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PMI-DVC Dinner Meeting, The Inn at Villanova University, Radnor, PA
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 05:30pm - 08:30pm
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Topic: Using Project Management Skills to Make a Difference in the Community 
2 PDUs*
*1 Leadership and 1 Technical PDU Category

Speakers: Paul and Martha Sharkey

This month, the PMI-DVC Chapter is celebrating the generous spirit of giving we see every day from our volunteers - the heart of our organization. At this meeting, we will celebrate that spirit and present our Volunteer of the Year Award.

To carry on the celebration of giving, we will hear from a couple, Paul and Martha Sharkey, who will take us through their journey of a very personal project they initiated and completed with the goal of improving the lives of families living through a difficult experience as they had.

As they cared for their twin girls in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Sharkey’s realized that parents of premature babies need support during this critical time and they knew that they wanted to make a difference in the lives of these parents.

How did the Sharkey’s make a difference? In 2010, they founded a non-profit organization, Today is a Good Day, with the sole mission of providing personal and financial support to families of premature babies as they cared for the children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Paul and Martha quickly realized that project management skills would be key in making Today is a Good Day a viable and sustainable organization.

They created an initiating process group to socialize their idea. This group provided feedback on mission scope and the costs to become a 501(c)3.  Today is a Good Day has an ongoing executing process group to plan and execute their fundraisers --Pints for Preemies and Grateful for Today Brunch. Over the past two years, these events have raised close to $50,000 for the organization.

Over the past 3.5 years, Today is a Good Day has provided over 1000 care packages to families in need.  Also, a local Preemie Parent Network has been established, 12 families have received direct financial support, and the organization has created a strong partnership with Abington Memorial Hospital and other area hospitals.

Paul and Martha strongly believe in the value of volunteerism and hope that their story will inspire others to contribute their time to volunteer work.

Take-aways include:

  • Taking a difficult life experience and making a difference
  • Using project management skills for life
  • The process of creating a non-profit organization
  • Celebrating TODAY


5:30 – 6:00: Networking and Registration
6:00 – 6:45: Dinner (Plated)
6:45 – 7:15: PMI-DVC

  • Chapter Announcements (VP, Programs)
  • Volunteer Recognition
  • Speaker Introduction (Event PM)

7:15 – 8:00: Speakers: Paul and Martha Sharkey
8:00 – 8:30: Raffle and Close

Complimentary self-parking available


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