CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Kylie Stephan is a trainer and coach. She specialises in helping Project Managers and organisations achieve outstanding project outcomes. For the last 10 years she has been a Project Manager for one of Australia’s largest Commonwealth Agencies. During that time, she delivered millions of dollars of projects. As a result, Kylie understands firsthand the challenges Project Managers face.
We work in challenging times. The rate of change is rapid and resource constraints are commonplace. Despite these challenges, Project Managers must continue to deliver outstanding outcomes to survive.
To overcome these challenges, Kylie found a way to work smarter, not harder. And developed tools and systems to support excellent project delivery. Now she is on a mission to share these systems with others.
Kylie is driven to help Project Managers deliver outstanding projects, on time and on budget. And in doing so, support Australian organisations to deliver on their strategic objectives.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
Projects are what drive Australia and its organisations forward. Working in project management we have the opportunity to make a difference … no matter the size of the project. We can then see the difference we have made, the change we have contributed to and the progress achieved. As a Project Manager, I find enjoyment in seeing these tangible outcomes and benefits come to realisation.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Making genuine connections with project professionals from all industries. Cultivating genuine connections takes an openness to provide value first and share knowledge. By connecting and sharing, our industry will make leaps and bounds as we all drive more valuable outcomes together.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
Progress is more important than perfection!
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
- Mentors at work
- Rachael Robertson
- Louise Mahler
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Confidence comes from competence, and competence builds as you become more confident – it is a loop. As you build your competency, you will become more confident. As your confidence builds, you will take on new and more challenging endeavours … which builds your competence. So just start! Both your competence and confidence will grow, it is inevitable!
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Understand what your unique value proposition is and reach out for support. Firstly, understand what makes you different. Don’t look to emulate someone else. Find your own pathway to success that is uniquely yours. That way, it is authentic to you and you are confident in your abilities to succeed. And find a mentor or a trusted advisor for support. The value of having this relationship can be paramount to achieving success both professionally and personally.
Hello amazing women of the project management world!
My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!
- 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.
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- 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.