Portfolio Management for Everyone

Portfolio Management for Everyone


Melissa Highley, PfMP, PMP

Director, Business Operations PMO
Time Warner Cable

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Mon Ami Gabi, Reston Town Center
11950 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:

11:00 am: Networking
12:00 pm: Program

PMIWDC Members $30
Non-Members: $30
*Lunch will be served 

The terms project management and program management are frequently used interchangeably, despite their distinct differences. Adding the concept of portfolio management into the mix often leads to further confusion, as many are even less familiar with its principles and benefits. In Portfolio Management for Everyone, participants will learn:
  • The fundamentals and importance of portfolio management
  • The differences and interrelatedness between project, program and portfolio management
  • How to incorporate portfolio management principles into any practice
  • What the PfMP is, how to obtain it and why it is beneficial
Special Instructions: 

Mon Ami Gabi is located in Reston, Va. in the Reston Town Center

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speaker

Melissa Highley, PfMP, PMP

Time Warner Cable
Director, Business Operations PMO

A dynamic leader with almost twenty years of telecommunications management experience, Melissa Highley has spent the majority of her career in project, program and portfolio management.  She currentlymanages the Business Operations PMO at Time Warner Cable where she is responsible for Sales, Marketing, Finance, Care and Operations initiatives.  In addition, Melissa previously held positions in a variety of operational areas including call center, dispatch and field management. That experience has given Melissa a greater understanding of daily operations and an appreciation for how PM decisions impact the larger organization, thereby making her a more effective PMO leader.

After participating in PMI’s Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification pilot, Melissa was one of the first 121 people worldwide to earn PfMP certificationin 2014.  Subsequently, Melissa was invited by PMI to review and write PfMP exam questions in collaboration with an international team of portfolio management SMEs.

Melissa has an MBA in General Management, an MA in International Affairs and a BA in Communication with a minor in German.  She possesses both PMP and PfMP certifications from PMI, and is in the process of pursuing ScrumMaster and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications.   

About the Reston Local Community

Each month, PMIWDC Reston Local Community volunteers strive to bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. They present these speakers to you at the Leidos building or other organization located at Reston Town center. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals of the PMI. The conference center at Leidos offers a maximum seating of approximately 30 guests. Pre-registration is required. Luncheons are held every third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in presenting please contact the PMIWDC Staff who can put you in touch with the Luncheon Committee Volunteers. List of past events can be viewed below. Please follow PM Reston on facebook.

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