Lisa Madden Celebrating Women in Project Management

Lisa Madden Celebrating Women in Project Management

Lisa Madden


Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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I am a Senior Program Manager at UPMC Enterprises, which is the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC. UPMC is a $19 billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise that has 85,000 employees, 40 hospitals with more than 8,000 licensed beds, 600 clinical locations including outpatient sites and doctors’ offices, a 3.4 million-member health insurance division, as well as commercial and international ventures. I have over 20 years of project and program management experience, implementing heath care technology solutions, including integrated electronic medical record systems and new, innovative software applications. I enjoy bringing diverse individuals together, each with their own unique skills and talent, to accomplish great things.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

What I enjoy the most is being able to be creative in all aspects of project management. Each project and program has it’s own unique set of requirement, which allows for creative planning and execution.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

1) Bringing together a diverse project team, each with his/her own unique skills.
2) The ability to understand the purpose of each project and being able to translate that to an actionable plan.
3) To be able to adapt to the changing needs of a project.

I build and nurture my professional network by:

Attending industry conferences (local and national), asking lots of questions to industry leaders, professional social networks (LinkedIn, etc), connecting with colleagues.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

Think BIG! Take more risks!

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Women who have inspired me in my career are the ones that have taken risks into unknown territories and have sometimes failed, but got back up to accomplish even greater things.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Manage your own career. No one is going to tap you on the shoulder and promote you – it is up to you.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

To be a resilient female leader, you need to knock down stereotypical walls that have been in place for a long time. Don’t be discouraged by rejection. Let your voice be heard.


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!

  1. 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.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. 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.



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