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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on! This is where you'll find community news, updates, upcoming events, featured member posts and more. We'll also be showcasing hot topics in the project management arena and bringing you interviews with industry experts. The Critical Path is our primary way of getting news out to members, so be sure to check back for updates!

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Meet the Community Ambassadors!

Categories: Ambassadors, community

Today marks the launch of the Community Ambassadors Program! This initiative will provide community members with additional support resources who facilitate and encourage constructive conversations as well as assist members in navigating the community. To learn more, read the initial program announcement here.


Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig will serve as’s first Ambassadors! As active members of the community, Emily and Andrew have demonstrated great knowledge, professionalism, passion, and willingness to help fellow community members. Learn more about Emily & Andrew below - please connect with them and feel free to ask them for assistance in all things community and project management.


Emily has been working in Project Management for over 10 years. In this time, she has worked in a variety of project management methodologies, including waterfall, scrum, and agile, and she has been a strategic Project Manager, Coordinator, Facilitator, and Scrum Master. With a specialization in Communications, she ensures the team can remain on target and focused regardless of location and culture. She has worked extensively with colleagues on almost every continent and loves learning about other cultures and how we all communicate with each other.

Emily greatly enjoys being a part of PMI’s online community, as her busy schedule makes it difficult to stay active in her local Chapter. Offering opportunities for connection and a sense of community, provides Project Managers with access to a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips. Emily loves that global viewpoints are represented within the community, and there is a diversity of experience and opinions. As a Community Ambassador, Emily hopes to help other Project Managers to learn and develop by encouraging collaboration and discussion and making everyone feel comfortable participating – whether they are new to the community or experienced professionals. 

Andrew Craig is a Consultant for North Highland Worldwide Consulting. As an Expert Practitioner in the Program and Project Management Office, he supports transformation initiatives and Community of Excellence development engagements. Andrew is a consummate professional and student of the profession with a passion for learning and bringing the best out of others.

Andrew’s style has largely been centered around inclusivity and collaboration, understanding that project management moves at the speed of decisions and without getting people together to have conversations, progress will be limited or veer off into an unexpected direction. Andrew has been successful in leading organizations to collectively, and effectively, make decisions and drive solutions forward to success. is a part of Andrew’s daily routine, as he starts his day browsing the site with a cup of coffee. Possessing the mindset that there is always something new to learn, Andrew enjoys interacting with fellow community members, sharing his thoughts, and gaining different insights. He loves that exposes professionals to unique ideas and perspectives across a variety of industries and experience levels. As a Community Ambassador, Andrew seeks to encourage people to put themselves out there and become more engaged within the community. He is excited to continue learning about community members’ different ways of working and approaches to projects!

Posted by Laura Schofield on: January 02, 2020 09:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (16)

December Community News You Can Use

Season’s Greetings from all of us at PMI and! As another year comes to a close, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year! Looking ahead to 2020, there is so much to be excited about in PMI’s online community. Here’s a summary of what’s happening in your December Community News You Can Use:

Volunteer Opportunity: PMI is currently seeking volunteers to validate translations of the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition! The PMBOK® Guide will be available in eleven languages, and volunteers are needed in order to ensure that the translations are accurate. Learn more here. Please note that this opportunity closes on 20 December 2019.

#GivingTuesday: On 3 December 2019, the PMI Educational Foundation hosted an open house on to bring awareness to Project Management for Social Good. If you missed the PMIEF Open House and are interested in how you can use project management to make a difference, you may reference the articles and on-demand videos here.

Community Ambassadors Program: The Community Ambassadors Program was recently announced on The first group of Ambassadors, Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, will start in the newly created Ambassadors role on 2 January 2020. To learn more, view the announcement here!

Standards Transformation Webinar: Learn more about the Standards Transformation and the PMBOK® Guide during a webinar with PMI’s Stephen Townsend on 22 January 2020. Register here!

Attend a Live Event in 2020: Save-the-date for two exciting PMI events: PMI® EMEA Congress 2020 and PMI® Global Conference 2020. PMI® EMEA Congress will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! And Global Conference will take place 17-19 October in Seattle, Washington, USA! Stay tuned to for more information.

Change Management for Project Managers: Stephanie Jaeger outlines six simple steps for getting started with change management in her latest article.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 17, 2019 10:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Community Ambassadors Program to Launch January 2020

Categories: community

One of many efforts to enhance programming on, the Community Ambassadors Program will launch on January 2, 2020! The Ambassadors Program will provide community members with additional support resources who facilitate and encourage constructive conversations as well as assist members in navigating the community. The Program seeks to highlight voices in the community that are helpful, professional, passionate, and knowledgeable in order to allow community members to get the most out of the site and their interactions with each other.

Ambassadors are active members who are advocates of the community as well as leaders in the project management field. They are generously offering their time to PMI’s online community to ensure a better experience for all community members!

We are excited to announce that our first Ambassadors will be Emily Luijbregts and Andrew Craig, starting in the role on January 2, 2020. More information will be posted at that time so that you may become better acquainted with Emily and Andrew. Feel free to say hello as you see them around the community!

In 2020, we will be identifying additional community members to serve as Ambassadors in order to grow the program and better support community members. Below are some FAQs regarding the Ambassadors Program for your reference. Please reach out to with any questions. 

Project Ambassadors Program FAQs

What qualifications do I need in order to become a Community Ambassador? Community Ambassadors are PMI members who have been a part of the online community for at least one year. Ambassadors have a complete profile (including picture) and act in accordance with the Community User Guidelines; they are active members of the community who post discussion topics, address their peers’ questions, provide substantive feedback on content items, and seek to be helpful and engaging in their interactions with others. These items inform our selection criteria for the Ambassadors Program.

Do I have to be a PMI Member to be an Ambassador? Yes, we require that Ambassadors be PMI members so that they have access to all content (including premium content) on This allows Ambassadors to fully engage with community members across the various content areas.  

Do I have to hold a PMI certification, such as the PMP, to be an Ambassador? No, a PMI certification is not a requirement to be a Community Ambassador. 

Why was I not chosen for the Ambassadors Program? For the initial launch, the program is starting small with two Ambassadors. This will allow us to best develop and refine the Ambassadors Program while we gather feedback and evaluate what is working. There are many great candidates within the community who will be considered, as we expand the program over time. We look forward to your continued interest!

What is the time commitment for being an Ambassador? Ambassadors agree to a 6 month term. Ambassadors may serve up to two consecutive terms (one year) which is followed by a six month break. After this break, individuals may once again be considered for the Ambassadors Program.

How often will new Ambassadors join the program? Currently, we do anticipate that the Ambassadors Program will expand over time. This growth will be based upon the success of the program and as needs are determined going forward.

I know someone who would make a great Community Ambassador. What can I do? We certainly welcome suggestions for future Community Ambassadors. Please contact or a Product Specialist with your recommendation. We will then consider the candidate in the context of our selection criteria for the Ambassadors Program.  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 13, 2019 08:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (25)

PMI Educational Foundation Open House - Happening Today!

Welcome to our annual open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, and in collaboration with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we are highlighting how you can use project management to give back.

We are thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to continue the conversation around making a difference through the use of project management. We have a LIVE webinar (open to all), two on-demand webinars, and plenty of other content focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to create lasting change in their communities. 

Find out what content we have in store for you today by downloading the PM for Social Good® 2019 Open House Program Guide! You can also find a listing of today's content below:

Content Type


Webinar (Live)

Destination Imagination: Teaching Youth the Importance of Project Management

Webinar (On-Demand)

2019 PMIEF Award Recipient Roundtable

Webinar (On-Demand)

WFUNA, PMI and PMIEF: Changing the Lives of Youth Around the World


Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life


Advice to My Younger Self: The Benefits of Learning Project Management Early in Life (Part 2)


A Kerzner Award Recipient Shares Why Teaching PM Skills to Youth is 'Essential'


PM-Inspired Program Changes the Lives of Youth in India


What Do Farming and PM Have in Common? PMIEF


Partners for Education at Berea College: Using PM Skills to Transform Lives Through Community Service


How Project Management Empowers Youth Around the World


Life Skills Youth Learn Through Project Management


PMIEF and Special Olympics Partner to Prepare Youth Leaders


Donor Spotlight: Germán Gutiérrez-Pacheco, PMP®

But wait...there's MORE!

TODAY ONLY: For all of those who download the program guide on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 as part of your participation in the Open House, you will receive a special badge for your profile!

We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!

gift to PMIEF of just $25 by year-end will have a ripple effect on people and communities around the world. Together we’ll change the world, one project at a time!

Help us celebrate #GivingTuesday with the PMIEF and enjoy the day!


Posted by Laura Schofield on: December 03, 2019 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

November Community News You Can Use

With November’s arrival and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., I can’t help but to think about everything there is to be thankful for. I am certainly grateful to those that have welcomed me into the PMI community; to our volunteers who lend their time and expertise for webinars, events, articles, and blogs; and to all of our amazing community members that make a welcoming, informative, and engaging space for Project Managers. With an attitude of gratitude, here’s a look at what’s happening around the community in your November Community News You Can Use:

View the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 On-Demand: If you were unable to attend the recent PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference, you can view all of the sessions on-demand here. This virtual event explores the latest trends in business analysis and provides you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success.

Discover PMI - Ask Us Anything! Series: Learn more about PMI’s knowledge resources by joining the next session on November 19thAll Things Project Management: Navigating PMI’s Knowledge Resources – featuring Shari Rathet.

Save-the-Date for PMI® EMEA Congress 2020: The event will be held 14-16 June in Prague, Czechia! Stay tuned to for more information.

Community Central: Visit the Community Central discussion forum for all things community, including site news, announcements, and all your questions! Join in the Hot Topic discussions on the 1st and 15th of each month, learn about your fellow community members, and share your thoughts! Social Media: In an effort to streamline how we engage members in the social media space, we have moved’s Facebook activity to PMI’s main Facebook account.  You’ll still find all of the posts you know and love, but now in one place! For the time being, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts remain unchanged. You can find all of the Facebook excitement here, and we’ll keep you updated of any other changes!

Change Management Webinar Series: Each month, a group of volunteers delivers a webinar as part of the Change Management Webinar Series, exploring various change management topics, practices, and insights. On December 4th, Samuel Holcman will present on The Hard Part of Digital Transformation – Addressing Business and Organizational Change. Register here

Disciplined Agile Blog: Learn more about pragmatic agile and lean strategies in Scott Ambler’s blog, Disciplined Agile. In his latest post, he discusses Planning: When Have We Done Enough?.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Community Engagement team – we’re happy to help you. As always, stay tuned to the Critical Path for your community news!  

Posted by Laura Schofield on: November 14, 2019 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (15)