Women in Project Management Break the Bias Virtual Conference, 8th – 10th March 2022
Celebrating United Nations International Women's Day
Estelle Detrembleur reports on the recent PMI UK conference
"Imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias."
International Women's Day is intended as a celebration of women's achievement, to raise awareness against bias, and to take action for equality. It was with these objectives in mind that PMI (UK) Digital Events Team organised a three-day Break the Bias conference from 8th – 10th March.
Organised in less than seven weeks, the conference utilised the skills and capabilities from a large team of PMI UK volunteers. And the fact that the conference was virtual gave the opportunity for participants from around the world to collaborate and share their best practices on how to #BreakTheBias.
During the conference, current and next generation women project managers and change makers came together not only from Europe, but from around the world to collaborate in a mix of interactive presentations (through our engagement tool Mentimeter), broadcasts, panel discussions, networking, education and fire-side chats with high profile female project leaders.
It was a very well attended and truly international event, with 601 registrations from 15 countries, including not only Europe, but from much further afield, such as the USA, Japan and Saudi Arabia. Over the three days participants attended whenever their schedule allowed, however the engagement was remarkable: peak attendance was 154, and the average time spent at the conference was almost 7 hours. Very encouraging too was the proportion of time that participants spent in the 1:1 networking sessions, a special area within our Hopin conferencing platform that facilitates connection discovery and collaboration
Indeed Day 1 was all about Collaboration across Boundaries, with talks and workshops including the introduction of the Women emPowerMent: PMI chapters collaborative network across Europe for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Day 3 considered the practicalities of creating the Inclusive Workplace. In this we were inspired by many dynamic speakers, including Crystal Richards, and Anna Gullstrand, Chief People and Culture Officer at Mentimeter.
What the participants said
"I am happy to see women in PM coming together to actually make an impact."
"Very inspiring for women in PM roles. Help defining career path steps.
"WOW! What a day, SO SO SO much amazing content that I am absolutely blown away.I tried to take SO many notes but I definitely need to go back and review the recordings again because WOW!" (we had to include this!)
"Very happy that I was part of the sessions. I gained a lot of new knowledge - the EU market regarding women development, Karpman drama triangle, the winner triangle, virtual leadership, PMI members in EU."
"It was a time of great learning from colleagues in the field."
Engaging, talented speakers! Excellent sessions! Provided very valuable information for my career.
"The networking sessions were fantastic. I have not met so many different members in such a short duration of time. Excellent encounter of minds and views."
More information at www.pmi.org.uk/events/womeninprojects
About the author
Estelle Detrembleur, Conference Director, is Associate Director Project Controls at Mace (global experts in shaping the built environment), and was part of the Nuclear global team tasked with increasing awareness of the importance of energy mix and the need for nuclear to reach NetZero at the COP 26 conference. If you would like to know more about the womeninprojects community within PMI UK then feel free to connect with Estelle directly: email@example.com
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