Making a Difference in the Nonprofit World: Teaching PM Principles Can Change Lives

PMI Orange County Chapter

David Shostak is an accomplished Senior Program Manager of 40+ years who has taught Project Management Professional (PMP) certification classes for PMI-OC (Orange County) for 10 years. He wrote a book on the soft skills of project management, Project Management in the Real World: Explaining All This Nonsense About Project Management in Plain English.

Working Wardrobes is a non-profit organization with operations in Orange County, California. As a non-profit, its volunteers are its lifeblood. I graciously become one of them. The Working Wardrobe mission is to do everything in its power to help men, women, young adults and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work. It provides a comprehensive range of career development services and workforce readiness through career training, wardrobe services and job placement assistance in an environment of dignity and respect.

In 2014, Working Wardrobes decided to create and implement an introduction to project management course designed specifically for its clients; it instantly contacted me. The purpose of this one-week class was to give a "boost" to their resumes. I created the course for Working Wardrobe, "Leader of the Pack, Speak, Lead, Project Manage." Successful completion resulted in a certificate from the Huntington Beach Adult School. The curriculum was well thought out and used basic project management best practice principles.

I worked closely with my sponsor, Jeanne Cassidy, so she would fully understand my capabilities. "David has tremendous abilities and never ceases to amaze me as his students get excited about project management and the capabilities it can provide for the students,” Jeanne once …

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