|Tanya Rahman, |
Senior Project Manager
Rahman has over 15 years of experience in project management, system improvement, and team leadership. Most recently, she was at General Electric, where she developed program management processes and coached program teams on financial, resource, tollgate, scope change, schedule change, and risk management.
She has an MBA from Lynchburg College, is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Scrum Master. After earning her degree, she joined the faculty of the City University of New York as a mathematics instructor for four years, and then went on to project management roles at Genworth Financial and Centra before joining General Electric.
Rahman has also used her skill set leading service projects in her community, including fundraisers for the March of Dimes and the Blue Ridge Community Food Bank.
Rahman cites her affinity for change as one reason she has stuck with her chosen field.
“When you work in project management, you’re constantly working on new challenges, and figuring out new ways of doing things,” she said.
Another reason she loves what she does? People!
“Efficiency and improved experience are tied to what I do,” she said, adding, “I get to create enhanced work experiences for people and improve their lives.”
When she begins a new project, Rahman said she starts by getting to know the people who are receiving the product so she can understand how the change will affect them. That starting place is the same, whether she is working with students or professionals.
“When I taught remedial math, I enjoyed seeing the students move from having a phobia of math to a place where math is something they can do and maybe even enjoy. The unfamiliar can be unsettling. In my role, I get to guide people through change, and help them get to a place where things are easier for them.”
“I enjoy seeing the transformation,” she said.