Sheilina Somani Celebrating Women in Project Management

Sheilina Somani Celebrating Women in Project Management

Sheilina Somani

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: London, UK

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Bio:

Passionate, pragmatic, resourceful dinosaur with a number of successful projects.

The terrain can be brutal but I’m adaptable and resourceful with more than a little tenacity. I’ve combined my love of project delivery with teaching, mentoring and coaching. I learn more about myself, my colleagues, projects and programmes with every interaction.

My ultimate achievement being continued contact from past colleagues, stakeholders and clients, to socialise, celebrate achievements, chat and recommend me. The ultimate accolade.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

The constant variety; managing change, conflict and of course people.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

1. Acuity
2. Communication skills (inc. listening, sharing and documentation)
3. Stakeholder management (inc. political awareness, conflict resolution and determination)

I build and nurture my professional network by:

Sharing knowledge, reading avidly, reaching out to new colleagues to learn/understand challenges from their perspectives.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

Communication is everything.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Judith DeLozier (Anthropologist and NLP guru)
My daughter – Anuli Changa

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Awareness of conscious bias becomes a valuable discussion topic to learn, share and develop understanding and appreciation of differences and sameness.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

Own all you are, bring humility with competence; bring strength and tenacity and recognise that ethics, honesty, consistency and compassion are all worthwhile traits.

GET INVOLVED

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. 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.

 

 

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