Empowering Future Project Manager | Academic Outreach Student Event

Business Acumen


Get ready for an informative and engaging information session featuring two esteemed speakers in the field of project management. Join us as we welcome Liezel Pieters, the president of PMI Queensland, and Gina Davidovic, an experienced professional specializing in project management training and consulting. This event promises to provide valuable insights and guidance for students interested in pursuing a career in project management.

Liezel Pieters will share her expertise on the importance of the project management profession and the benefits of joining a professional community like PMIQ. Junior project managers and students will learn how networking and developing soft skills can contribute to their professional growth and increase their chances of securing their first job. Liezel will also discuss the various pathways available in project management and shed light on the job prospects in the field.

In addition, Gina Davidovic will present her areas of specialization in training and consulting, with a particular focus on project management certifications. She will guide the participants through the eligibility requirements, application process, and exam criteria associated with different certifications. Gina will also address the significance of ongoing professional development and recertification to stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights into project management certifications.

Don't miss this event, which promises to equip students with the knowledge and resources needed to kickstart their project management careers. Join us for an insightful session that will provide a solid foundation for success in this dynamic field.

Student Benefits

  • Students and junior project managers can expand their professional network and make valuable connections with industry experts and peers.
  • Development and refinement of essential soft skills like communication, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Gain insights and guidance from experienced professionals about project management career paths and job prospects.
  • Experts like Gina Davidovic offer valuable advice on project management certifications, including requirements, application processes, and exam criteria.
  • The event provides inspiration and motivation by hearing success stories and experiences from accomplished professionals in the field.


Speaker Introduction


Liezel Pieters

(MSc. PMP, PMIQ president)

A highly experienced, masters qualified, PMP certified Program and Project Management Consultant specializing in large-scale strategic SAP implementations. Liezel has more than 20 years of experience in the IT and finance industries, working in New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, and Australia.

Currently, Liezel is the President and Chair of the Board of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Queensland.

Liezel thrives on the constantly changing conditions and challenges of a project environment and is very aware that the rate of change in the current ICT landscape is rapid and resource constraints are commonplace, and understands that despite these challenges, organizations must deliver outstanding outcomes to survive and thrive.

Liezel's superpower ability is to cut through the noise to get to the bottom of the issue & find creative ways to solve problems. She leads the way to visionary possibilities and creates what others said can't be done. Liezel is most productive working in diverse teams and believes that team synergy is what gives organizations the ultimate competitive edge.




Gina Davidovic

(PMP, Prince2, MSP, PSM I, CBAP)


Gina is a Senior Instructor and Consultant in Project and Program Delivery. Her international role includes working with clients to design customized skills development programs and project delivery frameworks. Her experience spans many industry sectors including Mining, Oil & Gas, Software, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, and Construction. Gina has spent over 28 years delivering projects and 18 years delivering project management training. Gina has been a volunteer with the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1998 and continues to give back to the profession of project management through her volunteer work in the PMI Queensland Chapter and the Project Management Day of Service Initiative. Gina holds several project and program management accreditations including PMP (Project), PgMP (Program), PMI-ACP (Agile), PMI-SP (Scheduling), Prince2 Project), MSP (Program), MOP (Portfolio), PSM (Scrum). Gina has presented at Global PMI Congresses, Seminars World (Now called PMI Training), and PMI Australian Conferences. Gina has served as a Director on the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter Board of Directors in Canada and the PMI Queensland Chapter Board of Directors in Australia.





If you have registered online, we ask that you please respect your online commitment as there are venue space limitations. If you are unable to attend in person, please inform the Events team as your attendance will impact catering and venue, occupancy count.


545 PM | Chapter Event Opening

600 PM | Speaker Presentation Starts

730 PM | Presentation and Q&A Ends; Networking Opportunities

800 PM | Chapter Event Closes


This event is a hybrid event. You can attend either in person or join us via online. After registration, you will receive an invoice email with the attached online meeting link.


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PMI Talent TriangleBusiness Acumen

Event Date:5 October 2023

Event Time:17:30 to 19:45

Registration Close Date: 5 October 2023 at 18:00

# PDUs:1


Members: Free



QUT Garden Point Campus

Level 10, Gibson Room (Z Block)