Mentorship Program


Come to the upcoming Mentor/Mentee mixer at San Francisco on June 26th.
This is a great way to network with fellow mentors/mentees. 

The event will consist of a quick and fun interactive session,
light snacks, a short panel discussion, and open networking!
You are welcome to come meet fellow members of the community.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Vijay, CEO PMI
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter


6:00PM – 6:30PM Registration, Networking & Appetizers
6:30PM – 7:30PM Panel Discussion
7:30PM – 9:00PM Mentor / Mentee Mixer
9:00 PM Adjourn


Vijay Ratthinam

PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Vijay Ratthinam is serving as the CEO of PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter since October 2018. Prior to that, he played various roles at the Volunteer Management and Membership team since 2015.

Vijay is passionate about Project Management, Mentoring, and Public Speaking. Last year he founded BigFish Social, a mentoring startup, focussing on Career Coaching and mentoring for college students in India. He also mentored partnering with various mentoring organizations in the bay area including Year Up, Genesys, Snhu, Dev/Mission and Hackbright Academy.

Vijay holds Masters in Business Administration and is PMP certified. He has been a PMI member since 2009.


Prabhu Gopalan

VP Mentorship
PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Prabhu Gopalan is a Sr. Director at Visa managing Data & Analytics. Prior to that Prabhu played various roles at Visa including managing PMO and Quality organizations.  As a Vice President at San Francisco PMI chapter Prabhu oversees Mentoring program.
Prabhu holds Masters in Business Administration and is PMP and ACP certified. He has been a PMI member since 2005.


Arvind Seshan


Arvind Seshan is Senior Vice President, Software Engineering at Salesforce.  He leads the Service Cloud Lightning and Essentials product development, teams.
Prior to Salesforce, Arvind held development and management positions at Microsoft, Plumtree and BEA Systems and developed deep experience building enterprise software.
Arvind holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Chris Woodside

Global PMO Director,

Chris has been a Project Leader for the past 20+ years, in the public, private, non-profit, and Fortune 10 sectors. Her focus has been inside healthcare and technology organizations like McKesson, Kaiser, Blue Shield, and Equinix. For the past 15 years, she has specialized in building, leading and sometimes resuscitating PMOs, as well as leading enterprise-wide transformations. Chris is passionate about helping companies mature (people, process & technology) further up the organizational maturity life cycle. Chris also loves discussing leading practices, lessons learned and just plain geeking out with the Project Management Community!


Mercedes Ellison


Mercedes has over 25 years of experience in the software industry and has held senior executive positions in sales, marketing, alliances and business development with companies such as SuccessFactors/SAP, Hyperion, BEA, Siebel and Oracle. Recognized as a "Top Channel Executive" and "Top 50 Women in the Channel" by VAR Business and CRN, she has also received two additional prestigious honors—the highly coveted "Stevie Award" and the rigorously-judged YWCA "Tribute to Women Award"—based solely on exemplary individual achievements in business.