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

Posted by amc on 05/01/2017 11:32 am  /   Spotlights

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.

The Woodlands PMI Venue – A Convenient Location for Networking and Timely Topics

Posted by amc on 05/01/2017 11:39 am  /   Program and Meetings

 The Woodlands PMI Venue – A Convenient Location for Networking and Timely Topics

By Janis A. Warner, Ph.D., PMP®, The Woodlands Venue Director

At the Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center, PMI® members and guests who work or live in the north are able to enjoy a convenient location with easy access off of I-45 while hearing about great topics at 3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor, The Woodlands, Texas 77384.

At the February 21st meeting
, Dr. Gerry Hynes, Sam Houston State University Professor and author, shared insight to Get Along, Get It Done, Get Ahead based on the same titled book.  The purpose of this session is to demonstrate that, first of all, diversity in the workplace is a competitive advantage, not a roadblock. Second, this session will present practical techniques to reduce diversity miscues, to respond to uncomfortable conversations, and to bridge cultural gaps. You will learn how to build rapport and promote constructive behaviors in a diverse work environment.”


At the April 18th meeting, Sanjiv Augustine, founder of the Agile Leadership Network and President of LitheSpeed, presented 5 Steps to Disruptive Innovation with Hyper-Performing Teams, showcasing how an approach to innovation and “how agility has impacted these traditionally silo'ed functions and how forward-thinking organizations have reached the next level of performance through tight integration and agile thinking”.

To register for our meetings, please click hereand scroll to the Woodlands Venue section.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at The Woodlands Venue feel free to contact The Woodlands Venue Director Janis A. Warner, Ph.D., PMP® at [email protected]Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.








Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

Posted by amc on 05/01/2017 11:44 am  /   Program and Meetings

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

Quote:"Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb

-  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"

Tip #14: Ditch distracting mannerisms. Nervous fidgeting or gestures will detract from your message. Use purposeful gestures to give your speech more impact.

 “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”?Alan Greenspan

Communication is assumed to be easy, that is the pitfall! The following top 10 tips will help cross barriers.

10.         Take your time.  Use pauses. Give space.

9.            Ask others to slow down. You want to understand.

8.            Keep it simple.  Don’t use 10 words if 3 will do.

7.            If you don’t understand, say so.

6.            Avoid sports analogies. Others may not understand.

5.            Avoid double negatives.   They may not translate.

4.            Talk to more than one person to get to the complete picture.

3.            Start communication formally.  In many cultures, starting with a degree of formality shows respect.

2.            Pay attention to the nonverbal.  Facial expressions, proximity, physicality and hand gestures all carry meaning that is different across cultures.  Remember, 80% of communication is non-verbal.

1.           Be respectful, be interested, and be humble.  Ask people about their cultures, admit that you are learning, don’t project your cultural ways on others.  No matter what, you are always a guest in a foreign land!

-Summarized from an article in April 2016 Toastmaster magazine.

You can learn more about telling your stories at a Project Management Toastmasters Club! Project Management Toastmasters clubs are open to all, but members are predominately professional project managers. Houston Area Project Management Toastmasters Clubs are sponsored by PMI® Houston and aligned with the goals of PMI® International.   Certified PMPs receive Professional Development Units (PDUs) for participation.  


Visit a meeting to discover the benefits of membership!  

Project Management Toastmasters Venue


Location and Address

Dates and Times

Houston Galleria

Houston Baptist University, Atwood 2 Bldg, Rm 202  

7502 Fondren Rd 

Houston, Tx 77074 

1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:45pm - Meeting Starts 

North Houston 

Denny's Restaurant

12697 Gessner Rd 

Houston, Tx  77064 

(South of FM 1960 off FM249) 

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 

6:00pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 


Schlumberger Sugar Land Campus

The Forum 

210 Schlumberger Dr 

Sugar Land, Tx  77478 

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 


Sam Houston State University 

3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor 

The Woodlands, Tx  77384 

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 

6:15pm - 8:00pm