Priscila Valle Ramirez
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Sydney, AUS
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Priscila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and MBA from the University of Costa Rica, a Postgraduate degree in Information Management System from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands and graduated from MSc. Project Management from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2015.
Priscila is a high motivated, energetic and outgoing professional with 18+ years of experience in diverse management areas, technical advisor and developing and implementing projects in public, private, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations. She has multi-language communication skills. She is from Costa Rica and arrived in Australia in 2019. She has worked several years for the Costa Rica Central Bank. She first joined HP in 2005 as Business Planning Manager in the former Global Parts Supply Chain (GPSC) in a regional position within Americas. Left the company in 2008 to take over a huge opportunity within the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration to work and live in Zimbabwe, then moved to Kosovo.
Back in 2013 she decided to come back to her home country and re-joined HP during that year as Project & Program Manager for the former HP Shared Services. She led the Separation Management Office (SMO) as a Separation Readiness Country Lead for Costa Rica and Panama when HP decided to split into two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. During her last role at HPE she was responsible to drive strategic initiatives to support indirect business in Latin America and deployed the S&OP (Sales and Ops Planning) global model to improve overall E2E planning process in partnership with Supply Chain and Operations adopting SAP IBP.
I am looking for new opportunities in Sydney, meanwhile, I have been volunteering with elderly residents as a community visitor and IT Skills tutors. I am also volunteering with the PMI and Project Management Meetups; this has been tremendously rewarding and helpful to start a local networking on my field.
What is your project management super power?
I am known for being very energetic, outgoing and love being in constant contact with people. This innate skill has been key to have good communication and stakeholder engagement. I love to dig into customers’ needs and make sure me and my team are prepared to create and deliver value. I love to work hand-to-hand with all project stakeholders to keep everyone on the same page, making sure changes and priorities are properly addressed and escalated when required.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I think we should first understand what are our differences and make that a strength. Understand, where those strengths can be more positive when leading a project. But also, those differences can help us to complement talents and make great team efforts.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Resilience, flexibility, adaptability and curiosity about learning new things.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I live to have retrospective thinking, learned why things went wrong and try to see the root cause, in order to learn from the experience and improve in future activities/circumstances.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Empathy, learn to be in other people’s shoes. Understand what is causing the conflict and try to come up with a solution together with the parties involved.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Teamwork, collaboration, challenge.
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