About five months ago while scrolling through Instagram, I came across Women of Project Management’s profile . As I carefully lurked down their feed, I noticed that it was a community of Black women in project management!

Yall, this was a blessing that I didn’t even know I needed.

My hope was to join their community and gain insights on how to level up in my project management career.

However, I got so much more than expected. A few days (maybe hours because I was eager AF ) after finding their Instagram, I reached out via email to connect.

Asya Watkins, Founder of Women of Project Management graciously responded, and we scheduled a time to speak. Long story short, we found a way to work together – and just like that, I became a member.

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After speaking with Asya and learning more about her journey, I was so inspired!

Partly because I could totally relate. The other part was the courage she had to build such an amazing and much-needed space for Black women in project management.

 Asya sought out a community of professional women of color in project management and couldn’t find it; so, like the true visionary she is, she created it!

After more than 20 years of project management experience in various industries, Asya quit her corporate job to fully commit to her passion. She knew she had something special and took a leap of faith.

Now, her work speaks for itself as the Women of Project Management community has over 1000 active members and counting. Sis was not playing around; it’s giving inspiration and motivation.

Community and collaboration is so important and it’s what Black women and men need to thrive in this society.

It’s exactly what I needed to get to the next level in my life and career. 

Shortly after joining the Women of Project Management community, I received a huge salary increase doing work that I absolutely love. I get to wake up every morning and live the life I planned for myself two years ago. Sometimes all it takes is to see someone who looks like you doing what you aspire to do. The funniest part is, I’m working for the same company with the same job title as Asya had years ago! Total coincidence but that alone makes me feel like I’m on the right track. 

Through Asya’s members-only website, she has courses, job postings, community boards, tools & templates, and so much more. There’s also a directory of members who can connect with each other. Each month she hosts a live member check-in where members from all over the world can chit chat, share accomplishments or challenges and hear from industry-leading speakers.

What’s most exciting is that on November 12, 2022, she is hosting the very first Women of Project Management conference!!

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The conference is taking place in Atlanta, GA and I literally cannot wait. If you know Asya, you know she is going to make this an extremely impactful and fabulous event and I am so here for it.

I’ve witnessed the hard work she put in to make the Women of Project Management® community a success by contiunously providing valuable content and resources through the membership. Having the conference is just another value add to all the awesome things she gives back to this community.

Asya is a wifey, and mom and secretly enjoys getting inverted and standing on her head. She loves yoga and meditation to stay grounded and learned that headstands help to alleviate stress and depression.

“Yogi’s have been doing it for thousands of years.

She’s also a storyteller and key-note speaker who does an amazing job at taking her own experiences and using the lessons to inspire women in the community and all over the world. She brings positivity and light to all that she touches.  

The Women of Project Management® community is a great representation of women of color around the world working to level up in project management. And it doesn’t matter where you are in your journey, this is a safe space for women to network and learn from each other. Everyone has something to bring to the table. 

If you’re a Black woman in Project Manangement looking for a classy networking event to attend this year, meet me at the Women of Project Manangement conference in Atlanta, GA on Nov. 12. 

1 COMMENT

  1. Reading this article is totally inspiring! What I love most is the courage Asya had to move out of corporate America and develop this a safe space for Black Women in Project Management to flourish!! These are success stories!!!

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