated and honored. I’ve long learned that it’s extremely difficult to change a culture deep rooted in certain beliefs/values. It can be difficult for the mindset of a collective of people to change. I’ve found it can be more productive to spend time, money and energy to create something new than revive something of old. If you remove all resources that keeps the old thriving, it will eventually collapse.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

  1. People Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Leadership Skills

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I sort through the situation to see where things derailed and what could have been done differently. I, typically, do this with someone as my sounding board. My motto is do more of what worked and none of what didn’t.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

  1. Listen to and acknowledge the concerns other party(s).
  2. Determine the core of the issue.
  3. Focus on the common goal.
  4. Ask the other party(s) how they recommend reaching the common goal.
  5. Work the issue together.
    *Best done when emotions have subsided

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

It’s a chance to 1) inspire 2) influence and 3) impact.

 

 

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Hello amazing women of the project management world! My Celebrating Women in Project Management Series highlights your stories to inspire others, raise the profile of women in the project management profession, and to further strengthen our global network.

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.

 

 

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