Featuring our VP of Strategic Partnerships and Conference Chair, Pam Nintrup, PMP, CSSMBB, CPC. She is the President of Project and Process Professionals and provides training, consulting, and coaching to organizations and individuals to help them achieve success professionally and personally.
Q: Introduce yourself to our members. What is your role and what you are currently focused on?
I am President of Project and Process Professionals, LLC a company I founded in 2007 to address some of the gaps I recognized with available project management and process improvement education opportunities. I focus on the commonsense application of tools and techniques combined with soft skills to grow and develop expertise and confidence in my clients. At this point in my career, I am slowly moving toward retirement and find great satisfaction in my roles within GCATD: VP of Strategic Partnerships and Conference Chair. As VP of Strategic Partnerships, my responsibilities include oversight of the Chapter Sponsorship Program and Director of Sponsorship; Leading the GCATD Executive Advisory Board (a group of senior learning leaders from several large local organizations who provide guidance to the chapter on delivering value); and, oversight of the Specific Interest Groups (SIGs) and Geographic Interest Group (GIG in Dayton). My Conference Chair position is to lead the Conference Committee and deliver a best-in-class conference – on October 6th this year! Join us!
Q: Why are you a GCATD member? Q: What made you decide to become a Chapter volunteer?
I became a GCATD member because I attended the GCASTD Conference several years ago and was disappointed by the quality of the conference. Having been involved in teaching project management and having a passion for process improvement, as well as organizing several conferences for the Project Management Institute, I felt I could add value to the conference and decided to become a member and volunteer to lead the next Conference. I was welcomed with open arms!
I found a quick connection with other GCASTD members. Having served in the local Project Management Institute chapter in several roles including 6 years as President, I had a particularly good understanding of leading a non-profit professional organization. I was invited to join the GCASTD Board during that first year of membership, have been on the Board over 14 years in several positions, and find it extremely rewarding.
Q: What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
One of my most memorable career accomplishments was graduating from the University of Cincinnati while working full time, raising two children, and taking care of the household responsibilities, with degrees in Administrative Management and Information Technology. It took 11 years of evening college to make it happen and I was the first person in my family to graduate from college! This experience provided the foundation for my career growth.
Q: What led you to where you are today in your career?
Finding areas of passion and following them. My passion is helping others be successful and I found that I could teach people how to plan and manage projects to accomplish goals. I earned two project management certifications – Project Management Professional and Cranfield School of Management. I then found that streamlining processes for efficiency and productivity was even more rewarding, so I pursued certifications in Lean Six Sigma and became a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified Six Sigma Corporate Auditor. I love teaching people how to do these things on their own and watching their success. Because of this passion, I am finding it extremely hard to retire completely!
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Seeing the successes of students and clients. In many ways, their success reflects my ability to teach others to be self-sufficient, so the reward is when they are ready to do things on their own.
Q: What is the best career advice you ever received?
Always honor your word. If you promise to do something, make sure you do it! According to my dad, if others cannot trust that you will deliver what you promise, your word means nothing. And, without your word, you have nothing.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would offer working moms?
Prioritize, delegate, and take care of yourself. There is no great reward for doing it all on your own. Identify and use your resources wisely. Practice patience and set achievable goals.
Q: What interests you outside of work?
Family. I am the mother of four and grandmother of nine. I recently lost my daughter and have a greater appreciation for every day and the time you get to spend with your family. Time is the one thing that money cannot buy – make sure you prioritize wisely!