PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2011 September Meeting

20 September 2011 - Edison - Pines Manor


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-20092011
Behind the Frontlines:  Teambuilding in Kabul
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 1.5
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 0.0


Teambuilding is often seen as a nice-to-have on projects – something we may get around to doing if we have the time and the budget. And in these days of shrinking budgets and accelerated schedules, these efforts often fall by the wayside.  Can teambuilding really impact the outcome of a project?  Is it possible to measure the results of teambuilding sessions and activities?  How can an understanding of group dynamics form what we do and when we do it?  And, importantly: how can tapping into the imagination and creativity of your team members build trust and interdependence, forging stronger business relationships?

 Using a variety of media to illustrate her message, Christa Kirby will present a case study focused on a USAID-funded long-term project with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Afghanistan.  Over the past two years, she has been working to help unite two separate – and often competitive – groups operating under the same "parent" organization into a cohesive, collaborative team.  Interweaving story, video and photos, this presentation will give you a rare glimpse behind the frontlines and into the working world of the city of Kabul.  Lessons learned will be applicable across a variety of settings and situations, and participants will leave this session with insights and dynamic new ideas that they can apply with their own project teams.



Christa Kirby is the Director of Global Communications as well as a trainer at International Institute for Learning (IIL).  With a BA from Duke University and a MA from New York University, she is an experienced Communications professional as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and trainer.  For the past decade, Christa has conducted workshops and led training for corporations, non-governmental organizations and foundations in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece and the US.   Her specialty areas of focus are team-building, leadership, conflict resolution, effective communication, cross-cultural communication and peace-building.  Before joining IIL, Christa worked for nine years with Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in Communications and Knowledge Management.

Other Meetings:

Career Networking LCI

Topic: Relationships - LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to jobs.  It strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts.  Find out how to create and maximize your online profile.  Learn how to use the search functionality to find key contacts that will help with your job search.  Join us to get insights to build your network through introductions and why recommendations are important.
 Our presenter will be Diane Litchko, PHR who has more than 20 years of Human Resources generalist and training experience in the wireless telecommunications, environmental engineering, and financial arenas.  For almost 5 years, Diane has been a Human Resources Manager for Qualcomm.


Topic: Meet and Greet Networking Event

Informal networking session. We will gather outside the main meeting room at the Pines Manor. This will be a great opportunity to meet other PMO Professionals in the area, who share similar interests in Project, Program and Portfolio Management.


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