Project Management Student Conference

PMI Minnesota Chapter, PMI La Crosse-Rochester Chapter, and the Project Management Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota have partnered to host a Project Management Student Conference on May 20th at the University Center on the Minneapolis Campus of Saint Mary’s University. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students and alumni will have an opportunity to gather with industry experts to discuss project management.

The conference is a great opportunity to explore project management as a career!

The half-day conference will explore how to develop a successful project management career in manufacturing, construction, health care, finance, retail, government, or IT.  Project managers are needed in every industry.  According to PMI’s publication “Talent Gap Report 2021” the demand for additional 128,000 project managers will be needed each year for the next ten years in the U.S.  

Talented project managers are in high demand now and in the future.  

At this in-person and virtual conference, you will have a chance to explore project management through a series of presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions that will focus on various areas including: 
1. What is project management and its history. 
2. Why become a project manager?  What are the talents and skills needed to be successful? 
3. How to get started as a project manager?  
4. Let’s talk about certifications and education.  -- Why are they important?
5. How to pass the CAPM, PMP, and other certification exams.  
6. Trends and the future of project management.  

When: May 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  






9 a.m.

1 hour

Welcome: Pyramids to the Artimus Rocket.

Bill Johnson, PMP, MSPM; Program Director of the Graduate Project Management Program, Saint Mary’s university of Minnesota

10 a.m.

1 hour

Breakout 1 – What’s it take to be a successful project manager

Breakout 2 – Certificates, why do I need them?

B1 – Denise Thompson; PMI LaCrosse/Rochester President



11 a.m.

1 hour

Breakout 1 – How to pass the PMP exam?

Breakout 2 – Where do I start??

B1 – Kris Schoen and Denise Thompson


B2 -- TBD

12 noon

1 hour

Keynote and Panel Discussion: Future of Project Management

Dr. Richard Berg, PgMP; Program Manager for Lockheed Martin and Saint Mary’s Faculty.


Fee: $25 for in person attendance at the conference and $10 for online attendance.

Parking:  Free parking is located next to the University Center on Oakland Ave. 

About the Speakers:

Dr. Richard Berg, PgMP
Program Manager, Lockheed Martin 
Faculty, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Denise Thompson, PMP
President, PMI La Crosse/Rochester Chapter

Bill Johnson, PMP, MSPM
Program Director, Graduate Programs in Project management
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota


Kris Schoen, PMP, MSPM


Michael O'Connor, PhD, MSPM, MSTM, MBA, PE

President of PMI Minnesota


5/20/2023 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Central Daylight Time
University Center, Saint Mary’s University 2500 Park Ave Minneapolis

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