PMI Board Member CJ Walker Waite Shares Personal Story at UT Dallas Project Management Symposium


12 September 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Dr. Cheryl J. (CJ) Walker Waite, a member of the Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), not only delivered an excellent talk but shared some of her personal story during the conference plenary session on Friday morning, August 16 at the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium.  The symposium was held during August 15-16, 2013 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in Richardson, Texas, USA.


The official topic of Dr. Walker Waite’s presentation was “The Value of Project Management for Society, Organizations and the Practitioner.”  But it was her references to personal experiences, challenges and lessons learned that captivated the audience of around 300.

Cheryl J. (CJ) Walker Waite, PhD, PMP has been a PMI member since 1991 and a member of the PMI Board of Directors since 2009. She was previously the president, executive vice president and vice president for certification and education at the PMI Washington, DC chapter, the world’s largest. She also served as the first regional advocate for PMI Region Five and has been recognized multiple times by the PMI WDC Chapter for outstanding service.

Dr. Walker Waite described some of her 20 years of experience in the U.S. and internationally as an engagement/program management consultant with multi-year, multimillion-dollar global projects, including organizational change and business strategy initiatives. Her global clients have included Saab, Bechtel, Pasteur Merieux Connaught, Astra Zeneca, ABC/Disney, MTVN and others. Since 1991, Dr. Walker Waite has been a featured workshop leader/presenter at eight PMI symposiums and at multiple business forums.

Dr. Walker Waite is currently a managing consultant with IBM where she leads global change initiatives, manages international projects, and guides organizations in attaining sustainable performance. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor in project management graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin and City University, Seattle, USA. She earned her MBA and PhD from George Washington University and is a graduate of the 2002 PMI Leadership Institute Inaugural Master Class.

In her presentation, Cheryl provided an overview of how project management not only improves integration across silos and organizational learning but also delivers value at every societal level, from the global to the individual, for both emerging and developed economies. She discussed where and how project management can be an agent for managing change, innovation and globalization, and how it provides a structure for leveraging resources. Her personal comments illustrated how project management can also provide a well-paid, rewarding career path for practitioners and local PMI leaders.

The theme for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium was “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders.”  The conference is organized each year by UT Dallas in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Journal.  The annual two-day project management conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, energy, transportation and others.  This symposium is now recognized as one of the best regional project management conferences in the United States, and one of the best values for a full two-day professional conference.

To see the results of this year’s symposium, including videos of keynote speakers, copies of presentations and papers, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu. 

Symposium Organizers

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).  Registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.), the program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with more than 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org .

The PM World Journal is an online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.