Julia Steel Celebrating Women in Project Management

Julia Steel Celebrating Women in Project Management

Julia Steel


Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Julia is a well known speaker, trainer and mentor who works with leaders to unleash their project performance through trust and engagement.
She has held senior business transformation and project delivery positions at major corporates in both Australia and the UK for nearly two decades and is obsessed with performance and what motivates project teams to succeed.
Through her keynotes, workshops and mentoring she works with companies, leaders and project managers looking to increase project performance, engagement and innovation where it matters most – in their people.

Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?

For me project management is all about navigating risk and uncertainty. You have to be able to build trust with your sponsor, your team and stakeholders. I enjoy that there are seemingly endless puzzles that need to be solved, the satisfaction when everyone’s hard work falls into place, and we deliver meaningful​​l change to an organisation.

What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?

I have had a lot of great leaders and mentors over my two decades in project management. To be able to now pass on this experience through my own workshops, mentoring and keynotes is incredibly satisfying. I’m a firm believer that you never stop learning about project management or the organisations we deliver to so the chance to help others now is excellent!

Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?

The “male, stale and pale” brand of project management that has it’s roots in construction and engineering is really a thing of the past. Most organisations now deliver change through projects which opens project management up to more diversity in every sense. I think project management is a great choice for women that want to lead change and make a material difference to the organisation that they work for.

How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?

Get involved, don’t just hang out with other women in project management! Some of my best sponsors, leaders and mentors have been men in project management that have pulled me up and pushed me forward. Have a voice and an opinion about project management, don’t sit on the sideline.

What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?

One of the biggest challenges women face is ourselves! We put others before us and find our own internal reasons for “not being good enough”. There are so many inspirational women in leadership and project management and there is no reason more women can’t be like them!

What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?

Women bring a more diverse way of thinking to projects that helps balance decision making in the same way that more women on boards do. Given the broad spectrum of projects and the different methodologies I think organisations and our institutes should be looking at how they can create gender neutral job descriptions so that project management roles appeal to more women.


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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