Meet our Leadership! - LaToshia Norwood, Vice President of Marketing

Meet our Leadership! – LaToshia Norwood, Vice President of Marketing

How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?

I’m currently the Vice President of Marketing for the Houston Chapter of PMI®, and I’m also a Managing Partner with L’Renee & Associates. Regarding the Project Management profession as a whole, I’ve been involved in recruiting, training and consulting for small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies.

How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI® Chapter and in what capacities? 

I’ve been a Chapter Member since 2007, and an Active Volunteer since 2012 serving as a Conference Volunteer, a Venue Director, and the Vice President of Marketing.

Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

While working in corporate America, I was assigned the 'ground hogs day' project from hell. It had been underway for at least 2 years prior to my assignment, all the resources were sick and tired of working on it, and avoided anything related to the project like black mold. Unbeknownst to me the project manager who’d managed the project from its inception was removed, and I was selected to take over. All eyes (including c-level management) were on it, and the client was threatening to fire the firm. Very quickly I had to learn 2 years’ worth of project history, gain the trust of the team and the client, and most importantly, reduce the number of daily meetings. Thankfully, within a few months I was able to do just that. We created resources that streamlined communication, regained trust and confidence both internally and externally, we reduced the number of meetings from two daily to one weekly, and improved the morale of the team.

Which part(s) of the Chapter’s Strategic Plan really resonate with you and why?

Our volunteers and members are the heartbeat of PMI® Houston. And I am thrilled to serve with a leadership that embraces that concept. So much so that we’ve been charged with developing strategies to engage, support, and celebrate them.

If you could change something about the Project Management field, what would it be and why?

The stereotype that project management is just for construction and IT projects. Project management transcends all industries, and when implemented, improves the project success rate and reduces the amount of risks and waste.

Meet our Leadership! Nooshin Yazhari, VP of eBusiness and Technologies

 

Meet our Leadership! - Nooshin Yazhari, Vice President of eBusiness and Technologies

 

How long have you been working in Project Management and what's you're current professional position?

I started doing project management in the early stages of my career and took several project management courses in grad school; however my first "official" job title as a project manager was in 2009. Currently, I'm the President of my small consulting firm, Optimum. However I use project management tools, techniques, and best practices in almost every aspect of my career regardless of my responsibilities and position within an organization.  

How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI Chapter and in what capacities?

I started volunteering with the PMIH Chapter in mid-2016, initially as an advisor to the Marketing and PR team. Later, I was appointed and then elected as the VP of eBusiness & Technologies.

Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

I can name many as each project has its own set of unique challenges and successes. The biggest enjoyment I get from project delivery and management is seeing the "project team" overcoming the project challenges together and leading the project to a successful completion! 

Which part(s) of the Chapters Strategic Plan really resonate with you and why?

The technology advancement and improvement part of it (not only because I lead the Technology committee for the chapter!). The PMI Houston Chapter has many amazing and dedicated volunteers and leaders who are doing so many innovative and amazing things for the Houston PMI membership and community. I believe having the right technology platform and digital channels to truly support our members, volunteers, sponsors, and the chapter's goals and objectives is a vital part of the strategic plan to ensure success. 

If you could change something about the Project Management field, what would it be and why?

Making it more fun, innovative, and interactive for non-project managers who are working on projects led by project managers. Mostly PMs believe that project management is indeed THE most fun and interactive job on the face of the earth; I'd like to see other professional careers and peers feeling the same about us as well.