Volunteering means friends, skills, knowledge and fun by Boyana Zahova

   Meet Boyana Zahova! She is a passionate volunteer and has been engaged in various volunteering initiatives with the PMI Bulgaria Chapter for a few years already. Still her career as a volunteer dates back years ago. She started her volunteering path as part of a youth organization MAR during her student years where she was a camp leader of an international group of 12 participants, delivering a social project for the orphanage in Plovdiv and Vratsa. Boyana experienced the benefits of her volunteering - by giving her time and knowledge she received so much more – new friends, skills, knowledge and gratitude. Moreover the experience even changed her perspective of life and gave her meaningful and purposeful direction for her next endeavors. Boyana continued her volunteering path by serving in different officers’ roles and as a President of the Business Park Toastmasters Club (Toastmasters is a volunteering organization, with focus on leadership and communication development skills). She was inspired by one speech delivered by Boryana Georgieva, PMI VP Educational Development in which Boryana shared her wonderful volunteering experience with PMI and that anyone could engage and become a volunteer for the PMI Bulgaria Chapter.

A Party to Remember by Mariya Stoyanova

   Today we meet Mariya Stoyanova (third in the picture from left to right) - a proud PMI Bulgaria Chapter volunteer and an employee of one of the world's leading IT companies, DXC Technology. She’s been with her current company for about 8 years now (with some small interruptions), still her Project Management journey started much earlier - in 2005 when she successfully completed her first project in an area far away from IT - Cultural Tourism development.

   What inspires Mariya the most as she put it: "I love what I do and I do what I love".

Yes, good things happen when you get involved with PMI by Naeri Masihi

   In 2019 when PMI Global celebrated its 50th anniversary and PMI Bulgaria Chapter marked its 10th anniversary one of the aspiring PMP certified professionals in Bulgaria, Naeri Masihi, took on the role of a Project Manager of Project Management Summit Bulgaria 9th Edition, the biggest conference dedicated to project management in Europe in 2019.

   Naeri defines this career change and involvement in PMI Bulgaria's volunteering activities as an unexpected but sought-after development. Inspired and fascinated by the event in 2017, especially by the fact that all the magic was realized by volunteers, she left with the firm conviction that next year is her turn to contribute as a volunteer. A few months later, she was already part of the PMDAY 2018 organizational team and delivered value as part of the Logistics Team. For her work on the project in 2018, Naieri shares: "I found the greatest personal satisfaction when I looked at the 599 event attendees at Sofia Event Center and saw many celebrities. I was already part of this community."

Yes, good things happen when you get involved with PMI by Elena Krumova

   Elena Krumova took to role of Vice President of Membership in 2019. PMI Bulgarian Chapter has around 200 members, 73% of them are certified in Project Management (90.38% PMP, 5.13% PMI-ACP, 4.49% other). During 2019 aiming to deliver additional value to Chapter members and project management community, with the support of the Chapter board, sponsors, hosts, speakers and volunteers she organized 9 face to face Monthly Meetings.

   "Agile at Scale - Introduction to SAFe, Practical Case Study in ServiceNow" was the topic of January event presented by Svetoslav Iliev, Consultant & Trainer with more than 10 years IT Service Management background, specializing in Agile Frameworks, Agile Service Management, DevOps, ITIL, and ServiceNow.