As the world marks International Women’s Day this week, Projectified® spoke with two female project leaders making their mark in traditionally male-dominated sectors. Guests discuss the pandemic’s oversized toll on working women, ways companies can improve gender equity and how they’re supporting future female leaders.
With guest Kathryn Rutkowski, PMP 26 August 2020 Transcript
Projects for a More Accessible World
When accessibility is a key focus, a project can deliver more value to everyone. Kathryn Rutkowski, PMP, senior program manager at Atlassian, discusses how to bring an accessibility sensibility to project teams. Matt Ligas, principal at Michael Graves Architecture & Design, shares what he learned from a project to build accessible homes for military families.
The world’s historic and cultural sites connect us to human history. Projects to preserve or restore these sites must be handled with care. Ray Pepi, president and founder of Building Conservation Associates, discusses managing priorities on preservation projects and the future of structural conservation. Kacey Hadick, director of project development at CyArk, talks about working with teams around the world to digitally document cultural heritage sites under their care.
When an organization focuses on diversity, added value is sure to follow. Along with bringing different mindsets and skill sets, diverse team members will challenge one another and approach problems from new angles. Blair Taylor, a partner in the Workforce of the Future practice at PwC, shares the importance of empathy and how diversity yields better business results. Annice Joseph, co-lead for Inclusive Career Journeys at SAP, shares how cross-generational teams bring innovation, creativity and group wisdom to projects.
With guest Asya Watkins, PMP 4 March 2020 Transcript
Women in Project Leadership
Ahead of International Women’s Day, Projectified® hosted a roundtable with three women to discuss their experiences leading projects and programs: Varsha Advani, PMP, with Akamai Technologies; Selenne Berthely, PMP, with Banco de México; and Asya Watkins, PMP, with EnvisionRxOptions and Women Of Project Management. Also, Anna Tavis, PhD, shares how hiring practices can help achieve gender equity on teams.
The next generation of project managers isn’t satisfied with the status quo—and leaders must be ready to adapt. Guests discuss how they encourage collaboration across age groups, and a PMO director from Slack outlines how to recruit and retain young talent.
The World Economic Forum predicts it will take 108 years for women to achieve equal status globally. Guests discuss how organizations can level the playing field—and the manager of global programs for UN Women shares recent project wins.
Dana shares insights on building strong work relationships between millennials and managers. With perspectives from both sides, she identifies behaviors and mindsets to foster cross-generational collaboration and understanding.