CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Passionate Project Management professional, managing Financial Transformational projects with experience in delivering and supporting key programs, projects and PMOs for the largest public cluster in NSW Government. I thoroughly enjoy Project Management because it successfully delivers complex, transformational change through structured methodologies to achieve positive strategic outcomes.
Fulfilling my desire of uplifting project management capability and giving back to the young and emerging cohort, I served as the youngest NSW Councilor for AIPM and have also started a venture, PM Social, that focuses on creating pathways for PM Professionals looking to advance their careers. I also serve on the board of various Women in Projects Meetup because it fuels my passion to make a positive impact on society.
What is your project management super power?
Stakeholder Management! I work for a large and complex organisation where there is a need for effective communication and stakeholder engagement throughout the journey of the project. Using soft skills such motivation and trust building, I have been able to partner with the Project Leads to manage the stakeholders more effectively and deliver projects that have had positive impact on the processes in the organisation at large.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I think we have already taken the first step, which is acknowledgement of the gap in the gender ratio. For me the next steps would be to get more and more Executive and Leadership support that focuses on building capability amongst females and providing them flexible arrangements so they do not have to choose but can instead carry on with their professional and personal journeys alike.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Emotional Intelligence will become a game changer for future success. Project Management relies heavily on our emotional capacity to build trust, maintain integrity and manage expectations. In today’s changing times where machines are taking over, our emotional skills are what will empower us more than ever!
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Taking a deep breath and trying to think from the other person’s point of view. It helps me remain calm and empathetic. I also am grateful to be surrounded by colleagues I really look upto and seek their suggestions in such times.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Similar to last question, I think it is really important to think from all perspectives and talk to either sides to make a more informed decision.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Collaboration, leadership and resilience!
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