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Doctoral Study - Best Project Management Practices and Future Categorization of Project Management Control Activities

Posted by admin_ck on 11/09/2020 12:00 am  /   Meeting, Member Recognition

Doctoral Study - Best Project Management Practices and Future Categorization of Project Management Control Activities

January 13, 2021 Chapter Meeting, 6-7:30 PM - Register Now

Dr. Cheryln Conner recently completed the defense of her dissertation and was awarded her Doctorate. Prior to that, she invited PMI Memphis to participate in her dissertation study. The study had two primary stakeholder groups: (a) those with expertise in project management; and (b) strategy implementation. The problem that drove the research design and study was that project failure does not differentiate why it failed based on the type of project or the type of industry. To reduce failure rates and successfully deliver strategies in 2020 and beyond, this study gained consensus on industry best practices among a panel of project manager experts (PMEs) as to the future categorization of project management control activities to strengthen project planning and execution in project-based organizations (PBOs).

Dr. Cheryln Conner recently completed the defense of her dissertation and was awarded her Doctorate. Prior to that, she invited PMI Memphis to participate in her dissertation study. The study had two primary stakeholder groups: (a) those with expertise in project management; and (b) strategy implementation. The problem that drove the research design and study was that project failure does not differentiate why it failed based on the type of project or the type of industry. To reduce failure rates and successfully deliver strategies in 2020 and beyond, this study gained consensus on industry best practices among a panel of project manager experts (PMEs) as to the future categorization of project management control activities to strengthen project planning and execution in project-based organizations (PBOs).

About Cheryln Conner:

Dr. Cherlyn Conner is not only the current VP of Professional Development, she also is an instructor with University of Phoenix. It was through University of Phoenix that she conducted her research study with the hope that the findings/results will be of benefit to project managers who lead complex projects for organizations that use projects to execute its strategies. Her dissertation was dedicated to her late mother who was both her biggest critic and biggest fan. Her mom's continued and consistent messaging to Cheryln was always to use the power of the pen and to employ persistence and determination until the job was done. Cherlyn has taken her mother's mantra as her own, “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

Cherlyn retired as a Senior Project Manager Advisor for FedEx Services after 24 years a little over a year ago. Her major responsibility was to collaboratively engage global cross-functional teams to integrate acquired companies into the FedEx family. This responsibility gave her the unique opportunity to travel the world and to spend extended stays in places that significantly influenced her growth as an individual and as a professional. She earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and certified as a Quality Expert. In January 2020, Dr. Conner began her service with PMI Memphis in the capacity of VP of Professional Development.

Dr. Conner's educational background includes a BS, Business Management, an MBA, Strategic Business Management, and her newly minted Doctorate. She wanted the doctoral degree because it supports her long-term plans for transitioning fully to the educational segment at the university level and exploiting her abilities to impact educational training for the 21st century workforce. She currently teaches/facilitates at the undergrad and graduate levels as a full professor. She desires to be positioned to provide more of a leadership role in the furthering of educational objectives. When Cherlyn joined the University of Phoenix faculty, she discovered the success of helping students learn concepts and theories and then translate these theories into practical application. She discovered her niche and her ‘real’ talent. Imagine being able to influence the thoughts of others!

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Panel Discussion: Career Outlook in 2020 Post-COVID World

Posted by admin_ck on 10/13/2020 12:00 am  /   Meeting

Career Outlook in 2020 Post COVID-19 World (and PMI Chapter Annual General Meeting)

Given the backdrop of the twin pandemics, a panel of industry professionals and/or employers will offer their employment insights in the Now Economy and career advice to audience members during an interactive session. Invite your colleagues and/or senior college students to register for the meeting for the Panel discussion. 

This meeting will also have a short segment for the Annual General Meeting for the chapter prior to the panel. PMI Memphis Members will be given a chance to vote for 2021 Board Members.

Remember, this is the free annual meeting, so the registration fee is $0 for members and $0 non-members. Invite your friends, colleagues, and college students.

Angela Copeland Career Coach & Consultant
La Toya Lacey  Sr. Recruiter at Indigo Ag
Maribel Jiminez HR Advisor Employee Relations Solutions at Siemens
Matt Morris Strategic Account Manager at Randstad Technologies US

Register for the December 2020 by clicking HERE.


Gender Imbalance: Myths that Keep women Out and Down

Posted by admin_ck on 10/01/2020 12:00 am  /   Meeting

Maria Hubbard Presents: Gender Imbalance: Myths that keep women out and down

Maria Hubgard reviewed her research in gender imbalance. She explored references from the PMI Pulse of the Profession reports highlighting specific challenges to women in project management. She also led discussions regarding remedies people can use to add equity in the workplace.

About Maria Hubbard

Maria’s career successes are mapped in 20+ years of professional experience in manufacturing, industrial, non-profit, consumer services, gaming/hospitality, retail, banking, and transportation and distribution. She specializes in human resource development, organizational effectiveness, employee performance management, organization culture development, leadership training and development, succession planning, and executive coaching. Maria is also fluent (oral and written) in the Spanish language having spent significant time in Central and South America since childhood.

In addition to innovative curriculum design and development, Maria is an expert facilitator with certifications in Professional Coaching (LHH), Executive Presence (Bates), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (CPP), Franklin-Covey programs, DDI programs, and Emotional Intelligence (MHS). Her work experience spectrum includes both people leader and individual contributor roles at International Paper, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ServiceMaster Corporate, Intechra (Arrow), Harrah’s Entertainment, AutoZone, Union Planters Bank, and FedEx Express. Accolades include IP Strategic Driver Award (2020), SHRM-Memphis Keynote Speaker (2019), ALSAC Innovation Award (2017), AutoZone Extra Miler Award (2002), Univ of Memphis Leadership Award (2001), FedEx HRD Excellence Award (1999), FedEx Star (1994). Maria contributed a chapter to the book, Educational Technology Beyond Content: A new focus for learning (Springer 2019), and her award-winning dissertation on women developing as leaders was published by ProQuest (2020).

Maria holds a Doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, a Master’s degree in Instructional Design & Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Fine Arts, all from the University of Memphis. Maria is a native of New Orleans and has lived in Memphis since 1982. Her passion for social justice has led her to board membership and leadership for civic organizations dedicated to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Maria Hubbard, Ed.D.
Manager, Leadership Development
Leadership Institute at International Paper
Memphis, TN