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NEW! Getting Projects Done – A Workshop for the Accidental Project Manager

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with Kelly White
Thursday, June 13, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee $70, includes light refreshments

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Are you a director, program manager, volunteer, or other employee being asked to start a new program? Expand an existing one? Manage an office move? Get other projects done without formal project management training? Then you are the Accidental Project Manager!

Change and growth seem to be the default refrain for organizations. Whether it is about the push to be innovative and unique, the constant pressure to grow programs, or creating the ability to fill service gaps in the community, it the reality of the day.

Yet, it takes real planning to manage new projects and see them to success. But where do you start? Is your organization ready to take on this type of transformation? And who’s going to manage the changes?

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to evaluate whether your organization is ready to take on a new project or program
  • What Mary Poppins and project management have in common
  • The essential elements to starting a project
  • Survival strategies for the Accidental Project Manager
  • Tips to develop a project plan, schedule, and budget
  • Common project pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Resources to continue your project management journey
About the Presenters:

Kelly White, PMP has over 20 years of experience in project management and operations, leading cross-functional teams in publishing, e-learning, online medical communication, software, healthcare, and nonprofit environments. She is the principal consultant at Illume Projects, an independent, woman owned consulting group serving Central NY and the Southern Tier. Illume Projects is a certified WBE specializing in in helping busy nonprofit executives and small business
owners save time and work more effectively.

As a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Kelly is committed to bringing teams, processes, and technology together to achieve positive results, continuous process improvement and meaningful, fun work.

Kelly is a former examiner for Partners in Performance Excellence, the state-based Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Kelly has a special interest in health care and is privileged to serve on the board of the Ithaca Free Clinic (operated by the Ithaca Health Alliance). She is a past director of programs and membership for the PMI Rochester – Ithaca branch. She is a member of the Leadership Tompkins class of 2015 and of the inaugural class of the Rev Ithaca Passenger to Pilot program for women entrepreneurs. Learn more at

Registration and Payment

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Cancellation Policy

All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed
sessions.  At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.


Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.


Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs

Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.

For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance free. We appreciate your cooperation.

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