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APM Women in Project Management Specific Interest Group

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Specific Interest Groups (SIGs) discuss particular aspects of project management to further understanding and good practice.

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About this SIG

Women in project management Project management relies on good leadership and team working which can be enhanced by promoting individual strengths. Much has been said about the potential for improvements in organisational practices to be found in examining the differences in management styles between men and women, whilst little has been done to develop organisational processes needed to realise this potential.

The future relies on changes in working practices, involving both men and women.

Definition from APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition  

WiPM addresses the development and promotion of women working in project management environments and works to maximise the availability of expertise in the project management profession.

We actively promote investment in gender diversity to ensure that all project managers have the potential to develop a highly rewarding career, supporting both men and women in their efforts to maintain a balance between the many demands imposed on them whilst striving to retain their own identity. Our mission is to:

To develop a powerful profile We are active members of the APM and wider project management community and represent the voice of women.

Promote a no-barrier culture We encourage all project managers to succeed in their career by providing expertise and resources to facilitate career progression.

Engage with and respond to project professionals We listen to the voices of our members and tailor our work to their feedback, providing regular occasions to interact through continuing professional development events, webinars and networking opportunities.

Build a collaborative community We grow dynamic networks with our members and links with like-minded organisations, sharing best practice in project management and professionalism.

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WiPM initiatives

WiPM was founded in 1993 as a forum for women to develop their skills and to network and continues to support the project management community through the following initiatives:

  • A varied programme of events and networking opportunities, including a biennial conference.
  • Active social media community and discussions through LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • Building links with other professional communities and women’s networks.
  • Support group for those aspiring to RPP and FAPM.
  • An information database and profiles of project managers that demonstrate the diversity of those in the WiPM community.

Featured resources

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Let’s start with; What is the Workplace Wellbeing Profile? It is a collaborative communication toolbox, specifically tailored to each individual, that they can use in their workplace to identify ways to manage their wellbeing.

Upcoming conferences and events

Inspire inclusion within the project profession to attract and retain a diverse workforce

5 March 2024

Tools on inclusive leadership skills, retention strategies.

Inspiring Inclusion within the Project Management Profession and Celebrating Individual Differences

8 March 2024

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness about discrimination. Take action to drive gender parity.

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News by this SIG

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Black History Month: Introducing the new chair of APM’s Women in Project Management group
APM’s Women in Project Management Specific Interest Group has welcomed a new Chair, Irene Maposa. As part of our series of articles for Black History Month, we spoke with Irene about her vision for the future of the SIG, the people who continue to inspire her in her career, and her advice for the next generation of project professionals.
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Accelerating gender equality high on agenda at Women in Project Management Conference 2023
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APM Board Member Yetunde Adeshile shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards from over 90,000 nominations and votes
APM trustee Cllr. Yetunde Adeshile ChPP, FAPM, RPP, MBA who has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model award for Race, Religion and Faith at the year's National Diversity Awards.
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APM Award Winner Kelly Stone appointed MBE in King's Birthday Honours
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The three critical skills you need to manage multiple projects webinar
The skills you need to develop to get your to do list under control so you can spend less time juggling and more time moving your multiple projects forward.

Blogs by this SIG

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How to manage menopause at work
Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) finds that 30% of menopausal women have experienced being unable to go into work because of their symptoms, with only one-quarter feeling able to tell their manager the real reason.
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The WIPM conference: a success story
As I stepped from the lift, the energy and anticipation was palpable – actually, that’s an understatement. It didn’t just wash over you, it hit you. Yes, I have just arrived at my 5th Women in Project Management conference, and I’m not surprised that this flag-ship event had sold out.
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Every single WIPM Conference is worth a million dollars
At the next WIPM conference, we’re eager to enhance leadership skills and empower project teams by harvesting our diversity and inclusion within transformational projects. We will be celebrating our achievements, personal growth and professional development which I’m sure can easily add up to a million dollars.
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Making space for women
Here in the UK, I head up the UK Space Agency’s Office for Project and Programme Management. Founded in 2010, the Agency is at the heart of the growing space sector in the UK. It delivers on key ambitions set out in the UK’s National Space Strategy by catalysing investment into the space sector, delivering missions and capabilities, and championing the power of space to improve services across the economy and inspire the next generation. The Agency also manages the UK’s investments in, and membership of, the European Space Agency (ESA), an inter-governmental organisation independent of the European Union.
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Behind enemy lines; a civilian in a military world
As project delivery professionals we forge and develop relationships across different stakeholder groupings, and even cultures to successfully deliver our outcomes. As Portfolio Director, and Head of the Project Delivery (PD) Profession for the British Army, how does it feel to work to lead as a civilian in a world which has so much history and recognition for its military prowess? Having engaged with the profession outside Defence there are sometimes questions, and confusion around the role civilians play in the delivery of Army capabilities through its Programmes and Projects. 
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Difficult conversations
It’s no secret that project managers need to be able to manage conflicting objectives. We juggle and adapt in a constantly changing world empowering our team to be effective and focused whilst responding to the inevitable issues that arise. It’s not surprising that research shows project managers operate at a higher-than-average level of stress. 

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