New "Lunch & Learn" Series Showcases PMIEF's Grants


10 December 2018

Published inPM Philanthropist (archived)

Christa Price, True Colors Fund

This year, PMIEF’s Grants & Special Initiatives launched a “Lunch & Learn” series. The quarterly events showcase this portfolio for foundation staff and internal PMI partners through conversations and activities with those leading our funded initiatives.

Get an exclusive glimpse inside this year’s Lunch & Learn sessions:

Q1: Buck Institute for Education (BIE) 

Bob Lenz, BIE’s Executive Director, provided a sneak peek of the HQPBL framework funded through a 2016 PM Knowledgeable Youth grant.  Designed with the input of several globally renowned education thought leaders and influencers, this framework for high-quality project based learning (PBL) helps teachers, students, parents, and education stakeholders understand what constitutes high-quality PBL and it includes project management among its six criteria. Read the article and watch the video.

Q2: True Colors Fund (TCF)

Joe Moran, PMP, Chief Creative Officer & Chief of Staff, and Christa Price, LMSW and Program Director, of TCF discussed the organization’s 2017 PM Capable Nonprofits grant. TCF will target the U.S. communities of Dallas (Texas), Grand Rapids (Michigan), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and Pinellas County (Florida) by equipping community coalitions with the skills needed to execute projects to address youth homelessness. In addition to Moran and Price, TCF’s Executive Director & CEO (and co-founder) Gregory Lewis shared what inspired Cyndi Lauper’s vision for the organization, which she co-founded in 2008. Read the article and watch the video.

Q3: 114th Partnership

Tiffany Godbout Williams, President of the 114th Partnership, previewed the project management video case study for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA workforce training program that a 2017 PM Ready Workforce grant funded. The case study reached more than 100 unemployed and underemployed young adults age 16 to 24 during the training program’s pilot. The organization also now showcases the video on its Spark 101 website to support primary and secondary school students’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies. Read the article and watch the grant-funded video.

Q4: Space Foundation

Audra Chapleski, Director – Space Education at the Space Foundation, facilitated the virtual trip that a 2016 PM Knowledgeable Youth grant for “Out of This World Project Management!” funded. This enabled PMIEF staff to enjoy the same experience as students in Pune, India and Kabul, Afghanistan. By connecting with mission control at the Space Foundation’s Mars Robotics Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, staff used their project management skills and remotely controlled rovers to search for usable water, to examine geological features, and to explore the possibility of life on Mars. Read the article.