Distracted Driving - Jan 16, 2019 Meeting

    The mission of Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (CLIF) is to serve as the premier vehicle to inform drivers across the state of Tennessee about the dangers of distracted driving, and to educate college-aged students and those matriculated into college, preventative ways to avoid its negligence. 

       About Speaker:

       Larissa Redmond Thompson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (CLIF). She is a proud graduate of Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN), where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. Thompson graduated from John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA) in 2015 with a Juris Doctorate; as well as completed her studies at Capella University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Leadership. Mrs. Thompson currently works for a Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) as a Program Associate, where she works tirelessly to implement new programs in public spaces, safety and security, and property development in the Memphis Medical District.

       She regularly travels state-wide to deliver speeches and seminars about the dangers of distracted driving, and serves as a Traffic Educator Consultant in the City of Collierville (Tenn). She started the organization as a law school student with goal of returning to her home city, Memphis, to make a positive impact on Memphis and she has reached her goal with precision. Her work was recognized by Tennessee Department of Transportation and Homeland Security, and Governors Highway Safety Office when she was selected to be a recipient of the Directors Award at the 2016 statewide safety conference. Over the years Larissa has been highlighted by several prominent companies including serving as a guest blogger for UHAUL’s Moving Insider Blog, she was named an Advocate for Change by AT&T, and was the selected speaker for the 2015 Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office “Thumbs Down to Texting While Driving” Campaign. Recently, Larissa was chosen as a 2017 Top 20 under 30 recipient for the Memphis Flyer magazine, for her efforts throughout the Mid-South. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporate, Junior League of Memphis, and a host of other professional organizations across the country.

       Thompson continues to educate high school and college students across the state of Tennessee on the dangers of distracted driving through the foundations C.A.R.E.S. (Children Advocates for Road Education & Safety) Program, which serves as a peer-to-peer awareness and educational program for teen driver safety. Larissa is married to Mr. James C. Thompson and the mother of a 9-month-old, Shelby.

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    *** January Dinner Meeting is on January 16th and February Dinner Meeting is on February 13th. For rest of the year, monthly dinner meeting meeting will be on Second Tuesday of the month. Meeting venue can be different every month, please kindly notice.

    January 16 Meeting Logistics

    Managing Career Changes - December 5, 2018 Meeting

    In addition to celebrating the PMI Memphis/UM partnership, we will be featuring a dynamic panel discussion: Managing Career Changes as Project Management Changes

    PMI Chapter Meeting to be held at UM's Fogelman College, Room 118 on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

    On December 5, members of PMI Memphis will celebrate with the University of Memphis MIS3885 students who participate in the project management challenge event. Awards will be presented to the winning student project team, and all the students and volunteers will be recognized. A catered dinner will be provided. Please come support the chapter’s involvement in the program and celebrate with these students. Some of them might be your team members in the near future.


    • Chapter business
    • Brief history of the PMI Memphis/UM partnership
    • Acknowledge the students, mentors, and judges
    • Celebrate the winning team
    • Panel Discussion - Panel Topic – Managing Career Changes as Project Management Changes
      • Angela Copeland - Angela is a career coach and founder of her firm, Copeland Coaching. She is host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, columnist for Career Corner newspaper column, and author of the book Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job. Angela shared her own career journey in the TEDx Talk, "How I broke the rules & found my perfect job."
      • Matt Morris - Matt is a Strategic Account Manager for Randstad Technologies US. He and Randstad have partnered with PMI Memphis for several years to bring attention to match chapter members to local job opportunities.
      • Josh Burnwatt - Josh earned his BBA in Management Information Systems and his MBA from University of Memphis. As a student of the PMI/FCBE partnership courses, Josh used the skills and network of mentors provided to pursue a career in project management. In his role as Senior Applications Analyst, Josh is responsible for supporting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in design, development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of its information systems.
      • Bobby Johnson - Bobby is owner of Bright Perspective Coaching. He is also an adjunct instructor at University of Memphis. Bobby has dedicated his career to directing individuals and groups toward purpose. He brings over 30 years of project management, teaching, and coaching experience, including leadership roles in the US Air Force and Fortune 500 companies.


    Fogelman College’s MIS Group Collaborates with Project Management Institute (PMI) to Create Unique Learning Experience for Students

    Partnership for educational excellence

    The College's Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) at University of Memphis and the Memphis TN Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) share a strong mutual commitment to promoting professionalism in Project Management by providing top-quality education to maximize professional effectiveness. Since 2006, the Department has partnered with PMI Memphis Chapter to create a unique learning experience for business students by bringing the excitement and challenge of real-life project management into the classroom. The purpose of the program is to provide authentic project experience to undergraduate majors enrolled in the Strategic Information Technology Project Management course (MIS3885), taught by Dr. Sandra Richardson.

    The course is offered to all business majors but mandatory for MIS majors. The students’ learning experience is supported by the PMI Memphis Chapter members with Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, representing local business organizations such as FedEx, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Hilton. Many of these project managers and executives provide guest lectures on cutting-edge project management topics throughout the semester, while others serve as mentors providing targeted, hands-on instruction to support student development of a conceptual online business system. Additionally, the PMI Memphis Chapter sponsor a Project Management Contest to motivate and reward the student project team that achieved the best project performance and results.

    The MIS3885 Support Program is an excellent fit for our Chapter Mission, which is to promote the goals and principles of PMI; support Project Management Professional (PMP) certification efforts of members; provide training in specific project management skills and knowledge areas; provide a networking opportunity for project managers and share project management experiences.

    How Leadership Memphis Uses Project Management to Build Our Community

    Meeting Date: November 13, 2018 at 6 PM, 365 South Main St, Memphis.

    Jared Bulluck

      Jared Bulluck will share how Leadership Memphis accomplishes it mission, to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community, by using project management within small teams and multiple vendors to achieve community objectives within tight budget constraints.  He will also share the Leadership Memphis’ 4-program continuum that offers something for everyone who is part of the community leadership eco-system with the belief that graduates are the very people who will change Memphis – and in so doing – change the world.


    •   Jared is the Senior Director of Community and Alumni Engagement for Leadership Memphis. Although he is not a native of Memphis, he now embraces the city as his home.
    •   While at the University of Memphis, Jared became motivated to get to know his Memphis community through the MILE Program (Memphis Institute for Leadership Education). During his time in the MILE program, he and helped create a community-wide pep rally called the Spirit of Memphis in April 2010.  The Spirit of Memphis helped to throw 27 pep rallies across the City of Memphis in 3 days, reaching over 10,000 people in addition to numerous television and radio appearances. Jared then began an internship at MPACT Memphis working to keep young professionals in the City of Memphis. From MPACT, he moved to an intern position at Leadership Memphis.
    •   After graduating in 2010 from the University of Memphis where he participated in various bands, Jared held several positions at Leadership Memphis.  He has been Programs and Communications Assistant, Program Coordinator, and finally, Senior Director of Community and Alumni Engagement.

      In his current role Jared seeks out new partnerships for Leadership Memphis as well as playing a lead role in marketing, communications, development, and recruitment efforts. Among his roles has been leading the Executive program which takes senior managers and CEOS from Memphis and immersing them in Memphis culture, history, and day to day life. Jared has been involved with Mayor Strickland’s River Front Task Force as well as many young professional groups such as Mayor Luttrell’s Young Professional Council. He has an MBA from Christian Brothers University as well as the Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

    Note: Free parking is available on the street next to Leadership Memphis on Talbot St. and on S. Main St. after 5PM. 

    To register, click here