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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2012
22 Project Manager wipm nsw At the heArt of WIPM Is A coMMItMent to the ver y broad range of skills project managers possess. Many have had a ‘fi rst career’, which tends to be a specialisation, and have then taken up project ma n agement because they enjoy the challenge of delivery in a set timeframe, as wel l as exercising the skills required in people, technical and business aspects. Sue’s story originally a lawyer, sue Linney has worked in both private practice and in corporations, which in turn led to project management with a special emphasis on projects with a legal flavour. Linney, the Principal and Director of Lex regulate, has been an active committee member of WIPM since its inception and is heavily involved in its fledgling volunteer program, thanks to a 2008 trip to tonga that inspired her to get involved in volunteering. “ I didn’t want to just donate my money,” Linney says. “I also wanted to donate my time and I wanted to donate it to something that meant a lot to me – where I could use my project management skills and experience to make a genuine and lasting difference.” to date, WIPM nsW has hosted monthly teleconferences and had a number of networking lunches, as well as undertak ing pilots for a volunteering program. The purpose of this program is to prov ide access to volunteering opportunities, allowing members to get involved in community work . Plus, it means there is sufficient infrastructure – and cPD points – available to recognise such an important contribution. Linney says that WIPM nsW established a relationship with sydney Women's fund (sWf), a non-profit group that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and their families in greater sydney. “As well as providing a volunteering opportunity with an organisation that shares an affinity with WIPM, sWf is well-recognised, has a good governance structure and is ver y evidence-based in determining the recipients of its funding,” Linney says. “By establishing this relationship, WIPM can get to know sWf, the people and how they operate to facilitate the involvement of members.” Kristi Mansfield, Director of sWf, says that a lot of professionals don’t think of philanthropy as skill- sharing, and that the partnership with WIPM heralds a new age of knowledge exchange and understanding. “ We’ve supported the partnership with WIPM to see how we can engage with each other and the non-profit sector, and we think it’s really going to work,” she says. “one of the biggest barriers is that, for organisations that do want to embrace philanthropic ideals, it can be difficult understanding exactly what is required and who to connect with. “It’s also difficult for community organisations and charities to access the right skillsets, so this partnership with WIPM is really helping to provide a framework to work from in the future.” Mansfield also says that the non-profit sector often can’t afford the skillsets required to implement projects, particularly sophisticated projects. “so if people are willing to volunteer their time and their skills, and there’s a strong framework for establishing that, then it builds the capacity of an organisation and its ability to have a greater impact on the community,” she says. •• • Beyond projects Women in Project Management (WIPM) aims to provide professional and personal support to women, both for their own benefit and to aid those important to them. I DIDN'T WANT TO jusT DONATE my mONEy, I WANTED TO DONATE my TImE TO sOmETHING THAT mEANT A LOT TO mE
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