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Keynote Speaker Announced for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017!

Dr. Wanda L. Curlee has been announced as the keynote speaker for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017! The keynote address is titled: 

Controlling the IoT (Internet of Things) to Manage like a Rockstar. 
Best practice approaches for managers to embrace, align and drive successful efforts in the enterprise.

Dr. Curlee is an engaging corporate events and conference keynote speaker that shares best practice and relevant industry information which actively aligns with and complements her career as a project, program and portfolio manager tasked with delivering complex federal and commercial IT efforts.

Dr. Curlee has published three books; two delve into complexity theory and one is about virtual PMOs. She has earned four PMI credentials: PfMP, PgMP, PMP and PMI-RMP.

You can learn more & register on the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 website!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: April 12, 2017 10:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Join us for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 (Members Only virtual Event)

Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind.

Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career.

Visit the event page to learn more and Register today!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 28, 2017 03:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

Deadlines for Nominations & Application for PMIEF Awards & Scholarships

Categories: awards, community

Hard work goes into effective project management and those who excel have the opportunity to be recognized with awards and training scholarships. Nominate a colleague (or yourself!) based on their professional achievement, development, dedication, and contributions to organizations. Deadlines are approaching for a variety of awards; don’t miss out on the opportunity to be considered!

Professional Development and Training Scholarships

Applications due 1 September

The PMIEF Professional Development and Training Scholarships assist project managers, non-profit staff, school administrators and teachers.  These scholarships support the recipients’ professional development to obtain or maintain project management-related certification, credentials, course credits or substantive knowledge.

Visit the PMIEF Professional Development Scholarship Information Page to learn more about these global scholarship opportunities to help support your professional development.

PMIEF Awards Program

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation honors individuals who demonstrate dedication, original concepts and leadership in academic and professional development in project management.

The Community Advancement Through Project Management Award

Applications due 20 May

The Community Advancement Through Project Management award recognizes pro bono/skilled volunteer project management contributions that transfer project management skills to a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (NGO) and thus increase their capacity to accomplish their mission. The award is separated into three different categories: Corporations/Government Agencies, Individual Project Managers and PMI Chapters. Those in each category completing projects since 01 January 2014 to 20 May 2017 are eligible. The PMI Chapter Category is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The application deadline is 20 May 2017.

The Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management

Applications due 15 May

The Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management is sponsored by the International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) to recognize a project manager who most emulates the professional dedication and excellence of Harold Kerzner, MS, MBA, PhD. In addition to public recognition of his or her professional dedication and excellence, the recipient of the Kerzner Award will receive IIL training. The total value of the training, US $2500 cash prize and trip to PMI © Global Conference 2017—North America is up to US$13,000. The application deadline is 15 May 2017.

To apply now or learn more about PMIEF Awards, please visit the PMIEF Awards Page for more information.

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 02, 2017 03:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Call for Presentations at Global Conference to Open Thursday, 2 March.

Do you have experience and knowledge to share with project managers from all over the world? Here's your chance to share! The call for presentations for Global Conference will open tomorrow Thursday, 2 March and will close Thursday, 23 March.

Key areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Business strategy
  • Process improvement
  • Enhancing PM skills

Selected presentations will be featured at PMI Global Conference 2017, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, from 28 - 30 October 2017. 

Additional details and instructions can be found here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Can’t submit a proposal? You can still participate in the process – comment below with the top three topics you are most excited to hear about at

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 01, 2017 04:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Ask the Experts at PMI Global Congress 2016 - North America

Categories: community, congress

Would you like expert advice about a specific project management practice or program? Did you know you can meet with a subject matter expert one-on-one and gain the insights needed to solve your unique challenges as a part of your PMI Global Congress experience? will be connecting attendees with community experts to discuss project issues, career moves, brainstorm for ideas, and much more! Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule 15 minute sessions with our top community subject matter experts, to seek project management career advice.

Who can you speak with? A distinguished list of experienced experts from multiple fields including Dr. Deepa Bhide (PMP), Karen Chovan (PMP), Lawrence Cooper (PMP, PMI-ACP), Dr. Dan Furlong (PMP, PMI-ACP), Gary Hamilton (PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP), Sandra MacGillivray (PMP, PMI-RMP), Dave Maynard (PMP), Michael O'Brochta (PMP, PMI-ACP), Michelle Stronach (PMP), Sherri Thomas (PMP), Mario Trentim (PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP), and Nadia Vincent. 

Are you going to Congress and want to lock up time with one of the experts? Sign up on the Congress website today and ensure you have time with an expert before arrival in San Diego! You can view the availability by date on the Congress website:

If you can't go, or your favorite expert is all booked up you can still gain access to their insights and experience on the PMI Congress Insights blog today!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: September 16, 2016 10:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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