Chapter Events

The San Diego Chapter holds regularly scheduled events. These events offer the opportunity for members and guests to learn about the latest in project management, share and exchange information, network, find job opportunities, and enjoy some refreshments.

PMI San Diego Dinner - 1.5 Strategic PDU

March 28, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Parq West Event Center
2557 Third Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

Parking update: Guests are welcome to park in the Courtyard (entrance off Third Ave. on south side of the building) where there are 12 tandem parking spots. All street parking is free after 6PM. The closest lot is the LAZ lot at 2477 4th Ave. (just a block away from the venue). The cost is $5.00 CASH ONLY for 9 hours and closes at 11PM.

Opening Activity / Presentation: Teach the Geek to Speak: Public Speaking for STEM Professionals
Presented by: Neil Thompson

Abstract: When listing the things that STEM professionals are good at, public speaking doesn't always come to mind. Teach the Geek To Speak is looking to change that. Neil Thompson will cover what a STEM professional needs to know to become an effective public speaker - someone who people will put down their phones to listen to. Neil covers:

  • Keeping the audience in mind
  • Visualization
  • Eye contact
  • Filler words
  • Seeking feedback
  • And more!

Public speaking is the #1 fear of most people. It doesn't have to be.

Neil Thompson is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. He started his career as a product development engineer, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and even became a registered professional engineer along the way. Even so, Neil has always fancied himself a writer. He's been published in the San Diego Business Journal, Mechanical Engineering magazine, Tech Directions magazine, and PsychCentral. Neil tells us, "I came to public speaking out of necessity. After one too many failed presentations in front of management, I knew I had to work on my public speaking skills. My job depended on it! I now have my own ideas on what makes an effective speaker, specifically for STEM professionals like myself." Neil has presented at SCORE San Diego, the Society for Biomaterials, and the Biomedical Engineering Society, among others. He also podcasts and blogs on public speaking.

 Main Presentation: Building a Successful Career and Life Using Project Management Skills
Presented by: Kathy Schwalbe, Ph.D., PMP

Abstract: In this presentation, Kathy Schwalbe, Ph.D., PMP, and mother of three will share examples of how you can use a variety of project management skills throughout your life. Most people have a variety of jobs before they decide on one or more careers, and just as projects are unique, so are career paths. Kathy will share general advice and personal experiences to help you make the most of your professional life without neglecting your personal life. Topics discussed will include skills related to motivation, leadership, delegation, communications, empathy, teamwork, stakeholder engagement, technology, and knowledge transfer.

Kathy Schwalbe is a Professor Emeritus at Augsburg College in Minneapolis (retired in 2015). She earned her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Minnesota, her MBA at Northeastern University, and her B.S. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame while on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Kathy’s first job was as a project manager/officer in the U.S. Air Force. She also worked on projects at Boeing, Clark Oil, and several other organizations. Kathy was named Educator of the Year in 2011 by the Association of IT Professionals. She is retired from teaching but still writes/updates her three text books, self-publishes two of them, and provides some corporate training on request. She lives on a lake in Minnesota with her husband and enjoys lake activities (fishing, paddle boarding, wind surfing, kayaking, etc.), pickle ball, tennis, working out, quilting, and traveling (especially to warm places in the winter).

6:00 pm - Arrivals and Networking
6:15 pm - Welcome, Brief Announcements, and Icebreaker
6:45 pm - Opening Presentation / Activity
7:00 pm - Jobs Available & Sought
7:30 pm - Main Presentation
8:30 pm - Final announcements / survey drawing / adjourn

Menu: No dinner selection is required this month as we're having the following buffet.

Entree Station:

  • Tuscan Garlic Chicken
  • Salmon Filet
  • Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables
  • Chive Whipped Mashed Potatoes
  • Sautéed Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce
  • Eggplant Stack with Zucchini, Squash, Roasted Red Peppers
  • Provolone, Mozzarella, Basil and Tomatoes

Salad Station:
Mixed Greens, Toy Box Tomato, Marinated Mushrooms, Herb Croutons, Fig Vinaigrette
Artisan Rolls and Sweet Butter

Dessert: Assorted Dessert Bars and Fresh Baked Cookies
Fresh Roasted Coffee, Decaf Coffee, and Assorted Herbal Teas

Registration/ Pricing:
Member                               $40
Non-member                       $45
In Transition                        $35
All registrations after 6 pm Monday, March 26th and Walk-In    $65

Note, registrations after 6 pm on Monday, March 26th must present their receipt at the door for entry and choice of menu is not guaranteed. There will be limited number of walk-ins available and will require cash or credit card payment at the door. Check-in at the dinner event is required prior to 6 pm to retain your reservation. PMI-SD has a no-refund policy.  Please contact with any questions.  Thank you!


$40.00 Member Chapter Dinner
$65.00 after 06:00 pm March 26

$45.00 Guest Chapter Dinner
$65.00 after 06:00 pm March 26

$35.00 In Transition Chapter Dinner
$65.00 after 06:00 pm March 26