News and Events
Apr 20, 2014
Students attend the Mass Bay PMI Chapter Meeting
On April 17th, 2014 Professor Cindy Stevens accompanied two Business Management students, Anzia Mendez-Neff & Jordan O’Neill, to a Mass Bay Chapter meeting. PMI or Project Management Institute is the “world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.” As two BSM students Anzia and Jordan had the opportunity to select between two concentrations and both selected the Technology Project management option. This conference was an opportunity for both students to see how their studies will apply in the professional world and to see how project management actually impacts various industries.
During the conference attendees had the opportunity to hear from Matthew Guarini, Head, U.S. Information Services at National Grid; Jay Leader, Former CIO of iRobot and Rapid 7; Greg Meyers, Vice President of Business IT, Biogen Idec; Beth O'Rorke, Vice President Global Technology, Staples; Steve Snyder, CIO/CTO, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Marc Wood, Senior Director, Global Specialty IT, Liberty Mutual Insurance. These panelists discussed the importance and application of project management skills. They highlighted the versatility of project management skills and how they can be adapted to many industries. In addition there was an opportunity to network with many people in a variety of industries, which was a great opportunity for all attendees.
Below you will find comments from both Anzia & Jordan about their experience at the conference and how they think Project Management will impact their careers after Wentworth.
Attending the PMI Mass Bay conference allowed for me to gain an understanding of what Project Management professionals, in a variety of industries, are tasked with at their jobs, challenges they have faced, and the skills they have strengthened or need to strengthen to be successful in their field. Networking provided insight on the different paths one could take with a focus in PM as well as many programs, focus groups and Master’s programs available to students to continue education. The ending panel of executives from businesses such as Staples and National Grid assured just how valued project managers, their organization and skills are to top leadership and the business as a whole. Overall, a very rewarding experience and an organization that I plan to continue my involvement in.
Project Management is in everything. For me, attending the PMI Mass Bay Chapter conference hammered that point home. Project Management is a common ground that people in many different professions and industries can use to gain wisdom from each other through the sharing of personal experiences. However, my most important takeaway from the PMI conference is the importance of networking. These events can be intimidating, if you are introverted. My advice to the introvert is this: attend networking events even if you don’t plan on interacting with anyone. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by attending. Listen to the speakers if there are any and you will absolutely learn something. That sounds like a low risk/high reward investment to me.