The PMI Atlanta Special Interest Team met in July in their Quarterly Retrospective Meeting to review best practices and lessons learned for our Q2 Industry Forum events. During the meeting, Kashif Choudry, VP of Special Interest, and Nevella Paul, AVP of Industry Forums, recognized Gray Terry and Nelly Eziashi, both volunteering for our Healthcare Forum.  Please read about our volunteers below:

Terry-GrayGray has been an integral part of the  Healthcare Forum success for the past 4 years. In 2014 he began as a volunteer with the Healthcare forum and transition to the Healthcare Forum Program Manager in 2016 -2017 term. Under his leadership, Gray did a phenomenal job leading the forum. As the current Logistics lead, he continues to be a huge contributor to the Healthcare Forum. He ensures the meeting room is set up appropriately and the environment is pleasantly appealing to our speaker and attendees. Gray is always ready to assist his peer volunteers with any task. No matter how big or small the task, Gray will get it done! His displays an unwavering commitment to the forum through his team work, high level of engagement and dedication.

Eziashi-NellyNelly has volunteered for the Healthcare Forum for 2 years. She has done an outstanding job managing the pre-forum logistics. She ensures all volunteer roles, responsibilities and registrations supplies/needs are covered for every forum. Nelly proactively takes on additional duties to ensure the team is equipped to provide a professional environment for our attendees.

Please take a moment to thank them for their efforts when you are at the next Healthcare Forum!  If you would like to become a volunteer to bring dynamic events and support our chapter, please visit and create a profile!

By Neil Rivenbaugh

The Healthcare and Technology Forum conducted a joint forum to present the annual Career Night Recruiter Panel.  The event brought together three experienced recruiters and a corporate HR expert to provide insight and advice to help attendees improve their resume and assist in their job search.

The Recruiter Panel included the following recruiters:

  • Brittney Schelich, Business Development Manager from the Rezult Group
  • David Sheehan, Branch Manager for the Atlanta Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group
  • Holly Bail, Talent Manager for OneSpring
  • Ebonee Younger, HR Employment Practices consultant for Cox Communications
  • David Baba of the Intersect Group was also available to answer questions and offer adviceTech-HC-Forum-July181

A large and eager audience brought a high degree of interest to the Forum and there was an extended networking session to begin the activities. Nancy Berlin, Program Manager for the Technology Forum, asked questions to the panel and each panelist shared many nuggets of wisdom around the subjects of current hiring trends, compensation, how to be an effective networker, creating a resume that gets attention, and other topics to help candidates land the job they want.

One of the points made by Ebonee was that a company is empowered by its people. Ebonee stated that an employee should put their best foot forward at work by “owning their happiness”. Ebonee and Holly both emphasized that a job hunter should perform research and have a solid understanding of what they are worth and what is wanted from the employer. The recruiters recommended thinking outside the box on what the company can provide, beyond just salary. Examples of this include looking for more intrinsic benefits such as paying for certificates and additional vacation days. Ebonee highly recommended the book “Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team” by Simon Sinek. It is important to know what makes you happy.

One of the recruiting challenges mentioned by David Sheehan is that the current climate makes it very difficult for finding qualified candidates. According to David, there are about 5 openings for project managers in Atlanta for each qualified candidate. Due to this shortage, companies have been raising the salaries they are offering and adding new perks. It was suggested that if an employee desires a pay raise or more responsibilities, have the conversation with the employer now instead of waiting for when a new offer in in hand to leverage. Holly added that most people quit because of poor experiences with bosses and not because of the company per se. Brittany mentioned that career choices are often family decisions.Tech-HC-Forum-July182Each recruiter highlighted the importance of networking for career growth. They stressed that it is important to make networking an intentional and regular activity. The key to building a sound network is to build relationships by finding ways to help others. It is critical to build a strong and supportive network before you actually need it.

Another trend that was discussed was the growth of contingency workers. Many young workers now want a series of short gigs, allowing them to feel more in control over their own career paths. The “Temp to Perm” model is perceived as slowly going away.

Another popular topic was how to have an effective resume. Some general recommendations included: trying to keep it to 2 or 3 pages, Show your certifications, and focus on last 3 to 5 years of experience with the number of bullets getting smaller as it goes back in time. There is no need to really go back more than 10 or 15 years. List accomplishments that evoke the most pride such as how much money a project saved for the company or how a project was delivered ahead of schedule.

Please join us Wednesday, August 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Healthcare Forum for the Keynote Presentation:

"How to Leverage Your PM Strengths in an Unfamiliar Role"
Presented Dr. Jerrica Dodds, Your Pharmacy Advocate, LLC/ CEO and Principal Pharmacist Advocate

Location: Philips Healthcare
PHA Academy
One Deerfield Centre

Written by Neil Rivenburgh

The Healthcare Forum presented a polished presentation from Anjella Johnson-Hooker, MS., FAC P/PM III from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anjella told the audience about leading a major project at the CDC and being the executive sponsor in modernizing the center’s three fragmented, antiquated systems in managing how vaccines are managed.

June-2018-HealthcareThere had been 8 years of efforts and a lot of money was spent to update the systems, but there was a “0% ROI” to show for all the activity. Anjella took the lead role and said it would be done within the year. And after overcoming many obstacles, she did deliver the Vaccine Tracking System (known as VTrckS) within the timeline. There were many benefits that came from doing the project; from the original 64 distribution systems and more than 400 depots, the new process reduced this to 2 national distribution centers. This reduced the risks of storage and lowered distribution costs.

The crowd learned a lot about the process for ordering and distributing vaccines across the country. The ACIP committee approves which vaccines will be ordered for inventory. Funding was provided by the OMB and used a state match model and based decisions on demographics and area poverty levels. McKesson holds the national distribution contract. Before the upgrade, the end-to-end process too an average of 21 days. After the project was complete, that process was down to 3 days. The new system provides near real-time reporting on inventory and order status. The system manages the CDC’s purchase contracts, state budgets and spending plans.

Anjella stressed that the keys to success were getting buy-in from the right stakeholders, overcoming resistance to change, understanding that stakeholders would have a perceived loss of control, setting expectations, and “knowing what you don’t know.” She put a lot of effort into building and keeping trust with the stakeholders. She declared that an executive sponsor must be totally dedicated to the project. That meant delivering a clear message from the top that failure was not an option and the team must do what is required to succeed.

Please join us Wednesday, July 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the joint Healthcare/Technology Forum for the: Career Month. We will have several leading recruiters and Staffing companies present to provide career and job hunting tips and advice.

Location: Philips Healthcare
PHA Academy
One Deerfield Centre
13560 Morris Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Written By Alex Blench, PMP, MSA

The May Governance Forum hosted PMI Fellow and Managing Partner of Norman & Normal Consulting, LLC Eric Norman for an engaging discussion about how to create lasting value in a PMO. Eric is a management consultant with 25 years of extensive governance and business process design experience.


Norman-EricThe traditional PMO frequently seems to be in a position to justify its own existence. During this forum, Eric examined why so many PMOs seem to dissolve after just a few years of operating and took a close look at the keys to adding value to an enterprise.


Eric highlighted that the perception of senior leaders and decision makers is that the state of their organization is much better than it really is. He challenged this dynamic by insisting that the PMO should play a key role in the decision-making process by providing key information.

The role of the PMO

In many organizations, the PMO executes on the vision and instructions delivered by key leaders – after tough decisions about the work of the organization have already been reached. This arrangement can give the perception that a PMO is simply filling a functional, operational ‘overhead’ role rather than providing true value-add to the organization. Eric contends that PMO leaders should be the resources called upon to provide the decision-support information necessary to execute the vision.

Three Vital Functions of the PMO:

  1. Decision Support
    a. Provide information to support planning, sensing, responding, and adapting
    b. Consult with leaders and determine “what they need to know”
  2. Demand Management
    a. Resource analysis, resource allocation, and initiative scaling
    b. Understanding capacity vs incoming demand
  3. Governance
    a. Initiative selection, approval denial, monitoring, and adjusting
    b. Set criteria that initiatives must meet before being approved

2 Keys to Success:

  1. Strategic vision
    a. The effective PMO must generate business value by becoming the supplier of critical information for decision makers that are aligned with organizational strategy and objectives
  2. Tactical execution
    a. Adaptable initiative management competencies that effectively control the outcomes of efforts.
    b. Ability to apply the right Project Management tools in the right situations 

Special thanks to our presenter Eric Norman for leading this engaging conversation and providing our guests with tools and wisdom to help create lasting value in their organizations.

If you would like to learn more about Governance and the value it brings to projects, please join us at a future forum. The calendar can be found on the PMI Atlanta web site at

Thank you to our sponsors at Global Payments for making this event possible.


About PMI

Atlanta Chapter serves Project Management Community in Metro Atlanta, and we're an active resource to corporations, community and government agencies throughout north Georgia. With over 5,000 members, PMI Atlanta is among the top 5 chapters in the world. Our professional expertise span across industries; we’re the professionals building healthcare information technology systems, the engineers developing smarter public transportation, and the planners growing our communities more efficiently.

Get ready. Genomic data and precision medicine are redefining the point of care.

Wrriten by Claudia Greene

Bud Zborowski, Healthcare Executive, delivered a captivating presentation to the May PMI Atlanta Healthcare Forum. Attendees enjoyed an insightful and informative presentation and discussion on the evolution of Healthcare through Genomics and Precision Medicine at the point of care.

Bud is a healthcare corporate and business development executive. His healthcare career accomplishments are grounded in fundamental care delivery and reflect a passion for bringing emerging health technologies and innovative business solutions to market. He recently launched a major strategic initiative called Health Parks and has served in senior roles with national providers: Tenet Health, Mariner Post-Acute Care Networks, and Health Images.

Bud began his presentation with a Wayne Gretsky quote, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck... is going to be.” This he tied to the evening’s agenda and to encouraged participants to begin to develop a predictive mindset and focus on where healthcare is going – genomic-driven medicine. His opening also included a real hockey stick that passed to each attendees to hold while standing to introduce themselves.

Bud discussed the constantly evolving delivery of healthcare and its drivers – demographics (increased medical demand, medical workforce shortages, and lifestyle drive populations), and outcome and quality (cost and profitability pressure, care access and technology, convenience, location, on-demand care, and competitive medicine models). To focus on where healthcare is heading, we need to know “where the puck is going.” The challenge for all who are in Healthcare Project Management is no longer going from A to B, but going from A to C.

Bud shared some market disruptive trends that are pushing healthcare, including some companies that are pushing healthcare innovation:

  • Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JP Morgan Chase partnership - important to mitigate the costs of healthcare for their employees.
  • Google, Apple and IBM own content.
  • Walmart partners with pharmacies.

May-2018-HealthcareBud discussed another disruptive trend – all about me - (personal history, wellness devices, mobile apps, EMR, lab tests, diagnostic imaging, etc.). We are looking for data over a period - no longer looking at blood pressure now, but how it is over the years. We are moving from “I want the best care” to “I want the best data, the best data about me.” This leads to Precision Medicine, a market driven by genomics, which has a growth estimate of 11.2% CAGR from $43.6B in 2016 to $141.6B in 2026. When we talk about genomics, we are also talking about “me.”

Bud shared a video with the group on a new healthcare dimension that is emerging – Genomic-Driven Medicine. Genomic research (subset of precision medicine) is evolving very quickly and creating its own infrastructure. He pointed out that there are some issues that are inherent in research, including access to data, siloed independent databases (non-collaborative approach), incomplete data, skewed ethnicity, lack of patient autonomy, genomic data - consumer concerns (privacy, security, anonymity).

To highlight consumer concerns in the area of genomic data, Bud shared the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. However, there was no approval by her family for the use of her cells. Bud also gave suggested reading on this topic in the book, Who Owns You? The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes by David Koepsell.

Bud discussed security concerns with DTC companies (such as 23andMe, Ancestry DNA) and that customers usually grant the DTC companies a perpetual, royalty-free, world-wide, transferable license to use their DNA and to sublicense and distribute the resulting analysis.

Bud’s presentation included a discussion on blockchain technology which genomic data networks are now incorporating. Blockchain is a second-generation internet that permits trust in transactions - privacy, security, authentication; sequence and time; tamper proof and permanent. This important technology has created companies in the market that did not exist 12 months ago – Encrypgen, Nebula Genomics, Luna DNA, and Shivom. 

Bud closed the presentation with a final discussion on where the puck is headed - genome research, genomic wellness, genetic counseling, genomic medicine. Genomic data will drive decisions for family wellness, health choices, research and medical care. Bud then shared a video on Genomics in Primary Care, highlighting the importance of this data in treating the whole patient.

Please join our next Healthcare Forum on Wednesday, June 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Philips Healthcare
PHA Academy
One Deerfield Centre
13560 Morris Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004