Women SIG celebrates its 21st anniversary

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Posted by APM on 9th May 2014

The Women in Project Management (WiPM) Specific Interest Group (SIG) is celebrating its coming of age having reached the milestone of 21 years.

In celebration of this milestone WiPM will be holding a 21st anniversary event: 'Looking to the future.' The celebration event, taking place on 25th September, will cover the afternoon and evening featuring two exceptional keynote speakers, the event also provides delegates with the opportunity to network with peers and take part in a variety of professional development activities.

Keynote speaker Baroness Susan Greenfield is a neuroscientist, writer, and broadcaster. She has been awarded 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities and heads a multi-disciplinary research group exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimers and Parkinsons. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford and has currently co-founded a biotech company developing a novel approach to neurodegenerative disorders.

In 2012, Susan was offered the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Risk Management. In January 2014, she was included in the Debretts 500, "a recognition of the most influential and inspiring 500 people in Britain.

Joining Susan as keynote speaker is Dame Stephanie Shirley, a successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist and workplace revolutionary. Her amazing life story begins with her arrival in Britain as a five-year old Kindertransport refugee in 1939. In 1962, she started a software house that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech, along the way. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune from nothing with the joy and sadness of raising her only son, Giles, who was born severely autistic.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature, strategic in impact and significant in money terms. The focus is on IT and her late sons disorder of autism. Find out more about the speakers.

The celebration follows on after the conference at the evening dinner where you can enjoy an introduction to networking session held by recognised expert in person-to-person business networking Vanessa Vallely and The Funny Women Players take you on a comedy journey about being a woman in the world of project management. 

For more details and to book a place at the WiPM conference and/or dinner please visit the event page.

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