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Alamo PMI June 2021 Monthly Meeting


Navigating Your Career: 3 Tips to Advance Effortlessly by Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Presentation Description

Project management professionals are high achievers.  We seek efficiency and productivity in operations as well as in our personal and professional lives.  Being promoted to management or to a technical expert role is a goal for many of us.  Yet while college degrees and certifications can prepare us to work on specific project tasks, we often miss out on the best tools and techniques for negotiating the career minefield.


In this presentation, you will learn three tips to advance your career.  First, you will learn how to speak the language of your stakeholders whether they are senior executives, vendors, customers, or direct reports.  Next, you will practice a quick technique to build your muscles in strategic networking.  Finally, you will access ideas to balance time among meetings, quality work, and leisure.

Being trained as a business or technical professional opens a wide field of career and job opportunities.  Join us to learn how to successfully navigate transitions to higher level positions.

Presentation Objectives

  1. Learn the importance of communicating to all stakeholders without project management jargon.
  2. Define and practice strategic networking skills.
  3. Identify strategies to gain control of meetings and improve time management.



Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal is passionate about innovation.  She is an author, mentor, coach, and trainer.  Teresa founded Global NP Solutions in 2009 to help individuals and organizations learn, adopt, transform, and sustain innovation.  She enjoys helping people reach their highest levels of success with innovation.  Teresa’s consulting clients include a full spectrum of large industry corporations to entrepreneurs seeking to launch new products.  She coaches executives and managers to improve innovation performance using a variety of work style assessments and customized tools.  Teresa frequently presents keynotes and breakouts locally and nationally on her favorite topics of innovation, design thinking, and product development. 


As a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), Teresa is the co-editor of the recently released 2nd edition of the PDMA Body of Knowledge.  She published a chapter on leading virtual teams for innovation projects with the Virtual Team Model (VTM) (October 2018, Leveraging Constraints for Innovation).  She has recently released The Innovation ANSWER Book, a comprehensive guide to building innovation leadership.  The companion, The Innovation Question Book, is scheduled for released early 2021.


Prior to founding Global NP Solutions, Teresa worked in R&D, technology and marketing management, and as an internal innovation expert at ExxonMobil Chemical Company.  She has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington (PhD) and University of Idaho (BS), and an MBA from West Texas A&M University.  Teresa lives in Southeast Texas and enjoys bicycling and scrapbooking.

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Type of category: Monthly Chapter Meeting

Type of activity: Leadership

Start Date: June 30th, 2021

Hours/Session (CST): 6:30PM to 8:00PM



Members: $5.00

Non members: $10.00

Students: $5.00