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Help Guide Your Community Correspondents at PMI EMEA Congress!

Categories: congress

Unable to join us in Dublin for PMI EMEA Congress 2019? Wondering how you can be part of the action from home? Well, worry no more because we are once again inviting YOU to attend the event with us virtually! Our Community Correspondents team will attend a wide variety of sessions, speak with presenters and attendees, explore the offerings from our sponsors and even share behind the scenes info and photos.

You, the community, will have the opportunity to experience congress right along with the attendees as the event unfolds in real time all while helping to guide the experience through your comments and suggestions. 

How? We'll have a team onsite covering all of the action and bringing it back to you via blog posts here on and through the use of social media channels like Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow them, comment on their posts, respond to their polls and questions and help shape this shared community experience. Want to see something specific? Ask them for it! Have a question for a speaker? Let them know! 

Let's meet the team!

Emily Luijbregts


Karthik Ramamurthy



Moritz Sprenger


Stephanie Jaeger




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On Instagram


Now that you know who they are, be sure to say hi if you see them in Dublin! If you're following from home, don't be shy, ask questions and send suggestions for what you'd like them to feature.

Be sure to follow along with the PMI Global Insights blog and follow the entire event on social media using the #PMIEMEA19 hashtag! You'll find posts across several platforms including live videos on PMI's Facebook page each day.

Not going to Dublin? We've got you covered!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: May 08, 2019 10:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Let's Show How a Little Project Management Can Go a Long Way

While many exciting events and activities will take place this year to commemorate PMI’s 50th Anniversary, the Global Celebration of Service is truly the cornerstone of the festivities, embodying the spirit of giving back that PMI has always been about.

We view our 50th Anniversary as a time to reflect on the achievements of project managers and recognize the progress that the profession as a whole has made, as well as a time to pull together in service, contributing our collective skills and passion to make a difference in the world. To accomplish this, PMI is supporting the United Nations’ mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

The UN has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours towards attaining these goals by 31 December 2019 and as of the time of this posting, we are already 12% of our way there!

There are many ways to get involved in the Global Celebration of Service. PMI chapters are already doing great service projects that you can take part in, and many more chapters have expressed their excitement to begin aligning with local charities and starting new projects. Contact your local chapter to see what they are planning and how you can get involved. You can also participate on an individual level with any cause that you like, or get involved with the outreach work of any organization, such as your employer, house of worship or community group.

Think about what causes motivate you…where your passion lies…or how your expertise could help most. Don't forget to fill out our pledge form and document your service hours. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Posted by Kristin Jones on: March 18, 2019 03:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Ask the Expert is Returning to PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles!

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Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2018! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established expert.

Over the course of our annual three-day event, you'll have the opportunity to meet with experts from various industries representing a wide variety of areas of expertise to discuss all things project management. Learn more about our 2018 experts below and through their blog, PMI Global Insights.

Dave Maynard

Gina Abudi

Priya Patra

Dan Furlong

David Davis

Emily Luijbregts

Unsure about what you can ask during an Ask the Expert session? Check out our FAQs to get a better idea of how to plan your conversation. Attending PMI Global Conference and ready to sign up? You can schedule your one-on-one session now and begin building your event experience!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: September 20, 2018 03:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)

Tell us how your projects and programs are changing the world and you could win!

How are you a #PMIcon18 #ChampionOfChange?

Tell us and you could win one of five prizes!

As a project, program or portfolio manager, you are already a champion of change. The projects and programs that you work on every day make a difference and this year we’re celebrating YOU at PMI®Global Conference.

How are you using your project management skills to effect change in your professional or private life? Even if you won't be joining us in Los Angeles, tell us how you are driving change and impacting the world around you and you could win one of the following prizes to help you continue to document your project successes.

  • GoPro Hero5 (3)
  • HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer (2)

How to enter

  • Upload a video, photo or text story at for a chance to win OR submit your video/photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #PMIcon18 and #ChampionOfChange.
  • When uploading directly, include your first name and let us know if you'll be attending PMI® Global Conference in Los Angeles.
  • Your entry will appear on the Entries page as soon as it is reviewed by our moderators.

Not sure what to submit? Examples of entries might include a video of you sharing how your project provided clean drinking water to a village or gave children the opportunity to experience something new for the first time. You could also share photos of your project in progress or after completion describing the goal that you achieved.

Share your story and tell us how you are a #PMIcon18 #ChampionOfChange!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: September 05, 2018 05:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (14)

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference Agenda & Speakers!

Categories: events

The PMI® Organizational Agility Conference is returning for it's fifth year and it is sure to be better than ever! Our speakers will address some of 2018's hottest topics including managing through transformations (successfully), skillsets for the future of work and various approaches for agile projects within organizations. 

Mark your calendar now and download the full agenda with session abstracts on the event registration page so that you can make sure not to miss out. Here's a preview of what we'll be talking about:


How to Acheive Organizational Agility

Colin D. Ellis

Award-winning speaker, best-selling author, culture change specialist

The Future Skillset Needs for Project and Program Management

John Daly, PMP, PgMP, PfMP

Director in Cisco's Customer Experience organization

Seven Transformational Sparks for Business Agility

Roland Cuellar, VP of Digital Transformation, Lithespeed

Bob Payne, SVP of Agile Coaching and Transformation, Lithespeed

Create a Value Delivery Office (VDO) for Extreme Business Agility

Anup Deshpande, PMP, PMI-ACP

Sr. Director of Portfolio Management, VISA

Agile Approaches on Large Projects in Large Organizations

Yvan Petit, PhD, PMP, PfMP

Vice-Dean, International Affairs, University of Quebec at Montreal


Mastering Agile Project Planning

Erika Flora, PMP

President, BEYOND20

PMI members, be sure to register today! Don't forget to invite your peers and colleagues to join you for this exciting day of tips, tricks and advice from our knowledgeable speakers. Can't make it? Don't worry! All registrants will have the ability to watch the event on demand until 12 December. We'll see you there!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: September 04, 2018 10:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)

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