CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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Ordonna (PMP, CSM, LSSGB) has a passion for project management. She has led software projects ranging from environment upgrades, migration initiatives, and data governance for both the public and private sectors. She is a proud graduate of the HBCU Hampton University and completed the accelerated Public Administration and Affairs program at Metropolitan College of New York, earning her MPA degree in 13 months. Donna has worked with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Goldman Sachs, NBCU, L’Oreal, and General Motors.
What is your project management super power?
My communications skills are my superpower. It is very important to engage the team ensuring they are vocal about their work and timeline.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Platforms in which women are seen and heard. Whether it is panels during PMO conferences or prominent interviews with well known companies (Forbes, INC, TedTalks etc) these opportunities begin to normalize the presence of diversity.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
I believe both hard and soft skills are necessary, whether it is proficiency in JIRA or advanced interpersonal and communication skills while working with clients and your teams these skillsets help your success. The ability to actively listen to identify and solve issues help make a PM invaluable.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Applying yourself and learning from failures. I have learned not to shrink in the face of adversity. If you have fallen short own it and actively make adjustments to not make the same errors.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
I would suggest to have the conversations in private with the individuals who have the issues versus publicly at a meeting.
I’ve learned to read the event to see if the client or team member needs to vent but not to allow that to run or fester within a meeting.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Teamwork, Adversity, Perseverance
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