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Sept. 18: Joe Perzel to Discuss Leadership

Free food and beverages provided prior to Perzel's presentation.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Releast, 9-11-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Joe Perzel, a project management expert who is currently a senior project manager at Surescripts, a clinical health information network, will discuss “leadership” in a presentation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the Centennial Student Union Heritage Room.

Perzel’s presentation is free and open to the public. At 5:30 p.m., prior to Perzel’s presentation, food and beverages will be provided along with an opportunity to network. Please RSVP for the dinner by sending an email in advance to or registering online.

Perzel will discuss the skills needed and lessons learned while leading successful programs and projects. He will describe why it’s important to analyze one’s own strengths and weaknesses, along with those of fellow team members and others with a stake in a project. Perzel will describe how that information should be used to build strong, trusting relationships with mentors, peers and teams.

Perzel has been in the information technology field since 1979, and his presentation is based on his career experiences. Perzel has spent more than 20 years focusing on project management in both a corporate and vendor capacity. He has worked on multi-year and multi-million dollar projects in both the commercial and public sectors.

In his career, Perzel has worked at Cargill; Thomson Reuters; International Multifoods; Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association, Inc. (MWCIA); and was owner of JPerzel and Associates, a $5 million contract, permanent placement and managed-project company working with local fortune 1000 companies.

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, 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 at Minnesota State Mankato. An additional four outreach sessions were held in 2013, and the Sept. 18 session is the third in 2014.

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 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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