Hello PMI-HVC members!
Your chapter is officially on summer break until September.
Belonging to PMI-HVC is a great opportunity to network with others in the PM field, deepen your project management knowledge, and earn PDU’s. Thank you for choosing PMI-HVC as your chapter!
PMI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
This is PMI’s 50th year anniversary and PMI-HVC wants to help celebrate too! Heather Benson is planning a special celebration for October and looking for volunteers to help. If interested, please reach out to Heather at VPPrograms@PMI-HVC.org.
Welcome to our newest volunteers!
- Smitha Shetty is helping with volunteer management with Grace, VP Membership.
- Raveen Prabakaran is serving as PMIEF Liaison. Raveen is the chapter’s communications and activities link between PMI’s Educational Foundation and our chapter.
- Samhar Hoz is our new Corporate Sponsorship Manager serving to establish, maintain, and execute the chapter’s corporate sponsorship program.
- Kurt Donovan is helping Heather with coordination and set up at our chapter meetings.
Chapter Meeting Programs
VP Programs, Heather is pleased to share that our Chapter Meeting calendar for the 2019-2020 program year is filling up fast! Here’s our fall lineup:
9/19/19 - Speaker: Rich Sheridan – Chief Joy Officer
10/21/19 - Chapter Open House & PMI 50th Anniversary Celebration
Speaker: Bob Sloma – Manufacturing & Cyber Security: Is Your Plant Floor Vulnerable?
11/21/19 - Speaker: Rich Weller – Artificial Intelligence in Project Management
You can register today for the meetings on the Chapter Events page on PMI-HVC.org
The PMP examination is changing December 16, 2019. If you’re currently pursuing the PMP, you’ll want to make sure you are on track to take the exam before December 16.
The PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition is not changing and the exam will continue to utilize the PMBOK Guide as one of the key sources for the exam content. There’s still time to get this done with the help of PMI-HVC. The chapter is offering two PMP Certification courses this fall (see below). Each course will meet for 5 Saturdays.
9/21/19 to 10/19/19 at Washtenaw Community College
10/26/19 to 11/23/19 at Eastern Michigan University
Registration for the courses is open on PMI-HVC.org Events page. If you know of someone who may be interested, please share. Questions? Reach out to Bob Sloma at VPTraining@PMI-HVC.org.
Volunteering is a great way to get to know new people, network, take on new challenges, further develop your leadership skills, and to know you’ve help your chapter get better.
Chapter Bylaws Committee Member
There will be a review and update to the PMI-HVC Chapter Bylaws starting this fall. If you are interested in serving on the Bylaws Update Committee, please reach out to me at President@PMI-HVC.org.
Instructor(s) PMP Training Class
Prepare and deliver assigned course presentation materials to class for one or more instructional modules corresponding to PMI Knowledge Areas. Preferred skills include experience or comfort presenting live before a class or group of project managers.
Volunteer at Large
Perform a variety of important roles in support of chapter programs, events and functions. Your efforts are essential for the chapter's operation, enabling the chapter to provide the value that you and other members expect.
2020 Nominations & Elections Committee
Looking for two volunteers to serve on the Nominations & Elections Committee to deliver an efficient, effective, professional, and transparent nominations and elections process.
Other volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Grace Verville at VPMembership@PMI-HVC.org
Reminder, keep your PMI.org profile up-to-date when you change companies, mailing address, phone, or email address.
Please follow our social media sites on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest news and the Events Calendar for chapter activities.
If there are any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please reach out to me at President@PMI-HVC.org.
Have a great summer and thank you for supporting your chapter. On behalf of the PMI-HVC Board, we hope to see you all in September!
All the best,
Christine Blair, PMP
This issue of the President’s Message is called “Prelude to Spring” (after all, Spring is right around the corner). Sharing Chapter news, events, and development (training) opportunities with each of you!
March chapter meeting
Our March chapter meeting requires pre-registration!!!
Stand and Deliver: Learn How to Deliver a Persuasive Presentation
Presenter: Stacie Barrett, Director of Internal Communications at Domino’s
When: Thursday, March 21. Doors open 6 pm; chapter meeting starts 6:30 pm
Where: Domino's Farms - Domino's Pizza Lobby F, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Ann Arbor 48105
Important: Online registration will close on March 18th at Noon. ALL participants MUST pre-register by Noon on 3/18 for the event. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
No late registrations or walk-ins accepted.
Don’t miss out! Register today on the Events page at www.PMI-HVC.org!
Nominations & Elections
Want to get involved and have a say in how your PMI Chapter is run? Nominate yourself or nominate a colleague.
Nominations are open for officers to serve the chapter for the 2019-2020 program year. The nomination and election process is underway in accordance with the PMI-HVC Bylaws and our chapter’s practice.
To be eligible you must:
Be a member of PMI and PMI-HVC in good standing
Have approved volunteer hours for PMI-HVC
For the role of President - You must be a current or past board member
Questions? Reach out to Calvin Haddad at Elections@PMI-HVC.org.
Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019.
Development (Training) Opportunities
Announcing – PMP Certification Training Course Coming to Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College! Details to post soon on PMI-HVC.org. Interested in volunteering as an instructor? Reach out to Bob Sloma, VPTraining@PMI-HVC.org.
Menlo Innovations is holding their second annual Innovative Tools and Practices of High-Performing Organizational Culture Conference on March 7, 2019. Menlo has partnered with Westminster College's Center for Innovative Cultures to present this hands-on workshop at Menlo Innovations, 505 E. Liberty St., LL500, Ann Arbor. Plus, Rich Sheridan will deliver a keynote at this event on the topic of Creating a Culture of Joyful Leadership.
Our friends at Menlo Innovations have offered a discounted rate of $99 to those interested in participating. You can register by copying/pasting the link below in a browser then entering the code ' AATPWGUEST' to receive your discount.
PMI-Great Lakes Chapter’s Spring Symposium is Friday, April 26th from 8 am to 5pm at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. For more info, visit https://pmiglc.org/Symposium
Seeking four (4) PMI-HVC member volunteers to work the Community Kitchen (Food Gatherers) on Thursday, March 28 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. Please sign up under Events on PMI-HVC.org.
Your PMI-HVC board is dedicated to working hard to nurture a connected community of professionals who share the same sense of purpose – to support each other in learning, leadership, and service.
We’re always looking for energetic people to get involved and help make our chapter the best it can be! No matter where you are along your project management career journey, or how much time you have to give, PMI-HVC has volunteer opportunities to match your interests! Check out the PMI-HVC.org Volunteers page or email Grace at VPMembership@PMI-HVC.org.
PMI-HVC Seeks Corporate Sponsors to Help Support Chapter Programs/Activities.
As a PMI-HVC sponsor, your company name, products, and services will be in front of current and future business leaders. Becoming a sponsor means your company will help support continuing education in the latest trends, topics, and ideas in project management. Partnering with PMI-HVC through sponsorship will also help your company:
Attract qualified project managers
Highlight your products and services to over 630 members
Build your company’s brand
Enjoy networking opportunities and create new business opportunities
Contact Ed Pelic, Corporate Outreach Director, if your employer or organization may be interested in a sponsorship opportunity with PMI-HVC. email@example.com
Quotes to Ponder
“Leadership isn't communicating what we need. Leadership is communicating what we can contribute.” ~ Simon Sinek
“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your PMI-HVC Board welcomes your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to improve our chapter, and also knowing what you find beneficial as a member of the PMI-Michigan Huron Valley Chapter. On behalf of your Board, thank you for choosing PMI-HVC!
Enjoy all that the month of March offers: NBA March Madness, St Patrick’s Day, the Ides of March, Shamrock Shakes, and more including Daylight Savings Time Sunday, March 10, 2019.
All the Best,
Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours a healthy, successful 2019!
To kick off 2019, our first chapter meeting on January 17 will be a panel discussion. Make sure you attend this interesting dinner meeting where area leaders in PMO Strategy Program and Project Management will share their views and answer your questions. Registrations accepted on our website until Noon January 17.
You’ll also want to join us for the February 18 chapter meeting from the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you have connectivity for an interactive webinar titled “Future Proof Your Career With the New Hard Skills of Leadership” with Colette Pellissier.
What’s planned for the March 21 meeting you ask? “Stand and Deliver: Learn How to Deliver a Persuasive Presentation” with Stacie Barrett, Director of Internal Communications at Domino’s.
Visit our website to learn more and to register. Chapter meeting info for April, May, and June will post very soon. I look forward to seeing you at a chapter meeting.
PMI-HVC’s new VP of Training, Bob Sloma, and new Director of Training, BobLuke Wejinya are in the process of planning, designing, and revamping the chapter’s training development program. Stay tuned for an announcement on the variety of offerings (classroom and online) planned for our members and the greater Ann Arbor project management community.
More positive changes are coming! The PMI-HVC board is working to implement many of the 2018-2019 objectives (shared this past November) designed to increase member value, enable corporate, academia, community/social good outreach, and structure a framework for volunteer management.
We are also looking for Chapter volunteers, colleagues, and partners to help us develop and implement programs and activities that support improvement and value of our profession. If you would like to become involved, please contact me, or any of the board members.
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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
It is my privilege and honor to serve as the president of PMI-Huron Valley Chapter for 2018-2019. We are fortunate, as PMI-HVC is well poised for success, thanks to last year’s president, Craig Karagitz, Ed Pelic, past president, and Board of Directors. I thank them for their dedication to PMI-HVC, and for providing a good foundation from which the new board can work.
I am pleased and excited to share that we have an outstanding group of professionals serving as your 2018-2019 Board of Directors. This group of passionate leaders bring a wide-range of experiences and help to uniquely position us to achieve greater success!
To share our 2018-2019 roadmap and framework for success, PMI-HVC is committed to the following key focus areas:
- Understand Member Needs. Increase Member Value. Our goal is to drive new ideas to give you, our members, concrete reasons to renew your membership, and more importantly, reasons to recommend PMI-HVC to your friends and colleagues. We also see a lot of potential to help more and more local professionals network and connect with each other, learn and grown, and succeed in their career and personal development.
- Enable Corporate, Academia, Community/Social Good Outreach. We will reach out and establish communication channels with area companies, universities and colleges, community-based organizations, and professional organizations. This will help us ensure that we are addressing current project management needs, expanding our knowledge base, and giving back within the greater Ann Arbor community.
- Volunteer Program. As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, we rely on a dedicated team of volunteers to help PMI-HVC achieve its goals. To this end, we will work to structure a framework of best practices in volunteer management for our chapter. This framework will aid us in recruiting, retaining, and providing the right leadership development opportunities for our volunteers.
We kicked off our new program year on 9/17/2018, with an engaging presentation on “Succeeding in Global Business Communication” by Alan Headbloom, M.A. of Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication (www.headbloom.com). If you missed it, here’s a simple recap – there are 4 requirements for successful business relationships: 1. Self-awareness. 2. Motivation to understand others. 3. Knowledge about others. 4. Flexibility to change when confronted with difference. Great advice to keep in mind when interacting with others.
We’ve heard you! The results from our Meeting Date/Time Survey held last program year showed a preference to start chapter meetings at 6 pm. Also, the results were equally split between days of the week to meet. Monday and Thursday were the winners. Starting with our October chapter meeting, our meeting time will start at 6 pm and end by 8 pm and we will meet on Monday, 10/15. Then, in November, we’ll meet on Thursday, 11/15 from 6-8 pm. This is so more of you can attend the chapter meetings, and we look forward to having you! Be sure to check our website for current event information and to register. Psst - you don’t want to miss out on the pre-registration discount.
PMI-HVC is holding a 2-day PDD on November 5-6, 2018 at the Polo Fields Golf & Country Club in Ann Arbor. There is a high demand for ScrumMaster Certification today. Scrum and Agile are hot topics in management and project management circles. Flow is Agile at the executive level yet also delivers high performance for teams at the individual level. Organizations that have implemented Flow have increased performance by as much as 400%. The PMI-ACP® due to its more rigorous requirements along with the Agile additions to the PMBOK® Guide - 6th Edition will also be discussed. The PMI-ACP will become the designation of choice for Agile. This 2-day training provides 15 PDUs and will equip participants to take the exams to become certified in all three designations (Flow Certification is immediate without an exam).
The instructor is trainer and Enterprise Agile Coach, Ted Kallman, FCT, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, CSPO. Ted is a National #1 best selling author of FLOW and internationally recognized trainer and speaker on Agile, Project and Program Management. For more information, check out the event (and discounted price) at PMI-HVC.org. You can register at https://flow.tedkallman.com/trainings/pmihvc-discount/.
I would like to acknowledge and personally thank ALL chapter volunteers who have worked hard to get PMI-HVC to the state we are at today. We are actively seeking volunteer partners to join us and help drive our initiatives forward. Please contact us if you are interested in helping. We would love to have you join us! Expand your network, use your unique talents, develop leadership skills, help to make a difference and, of course, have fun! Plus, what an awesome way to earn PDUs!
I welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to improve our chapter, and in learning what you find beneficial as a member of the PMI-Michigan Huron Valley Chapter.
On behalf of the PMI-HVC Board of Directors, thank you for your valued membership. We look forward to a productive and successful year!
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