CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Castries, St. Lucia
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Mrs. Thalia Charles-Edward is an experienced customer service and project consultant. She has over ten (10) years experience in the finance and banking sector. Her capabilities include customer service training, financial planning, investments, sales, project management , management consultancy and coaching. Thalia holds a Project Management Professional certification from PMI along with a BA. Business Management, MBA- Management Consultancy and currently pursuing MSc. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Helping to create a more engaged and efficient small business sector and workforce in St. Lucia is her ultimate goal.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
It is a dynamic and diverse field. Every project affords for learning and growing in varied environments.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
I can’t pinpoint a “greatest” achievement because all projects that are completed are victories. One thing that sticks out in my career that has been exceptionally heartwarming for me was the start of my own company. The feeling I got when I landed my first project consultancy client was euphoric. As a young professional it is a little intimidating going out on your own, so hitting that major goal was amazing.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
I think being a Project Manager is a fulfilling career for either gender. It is a dynamic and exciting field. I focus on Project Management consultancy so it was a great choice for me because I like helping persons develop and learn. As a woman I think most of the skills needed by a project manager example leadership, communication, scheduling and negotiating, are natural abilities we possess. This helps us be more operative Project Managers.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Woman can stand out in our field by actively engaging in self-development and by formulating unique solutions and ideas that revolutionize project outcomes. I believe that learning is a never ending process and the more you gain knowledge the more valuable your talent and skills become.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
I thankfully have not been the recipient of discrimination based on gender in my career but I have encountered other female professionals who struggle with gaining respect and compliance from their teams and even stakeholders. This most times stems from cultural labels and nurture in my current home environment.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
We can organize or facilitate more special sessions (geared towards women) to help with ongoing development and improvements in varying project management topics. Too many times we neglect personal and professional development because we are caught up in “work”, sticking to the preceding rules and processes learned.
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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