Project Management Institute

Straight Talk With Sunil: Episode 11 – OPT, Social Responsibility, and COVID-19

3 December 2020

Hi, everyone!

This episode of Straight Talk is a bit different — I passed the baton to VP of Global Experience & Solutions Mike DePrisco, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer Dave Garrett, and Chief Operating Officer Joe Cahill!

As we start to wrap up the year, I encourage you to take some time to watch these brief conversations as they reflect on several of our important initiatives from 2020.

Part 1: Online Proctored Testing with Pearson Vue

Mike met with our friends from our exam testing partner to discuss online proctored testing. They covered tips to ensure the best test experience, steps we’re taking to keep the exam secure, and what lies ahead for PMI and the high-stakes testing industry.

  • Eric D’Astolfo, Pearson Vue’s Vice President, Business Development
  • Harry Samit, Pearson Vue’s Special Investigations

Part 2: PMI and Social Responsibility

Dave led a discussion with Board Members on PMI’s commitment to societal impact. We often describe project professionals as “changemakers” who are uniquely equipped to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. The group shared their views on how they see PMI further enabling changemakers to make an impact and what a measure of PMI succeeding in this space would look like.

  • LuAnn Piccard, PMI Board Member
  • Tejas Sura, PMI Board Member, Strategy Oversight Committee Chair
  • Galen Townson, PMI Board Member, Audit Committee Chair

Part 3: COVID-19 Decisions and Impacts

Joe spoke with Board Members about their thoughts and feelings during the critical moments when PMI made the decision to go virtual in response to the global pandemic. They shared how the decision would affect delivering on the 2020 roadmap, the biggest challenges we faced, and lessons we will take forward.

  • Roberto Toledo, PMI Board Member
  • Anca Slusanschi, PMI Board Member

Thanks and enjoy these discussions!

Best regards,
Sunil