PMIEF Staff and Volunteers recently returned from a weeklong trip to Orlando, Florida to participate in the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) and Global Congress. During the trip, staff and volunteers met hundreds of individuals who engage with PMIEF in unique ways to leverage project management for social good. Here are a few of their stories:
Ermal Hetemi, Donald S. Barrie Award Winner
"This is the key, because I see my engagement with PMIEF as a mutual benefit [for the] PMIEF community and for myself.”
Ermal Hetemi was an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University when he learned about PMIEF and their awards program. His professor, Dr. William Moylan, encouraged Ermal and his classmates to submit papers to apply for the Donald S. Barrie award. Ermal’s final paper was selected to win the Barrie Award, and also played a critical role in his application process to a PhD program with the University of Madrid.
During his trip to Orlando, Ermal learned about PMIEF’s other awards, well as other opportunities to engage with PMIEF. Ermal is already looking at joining a PMI Chapter near his new academic home in Madrid, and plans to get involved locally. For Ermal, “this is the key, because I see my engagement with PMIEF as a mutual benefit [for the] PMIEF community and for myself.”
Jennifer Baker, PMI Metrolina Chapter President & LIM Presenter
"Engage people that have a stake in the community or cause. They are more likely to see it through and ensure a quality output.”
Jennifer Baker, President of PMI Metrolina Chapter, presented during LIM in a session on “Engaging Youth and Non-Profit Organizations to Build the Future of Project Management in Your Community”. During the session, Jennifer shared tips from the Metrolina Chapter for getting volunteers engaged, including choosing topics that are close to the members’ hearts to keep them passionate. Jennifer’s chapter has been involved in social good programs ranging from working with youth at STEM Summer Camps to delivering a PM Expo with their local Junior Achievement and Charlotte Works organizations. The Metrolina Chapter participates in giving back to their community through over 20 organizations annually.
Metin Ornek, PMI Turkey Chapter President & PMIEF Liaison
“I would like to share our experiences and inspire others to contribute to the PMIEF family.”
Metin Ornek, Turkey Chapter President and PMIEF Liaison, is excited to share about how his chapter gives back to Turkish youth by using the resource: Projects from the Future. Students learn to “think, plan, do, and review” before delivering a final class project, their own circus! In order to make Projects from the Future accessible for over 100 teachers, Metin and his team first had to translate the resource into the Turkish language.
During Congress, Metin shared copies of his chapter’s magazine publication, which included a feature about the youth program “I would like to share our experiences and inspire others to contribute to the PMIEF family,” he explained. Metin also joined the PMIEF during their LIM session, and during the community service project, a meal packaging event.