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Carrie Foti PMP®

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Carrie Foti PMP®

My My learning experience has been incredibly valuable. I am using the techniques and training I have learned now to manage my project and facilitate my Team.

We interviewed Carrie Foti PMP®. Carrie is a senior executive of a global AIDS research organisation and has recently taken our PMP Exam Preparation Course. 

 
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. e.g your name, location, hobby, your current work and your role?
 
Program Director, ADVANCE (Accelerate the Development of Vaccines and New Technologies to Combat the AIDS Epidemic) program. My current work is to coordinate the ADVANCE Leadership Team, facilitate delivery of the program objectives against agreed timelines, and manage the cooperative agreement with the donor agency.
 
2. What did you study with PMCOE and what was your reason for taking the course?

I studied the PMP Exam Preparation course. I was  preparing for the PMP certification exam, but also eager to better manage and equip my Team to deliver on our program.

3. How do you plan to utilize your newly acquired knowledge?
 

I have worked over 25 years in international public health initiatives of increased size and scope. I started with small scale projects in the early 2000’s to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and I quickly discovered I had the ability to fundraise for programs in treatment, prevention and eventually research and development spaces.

I can see a recognition by my colleagues and senior leadership.  

I have worked in 20+ countries in Africa and been in leadership roles on two programs valued at over $300 million U.S. dollars. My current program averages $28-32 million U.S. dollars a year, and includes 10 partner organizations with clinical trial cohorts active in five countries.

My project scientists also doing the discovery and product development work towards an efficacious vaccine for HIV which is one of the most difficult and evolved viruses to eliminate.

Taking this course has reinforced skills and abilities I developed over time but did not have a approach or framework in which to deliver them. By this I mean, Agile and traditional management techniques shared in this course enable project management abilities to be cultivated project-wide by me. And Agile in particular, enables high performing teams, innovation and trust.

Being the singular “smartest person in the room” does not deliver results in a project, but being a focused, self-aware, and empowered communicator can deliver impacts in life-saving health initiatives. This is especially important in international and cross-cultural settings where leadership should be visible and demonstrated in the places you have to engage meaningfully local talent and more equitable partnerships.

4. How would you describe your learning experience at PMCOE?

My learning experience has been incredibly valuable. I am using the techniques and training I have learned now to manage my project and facilitate my Team. I can see a recognition by my colleagues and senior leadership in promoting values I have held for many years but was unable to articulate from a business case perspective. Many organizations have “storming” team dynamics in play for much longer than necessary and some are unable to reach performing stage at any point in a project lifecycle.

This course has enabled me to advance quickly to “norming” my team and managing change which has become a constant and a reminder that good project management requires a focus on removing the impediments to others and keeping everyone focused..

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