Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Project Management Professional Certification Process

A successful entrepreneur, Edward Anderton co-founded Scarlata Chocolate, where he serves as managing director. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Edward Anderton’s professional experience encompasses work as a project manager at Microsoft.

Founded in 1969, the Project Management Institute (PMI) represents the interests of the project management profession and relies on a systematic process, including the following elements, to administer PMP certification:

- Application process. This phase encompasses not only the submission of an application that the candidate must complete within 90 days of commencement, but also a PMI “completeness review.”

- Audit process. This phase assumes the selection of the candidate’s application and requires that he or she submit diplomas and other specified supporting documentation for PMI staff review.

- Examination. Once a candidate’s eligibility has been established via the aforementioned phases and he or she has submitted credentialing fees, the candidate will have up to a year, and three attempts within that timeframe, to pass an exam consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. Passage of this exam confers certification.

- Ongoing credentialing. During this phase, the PMP must complete 60 professional development units every three years to maintain certification.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Toastmasters Clubs Continue to Thrive

After spending four years as a consultant for Microsoft, Edward Anderton cofounded Scarlata Chocolate in Seattle, Washington, in 2012. He has managed the company’s steady growth each year through various events, ecommerce solutions, and investments in the company’s employees. Edward Anderton also has won several speech contests during his time in the Edmonds chapter of Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters clubs have been around since the first club met at a YMCA in Santa Ana, California, in 1924. These clubs started as places for young men to develop their public speaking abilities. In 1970, the first female member, Helen Blanchard, joined Toastmasters under the pseudonym of Homer Blanchard. Helen Blanchard later became the first female president of Toastmasters in 1985.

Nearly 16,000 Toastmasters clubs now exist in 142 countries. These clubs train promising individuals to succeed in various leadership positions that require excellent speeches. Coaches, mentors, and business leaders around the globe acquire leadership and communication skills in Toastmaster workshops and competitions. In 2016, Toastmasters members converged in Washington, DC, for the organization’s annual conference, and Darren Tay received top honors in the public speaking competition.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Star of Hope Benefits Children in Kenya

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a former project manager for Microsoft, Edward Anderton is the cofounder and managing director of Scarlata Chocolate in Seattle, Washington. In this role, Edward Anderton manages the day to day operations of the boutique chocolate maker. In addition to crafting chocolate truffles with unique and decadent flavors, Scarlata Chocolate strives to support community organizations like the Star of Hope Centre.

The Star of Hope Centre is located in Bungoma County in Kenya. The center, established by Leonart Muyelele, provides a loving home for children who have lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS, armed conflict, abandonment, and malaria or other diseases. The center also provides education and meals to over 150 village children who are in need.

Each year, a board of directors based in Seattle holds a fundraiser called Dancing for the Stars. At the event, supporters enjoy live music, dancing, African food prepared by chef Mulu Abate, a dance lesson, and a silent auction featuring a variety of items donated to the organization. All of the funds raised at the event are applied to costs related to tuition, supplies, and shoes for the children at Star of Hope.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Challenging Cold Water Swim in the Escape from Alcatraz Duathlon

A longtime Seattle executive with a technology background, Edward Anderton serves as managing director of Scarlata Chocolate, a company that produces dark chocolate that emphasizes the use of local, organic, sustainably sourced raw materials. Also a fitness enthusiast, Edward Anderton took part in the Escape from Alcatraz duathlon and placed second within his age group in August of 2015.

The challenging annual event starts with a 1.5-mile swim from a ferry just off Alcatraz across the San Francisco Bay Area to the city, followed by a 7-mile run. The swimming portion is infamous for its difficulty, with swimmers contending with strong currents, fog, and bone-chilling water that make a full wetsuit a must. 

A unique element of the swim portion is that the strong and changeable currents create an L-shaped course, rather than a simple A to B proposition. Top performers typically aim for efficiency and energy conservation in the beginning as they take a direction that compensates for the current and lands them at the Marina Green.