PMI Award Winners discuss projects and their philosophies vis-à-vis Project Management. Learn about how these outstanding PMs went about laying out their vision, handling the stakeholders, addressing the risks, and successfully completing some challenging projects. This inspiring episode offers great ideas and food for thought for PMs at all levels.
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Connie is all about leadership — as an education leader, corporate leader, and volunteer leader.
As an education leader, Connie is a part-time instructor at several education institutions – teaching project management classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She served as the Interim Executive Director for the CLIMB Center for Advancement at Portland Community College. CLIMB stands for Continuous Learning for Individuals, Management, and Business. This Dean-level position reported directly to the President of the Extended Learning Campus (ELC). She was a member of the ELC Leadership Team supporting the College’s mission, vision and core values.
As a corporate leader, Connie worked for Cadence Management Corporation, an international project management training and consulting company. After 22 years with the firm, Connie retired in December 2010 as their Chief Operating Officer (COO). For 12 years, she worked in employee, customer and executive education for IBM Corporation.
As a volunteer leader, Connie is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) serving on numerous Boards and global committees. She is a frequent speaker at Job Seekers groups helping and mentoring professionals in career transition and provides support to our future leaders studying project management.
In 2016, Connie received the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence by PMI. Named after one of the founders of PMI, this award honors “individuals who have made an outstanding contribution(s) to the project management profession or its practice through leadership, technical project management, and strategic and business management acumen.” Since the beginning of this award in 1998, it has been given only 17 times – worldwide.
Connie is a graduate from Portland State University with a degree in Business Administration. In 2002, she became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). When she passed the PMP exam, Barry Manilow was on the radio singing “It’s a Miracle!”
Connie lives outside Portland, Oregon, USA – in the wine country!
Since 2001, Joanne Hohenadel has been leading health informatics projects for UHN, McMaster University’s Health Information Research Unit and Center for Health Economics Policy Analysis. She has lead major projects related to health application integration; hospital finance; development of a clinical anesthesia information system, point of care clinical documentation and electronic medication ordering and administration. She is currently a Senior Project Manager for University Health Network (UHN) Digital. In addition to her Honours Bachelors of Applies Science degree, she holds her LEAN Green Belt, PMP, PROSCI Change Management and ITIL certifications.
Andre D’Penha is a project management professional with over thirteen years of experience in the Canadian healthcare, retail, and automotive industries.
Over the last ten years, he has successfully implemented medium to large-scale, complex clinical projects and quality improvement initiatives at the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s premier academic medical centre, consisting of Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Michener Institute for Education at UHN.
He has won numerous awards for his project management achievements, including the 2015 PMI Award for Project Excellence – North America, the 2017 Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Award for Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Healthcare, and the 2017 3M Health Care Quality Team Award.
He is currently UHN’s Quality Improvement Plan – Discharge Summary Program Manager, within UHN Digital’s Technology & Innovation Portfolio.
Greg received a BE degree in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union College in 1979. Greg had 30+ years of experience in 3 Chevron refineries and 2 Chevron/Phillips petrochemical /polymer plants prior to his current role. His initial background was in refinery engineering, followed by management roles in engineering, maintenance, operations and projects among those facilities. Current job responsibilities are across Manufacturing, Upstream Complex Process Facilities, Chemicals, Terminals, Lubricants and Non-Operated Joint Ventures.
Greg is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Mississippi and California. Greg is certified as a Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Greg was the engineering manager on the Project Management Institute 2015 Project of the Year Award Winner, Coke Drum Replacement Project at El Segundo Refinery. Greg is currently serving as chair of API Process Safety Site Assessment Program industry sub-committee. Greg and his wife Marty live California with 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.