Project Management Day highlights project management careers

The one-day event included a keynote address from Kingsdown CEO Frank Hood and group discussions with project managers from Amazon, CentralSquare Technologies and RegO Products.

Current and prospective project management majors learned about career paths in project management during Project Management Day, hosted by the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business Department of Management and Entrepreneurship.

Frank Hood presenting in front of a seated audience
Kingsdown CEO Frank Hood presents about project management at Kingsdown.

During the career exploration and networking event, Kingsdown CEO Frank Hood delivered a keynote address about project management at Kingsdown. Hood highlighted what project management involves – communications and expectation management, critical thinking, risk management, change management and gatekeeping – as well as the various roles that leverage project management acumen.

He also explained why projects fail, citing sponsorship and enterprise commitment, failure of estimate and failure of implementation as the main causes.

Two students speaking with a project manager
Students meet with project managers in small groups.

Following Hood’s presentation, participants heard from Nensi Dupuy, senior program manager at Amazon; Ken Wong, project manager III at CentralSquare Technologies; and Kurt Danley and Ron Rucker, both site continuous improvement engineers at RegO Products; who provided insight into their work as project managers and then led small group discussions.

For more information on Elon’s project management major, contact Professor Matt Valle or visit this page.