Interview with Carol Martinez


Building Communities and Moving Forward

Interview with Carol Martinez

Global Community Engagement Manager
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Pennsylvania, USA

Interviewed by Yasmina Khelifi
International Correspondent, PM World Journal
Paris, France

Introduction to the interviewee

Carol Martinez is PMI’s Manager of Community Engagement who supports the Youth & Social Impact Department. She has been working at PMI for over five years, expanding the synergies of volunteerism in organizational growth.

Her work is focused on supporting the PMI volunteers and members engaged in social impact outreach activities that grow the Impact of PMI chapters and the PM profession on local communities as well as the world. In her current work, Carol manages key global volunteer groups and emerging language-based volunteer groups that amplify PMI’s messaging, share knowledge, and grow the impact of the global project management profession as a life skill.

Carol is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds a Master of Science degree in higher education and administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has also completed various trainings in the areas of Community Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cultural Sensitivity, Management and Volunteer Management.

Carols past work experience includes leading inner city youth programs in New York City, community outreach program leadership in Pennsylvania, and various academic leadership roles in Colleges, Universities, and trade schools.


Q1:     First of all, thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ. You have been working at Project Management Institute (PMI) for a few years. What keeps you working at PMI?

Carol Martinez (Martinez):    Thank you Yasmina and Project Management World Journal for this opportunity to share with you a bit of myself. Yes, I have been working at Project Management Institute for Five years. I celebrated my fifth-year work anniversary this January. What keeps me working at PMI is the opportunity to be part of a Project Management Community who believe in changing the world through giving back. I have been part of volunteer-based organizations in the past, but there is nothing like PMI, its staff and stakeholders.

When I read the stories and look at the pictures coming from PMI chapters in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, USA and Asia, I often ask myself how all of these individuals with full-time careers, families and life create the time to give back. An additional reason of what keeps me at PMI is the colleagues I work with daily. We are all from various walks of life and professional backgrounds, but the passion to support the work and keep the PMI brand and community growing keeps us engaged daily.

Q2:    What is PMIEF? What are the goals?

Martinez:       PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit professional organization for those who consider project, program, or portfolio management as their profession. Founded in 1990, PMIEF cultivates long-term relationships with non-profits across the globe to help them integrate project management into their youth programs and to build their own project management capacity. The Foundation achieves its mission to “enable youth to realize their potential and transform lives through project management” and its vision for “inspiring youth to achieve their goals, making dreams a reality” by investing in high-quality organizations that exemplify a commitment to preparing young people for 21st century success and an appreciation for both the societal application and value of project management.


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How to cite this work: Khelifi, Y. (2023). Building Communities and Moving Forward, Interview with Carol Martinez, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue IV, April. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/pmwj128-Apr2023-Khelifi-Interview-with-Carol-Martinez-pmi.pdf

About the Interviewer

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

Visit her correspondent profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/yasmina-khelifi/