Election 2018 Essays

2018 PMI Mile Hi Board Member Election Candidates

PMI Mile Hi holds elections for part of the Board each September. You must be a paid member in good standing of PMI (Global) and the Mile Hi Chapter in order to run for office or to vote. The candidate essays below are broken out by position which they are looking to take over. Descriptions for each post are included to assist with the decision making process.

President

Approx. Time Commitment: 40 hours per month

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer for the Mile Hi Chapter and of both Boards, and shall perform such duties as are customary for presiding officers, including making all required appointments and Chapter strategic plan or plans with the approval of the Board.

The President shall also serve as a member ex-officio with the right to participate and vote on all committees except the Nominating Committee. The President is responsible for maintaining the Mile Hi Chapter policies and procedures documentation, in either print or electronic form. The President must have served in one of the officer positions for at least one term.

Candidates

Jana Axline MBA, DTM, PMP
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VP - Professional Development

Approx. Time Commitment: 30 hours per month

The Vice President Professional Development shall be responsible for professional educational offerings and will interface with PMI® Global Operations Center (GOC) organization on all matters concerning all PMI® certifications.

The Vice President Professional Development must hold a preferred PMI® credential. In the temporary absence or incapacity of the President, the Vice President Professional Development shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the President.

Candidates

Krishna M. Anantharaju
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Essay

1.) What are the two most important goals for Vice President of Professional Development in the next three years?

I believe that the two most important goals for this position are to

  • Enrich the existing programs and create new programs to keep the PM value more useful for all the stakeholders
  • Improve Veteran and Millennials & Gen-X participation by improving the program content and work in various parts of the city to make it more diverse/approachable

As one of the largest chapters, we have already put in a lot of efforts towards in finding, creating and implementing lot of professional events/programs. I would like to continue to my work to modify or find the programs which are more relevant to the membership/stakeholder community. Through PMP/CAPM course, we would like to encourage this career interests in the community.

Project Management is rather a strict discipline required throughout our career to plan for better execution of any given task. I would like to work towards cultivating the importance of this in Millennial/Gen-X community, especially college freshmen. I would like to have a special focus on the Veteran population in the chapter to provide more relevant services/information to help their careers. I would also like to make the chapter events as less formal as possible to make it more like a social gathering by selecting very accessible locations to make it diverse.

2.) What are your qualifications for meeting those goals?

I am currently VPof Finance and Operations and have been the Director of Finance. With this experience, I am very familiar with the landscape of the chapter and dynamics within. I work as a program manager for a tech company. Additionally, I am PMP certified, Six Sigma Black Belt certified and ITIL certified. I have applied structure and discipline to many programs/projects. My strong interpersonal and organizational skills empowered me with the means to work with members, volunteers and vendors to build relationships for making a success. 

Terra VonZant Stern
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1.) What are the two most important goals for the VP of Professional Development in the next two years? 

To Identify the professional development goals for Project Managers that they would like to achieve by 2020.

To partner with entities that may provide discounted opportunities to our PMI members

2.) What are your qualifications for meeting those goals?

I own and operate the most successful Lean Six Sigma training and consulting firm in the State of Colorado and over the past decade have established professional connections with most colleges and universities.  I have also been successful from a consulting standpoint of organizing internal resources to do training.  I believe that Mile Hi PMI has a group of people willing to volunteer to help in professional development efforts who are skilled and knowledgeable and are just looking for the infrastructure to offer their talents.

 


 

VP - Outreach

Approx. Time Commitment: 40 hours per month

The Vice President Outreach shall be responsible for promoting the Mile Hi chapter to outside organizations, cultivating sponsorships, for promoting the project management profession and to engage companies and academic institutions with the chapter.

Candidates

Raechella Sarazen
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1.) What are the two most important goals for VP of Outreach in the next two years?  

Project Management as a career has seen increased growth over the last few years. Indeed.com shows increased popularity over 30% in the last five years alone. This rapid growth necessitates the need for a larger audience to draw experience and networking to stay competitive.

Engagement

Denver is a hot market for new businesses and business expansion such as Amazon, VF Corp, and Optiv Security. The goal for Outreach would be to stay on top of the business growth for the Denver Metro area and reach out to businesses to introduce and promote the Mile Hi PMI Chapter. Engage with new partners and strengthen existing business relationships to offer insight into the value of the Mile Hi PMI for employees, partner for sponsorship, and to build a relationship where value is seen for both the business and the chapter.

Empowerment

Degrees in Project Management are becoming more popular within the University System. One Outreach goal would be to connect with universities to bring awareness of the Mile Hi PMI and the value it brings to individuals. This would allow for new graduates to connect with seasoned professionals for mentoring.

 

2.) What are your qualifications for meeting those goals?

My career in Healthcare Technology and Project Management has spanned over 18 years working not only as a consultant but as a leader with diverse companies and platforms. While consulting, I have worked with and lead companies to understand the value of project management to the success of not only operational projects but large scale system changes. This experience allows me to share the value of the project management profession and also relate the benefits to the individual or the organization.

I currently work as a Corporate IT Project Manager for the largest Healthcare System in Colorado – UC Health. I have exposure to many different corporate partners, community connect resources, and both technology and construction vendors. I understand the value of connecting and building relationships and can bridge that skill into the role of VP of Outreach.