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 SD PMO Virtual Event - 1 Technical PDU

May 12, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Virtual Meeting Online

Design Thinking & Project Management
Virtual meeting featuring Susan Hupka, facilitated by Sherry S. Remington 

Registration for this virtual event is limited to 100 attendees. Register for the event as usual. We'll send you the meeting link and password after registration closes at 8 pm the evening before the event. Register now!

Abstract: As business leaders, project managers are not only expected to plan, execute and deliver on essential projects, they are also expected to deliver innovative solutions. This may mean generating ideas in the face of risk, or it may require fully developing strategies to address problems that are not well understood.

What does this have to do with Design Thinking? At its core, Design Thinking is a process for creatively solving problems guided by a human-centered ideology. While the term was coined in the ‘90s, and the foundational ideas appeared much earlier. It has more recently become familiar as a management concept across industries and disciplines. Its use, as part of a broader commitment to design, is now increasingly recognized as a key to driving business value.

In this presentation, we will talk about the benefits of Design Thinking, discuss some of the potential challenges to adopting the process, and how these challenges can be overcome. We will also review some of the most used Design Thinking methods, as well as tools and resources for their application.

Susan Hupka is currently a Creative Project Manager for Upwork specializing in projects and questions related to Design Operations teams and processes. She previously worked at Qualcomm as a user interface designer of technical desktop software, web-based tools for data research and data visualization, and mobile apps aimed at demonstrating cutting-edge feature innovations.

Before relocating to San Diego, Susan served in operations roles with the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, including as Operations Manager for the United States Foreign Commercial Service, where her team supported 23 offices in 14 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere.

4:00 pm Meet & Greet
4:15 pm Introductions & Announcements
4:30 pm Presentation & Discussion
5:20 pm Networking / Closing
5:30 pm Adjourn

Please Note that PMI-SD has a no-refund policy for this event. All event registrations are final, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 

Please contact [email protected] with any registration related questions.


$5.00 PMI-SD Member & 1 PDU

$7.00 Non-PMI-SD Guest & 1 PDU