Sheryl WuDunn and Half the Sky

“Educating girls and bringing women to the formal labor force is the fundamental way to elevate women.”Sheryl WuDunn

This past weekend at The Justice Conference in Philadelphia, Sheryl WuDunn spoke about the oppression of women around the world. Her talk was compelling, and I hope it will be available online soon. For now, here’s the trailer for “Half The Sky.”

See also:
Half the Sky Movement
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (

Reflection Before Action in Social Justice Work

The Justice Conference, held this past weekend in Philadelphia, was a powerful, challenging and uplifting experience for me. It’s given me a lot to think about and has helped renew my commitment to social justice work.

At the same time, reflection is needed before action. Jamie McIntosh, founder of the International Justice Mission Canada, says it best in the video below.

Jamie McIntosh – Reflection from IJM Canada on Vimeo.

It’s Almost Time For The Justice Conference 2013!

I’ve been looking forward to The Justice Conference for quite a long time, and it’s hard to believe it’s almost here. This coming Friday I plan to drive down to Philadelphia to join in, and hope to gain a bigger, better vision of social justice needs and work in our world. Expect a post or two here, and be sure to follow me on Twitter. Close friends and family will be getting updates on my Facebook as well.

See Also:
The Justice Conference 2013
Justice Conference 2013: Justice & Liberty for All

Tips For Taking The PMP

A couple of weeks ago I took (and passed!) the PMP exam. It was very challenging, but I’m glad I put the effort into studying and taking it. While I can’t (and simply won’t) divulge any details about the test itself, I can offer some study pointers that helped me feel prepared.

First, obtain a hard copy of the current version of the PMBOK Guide. It’s a very dry read, but you should take a quick pass through it before diving into any study material. Keep it around for reference.

Second, I used Andy Crowe’s “The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try.” I went through the book once carefully, making notes of what I felt would be important to memorize (more on that in a bit). Later, in the final days before the test, I went through the book again and did each of the chapter quizzes. A benefit of this book is that it comes with a key code that grants permission to the online PMP exam course from Velociteach for one week. Aside from video lessons and quizzes over the material, there is also a test simulator that I used twice in the two days before I took that PMP exam.

Third, my company arranged for me to have a boot camp through Global Knowledge. If you don’t have this option, don’t worry (although you need to get the required 35 classroom PDUs to qualify to sit for the exam somewhere). What helped me most from this course, aside from the classes themselves, was the study material. The books were more in-depth than Andy Crowe’s book, which showed me that the PMP exam could be a bit harder than I was expecting.

Let me put it like this: Read through the PMBOK Guide to prepare yourself for Andy Crowe’s book, and then take a course or find a denser study guide (I’ve heard good things about “Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam.

The last suggestion I have is that you memorize the formulas you see mentioned in your study material. When you go to take the test you will be provided scrap paper and a pencil (you cannon take your own!) on which you can do a “brain dump” as soon as you begin. If you have your formulas memorized you can simply jot them down so as to avoid confusion later, and begin your exam.

The PMP exam is difficult and requires your respect. Don’t think you can “wing it” on common sense or cram two nights before. Take a few months and go through the material slowly and deliberately. Take your time and you’ll get it right.