In a mixed-matrix organizational structure in which many of us work, we are Project Managers but typically not People Managers – that is, functional managers who hire and fire, discipline and promote. This distinction has its challenges, but also its advantages. After all, just because we are not people-managers doesn’t mean we are not people-leaders.

PMI emphasizes that leadership is integral to effective project management. Their Talent Triangle concept of the ideal skill set combines technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management.

This presentation will guide us through the complex nuances of manager vs. leader. Interactive discussion of leadership challenges will include:

  • Being a project manager but not getting to pick your team.
  • Acting as a project manager but not having the recognition or title.
  • Being a project manager without a project, but rather a member of a project team (business analyst, technical writer, tester, etc.)

You will also be introduced to PMI’s Talent Triangle, with links to explore before the cutover to the new PDU structure on December 1st.

Bring your manager vs. leader scenarios and questions – We look forward to lively discussion!

Speaker: Bobbi Newman (PMP), Commonwealth of Kentucky, Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, Office of Technology Services

 When: Thursday, August 27th (11:30am – 1:00pm)

Where: Jefferson Davis Inn (JDI Grille and Tavern), 319 Cedar St. Lexington, KY 40508


  • 11:30am: Networking
  • 11:45am: Lunch Served
  • 12:00pm: Program Begins


About the PMI® Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter:

The PMI Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter is recognized as a dynamic organization for professional project managers dedicated to serving the business, academic and government communities of central Kentucky and the advancement of project management – adding value to our members, our community, and our profession.

We want to be your authoritative source for project management information in Central Kentucky.