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Project Management Happy Hour

PM Happy Hour is the place for frank and honest discussion about real world issues in project management. We do it in a way that’s not too dry, though it may get a bit salty from time to time.

Each episode, your hosts Kim Essendrup and Kate Anderson we will cover a problem faced in project management today, and share practical advice, real-life examples and the occasional project horror story.

Not only that, but every podcast is also an online class! Our host is a PMI Registered Education Provider, who has structured each podcast as an easy-to-listen-to lesson. To get credit, go to our web site at, purchase your class, take the test (based on the content from our podcast) and you get your PDU certificate instantly!

Jul 11, 2018

While the term “mastermind group” was coined in the 20’s, it has been used by business leaders, writers, artists and philosophers going back much further to develop new ideas, themselves and accomplish amazing things. In this episode, we get some coaching from a Mastermind Master, J.R. Russell on how to facilitate a mastermind group - and we do one live on the air with PM Happy Hour members!

Also, for the first time, we have video of a Podcast session! Come to our web site at to watch us go through the process



Our guest, J.R. Russell, is PMP and PM Happy Hour Member with 40 years of diverse experience as a project, program, and portfolio manager. J.R. Russell is the CEO of Imaginarium Masterminds Inc., a women-owned/veteran-owned small business that will be launching the PM Mastermind Academy in the last quarter of 2018. The PM Mastermind Academy is an exponential learning community for new Project Managers in their first five years. The Academy will provide a foundational curriculum of project, relationship, and wellness management topics to help new PMs fast-track their careers and enhance their lifetime earnings potential. The app-based ecourse and video training curriculum is enhanced with assessments, coaching, and mentoring that have occasionally been used to reinforce training. But what’s unique about the PM Mastermind Academy is its use of mastermind groups that have been used successfully in the past mostly by C-Suite executives.


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