Meeting/Event Information

Women in Project Management

March 21, 2017
5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
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EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College
13805 58th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33760
http://www.spcollege.edu/epicenter
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Topic:

There are still significantly fewer women than men in management positions, particularly in the area of project management. Several reasons have been suggested for this. One is that project managers are mainly found in the information technology, construction, and engineering industry, which have been historically male dominated areas.

The involvement of more women in project management, would benefit project management professions by adding new blood and energy. Studies have confirmed that organizing under conflict, decision making ability, cooperative leadership, and integrative thinking are all important personal characteristics of a successful project manager and are almost intuitive characteristcs of women who should follow a project management profession. Interpersonal communication is a very important skill for project managers, and many researchers have found that women tend to have strength in this area as well as in non-verbal communication. Teamwork – Cartwright & Gales (1995) studies found that women have significant team management skills, characterised by a high regard for people, and high regard for task as well as a heightened sense of awareness and greater sense of cultural incongruence and gender exclusion. Empathy/Compassion – It can be argued that women are sensitive in caring and showing concern for their staff and can be seen as capable in interpreting problems and bringing order to their area to maintain tight control – crucial areas of project management. (Very similar skills can also be seen in motherhood and project management. When managing projects, women see tradeoffs between cost, time and scope. When women manage their lives, they see tradeoffs between taking care of the tasks of the household, activities of the children and function in the work place. Managing these life challenges may help women become better project managers.)

Although, in general the opportunities for women in project based industries appears to be increasing, women continue to be in a significantly small minority in them. This is not only because of the barriers that affect their entry to project based industry careers, but because of a general lack of knowledge and information about the industry, the career opportunities it can offer and what qualifications are required.

This session intends to explore the experience of local women project managers in some particular organizations who have broken the mold and have successful project management practices with large numbers of women within them. The discussion will focus on what barriers and obstacles were overcome and broken through. The discussion will also focus on how we as an organization and community can offer opportunities to continue the extraordinary growth of women in the field of project management.

(This is not a man-bashing session. This is not only for women. This is an opportunity for all of us, women and men, to look at a situation where we need all of us to work together to make a difference in the local community by providing a foundation to improve the field of project management.)

Presenters:

Founded in 1998, Tribridge is a technology services firm specializing in business applications and cloud solutions. Tribridge helps mid-market and enterprise customers solve their business challenges through strategic consulting services, innovative offerings and industry-specific solutions built on the latest technologies. Tribridge delivers expertise for where your business is headed.

Tribridge was built on a foundation of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and servant leadership. Tribridge strives to maintain a culture of open communication, shared values and continuous improvement. The Tribridge team is dedicated to following through on our promises and building lasting partnerships with customers, strategic business partners, fellow team members and the greater community.

Heidi Bush, Practice Manager
Heidi works with several project teams, helping them to implement agile processes to improve project delivery and customer satisfaction, as well as manages staff projects and shares responsibility for the business unit's profit and loss.

 

Windi Glogowski, Project Manager - App Dev
Windi oversees responsibility for custom development implementations, including user story creation, agile project management, client engagement, and testing.

 

Continuing Certification Requirements:

Technical project management: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organization achieve its business goals.

Strategic and business management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.

   

This session will provide you 1.0 PDU towards Leadership

Agenda:

5:30-6:15 PM Registration, Networking/Socializing, Snacks/Refreshments
6:15-6:30 PM Business Meeting / Announcements 
6:30-7:45 PM Keynote Presentation 
7:45-8:00 PM Raffle / Closing Remarks

Dress:

Dress is business casual.

Guests:

Guests are welcome at any meeting. You need not be a member of PMI to attend our monthly meetings. However, please be sure to register in advance.

Partner:

WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. WITI's Goals are to (1) provide a platform of connections, resources and opportunities, (2) transform corporate and media perceptions of women, (3) create a pipeline of women to fill leadership positions in corporate America, (4) demonstrate that advancing women directly contributes to the prosperity of all, (5) influence top leaders in government, academia and industry to recognize the purchasing power of women, and (6) Encourage girls and young women to choose business and technology careers.

WITI Tampa Bay provides a local forum for women to network with each other, forge connections, share resources, and discover opportunities in the technology industry. 

Sponsor:

TEKSYSTEMS | is a subsidiary of Allegis Group, the largest private talent management firm in the world. Our longstanding history and industry-leading position speak to our success in providing the IT staffing solutionsIT services and talent management insight required for you to actualize ROI and sustain a truly competitive advantage in a fast-changing market.

Tickets

$15.00 PMI Florida Suncoast Chapter Member

$25.00 Guest Attendance