Don’t be afraid to change course in your life by Lili Kaneva
Today we are happy to meet one of our very passionate PMI Bulgaria Chapter volunteers - Lili Kaneva. She is a Master of Electronics from the Technical University of Sofia, a Master of Business Administration from the international faculty of the University of Sheffield and a certified Project Management Professional. Most of her professional experience is related to automotive electronics where she has held roles both in Operations and Development.
And back to Project Management - it has been a silver lining for Lili - both as a professional and as a mother of three. It is the skill set that has helped her evolve as a professional. She is an engineer - by education and by heart. She believes that technology will save the day on pretty much anything - from climate to space travel. The first thing she upgraded her engineering skill-set was project management. She started leading the development of the products whose manufacturing she had overseen formerly. It was a huge thing for her - to bind technology and managerial skills. "It is the perfect blend" says Lili. She belongs to the school of thought that firmly believes in technical knowledge - it has always helped her to speak the language of her team and to find creative solutions to difficult problems.
Lili’s been an active and involved volunteer for PMI Bulgaria Chapter for a few consecutive years now and has actively participated in the organization of a few Project Management conferences. Lili continues to contribute as a volunteer, still that is by far her only success.
Despite her busy agenda Lili did have her challenges and one was related to how to stay connected to the professional world. And she did find her solution through volunteering. She’s not only been a part of the PM Summit team for three years now, but she can also tell you how many great people she has met here. As Lili puts is: "we bond there the real "hard" way - not by a chat at a cocktail party but by working day-and-night on real critical issues and solving them together. That’s an ancient but irreplaceable recipe that gives you depth of the relationship. Volunteering helped me in another way - researching the trends and topics of the global PM community is a must for the definition of our Summit agenda. So we really dig deep in the articles, books and blogs before we come to our topics list. Then we hunt the best authors so we also get to connect with the strongest names in our profession. It is invaluable!" And as Lili put it - "don’t be afraid to change course in your life but make sure you come to a closure of each chapter in your life otherwise you would just be a lunatic running around".