CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
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Meredith is an energetic and creative Project Manager who, over the past decade has worked within a variety of private industries, including non-profit, and telecommunications.
Currently working in the Public Sector, she has been a contractor since 2013 managing a variety of multidisciplinary project teams within the Department of National Defence.
Always driven by new ideas and methodologies Meredith has a keen interest in volunteerism and is continually looking for avenues to share and offer her Project Management skills. She is a former board member of PMI-New Brunswick and is heavily involved in her local & global Fiber Arts community. She is fond of post it notes and team mind mapping sessions.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
Having ‘PMP’ after my name opens me up to a wide range of career possibilities. No longer is Project Management limited to male engineers or construction contracts.
Being a Project Manager means I have a versatile skill set that enables me to work across any number of industries and strive to achieve tangible results for my clients. I enjoy this because it means I have security and control over choosing what path I want to take my career in.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Communication: A large number of my clients are located in other parts of the country or even spread across the globe on Deployments. If I’m not able to get my expectations across clearly and receive their information the project will flounder.
Sense of Humour: I can have the best team, plan for every risk, negotiate timelines and build the perfect project plan yet sometimes a project cannot escape the unforeseen. Although this can be disheartening it helps to keep my sense of humour and move on and find a satisfactory fix.
Creativity: Ultimately my job is about creating a finished product that will enhance training & learning experiences for soldiers in the Canadian Armed Forces. As technology changes and we learn more about how adults learn and retain information most effectively my teams and I rely heavily on being creative. This could mean trying a new interface, integrating a new technology, or finding solutions to work productively within bureaucracy instead of against it.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
In the last few years I’ve made it a point to specifically ask women I meet what they do for a career. I enjoy making these professional connections even if we don’t work in the same field. In my experience most women enjoy talking about their profession and accomplishments but aren’t always comfortable bring it up or promoting themselves.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
You do not have to fit into a ‘professional business person’ mold in order to be successful or obtain your dream job. For so many years I felt as thought I needed to be ‘one of the boys’, or have a specific educational background (i.e MBA) in order to be seen as a professional, but that’s not the case. Now I know I can decide what I want to achieve and work my way there simply by being myself.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Janice Petley, Elizabeth Harrin, Jennifer Bridges, Margaret Meloni and Diane Keaton.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Use your innate female characteristics such as empathy, intuition, and multitasking to your advantage.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Obtaining your professional certification (PMP) is just the beginning. Continually learn and collect certifications, take classes and stay relevant. Once you do that make sure people know about it. Share your accomplishments, take credit for all you have achieved and get paid what you are worth!
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!
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