CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: London, UK
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Dr Teri Okoro MBA RPP FAPM FRIBA
Teri is a passionate champion of Women in Project Management globally. Trained initially as an architect in London, she subsequently qualified as a project manager and founded TOCA -a London based design and project management consultancy in delivering projects in the UK and Africa. She has extensive experience of complex infrastructure and construction projects.
As a Registered Project Professional (RPP), Teri works with organisations to deliver programmes and projects, also providing consultancy on varied stages of the project cycle and the delivery of strategy through projects. She assesses PM maturity and advises on improvements.
A past Chair of the APM Women in Project Management SIG in UK, she initiated and produced the WIPM video used as a resource in schools and university career events. Keen to promote the professionalization of project management in Africa, she has undertaken research and written about Project Management and careers through her P3MAfrica initiative. Teri is assisting the launch of WIPM Africa groups.
She mentors project managers in the UK and Africa on progressing their careers and obtaining further qualifications and accreditations. Supporting her belief that collaboration with likeminded individuals and organisations is critical to achieving change, she has industry-wide links. Teri sits on industry related boards as the Advocacy Committee of the APM the Chartered Body for the Project Profession, the Diversity Panel of the UK Construction Industry Council and the Advisory Council of the Pan-Africa Project Management Conference.
Her work experience, research and papers have led to her Fellow membership of both the Association for Project Management (FAPM) and Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA).
Teri obtained her PhD from University of Westminster and successfully gained her MBA from Ashridge Business School in the UK. She has published her research in Journals and Reports. The most recent is Scorecard of the Profession: Africa Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Research Report 2017. She is an International conference speaker on career development, leadership, diverse talent and technical aspects of project and programme delivery.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
Variety, mix of skills, pride in final outcome
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Leap of faith starting my consultancy, successfully delivering numerous projects and programmes, professional recognition and lastly but certainly not the least, assisting others to excel.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
Offers great variety, plays to their strengths offers, requires a mix of technical and people skills. Deliverables or outcome is satisfying whether tangible or not.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Get a sponsor, volunteer for new projects / excel, also publicising their successes. Join a professional Institute / volunteer outside of work to grow professional networks.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Opportunities to manage stretch projects, not always obtaining qualifications to reflect their career stage or ambitions, receiving due credit and financial rewards, also a work culture that doesn’t encourage more flexible working.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Provide them with the opportunity to flourish and tools, skills as well as encouragement to achieve relevant accreditation to step up up their career. Networks and the events the arrange are useful complements.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
Numbers are growing, thus career planning and opportunities to thrive should enable women succeed. Organisations and Institutions require joined-up holistic strategies and practices together with sharing of good practice to enhance inclusion for all. Learning should life-long for continued self-improvement.
To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.
Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.
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