Interview with Priya Patra


Women PowerUP in Project Management

Interview with Priya Patra

Founder, Women PowerUP Network
Passionate Volunteer, Community builder

Interviewed by Yasmina Khelifi
International Correspondent, PM World Journal
Paris, France

Introduction to the interviewee

Priya is a mother of two, Author, Blogger, Women Empower believer, Dreamer, Creator and a Futurist, an Agile Evangelist and a Program Manager spearheading digital transformation, digital quality assurance and quality engineering program for a large conglomerate in the Lifesciences domain. She Leads an Agile Community of Practice within the organization of 670 members, across 40 countries evangelizing Agile practices across all levels. She is a speaker for national and international conferences on Digital, Agile and Project Management.

Since Jan 2020, she has been building a women’s community – “Women PowerUp Network” (#BeingGoodEnougIsAmazing #WePowerUP) – a virtual community of around 800 women across the globe. When she is not working, she dreams about the future of work, and its impact on projects. Her views are expressed through blogs on projectmanagement.com at

https://www.linkedin.com/in/priyapatra/ and https://twitter.com/priyaPatra 


Q1:     First of all, thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ. You created the PMI Chapter Xchange initiative. Why did you create it?  What are the aims?

Priya Patra (Patra):   Thank you for inviting me for the interview Yasmina.

Let me give you a brief on PMI ChapterXchange

PMI chapter Xchange initiative is about Collaboration – A virtual collaboration platform for chapter leaders and members to connect, collaborate and co-create. Co-creating events to bring diverse perspectives to our chapter members, spurring networking and collaboration opportunities. Our vision is to Evangelize cross chapter collaboration & encourage cultural diversity

As we speak today, we have 24 chapters on this platform and many more supporting chapters.

Q2:     How does this PMI Chapter Xchange work?

Patra:   On a high level, PMI Chapter Xchange is a virtual collaboration platform for chapters to connect, collaborate and cocreate. We cocreate events, insight Xchange knowledge nuggets every month. Every event is a four-week project, with a collaborative strategy to

  1. Select topics that resonate with our members
  2. Identify SMEs from diverse domains
  3. Drive participation
  4. Provide a unique experience to our members
  5. Retrospection for continuous improvements

The event and the Insight Xchange nugget are just an outcome of this amazing journey of four weeks of connecting, collaborating, and co-creating. It is the journey that made it so special.

Q3:   Could you share some data? The frequency of meetings, the number of chapters that take part?


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How to cite this interview: Khelifi, Y. (2022). Women PowerUp in Project Management: Interview with Priya Patra; PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/pmwj115-Mar2022-Khelifi-Interview-with-Priya-Patra-2.pdf

About the Interviewer

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

Visit her correspondent profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/yasmina-khelifi/