Margaret Gilbert Celebrating Women in Project Management

Margaret Gilbert Celebrating Women in Project Management

Margaret Gilbert

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Sydney, Australia

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Bio:

I am a seasoned Program Manager who brings 30 years of experience in delivering critical business and technology initiatives in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Bermuda and the US. I have worked in a number of industries including telecommunications, agribusiness, banking, financial services and government.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

As an engineer, I like to fix things. Projects are an effective way to fix something in a business that isn’t working well or that will provide an improved customer experience or competitive advantage. Being a Program Manager means that I can help Project Managers, subject matter experts and vendors work together to fix a problem and create new opportunities.

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

The first is teamwork, getting a group of people will different skills from different companies and sometimes in different countries to all work towards a common goal. The second is transparency, making sure that everyone is aware of what we are doing, why we are doing it that way and how it will help us achieve successful delivery. This makes it easier for them to buy in. And the third is patience. Lots can happen during a big project and, while you sometimes have to react quickly, sometimes you have to give things a little time to settle down and collect the facts before acting.

I build and nurture my professional network by:

I offer encouragement and praise when things are going well and I offer support and listen when things aren’t. Sometimes you just need to know that you aren’t the only one facing challenges.

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

One size does not fit all. There is no magic bullet, no one plan or approach or team that guarantees success. It takes hard work, flexibility, collaboration and focus, and will be different every project.

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

The first was my mom, who showed me that you can never give up, you just have to find another way. Then there is my daughter because I don’t want her to go through what I have as a woman studying maths and engineering and, later, working in IT. There are women who went before me, blazing the trail in some cases, and I realise that I can do the same for the women who are just starting out on the their career journey.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

While I was in grad school, I came across a quote by Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hooper (9 December 1906 – 1 January 1992), who was a U.S. naval officer and an early computer programmer: “It is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.”

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

Don’t give up. Don’t do it all yourself. Don’t sell yourself short.

GET INVOLVED

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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