Next Generation Leaders Lokahi Pilina
Empowering the next generation (NextGen) leaders of Hawai’i through project management
The PMI Honolulu chapter’s Academic Outreach’s College Relations program is focused on the advancement of the practice and profession of project management in the student bodies of Hawaii higher educational institutions including driving demand for undergraduate and graduate programs in project management, promoting awareness of PMI academic standards, and reinforcing the value of project management to students preparing to enter the workforce. In addition, the softer skills that make a good project manager great are emphasized, discussed and provided to group members for the purpose of not only furthering their understanding and expertise, but to foster the sharing of this knowledge among their peers and in their workplaces.
There are two tracks within the Next Generation Leaders Lokahi Pilina (NGL-LP): Awareness and Assistance.
One of the biggest challenges is to ensure that higher education students are aware of Project Management as a profession that can be done without coming from a background of the industry in which they choose to work.
Awareness includes PMI focused events as well as participation at the various Hawai’i higher educational institution events. Activities include but not limited to:
- Monthly Club Topic meetings, roundtables, or virtual calls.
- All existing PMI Honolulu events as well as ones we create to be student-specific
- Region 7 Next Generation Leader virtual events
- Student outreach: *
- college career days
- college, in-class, or other presentation and booth opportunities
- participating in speaking opportunities to inform students about PM careers, PM concepts and topics, and about PMI and the college club.
Offers professional networking opportunities to project management students or students who are interested in project management. This track also supports individuals working on mock or real projects with PMI member volunteers assisting the students' learning and sharing their knowledge and expertise. Assistance programs and offerings align with other areas of PMI Honolulu (*). Activities include but not limited to:
- Volunteer Opportunities with PMI Events (i.e. PDD) *
- Internship Opportunities with corporate sponsors and other organizations*
- Networking Opportunities with Professionals and Hawai’i businesses (i.e. monthly Pau Hanas and Luncheons) *
- Semi-annual student network event with invited PMI members and sponsors
- Mentoring by Professionals and certified Project Managers*
- CAPM Exam Prep *
- Career Guidance and support
- Student Memberships and Student Event Rates (and perhaps even sponsorships for some club members) *
Other potential services include: integration of project management into how students think about everything they do and encounter, teaching budding PMs the things you don't learn in any book or standard curriculum, support for individual career efforts within the higher education community on project management, project and program management consulting and coaching among the peer network, post-graduate alumni networking, subject matter expert presenters and speakers, internship opportunities and learning directly from the group members what today’s students are looking for, and then working with the colleges and universities locally to offer courses which fit student needs.
*These programs and services offered to NGL-LPs are supported by the following:
- Student Outreach: PMI HNL Marketing
- Volunteering: PMI HNL Special Projects
- Internships: PMI HNL Sponsorship
- Networking Events: PMI HNL Programs
- Mentoring: PMI HNL Mentorship
- CAPM Exam Prep: PMI HNL Professional Development
- Student Membership: PMI HNL Membership
(note – specific details on the support and program by the other areas will be planned and discussed throughout 2019).
The NGL-LP provides opportunities beyond the student members and allows PMI Honolulu Members and other community partners to connect with students through various opportunities throughout the year. Thus, together we build an evolving growth and exposure of project management, PMI, and PMI Honolulu members.
Becoming an NGL-LP
- College student enrolled in a Hawai’i higher educational institution
- No membership fee required
- Student rates for PMI HNL events
The NGL-LP falls under College Relations, an entity part of Academic Outreach. The NGL-LP will be lead by a PMI HNL volunteer that is in good standing with credentials.
NGL-LP Lead Role
The NGL-LP volunteer will be required to commit to a minimum of 1 School Year to ensure consistency of support. The NGL-LP will report directly to the Director of College Relations for specific program details, events, and enhancements. The NGL-LP and its lead will be supported by the Director of Academic Outreach for alignment of program and services, budgeting needs assessment, and cross-functional support in working with the other PMI HNL Directors and their associated programs. Other duties include:
- Identify, coordinate, and manage recurring events
- Identify and lead the planning and execution of large events
- Assist in collaboration of college student-focused collateral (i.e. flyers, brochures, guides, presentations)
- Attend and/or encourage student attendance to Region 7 Next Generation Leaders calls or events.
- Work with Director of Academic Outreach to maintain NGL-LP section on the PMI HNL website.
- Note: this role will evolve and be refined as the club is developed. The NGL-LP will provide feedback and recommendations for the Director of College Relations and Director of Academic Outreach to help refine / evolve this role.
Academic Outreach Director, Dr. Joslyn Sato, PMP email@example.com
College Relations Director, Dr. Larry Rowland, PMP firstname.lastname@example.org
NGL-LP Lead, Christine Rose NGL-LokahiPilina@pmihnl.org
Author: Larry Rowland EdD. PMP Assoc. Prof. Information Systems, HPU College of Business
Date: March 12, 2019
Title: CAPM Exam Prep Course Completed
Four Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) College of Business students received CAPM exam preparation certificates of completion. Nam Nguyen, Kelsey Haas, Talia Abraham (who also assisted with the course), and Aleksander Kjaerstad MBA ’18, completed the 24-hours of classroom work on March 3. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is a project management certification from the Project Management Institute. The students are now qualified and prepared to take the certification exam. The six-week exam preparation workshop was an activity of the HPU Project Management Club and was co-sponsored by the HPU College of Business and the PMI Honolulu Chapter. The workshop attracted other students and local professionals, but only Nam, Kelsey, Talia, and Aleks completed the course. The course fees were dedicated to a fundraiser sending Nam to the PMI Region 7 Student Leadership Conference in San Francisco. The course was conducted by Larry Rowland Ed.D. PMP, associate professor of Information Systems and the College Relations Director for the PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter.
Preparing Our Next Generation Leaders
By Dr. Joslyn Sato, PMP - Director of Academic Outreach
Looking beyond our current market of professionals, we begin to make an investment and connection to our upcoming next generation workforce. As experienced project managers, we hold valuable knowledge and skills that can only be uncovered and shared through our individual and collective efforts. We all experience different project teams but often forget that they may not be as equipped about projects as we are. Thus, resulting in underlying barriers and challenges that result to surface delays and perceived performance issues.
Understanding the need to build our future to ensure prominent project managers and effective project team members, the PMI-HNL Academic Outreach and College Relations have developed a college club to engage our local next generation leaders - Next Generation Leaders Lokahi Pilina.
The Next Generation Leaders Lokahi Pilina (NGL-LP) is focused on the advancement of the practice and profession of project management in the student bodies of Hawaii higher educational institutions including driving demand for undergraduate and graduate programs in project management, promoting awareness of PMI academic standards, and reinforcing the value of project management to students preparing to enter the workforce. In addition, the softer skills that make a good project manager great are emphasized, discussed and provided to group members for not only furthering their understanding and expertise, but to foster the sharing of this knowledge among their peers and in their workplaces.
The club will provide awareness activities and assistance opportunities such as monthly club topic meetings, student outreach such as career days and guest speaking, volunteer opportunities, networking, mentoring, CAPM Exam Prep, and career guidance and support to name a few.
To lead our NGL-Lokahi Pilina, I’d like to introduce PMI Member, Christine Rose. Christine has been a member of PMI Honolulu since late 2017. Prior to that, she was a member of PMI in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We asked Christine to share with us her goals as she helps us lead this new chapter of PMI Honolulu.
"What made you want to lead the NGL-LP?"
When discussions arose regarding the academic outreach opportunities to serve, what excited me the most was helping the next generation of leaders not only realize that project management exists and is an option for them, but ensuring they learn the soft skills early on...The things that I learned the hard way, that I had no mentor for. When I was in college, I had never even heard of business analysis or project management. If I had known about them back then, I probably would’ve spent my entire career in one or both disciplines. So, the fact that I can now help the PMI HNL chapter ensure that our local higher education students are provided with opportunities I personally did not have, makes it the ideal place for me to volunteer my time.
"As the NGL-LP Lead, what do you hope to achieve?"
I hope to achieve the following three things:
One, to help students find mentorships which will become lifelong relationships that can help both the mentor and the mentee. It is a well-known fact that nearly all people who find success can attribute at least one person‘s involvement or encouragement in their lives to helping them achieve their goals.
Two, helping next generation leaders understand that it’s not all about process… That a lot of success project managers have come from their ability to communicate effectively and lead from a place of compassion.
Three, to encourage our local higher education institutions to offer project management hard and soft skill courses to our next generation leaders. Because the skills that project managers have are applicable not just in work environments, but in everyday life.
As a new club and offering through PMI Honolulu, we have several shout-outs and asks to all our PMI Honolulu members for their kokua:
- If you graduated from any higher education institution here in the state of Hawaii, and still have contacts at those universities which you think might be useful in spreading our Pilina to students from all campuses, please reach out to email@example.com.
- If you know of a college student or college contact, please have them join our club and get on our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would like to support our club as a mentor or topic speaker, please contact us at email@example.com.
- To learn more about our program, visit https://www.pmihnl.org/nextgen.
Through our combined efforts, we bring experience and wisdom to empower our Next Generation by creating a future where our project teams and workforce can apply project management naturally!
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.