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Thursday, February 4, 2010

 By Ian Clark

Shawn Belling, online adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Online, will be heading to Melbourne, Australia to present at the Project Management Institute Global Congress — Asia Pacific region. The congress will begin Feb. 22. PMI, a not-for-profit membership association for project management professionals with globally recognized standards in more than 180 countries, holds a global congress yearly in each region. The three regions include Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and North America.

As an instructor in UWP’s Master of Science in Project Management Program, Shawn will present his paper titled “When Agendas Override Objectives,” which outlines how hidden customer and interoffice agendas can interfere and even hijack projects and their managers.

To present at a PMI Global Congress, those who wish to participate must submit an academic paper detailing a subject relevant to project management. After a thorough screening process, those papers that are found to be exceptional are asked to present.

"Once you get accepted that first time, it is a lot easier to stay tied into that presenting pipeline and be asked back to present," says Shawn, who has been a credentialed Project Management Professional for six years. "Having the opportunity to present original thinking to large groups of colleagues and peers is a really great experience."

This will be Shawn’s third time presenting at a PMI Global Congress. In 2008, he presented in Sydney, Australia and again in Oct. 2009 in Orlando, FL. He has also presented at other PMI seminars, and plans to speak at the Success in Project Management Conference in June of 2010 to be held at UWP.

Shawn, besides teaching for UWP online classes, also teaches for the University of California-Irvine and Lakeland College, and is a project manager at Promega Corporation in Madison, which sells products to the life science industry.

"I just treat it like I have two jobs," says Shawn. "I have to be highly organized, so it's good to be a project manager. When I have speaking opportunities like this, I obviously have to make adjustments, but I really enjoy what I’m doing."



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