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International Project
Management Day 2023

Project Management Education for Students: Why it Matters


Destination Imagination, Inc.
Michele Tuck Ponder

About the Presentation

With an active career in education, politics, and non-profit management, Michele Tuck-Ponder, CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc. is no stranger to the skills necessary to successfully lead and manage projects. Today, at DI, the non-profit recognizes just how important these critical thinking and collaborative skills, when blended with the creative process, can be for development in young people. 

In this presentation, Michele will showcase how project management skills have helped students in DI programs around the world to organize, collaborate, manage timelines, and persevere while solving open-ended challenges. These skills are essential in preparing them for a world of opportunities outside of the classroom. Join us to discover just how Michele and Destination Imagination have committed to helping unlock the creative potential of young minds to help shape tomorrow’s project managers, leaders, & problem-solvers. 

Key Takeaways

  • Hear comparisons of multiple project method frameworks.  
  • Learn the 5 key pieces of building an open-ended thinking environment. 
  • Discover the difference project management skills can make for youth. 

About Michele-Tuck-Ponder

Michele is the Chief Executive Officer of Destination Imagination, Inc a global creative problem-solving organization for young people. A former mayor of Princeton, NJ; she is currently a member of the Princeton Board of Education. She has led numerous non-profit organizations including the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan and the Women’s Fund of New Jersey. Michele is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.