Krysti Smith Celebrating Women in Project Management

Krysti Smith Celebrating Women in Project Management

Krysti Smith


Location: Reno, NV, USA

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I earned a master’s degree in project management from Colorado State University after looking to branch out further from business administration. I have had various project management roles in a biomedical research laboratory and I am currently working for a large university in social and behavioral public health research managing many different projects. Project management has given me a unique edge to be a part of interdisciplinary teams, and enter fields I may not have had access to previously! Outside of PM, I own a CrossFit gym with my husband which keeps us very busy!

What is your project management super power?

My project management super power is organization. Staying organized allows me to approach every situation calmly because I know the project and I know exactly where everything is at!

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

Gender diversity can be improved by empowering females to be the decision makers and taping into their strengths to take the lead in projects. Organizations can also reward women who may go outside their own comfort zone to be leaders. Women can also take the lead in this by supporting each other through professional development groups and leadership conferences.

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

I think the key skills with be leadership in technical integration. By finding solutions that bridges groups nationally and internationally, the best talents can be brought together to achieve project success. Project managers who have a toolkit of technical resources will be able to achieve greater success and keep up with the dynamic environments of large projects.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

Difficult situations should always include risk management to the best of the team’s ability followed by debriefing and ways that situation can be avoided in the future. By having an open conversation that encourages project members to speak their understanding of what happened, difficult situations can be learning opportunities for the future.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

The first conflict resolution tip I always follow is to accept conflict is going to happen. Following, I like to check in with my team often, always have an open door policy, and approach conflict head on as soon as it begins. I always practice active listening when speaking to a team member about any conflict they may have, and attempt to work together to move forward to a future without conflict.

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

Dynamic, integral, engaging.




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