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PMI Fort Worth Chapter goes to the Moon - virtually!

PMI Fort Worth and PMIEF supports students in the 2021 Future City competition

Students all over the country traveled (virtually) to the moon for the 2021 Future City Competition. With the theme of ‘Living on the Moon’ teams of youth in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were challenged to design a lunar city that uses two moon resources to keep citizens safe and healthly.
Each year a team from the PMI Fort Worth Chapter judges and presents the Riskonator Award to the team of students who implements the best risk management plan in the North Texas Regional competition.  VP of External Relations, Kathy Harvel, and PMIEF liaison, Samantha Cowan, judged and awarded the 2021 Riskonator Award to the Crater Falls team from West Ridge Middle School in Austin, Texas.  Samantha, who also participated in general judging said of the experience, “It was a very engaging experience. We enjoyed being able to spend time speaking with the students about their model city. The creativity and imagination of the students is very impressive.”
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Correy Retzloff, a member of the FWPMI Academic Outreach Team participated as a judge for the PMIEF Best Project Plan Award. PMIEF has been working with Future City Competition planners at the national level since 2013 to integrate project management principles into its events. Student teams were assessed on how well they applied project management when designing their futuristic lunar city. The team Luna Pax City from the school STEM Matters won PMIEF’s Best Future City Project Plan.
Cindy Vandersleen and Michele Gagne, both former FWPMI Chapter Presidents, also served as volunteers to judge project plans at the North Texas regional level.  FWPMI has been involved with the North Texas Regional Competition for 10 years or more by sponsoring and judging the Riskonator Special Award and judging project plans.
Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Future Cities promotes the use of the Project Management Cycle along with the Engineering Design Process and this is where WE WANT YOUR HELP!  There is much opportunity here as a Chapter to leverage our knowledge and expertise to help local schools be successful in the competition and be able to apply these principles in solving real world problems.  FWPMI plans to increase its involvement with the Future City Competition and will be looking for additional opportunities to judge, mentor or train students and teachers in project management.
Please email Samantha Cowan, FWPMI Chapter PMIEF Liaison,

at pmief@fwpmi.org and ask her to sign you up!

New PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) Chapter Liaison


Hi Fort Worth! I am Samantha Cowan and I’m your new PMIEF Chapter Liaison! I’m truly excited about this role as I get to liaise with PMI Global about the great work we do in the community and then communicate to our Chapter what Global PMI is doing so we can partner with them in Social Good efforts and activities! As a volunteer also in our Fort Worth PMI Academic Outreach team, this role compliments nicely! PMIEF is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and  is celebrating its 30th year. PMIEF is  partnering with youth-serving nonprofits that instill the importance of learning and help youth build life skills through project management. These partnerships help prepare young people to better pursue their academic and professional goals by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary for 21st century success. The 2020 partnerships are with the following Nonprofits:


Special Olympics International (SOI) encourages inclusion with the aim of eradicating discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.


F1 in SchoolsTM (F1iS), the official Formula 1® education initiative.


Junior Achievement partners with corporations and individuals to fund the programs that are delivered to our local students.

We need your help

We have already started planning several activities with the Special Olympics and are working towards offering some exciting volunteer opportunities. We will keep you updated as these opportunities come available. If you know anyone involved with the Fort Worth Chapter of Junior Achievement or F1 in Schools, can you please put us in touch with them? We would love an introduction which would help greatly in establishing a relationship.  Please email me at pmief@fwpmi.org.


I am honored to be volunteering as the PMIEF liaison and look forward to collaborating with you all for Social Good!