CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Washington DC, USA
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Nicole has 15+ years experience in software Project Management, Product Development, Go-To-Market, and Customer Success serving non-profits, associations, startups, and Fortune 100 companies including some household names like AON, JP Morgan Chase, Rotary International, and Wyndham Worldwide. She founded Cultivate Ink in 2017, with the goal of serving even more organizations through customer-centered professional services that elevate strategic priorities and goal setting to bring clarity and focus to technology investments. Nicole has a Masters in Project Management (MPM) from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs with a Minor in Economics from The George Washington University.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
The ability to leverage creative problem solving to bring about successful outcomes for clients and stakeholders.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
The three most important skills that I use in every project are strategic planning, zoom/web thinking, and team building.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
To build and nurture my professional network I leave myself open to meeting and connecting with people on a human level. These connections may come through online forums, introductions from within my network, or industry events. At the end of the day we all seek respect, connection, and to feel heard.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
I started managing software implementation projects long before I knew that this was a career path. As a result, I stumbled into project management quite by accident. I’m hopeful that the growing focus on women in STEM will make project management a more intentional career path for future generations.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
I owe my career to one of my early managers, Kristen Bataillon. She recognized and nurtured my potential before I even realized I had an interest in software development. Women can make a world of difference when we advocate for other women.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
A manager once told me that sometimes team harmony is more important than having the right answer. Taken to it’s extreme, I think this advice can be quite dangerous, and still, in some organizational cultures (especially those that value consensus-based decision-making) this advice has proven quite helpful. It reminds me, as a change-maker, to slow down and bring the team along with me on the journey.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
My advice to women is to start by mastering your organizational and team building skills. Organization will enable you to keep everyone marching together and that is a great start. To truly excel as a project manager though you must be able to take a team consisting of any number of cross-functional stakeholder groups and help them develop into a high-performing team.
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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