PMI Region 11 recently launched a new initiative – the PMI Region 11 Women Engagement Committee. Region 11 includes all the nine PMI chapters in India, along with one chapter each in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The initiative brings together women project managers from this region to better understand the challenges that women professionals face, create a safe and reliable network of support, and strategize and design initiatives that promote a culture of inclusion and engagement in chapter boards, volunteers, and membership.

The committee organized a webinar on 28 May to discuss inclusive leadership and women empowerment. Speaking on the need to invest in inclusive leadership, Dr. Srini Srinivasan, managing director, PMI India, said, “Inclusive leadership makes good sense; it provides tangible benefits in terms of both better financial performance and innovation in organizations.”

Jennifer Tharp, PMI Board Member, said COVID-19 was a reminder that people depended on one another and when everybody worked together it benefited society. She spoke about the under representation of women in leadership and the importance of celebrating the successes of women leaders – from Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo to Anuradha TK, project director at Indian Space Research Organisation.

The webinar was moderated by Komal Mathur, chair, Region 11 Women Engagement Committee.