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May 9: Project Management Speaker

Joseph Kestel's discussion of "Project Management Body of Knowledge" book is free, open to public.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-3-2013

Mankato, Minn. – The second in a series of four 2013 project management outreach sessions at Minnesota State University, Mankato that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 18 has been rescheduled because of a snowstorm that occurred on that date.

The new information is as follows:

Joseph Kestel will discuss the latest edition of the “Project Management Body of Knowledge” book in a presentation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 in Room 201, Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State Mankato.

Kestel’s presentation is free and open to the public. At 5:30 p.m., prior to the presentation, there will be a free light dinner and an opportunity to network. Please RSVP for the dinner by sending an email in advance to

Kestel is a senior project manager professional currently working on contract at Best Buy Corporation headquarters in Richfield, Minn.

In his presentation, Kestel will discuss changes and evolutions to the “Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©) Guide – Fifth Edition” with personal and first-hand insights based on his role as vice chair of the team that developed this edition for the Project Management Institute.

Kestel has 16 years of project management consulting experience and a wide variety of expertise. He has provided customized project management instruction to such organizations as the Sky Team Alliance on behalf of Delta Airlines in Amsterdam, Wipro Consulting Services in London, and the Beijing Modern Management Technical Education Center in Shanghai and Beijing.

The event is sponsored by the Southwest Outreach Program, which is part of the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN). The mission of PMI-MN, according to its website at is to provide value to members and the community through opportunities for career development and to advocate the advancement of the project management profession and its disciplines.

The Southwest Outreach Program began in 2012 with four outreach sessions at Minnesota State Mankato. In 2013, there are also four outreach sessions scheduled (all at Minnesota State Mankato). The first was held March 21, the second is Kestel’s presentation on May 9, and the next two outreach sessions will be held Sept. 19 and Nov. 14.

For more information on the Southwest Outreach Program, please contact program manager Mohamed Diab, an assistant professor in the Construction Management Department in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Diab can be reached by phone at 507-389-2114 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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