Sierra Hampton-Simmons

Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification Products
Project Management Institute (PMI)®


PMI® recently announced that the PMP® Exam would be updated in July 2020. Unlike year’s past, this update is substantial and includes ~50% of the content on agile and hybrid methodology. In this session, Sierra Hampton-Simmons, Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification from PMI, will shed light on what candidates can expect when they take the new PMP.

Additionally, she will share insights from market research that explain the rationale for this change. Attendees of this training will understand the key elements of this update and be better equipped to prepare themselves and others to successfully take this new version of the PMP.


Sierra Hampton-Simmons has nearly two decades of experience as an expert in Certification Management with a track record for transforming and developing lucrative brands to include relevant performance-based testing and training. She joined PMI in the fall of 2013 and currently serves as the Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification Products. At PMI, Sierra is responsible for the entire portfolio of Certification Products including the PMP credential—the gold standard in project management credentials.

Immediately prior to joining PMI, she was the Manager, Certification Operations at Cisco Systems, Inc. where she directed daily operations for a global development team in creating leading IT certification programs including the world-class CCNA and CCNP. Prior to Cisco, Sierra had a 12-year career with Citrix Education where she managed a team in design and development of the most advanced curricula and certifications for their global programs. Sierra also served as the President of the Performance Testing Council for three years after being an active member of their Board of Directors. Sierra is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Japanese and International Business.