E48 Community Involvement from Project Management Leaders
How are you investing in your community to improve our Project Management profession? In this episode, we discuss events and participation within the University and Non-Profit sectors to help advance and support our PM community. Listen to hear Jennifer Smolnik and Debra and Cory Hildebrand discuss the ASU PM Network and VPMMA, the Veterans Project Manager Mentoring Alliance.
Jennifer is the President of the Arizona State University PM Network. The ASU PM Network is a volunteer organization that has provided an opportunity for internal faculty and staff to develop a community of practice, learning, and service. While the PM Network has historically provided resources to internal faculty and staff at ASU, the Network is attempting to expand its offerings to ASU students and to the larger Phoenix community to create broader social impact and encourage more constructive dialog and partnerships.
Both Cory and Deb serve on the VPMMA Board of Directors. Cory is a Veteran and currently works as Managing Director of Charles Schwab Internal Threats Program. He shared how his experiences in the military have translated to project management application within the corporate world. In addition to being a Military Spouse, Deb is a PM instructor at two prominent west coast universities and runs her own consulting practice.
ASU and VPMMA are teaming up for 2 great events in April. The Inaugural VPMMA Golf Tournament fundraiser will take place April 19th at Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. You can learn more and register as a golfer, sponsor, or volunteer at www.thevpmma.org/golf. The ASU PM Network Summit will take place the following day on April 20th. This event will bring together faculty, staff, students and the PM Network community to share their experience, learn about best practices and the latest technologies, and celebrate teams engaged in innovation. You can register for this event at https://uto.asu.edu/events/PM-Summit-2020.
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The Military pours tens of thousands experienced, talented, cleared, educated, and credentialed Project Managers (PMs) into the talent pool every year. However, a large percentage of these Veterans are not equipped to translate their expertise and experience into the civilian workforce.
The Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance (VPMMA) is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization that connects these Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses with industry PM mentors so they can transition into meaningful civilian PM careers.
Cory Hildebrand is Managing Director of Charles Schwab Insider Threat Program. His 25+ years in information technology and cybersecurity has spanned across several Fortune 500 companies where he has held leadership positions.
He is the Director of Corporate Sponsorship for VPMMA and a Marine Corps Gulf War Veteran.
Debra Hildebrand is a Project Management guru who teaches PM at two universities as well as runs a project management training and consulting firm.
She is a military spouse and the Director of Education for VPMMA.
The Project Management Network at ASU, a volunteer organization based on ASU’s Tempe campus, has provided an opportunity for internal faculty and staff to develop a community of practice, learning, and service.
While the PM Network has historically provided resources to internal faculty and staff at ASU, the Network is attempting to expand its offerings to ASU students and to the larger Phoenix community to create broader social impact and encourage more constructive dialog and partnerships.
Jennifer Smolnik is a certified Project Management Professional since 2012 and has been an elected board member of the ASU PM Network since 2016. Jennifer has spent her time in Project Management in a variety of roles at ASU, relating to Cost Accounting, Quality Management and Process Improvement.
She works as an unsuspecting leader and sees Project Management as a discipline that facilitates leadership and team-building skills, even in the absence of an organized PMO.
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