100 Million Mask Challenge Named 2020 PMI-Chicagoland Project of the Year

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The Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Chapter announced on December 9 that the 100 Million Mask Challenge– American Hospital Association (AHA), headquartered in Chicago has been awarded the 2020 PMI-Chicagoland Project of the Year Award.

The 100 Million Mask Challenge was a nationwide effort calling on manufacturers, the business community, and individuals across the country to coordinate efforts to rapidly-produce needed PPE on a large scale for the nation’s health care workers. The initiative was part of a portfolio of COVID-19 responses, all enabled by AHA’s Enterprise PMO and the organization’s thought leadership.

AHA’s newly founded E-PMO demonstrated organizational project management maturity beyond its years through forming and managing a complex web of relationships between hospitals, manufacturers, individuals, and external partners. They further demonstrated their strengths by quickly launching a series of digital communities in web and mobile channels that created a marketplace where hospitals could purchase PPE directly from suppliers that have gone through an in-depth vetting process.

“We hope this recognition will encourage other organizations that may not have built out a project management competency to consider new ways of working, as an investment in PMO will unlock best practices in areas of organizational agility,” said Kenneth Cygan, Sr. Director E-PMO – American Hospital Association.

AHA’s efforts have garnered national recognition as evidenced by Nasdaq advertising the 100 Million Mask Challenge in Times Square and the American Society of Association Executives naming them to their 100 Associations That Will Save the World.

About PMI Chicagoland
With about 5000 members in the Chicago metropolitan area, PMI Chicagoland is one of the largest chapters in the world and one of the most active chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI) - the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than three million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education, and research.

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