Project Management Institute

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This year PMI officially launched our social good initiative in support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I). The initiative’s mission is to ensure that PMI continues to maintain a global culture that recognizes the contributions and interests of our diverse stakeholders, including our employees, organization members, volunteers, certification holders, and all members of the global project management community.

We value our differences by building on our diverse backgrounds and perspectives to support a positive environment, promote personal and professional development, empower all people to reach their full potential, and advance and advocate for the project management profession globally.

 
PMImpact DEI Page Diverse Group of People

This site is a dedicated resource to our stakeholders, providing an inclusive space for open and constructive DE&I conversations and offering resources to continue driving change and social good work throughout our communities. Here, you will find information on nonprofit and community organizations leading the task of creating a more just society, as well as ways to get involved in the work and make a difference in the communities and causes that are important to you.

We encourage you to actively participate in conversations, volunteer work and activism that will help contribute to lasting societal change. This is not an easy issue to tackle; it may lead to some challenging conversations.

However, at PMI, we are One Team with One Song and One Dance.

We must all work together to build a more fair and just society – a reflection of PMI’s purpose. 

PMImpact DEI Page Group of diverse women

More DE&I Mentions Across PMI

Pulse of the Profession®A Case for Diversity: The ROI of inclusion on project teams

ProjectManagement.comDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Project Management

Projectified® PodcastThe Value of Diversity

CEO Corner with Sunil Prashara - CEO Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pledge

Unplugged with Sunil Prashara - The ROI of Diversity and Inclusion

DE&I Session at Virtual Leadership Institute Meeting

Our Virtual Leadership Institute Meeting, held on 17 October featured a session on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I): How Chapters Are Making a Difference.

PMI’s chapters are helping to pave the way to honor Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) within the project management profession by hosting opportunities to have the hard conversations in their communities and by considering ways to incorporate DE&I into their chapter activity.

This panel discussion features three chapters that are initiating and advancing DE&I activities in their chapters.

PMImpact Diverse Group of Men Standing at Event

Why are we doing this now?

Diversity brings value to our organization. In late 2019, the PMI Board of Directors recognized the need to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion. As we continue to grow and evolve it becomes increasingly important to ensure an equitable future for all by doing more in and for our communities.

Acknowledging the injustices that so often plague our communities and in light of recent events, PMI identifies with the global call to action for consciousness and activism. PMI responded by accelerating the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiative as a top priority. We will initially focus on the challenge of racism and unconscious bias. Over time, this will evolve to include additional topics impacting our community, such as, but not limited to, gender equality, sexual orientation, ageism, and more.

Learn more about the first phase of our DE&I initiative, a Focus on Racism

Resources

To Promote Diversity and Inclusion, Know Yourself First
  • Self-awareness is the first step toward understanding what perspectives you lack, appreciating other experiences and viewpoints and building more diverse and inclusive organizations. This article explains how you can look inwardly as a first step to support and create a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable – Luvvie Ajayi
  • Luvvie Ajayi isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd and neither should you!
  • In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down. She encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Project Implicit Association Tests
  • Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. Their goal is to education the public about hidden biases.
  • This site provides numerous implicit bias tests and describes your results to you for further understanding and reflection on why they are important. We recommend starting with the Race, Skin-tone, and Weapons Implicit Association Test (IAT) to enhance the other resources located on the DE&I site.
Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One – Harvard Business Review
  • Answers to the questions of what is inclusive leadership and how can someone learn to be an inclusive leader, formally or informally.
Is Bias Affecting How You Lead - ASAE
  • The effects of leaders unconscious biases on things such as retention, innovation and diversity, and how to overcome them.
 

Receive and give recognition.

Share with us how you or your chapter are championing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your communities! Send an email to [email protected] to tell us how you are making a difference by building a more equitable society!

Want to see what others are doing or get inspired by DE&I champions from across the global project management community? PMI will feature submitted DE&I success stories below to thank our community for your dedication to this initiative and to inspire others to be agents of positive change.