Welcome to the New Year!
Thank you for the opportunity to lead this organization to new heights. I would also like to thank Jennifer Baker and other previous chapter presidents for the well-thought out ground work they have laid out to bring the chapter to where it stands today. This includes 2,700 members spread across 59 out of 100 counties in North Carolina, over 1,800 PMP certified individuals, and over 150 volunteers to run the chapter across its 13 communities and special events. However, I believe the other members of your Board of Directors will agree with me when I say, “We are not finished yet!”
As we move into 2018, the Board of Directors has been busy reviewing our current offerings and determining the strategic direction of the chapter. During the annual meeting, I introduced the concept of establishing a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (a.k.a. BHAG) which Jim Collins and Jerry Porras propose in their book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies.
“A true BHAG is clear and compelling, serves as a unifying focal point of effort, and acts as a clear catalyst for team spirit. It has a clear finish line, so the organization can when it has achieved the goal; people like to shoot for finish lines.”
While the chapter has experienced tremendous growth through the introduction of various programs and events, we cannot be satisfied with the status quo and must ensure the chapter is the place you, the membership, want to tell your friends about as the professional development organization of choice. Each respective VP is being challenged to think outside of the box about the chapter’s approach to engaging with our current membership and prospects. As Henry Kravis, co-founder of global investment firm KKR, recently stated in a Talks at Goldman Sachs interview,
“Get out of your comfort zone. It is easy to stay where you are comfortable but get the heck out of it. Test yourself and you will be amazed with how far you can go. Be curious, and that means thinking about how to connect the dots.”
To support this line of thinking, the board has agreed to focus on a different theme each quarter:
Q1 - #TRYPMI – Challenging the communities to utilize the Member Guest Pass and Veterans Guest Pass to bring new members to the chapter.
Q2 - #PMI2WORK – Developing and expanding the employee liaison program to grow members and encourage partnerships to connect current members to organizations.
Q3 - #PMIONCAMPUS – Expand our student outreach efforts to grow student membership at the colleges & universities in our territory.
Q4 - #PMI4CHARITY – Embrace and build partnerships with other non-profits through volunteer efforts by giving back to the local communities.
Whether it is through one of our campaign themes, monthly community events, prep classes, mentoring program, Skillfest, or other engagements, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone in 2018.
Through our current operations and these expanded programs, the PMI-Metrolina Chapter will continue to develop forward-looking project managers prepared to handle the increasingly dynamic world.
We wish you all the best in 2018 and here is to the PMI-Metrolina Chapter’s BHAG:
Create a Strong 5,000 Member Community
A huge thank you for all you do!!!
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- Director of Educational Services - The position will be responsible for developing relationships with academic partners and negotiating with academic partners to offer chapter certification programs.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Mooresville Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
- Getting started with your personal brand and networking
- Resumes – Formats that land interviews
- LinkedIn – Create an outstanding profile and build your network
- Interviews – Best way to prepare and answer the questions
- 3rd Party tools & Related Websites
Asheville Community Meeting
January 15, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Location: Mission IT Service Tec Facility
Ballantyne Community Meeting
January 9, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Location: Fox & The Hound - Ballantyne
Cabarrus County Community Meeting
January 18, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant
Fayetteville Community Meeting
January 9, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Lean Six Sigma as a Project
Location: Memphis BBQ
Hickory Community Meeting
January 25, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
CVCC Corporate Development Center, East Campus, Room 1111 - ASU Center
Huntersville Community Meeting
January 22, 2018 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
Beyond Words: Powerful Rapport-Building Techniques that Start with the Mind
*New* Location: D9 Brewing
Jacksonville Community Meeting
January 9, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Mooresville Community Meeting
January 4, 2018 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
*New* Location: Brooklyn Boys Pizza Restaurant
University Community Meeting
January 4, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Location: Hickory Tavern - Harris Boulevard
Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
January 16, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
Current Ethical Thinking with Dr. Elizabeth Baker
Location: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Exhibits open for viewing 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
*FAMILY & CHILDREN WELCOME*
West Lake Norman Community Meeting
January 11, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Location: Safari Miles
Wilmington Community Meeting
January 20, 2018 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
Location: New Hanover County Public Library - NE Branch
Below you will find links to upcoming PDU and educational opportunities that are offered by our partners. Many of these partners offer discounts to PMI Metrolina Chapter members and participants. Please visit the Educational Opportunities page on the chapter website for discount codes and offers that might apply to the courses listed below.
Catawba Valley Community College:
To register for any courses, visit www.cvcc.edu or call 828.327.7000 ext. 4294
Coastal Carolina Community College:
To register for any courses, visit www.coastalcarolina.edu or call 910.938.6294.
COMNet Group Inc.:
Central Piedmont Community College:
- Project Planning & Control - In Person - starts January 17
- Determining Business Requirements - In Person - starts January 24
- PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - In Person - starts January 17
- Using MS Project for Effective Project Management - In Person - starts January 22
Lean Agile Training:
- CSPO Course - In Person, Charlotte - starts January 10
- Agile Release Planning Workshop - In Person - January 12
- CSM Course - In Person - Charlotte - starts January 22
- Agile Release Planning Workshop - In Person - January 24
Northeastern University Charlotte:
- Master of Science in Project Management - Hybrid and Online
Project Management Training:
- PMP Boot Camp - In Person, Charlotte - Jan 16-19
- CAPM Training Course - Online - Jan 29-31
- PMI-ACP Training - Online - Feb 12-14
- Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour course, Available Anytime!!
- Lean Six Sigma Orange Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour course, Available Anytime!!
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification - Online, 35-hour course, Available Anytime!!
Wake Forest University:
- Certificate in Project Management - In Person
Western Carolina University:
- Masters of Project Management - Online
Project Management Point-Of-View (PM-POV)
The PMI Washington DC chapter has started a podcast called Project Management Point-Of-View containing 12-13 minute interviews with various executives and thought leaders about their "point-of-view" on a wide range of project management topics.
Each podcast is worth .25 PDUs (Category A) and can be found in one of the following ways:
- Project Management Point-Of-View
- Download it at iTunes by searching under PMIWDC (and subscribe)
Want to be certified?
Virtual PMP Offering
We are currently exploring offering our PMP class virtually to those located too far from Charlotte to participate locally. If you would be interested in taking the class using this option, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter Mentoring Program
The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina will provide an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provide guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offer advice concerning marketable skills for project management domains. The mentor/mentee relationship will be a three to six month engagement requiring between ten and twenty hours per month from both volunteers. The engagement will be a one-to-one match and will follow specific guidelines to completion to meet the needs of the mentee.
One of the ways you can make a difference in the field of project management is through mentoring. Studies have shown that mentoring others with less experience not only improves their academic/work performance but also contributes to their overall well-being, and the well-being of the community. Members who receive mentoring are less likely to give up, quit their job, avoid pursuing a credential, and lose professional focus. Please let us know if you would like to mentor someone and make a difference in your community today by contacting email@example.com!
The Chapter is current exploring expanding the Liaison program to include the Charlotte Air National Guard and Reserves.
The Chapter proudly acknowledges Military Mentor and PMP John Farlik for assisting transitioning Military Veteran Theodore Batzel in passing his PMP Exam. In addition, the Metrolina Chapter also congratulates Chris Sessions in our Fayetteville Community who also recently retired from the Army and passed the PMP Exam with flying colors. Congratulations to Theodore, John, and Chris!
The Chapter also wishes to congratulate Military Mentor, Diane Alexander and the transitioning Military Veteran John Vanderbleek on his new position as an Operational Project Manager.
The Chapter’s Military Outreach team participated in an Onward to Opportunity (O2O) on October 19th at MCAS Cherry Point. The program was such a success that we have been asked to come again. In addition, our Liaisons have been asked to participate in another O2O forum on November 16th at Camp Lejeune Military Base. These and other similar O2O events help our military members transition to Civilian life as they exit the Military and explore new career opportunities. Our team presents a focused “PM 101” presentation that is intended to help explain Project Management, along with aligning our Military Mentors with those service members wanting additional support
If you are a veteran and have not self-identified in your PMI account, we encourage you to do so. When you do, you’ll be part of veteran’s email communications that come out to help you know what is going on in the veteran’s community, special opportunities for veterans, and what our Metrolina PMI Chapter is doing to assist veterans in getting connected with and supporting the PM community!
If you are active duty or retired military and interested in supporting this program, reach out to the militaryliaisondirector@
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