Ireland Chapter of PMI - National Conference 2023


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!

Ireland Chapter of PMI

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

Keith Barry


Keith Barry, a renowned mentalist and illusionist, is a master of mind manipulation. With a career spanning global stages, TV shows, and corporate events, Barry's mesmerizing performances challenge conventional thinking. He seamlessly blends entertainment and psychology, leaving audiences spellbound. Recognized for his innovation in magic and mind-reading, Barry has astounded and intrigued millions worldwide. As a TED speaker, author, and star of numerous TV specials, his impact extends beyond magic. Barry continues to redefine the limits of the human mind, captivating audiences with his extraordinary abilities.

Agnieszka Gasperini

International Speaker & PMI Global Board of Directors

Agnieszka Gasperini, a distinguished multicultural project management expert, is the CEO and founder of Project Management Consulting, a pioneer firm in Poland. With over 15 years of global teaching and coaching experience, she specializes in EU development projects, securing over €1 billion for 500+ companies. Recognized with the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2012, she's a seasoned PMI volunteer, PMI Poland Chapter founder, and served various roles since 2002. A multilingual speaker and avid tango dancer, Gasperini's impactful presence spans forums in 20+ countries, embodying excellence in project management.

Ciaran Dunne

Transversal Skills Director, Dublin City University (DCU)

Ciarán Dunne, the inaugural Transversal Skills Director at Dublin City University, pioneers a role dedicated to empowering students for an unpredictable future. Focused on fostering key transversal skills such as creative thinking, project management, and ethical decision-making, he navigates emerging trends in higher education and industry disruption. With a background in International Marketing and Languages, Ciarán, an Associate Professor, passionately explores creativity in educational environments. Awarded for 'Distinctive Approaches to Teaching,' he's a forward-thinking leader ensuring students and organizations stay future-capable amidst rapid change

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


Ensure you Log-In to your PMI account first to have the members disount automatically applied. Please note that tickets are non refundable. 

If you have any questions or wish to book 6 or more tickets to qualify for group discount, please contact nationalconference2023@pmi-ireland.org 


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