Welcome to Projectland!

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Founder & CEO

Dawn Mahan, PMP 

Founder of PMOtraining.com and its divisions the Project Guru Academy and The Project Gurus. Before leaving a project leadership role in the Fortune 50 in 2009, she was a Fortune 500 PMO leader, a Senior Business/IT Consultant, Assistant Actuary and Biostatistician. Today she is an international speaker, award-winning consultant and inventor of the ProjectFlo® Process Learning System, which uses gamification, design thinking and storytelling to make learning PMI’s complex process fun. She coined the term “Projectland” and her work has been featured in the international press such as MarketWatch, Morningstar, Yahoo! Finance. She is author of the upcoming book: Welcome to Projectland: The Project Gurus’ Ultimate Guide for Everyone, has a home in the Florida Keys and loves chocolate with sea salt.

Project Guru Academy
The Project Gurus



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College & Universities

2009, 2010, 2011 - Temple University, Office of Leadership Development

2014 - Drexel University LeBow College of Business, 6 Minute Pitch Judge

2015 - Opportunities in STEM, Latina Leadership Network, Philadelphia

2021 - Penn State Project Management & Supply Chain Club


2009 - What have we really learned from Lessons Learned, PMI Tools Conference, PA
2013 - Becoming PMI Certified, Powered by TrainingCamp
2016 - PMI Southern New England
2017 - 5 Keys to Project Leadership for CEO's, Philadelphia Pyramid Club
2017 - Next Tech Philly + Newark Tech Day - Gamification, Project Management & App Dev Co-Speaker
2018 - Decoding Project Management: Get Your Game On! ISPI Annual Conference, Seattle
2019/20 - Decoding Project Management: Get Your Game On! PMI Malaysia,

PMI Keystone: Harrisburg & Lehigh Valley, PMI South Florida
2020 - 3 Ways to Upgrade Your Resume by Playing a Game! 
PMI Keystone: York & Reading
2020 - The Culture Countdown, PMI United Kingdom, PMI Canadian West Coast,  
PMI South Florida
2021 - Tell It Like It Is Conference - Gamification
2021 - APM PMO SIG
2021 - ‌PMO‌ ‌Impact‌ ‌Summit‌ 
2021 - How AI & Gamification can develop essential career skills
2021 - Webinar: The Culture Countdown,  Ireland Chapter of PMI
2021 - Design Thinking: Next Level Innovation, Problem-Solving & Collaboration for
Project People,

PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter


2008 - Rohm and Haas Women’s Leadership Network Seminar

2012 - Communications Strategies, Facebook HQ, California

2013 - Youth Summit, Greater Phila Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2018 - Creating a Culture that Values Project Management, Olympus

2020 - American Lung Association: Building Strong Local Leadership Boards with Generational Diversity | Young Professional Strategy, Takeaways & Examples

"This was awesome.

I never realized you could learn project management this way."   

– Suresh Kumar P., PMP, Malaysia

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