November 2018: MiniBio Series

    Tell us a little about yourself!

    Goodbye Disney, Hello “Shoulder Season” – As my wife and I get closer to empty nesters, we took our first RV road trip, without kids this October. There were cool days and nights, changing leaves, even a snowflake or two and no lines of people to be found. Who knew?! We might get used to this…...until grandkids….

     

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

    I am currently the Portfolio Leader for Corporate Applications and Technology at Alight Solutions. Over the past almost 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work on – and lead – projects, PMO’s, EPMO’s and Portfolios across multiple areas of the business. My journey has encompassed not only project focused activities, but includes business operations, client facing development and strategy planning and execution. The marriage of overall business and client leadership has paired well with the project, program and portfolio roles.

     

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

    I have been directly volunteering for the PMI Houston Chapter for the last 5 years. I began my PMIH journey as a PMO director reporting to the President to facilitate the Board of Directors. Since then I have participated in 6 PMI Regional conferences, numerous PMI Leadership Institute Meetings as well as our local PMI Houston Conferences. My elected positions have been SVP – Internal Operations (2017), SVP - External Operations (2018) and now President of the PMI Houston Chapter (2019).

     

    What are the biggest benefits you’ve realized from volunteering at PMIH?

     I began volunteering as a way to “Give back” to the profession and have been rewarded with making a difference. The ability to apply learnings from my professional roles in PMI Houston and some of the relationships I have made along the way are personally impactful.

     

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

     Through the years, I have had the opportunity to lead such a diversity of efforts from small niche projects to programs with a team of over 150 people. Each one has been its own “temporary and unique” baby. However, the one constant I have found regardless of size, scope or complexity is people. People truly are the most interesting / challenging / and exciting aspect of every single project. Picking one would be impossible but I can think of many special moments with my many teams.

     

    Feel free to add any other work or personal tidbits you think would be an interesting add.

    Many of our active membership are project managers and we don’t see as much participation from more senior leaders. If you are a senior project manager, program or portfolio leader and would like to get more involved, please reach out to me at president@pmihouston.org or through LinkedIn.

    Leadership!

    Leadership!

    By Thomas Goebel, PMI Houston Director of Communications


    PMI welcomes members to LIM and the Global Conference.

    In October, seven members of the PMI Houston team attended the Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in Los Angeles, California.

    LIM is an excellent opportunity to get together with our PMI partners from around the globe and share ideas about how PMI can answer challenges that all chapters face.

    The challenges range from attracting volunteers and engaging members to mentor and building strong teams – essentially, issues that will require attention in the coming decades.

    The Houston chapter was well-represented. Attending were:

    • Bob Frasier, SVP External Operations
    • Jack Wilson, VP Outreach
    • Lauren Machol, VP of Professional Development
    • Stephanie Dixon, Director of Volunteerism
    • Carla Callum, Director of Sponsorships
    • Carmen Segovia, SharePoint Administrator
    • Tom Goebel, Director of Communications

     

    LIM lasted for two-and-a-half days (Oct 4-6), and offered something for everyone. Some breakout sessions addressed specific issues that many chapters are seeing, while others reviewed case studies of successful strategies and implementations from around the world.

    In addition to the breakout sessions, PMI brought in some world-class keynote speakers.

     

    On the opening day, Matthew Luhn – one of the first story creators at Pixar Studios – talked about developing and sustaining a work culture that is not afraid to celebrate diversity and learn from failure.

     

    Day Two saw the engaging Mallory Weggemann, a Paralympian swimmer who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Games. Ms. Weggemann shared her story and managed to convey to every person in the room that they can determine to what degree external circumstances will affect them.

     

    On the final day, magician and former NFL football player Jon Dorenbos delivered a powerful presentation. No stranger to adversity himself, Dorenbos used his magic and positive energy to talk about goals and to stress the importance of perseverance and discipline in achieving them. The keynote talks dovetailed with the breakout sessions to invigorate attendees with a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.

     

    The lessons of LIM will stay with us for a long time. With resources like these, our chapter will be in good hands for quite a while.


    The Guardians of the Galaxy.Stephanie Dixon, Carla Callum, 
    Lauren Machol, Bob Frasier, and Carmen Segovia stand ready to fight
    the forces against Project Management!