CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Lorton, VA, USA
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Ms. Sonia Mundra is the President of Chenega Analytic Business Solutions (Chenega Analytic), an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Ms. Mundra helps federal and commercial agencies implement records and IT solutions. She has served in a variety of programmatic, operational, financial and executive roles at Chenega, and has managed over 27 programs and 350 people in her role as Director of Operations.
In addition to leading Chenega Analytic, Ms. Mundra dedicates a significant amount of time to volunteer associations and activities which help educate and empower the regional technology community. She has spoken on blockchain technology for various organizations, including CompTIA, ISACA, PMI, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA).
Ms. Mundra is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Project Management Professional (PMP).
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
I enjoy learning from my team members. Everyone has different work and life experience, and I like to learn and be exposed to new people with different experiences, customer knowledge and specialized skill sets. Everyone has something unique to contribute.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Communication, coaching/encouragement and risk management and identification, are my top three skills that I utilize.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
I try to attend networking events and conferences to meet new people, as my schedule permits. I stay in touch with people using social media and try to connect them with other members of my network when I feel it would be beneficial for them.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
I wish I had put myself out there and been more confident when I was younger.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
My mother has been an inspiration to me. She did not start her career until after her children were more grown up, and I watched her work on completing her degrees when I was in middle school. We used to do our homework together! She went on to win a prestigious Fulbright fellowship several years later. She taught me that learning never stops, and women can be good mothers and awesome at their careers also.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Jobs may come and go, but no one can ever take away the knowledge inside your head. Never stop learning, your knowledge belongs to you!
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Be yourself and don’t let other people shake you or try to intimidate you. You should be confident in your abilities and trust yourself.
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!
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