Women Connect - Building Resilience for When Project Management Gets Hard - Virtual

Topic: "Building Resilience for When Project Management Gets Hard"  

Here is a secret that prospective Project Managers are not taught until they enter the profession: Project Management is often about influence. As Project Managers, we are charged with overseeing a given project to completion, but we often do not possess control over the resources that move a project forward. In essence, we hold much of the accountability but none of the authority for the projects we manage. We must learn to influence the project dynamics as best we can in order to be successful, but how is this accomplished? Another hard truth about the Project Management profession is that in order to have and maintain influence, we must engage in large amounts of emotional labor. Project Managers must develop and demonstrate skills in emotional intelligence to do the job well. These skills are required because the hard task of managing projects comes down to two essential components: resource constraints (timelines, budgets, personnel, etc) and engagement with the people/stakeholders involved. Projects involve a complex combination of both of these factors. This talk aims to outline what we can and must focus on as Project Managers: identifying what is within our control and what isn’t. Additionally, we will examine what we must do to enhance our personal resilience, such that we can face the challenges of our important work in ways that energize us instead of drain us.

Attendees will take away:

    • Increased understanding of how to remain centered in challenging circumstances
    • Increased understanding of how to address challenging situations from a compassionate, positive point of view
    • Knowledge of a pathway for increasing emotional intelligence for use in their everyday lives


This will be a virtual talk. You will receive the zoom info in your invoice and we wil also send it to all registrants

  • 5:30-6:00pm Break out rooms for networking 
  • 6:00-7:00pm Presentation
  • 7:00-7:30pm Q&A

Presenter Bio:


An experienced Project Manager, Process Integrator, Data Scientist, and Personal Growth Mentor with over a decade of experience across the Energy Industry, Melissa McMillan currently serves as Vice President at the Institute for Life & Care, an educational not-for-profit organization with programming in personal and professional development. Her personal and professional mission is to help others grow, build community, and find connection as human beings.


The Institute for Life & Care

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Type of category: Event

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Date: February 13th, 2024

Hour: 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Number of PDUs: 0.0


Members: Free

Non members: Free