Laura Gray

Lecturer

About

Hello, friends, colleagues, and those to be! I'm looking forward to meeting you, especially if you're part (or will be part) of Northeastern's Project Management curriculum within Northeastern's College of Professional Studies, where I serve as a part-time faculty member.  When not teaching, I'm practically applying my project management expertise in both the public and private sector, having worked as a U.S. civil servant, a defense contractor, a manager within a web services firm, and finally as an active real estate advisor. I really enjoy the teaching environment and have been helping Project Management students for the last 12 years. I’ve also been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 1999, should our paths cross I'm happy to discuss that process with you as well.  Students, see you on the discussion boards!  

Education

Master of Education from Northeastern University (2011)

Professional Experience

Owner, Project CATALYST  2005 - present

Ms. Gray formed this small, woman-owned company in response to increasing curriculum development and instruction requests from federal and local governments, universities, and private corporations. Since inception, Project CATALYST has worked with its clients to develop and manage small- and large-scale training programs, using multiple content and delivery formats to best fit each organization’s unique training requirements, including PMI and FAI-structured courseware.  Ms. Gray is also a certified Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) facilitator and serves as an independent speaker and workshop facilitator for project manager and business analyst organizations.

 

Adjunct Instructor, Graduate School USA  2011 - present

Primary instructor for all project management classroom courses, delivering seminar-style, team-based courses 2-4 days in length for up to 25 students per class.   Coordinates course material content and updates with curriculum developers to ensure material is current and complies with Project Management Institute (PMI) standards.  Consistently receives highest possible scores based on student critique feedback.

 

Adjunct Faculty and Professional Development Instructor,  Northeastern University   2005-present

First project management instructor to develop online graduate-level courseware for Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies.  Using ISD methodology, develops and delivers objectives-based, 6- to 12-week business and project management curricula exercising case studies, exercises, weekly assignments, virtual meetings, discussion boards, blogs, quizzes and exams. Also develops and currently teaches for-credit management, leadership, and communications courseware at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In 2010, through Northeastern served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, as part of a dual university Global Leadership postgraduate degree program.

 

Senior Analyst (consulting employee), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)  2002-present

Senior Analyst and Instructor for all classroom-based training for U.S. federal government clients. Assembles and leads all training development teams, client meetings and needs assessments, staffing plans, schedules and revenue plans for newly developed courses (working with 10-15 team members), and teaches more than 500 students in the class room annually. Served as lead subject matter expert, courseware writer and instructor for two-week comprehensive project management training course offered to personnel in the former Soviet Union.