E65 PMI and VPMMA supporting Veterans and Military Spouses

Season #1

As we approach Veterans Day we dedicated our show to a discussion about supporting Veterans and Military Spouses with services and programs assisting with transitioning to civilian Project Management careers. Two leading organizations in the industry which are supporting Veterans are PMI and VPMMA and we learn more about what they have to offer Veterans.

PMO Joe was joined by Brantlee Underhill, Kerry Brooks and Al Calvi all from PMI, the Project Management Institute. Brantlee is the Managing Director North America, Kerry is a Military Spouse and PMI Product Manager and Al is Veteran and Military Program Champion.

Al gives us an inside look as a Veteran of the challenges he and his family faced when transitioning to the civilian workforce. He also shared how earning his PMP helped ease the strain of the transition. He now works closely with PMI Chapters to help them build successful Veterans Mentoring Programs.

Kerry shares the impact a military family can have on your career such as frequent relocations and the stresses of the unknown. Kerry was recently featured along with VPMMA Co-Founder Eric "Doc" Wright on the Montel Williams Lifetime Network show, Military Makeover. You can see that episode here - https://militarymakeover.tv/pmi-empowering-people-to-make-ideas-a-reality/

Brantlee shares PMI's vision and plan to support Veterans in the Project Economy such as their partnership with Pearson VUE to provide exams at military bases around the world. She also shares one of PMI's Core Values is Volunteerism with Al being an example of how volunteering can make an impact personally and within the community.

To learn about all the services PMI offers for the Military and Veterans visit www.pmi.org/military. To learn more about VPMMA, Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance, visit www.thevpmma.org.

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