Project Management

Make Your Mark: Amplifying Women in Project Management

Grace Najjar

In celebration of International Women’s Day and in recognition of Women’s History Month, PMI recently led a diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) discussion on how women in leadership are shaping their organizational environment, building effective teams and impacting positive business results and performance.

Hosted by Tomika Greer, an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the University of Houston, the session welcomed perspectives from a lineup of accomplished leaders who I was pleased to join for a wide-ranging conversation. My fellow panelists included:

  • Adeola Akande, Lead, Transformation & Change Management, Dangote Industries Limited
  • Sabine Smith, Senior Director, Global PMO, Infor
  • Roberta Jane Heggie, Manager, Project Management Office, Western Forest Products

Diversity is more complex than merely checking a box; it looks different in varying communities and across the globe. Project management has long been a field dominated by men in the professional ranks. However, we have seen an increase in women serving as project professionals in recent years.

My co-panelists—all of whom have made their mark in the profession—touched on the qualities that distinguish the most effective leaders: the ones who motivate, manage and inspire their teams to deliver and grow. It was…

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