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Professional and personal advancement were in the spotlight at the APM Women in Project Management Conference 2023.

Hundreds turned out for the annual event, held in Central London on Thursday, 21 September, to be part of the discussion on a wide range of issues relevant to women in project-related roles.

The crowd at the APM Women in Project Management Conference

This year’s Women in Project Management (WiPM) event focused on the theme of ‘Pathways to Progression’. It featured a programme of renowned project experts, business leaders, authors and academics who led discussions on emotional intelligence, strategies for career progression, managing stress, leadership, and much more.

The sold-out event, sponsored by BAE Systems, was hailed as a huge success by attendees who praised the rich line-up of speakers and engaging subject matter.

APM Chief Executive Professor Adam Boddison OBE opened proceedings before introducing opening keynote speaker, Dame Inga Beale, workplace equality advocate and former Chief Executive of insurance giant Lloyd's of London.

Dame Inga Beale

During her session, Dame Inga shared the story of her career journey, spanning three decades of global business experience. She also shared advice, based on her own experiences, for career progression in a male-dominated profession.

One piece of guidance Dame Inga shared with the audience was to use of what she referred to as the P.I.E model:

  • Performance
  • Image
  • Exposure

“The ‘P’ in this model is a given. You’re expected to perform in your job,” she explained. “But the ‘I’ is vital. You have to understand how people perceive you. You have to ask for feedback.

“Don’t underestimate the ‘E’. You have to hone in on networking skills…Go out of your way not just to say hello to your friends but to meet new people. I would urge you to make a plan and do this.”

The event concluded with a speech by the new chair of APM’s Women in Project Management Specific Interest Group (WiPM SIG), Irene Maposa, who echoed earlier speakers by challenging attendees to push themselves out of their comfort zones, re-evaluating attitudes and change behaviours to take their professional progression to the next level.

Speaking after the conference, APM’s Head of Events and Volunteer Engagement, Manuela Impellizzeri Kemp, said: “We’ve been delighted by the positive feedback from delegates at this year’s Women in Project Management conference. The theme of Pathways to Progression really resonated with people and contributed to a hugely successful event. We’re looking forward to next year’s conference already.”


What delegates had to say about the Women in Project Management Conference 2023

Tanya AblettTanya Ablett

“I found it really interesting and really engaging. There was a good balance to the sessions.”


Louisa LaiLouisa Lai

“Inga Beale was the standout for me. This is my first time at this conference, after a colleague recommended it to me. I would certainly recommend it to other colleagues.”


Debra MulhallDebra Mulhall

“This is my second year coming and I really enjoyed it. I’m very interested in emotional intelligence so it’s been good to hear about that.”


Sharon VasiliouSharon Vasiliou

“I liked the topics that have been discussed. They’re certainly relevant to the target audiences.”



Get involved

WiPM 2024 – We are excited to confirm that the Women in Project Management Conference 2024 will be returning to London on 26 September 2024. Register your interest and be the first to know when bookings open.

WiPM SIG – APM's WiPM SIG supports the development and promotion of women in the project profession, in order to maximise the availability of expertise. You can follow and contact the WiPM SIG here.


Useful resources

Women in Projects: Levelling the Playing Field – an APM report on a panel discussion featuring prominent female project experts discussing issues including flexible working, career progression, gender parity, perceptions around discrimination and more.

APM Salary and Market Trends Survey – APM's eighth salary and market trends survey provides a detailed overview of the project profession, including salary by gender, and gender split in selected job roles.


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