October 2018 Print

President's Report

Autumn is here! This month is very busy with lots of things to do!  Whether it is a community meeting, certification training, Skillfest, or strategic planning session, the chapter as a whole will be quite active, and we look forward to having you attend!

As we expand our training offerings to our highly credentialed membership, Metrolina will be conducting its first ACP Prep class will start on Saturday 10/6/18. ACP Prep Registration

 “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” General Colin Powell

The last Skillfest of 2018 is also in October. If you are looking for a new role, this is the place to be!  Meet recruiters from several agencies and employers with open requisitions that need to be filled. There is no cost to attend and registration includes appetizers to snack on as you mingle. Skillfest Registration

“Write your own book instead of reading someone else’s book about success.” Herb Brooks

Finally, the Board of Directors along with other members of the volunteer teams will be having strategic planning sessions regarding 2019 and beyond. As PMI grows and adjusts its focus on project management professionals, the chapter must be ready to adapt and continue offering the best events/programs as possible. If you want a sneak peek at what is to come, please attend our November Uptown meeting or be on the lookout for our state of the chapter message.

“Strategy is style of thinking, a conscious and deliberate process, an intensive implementation system, the science of insuring future success.” Pete Johnson

I hope you have the opportunity to participate in some of these events and enjoy all that the autumn has to offer…and don’t forget to take time for yourself in the process!


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

John Rush

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Volunteer of the Month

Leslie Dancy

Leslie is being recognized for the simple fact that she found a place to step in and help.  She was looking to get involved and boy, did she.  She never said it was too much but instead asked, “what more do you need me to do?” - talk about a graceful heart… Leslie is constantly looking for more ways  to help and never backs down from a challenge when others might.  She takes volunteering personally and with gusto!  We are excited to have her as part of the PMI Metrolina team!  Thanks Leslie, for all you are doing and all you will continue contributing in the future!

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Highlighting Chapter Activities

Laps for Life

The Laps for Life American Red Cross Blood Drive on September 11 and Charlotte Motor Speedway was a great success.  PMI Cabarrus County community had 3 volunteers logging approximately 20 hours assisting with the Blood Drive.  Thank you for your Support and focus on the community!

Asheville Community Meeting

Last night we had our monthly meeting at Grove Arcade and topic was: "Remembering the Human in 'Human Spaceflight"

Uptown Community

The Uptown Chapter held an interactive and high energy meeting with speaker Paula Guilfoyle, focused on creating resilience in yourself and how to work beyond, ‘triggers’ to accomplish goals.

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Volunteer Opportunities

It Never Too Late To Get Engaged
                By Nealand M. Lewis, PMP®, MPM, M.S.Ed., MBA, CICA®

      I have a quick question for you.  So have you ever thought about getting engaged?  Well ok... in all fairness, I guess I should qualify that question.  I am thinking more in line of volunteering for your Chapter.  Ha ha caught you right?

      Ok, second question. Did you know that the PMI Metrolina Chapter is staffed exclusively by volunteers?  Without your help, we could never be one of PMI’s larger and more progressive Chapters.  Ahhh, you didn’t know that huh? Well, we are.  More importantly, you have helped make Metrolina the success it has become.

      Becoming a PMI Metrolina Chapter Volunteer is a great way to:
             •  Earn valuable PDU credits.
             •  Give back to the PM Community.
             •  Network with other PMI Metrolina Chapter Members.
             •  Develop Relationships.
             •  Develop PM skills and experience.

      Ok, my third and final question…. are you now impassioned and irresistibly driven to volunteer?  If not, read this article again.
Maybe you want to volunteer 3 months.  Maybe a year.  If you have time and would like to learn more about the profession of project management, we want to work with you.

      Metrolina uses the VRMS to advertise open volunteer positions and manage the volunteer application process. It’s really easy to get involved.  Soooooo… get off the sofa and log into PMI's Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) or go to Https://VRMS.PMI.org.

      Looking forward to working with you!To apply for any of the open volunteer positions, please visit PMI VRMS

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

  • Comptroller - Assist VP of Finance with all related duties.

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

  • Sponsorship Volunteer -  Assist the Marketing Team in identifying and recruiting sponsors for Chapter events including Monthly Meetings, Workshops, and Annual Conference (PDD), as well as other activities as needed.
  • Marketing Email Coordinator - Send Email reminders for meetings and events.
  • Chapter Photographer - Take photos at community meetings to post to website and social media using personal camera equipment.
  • Marketing Director - Assist the VP of Marketing to create and maintain marketing and public relations campaigns.

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

  • 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.

  • Co-Chair of Mentorship Program - Responsible for the chapter mentoring program, vetting mentorship participants, and overall program improvement.
  • Director of Professional Training - Oversee all aspects of the Metrolina Training Program and Saturday PDU Series. 
  • PMP Chair for PMI Metrolina - Assists in the execution of technical and logisitical support of Metrolina's training program.

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

  • 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 Chair for Jacksonville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Administrator for Metrolina Community - Provide administrative support for programs chairs under the supervision of the VP of Programs.
  • Programs Chair 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.

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

  • Chamber of Commerce Liaison- Assists Metrolina Chapter by partnering with the local Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to both develop and strengthen business relationships amongst other Chamber members.
  • Project Management Institute Educational Foundation Director  - Brings the benefits and power of project management to the farthest reaches fo the world for social  good.
  • PMI Educational Foundation Liaison - Chapter PMIEF Liaison

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October Skillfest…. Last one for 2018!

Meet Recruiters – Be Discovered! Join us for an evening of PM skills/job networking – FREE to PMI Metrolina members!
Now open to GUESTS!!!!!

Here is how it works:
  • Registers via pmi-metrolina.com
  • Send your resume and member designation (member/guest) to: skillfest@pmi-metrolina.com
    • Resumes are due Thursday, October 18th at Noon EST to be sent for review
  • Local and national recruiters will review resumes
Join us for an evening of complimentary heavy appetizers and cash bar, explore employment opportunities, learn how to enhance your presentation and meet companies who are actively hiring. This is a relaxed setting; you do not need to bring copies of your resume if you have met the deadline above.

Soul Art Photography will be onsite to provide professional headshots for $25.00 for our membership.

If you have questions, please contact Dani Beckman at skillfest@pmi-metrolina.com.

PMP ACP Exam Prep in October!
You're ready to take the next step in your career by becoming an Agile Professional. But are you ready for the rigor of the PMP-ACP exam?
Join the next PMP-ACP Agile Prep Course beginning on October 6th!  

Help a Chapter Member!!!

Edward Dunlap, a member of the chapter, is looking for Software Project Managers to interview for his doctoral dissertation in business administration.  The time commitment is 20-30 minutes for a telephone interview.  If you are interested in participating in this research, please send an email to Edward at edward.dunlap@carolina.rr.com indicating your personal email address and personal phone number.  Edward will contact you via email and schedule a time convenient for you for the interview.  There is no obligation and you can change your mind at any time.  There will be no identifying information in the research and you will be asked not to disclose your employer.

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Administration & Governance

 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.

On the Path to Greatness

Nealand M. Lewis, PMP®, MPM, M.S.Ed., MBA, CICA®

Charlotte has a group of caring professionals that help transitioning veterans prep for civilian careers.  The group, Patriot’s Path, is under the very capable leadership of Noël Humphreys McCall, Executive Director.  I met with Ms. McCall this past week at a summer soirée to raise funds and awareness for military veterans on their path to new civilian careers. Several area professionals attended including Metrolina compatriot Ken Mayes.

(Pictured left to right: Ken Mayes, Noël McCall; Nealand Lewis)

Ken proudly serves as the Installation Program Manager for Fort Bragg’s Onward to Opportunity-Veteran Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP), a champion for the professional training and certification of transitioning veterans and their spouses.  Many of the veterans that have come through the O2O programming also volunteers for Metrolina.

PMI Metrolina attended as our Military Liaison program very closely aligns with the mission of Patriots Path.  We both care for the forward progress and development of our veteran members and their families. We both believe in empowering and encouraging veterans in translating their experiences while navigating the complex civilian landscape of networking, elevator pitches and interviewing. I had a blast to say the least!

Come join the Metrolina PMI team and get involved in the path the greatness. Go to VRMS online and get engaged in one of several PMI Metrolina volunteer opportunities. 

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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
October 15, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Effective and Efficient Product Portfolio Management
Location: Grove Arcade Conference Room

Asheville Community Saturday PDUs 
October 20, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

3 FREE PDUs and 2 Engaging Speakers!
Deb McLeod - Using the Cloud to Facilitate Awesome Remote Team Collaboration
Jon M. Quigley – Agile Project Management compared to Conventional Project Management

Location: Grove Arcade, downtown Asheville  
Registration and Continental breakfast provided starting at 8:00 am.

Ballantyne Community Meeting
October 2, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Agile is Not Always the Answer
Location: Bank of America - Sherrill Building

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
October 18, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Project Management Jeopardy!
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant

Fayetteville Community Meetings
Check the Fayetteville Community page for upcoming events!

Hickory Community Meeting
Check the Hickory Community page for upcoming events!

Huntersville Community Meeting
October 22, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Hybrid Waterfall
Location: Primal Brewery

Jacksonville Community Meeting
October 3, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Volunteer Event
Location: Role of the Program Manager Concerning Risks

Mooresville Community Meeting
October 20, 2018 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Volunteer Event
Location: Habitat for Humanity: ReStore

University Community Meeting
October 4, 2018 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Project Planning for University Community 2019
Location: Fox and Hound Northlake

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
October 16, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM) 
Trivia Night: Show Up and Show Out with your PMI Knowledge
Location: Resident Culture Brewing Company

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
October 10, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM) 
Surviving Project Management - The Tool Kit & Skilles
Location: Denver Defense

Wilmington Community Meeting
Check the Wilmington Community page for upcoming events!

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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.

Central Piedmont Community College:


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

"Have you ever said to yourself, I wish someone had told me that when I started?"

Here's your opportunity!!

Become a Mentor for the Metrolina Chapter Mentorship Program and you will have the unique experience to:
  • Recieve PDUs
  • Participate in the development of your mentee's career
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Share lessons learned 
  • Be a part of an exciting team
  • Build your network

You don't need all the time in the world or all the answers . . . . just the will to lend a helping hand!

If you are interested, please email mentoring@pmi-metrolina.com


The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina provides an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provides guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offers 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. 

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New Chapter Members

Charles Baggett Nicholas Lavieri
Theresa Berry, PMP Yvonne Lumor, PMP
Courtney Brown Michael Macry
Ronald Buchanan Jr Ed Marciniak, PMP
Andrew Callihan Jeff Martin
Moriah Cannon Nicole May
Chris Cantrell, PMP Suzanne Meeker
Alexandria Carpenter John Ross Miguel
Sewan Choe Jessica Moore
Karyn Cometa, PMP Jennifer Mowen
Mark Dehlin, PMP Ronald Myers
Brian Dillahunt Gladwell Njoroge, PMP
Jason Donovan, PMP  Okoeka
David Dore, PMP James Plunkett, PMP
Debra Ann Doyle, PMP Angela Roberts
Christopher Dumphy Mary Rowens
Darin Eades, PMP Michael Satterfield
Nicholas Ellis Jeffrey Seavy, PMP
Stephen Ermish, PMP Shelby Shirey
Bryan Foston, PMP Chanell Smith
Yvette Francis, PMP Laramie Taylor
Dean Georgoulias, PMP Barbara Terry
Salman Ghaffar Rodica Thomas
Steven Holmes, PMP Margaret Thomson
Christina Hoy Jahni Triano
Kelly Hoyt, PMP Patrick Turner
David Hurst Danielle Verna, PMP
Tatia Jefferson, PMP Lavette Walden
Eddie Jiles Melvin West, PMP
C Koonce Josephine Westervelt
Shannon Landis, PMP David Young, PMP

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Sharon Bourgeois, PMP Kimberly Lewis, CAPM
Michael Caplis, PMP Ingrid Nelson, PMP
Jason Donovan, PMP Dietrich Robinson, PMP
Priya Kanagaraj, PMP Natalie Woodruff, PMP

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