The Project Knowledge Team


Principal | Kelly Kalmes, PMP

“As strong leaders we need to set the direction, support the people we work with, and remove obstacles, by doing so success will follow.”

Kelly Kalmes, PMP has specialized in project management for over 25 years. She is the founder and president of Project Knowledge, LLC, a Chicago-based training and consulting firm specializing in Project Management. She was an instructor for Loyola University Quinlan School of Business where she taught their Project Management Certificate Program for 18 years, a course she authored. She works at Northwestern University where she teaches another course she authored on project management. Additionally, Kelly is a certified presenter for American Management Association, a member of the Project Management Institute (PMIĀ®) where she has made national and international presentations, and she is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formally ASTD). Kelly has authored several other project management courses as well as having established project office environments for many Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding Project Knowledge, LLC, her practical experiences include positions as president and co-founder of a Chicago/Detroit based project management consulting firm, and vice president of a San Francisco based project management consulting firm. Kelly attended the American Academy of Art, Loyola University and DePaul University.

Director of Business Development | Dan Diem

Daniel Diem is a consultant and trainer in project management, business policy, and strategic and market planning. With over 20 years of project management, product development, business management and consulting experience, Dan has counseled clients on strategic and market planning, working primarily with companies in the healthcare, financial and manufacturing industries. Consulting projects ranged from developing and implementing customer selection models to developing pricing strategies and performance measurement programs. Prior to starting his consulting practice, Dan worked for the American Hospital Association, where he designed and implemented a telecommunications-based member benefit service. He also served as business manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where he developed and executed project plans for business and management planning processes and provided financial analysis of pricing activities, service levels and service mix. He has taught courses at Kendall College, Roosevelt University, the American Management Association and for private clients. Dan has a Master of Management degree in organization behavior and marketing from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University.

Senior Consultant | Gloria Cotton

Gloria Cotton specializes in helping project managers implement and improve organizational diversity and performance practices. She has over 25 years of experience in management and training as well as human and organizational development. A self-described “Human Resources Queen,” Gloria has worked in Corporate America since 1985 and now as an independent consultant, she uses her expertise to help individuals, teams and organizations develop strategies, processes and skills. Gloria has worked with a vast array of clients-Fortune 500 companies and non-profits alike. She holds a BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.