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Paulette Evans, Ed.D.

Paulette Evans, Ed.D.

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I identify as a process improvement/project management expert who utilizes proven methodologies to effectively and efficiently solve problems at work, at home, and everywhere in between. Because this ability comes naturally to me, I recently launched Evans Efficiency Experts, a process engineering consultancy focused on helping people and organizations convert chaos to calm before they burn out.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

Ellevate Network has been one of the most genuine networking opportunities I have experienced in my lifetime. From the moment I attended my first event, I felt that I had a true circle of women who were here for me throughout every aspect of my life/career.

How would you define your professional mission?

I help people and organizations solve complex problems, implement lasting changes, and increase the efficiency in their lives.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

In 2018, while serving as the Senior Project Manager for the Reinventing Care project at Cone Health, I led approximately 100 members of the Reinventing Care Move Team in order to successfully coordinate over 10 multi-campus unit moves and openings in preparation for the relocation of the new Women’s and Children’s Center to the Moses Cone Campus. I also Implemented an Agile-based pull plan grid to capture all necessary work prior to unit moves and openings (this pull plan became the standard work for the system), and facilitated 3 campus-specific weekly calls with the Reinventing Care Move Team to ensure all 25 functions were on track and any barriers were discussed in order to be resolved.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

One of my most memorable life experiences occurred in 2001. While an electrical engineering student at Clemson University, I led a project requiring a team to research, design, and install a water purification system at a clinic in Hluvukani, an underdeveloped village in South Africa, just outside Johannesburg. The establishment had not had clean water in over five years, so this project was literally a matter of life or death and I traveled approximately 8,500 miles to share my blood, sweat, and tears with a group of people who were less fortunate than I was. To this day, I look back on this experience as the sole reason why I love volunteering and traveling.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Professionally, being able to help people and organizations be their most productive selves at all times! Personally, having an extremely flexible schedule, mainly because I have two aging parents who live in South Carolina and I often need to visit them for appointments, etc. at a moment's notice.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

I can walk into any space, within any industry, and streamline the day-to-day processes.

What does success look like to you?

Success is a very personal, individual-defined is not what society says it is. To me, success is waking up every day knowing that I can do whatever I want to do, happily!

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

No, I have amazing work-life balance because of two things: 1) I say no when I need to, without regret; and 2) I schedule non-negotiable "to do list time" and "me time" in my calendar on a regular basis.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Any woman who strives to be an entrepreneur or solopreneur will need to prepare to work hard. The buck stops with you and there is no one else to delegate the non-fun/tedious tasks to.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Be authentically and unapologetically YOU, at all times!

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