Sierra Rowley Celebrating Women in Project Management

Sierra Rowley Celebrating Women in Project Management

Sierra Rowley

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES

Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Bio:

I am a technical project manager and serial entrepreneur with almost 9 years of project management experience. My experience is heavily saturated within information technology; however, I have also working within education (secondary and higher), human resources, and financial services (wealth management and consumer banking). While currently in the process of obtaining my PMP and PSM certifications, my goal is to become a full-time IT/FinTech/eCommerce consultant within the next 10 years. Promoting women’s presence within technical project management is my mission!

What is your project management super power?

My project management superpower is empathy. Being an empathetic leaders have guided me and granted me innumerable opportunities to expand my knowledge within the industry. My goal is to promote more empathy among leadership as I push through and grow within the profession.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

I believe that gender diversity, as in other universities, need to be improved. We need to have conversations within all genders and be sure that we have an inclusive and diverse space within all occupations, especially project management due to its growth track. This can be improved by having the uncomfortable conversations, enacting policies to promote more diversity and inclusion, and general transparency and willingness to learn more about other gender groups.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

The key skills for future success in my opinion are more soft than hard and technical skills. Many in leadership are lacking the necessary soft skills. This is another reason why many project management positions are being outsourced due to the difficulties of working with some team leaders. There needs to be a clear understanding on the soft skills needed in order to carry our project effectively.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I recover from difficult situations through reflection and meditation. Being able to reflect, understand the occurrences, and determining ways to better solve issues are ways in which I recover from situations. At times, it is easier said than done; however, it is important to remember those feelings are temporary and that you need to focus on the big picture.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

For conflict resolution, I strongly promote seeing both sides of the conflict, writing down ways in which the conflict can be resolved, reach a resolution, and then leave the floor open for dialogue regarding the conflict. As a project manager, you are tasked to be the one to resolve issues, and taking the time to do this is important. Never just go with the side of the person you know more than the other. Always take the time to look at both sides, assess, and then go from there.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Challenge. Organization. Team.

 

 

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