Professional Development Day (PDD) Priorities: Our Vision, Success Metrics, Goals and Focus for 2015 and beyond


Our vision is to appeal to seasoned project managers, business analysts, human resources, functional managers, entrepreneurs, and other business professionals in Central Arkansas in a format conducive to knowledge sharing and networking.

The PDD event should inspire participants, leaving them empowered with relevant, advanced and opportune knowledge and equipped with take-away tools.

The PDD event should facilitate active participation, learning, friendliness and networking.

Success Metrics

Attendance – Our aim is to attract >100 participants, including people who may not have attended in previous years and/or may not be active PMI members.

Outcomes – As an outcome of PDD, our aim is to expand our Chapter’s influence within Central Arkansas business, nonprofit and educational communities. This may be realized through an increase in Chapter membership, sponsors, invitations to partner with businesses/schools, meeting attendance, and more.

Feedback – Our aim is to receive positive feedback that indicates the event offered real value to participants and potentially inspires them to offer suggestions for next year and/or interest in serving as a volunteer. Our aim is also to receive survey results from all participants.

Budget – Our aim is to use money strategically and wisely, in ways that maximize the value of PDD to participants. Our aim is to be profitable and come in under budget.


  1. Provide relevant, timely, indispensable value.
  2. Provide ≥4 Student Scholarships.
  3. Partner with regional employers who employ project managers.
  4. Understand the needs/interests of our Members and Sponsors and design PDD with those issues in mind.
  5. Maximize benefits to Members.
  6. Work smarter not harder.
  7. Obtain Sponsors to provide/fund: venue, catering, student scholarships, gifts, marketing, advertising.
  8. Design and use effective and professional advertising materials and strategies.
  9. Attract ≥100 paid attendees
  10. Generate ≥$12,000 surplus revenue for future professional development initiatives.


PDD is focused on the PMI Talent Triangle: the combination of technical, leadership, and strategic & business management expertise. Our professional development initiatives focus on helping Members develop all sides of the Talent Triangle. PDD in particular offers a moment in time when we can provide multiple resources to address all areas of learning.

According to PMI’s research:

  • 66% of organizations say that technical project skills are the most difficult to find. However, 96% indicate that these are the most teachable.
  • 75% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for successful navigation of complexity in projects. 71% of organizations rank leadership skills as the most important for long-term success of project managers.
  • When organizations align their talent to organizational strategy, it produces a higher average project success rate – 72% for those with good alignment, compared to 58% for those without it.


Learn more about the PMI Talent Triangle at