Elia’s Focus on Project Management

Elia’s Focus on Project Management

Now in its fourth year, Elia’s Focus on Project Management is the language industry’s only event devoted to project management. The format combines a traditional and unconference style to equip project and production managers of all...

Hamburg, Germany
05 Dec 2019 - 07 Dec 2019
Summit Organized by PM Summit

Women in Project Management Summit 2019

Dublin, Ireland
24 Oct 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
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    Women in Project Management Summit 2019

    About WipM

    The Women in Project Management (WiPM) event is a natural evolution of PM Summit's founding principle and challenge. Like many other professions, Project Management is capable of gender balance, especially due to the attributes required to perform the role. The organizer's vision for this event is to become a forum for women in project management to network with their peers, hone their skills and engage in the community as it develops, all while further promoting their profession.

    This one-day event follows the highly success of the PM Summit, with inspiring thought-leader keynotes, industry-leading speakers a fascinating panel discussion.



    08:30 - 09:00 - Registration, Coffee & Networking

    09:00 - 09:10 - Welcome Address & Logistics - Vicky Poole, Founder WiPM

    09:15 - 09:55 - Keynote 1: "Managing The Unmanageable" - Speakers: Vicky Phelan & Raymond Poole

    10:00 - 10:35 - "The Brave New World of Delivery Management - Successes of Today and Skills for the Future", Speakers: Mary Tuite & Gillian Holohan, Pramerica Systems Ireland

    10:35 - 11:05 - Networking & Coffee

    11:05 - 11:40 - "How to Lead Successful Risk Management Workshops" - Speaker: Emily Luijbregts, Siemens PLM Software

    11:45 - 12:20 - "I’m Here Because All My Plans Failed…" - Speaker: Adele Smyth, Adele Smyth Creative

    12:25 - 13:00 - "Tapping Into People Power" - Speaker: Kirsten de Bouter Shillam, Untapped Potential

    13:00 - 14:00 - Networking & Lunch

    14:00 - 14:40 - Keynote 2 - Speaker: Nikki Bradley

    14:45 - 15:20 - "Setting up the Right PMO For Your Organisation" - Speaker: Katrina Collins, Cornmarket Financial Services 

    15:25 - 16:00 - "Modern Projects Require Masterchefs and We’re Creating Short-Order cooks – Do You Agree?" - Speaker: Carole Osterweil, Visible Dynamics

    16:05 - 16:25 - Top Panel Discussion - Speaker: Breda McCague

    16:30 - 16:40 - Close-Out - Host: Vicky Poole, Founder WiPM


    Keynote Speakers

    Vicky Poole - Vicky is a founding member of the PM Summit since its inception, and also serves as a director at Program Management Information Services (PMIS) in Blessington. With over a decade of experience behind her, she pulls the double duty of overseeing the management of day to day duties for both the PM Summit and PMIS. 

    Nikki Bradley - Nikki Bradley is an adaptive adventurer and speaker who was given a second chance at the tender age of 16. The diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma changed Nikki's life direction. She is the founder of fitness based awareness campaign ‘Fighting Fit For Ewing’s’ which involves participating in physical challenges such as an attempted Guinness World Record in Holland, climbing the route of the Solheimajokull glacier in Iceland and completing the Fan Dance which is a gruelling 24km trek through the snowy Brecon Beacons in Wales all while relying heavily on crutches. In July 2018, Nikki became the first crutch user to climb 4 Irish mountains on crutches in less than 32 hours.

    Vicky Phelan - Former Manager of the Literacy Development Centre, a nationally-funded partnership project between the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and a third-level HEI, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Vicky Phelan is now more well-known as the woman at the centre of the CervicalCheck debacle, whose story exploded nationally when she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so determined was she to be an instrument for change. Vicky now spends her time campaigning for change to our health service and for access to new cancer drugs for terminally-ill patients while also being a strong women's health advocate.

    Adele Smyth - Combining the spark for short term projects and the endurance for long term projects, Adele Smyth is an award winning freelance Project Manager. Adele is most well known for her work in the creative industries, cultural and not-for-profit groups. Clients have included Donegal County Council and EU Creative Edge.

    Breda McCague - Breda has delivered everything from Cultural to Regulatory Large Scale Technical Programmes. She has delivered pure waterfall, pure agile and Wagile! She Co-founded the LeanInIreland Org, which works on gender inequality in the workplace. Breda performs many speaking engagements, keynotes and panels. She is an excellent MC & facilitator.

    Carole Osterweil - Carole is the author of “Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog”. She works with directors and project delivery teams who are seeking better outcomes, higher productivity and less stress when running complex change and transformation programmes.

    Emily Luijbregts
    Emily has been working in Project Management for over 10 years and is passionate about sharing knowledge with others and helping others become more successful Project Managers. She is a regular volunteer with the PMI as well as being a speaker at various Project Management conferences across Europe.

    Katrina Collins - Katrina has over 20 years of experience in Project, Programme and PMO Management. She has worked with and consulted for companies in Ireland, Europe and the US, and has managed large programmes across diverse industries. She has a master's degree in project management from UL, and is certified PMP since 2004.

    Kirsten de Bouter - Kirsten is a mentor, speaker, change expert and author of the forthcoming book, “The Every-Year Itch”. With a background in psychology and corporate coaching, Kirsten’s work has a focus on organisational change, innovation, people development and working/living differently.

    Mary Tuite - Mary Tuite has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial services industry.  She currently works for Pramerica Systems Ireland, as a Snr. IT Project Manager, managing various multi-vendor and cross functional transformation projects, including HR Payroll systems, GDPR, Retirements and Group insurance.

    Gillian Holohan - Gillian Holohan has over 15 years Project Management experience working within both the Financial and Telecommunications industries in Ireland and Australia. Gillian holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering, Dip in Project Management and has recently achieved ICAgile Certified Professional in Agility.

    About the Organizer

    The PM Summit was first established in 2015 in response to the growing trend in all business sectors towards incorporating project management into their organisations. In today’s environment the importance and visibility of Project Management continues to grow and has never been higher or more vital. PM Summit is the organizer that stands behind the one-day annual event that takes place in Dublin, Ireland.

    The first PM Summit was created as something unique to be of interest to both the veteran and the inexperienced project manager, allowing the exchange of ideas with peers, while networking with innovators and decision makers who affect industry and global change. While the live industry-focused summit experience is at the core of what they do, over the years their event has evolved into a community of people both absorbing and sharing their knowledge with all those involved in conversations over networking breaks. Knowledge is of no value unless cultivated and shared, and PM Summit events create environments for sharing, while delegates allow growth to take place.

    The organizer did not stop there, therefore due to the growing trend of female speakers and attendees at their main event, in October 2019 they decided to host their first Women in Project Management (WiPM) one-day event at the Convention Centre, Dublin.


    *Limmited number of seats are available. Please visit the offical website for further details.
    **If you wish to register to WiPM 2019 visit the registration page on the official website.
    ***More information regarding the venue can be found here.

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