Project Management
in Practice Conference

Since 2012, Metropolitan College and PMI® Mass Bay Chapter have united to co-sponsor the Project Management in Practice Conference at Boston University.

Virginia Greiman

This year, the subject of “Women in Project Management” shed insight on the compelling issues and unique challenges faced by women on the path to leadership and success in an extremely competitive field. “According to the Project Management Institute, women represent over 40 percent of project managers in the United States,” said Assistant Professor Virginia Greiman (SED’70, LAW’03) in her introductory comments. “Women today are not just working in small or mid-sized projects. They are also involved in some of the largest projects in the world.”

The two-day conference, held in May, featured a host of distinguished speakers, including Tanya Zlateva, dean ad interim of Metropolitan College; Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting; Project Management in Practice Conference Gina Abudi, president of both the Abudi Consulting Group and PMI Mass Bay Chapter; and Janelle Heineke (GSM’92), who is professor and chair of the Department of Operations & Technology Management at BU’s School of Management, as well as a Dean’s Research Fellow.

Rachel Alt-Simmons

This year’s Annual Excellence in Project Management Education Award was presented to Carla Messikomer, manager of academic resources at the Project Management Institute, to acknowledge her leadership in promoting research and education globally.

On day two, participants opted to attend “Introducing Agile Project Management” with Rachel Alt-Simmons (MET’06), adjunct professor of computer science, or “PMP® Certification Overview,” with Vijay Kanabar, director of project management programs and associate professor of administrative sciences and computer science. The overview served as an orientation to students in the new PMP Exam Preparation workshop offered through MET’s Center for Professional Education.

Past PMiP conferences have focused on stakeholder management, the “accidental” project manager, project communications, and agile project management. For more information, visit

Two MET Master’s Degrees Reaccredited through 2020

On March 23, 2014, the board of the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) voted to renew accreditation for the master’s in Project Management and the master’s in Computer Information Systems, concentration in IT Project Management. The honor was conferred on July 28, 2014, at the PMI® Research and Education Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Drs. Warburton and Kanabar accept a plaque confirming the reaccreditation of MET Project Management programs.

Left to right: Administrative Sciences professors Roger Warburton and Vijay Kanabar (director of MET’s project management programs) with Dr. James M. Szot, chair of the GAC board, in Portland.

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