Certifications - Investing in Your Employees for Greater Engagement

    PMI Memphis has been providing high-quality, cost-effective PMP/CAPM certification training to local project managers and project leaders for years. How does this help your company?

    • Companies that invest in their employees have happier employees who feel more engaged.
    • Employees who are encouraged to gain certifications have greater job satisfaction and stay longer.
    • When companies support the development of employees, the employees have greater peace of mind.
    • Employees show greater productivity because they are equipped with more knowledge and tools.
    • Companies that invest in employees are able to attract better applicants.
    • Employees who receive ongoing development are better advocates for their companies.
    • Happy, confident employees give your clients greater confidence in your business.


    PMI Memphis is happy to help you develop your employees. Depending on chapter membership and timing, registration for our PMP/CAPM classes costs $745-$895. Students are equipped with fantastic training and educational tools designed to help them pass either the CAPM or PMP, whichever their work experience merits.

    Registration is still open for the July 16 and October 2019 classes. Each series lasts 4 weeks with classes held Tue/Thur evenings at 5:30. PMI Memphis will do everything possible to help your certification candidate prepare for passing!

    If training budget is exhausted for the current year, plan to budget for same classes to be provided at least 3 times next year. Price changes have been slight over time. If you want to arrange for multiple students or have custom needs, reach out to [email protected] to make arrangements.

    Keep an eye on our Education page. We sometimes partner with other organizations to bring other training opportunities to the Memphis area.

    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.

       This link provides parking directions:

    *** 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.