Ireland Chapter Newsletter
March | 2021 - Conference Special
A message from the President, Jackie Glynn
|Hello and welcome to our special edition newsletter - a wrap up on our enormously successful National Project Management Conference 2021, which took place earlier this month.
Over 270 Project Professionals joined us on the 11th March to network, learn and nourish the field of project management in Ireland....and beyond!
|I was surprised and delighted to welcome delegates from Bulgaria, France, Belgium, the US, Canada, Swtzerland, India and even Tanzania! As vaccines are rolled out and we return to normal, it will be important to retain the benefits of remote working and the level of inclusion and diversity that a virtual event can offer.|
|Our National Conference Director, Helen Mahon, shares the Conference Highlights below, so I would just like to thank, once more, our incredible and loyal Sponsors, without whom we could not deliver a National Conference.|
|Thanks to EY our headline sponsors, and to their Director, Conor O'Dwyer who delivered serious learnings in a wonderful warm style. Thanks to Irlca Limited, Cora Systems, Auxilion, The Project Foundry and UL.|
I always like to offer the latest free tools and up to the minute thought leadership that supports your development. So, before I sign off, I am excited to share the "Out of the box video series".
Click the link above to check it out.
|This series of videos will spotlight new and interesting developments across the global PMI community. The goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire you with the creativity and innovation at work across our events, partnerships, certifications, thought leadership, and more.|
|The National Project Management Conference 2021: Powerful Perspectives|
|Helen Mahon | National Conference Director|
I wont lie. Entering 2021, with the ambitious plan to deliver our first Virtual Conference by March, was a little scary. But after I dusted off the 2020 woes and rallied the troops, something exciting started to form: the hope of a familiar forum and the buzz of knowing we would be together as a community once more.
From the start we knew we needed two very special teams to meet in the middle, in order to make this event a success.
1) Our Board: We are a team of volunteers, with demanding careers and social lives. Ok maybe not social lives in the old sense...but with demands on our time from family and friends! Conferences take considerable effort to plan and everyone on the board made sacrifices to carve out time for this cause. Very special thanks to our Director of IT, Mick Schofield and our Director of Admin, Louise Mc Fadden - who mastered our platform to ensure the best user experience. Thanks also to my wonderful volunteers Sean Cronin and Ciaran Forde, who made a massive impact.
2) Our Delegates: "If you build it they will come" - or so the line goes! But thats not true....and we needed more than ghosts! We are uber thankful to our fabulous Members and Supporters who turned out in their droves and brought all of our plans and hopes to life! See below a quick infographic that encapsulates the success and impact of the day.
We are wrapping up our lessons learned this week, so do reach out here with any specific feedback. I will now transition to my second Board Role - Director of Outreach, so you will be hearing from me soon, as I work with Irelands learning institutions to build the pipeline of future Project Managers!
We were delighted to have over 70 people join us on 8th March for a live panel discussion to mark International Women’s Day.
Following a packed event schedule in March, as well as the very successful National Project Management Conference, we are back to business as usual with the webinar schedule.
Be sure to check out the events schedule regularly here
Recommended reading from our VP, Jackie Fagan
Hello all! This time out I am excited to share the latest "Pulse of the Profession" a must read for Project Management professionals. Published on the 24th March, this is a fresh and hyper relevant piece of Thought Leadership on Gymnastic Enterprises.
What are they? I hear you ask. Well, when we look back at the last year we identify enterprises who in spite of challenge, managed to pivot and thrive. They shifted to a focus on output and empowered their people to enable great change. Their employees were given space to optimize working from home and to elevate their power skills.
And the result? Although less projects proceeded in 2020, more were actually completed on time and under budget! If you would like to learn more and get a piece of this competitive advantage, check out the Pulse of the Profession here.
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