Call for Stories


Submissions are now closed.

Project Management Practioners.  New or Experienced. Story-tellers.  Interactive.  Engaging.  Creative.  Real-World perspective.  Mentor.  Leader. 



The Project Management Institute® Honolulu Chapter is hosting its annual Professional Development Day and this year is special, it is our 20th Anniversary.  To prepare for this special event, we interviewed and surveyed past attendees, speakers, sponsors, and the PMI Honolulu board to truly understand our customers.  That led us to this year's program and the the overall theme of A'ohe Hana Nui Ke Alu'ia : No Task Is Too Big When Done Together. 

The three tracks that align with that theme are: 
1) Career Pathways: Whether you are new to project management or an experienced PMO manager, this track will consider the career paths and options for advancement that are available to project managers, both inside and outside of the project management field. Come to be a part of the discussion about career planning and mentoring, and hear from local leaders that can share experiences about their own career paths and outcomes. 

2) Practitioner Stories: This will be great case studies where people can tie back the lessons to their work. Stories from all industries - construction, tourism, military, IT, healthcare, etc. The tie back to the overall theme is don’t recreate the wheel, let’s learn together.

3) Creative Approaches: Creative approaches to solve problems of today – This is all about tried and true techniques, new emerging techniques, transformation of techniques and a mash-up of techniques and how to do them in the Real World!  It’s not about silver bullets. It’s contextual, it’s real. As professionals we need more ways to solve problems and uncover opportunities in our dynamic, demanding and ever-changing environments. How do you work WITH your stakeholders to move projects to successful completion?  How do you co-create? How do you build relationships and ohanas with your teams - while accomplishing amazing goals? 

Do you have a story that aligns with one or more of those themes you want to share with 400+ industry professionals and community leaders? If yes, keep reading. 


There are key concepts we heard from our customers related to the program that you need to be aware of for your submission.

  1. Interaction - Your presentation needs to be engaging and interactive.  No task is Too Big When Done Together. That theme includes how the presentations will be delivered.  Interaction ensures a higher chance your content will stick with the attendees so they can utilize lessons learned in the workplace.

  2. Theme and track topics - Your presentation needs to align with the overall theme, one or more of the track topics, and have a tie to the keynote topic.

Interested in proposing a session? Click below to submit. Want more information? See more information below. 



To ensure the customer experience exceeds expectations, a new process was designed to select storytellers, help them prepare, and align the content being delivered with other aspects of the conference.  Examples of these other conference elements are: sponsorship and pre and post PDD activities. Here is a high level timeline of our new process:

1.  Call for Stories - April 11, 2018 - May 31, 2018
2.  Review for submissions - 1st submission through June 15, 2018
3.  Interviews with prospective storytellers - June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018
4.  Selection announcement - July 15, 2018
5.  Acceptance due by July 31, 2018
6.  Coaching - August 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018
7.  Final presentations submitted to program team - October 1, 2018

In addition to the above we may ask some of the selected storytellers to share a preview of their story on video or short webinar to help promote the event. Dates for this activity are not set yet.

Ready to propose a session? Click below to submit. Want more information? Keep reading below.



You are one of our customers too!  We want to ensure this experience is special for you. Here are some of the benefits speakers will receive.

1.  There are a limited number of speaking slots this year.  You will be highlighted as a key contributor to our chapter's 20th anniversary PDD.
2.  Photographers and videographers will be onsite to capture each session.  You will get copies of your photographs and video.
3.  Free entrance to the PDD event.
4.  Coaching - to ensure we have consistent highly engaging and interactive sessions, you will meet with a coach up to 3 times to help you prepare.  The goal is to bring out your style of interaction, not make everyone have the same style of presentation.
5.  A chance to interact with our keynote presenter to ensure there is alignment from the first message of the day all the way through the end.
6.  If not selected, there are other opportunities to participate.  We plan on having an 'Open Space' where you can share your ideas with others interested.  We will also need facilitators to help guide conversations, and many more options.

Now you are ready!  Click below to submit!


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to:

Thank you for considering sharing your knowledge and expertise with our Chapter.

The 2018 PMI HNL PDD Program Team

Gaby Noriega
Jamie Champagne
Kupe Kupersmith
Peter Lewis
Corey Matsuoka