April 2018 Print

President's Report

Moving into the first full month of spring, April not only brings great days for those who enjoy the outdoors but can also bring additional stresses with many events converging at the same time. For people of Christian and Jewish faith, this is a time to celebrate Easter and Passover. For the outdoor enthusiasts, it is both Earth Day and Arbor Day where we try to focus on “being green” and spending time outdoors. For working people, April 15th is the dreaded Income Tax deadline. For parents, it is spring break for their children. All of these things complied with our daily work and home life can be very stressful. Which is fitting because April is also Stress Awareness Month.

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today” - John Newton, Evangelical

As project managers and business analysts, we often unintentionally create stress for ourselves due to the nature of how we handle and assume responsibility for tasks and events both at work and at home. From personal reflection, I think we, at times, do not recognize or factor in how our professional roles creep into our everyday life. If we are not careful, it can affect more aspects of our lives than preferred as stress may lead to reduced work quality and illness. While you may not be able to change the amount of stress you have on a daily basis, you can change how you cope with it.

“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.”  - Marilu Henner, Actress

There are many simple things that we can do to reduce our stress levels that cost nothing but our time and focus…sleep more, exercise more, read, maintain a positive attitude and take breaks away from your work area.  Book your vacation time well in advance so that you have something positive to anticipate.  Expressing gratitude lowers your blood pressure and helps to reduce your stress levels. One of your jobs as a project manager is to provide positive reinforcement for your team. Start each day with a phone call or email that expresses appreciation or pays a compliment to a coworker or client. You will make their day and help yourself at the same time.

Simon Sinek - Training Your Mind to Perform Under Pressure

Kelly McGonigal – How to Make Stress Your Friend


John A. Rush IV, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA

John Rush

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Volunteer of the Month


      Meet Wonderland Dawson!     

We would like to acknowledge Wonderland Dawson for Volunteer of the Month.  Wonderland is our PDD Chair and takes on any task.  This month she took on a huge initiative by submitting RFP’s for Professional Development Day Venues.  As a result, we received numerous inquiries from vendors to host our event.  In addition, Wonderland has stepped up and toured several of the potential venues.  Metrolina really appreciates Wonderland’s creativity, time, and extra effort!

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Highlighting Chapter Activities

Uptown Chapter getting an Agile Overview from Leslie Lowman!

Looking For last month's presentation? Check it out here!

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Volunteer Opportunities

To apply for any of the open volunteer positions, please visit PMI VRMS

There are currently no open volunteer positions within finance.  If you are still interested in volunteering with the Finance Team, please contact vpfinance@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Marketing Team, please contact vpmarketing@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

  • SkillFest Volunteers - Volunteers needed to attend and assist at the 4 SkillFest events of the year.  Come early to assist in set up and direct members through the event with questions and greeting the membership as they arrive.  It is a 3 hour commitment 4 times a year. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact vpmembership@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

  • Membership Ambassador - The position greets and welcomes new chapter members, sets up new volunteers, and onboarding activities.
  • Membership Outreach -  The position conducts outreach activities to existing members, prospects, and lapsed members via phone and email.

Professional Development:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

  • 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 vpprograms@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

  • Programs Chairs for West Lake Norman Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chairs for Jacksonville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chair for Fayetteville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Chair for Hickory Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Director (East/West/Central/Metro) - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned communities.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact vpadministration@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

  • Army Liaison Fayetteville Community -  responsible for promoting membership benefits of PMI and the chapter to the local members of the military installation or organization.
  • PMI Educational Foundation Liaison - provides a vital communication and activities link between the PMIEF and PMI Metrolina Chapter members for the purpose of promoting awareness of PMIEF and providing increased value for Chapter Members.

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Spring CAPM - PMP Prep Class 2018

When: April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 4, 2018
Time: 8am - 4pm
Location: AvidXchange - NC Music Factory
Price: Chapter Member Price: $695; Non-Chapter Member Price: $845

PDU Opportunity Deux!

It's a one-of-a-kind PDU Opportunity! Join the Voices of Experience for a true project management experience. Join us in Charlotte April 16-17 for a unique project management learning event—your career will thank you! Six highly knowledgeable, experienced subject matter experts who also possess outstanding public speaking and presentation capability. It's concise, information-rich, and relevant chunks of practical, advanced project management education.

Are you seeking the CAPM certification?  You’ll want to read up...


Branden Coleman, PMP, CSM
VP of Professional Development


Nealand Lewis

Nealand M. Lewis, PMP, MPM, M.S.Ed., MBA, CICA
VP of Administration


New CAPM Exam

The new CAPM exam will reflect the freshest content from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition (released in September 2017), which includes information on the latest agile approaches and how to integrate them with traditional project management practices.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can still take the current CAPM exam based on the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition until 20 May.

Why is the CAPM Exam Changing?

The CAPM exam tests your knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide, which we update every five years to reflect ongoing changes in project management practices and the business environment.

We will open the new CAPM exam to all candidates on 21 May (after the pilot period ends). The new exam reflects content from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.

What is Changing?

If you are taking the new exam based on the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, you should note the following updates to the Guide:

  • A new chapter on the role of the project manager. The new exam will test on the competencies, experience, and skills of effective project leaders across four distinct learning objectives.
  • Two renamed Knowledge Areas.
    • Schedule Management (formerly known as Time Management)
    • Resource Management (formerly known as Human Resource Management)
  • Four new sections in every Knowledge Area.
    • Key Concepts
    • Trends and Emerging Practices
    • Tailoring Considerations
    • Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments
  • Agile/adaptive considerations from chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10.


Need more training? Compare your professional development plans with the new CAPM Exam Content Outline to decide.

Research Participants Needed

Are you a Virtual Project Manager?  Have you led a successful virtual project? 

If you answered yes to both questions, please consider taking some time to participate in an interview about your virtual project leadership.  The information collected from this interview will be used in completion of a doctoral dissertation for a PhD in Project Management.  Sharing your experiences enhances the research and knowledge on how leadership impacts  virtual project success. Your contributions to this research is much appreciated.  Please help a fellow PMI Metrolina member by clicking on or copy/paste the URL below to complete a short 2 minute survey to provide your contact information:    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NF8SMNF    --Thank you!


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Administration & Governance


Veteran Events

Veterans Skillfest and O2O Transition Event Coming SOON!
When: April 21, 2018
Location: Cape Fear Hospital - Auditorium

This first ever Military Liaison SkillFest event will feature a host of potential employers and recruiters along with guest speakers.  You’ll want to pencil this one in!

On-line registration will be available via the PMI Metrolina web site in the coming weeks.

Military Outreach 

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@pmi-metrolina.com for more information.

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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
April 16, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Wicked Weed Brewpub Tour and Q&A Session
Location: Wicked Weed Brewpub

Ballantyne Community Meeting
April 3, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Transitioning into Different Industries as a Project Manager
Location: Bank of America - Sherrill Building

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
April19, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Round Table: Promoting the Profession
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meetings
April 10, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Risk Management
Location: Memphis BBQ Company

Hickory Community Meeting
April 26, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Rebooting the PMO
CVCC East Campus Room 1026

Huntersville Community Meeting
April 23, 2018 (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm) 
It Takes Teamwork
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina

Jacksonville Community Meeting
April 3, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
PMP & PMI Terminology
Location: Artworks Studio

Mooresville Community Meeting
April 23, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
It Takes Teamwork
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina

University Community Meeting
Volunteer Opportunity

Event Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2018
PMI Metrolina University Volunteer Event
Please Volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM).
Event Name: PMI Metrolina Inspect & Sort Food
Event Leader: Joan Hassler from the PMI Metrolina University Community
To register, please send your name and contact information to Joan Hassler via email jmherw@gmail.com.   Confirmation will be sent one week before the event.
Must Arrive at 12:45 PM for Training
Volunteer Time Starts: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Event Meeting Location:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 
500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte NC 28206

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
April 17, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
From Yoga Master to Scrum Master
Location: Wells Fargo Connections at the Green

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
April 23, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
It Takes Teamwork!
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina

Wilmington Community Meeting
April 21, 2018 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
Russell Rivenbark
Location: New Hanover Library

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PDU and Educational Opportunities from our Partners

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:

InLine Solutions:

Lean Agile Training:

Northeastern University Charlotte:

Project Management Training:

Sherpa LLC

Check out http://www.sherpallc.com/events/ or follow Sherpa llc. on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/sherpa/ to learn more about future training and events for PDU credits.

UNC Charlotte:

Wake Forest University:

Western Carolina University:

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Professional Development

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:

Want to be certified?

If you are interested in attending a prep course, please contact vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com or visit our Certification Training page.

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 vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com.

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 mentoring@pmi-metrolina.com!

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New Chapter Members

Kholoud Alyateem Jeremy Lee, PMP
David Arbaugh, PMP Pervis Lee
Kevin Barrington Amy Lentz
Prasun Basak, PMP Tonya Little
Claude Belanger James Littlejohn
Tashina Benymon Michael Llora
Craig Bischoff, PMP Tyler Luchey
Derrick Cane, PMP Sarah Lutz, PMP
Richard Cantwell, PMI-ACP Dawn Mcconoughey
Justin Carey, PMP Eryn Mccraw
Betsy Carr, PMP Deborah Mcleod, PMP
Agnieszka Carrano, PMP Senthilvadivelu Meenakshisundaram, PgMP
Grima Chavarkar Atia Moore
Sri Anjani Chittajallu, PMP Taylor Newton
Seth Christopher David Ninemire, PMP
Lori Coleman Phillip Nutter
Shawn Craig Styve Ogando
Phillip Crowson Sally Okoniewski
Alyssa Cummins, PMP Marcia Peatross-Wilson
Rachel Demonbreun Larry Rainey
J Dewar Natoshia Ratcliffe
Yousef El-Sherief Jim Reese, PMP
Homayoun Engheta, PMP Christopher Reynolds
Timothy Fleck Cary Rodriguez
Lindsey Forte James Rutherford
Josh Freeman Richard Sanders
Errica Funderburk Laura Sharpe
Curtis Gibson, PMP Andrew Smith, PMP
Shriram Gopal, PMP Benjamin Steingold, PMP
Allison Hamme, PMP Sarah Stevens
Laurie Harrison, PMP Robert Stiteler
Kris Hefney, PMP Jamie Swanson
Natalie Hewitt, PMP Margaret Szymanski
Charles Hodge Jessica Welch, PMP
Charles Huntley, PMP George Wells
Michele Jackson Linda Whelan, PMP
Rahul Jain, PMP Craig Williamson, PMP
Sally Jones Eric Yeargain, PMP
Keosha Joyner George Zalaquett, PMP
Ashly Kirkpatrick Michael Zapata
 Kotha, PMP  

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Monzer Allam, PMP Shilpa Kranti, PMP
Keith Baker, PMP Alberto Lopez-Lozada, PMP
Jennifer Bishop, PMP John Mcgonigle, PMP
Lawanda Blair-Foster, PMP Beth Mclamb, PMP
Joan Bridges, PMP Carina Nevel, PMP
Rodney Dallmann, PMP Juan Ospina, PMP
Stephanie Dixon, PMP Francisco J. Pacheco, PMP
Akira Ebisawa, PMP Laurie Post, PMP
Dana Eubanks, PMP Donald Richardson, PMP
Beth Frattaroli, PMI-ACP Heath Roop, PMP
Angela Funchess, PMP Walter Sargent, PMP
Brian Hartzog, PMP Anne Sereg, PMI-ACP
Carrie Henderson, PMP Benjamin Steingold, PMP
Jessica Hill, PMP Taylor Thompson, PMP
Amy Hine, PMP Tonya Tomlinson, PMP
Leela Venkatasatish Kolla, PMP Paul Vlaming, PMP
 Kotha, PMP Cassandra Willis, PMP

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