The chapter has initiated a Community of Practice for Women in Project Management (WiPM) to help women advance to leadership levels through regular knowledge-sharing, mentoring, and experience-sharing on challenges faced by women at the workplace. The theme of WiPM is Rise to Lead.

The first WiPM event was held on 22 September 2018, in which over 60 women project managers participated. Lt. Col. (Retd) Sri Harsha, secretary and treasurer, PMI Bangalore India Chapter inaugurated the session in the presence of board members Balakrishna Sarma, Sesha Sai, Ramesh Pathak, Tanish Mathur, and Sekar Parasuraman.

The first speaker of the day was Padmaja AR, vice president, Robert Bosch, who spoke on learning agility and adapting to change to be successful. Next was Varsha Verma, AVP & global delivery partner, Infosys, whose presentation title was “Recognize your strength.” She narrated the stories of three women leaders and highlighted how they had made the impossible possible. She discussed three projects – the construction of the elevated highway to Bangalore’s Electronics City, the Mars Orbiter Mission, and the setting up of a business process outsourcing company, to illustrate how women leaders led these projects.

The final session of the day was an interactive team workshop by Vijay Paul, past president, PMI Bangalore India Chapter, centered on the PMI Talent Triangle®.