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Alyssa Vukovic

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EL- Alyssa Vukovic
Name: Alyssa Vukovic
Title: Project Manager
Organization: Bradford & Galt
Previous experience at Charter and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssavukovic/

1)      How did you get started in Project Management?

At my first job after college I had the flexibility to work on a few side projects and found I genuinely enjoyed that type of work. I found it gratifying to develop complicated plans and organize resources effectively to achieve desired outcomes and continued to gravitate toward project-like work.


2)      What is your favorite project that you worked on or would like to work on?

One of my favorite projects this year was for a team’s staffing strategy of increasing total headcount. I helped develop and implement a process flow for hiring managers to use, which improved time-to-fill by an average of 19 days.


3)      What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

It is very rewarding to see when the work that I do has a measurable, strong and positive impact. This is why even outside of my day-to-day work I am volunteering with organizations like the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities or the International Institute St. Louis.


4)      Where do you see yourself professionally in the next 3-5 years?

I’m really excited to flex the skills I’ve learned in the last 18 months, and will be working to establish myself as an expert in project management. I hope in the next 3-5 years I’ll be working with teams that can rely on me for this expertise.


5)      Who is the leader that you admire and why?

I’ve worked for a few really good mentors and leaders in the last few years, which makes it difficult to pick just one. Let me instead explain one quality that they all had in common, which I genuinely admire and strive to emulate. I’ve worked for a couple c-suite executives and senior level colleagues who took time out of their extremely busy schedules to coach me and help me improve my skills. This genuine interest in my professional development was inspiring and motivating, as simple as it was, but so important. I hope to inspire someone else in the same way some day.   

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