Meet the Speakers: Emily Luijbregts
Elevator pitch, describe yourself in less than 2 sentences?
A hardworking Project Manager dedicated to sharing knowledge with others. Has a dry sense of humour and her definition of work hard/play hard involves copious amounts of good food and laughter.
Best advice you’d give a young Project Manager in how to balance work and personal life?
Don’t be afraid to turn off your PC and say No. Learning to balance work and your personal life and commitments will be a lesson in success and failure for what works for you and your circumstance so don’t be afraid to try new/different ways of balancing your life and look at what others are doing and see if it applies to you.
What, according to you, is an important skill for a project manager to succeed?
Effective communication skills and within this also includes negotiation and communication sensitivity (a.k.a knowing when to be quiet and when to speak up). Being able to be a successful communicator gives you a head start to be able to manage the project properly.
Best advice you were ever given as a young aspiring project manager?
“Be the Manager that you want to have in a project”. I was lucky enough to have a incredible mentor in my first 3 years of working in Project Management and she was the reason I am who I am today and one thing that she used to reiterate to me was that as a Project Manager, I have the power and influence to be a great Manager and create an environment of excellence for my team or I could be an awful one.
What part of the project do you find most “interesting and/or challenging”?
For me, it’s always the start of a project. I love being able to have a big to-do list of things that I want to accomplish for a successful project and enjoy being able to tick it off. I try to spend a larger percentage of my time in the planning phase of a project as I’ve found that spending more time here means I have less issues later on in the project.
What have been the biggest challenges in your career to date?
People underestimating me. I started out in Project Management very young so had to deal with people and peers constantly underestimating my abilities or experience because they only saw my age and not my experience.
What has been the proudest moment in your life so far?
Professionally: Speaking at several conferences and having attendees come up and tell me that I had been able to help them with their situation/issue.
Personally: Being able to move and start my life/career in several different countries and be a success.
Agile, Waterfall, Wagile or?
Put uncertainty on the table and we can span the great Agile- Waterfall divide
Cause you’re Passionate about?
Preserving our Democracy and transparency in digital campaigning
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Other Jobs you’ve had in the past?
Waitress, Office Temp, Childcare Assistant (that one didn’t last long!).