Joe Drammissi

About Joe 2017-06-21T18:59:11+00:00

I am currently a consultant, teacher, writer, and speaker specializing in the field of project management and the workplace environment. I’m also the creator of the Enlightened Project Management® concept and author of 101 Tips for the Enlightened Project Manager.

My purpose here is to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 25 years to help you get the most out of both your professional and personal life. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve had several influential people who have helped me get to where I am today and I’d like to do the same for you. Through my writing and speaking I’d like to expose you to some ideas that will help you achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life.

The modern workplace, where many people spend most of their waking hours, is a complex and rapidly changing environment. It’s also unfortunately in many cases a dysfunctional environment. What I do through my writing, speaking, and training events is to try to provide people with the skills and knowledge not only to succeed in these challenging environments but also to help their organization develop a healthy productive work environment that benefits everyone. Topics that I address can be applied in the workplace and beyond and include:

  • Workplace Culture
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Project Management Hard Skills (occasionally)
  • Motivation and Happiness
  • Leadership and Management


If you haven’t figured it out by the accent, I grew up in southern New Jersey. After high school I enlisted in the US Navy and served six years as a submarine sailor after which I ended up in San Diego, California. Having no reason to go anywhere else I stayed in San Diego and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University. I spent the next fourteen years working as a mechanical engineer mostly in the defense industry. I eventually progressed up to project management and then program management. By the twenty-three year mark I decided to try something else and struck out on my own. Something else included co-authoring and publishing the first PMI-ACP Exam prep textbook as well as co-founding one of the first PMI-ACP Exam prep training companies. Eventually I developed the Enlightened Project Management® concept and wrote 101 Tips for the Enlightened Project Manager. All of this brought me to where I am today which is to say that I teach project management at UCSD Extension, I teach PMP Exam Prep workshops both on line and in person and most importantly I spread the word on Enlightened Project Management® through speaking events, workshops, and writing. Along the way I’ve also collected a Masters in Project Management, a PMP certification, the PMI-ACP certification and two professional certifications from UCSD Extension, one in Project Management and the other in Systems Engineering.

The “Bio” section wouldn’t be complete without adding some personal information to all the professional stuff. Two things that I believe very strongly in and preach to all my students and others with whom I’m fortunate enough to speak is the importance of volunteering and in the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional growth. We all have a responsibility to help others and to give back to a society that has provided us with so much. We also have an obligation to ourselves to never stop learning. So along those lines I’ll mention that I spent twelve years doing search and rescue work as a member of the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team and another twelve years as a ski patroller with the Bear Mountain Ski Patrol. I was active with and served on the Board of Directors of the PMI San Diego Chapter and am currently on the Board of the San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO) PAC. In addition to those volunteer activities I’ve had my EMT certification for going on 25 years, I have an amateur radio license, I fish in the ocean from my kayak, and I just completed my second trip to Texas as a storm chaser. I currently live in east San Diego County with my family (including Frank the Pug and Phoebe the other Pug) where I enjoy hiking, kayak fishing, cycling and life in general.