I currently serve as the Assistant Vice President for Finance for the PMI Washington, DC chapter. My professional experience has been in the fields of project management, information technology, finance, and accounting. I currently work for Cerner, a healthcare technology company engaged in modernizing an infrastructure that supports military veterans and their families.
I have been involved with starting a formal PMO, assessing corporate financial performance, and administering federal contracts. I started my career over 25 years ago as an intern at IBM and have had a stint in the social services arena in Brooklyn, NY. I also did missions and accounting work in South America.
I have a master's degree in Project Management from George Washington University's School of Business and hold a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification issued in 2008.
I look forward to continuing to serve our chapter members.
Ashok is enthusiastic about managing changes related to new challenges …expected as well as unexpected. Since 2019 he has been involved in the chapter activities under Partnership Management team to bring new partners as well as retain existing partners. He has been participated in many chapter activities over last few years.
He believes in a culture of continuous learning, empathy, agility, innovation and accountability, which are supported by his enthusiastic actions and engaging people for new ways of thinking. He served as AVP - Partner Liaisons for year 2020 and actively engaged partners during COVID-19 pandemic. As the member development is key to our chapter growth, Ashok is looking forward to opportunity to serve chapter members under new normal. He is confident to bring his professional experience in managing large projects and to engage multiple groups towards common goals.
I have worked at Washington Gas for more than 38 years. I have an AA in Accounting from Charles County Community College, and 15 credits towards my BA. I received my PMP Certification in October 2006. Opportunities immediately opened within my business to allow me to lead projects in Customer Service that were not able to be performed through our PM Office. This allowed me to grow, learn about different areas of the organization, and meet that I would otherwise not have a chance to meet.
I have been a member of PMIWDC as well as PMI Southern MD since 2006. I initially started volunteering with PMI Southern MD. I set up luncheon events in the Waldorf area, dinner events in the Clinton area, converted the website to a new platform, and held the position of Webmaster, and/or Director of Communications from 2011 through 2015.
I started volunteering with PMIWDC in 2019, when a co-worker told me about his experience when volunteering with the Symposium. I saw an opportunity to get more involved with the Chapter after further discussions with the PM and others the day of the symposium. I have to say I’ve had a blast working with amazing volunteers!
Membership is the heart of any chapter. Every member is important whether they are old or new. Finding passions and helping to build on them will allow goals to be achieved. Growing the membership is a challenge and I am up for that challenge.
I am a firm believer that Project Management is a specialized skills-set and brings unmatched value to any organizations. If one is also capable of promoting and transferring knowledge of PM to peers, colleagues, aspiring PMs, and practitioners, it complements and validates that belief. For the former, I have been practicing PM for past 20+ years and the skills-set, as you can relate to as project managers yourselves, has been critical part of my very rewarding professional journey due to repeated project success.
As for the latter, at work, as the only PMP certified project manager, leadership, as well as fellow project managers, have been able to see the impacts a trained and certified project manager can bring to the team and organization. As a result, all project managers are now being requested to get PMP certification.
As far as my voluntary engagement with PMIWDC is concerned, as AVP Membership, I was instrumental to introduce a process to follow-up those who would not renew the chapter membership and get insights as to why the case and report to then VP of the group that ultimate informs the marketing to tweak the strategy.
As the current VP membership, I, already introduced Guest Pass + program in May to recruit PMI members in the chapter’s catchment area. With the program, we have already added 20 members and helped our chapter achieve PMI 500 Club. Graduate assistance program is another benefit I helped develop.
I look forward to continually serve our chapter members.
I have been a member of PMIWDC since 2005. I founded the Fair Lakes Local Community in 2007. I have worked with various PMIWDC board members during my tenure with the Fair Lakes Local Community. The Fair Lakes Local Community has consistently held well received educational opportunities for those in the Fair Lakes area. Even prior to the pandemic, the Fair Lakes Local Community had presented hybrid meetings allowing virtual participation. During 2020 we were able to not only sustain our attendance but increase our reach internationally with online meetings using Zoom.
I will leverage my contacts in the chapter, Project Management Training Professionals, and other Project Management Professionals to provide high quality educational and networking experiences for PMIWDC.
Serving on the PMIWDC board was the best professional development program I have ever had. I appreciated getting to have received non-threatening (aka Volunteer) leadership that emphasized making sure I could accomplish specific projects before launching a plethora of ideas. As AVP Comms and VP Marketing, I managed a re-platforming of our website, launched a job board, and designed an advertising pricing schema to dramatically increase revenue in the face of a budget deficit.
As I began to understand the complexity of having two boards as DAL and COO, I realized time management becomes one of the biggest problems for volunteer managers. To ease this burden I reduced complexity through streamlining reporting and rearranging some interactions. I also focused on how we could engage in membership and volunteers with our chapter, launching the IV&V (“I Volunteer and Vote”) campaign to stimulate volunteer engagement. Out of that effort, other board members built successful volunteer fairs.
As “the world’s largest” chapter, I felt we had the opportunity to collaborate meaningfully with other chapters, and I tried to get that moving with three initiatives:
“Fab Five” interaction with the beltway chapters
the “Supra LIM,” (12 of the largest PMI chapters in the world),
joint training program between the 4 PMI Virginia Chapters and the Virginia chapter of HIMSS.
Volunteer experience, new leadership growth (experiments!) and the chance to fire up others to take chances they don’t get to at work, that’s what being on this board meant to me.