Projects are life: Terri Tidwell

“A CFO goes to their CEO and asks, “what if we train our employees and they leave?” The CEO responds, “what if we don’t and they stay?” About Terri Tidwell: Terri Tidwell is a Director of Project Controls for SQUAN’s engineering division. Having grown up with both parents working in the telecom industry, Terri got her foot in the industry’s door as a manual drafter. From there, her path to project management excellence was paved by demonstrating a high degree of competitiveness, developing empathy through hands-on experience for her crews, …

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Projects are life: Getting to the moon with the right people, process, and technology

After watching the Apollo 11 mission successfully land astronauts on the moon in 1969, kids around the world wanted to explore the final frontier and work at NASA. Tom Kwiatkowski, a project manager at ImOn Communications made it happen. When I mentioned I saw he worked at NASA he said “That intrigued me and I thought that would be a pretty neat thing to do.” Turns out, it was a very neat thing to do.  Tom takes the lessons learned from managing projects at NASA, the US Army, and Sikorsky …

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Projects are life: Think outside of the box.

Michelle Dinan is a network operations program manager at Swift Navigation. Swift, a San Francisco-based tech firm redefining GNSS and precise positioning technology for automotive, autonomous vehicle, mobile and mass-market applications. Michelle brings over 20 years of experience in various industries, from government to telecom, to the job. When you meet her, you notice her positivity, hard work ethic, and systematic thinking—that, and her fantastic sense of humor. Michelle gets projects done and even has a knack for rescuing the ones that “get away.” She shares how she got to …

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Projects are Life: Thoughtfulness leads to better project management

Projects are Life: Sarah Stevens, Centerline Communications Sarah Stevens is an Associate Project Manager at Centerline Communications, where she brings over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, new site development, real estate, zoning, and construction to the job every day. Sarah’s piece of advice to new project managers is, “you need to be willing to broaden your horizons.” After learning about her journey from architecture, commercial zoning, and construction, to telecommunications with Verizon Wireless and finally Centerline, it is clear that Sarah has taken her own advice throughout her career …

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Projects are Life with Iris Dawson, Vice President of Site Development at inRange Solutions

How many people in the telecom industry can say they were professional dancers? How does dance prepare someone for work in critical infrastructure? We met with Iris Dawson, the Vice President of Site Development at inRange Solutions to learn how her career in dance prepared her for success in telecom. What was your first job? Professional Dancer- I performed Children’s roles for New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center starting at age seven. Before falling into telecom, I was long retired from ballet and had moved onto ballroom dancing. I …

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Projects are Life with Cristina Iacona, Project Manager at ZenFi Networks

I knew Cristina Iacona needed to be featured in the Projects are Life series the day I met her in the Sitetracker Certification course. I could tell immediately that she was smart, super organized, a world-class communicator, and had a great sense of humor – all great qualities of a person, and even better qualities to find in a project manager. We hopped on a Zoom call to talk a bit more about how Cristina got into project management, why she loves the culture at ZenFi Networks, and why communication …

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