Meeting/Event Information

    Galleria: Introduction to Work Management & Process Automation Tools

    October 11, 2017
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    United Way of Houston
    50 Waugh Drive
    Houston, TX 77007

    Please Note the New Temporary Location for the Galleria Meeting at the United Way of Houston, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007

    PMI Galleria Meeting

    Pre Meeting:
    Rashid N Kapadia, PMP
    Necessary Bridges, Inc.

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author.

    Born & raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer.

    Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency.

    In the US, over 17 years, he worked for 3 organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development.

    In 2014, he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills.

    In 2015, along with his wife, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc.

    Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader, constantly looking for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professions and solve problems.

    Topic Description:

    In this talk Rashid will discuss: 

    •         Three steams of happiness (meaningful life, engaged life, pleasant life) as defined by the field of positive psychology.
    •         Pragmatic applications and benefits that can be derived when these insights are endorsed and embraced by project teams.
    •         Ideas and guidelines for developing excellent mental habits which contribute to project success.
    •         The work and books of thought leaders in this field.

     From this session, participants will be able to: 

    •         Become familiar with the world and benefits of positive psychology.
    •         Learn how these—vastly varied—sources of happiness can benefit the individual and the project team simultaneously.
    •         Learn how project teams can harness the power—all three streams—of happiness pragmatically.
    •         Learn how to develop excellent mental habits.
    •         Learn about the work and books of thought leaders in this field


    The scientific validity of this thinking—and pragmatic benefit—is less and less in doubt. Leaders ignore these insights at their own peril.
    This Session Qualifies for: (delete the two that don't apply)
    Dinner Meeting: Introduction to Work Management and Process Automation Tools
    Nooshin Yazhari, M.S., PMP

    Nooshin Yazhari is a strategic business and technology leader with well-rounded experience in leading and delivering enterprise business, digital marketing, and technology solutions. She has deep domain expertise in software development and lifecycle management, process optimization and automation, digital marketing and branding, and project management.

    Throughout her career, Nooshin has successfully held roles with responsibility for startup business development and operation, enterprise software delivery and execution, digital marketing and brand development, program and project management, and business operational excellence.

    Nooshin is the president of Optimum- a Technology, Process Automation, and Digital Marketing firm, transforming businesses through the power of People, Technology, and Automated Processes. Optimum is a small business, certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC). Since 2014, Optimum has been helping many non-profit, privately-owned, government agencies, and large corporations nationwide achieve their business and technology goals. 

    Nooshin also sits on the Board of Directors for the PMI Houston Chapter, as the Vice President of e-Business and Technology, and has helped many other non-profit organizations and charities through volunteering her time, services, and expertise.

    She is also a public speaker at many local and state-wide conferences and events.

    Nooshin continues to server the Houston community by providing jobs, services, and mentorship to local talents and businesses.  

    Topic Description:
    In this interactive session, you'll learn about multiple Work Management and Process Optimization & Automation solutions, including live demos of the industry leading software and tools with practical business scenarios. 
    This Session Qualifies for: 


    Meeting Agenda:
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm     Pre-dinner Speaker Presentation

    6:30 pm to 7:00 pm     Networking, Dinner Opens, Chapter Announcements
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm     Dinner Speaker Presentation

    Professional Development Units (PDU) for PMI certified professionals:

    The introduction of the updated CCR system, has resulted in a much simpler procedure for claiming PDUs.             As before, there are no specific PDU codes for events that award up to 2 PDUs. Each PMI Houston meeting with a 1-hour presentation, on a PM Talent Triangle topic, equals 1 PDU. (The category for each presentation will be indicated on the web-site)  This includes dinner meetings, pre-dinner meetings and meetings at any of PMI Houston's satellite venues.  If you attended both pre-dinner and dinner presentations, please submit 2 PDU claims following the process below for each presentation event.

    Procedure for getting PDU credit for PMI® Houston’s meetings towards the recertification of your PMI credential (PMP, PgMP, etc.):

    1. Go to and log in using your Username and Password.
    2. Select myPMI and click on “Report PDUs”
    3. Click on “Organization Meetings” and fill in the form.
    4. Organization Host " PMI Houston "
    5. Title  “Chapter Meeting”
    6. Meeting Number (Optional)  C012 (zero)
    7. Date Started Use Calendar to complete
    8. Date Completed Use Calendar to complete
    9. PDUs claimed - Enter 1, under the relevant category of the Talent Triangle. (Each 1 hr. presentation equals 1 PDU)
    10. Review the data entered, if correct click the box indicating "I agree this claim is accurate"
    11. Click Submit

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