Region 7 NextGen

NextGen Leadership Virtual Meetings are monthly networking and educational opportunities for Project Management students who are starting their career as project management professionals. The purpose of the meeting is to transfer knowledge and experience to the new generation and engage project management students in their local Chapters, network with other project management students and provide information about the project management profession and related work in the Region. The university students and anyone who supports our transitioning project management professionals are welcome to attend the virtual meeting.


There are no upcoming events.

Our guest speakers:

April 2019

Venus is a Principal Consultant at Daugherty Business Solutions and a Manager leading a team of Delivery Leaders that execute projects delivering value to clients in challenging situations. Venus has also been the President of the Metro St. Louis chapter of Project Management Institute for two years where he headed a 25 members board of directors and led around 100 volunteers executing projects and providing services to about 2000 professional around Metro St. Louis region. When Venus has nothing to do, he likes to spend time with friends hosting dinner nights, movie nights, planning trips and painting the town pink! He has interests in ballroom dancing, rock climbing and astronomy, and believes his passion for these activities shall remain for life.

March 2019

PMI Region 7 Leadership Summit, San Francisco

February 2019

Paloma Mejia PMP, CSM

Paloma is a certified project manager and engineer with over a decade of experience in the technology and analytics space in various industries such as energy, oil and gas, and semiconductors. She currently works at Facebook, Inc. as a Software Program Manager. She has worked in consulting engagements with clients in North and South America with many Fortune 500 companies clients such as Qualcomm, Cisco Systems, Facebook, and Dominion Energy. She also teaches in the Masters of Business Analytics program at Golden Gate University. She has been a pro-bono volunteer for the Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (PMI SFBAC) since 2011 and most recently as a member of the PMI SFBAC Board of Directors. She also coaches and trains students on PMP and CAPM Exam preparation in her spare time.

Paloma holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. She is PMP and CSM certified. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and French fluently.

Paloma is originally from Lima, Peru. She loves reading, traveling, playing golf, and writing. She lives in the San Francisco bay area along with her husband and daughter.

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January 2019

Vijay Ratthinam, PMP®, CSM®, MBA, SAPM, DTM

Vijay Ratthinam is the Co-founder and CEO of BigFish Social, a platform specializing in mentoring students and young professionals. Prior to BigFish, he launched, an online retail company based out of Bangalore, India and successfully managed it for 5 years before selling it out in 2014. He has held various high tech project and program managerial positions with Fortune 500 companies like Target, StateFarm, Williams-Sonoma, Infosys and is currently working as a Program Manager at Salesforce. He is an author and public speaker who enjoys speaking regularly at toastmaster events and UC Berkeley student forums.

Vijay holds SAPM from Stanford University, MBA from the ICFAI University, Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Bharathiar University. He serves on his daughter’s School Board and volunteers at various mentoring organizations including Genesys Works, HackBright Academy, dev/mission and SNHU. He is PMP and CSM certified.

Vijay loves reading books, playing cricket, watching movies and spending time with his family and friends. He lives in Dublin, California with his lovely wife, Rashmi and their daughter, Iha.

December 2018


Happy Holidays!

There is no virtual meeting event for this month. 

November 2018

Jerry Dickerson, PMP

Jerry has over 23 years of project management experience in medical device manufacturing and healthcare information technology.  He has been a PMI member since 2004 and received his PMP certification in 2010.  Jerry graduated with a BS Degree in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy.

From 1988-1993, Jerry served in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) with a Nuclear Powered Propulsion Sub-Specialty.  He served on two Surface Combatants, the first, USS Princeton (CG-59) from 1990-1991 during Operation Desert Storm working in the Combat Systems Department and the second, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) from 1991-1993 working in the Reactor Department

From 1993-2003, Jerry worked at Stryker Endoscopy in various roles in Quality Assurance, Production, and Research and Development.  He was promoted several times eventually becoming a Senior Project Engineer and Senior Engineering Services Manager.

Since 2003, Jerry has worked at Community Medical Centers (CMC) as a Project Manager.  CMC is a care delivery network including four hospitals and three outpatient diagnostic imaging centers, and other community based outpatient treatment, primary and specialty care clinics.  Jerry has managed various projects involving clinical systems to include those that interface/integrate with the ‘Epic’ Electronic Medical Record system.

Jerry is a founding member of the California Central Valley (CCV) Chapter of PMI where he has held several Board and other leadership positions.  Jerry is passionate about helping the “Next Generation” of PMI Leadership and is currently the University Academic Outreach Director.  In this role, he has help establish the Academic Forum, IT, Government and Healthcare Industry Forums to promote university students to seek out internships and mentors who work for Central Valley employers.     

Jerry is married and has two children and lives in Clovis, CA.  

October 2018

John Jones, Jr., PMP, CGCIO, ITI

John Jones is an IT management executive with over 20 years of experience in project management in the IT industry. He currently serves as the IT Director for the City of Belmont. Over his career, John has developed a specialized skillset for technology-related projects in the public sector which include networking, data center expansions, application development, migration, integration and adoption, business intelligence infrastructure implementation and (broadband) fiber to the home (FTTH) design, and business planning.

John graduated from PMI’s Leadership Institute Master’s Class (LIMC) in 2015 and is currently the Region 7 Shadow Mentor. He also teaches and conducts workshops on leadership and teambuilding, project management and organizational change management. Jones holds a BA in Digital Graphics from California State University-East Bay. In addition to his PMP, Jones has an ITIL certificate and is a graduate of the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


September 2018

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is an agile expert. More properly, he’s an enterprise, team, and personal transformation coach and trainer, but who needs a job title that long? Andrew has worked in software development for 20 years; an agilist since 2004, certified as CSM, CSPO, and CSP, a certified NLP Master Practitioner, certified Training From The Back Of The Room trainer’s trainer, certified (but lousy) graphic facilitator, and certified Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Indicator facilitator. So, he’s thoroughly proven to be certifiable. Andrew has worked alone and through SolutionsIQ and Agile Learning Labs with recent major clients including Visa, PayPal, BBVA Compass, and Nest. His current focus is on the preconditions and environment required for wildly successful enterprise transformation.

August 2018

Tyrone Navarro

Tyrone Navarro has served on the Board of Directors of Instituto Familiar De La Raza (IFR) since 2005. During this time he has served in various capacities including Treasurer and Co-President; currently Tyrone holds the office of President. As a board member, Tyrone has contributed to the overall financial sustainability of the organization in his role as Chair of the Finance Committee. Tyrone has played a principal role in fundraising efforts garnering private sector contributions in excess of $30,000. These funds represent a significant achievement given the current economic climate.

Tyrone has been employed in the public sector since 1997. He is currently an Operations Manager for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In this capacity, he manages the real estate portfolio for community-based mental health clinics. He is responsible for a $25M budget; manages facilities and capital improvement projects and oversees centralized procurement projects for materials and supplies for Community Programs. Additionally, Tyrone is responsible for security infrastructure, personnel scouting, emergency and disaster preparedness and response. 

Tyrone was recently appointed Commissioner to the Planning Commission for the City of American Canyon.

July 2018

Kanealii "Kãne" Ng-Osorio, MBA, PMP

Kanealii "Kãne" Ng-Osorio, current PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter President. Has been working for Kamehameha Schools for the last 10 years. The current position is a Portfolio Manager supporting the schools 3 K-12 campuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i islands and 30 preschools across the State with education assessments, data analysis and reporting for the organization. Earned his PMP in November 2013. He earned an MBA at Georgia State University and B.S. in Psychology at the University of Oregon. Kãne is a die-hard runner. He competes in races from 5K to a marathon and loves to watch track & field. A dream of his would be to travel to Europe for a Summer and attend all the Diamond League International Track Meets and then attending a World Championship or Olympics. (his LinkedIn:

June 2018

Mike Whitley, PMP PMI-ACP

Mike Whitley has been a project manager for 30+ years in the Bay Area, starting in Construction project management, and since 2000, working in the Information Technology field in application development and infrastructure

Mike currently works for PCU3ED as a senior consultant on an engagement with Chevron in San Ramon. He holds the PMP and PMI-ACP certifications, as well as the SAFe SA and SSM credentials. He is very active in PMI, serving on the Wine Country Chapter board of directors for the past 5 years as VP-Communications and CIO. He has hosted a monthly breakfast roundtable in Marin for more than a decade.

He is a huge proponent of the value of Lessons Learned and is working with several like-minded individuals to define and implement best practices regarding the collection, curation, and application of lessons learned in several large corporations.

One of his current passions is working with junior Project Managers to help guide their careers and provide mentoring. He recently spoke to the Chico State Project Managers Club in April regarding what to expect as a project manager

May 2018

Cecilio Mills, PMP, ACP, LSSP, CSM, LEED GA

Cecilio Mills is a husband, father of three, and the founder of Creative Adaptive Thinking, a Project Management Design firm focusing on organizational capacity building. He is a former collegiate and semi-pro baseball player, Speech and Debate champion, and has authored an Asset Management and Business Process Patent. See Cecilio' LinkedIn profile for more on his professional accomplishments.

When not involved in Project Management, Cecilio, better known as CJ, is at Pacific Ring Sports as the assistant Boxing Trainer helping to introduce people to the sport of boxing, explain the fundamentals, and teach the science. In 2012, he became a National Tournament Regional Champion participating in the Olympic Trials. He became a Golden Gloves Champion in 2011.

CJ works with Soulciety Non-Profit Organization to fight against poverty and provide access to technology for youth. Each year, he does mission work taking books, computers, hygiene supplies, and shoes to help impoverished youth around the globe. His support for non-profits has spread to introducing and implementing project management practices to local communities, schools, and community-based organizations. He is proud to serve PMI-SFBAC and the community of project managers everywhere!

April 2018

Anup Deshpande, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, SAFe SPC, CCA

Anup has been instrumental in Agile Transformation at the enterprise level and has over 23 years of program and portfolio management experience in the Software Industry. He has been at the board of PMI Silicon Valley Chapter for 5 years and has served as Chapter President in 2012. He also served as the Advisor to the board for couple years. He currently serves as the Chief Governance Officer and a board member at large for PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

He serves on the Agile Advisory Board and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty at UC Berkeley Extension for a wide variety of Agile and Project Management courses.

He is the founder and organizer of a meetup – Silicon Valley Agile Trends and Leadership ( have over 1700 active members and attracts 130+ professionals on month basis.

He is currently employed at Visa as a Sr. Director of Portfolio Management and has tremendous energy to drive audacious goals for the company. Prior to this, he has worked at various companies including Yahoo where he spearheaded multiple cross-organizational goals to successful completion. Connect with him on LinkedIn

March 2018


In-person Meeting

PMI Region 7 Leadership Summit Conference in Hawaii.

February 2018


Malika Malika, PMP, CSM, CPC, SPC

Malika’s mission is to build healthy teams. While never losing sight of the end goal, her priority is to put people over processes and create relationships that motivate and inspire teams to achieve their collective goals. Malika’s methods include collaboration, active listening, and meticulous analyzing of information. She takes problems head-on, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and fully enjoys her work.

Malika has worked as CEO, President of PMI SFBAC chapter. These days while serving as Director at Large at PMI SFBAC, she is Sr. Director Digital Program Management at Fremont Bank.




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