CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
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Sarah is a PMP-certified project/program manager and strategy consultant with 10 years of experience directing complex multi-million dollar projects, leading diverse global teams, collaborating with C-suite executives, mapping cross-functional stakeholder dependencies, and analyzing risk to deliver quality projects on schedule for federal and international clients.
Her career has focused on incorporating project management techniques (sometimes stealthily) to advance strategy and improve processes. She is passionate about coaching teams to be resilient in the face of uncertainty. A project management thought leader, Sarah is the author of a weekly blog and podcast, The Stealthy Project Manager, focused on project management and productivity. Read more at https://www.sarahmhoban.com/
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
the fact that someone is willing to pay me for what I naturally love to do and also do well–working with people, organizing tasks, and identifying areas for improvement and creating efficiencies.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
what are often called soft skills but can effectively make or break a project–emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and relentless communication.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
reading a variety of project management content online, connecting with project management thought leaders via social media, and contributing content to project management conferences and blogs.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
that it’s OK not to have your work email on your phone!
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
I wish I had more female role models in the project management field! Outside of project management, I’ve enjoyed following the careers of Sallie Krawcheck and Marie Kondo.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
If something is bothering you, don’t just accept the situation for what it is. Do something to fix it.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Don’t be afraid to speak up! If something seems confusing to you, ask a question. If someone is trying to intimidate you, stand up for yourself. If no one is promoting your accomplishments, promote your own. Failing to be our own best advocates can be tantamount to being our own worst enemy–that applies to both the projects we manage and our own careers.
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!
- If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
- Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
- Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
- Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.