3 Ways You Can Use Your PM Skills for Social Good


30 January 2020

Published inPM for Social Good

Group of individuals from PMI Switzerland Chapter

Agata and Ka Yi, PMI Switzerland Chapter members, present and describe how their workshop with WFUNA helped youth understand the importance of project management and how they used their project management for social good.

What do the PMI Switzerland Chapter, The World Federation of United Nation Associations (WFUNA) and 20 youth have in common? The PMI Educational Foundation.

When WFUNA was looking to teach project management skills to up and coming youth participants during their Human Rights Action program last year, the organization turned to the PMI Switzerland Chapter for help. 

“It was really the perfect fit – we were able to help host the workshop, teach project management skills and make an impact. It was really great,” said Agata Czopek, PMP®, VP PMI for Social Good – PMIEF/PMI Chapter Liaison.

Czopek and a team of PMI Switzerland Chapter volunteers hosted a workshop for WFUNA, showcasing how project management skills can help problem solve within any situation, in mid-2019. Over a one week course, two days were dedicated to project management training. By using the PMIEF resource – Project Management Skills for Life® – and project management expertise, more than 20 youth participants were able to complete the workshop, tackle their assigned action program and utilize their newly minted project management skill set in their everyday life. 

In a recent webinar showcasing their social good efforts, Agata Czopek and Ka Yi Hui, Director of the PMI Switzerland Chapter, shared the results of their efforts, the top three ways volunteers can host a workshop and help use their project management skill set for social good.

Keys to a Successful Workshop and Social Good Effort 

  • Build your team. Spread the word about volunteering within your PMI chapter and create a sense of community. Once you identify key players, outline how you and your team will explain and identify the basics of a project management skill set. You can start like Kai Yi Hui did and introduce basic project management concepts or identify key project management vocabulary.
  • Identify your target audience. Tap into your network of fellow project managers to help personalize the content, workshop or volunteers efforts for each particular cause. The more tailored the experience, the greater the impact. Once you identify your target audience, you can create a diverse experience by utilizing your team and their unique project management experience.
  • Understand specific needs. Use a questionnaire, survey or conversation with an organization to understand the specifics needed within a workshop. You will not only be able to better equip your team, you’ll be able to better understand the needs of the group. Kai Yi Hui was able to empower the youth participants after tailoring the content to their needs. “It was critical that the experience and classroom wasn’t just a one way [learning experience], but two ways as well,” she explained during the webinar. “Truly, I learned a lot from the students and I am truly touched by their passion.”

To learn more about how Agata and Ka Yi made a difference through the WFUNA workshop and by using PMIEF resources, be sure to view the entire on-demand webinar here and download the resources they used by visiting the PMIEF resource library. Have more questions about this specific social good effort? Feel free to reach out to PMIEF at pmief@pmi.org or connect with us on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages. 


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