Project Management Leadership Academy Graduates Inaugural Cohort


The California Department of Technology (CDT) held a graduation ceremony for its first ever Project Management Leadership Academy (PMLA) on November 30th.

The 11-week program, which launched on September 11, is for state Information Technology (IT) professionals and focuses on developing essential project management and associated leadership skills. The program has been developed for project managers with experience on small scale projects who aspire to manage large, complex, reportable IT projects. The framework includes a mindful blend of structured curriculum and mentoring through an internship component.

What differentiates PMLA from other academies is the full time internship, in which participants apply what they learned through the course work directly to a large scale project. Mentors from some of the largest and most complex state IT projects have generously dedicated their time to invest in PMLA participants and guide them through the challenges of larger IT projects. Experience gained can then be applied to their sponsoring departments, which directly supports an investment in developing a strong foundation of project managers across the state.

Establishing the academy is a true statewide partnership, with executives from across state departments contributing, including Gretchen Williams, Cathy Cleek, John Boule, Tamara Armstrong, Russ Nichols, Cheryl Larson, Peter Kelly, Christian Farland and Crystal Taylor.

To learn more about PMLA, visit the PMLA page on the CDT website.