March 2020: Letter from the President

Posted by admin on 03/05/2020 1:50 pm  /   Home Page Highlights, Presidents Letter

LaToshia Norwood, PMI President




Happy Women's History Month, PMI Houston! 


There's so much to celebrate this month; from kicking off registration for the 2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo, launching our 20/20 PMI Houston Plan, to celebrating Women's History Month by honor pioneering women in the project management industry.


2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo


Registration is NOW OPEN and we couldn't be more excited! If you're looking for an opportunity to earn up to 18.5 PDUs, network and learn with your peers in small-group, topic-intensive sessions aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle® then you don't want to miss this conference. 


Early-bird rates are available from now until May 1, 2020! Registration includes breakfast and lunch.



20/20 PMI Houston Plan


On behalf of our All-Star 2020 Board of Directors, I am so proud to announce our pledge goal to accomplish 20 goals by the end of 2020. We are truly committed to serving you and the entire project management community, and to leveraging our expertise to enable local organizations and their communities.

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Women's History Month

It's no secret that women throughout history have been huge contributors to the success of cutting edge projects. This month, join us in celebrating all of the pioneering women who paved the way and those who currently serve in leadership. Happy Women's History Month Ladies... We salute you!


Need PDU's? We've got you covered!

There are hosts of PMI Houston events for the month of March to add to your calendar! We've assembled an all-star group of speakers with a wide range of topics to choose from. From "Stand Out, Don't Stress Out! 5 Secrets To Job Search Success" to "How To Handle The Hater In Your Head". So, if you've not already done so, please be sure to register here for one of our upcoming monthly meetings. 


What's happening in the world of PMI?


There's a new way to highlight your skills. PMI is developing Competency Passport, a suite of micro-credentials designed to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a specific area or industry. Choose the micro-credential that best fits your needs, take an assessment showing you know your stuff, and earn digital badges you can share. Want to learn more? 

Competency Passport
Ascent Masterclass

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. Thanks for your commitment and service to the project management industry and for being the best part of PMI Houston.

"A Call to Action Between Higher Education & Employers in Building the Future Workforce in America

Posted by admin on 03/05/2020 1:41 pm  /   Professional Interest

By: Dr. Marisela Jiménez

The department of labor published that there are more job openings than job seekers. 


What the report does not include, however, is that the reason for a surplus in job openings is because candidates who are actively searching for employment do not meet the employers’ recruitment and selection expectations.  In other words, these job seekers are often told that they are not a fit for the position because they do not have the required experience, skills, or certifications to meet the employers’ customized workforce expectations.  


Education Data[1] recent reports published indicated, “It is estimated that for the 2019-2020 academic year, there will be a total of 3,898,000 college graduates in the United States.”  Indeed, each academic year, colleges and universities strategize and compete for high enrollment numbers.  In context, colleges and universities are graduating thousands of students each year, but when the new grads apply for job positions, they believe are qualified for, they get hit with a new reality untold in the classroom by their academic faculty, advisors, and deans.  This reality is that college education matters less significantly, and experience is highly emphasized. 


Therefore, colleges' and universities' message must be accurately aligned with preparing students for the workforce of the future, ensuring that students develop the critical experience, skills, and knowledge expected by employers’ need for the talented labor force. 


There seems to exist a correlation between a preference for job experience and relevant skills, knowledge, and education; one premise is that currently many companies’ senior management and hiring committees believe that experience is key to driving the organization’s success. While this belief may be substantiated by Adam Smith’s economic concept of division of labor in terms of employers’ preferences for hiring employees with specialized skills, the reality of local and global markets defy employers’ traditional organizational structure and business models.


Hence, consider the imminent change in the workforce as shown in the graph below.  A younger, more educated, and diverse workforce is already emerging.

Fundamentally, education of the future directly influences workforce capabilities and relevant skills required to drive the local and global economies.  Therefore, a call to action is significantly due to change classroom curriculum, academic programs that are not contributing to workforce gainful employment, and the thinking systems of many leaders in higher education and private as well as public sector employers.  It is time for higher education institutions and employers to work closely together to build a future-driven career-path-bridge for students and graduates to help them cross over into gainful employment opportunities while simultaneously balancing surpluses in the labor market that have diminished the value of education.  The future of work demands collective intelligence and collaboration between higher education leaders and employers in ensuring that Americans are trained and ready to build and sustain the success and wealth of our country, United States of America.


[1] Source: Education.Data.Org. Number of College Graduates Per Year (2019). Retrieved from

February 2020: Toastmasters Tips & Discussions

Posted by admin on 01/31/2020 12:04 pm  /   Toastmasters

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs

Tips and Discussions


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


  • “Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic, they are ideally set up to understand stories.” --  Roger Schank, Entrepreneur


  • “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” – Ira Glass, NPR Radio Host and Producer


  • “I’m writing my story so that others may see fragments of themselves.” – Lena Waithe, Screenwriter


  • “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling, Author


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


  1. Know the dress code.Research the culture of the audience and how they dress. Dress one level higher than the audience – typically business or business casual.


Storytelling Tips from Craig Valentine

  • Don’t just establish a conflict, escalate it.
  • Invite your audience into your scene. You might say, “Imagine you were in my shoes”.
  • Condense to connect. When you create a scene, don’t tell us everything, just tell us the main thing.
  • Come out of your story and talk to the audience. You may look into the audience and ask a question to keep them focused on active participants instead of passive spectators.
  • Make your audience curious from the beginning. Tease them before you tell them.
  • Don’t keep repeating your message. If you keep talking after you have made your point, your audience will lose interest.
  • Create characters. Use posture, positioning, and change of voice to bring characters alive.
  • Show the emotional change in your character. After you transcend your conflict, make sure your audience recognizes the transformation. If there’s no change, there’s no story.
  • Be subtle with most of what you do delivery-wise. Look up to show a child is talking to an adult.
  • With a few exceptions, keep your stories short. The longer you work on a story, the shorter it should get.


 “Using Stories to Breathe Life into Every Speech” Excerpted from December 2019 Toastmasters Magazine article by Craig Valentine


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.