CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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I am a Project Manager in the Aurecon Brisbane Office. I have eight years of Project Management experience in Defence Infrastructure, Client Side Project Management and Health Planning and Infrastructure Projects. I am a wife, a keen gardener, a wannabe chef, an avid wine connoisseur and mother of chickens.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
I typically work in Defence and Health infrastructure projects. I experience great joy handing over a health facility which will benefit the community or contributing to our Nation’s Defence capability. I enjoy involving the end user during the design process and developing client relationships throughout the life of the project. I also enjoy the dynamic, fast paced and problem solving aspects of a project.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Winning the QLD, National and Asia Pacific AIPM Young Project Manager of the Year for 2017 and seeing one of my projects – the Ronald McDonald House at South Brisbane in full operation.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
I think project management is a great choice for women as we are great multi-taskers! It is an extremely rewarding career when you can take your client’s brief and turn it into a reality.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
I think women can stand out with their ability to empathise with their clients and gain a deeper understanding of their client’s “why”.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
(Apart from trying to find the right sized PPE on site..) I think a challenge some women face as PM’s is trying to prove that there is a lot more to offer to a project than just technical ability. You can be a technical expert in your field and be successful, however I think more value needs to be placed on the ability to develop client relationships, to be intuitive to your client’s needs and having good EQ (aka the ‘softer skills’).
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Support each other, find a mentor for yourself and become a mentor to a younger female PM, join PM associations such as AIPM and attend industry events, networking opportunities and celebrate women’s success stories!
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
We need more women in project management – it’s fun, challenging and exciting working in a constantly changing environment.
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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