PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2022 Nov Monthly Program

Counting Experience: The Cultural Costs of Ageism &
Using Project Management for Social Benefits

15 November - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Chrystal Edney & Quadeer Porter
Virtual using Zoom



Chrystal Edney will discuss ageism as an often overlooked and extremely discounted -ism within DEI contexts. Often, ageism evokes thoughts of discrimination against older workers; however, younger employees can also be impacted. A form of inequity, ageism impacts people from all backgrounds- without regard to race, national origin, sexual orientation, ability, or other demographic markers.

This discussion will offer insight on a fuller spectrum of how ageism may present in workplaces, its impacts on employee mental and physical health, and offer attendees an opportunity to review and discuss ways to reduce and / or end ageism in their organizations.

Quadeer Porter will discuss how he used the methodologies of project management as well as sociology to create “Project One Nation”, a 6-month intensive program that focuses on assisting young men between the ages of 16 – 29 with overcoming challenges that causes them to engage in high-risk behavior that endangers themselves or their community.


Speaker Chrystal L. Edney is a certified DEI specialist who has designed and implemented inclusive programs to build sustainable and equitable solutions within the insurance industry. She is focused on building communities that foster inclusive excellence and reflect growth in on-site, hybrid and remote environments.
Her career spans over 20 years in the insurance industry, where she successfully conceptualized and implemented DEI strategic initiatives and programs within various roles including mentoring, staff training, operations & data analysis.
She has a B.S. in Marketing and Management Information Systems from The University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix.
Her mission is to acknowledge and validate the emotional labor of anti-racism through continuing education, rest and self-care. You can contact her at

speaker Quadeer Porter is the founder and president of Brothers Building A Better Nation (BBABN). He created Newark, NJ based BBABN on September 10, 2021, to create a pipeline from the streets to better opportunities for the young men in his community through mentoring, education, and financial assistance. Quadeer is an onboarding project manager for athenahealth Inc and has worked in the field of Information Technology and Healthcare for over 7 years. Quadeer attended Rutgers University and graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2013. He later attended Walden University and graduated with his Master of Healthcare Administration.
Brothers Building A Better Nation (BBABN) is a Newark, New Jersey based organization aimed at educating, mentoring and inspiring young Black and Latino males to build resilience and improve overall opportunity and well-being. BBABN partners with local organizations, businesses, and government agencies, to utilize direct intervention to provide wraparound services to the at-risk males in our community. This includes receiving healthcare services, government IDs, emergency housing services, job training opportunities, and more! As a 501 (c)(3) organization, our goal is to build a pipeline that improves the lives of these young males, their families, and communities by working to remove barriers that hinder their health and well-being.

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