June 2017 Print

President's Report


Summer is officially here!

This has been a busy year already for most of us and likely a busy summer too…  This month kicks off the end of school and start of summer vacations. Several communities have a lighter schedule over the summer while other have community service projects planned like the Loaves and Fishes event that just occurred. We also just kicked off a new community in the University area of Charlotte. They were ready to go and have already planned a full year of activities. Thank you to Nealand, Abdul, Celeste and Carmen for stepping up to co-lead the site! No matter where you are, please take advantage of the opportunities that are local to you. If you are not seeing something that interests you, please let us know so we can fix that. If we are doing things that you like, please let us know so we keep that. We are getting ready to send out a Chapter survey about all of the things that we do within the chapter and how it works for you. Please let us know how we are doing by completing the survey. 

“Leadership is not about the next election. It is about the next generation.” – Simon Sinek

This is also the beginning of election season for us here at PMI Metrolina and in the state. If you would like to volunteer for any activity, now is a good time. Even if you don’t want to have an elected office, there will be several positions opening up and new positions created as folks move into new roles. Please let us know if you have an interest and we can help you find a volunteer role that meets your needs and requirements. 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Alan Kay

As you know, I do enjoy learning from the past. For the history moment, please remember that June 14th is Flag Day which commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14th, 1777 by resolution of the 2nd Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. This day is also the birthday of the US Army. Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. These points remind us of all that good that has been done and is still yet to be done. Please go forth and do good deeds!


Jennifer Baker

President, PMI Metrolina Chapter

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PMI Metrolina Chapter Election Update

Election for 2017 Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Election time for the 2018 Board of Directors is here. The 2018 nominating committee is announcing the call for nominations. If you are interested and eligible for a board position, now is the time to submit your bio and the position you seek, to 2018nominatingcommittee@pmi-metrolina.com prior to midnight, June 16th. In accordance to the Chapter bylaws, the following positions will be elected for the 2018 Board of Directors:

  • President
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of Administration
  • Vice President of Programs


In July, the slate of candidates will be announced in the Chapter meeting and via the newsletter. The election is in August, and results are announced in September. Details for each elected role can be found in the latest Chapter Handbook in section 3.

Who is Eligible?

A candidate for President must be a current Vice President in Good Standing and have served a minimum of one (1) term as a Vice President. The term of office for the President position shall be two (2) consecutive years. The President may serve no more than 2 consecutive terms as the President on the Board.

A candidate for a Vice President position must be a current appointed chairperson in Good Standing. The term of office for Vice Presidents shall be two (2) years. Vice Presidents are limited to two (2) consecutive terms in the same position and can serve no more than three (3) consecutive terms total as a Vice President on the Board.

*For the purposes of this election, a Director is in the same role as a Chairperson.

What is the timeline?

  June – Call for Nominations (due by midnight June 16, 2017). 
  July – Vetting of Candidates and announcement of slate of Candidates. 
  August – Election. 
  September – Announce results.

What do I need to do to run?

Each nominee must submit a short biography (no more than 250 words for each statement) along with a current photo for publication in the July newsletter and with the election ballot. Bios are to be submitted no later than midnight on June 16th. All candidates for election are subject to the same requirements.

Save the Date: PMI Metrolina's Professional Development Day - September 23, 2017

  • 23 Hours of PDU credits available
  • Discounted tickets for Students and Veterans
  • 5 different Tracks to participate in including the new Community Track!
  • Event Gift Bags with Speaker Book provided
  • Prize drawings held thoughout the event
  • Morning & Lunchtime Keynote Speakers
  • 15+ Vendor Tables
  • Networking Opportunities


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Calendar of Events

Huntersville/Mooresville/WLKN Community Meeting
June 1, 2017 (5:45 PM to 7 PM)
Navigating the Waters of Project Management - A Round the Boat Discussion of Making Project Work Fun

University Community Meeting
June 1, 2017 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Round Table: How Do You Do Agile?

Ballantyne Community Meeting
June 6, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Tyler Beggs: Curating a Digital Footpringt - #HireMe

Jacksonville Community Meeting
June 6, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Open Discussion: Team Building & Certification Renewal Process

Gastonia Community Meeting
June 7, 2017 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Sadania Miller: Effective Risk Management Strategies

Fayetteville Community Meeting
June 13, 2017 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Jason E. Franklin: Project Management Techniques for Entrepreneurs

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
June 15, 2017 (6 PM to 7PM)
Paul Naso: From Yoga Master to Scrum Master

WLKN Community Meeting
June 17, 2017 (8 AM to 12 PM)
Charitable Event: Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County

Wilmington Community Meeting
Summer Break!

Asheville Community Meeting
June 19, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Susan Richardson, PE, PMP: Forensic Schedule Analysis in the Construction Industry

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting sponsored by CPCC
June 20, 2017 (5 PM to 7:30 PM)
Michael Moulton: Leveraging Technology & Project Management Strategies to Run Lean for Small Business Owners

Hickory Community Meeting
June 22, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Rich Rodberg: Procurement

Huntersville Community Meeting
June 26, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Round Table Discussion: Identifying Risks

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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:: 
• Full Course Offerings

Coastal Carolina Community College:
To register for any courses, visit www.coastalcarolina.edu or call 910.938.6294.

COMNet Group Inc.: 
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - In Person - June 19 - 22
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - Online - June 26 - 29
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - Online (Saturdays) - June 3 - 24
• PMI-ACP Exam Prep - In Person (Saturdays) - June 3 - 17

Central Piedmont Community College:
Project Planning & Control - In Person - starts June 5
• Leading the Way in Stakeholder Management - In Person - starts June 13
• Project Management and Business Analysis Information Session - In Person - June 14
• Data Gathering and Requirements Elicitation - In Person - starts June 14
• Determining Business Requirements - In Person - starts June 17
• Creating Functional Specifications - In Person - starts June 21
• Project Management and Business Analysis Information Session - In Person - June 27

Lean Agile Training:
Certified Scrum Master Course + Workshop  - In Person, Charlotte - starts June 13-15
• Certified Product Owner Course + Workshop - In Person, Charlotte - starts June 26-28
• Certified Scrum Master Course + Workshop - In Person, Charlotte - starts July 25-27

Northeastern University Charlotte: 
• Master of Science in Project Management - Hybrid and Online

Project Management Training Institute: 
• PMP Boot Camp - Online - June 5 - 8
• PMP Boot Camp- Online - June 19 -22
• PMP Boot Camp - In Person, Charlotte - July 17 - 20
• CAPM Training Course - Online - July 31 - August 2

UNC Charlotte: 
• Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour course, Available Anytime! 
• Lean Six Sigma Orange Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour couse, Available Anytime!  
• Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification - Online, 35-hour couse, Available Anytime! 
• Principles of Project Management - In Person, June 8 - 9

Wake Forest University:
•  Certificate in Project Management - In Person - starts Fall 2017

Western Carolina University:
•  Masters of Project Management - Online

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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:
Project Management Point-Of-View
• Download it at iTunes by searching under PMIWDC (and subscribe)

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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Military Outreach

On 12 May 2017 Michael DeCicco from the Fayetteville Community, and Sonny Thompson, a recent PMP with NC-PMI, teamed up with the Soldier For Life Transition Program - Onward to Opportunity.  They spent two hours presenting to 35 transitioning military servicemembers about becoming PMPs.  They explained the education requirements, application process, developing a study plan, and tips for successful testing.

In the June issue of PMI's magazine, there is an article highlighting our Veteran's event held in March at TIAA.  Please take a moment to read it and share with others who may have an interest in participating in future military outreach events.

In the June issue of Army magazine (the magazine of the Association of the US Army), PMI member Stephen P. Perkins, PMP had an article published, "A Career Composed of Challenges, Hope."  Steve's article highlights the trials and tribulations of Major General Oliver W. Dillard, Sr. (Deceased), who was the Army's fifth black general officer.  This is the third article that he has published regarding the key role that Maj. Gen. Dillard played in the Army.  Dillard was a three-war veteran and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for action in the Korean War.  Steve retired from the Army in 2008 and received his PMP in 2010 while working for L-3 Comminications' STRATIS division.  He has been the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Braff, North Carolina, for almost seven years.

Lastly, 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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Open Volunteer Positions on Marketing Team
Currently there are open volunteer openings with the Marketing Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact vpmarketing@pmi-metrolina.com for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS

  • Chapter Photographer - using own camera equipment, be available to take photos at community meetings and post to Chapter website and social media platforms
  • Sponsorship Volunteers - assist the Sponsorship Director with contacting donors for sponsorship funds to support the Chapter and helps to provide member benefits
  • Social Media - assist with Twitter and LinkedIn postings about events and interesting topics for the Chapter

Open Volunteer Position on Membership Team 
Currently there are no volunteer openings with the Membership Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact vpmembership@pmi-metrolina.com for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS

Open Volunteer Positions on Finance Team 
Currently there are no volunteer openings with the Finance Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact vpfinance@pmi-metrolina.com for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS.

Open Volunteer Positions on Professional Development Team 
Currently there are no volunteer openings with the Professional Development Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact vpprofessionaldevelopment@pmi-metrolina.com for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS.

Open Volunteer Positions on Programs Team
Currently there no volunteer openings with the Programs Team. A brief description of each position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering for any position and need more information please contact vpprograms@pmi-metrolina.com for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS. 


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New Chapter Members

Levina Akin, PMP
Monzer Allam
Gary Alvord, PMP
Jerome Arockiam, PMP
Bhagya Avula
Adama Badjie
Chris Baker
Pamela Brown, PMP
Graeme Browning
Dessiree Sherard Burris
Donna Champlin
Tiffany Cherry, PMP
Takisha Clyburn, PMP
Sequoia Coleman, PMP
Angela Collins
Jennifer Collman, PMP
Holly Conroy
Deandrea Cox, PMP
Rhonda Daniels
Doug Davis, PMP
Kenneth Deberry
Desiree Dickerson
Georgia Droppelman, PMP
Joanne Eggert, PMP
Kelly Fisher
Ashley Hall
Robert Hambly
Katie Hand
Valerie Harper, PMP
Preston Heidt
Todd Idol
George Jennings
Stephanie Johnson
Terri Johnson, PMP
Matt Knight
Maria Leggett, PMP
Shannon Levister, PMP
Jonathan Mader
Joe Mahaffey
David Maloney, PMP
Karen Mcintosh
Bryan Mcrae
Emily Mcree
Grant Metheny
Stephen Middlekauff
Sapna Mohanan
Paul Naso
Travis Neal
Donna Nichols, PMP
Constantine Nikolopoulos, PMP
Lori Nunn, PMP
Craig Oliver
Nirav Patel, PMP
Linda Pollman, PMP
Michael Quinlan
Jacqueline Raines
Gregory Renner
Quiana Ruffin
Gary Sanborn
Renato Santos
John Shurley
Cynthia Spice
Brooke Stambersky
Rebeca Steele, PMP
Dona Stewart, PMP
Maureen Sullivan
Rajashree Thota, PMP
Darren Vanderhall
Gerald Vogl
John Wade
Anthony Watson
Clorathia White
Vernon Williams
Ryan Woodall
Quincy Wright

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Sujata Angara, PMP
Monica Bennett, PMP
Takisha Clyburn, PMP
Georgia Droppelman, PMP
Meg Durso, PMP
Wendy Horton, PMP
Emily Leadon, PMP
Allyson Lingerfelt, PMP
Brian Morrow, PMP
Nirav Patel, PMP
Namasivayam Ramanathan, PMP
Shannon Ruffin, PMP
Lori Sampson Harding, PMP
William Stasik, PMP
Kali Vadlamani, PMP

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Meet Daniel Galeano:

Daniel recently volunteered to be the Projects Chair for the Fayetteville Community. Since the beginning, he has gone out of the way to engage with multiple areas of the chapter to learn how best to fulfill his new role. When engaging with Marketing about Skillfest, he drove all the way to Charlotte from Fayetteville to see how it is done here. He is also working with the Military Liaison in the area (Mike DeCicco) to see how that group could get more engaged on base.

His can do attitude in trying to make the Fayetteville Community better cannot be overlooked.

A huge thank you for all you do!!!

Congratulations Daniel!


On May 18th, the Uptown Community's May meeting hosted a Loaves and Fishes Sip n' Sort Community Service Project.  Due to the positive feedback, we will host this event again at their August Sip n' Sort event!

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