Project Management

Social Good Program Success: An Award-Winning Outline

Fort Worth Chapter +1

Tresia is Director, Consulting Services at CGI in Grapevine, Texas.

Having given of my skills and time through philanthropic work over the past year, it was thrilling to receive the 2017 PMIEF Community Advancement Award as an Individual Project Manager. I have actually worked with NPower on the Speed Mentoring program since 2012, but have only recently been able to develop and implement a project plan that can be rolled out across the country, serving any number of communities. I have organized this article into the major steps it takes to build a program like this and hope you are able to find some use in your communities.

1. Recruit mentors. As a veteran myself and a longtime member of my Dallas-Fort Worth community, I am involved with many organizations. One of my roles (besides being the FWPMI Chapter President) is to lead the philanthropy team for the Society of Information Management. This role gives me the opportunity to meet with many technology executives and tell them about many great opportunities to give back to our community. They are usually so excited that they reach out to me each time a new calendar event is announced. I would suggest that you schedule your Speed Mentoring event enough in advance to be able to communicate the opportunity for mentors to get involved.

Since our mentors are technology executives, they are usually very busy and highly scheduled, so it’s best to give plenty of notice so they can plan …

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