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Project management developes professionals

by Mariam Found, director, Scholarships & Honors

Hawai‘i Pacific University understands that making time for one’s obligations is a balancing act, one that college students and professionals face every day. That is why HPU is sponsoring the Project Management Institute’s Professional Development Day, May 3, at the Ala Moana Hotel. The program will feature practical workshops in how to:

Manage People Individually and as a Project Team.
• Increase Effectiveness Utilizing a Practical Approach.
• Journey from Idea to Project.
• Understanding and Defining Cultural Differences, and
• Continuous Improvement Concepts and Tools to Improve Projects.

Workshop facilitators include:
• Ms. Catherine Sato, vice president of Bank of Hawai‘i;
• Lt. Col. Brian Mace, who manages the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) throughout the West Coast, Hawai‘i, and the Far East;
• Mr. Doug Forsell, director of Project Management at Fidelity National Information Solutions (FNIS) Real Estate Division; and
• Ms. Claire B. Reilly, a solution specialist for the Microsoft Southern California District Office.

The keynote speaker, Ms. Linn Wheeling, will present “Making Project Management Indispensable for Business Results.” Wheeling, the components and community manager for PMI, oversees the ongoing development, administration, and relationship between PMI and its more than 300 chapters, interest groups, and colleges.

The president of the PMI-Honolulu Chapter, Ku‘uipo Laumatia, an HPU alumna and project management instructor, recommends time management to her students. “It’s just good project management,” said Laumatia. “If you have a good team, with good resources and good skills, you can accomplish anything – at home and at work.” She should know: Laumatia is married and just gave birth to her 10th child!

She also holds a B.S. in computer science and information systems as well as an MBA.

“I always tell people, the more education you get, the better you can be,” added Laumatia. “In today’s world especially, it opens the door to jobs and potential opportunities.”

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