CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Tanisha Smith is a Technical Program Manager (TPM) who partners with health industry leaders, product teams and customers to evaluate gaps in health technology and develop operational and technological solutions.
As a TPM she manages Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing teams and builds software products at UPMC Enterprises (UPMCE) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has worked in the technology field over the last 16+ years as a designer, software analyst, project manager and product manager understanding, conceptualizing and implementing products and software.
She is a strong believer in the idiom of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes before judging. Therefore, she is driven by empathy and curiosity. This belief has led to her success at quantum leaping from singular roles such a Development Specialist with the Walt Disney company into broader more complex roles like Technical Program Manager with UPMCE. It also allows her to confront fear of change and the unknown head on. All of which challenges most individuals, specifically women in various industries.
Often outspoken and unabashedly curious she spends her current days expanding her knowledge around the nuances of software commercialization and natural language processing.
Tanisha holds a Master of Science in Internet & Mobile information Systems from Robert Morris University, is an accredited Scrum Master and certified a Project Management Professional (PMP).
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
What I love most about being a project manager is working with customers and development teams. I work with customers to understand business and operational challenges. Then work closely with development teams to take what at first appeared to be a problem and transform it into an opportunity that leads to a solution.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
– Understand the mission
– Time management
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Volunteering and supporting initiatives like FLIGHT: Female Leadership, Innovation, and Growth in Healthcare & Technology
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is that it is ok to try.
“I never lose. I either win or I learn.” – Nelson Mandela
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
There are many women who have inspired me so far in my career journey. I meet them every day, in every place, in many roles both in and outside of the industry. By far the most compelling is my mother. At a young age my mother planted the seed of knowledge. She taught me not to be afraid of learning and practiced what she preached by going back to school in her fifties to acquire a second bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy from Carlow University.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is to move forward. Frustration can hold you back.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is don’t be afraid to get into a space you are unfamiliar with. I have learned and grown the most professionally in roles where I didn’t start out as an expert.
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.
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