PMI Champions College Project Teams Competing at Enactus USA Expo

Increased awareness will help address urgent need for new project leaders

CINCINNATI--()--As part of its ongoing commitment to project management excellence and training support, Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession, has partnered with international nonprofit organization Enactus for its 2014 United States National Exposition (USA Expo).

The Enactus USA Expo is a unique cross-generational leadership experience that brings college students together with academic and business leaders in a collaborative learning setting. The event features a national project competition, which is a showcase of how Enactus students are transforming lives and enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. Skills and techniques learned at the Expo enable students to better apply management strategies learned in the classroom to real-world challenges in their communities.

PMI is contributing to the Expo as an event sponsor, and members of the PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter will serve on the judging panel. In preparation for the competition, volunteers from other PMI chapters around the country have donated their time and expertise to mentor project teams from schools such as Averett University, Cornerstone University, the University of North Florida, and the University of Southern Maine. These dedicated professionals have worked with Enactus faculty advisors to provide personalized project management mentoring for their student teams, facilitating group training at regional Enactus conferences, coaching individual attendees, and also serving as Business Advisory Board members.

As future project practitioners, these students will be able to make an immediate impact by filling a growing void in their profession. According to the Project Management Talent Gap Report from Project Management Institute (PMI), projected economic growth of US$6.61 trillion will add 15.7 million new project management jobs worldwide between 2010 and 2020, creating an urgent demand for qualified project professionals. The need is especially critical, as additional PMI research shows that poor project performance results in organizations losing an average of $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs.

By fostering project management skill development at the collegiate level, PMI is addressing the need for a new generation of project professionals. The graduates who fill these new positions will enter the workforce armed with marketable skills and a solid career path in a field that is experiencing year-over-year growth in salaries. In PMI’s 2013 Project Management Salary Survey, 71 percent of survey participants reported that their total compensation (including salary, bonus and other forms of compensation) increased over the 12 months prior to completing the salary survey, with over one fourth (28 percent) of respondents reporting increases of at least 5 percent over that time period.

“PMI is proud to take part in mentoring the dedicated students at Enactus USA Expo, who represent the future of project management,” said Michael DePrisco, PMI Vice President of Academic and Educational Programs. “In developing their entries for the competition and learning to apply sound project practices, participants are acquiring a highly transferable skillset that will benefit them in the classroom, in the workplace, and in their lives ahead.”

The 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition is being held 1 – 3 April, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit

About Enactus

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. | Follow us on Twitter: @Enactus_USA | Like us on Facebook: Enactus USA

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Management Institute is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government, while and create online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives.
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Megan Maguire Kelly, +1 610-356-4600 x7030

Release Summary

As future project practitioners, these students will be able to make an immediate impact by filling a growing void in their profession.


Megan Maguire Kelly, +1 610-356-4600 x7030