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First PMI India Champion Meeting

PMI India Champions with PMI India staff at the offsite meeting in Kovalam, Kerala

Under the aegis of PMI India, passionate project management professionals strive towards accomplishing PMI’s objectives of advocacy and ambassadorship of project management across industry sectors in India. PMI India Champion Program is one such initiative.

Initiated in October 2010, the program has spanned the country and is today an 18-member team of Champions. The Champion Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising of senior PMI India members, mentors the Champions. For the first time, PMI India organized the first offsite meeting for the Champion program. The meeting was held in the beach town of Kovalam, Kerala from 27-29 July. The objectives of the meeting were to apprise members of the journey so far, plan the roadmap, recognize the accomplishments, and above all, share and learn best practices within the team.

Kovalam, which means coconut groves in Malayalam, is famous among travellers for its natural beauty and a soothing ambience. It provided the perfect backdrop for PMI India Champions to unwind and open up their minds to new ideas and plans. The meeting started with a personality development program titled “Delivering High Impact Presentations” by Dale Carnegie Training India. The one-and-a-half-day-long training was aimed at opening one’s mind to hidden possibilities and unexplored vistas. Program participants received training on making verbally and visually compelling presentations.

Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, addressed the CAC-Champion team and acknowledged their dedication to the program as well as to the community. He said that the program has received appreciation globally and may be replicated in other regions. By the end of 2012, he expects the number of Champions to go up to 50.

The Champions shared their experiences as PMI ambassadors and the challenges they faced while working on various advocacy initiatives within and outside their organizations.

CAC members and the Champions held a brainstorming session to discuss the future course of action needed to give the program a further boost. A recommendation is to have sub-committees to manage various aspects of the program.

On the second day, Mr. Kalady launched the Champion Awards Policy and Champion Program microsite as part of the PMI India website. While Mr. Kalady formally launched the Champion Program site, Mr. Ketharinath Kamalanathan, chair, CAC, announced the Champion Awards Policy. Later in the evening, Champions and CAC members received awards for their accomplishments. The award categories were Best Performer of the Year, Leadership Excellence, Execution Excellence & Best Mentor of the Year.

The award recipients were:
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