A tremendous project management talent pool exists but is unknown to many: Since every mission or exercise a military leader is tasked with is a temporary endeavor expected to produce unique goods, services or results, this means they have a significant amount of project management experience.
An estimated 58% of the 250,000 service members that transition back into the civilian workforce each year are military leaders, i.e. high enough rank to be consistently tasked with projects, meaning we could consider an additional 145,000 experienced individuals a year for our project management roles! However, these PM candidates lack context about the civilian project environment, which presents a unique opportunity for mentorship, professional development and placement of these talented, experienced, proven project managers.
Since January 2018, a collaboration between two project management companies has matched experienced PMs from industry with Military and Veteran PMs entering the profession, with astounding results! In just over a year, the Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance (VPMMA) has attracted 200+ participants across 29 states and 5 countries, and built partnerships with industry leading organizations such as Arizona State University, International Institute for Learning, Sensei Project Solutions and PM Master Prep.
Joe Pusz, PMO Joe, is Co-Founder of VPMMA – the Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance, Founder & President of THE PMO SQUAD, and host of the Project Management Office Hours Radio Show and Podcast. Joe is also a Judge for the 2019 Global PMO Awards and a proud member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Through all his work in the Project Management field, Joe is focused on Empowering People to Deliver Results.
Eric is a 2-Service, 2-Era Military Veteran and Serial Founder of 3 companies and 1 non-profit organization. He helps military Veterans change their lives profoundly through project management, entrepreneurship, and AI using inspiration, translation, training, placement and professional development.