CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Manchester, UK
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It’s all about PMO for me at this stage of my career. Having worked as a PMO Manager years back, I co-founded Arras People in my late twenties. That’s still going strong yet I’ve always been drawn back to the PMO stuff. In the last five years I’ve created and kicked off PMO Flashmob (www.pmoflashmob.org) and PMO Conference (www.pmoconference.co.uk). In the last year I’ve co-founded PMO Learning (www.pmolearning.co.uk) As you can see, a bit of a PMO nut.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
No one day is ever the same that’s for sure!
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Having a project management background is brilliant for running your own business – 16 years running Arras People, the project management recruitment specialist in the UK; setting up PMO Flashmob five years ago and creating the PMO Conference in the UK four years ago. I’m still pumping those project management skills for all they’re worth.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
It’s a great choice for anyone – anyone with great organisational skills, anyone who likes problem solving and getting the best out of people.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Be great at what you do and make sure you’re being rewarded well for it.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Lack of part-time and flexible hours in a lot of PM positions make it difficult for some women to get back into work if they’re taking time out to start a family. There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be more opportunities like this – organisations need to rethink their talent management and make flexibility work for everyone, the project management industry should take the lead on this one.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
It all comes down to confidence. Confidence in your own abilities and no apologises.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
When you’re hitting your stride, support and mentor others – we all need someone who has been there before us.
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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