Ireland Chapter of PMI

Ireland Chapter National Conference 2023 : Powerskills Unlocking Critical Behaviours Needed for the Future of Work

Powerskills Unlocking Critical Behaviours Needed for the Future of Work






Keith inspires audiences to break through performance barriers and reprogramme their subconscious to accomplish their biggest goal

The 2023 Annual PMI Ireland Conference, in association with EY,  is just around the corner, and this year we are thrilled to announce that the event will be held at the prestigious RDS in Dublin on May 24th, 2023. The conference theme is "Powerskills: Unlocking Critical Behaviours Needed for the Future of Work," and we have lined up an impressive roster of keynote speakers, thought leaders, and industry experts to provide attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to thrive in today's rapidly changing business landscape. We are delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Keith Barry. 

Pulse of the Profession® is PMI’s annual thought leadership report, charting the latest trends and developments in Project Management with insight gathered from project professionals, senior executives, and leaders from a wide range of industries across the world.  The 2023 report shows the value of Power Skills and the bigger part that they are playing in today’s business world. 

It is with this backdrop that we have picked the theme for this years conference.   As we all know, the world of work is undergoing a profound transformation, driven by technological innovation, globalisation, and shifting societal attitudes. To succeed in this new era, professionals must develop a set of core competencies or "powerskills" that go beyond technical expertise and encompass a range of behavioural traits and soft skills. These powerskills include communication, leadership, creativity, adaptability, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking, among others.

At the PMI Ireland Conference, you'll have the opportunity to explore these critical powerskills in depth, and learn how to develop them in yourself and your teams. You'll hear from keynote speakers who are on the cutting edge of research and innovation in this field, and who will share their insights and strategies for unlocking the full potential of powerskills. You'll also have the chance to network with other professionals from across Ireland and beyond, and to exchange ideas, best practices, and practical tips.

So mark your calendars for May 24th and join us at the RDS in Dublin for an unforgettable day of learning, growth, and connection. Register now to secure your spot and take advantage of our early-bird pricing. We can't wait to see you there!


Conference Schedule





Welcome & Introduction

Tara Loughrey-Grant & Jackie Fagan


Powering the Project Economy

Agnieszka Gasperini, PMI Global Board Member


Beyond Knowledge: The Need for Power Skills in an Unscripted World

Ciaran Dunne, Traversal Skills Director, Dublin City University


Mid-Morning Break


The Criticality of Power Skills to our Evolving Roles

Mary O'Connor, CIO, ESB


Harness the Power of People to Drive Transformation Success

Sarah Reade, Partner, EY



Panel Discussion and Q&A


Lunch and Networking


Building Emotional Firewalls: Mastering Collaborative Leadership and Build Human Resilience in the Face of Cyber Threats

Nadja El-Fertasi, International Speaker


Interactive session

Interactive session


Powerskills: Maximising the Value from AI Projects

Panel Discussion


Afternoon Break


The Most Important Skillset is a Mindset

Barry Winkless, ,Chief Strategy Officer at CPL Group & Head of the Future of Work Institute CPL.


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Redefine the Impossible

Keith Barry, World-renowned Mentalist, Magician & Subconscious Mind Specialist


Closing Address

Prizes & Closing


Conference Ends


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Speaker Profiles


Agnieszka Gasperini, International Speaker & PMI Global Board of Directors


Agnieszka Gasperini is a multicultural, passionate volunteer and leading expert in project management. Over the past fifteen years she has been teaching, advising and coaching project managers and executives around the world, focusing her expertise around European Union (EU) development projects. Her work, articles and overall contribution to the profession have been recognized with several awards, including the PMI Distinguished Contribution in 2012. Mrs. Gasperini is the CEO and founder of Project Management Consulting. Formed in 2003, the firm was one of the first consulting and training firms focused on Project Management established in Poland. She has trained and coached more than 10,000 executives and has consulted over 500 companies in gaining European Union (EU) funds for their projects (over €1 billion in total). She is an assessor of EU projects, serving the European Commission and local governments since 2007. Mrs. Gasperini has been a speaker at forums in over 20 different countries. Since 2010, she has been part of the faculty of Warsaw University and business schools.  Mrs. Gasperini has been an active PMI volunteer for more than 18 years, is a PMI Poland Chapter founder (2002), and has served as both president and vice president of the chapter (2008–2012). She has held several roles that support PMI’s global operations since 2013, including serving on the Board Volunteer Advisory Committee (BVAC) team, as a region mentor in Central Europe, and as a PMIEF Community Engagement Committee (CEC) member. She is also a graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (2012).  She holds a master’s degree from Warsaw University in economics and management, and completed post-graduate studies in project management at George Washington University. Mrs. Gasperini was raised in Poland and lived in Italy from 2011 to 2017. She speaks Polish, English, Spanish, Italian and conversational German and Russian. Her hobbies include dancing Argentinian tango and playing the saxophone. 


Ciaran Dunne, Transversal Skills Director, Dublin City University (DCU)

 Ciaran Dunne

Ciarán Dunne is the first Transversal Skills Director at Dublin City University. This unique role is focused on empowering students to thrive in an increasingly unscripted world by helping them to develop and evidence a wide range of key transversal skills, including creative thinking, futures literacy, personal agility, project management, data literacy, communicative competence, teamwork and collaboration, and ethical decision making, among others. He has a strong interest in understanding emerging trends and forces of disruption in both higher education and industry, so that students, graduates, employees and organisations can be future-capable in the context of rapid change. Ciarán holds a BA in International Marketing and Languages, and worked in business development in Ireland and overseas before undertaking further postgraduate and doctoral studies. From here he became Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in DCU, lecturing across multiple disciplines, including Sociology, Social Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Futures Thinking, Intercultural Studies, Academic Skills and also Spanish language. Ciarán is particularly passionate about creativity and researches how educational environments can foster this innate human capacity in both students and staff. He has been nominated for teaching awards on numerous occasions and was the recipient of the award for 'Distinctive Approaches to Teaching' in the 2018 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at DCU.

Event Properties

Event Date 24-May-2023 9:00 am
Event End Date 24-May-2023 5:00 pm
Cut off date 23-May-2023
Individual Price Members €225 Non-Members €250
Location RDS

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