Narmela Sargis Celebrating Women in Project Management

Narmela Sargis Celebrating Women in Project Management

Narmela Sargis


Location: Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

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I have been a project manager for over 25 years and have vast experience in IT, PMO, and Information Security. I am PMP and CSM certified. I recently completed the leadership training with PMI Global. I am extremely passionate about my profession and I try to mentor and help as many people as I can with deciding if becoming a project manager is the right path for them as well as help existing PMs to study and pass the PMP. I am the VP of Communications for our local PMI-OC chapter and will be taking on the role of VP of Finance starting in April. I just started a new job with an amazing company and will be managing the upgrade of over 700 applications to the cloud.

What is your project management super power?

Great communicator.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

More women who are in power need to start being trailblazers and create a path to help other women and elevate them. Behind every successful leader, there is someone who helped them to get there and put them on the right path.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

The most important skills a project manager must have now or in the future is the following three items:
1. Be an excellent communicator
2. Be a great leader by being humble and helping others
3. Be excellent at identifying risks and managing them before they become major issues

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I try to assess how I can change the difficult situation into a manageable situation. The outcome will not always be great and there will be losses and gains but in the end I move on and concentrate on preventing difficult situations before they become unmanageable.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

I always try to hear both sides of the individuals that are having a conflict. After hearing both sides, most of the time there is miscommunication or lack of communication and one of the things that have worked for me is to bring the two people who are having the conflict together and work with them to resolve the issues they are having which caused the conflict.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

I love the gratification I get when I complete a project successfully. I love working with co-workers or leading the team to complete the project. I love dealing with challenges, issues, conflict and helping to resolve them.




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