CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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Defining success as making an impact on the lives of the people she has the opportunity to serve, Markita Samuel is an educator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who loves to help business owners grow and develop. Her comprehensive business firm, Making Straight Paths, focuses on marketing consulting, business development, project management, and procurement. This systematic problem solver is passionate about leadership development, economic empowerment, and social engagement. Markita gives back with service to Breath of Life International Ministries, Lakewood Church, The League, Strengthening Women in the Workplace, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, LiftFund, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), City of Houston Women and Minority Owned Business Task Force, and the newly formed Business Ecosystem Alliance for Minorities and Women (BEAM-W). Residing in the Houston metro area with her beloved cat Lilo, Ms. Samuel loves to read a good book, write, and enjoy the colorful culture and arts that come with international travel.
What is your project management super power?
My project management super power is the ability to combine and balance the creative with the analytical. As a Marketing Project Manager, I have to decide what’s the best creative avenue for the project while keeping everything on track and on budget.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I think we need to recruit the women who are already doing the work to now receive the recognition. There are so many assistants, secretaries, or even managers, who are doing project management work but haven’t been extended an invitation to the table.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Adaptability is key right now in the midst of our global crisis and beyond. The world is changing, economies will change, and the traditional business models will change so project management needs to adapt to the various types of business models that are coming and the needs of those organizations.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I am a believer so my first step is to pray for understanding and healing (hopefully closure is an option as well). Once I have that, I use my project management skills to asses the lessons learned and plan how to create a path forward.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Honest conversations are key but the hardest to execute without an atmosphere of trust. You have to ensure that people will be heard in a safe environment and that you can also express your view. At the end of the day, mutual respect and a shared cause will help drive the solution forward even if we don’t all agree or get our way.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
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