PMI UK Chapter

Wonder Women

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Celebrating International Women's Day (IWD)

IWD is about celebrating women's achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.

As changemakers, the project management profession has an important role in furthering diversity and inclusion across all industry sectors. In a recent PMI Pulse of the Profession study “A Case for Diversity”, 88% of project leaders recognise culturally diverse and gender diverse teams increase project value. The ROI for gender based initiatives is strong with 63% of top performing organisations providing initiatives including:

 

  • Women’s networking
  • Events designed to develop business
  • Technical or leadership skills among school-age girls and formal mentorship programme to develop female project leaders

 

On March 8th 2021, the PMI UK hosted a virtual event presented by our very own Ariadna Groberio (Chair of Northern Ireland Branch) and joined by Hanna Meirelles (International Trainer and Development Facilitator), Brantlee Underhill (Managing Director, North America PMI) and Christine White (Head of Business at Diversity Mark NI). The discussion explored:

 

  • Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world
  • Wellness - How to get inspired and stay motivated
  • Managing your projects and your professional life for success

 

In case you missed the event, you can view the recorded webinar HERE. To learn more about International Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge

PMI UK Wonder Women - Change Maker Stories

We recognise that there is still quite a long way to go in reaching gender equality and beyond the IWD event, will be sharing some of the inspiring stories from across the profession, our membership and volunteer community that they may serve to raise awareness and encouragement for all. These stories will also be shared through our social media posts (follow us on LinkedIn), chapter newsletter, and blog.

With more than 20 years of experience in PM, Ariadna Groberio, a multicultural professional is obsessed with transformation. She is a Leader in Project Management, Agile specialist, PMO, best-seller writer and speaker.

Ariadna Groberio

Brantlee leads PMI North America's strategic and operational plans. She led the establishment of PMI offices in EMEA and coaches teams in change and stakeholder engagement and co-led the start-up team for implementing PMI’s culture and change management capability.

Brantlee Underhill

Christine White heads up Diversity Mark NI (DMNI) - the awarding body of the Diversity Mark accreditation. Christine joined DMNI as Head of Business in 2018 after two decades as a top performer in retail banking and subsequently the motor trade.

Christine White

Specialised in Strategic Planning & Management Development. Hanna has worked in more than 40 countries around the world.

She's worked for AIESEC, a global leadership development organisation. She's worked at Phillips Consulting and Vale and is a Master Lead Trainer and Facilitator. She has held leadership positions in Talent Management.

Hanna Meirelles

Ife has a successful career in Project Management and received the "Woman of the Year finalist for the 2020 Women in Tech Excellence Awards". She is an inspiration to young women all over the world.

Ifeoma Uzoegwu

Andrea founded a company that helps corporations hire people with disabilities. She has been recognised by the United Nations. She's an author of 'How to Overcome the Challenges of Hiring People with Disabilities'. She's the first woman with disabilities elected 'LinkedIn Top Voice'.

Andrea Schwarz

Ariadne has been engaged in the project’s world for nearly 12 years. She has a Higher Diploma in Marketing and BSc in Advertisement. She's worked in events Marketing for 7 years. She's obtaining an MBA in Project Management and works with different companies as Diageo, Accenture, Facebook, and Google.

Ariadne Suszek

Ilse Kerling is the Founder and CEO of Global Business Academy a company that helps drive collaboration. In addition, Ilse is a Columnist for the Shared Services Outsourcing Network. She's also a regular speaker on radio and events, including TEDxAmsterdam.

Ilse Kerling

Chair of APM’s Women in Project Management Dr Teri's chartered and mentors women progress their professional career. She promotes the development of competences in leadership, communication and stakeholder interaction.

Dr Teri Okoro

Angela's is a Product Manager with experience managing and delivering impactful digital products for large customers across the EMEA region. She has helped global companies with complex digital products and projects. She's an advocate for Scaled Agile and delves into understanding customer pain points by working with engineers and designers.

Angela Kakiiza

Carolyn's main strength is her people skills. She has recently moved to TfL Commercial Development to experience a revenue-generating section of the business and to implement project management processes in the Telecoms Team having built upon her delivery experience within the Stations Stabilisation Programme (SSP).

Carolyn Batchelor

Olubukola Feyisetan is a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) with extensive experience in project delivery and business administration, gained from large organisations in Africa and the United Kingdoom. She has worked with high-performing teams who have delivered large-scale transformational change in the UK public sector.
Olubukola Feyisetan 

Rochelle is an inspirational change leader who is always focused on operational efficiency, value creation. She's highly experienced in using data and process intelligence to contribute to enriched business outcomes.
Rochelle Hood
With more than 20 years of Project Management and Process Improvement experience, Wendy Romeu founded Alluvionic in 2013. A successful company that helps businesses achieve their process and system implementation goals. Wendy has led extensive enterprise with software implementation programmes.

Wendy Romeu

Shirley, a member since 2002, since retiring from IBM as a project manager in software development she supports professional development. She organised new mentor training in 2016 and still volunteers in the Mentoring team.
Shirley Thompson
Carla is a talented professional PMP-certified project manager. With substantial experience in the oil and gas and consulting industries. She is a valued volunteer for PMI UK and is experienced in project and operations management.

Carla Miranda

Louise Brogan helps professionals raise their profile through LinkedIn in a valuable way. Louise hosts 'LinkedIn with Louise' Podcast. She was invited to attend No 10 Downing Street and she attends the House of Lords as one of 12 UK Local Heroes for Business. Louise was named "SME Britain Champion".
Louise Brogan
Morenike Ajayi is a Chartered Accountant, Author, Inspirational public speaker, Executive producer and TV presenter. She works as the Commercial and Finance Director for London Pensions Funding Authority, where she has the responsibility of overseeing a £6bn Pension Fund.
Morenike Ajayi
Emma Ruth is a Project, Programme and Portfolio specialist with extensive experience in the change management industry with a particular focus on collaboration, PMO conception & strategy, method and capability development.

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton

Mary is Vice President, Product Management, Humanitarian and Development at Mastercard in Dubai. She's devoted her career to a multinational payment organisation and has international experience. She has inspired a lot of upcoming product managers and women of colour to pursue their professional careers.

Mary-Rose Mukahirwa

Rachel is the Director of Academic Outreach for PMI UK, she is focused on strengthening relationships with students and inspiring students to be the next Project Management professionals.
Rachel Wong
Sarah's a legal and commercial consultant and training provider. She says "My son (8) says: “you’re determined and keep going”. My daughter (10) is proud that I run my own business simultaneously with managing the home, schoolwork, and school governor duties.

Sarah Schutte

Sheree is a Global Diversity & Inclusion Senior Exec (ex. Deloitte and Monzo). She's a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the industry. She launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of "Women Who Code" dedicated to women in tech.

Sheree Atcheson

Adetoun's is an experienced legal and project management practitioner in the transport sector. She has had to overcome the challenges of cultural differences, work-life balance and career change. Adetoun is a firm supporter of gender equality.

Adetoun Ayilara

Lesley McGrogan is a Teaching Fellow in Human Insights at Ulster University Business School. A champion for diversity and empowering women. Lesley is passionate about developing females at all levels in their career development and has worked extensively throughout the UK managing and delivering female leadership.

Lesley McGrogan