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Opportunities to Serve Through FedExFamilyHouse

Posted by admin_ck on 11/30/2020 12:00 am  /   Community Relationships

PMI Memphis Supports FedExFamilyHouse

FedExFamilyHouse is a home away from home for out-of-town families who come to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for treatment. Opened in 2010, it is the first facility in Memphis to provide housing for families of patients receiving extended care at our hospital. Every year, PMI Memphis supports FedExFamilyHouse through contributions of money or food and through volunteer service by PMI Memphis members and their families. 

Will you join us this year? Click any of the links below to find details on how to serve. Reach out and set your dates with FedExFamilyHouse. Share back your stories and pictures (with names of people in them) to [email protected]. We would love to celebrate your service in the January or February Chapter meeting.

If you have questions about supporting FedExFamilyHouse, please email [email protected].

     December 20th-23rd - Current needs include:

  • Toys, gift cards for infants, toddlers, school age, teens and adults. Specific list included here.
  • Gift wrapping materials (Large Toy Sacks, Large Paper Bags, Wrapping Paper, Tissue, Bows, and Ribbon)

 

 

  • Help us supply dinners when we have a slower month of meal donations.
  • Gas cards distributed to families in need. Currently we have zero support and we expect an increase in occupancy through the end of the year.
  • $20 & $50 increments are best!

  • Although we have made changes to our visitor policy, we can still use your help to bring smiles to our patients and families.
  • Share a message of love, warmth or a joke by filming a short video.
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  • Simply follow the instructions below to share your message:
  • Record your video horizontal (sideways).
  • Share an encouraging message or a joke. You can also read a book we can play for our families for Storytime.
  • Please keep messages to 15-30 seconds.
  • Use WeTransfer.com to send your video to [email protected]

  • Help us stock our Welcome Bags! Each family will receive a Welcome Bag upon checking into FedExFamilyHouse.
  • Items Needed:
  • –Coloring Books (Children & Adult)
  • –Crayons
  • –Play-Doh
  • –Boy Welcome Bags: Hot Wheels, Trucks, Action Figures
  • –Girl Welcome Bags: Barbies, Baby Dolls, Doll Clothes

 

  • We need your help to create 50 Party Packs!
  • Collecting items December 14th
  • NEED:
  • –Pizza Dinner (50 individual medium boxes)
  • –50 Sparkling Cider Bottles
  • –150 “2021” Glasses (to wear)
  • –150 Party Hats
  • –Party Favors (candy, light up necklaces, etc.)
  • –Cellophane to wrap pack
  • –Ribbon: silver and gold
  • –Mylar Shred: silver and gold

 


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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