Project Management Institute

Straight Talk with Sunil

In the “Straight Talk with Sunil” video series, we explore topics that are timely and relevant to PMI and our various stakeholders – in a very simple 1:1 or 1:2 format.

Episode 10

In Episode 10, Sunil speaks with several members of the PMI Board of Directors for brief, wide-ranging conversations on their contributions and perspectives on the PMI community.

Straight Talk with Sunil – Episode 10, Part 1: Departing PMI Board Directors

I sat down with the members rolling off of the Board at the end of the year - but not, I would add, leaving our community! enjoyed hearing their reflections about the course of their service and their perspective on the future: Cathy LaTona, Jennifer Tharp, and Davidson Frame

Straight Talk with Sunil – Episode 10, Part 2: Previous Board Chairs

Serving as the Chair of the PMI Board is a big commitment, but enormously rewarding – that’s what I learned from chatting with three members who have been there: Beth Partleton (Board Chair 2011), Randy Black (Board Chair 2018), and Tony Appleby (Board Chair 2019).

Straight Talk with Sunil – Episode 10, Part 3: Committee Chair Leads

I caught up with the respective chairs of our Board committees: Cathy LaTona (Compensation Committee Chair), Tejas Sura (Strategy Oversight Committee Chair), and Galen Townson (Audit Committee Chair).

Episode 9

In this episode, Sunil speaks with Mary Pat Kessler to discuss the role of the Government Relations team, ad sales and the Knowledge Initiative. They also share their thoughts on ‘growth’ at PMI.

Straight Talk with Sunil – Episode 9, Part 1: The role of Government Relations team

The importance of synchronicity between project management and the federal and state governments.

Straight Talk with Sunil– Episode 9, Part 2: What are ad sales?

Dialing for dollars, ad sales is the revenue engine supporting our events.

Straight Talk with Sunil – Episode 9, Part 3: What is the Knowledge Initiative?

Delivering value to stakeholders in areas related to the new work ecosystem.

Straight Talk with Sunil – Episode 9, Part 4: Your experience and background

More about Mary Pat Kessler and her role with PMI.

Episode 8

In the latest episode of “Straight Talk With Sunil” (recorded before the coronavirus outbreak), Sunil chats with Christine Toto, Director of Marketing and Customer Development for PMI. They discuss how the Marketing function at PMI engages with our customers, and how they are delivering value for PMI stakeholders around the world.

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Straight Talk with Sunil - Episode 8

Episode 7

In this episode of “Straight Talk With Sunil” (recorded before the coronavirus outbreak), Sunil sat down with Mark Emery, Director of Customer Care for PMI. They talk about how PMI handles customer inquiries and requests, how the organization benchmarks its success, and new ways for communicating with PMI stakeholders across the globe.

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Straight Talk with Sunil - Episode 7

Episode 6

In this episode of “Straight Talk With Sunil” (recorded before the coronavirus outbreak), Sunil interviews Devyn Colson, Director of IT Operations for PMI. They discuss how IT Operations is delivering results and support for PMI employees, as well as the stakeholders they serve around the world.

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Straight Talk with Sunil - Episode 6

Episode 5

In the latest episode of “Straight Talk with Sunil,” Sunil sat down with Sierra Hampton-Simmons, Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification, to talk about upcoming changes to the PMP exam that become effective 1 July 2020. Sierra outlines why and how the exam is changing, and what aspiring test takers can expect.

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Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 5 – Certification (Part 1)

Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 5 – Certification (Part 2)

Episode 3

Sunil sat down with Brantlee Underhill, Director of Chapters and Volunteers, for the next instalment of "Straight Talk with Sunil." Brantlee provides a good overview of the support we provide to chapters around the world, and I ask some tough questions about membership fees, chapter organization and requirements, the relationship of chapters to R.E.P.s, and lots more!

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Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 3 - Chapter Development - Part 1

Part 2

Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 3 - Chapter Development - Part 2

Episode 2

Sunil sat down with Joe Cahill, PMI's Chief Operating Officer, for the next instalment of "Straight Talk with Sunil." This is a high-level introduction of the transformation, and we will double-click on program details in future communications. 

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Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 2 - In Conversation with Joe - Part 1

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Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 2 - In Conversation with Joe - Part 2

Episode 1

In this first instalment, Sunil sat down with Murat Bicak, EVP of Strategy, and Mike DePrisco, VP of Global Solutions.

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Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 1 - Focus on PMI's Strategy - Part 1

Part 2

Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 1 - PMI's Product Portfolio - Part 2

Part 3

Straight Talk with Sunil: Episode 1 - In Conversation with Murat and Mike - Part 3