Hurricane Sandy Pushes International Project Management Day to Nov 15—Cheetah Learning Explains Why It’s an Important Day to Recognize

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International Project Management Day is typically celebrated the first Thursday of each November, but Hurricane Sandy intervened this year, so IPMD has been pushed back to Nov. 15. Why does it matter? Great question. Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com), calls IPMD “a day to celebrate the projects that are a part of day-to-day life.”

“We see that everybody is a project manager, and it’s a day to celebrate the projects that are a part of day-to-day life,” said LaBrosse.

Project Managers know what it’s like to adjust plans for any number of reasons, but even the most prepared professionals must have been surprised when Hurricane Sandy pushed back this year’s International Project Management Day (http://www.InternationalPMday.org) from the first Thursday of November to Nov. 15.

Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning, knows what a challenge that rescheduling must have required because she was keynote speaker at the San Francisco PMI Chapter’s International Project Management Day celebration in 2010.

The event was made even more special that year because the Giants won their first World Series since 1954. The victory inspired the project managers who attended to sing their own rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”—using the words “Take Me Out to Your Project.” The lively group sing-along was recorded and posted as a video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux4tDLNwiaI.

“International Project Management Day, and the way that Cheetah Learning sees it, is it’s a day to celebrate how well you’ve done the projects in your life and to take stock of how you can do projects better in the coming year,” LaBrosse said. “If you really look at what a project is, we are all project managers. Everybody does projects as part of their life.”

LaBrosse credits Frank Saladis, PMP, as IPMD’s founder. Saladis, PMI-New York City Chapter President for 10 years, lives on Staten Island, which took a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy.

Saladis’ goal in founding IPMD was “to encourage project-based organizations worldwide—or organizations who utilize project management methodologies—to schedule some type of recognition event . . . to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.”

LaBrosse agrees with that assessment and goes even further: “We see that everybody is a project manager, and it’s a day to celebrate the projects that are a part of day-to-day life,” she said.

That comment fits right in with LaBrosse’s mission to bring project management to the masses.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has recognized LaBrosse’s contribution to the profession by selecting her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World. Additionally, in 2008, PMI choose Cheetah as Professional Development Provider of the Year for the significant contribution it made with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.

With a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, LaBrosse has done extensive postgraduate work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Educational Studies and with the University of Washington Industrial Engineering Program in accelerating adult learning with respect to meeting core business objectives. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) program.

A prolific writer, LaBrosse has produced numerous articles on a wide variety of topics as well as a number of books, including “Cheetah Project Management,” “Cheetah Know How,” and “Cheetah Negotiations,” all of which are available at http://www.CheetahStore.com.

For those interested in project management, Cheetah offers a variety of Tips, Tools and Deals at http://www.CheetahLearning.com. They include the PMP Exam Prep SmartStart Guide, PMP Practice Exam, 2 PDU Skills Assessment Course, and the Getting Started with PM Guide, along with great deals on Professional Development Units (PDUs).

For more information, call toll fee at (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management. Cheetah Learning is a quality client of Print & Radio (http://www.PrintAndRadio.com).

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