Ask PMI Anything: How can I recognize excellence in project management?

Learn more from PMI VP, Global Communications & Brand, Kerman Kasad, on how PMI recognizes excellence in project management with PMI’s Professional Awards. 2021 nominations are now open!

Written by Kerman Kasad • 11 March 2021


PMI’s Professional Awards recognize the changemakers, visionaries and achievements reshaping our world through effective project management. In this “Ask PMI Anything” post, Kerman Kasad shares insights on the program—and how you can honor the best of the best in project management by nominating a project, program or individual for these prestigious awards by 1 April 2021.

Projects make the world go round—especially today as work and value are increasingly delivered through project-based work.

Yet too many groundbreaking projects around the globe tend to only make headlines when something goes wrong; a cost overrun, a missed project delivery date. Far too often, skilled project talent goes unsung and unrecognized for their contributions in meeting seemingly impossible challenges and turning ideas into reality.

Luckily, you can help to recognize excellence and those who have advanced the field of project management through PMI’s Professional Awards program. Each year, we celebrate the projects, organizations and individuals who have left their mark through innovative project management and new approaches to tackling problems.

There’s still time to apply for the 2021 awards. This year’s call for nominations will be ending on April 1st; don’t pass up this opportunity to nominate and recognize the best of the best in the world of project management.

Award categories include:

  • Project of the Year, recognizing large and complex projects that deliver superior performance, organizational results, and perhaps most importantly, impact on society. Last year’s winner was the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, which is boosting Europe’s energy security with one of the longest natural gas pipelines in the world.
  • PMO of the Year, recognizing Project Management Offices that demonstrate superior organizational capabilities and add value by aligning projects with strategy. Last year’s award recognized DC Water’s IT Project Management Office for achieving the vision of building a high-performing team, accelerating a digital transformation and supporting the agency’s mission of providing reliable water services to the United States capital city.
  • Project Excellence Award, recognizing complex projects with a budget less than US$75 million that deliver superior performance and results.
  • PMI Fellow Award, which stands as the highest and most prestigious individual award presented by PMI for service to the organization and profession.
  • PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award, in honor of one of PMI’s original founders, recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to project management and its practice.
  • PMI Young Professional Award, honoring a young professional who has made a significant impact in advancing the discipline of project management.

Learn more about PMI’s Professional Awards program and frequently asked questions on the process for applying here.

Be sure to submit nominations by April 1st—and help us recognize the best and brightest of project leaders and changemakers reshaping our world today.

Kerman Kasad headshot

Kerman Kasad
Vice President | Communications, PMI

As Vice President, Communications, Kerman Kasad helps the organization enhance its strong global reputation with a wide variety of stakeholders. Kerman leads the global communications function, communications strategy and reputation management, media relations, social media, CEO communications and positioning, stakeholder communications, internal communications, and issues and crisis management.

Related Posts


Ask PMI Anything: How Do I Get Started in a Project Management Career Path?

Looking to start a career in Project Management? PMI has two great options, Kickoff and Certified Associate in Project Management. Learn more here.

Lead Your Organization Next Transformation

Lead Your Organization Next Transformation

With PMI’s new courses, like Organizational Transformation Series, you can acquire the skills to lead transformations from within your organization.

Project Management Volunteer Opportunities

Project Management Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for new volunteer opportunities? Find out why project managers volunteer with PMI and what serving as a PMI volunteer means to them.