"Pick a lane. Keep driving."
My team leadership journey began when I was hired by Warner-Lambert Company (later acquired by Pfizer) to launch a 10,000 square-foot fitness center at the pharmaceutical company's New Jersey corporate headquarters. I hired, trained and managed a team of six full-time professional staff to deliver health and fitness services to 3,000 employees.
My focus shifted to technology in the 2000s. In 2006 I was selected to join Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) to help train the next generation of web designers and developers. Classes ranged in size from eight to 14 participants. I mentored young professionals by helping them develop individual and team web projects. I continue to champion their career successes by acting as self-anointed Alumni Director for more than 170 certificate program graduates.
Currently, I'm leading three teams of Boston PHP Meetup members in learning the following foundational technical skills:
Team leadership is a skill that needs to be maintained and calibrated, just like a vintage automobile. To that end I have established a library of more than 50 business books on leadership topics.
While I do not possess an MBA, I have the next best thing -- My Business Advisors. My Business Advisors write books.
For example, some of my Advisors are affiliated with Harvard Business School:
Even though I have not met these Advisors, I will continue to read, summarize and refer to their collective work as my journey down the lane of team leadership rolls on.
My project management training and experience also began at Warner-Lambert Company. The launch of a corporate fitness center has many moving parts. I discovered that I excelled at planning and organizing. I am proud that my team won two corporate human resources awards during my nine-year tenure in this role.
This project management experience came in handy as I helped guide several hundred students in developing individual and team-based web projects while I was an instructor at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA). I am humbled and honored to have received 94 LinkedIn recommendations, largely as a result of this people-management and project-management experience.
I carried this project management mindset forward to my work with Boston PHP Meetup in developing a virtual self-study group initiative that help to position Boston PHP as the largest education focused Meetup in New England. Twelve separate technology practice groups have evolved over that past decade and are showcased under Web Apprentices banner.
I hold a Project Management for Beginners certificate from the Project Management Institute.
Currently, I'm working my way through two training programs to validate my agile project management knowledge and skills:
Project management is a skill that needs to be maintained and calibrated, just like a vintage automobile. To that end I have established a library of more than 80 business books on business strategy topics that I have read, summarized and refer to as I continue my journey down the lane of project management.
My transition back to technology came into focus in 1999 when I moved to Boston from New Jersey. I hold a B.S. in Mathematics from Penn State and started my journey as a computer programmer in the oil industry.
A certificate in Client Server Programming and Web Applications Development from Clark University CCI formalized this transition. Upon graduation I was offered a role as teaching assistant. That client-facing experience, which combined both people skills and technical skills, led to an instructor role at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA).
Interpersonal skills are behind the following tools and technology ratings that peers have recognized me for on LinkedIn:
Web Development (99+)
Four personal projects that demonstrate these technical skills are as follows:
Web development is a skill that needs to be maintained and calibrated, just like a vintage automobile. To that end I have established a discipline of continuous learning.
Currently, I am working my way through three certificate programs to validate my web development knowledge and skills:
AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials at AWS Training (completed 10 of 11 modules in a six-hour program)
Become Front-End Web Developer at LinkedIn Learning (completed 4 of 12 modules in this 32-hour learning path)
Become a Junior WordPress Developer at LinkedIn Learning (completed 3 of 13 modules in this 31-hour learning path)