20 September PMInsight

Strategic Transformation

PMI Transformation Update: Creating New Value for Our Stakeholders

As part of our ongoing commitment to keep you informed of the progress of our transformation activities, this video will provide you with recent developments in support of creating new value for our stakeholders.

Need to Know


Meet Otema Yirenkyi

PMI is pleased to announce that we have filled a key new role to support our priorities of strategic focus, customer centricity, and organizational agility. 

Otema Yirenkyi has joined PMI as Vice President, Global Engagement. Otema will also be responsible for PMI’s Africa region. This is the next step in solidifying PMI’s global impact through regionalization. She will be based in our London office and reports to COO, Joseph Cahill.

Otema’s background encompasses sales, business development, and marketing —with more than 20 years of experience leading global teams, transforming organizations and delivering business results within the technology and telecoms sector.

Most recently, she served as the Founder and CEO of Nexinnova where she was leading the acceleration of scale-ups for technology and technology-enabled companies and ecosystem-based companies in Africa. Prior to this, Otema served in senior leadership roles for Vodafone and Microsoft.

Reporting to Otema are the following people: Brantlee Underhill, Director, Global Chapters and Volunteers; Beth Horgan, Director, Educational Provider Network; Mary Pat Kessler, Director, Global Account Management; and Christine Toto, Interim Director, Marketing & Customer Development.

Otema holds a BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; an MA degree in Development Studies (concentration in economic development) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London, London, UK; and a graduate certificate in International Banking and Finance from New York University in New York, NY.

Future-Proof Standard Based on Principles Coming Soon 

The next release of The Standard for Project Management will be principle-based, rather than process-based, to honor the various approaches—from predictive to agile to hybrid—that practitioners can use to deliver outcomes. Learn what to expect.

Coming Soon: PMI Ranks the 50 Most Influential Projects of the Past 50 Years

What's a world without projects? A world without architectural marvels, medical breakthroughs, must-see mega-events or advancements in technology. And what's behind every great project? A great project team.

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, PMI is ranking the 50 most #influential projects of the past half-century. As a bonus, we also identified the 10 most influential projects in the areas of architecture, biotech, entertainment, finance, gaming, government, health, infrastructure, mobility, renewable energy, space, and technology—as well as the top 10 projects in India and China.

The Most Influential Projects lists identify efforts that changed the world we live in, shaped our lives, and altered the DNA of the organizations that launched them. Thousands of projects were considered, with only a small proportion meeting our standards: Did they defy expectations and transform an industry or our culture in ways that continue to reverberate?

The list will be unveiled at PMI’s global conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 7 October 2019. It will also be highlighted in both a special custom-designed website and a special edition of PMI’s award-winning PM Network® print magazine.

Please help us spread the word about this new initiative by selecting among and sharing the social media posts listed in the “Share This!” section below.

New Digital Engagement Platform for Chapters

Through the Chapter Digital Engagement Platform (CDEP), chapters will be better equipped to engage members in a more efficient and targeted manner with uniform outreach strategies and support. As such, we are pleased to announce that the new sites for PMI Lebanon Chapter and PMI La Crosse - Rochester Chapter have launched! Learn more and for questions, please reach out to your Chapter Partner and Chapter Administrator.

Leadership Development Opportunities

PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting 2019—North America

There is still time to register for the PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting 2019—North America in Philadelphia, PA, USA during 3–-5 October. Learn what sessions are offered and register today.

Applying for a Travel Grant? Plan to Attend the Chapter Leader Orientation

All volunteers taking a leadership role for the first time in 2019 must attend the Chapter Leader Orientation in order for the chapter to receive reimbursement for an approved LIM travel grant. The orientation offers valuable information for new and returning leaders,  is free and available on demand at Orientation.PMI.org.

Chapter Mentoring Program Samples Available

Is your chapter thinking of initiating a mentoring program? The PMI Chapter Mentoring Program Toolkit provides samples of program overviews, applications, agreements and more. The samples are from chapters that have a successful program in place. Find it in the Marketing Portal.

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF)

PMIEF’s Evolving Strategy—An Important Update

You have probably heard about PMIEF’s increased focus on youth, but did you know PMIEF plans to help them build life skills through project management?  And chapters can play a vital role. Go inside PMIEF’s in-depth strategy guide, get answers to chapter-related questions, a timeline and more. Plus, if you only have a few minutes, go to Page 5 for an ‘At a Glance’ review!

PMI in the News

3 September 2019
Seven Future Trends in Project Management
Liquid Planner
By Alison Coleman

To read more articles, please visit PMI in the News on PMI.org.

Share This

Imagine our world 50 years ago compared to today. Many of the strides we’ve made are the direct results of projects. To celebrate its 50th anniversary this October, PMI is ranking the 50 most #influentialprojects and the extraordinary ways they've changed society. https://youtu.be/xsN81rzv_1c

What does it take to make dreams a reality? Effort, planning, and discipline. This October, PMI will rank the 50 most #influentialprojects of the past 50 years. https://youtu.be/xsN81rzv_1c

Behind every great project is a great #project team. This October, PMI will rank the 50 most #influentialprojects of the past 50 years. https://youtu.be/xsN81rzv_1c #pmot

Creativity, resilience, commitment, and discipline. It takes all this and more to bring ideas to life. This October, PMI will unveil the 50 most #influentialprojects of the past 50 years. https://youtu.be/xsN81rzv_1c