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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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2018 Maverick Academy Series

Project Management for Non-Project Managers


The Fall class has been cancelled.  Please check back for new dates for Spring 2019!

Through the Project Management for Non-Project Managers Series, you will learn Project Management basics that work effectively for anyone managing an individual or team project. All the sessions are highly interactive with hands-on activities. You will apply what you are learning to one of your own work projects. You will leave the session with one of your projects set up for success.

This course is designed for emerging leaders and new supervisors who need to know how to manage tasks or small projects with a structured approach to insure success.

  • Project Managers
  • Event Planners
  • Healthcare
  • Financial Services
  • Technology
  • Engineering and Construction



  • $795
  • Includes lunch



Gayle Noakes

Throughout her career, Gayle has facilitated and coached individuals and groups in creating the future and effectively using implementation strategies. She has coached individuals in leadership and engaging their people. Gayle has provided activity based training on a wide variety of topics including leadership, organizational change, team design and development, presentation skills, leading effective meetings, improvement processes, training design, etc.

Gayle has worked in a variety of industries and roles over her 35 year career. She spent 14 years as the Chief Learning Officer and a Principal for LarsonAllen/CliftonLarsonAllen, a national accounting and consulting firm. Gayle spent 18 years in several manufacturing companies, working in training, facilitation, continuous improvement and quality.

Gayle holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development and a Certificate in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

Gayle also spent time in leadership roles with professional organizations including serving as President of Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, the American Society for Training & Development – Twin Cities Chapter and the American Society for Quality Control – Southern Minnesota. For the last 9 years, she has led the District 5950 Rotary Visioning Team that serves the District’s 62 Rotary clubs by facilitating individual clubs to create their 5 year vision and set a plan to accomplish their first year’s goals.


Learning Topics

Session 1

  • Project Management Basics
  • Set a project up for success

Session 2

  • Complete an easy-to-use Project Charter

Session 3

  • Run an effective Project Team meeting
  • Keep your Project Team members engaged

Session 4

  • Deal with difficult people on your project
  • Implement a follow-up system to keep your projects on-track


Learning Approach

Each of the four sessions will be a combination of active learning and application of that learning to a real project. Each participant is to bring one of the projects they are managing to work on in class.


Contact Information

Continuing & Professional Education
Office Phone: 507-389-1094
Toll Free: 1-800-311-3142
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