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Posted by APM on 24th Jan 2014

Opportunities are available to join the Women in project management SIG committee and influence the development of and promotion of women working in project management environments, and also the development of the project management discipline through the contribution of women.

The SIG supports those in project management professions, regardless of gender, in their efforts to maintain a balance between the many demands imposed on them whilst striving to retain their own identity.

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It is a very exciting time to join, as the Women in Project Management SIG will be celebrating its 21st  anniversary this year . We have come a long way and now wish to increase our influence in the P3 world for the benefit of practitioners and organisations. However, to shape and drive the SIGs strategy and plans effectively we need more support and are inviting volunteers from the SIG membership to join the WiPM SIG Committee.

(Make a note in your diary now - an exciting anniversary event is being organised in London on Thursday 25th September..look out for more details by email and on the website apm.org.uk/events ..)

The current SIG strategy is targeted on the following:

Developing our profile and disseminating knowledge
Undertaking a PR role for women in project-based industries and sectors
Promoting a no barriers culture, good working practices and successful ways of working
Engaging with and responding to women working in the project management community and their geographical spread
Getting the SIG members to be more involved and recruiting more members
Collaborative community building and offering opportunities to network
Seeking successful ventures and growing partnerships with like-minded organisations
Closer working with APM branches, APM initiatives and management
Providing a contact and information base for those wanting to develop their careers/move/make change
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One of our current committee members, Anita Suji explains the benefits of volunteering here on our website.

Examples of the roles performed by committee members are set out below:

  • Being an active member in SIG committee meetings, contributing ideas and discussion points and influencing and developing SIG strategy and plans for the future of the SIG
  • Attending, contributing to and championing the activities of the SIG
  • Representing your organisations / industries views and needs for championing women in management and representing the SIG back into your organisation
  • Organising conferences and SIG events - everything from setting agendas, agreeing locations to agreeing budgets
  • Inviting speakers to present and engage with SIG members who have interesting project management knowledge, learning, views or ideas
  • Engaging with other SIG or branch members to identify ways in which we can work together to bring mutual benefits for SIG members such as combined events
  • Creating and responding to APM WiPM blogs and tweets
  • Contributing to articlesin publications such as Network and Project magazines
  • Supporting fellow committee members by delegating for them in their absence such as occasionally chairing a meeting, or sharing actions from meetings
  • Actively taking responsibilities in the month to month running of the SIG, such as budget monitoring
  • Engaging with professional networks to promote the activities of the SIG and increase the benefits to members
  • Encouraging others to be involved in the activities of the SIG
  • Providing leadership to the WiPM community

Being a committee member can provide a range of benefits to you, such as:

  • Helping to shape the future of WiPM
  • Giving something back to the less experienced members of the profession
  • Gaining access to knowledge about the latest thinking, methods, tools and processes
  • Getting direct access to professional learning from individuals, organisations, industries, academia or sectors who have implemented and worked in project management
  • Testing your project management thoughts and ideas on others without judgement
  • Building a network of specialist contacts to help you in your career
  • Developing your leadership skills
  • Knowing you are part of a team where your contributions can make a difference in helping others

Generally, the commitment is for a few hours each month, with meetings held most months (face-to-face and dial-in options), and with reasonable expenses paid by the APM.

Therefore, if you want a challenge and wish to volunteer yourself to help the SIG please click here and let us know what you would like to do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Teri Okoro
Chair
APM Women in Project Management SIG

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