Maike Ahrendsen Celebrating Women in Project Management

Maike Ahrendsen Celebrating Women in Project Management

Maike Ahrendsen


Location: Nuremberg, Germany

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Maike is passionate about system and project management and has more than ten years of professional experience in consulting, process management and organizational development.

Working solution-oriented in different customer environments made me a communicative team player with empathy and enthusiasm while being at the same time strong in decision-making with participative leadership. Sound controversy? It’s not!

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

As a Project Manager, I love motivating the team to believe that the hard work will pay off at the end!
Implementing project management is a cultural change which takes time! Hence, it is important not to forget your goal during long and hard days of discussion and work.

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

1. Honesty – if you lack trust, you won’t get people‘s buy-in! It’s simple like that!
2. Empathy – we are all human beings with dreams, problems, emotions. Don’t ignore!
3. Structure & Plan – at the end only good preparation, risk management and proper work will get you your results! So, do your job! 😉

I build and nurture my professional network by:

… staying curious!

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

A female career is different than a male career, therefore our management behavior needs to be female / needs to be authentic! So don’t fake it – find your own way and make it!

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

I am inspired by all women making their professional career while being authentic. Luckily, I have met a lot of wonderful women along my way and call some of them my closest friends!

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Love it, change it or leave it!

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

Believe in your strength! Having a 20 year old daughter and being a single mother since 16 years while also making professional career shows, that as women, we need to be confident and proud about our successes and achievements!


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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