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August Volunteer of the Month

The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Katy Marie Hennings as our July 2017 Volunteer of the Month.

Katy took the reins and planned the entire Saints Game get together down to the exact cost and what people would get from it. Katy made this event planning extremely easy for the planning team. PMI-MN want to show appreciation for a job extremely well done! PMI-MN would like to thank Katy for her time and dedication.

Congratulations Katy!!!

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PMI-MN's 2017 Professional Development Days!

September 25-28 at Saint Paul RiverCentre

Register today!

PMI-MN’s annual 4-day event for project professionals is now open for registration.  This year’s theme is “Making the Connection: People & Projects”. 

During Education Days (Sept 25-27) we offer 28 half-day, one-day and two-day classes. Symposium Day (Sept 28) provides attendees an array of choices with 24 sessions organized along six topical tracks, our annual Vendor Fair with a variety of exhibitors, and nationally known Keynote and Endnote speakers.

Don’t delay.  Go to 2017 PDD, look over our brochure, and place your order.  Need more information?  It’s on our registration site.

Join us. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Survey on the Value of Project Management and PMOs.

Most organizations have a steady stream of projects they need to execute on to meet organizational goals   To consistently deliver results from those projects they utilize project managers, often establishing a Project, Program or Portfolio Management Office (PMO) along the way. 

TAKE THE SURVEY

This survey will be used to gather information on how PMs and PMOs are utilized and how they are value in your organization.  Joe Perzel, our March 20 speaker will be using results from this survey as a part of his presentation on  "Selling the Value of the PMO and Project Management".  Please take 5 minutes for this survey and then look for the results to be posted on the 20th.

 

 

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Congratulations to PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month for January 2017

Barbara Brill

Barbara Brill has jumped in with both feet since joining PMI-MN. She joined the Sponsorship Committee and immediately stepped into selling sponsorship packages and taking care of the details that make our sponsors happy and returning to PMI-MN. As a highly capable Project Manager, whose skills the Sponsorship Committee put to good use, and also as the Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, Barb helped to establish the process of working with our Sponsors and delivering on their programs with professionalism and consistency. Her fun loving attitude and smile always make her a pleasure to work with as well. PMI-MN is fortunate to have Barb as a volunteer.

PMI-MN would like to thank Barbara for her time and dedication.

Congratulations Barbara!!!

To read more, visit the Volunteer of the Month page.

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PMI-MN Presents a Student Conference

Did you know that Project Management is one of the fastest growing career fields in the world?

Join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for a free half-day workshop on career paths and current trends in project management.

You will learn

  • What’s best, being an employee or contractor?
  • Career options available in every industry
  • Skills, certifications, resources and advanced education requirements
  • Scholarships available from PMI for both undergrad and grad students

Choose from 4 interactive sessions:

G Factor: Do You Have It? 

Your success is directly impacted by your ability to draw people to you or repel them. Learn the 7 most sought after characteristics of people in the workplace

I have to put up with what?

A quick guide on to how to work with multiple generations in the workplace

LinkedIn Simplified: Building Visibility

Learn how to use LinkedIn as a career building tool that showcases your assets. Optimize your profile, conduct a job search and find potential employers

Emotional Intelligence

Learn how to relate to other team members and launch your career with Crew212

Panel Discussion: Hear from four professionals how they got their start

DATE February 4, 2017
TIME: 8:00am - 1:00pm

LOCATION:
Commons Hotel, University of Minnesota
615 Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Continental breakfast and a box lunch will be provided.

REGISTER ONLINE: http://www.pmi-mn.org/content/student-conference

Or call PMI-MN Registration Services at 1-888-925-7644   
(Available 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday)

Our keynote speaker is Garfield Bowen. PMP, past president of PMI-MN and current ambassador for PMIEF. Garfield will talk about his experiences as a project manager, global volunteer activities with the Project Management Institute, and introduce our scholarships.

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Congratulations to PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month for December 2016

Sasha Denisova

December 2016 - Sasha Denisova 
Congratulations, Sasha Denisova! Our chapter is constantly looking for additional and better ways to communicate with its members and the local Project Management community. A key element of this communication strategy is connecting through social media channels. Prior to Sasha joining the Communications team the chapter had not been posting information about our events and initiating conversations on a regular basis. Sasha has been instrumental in increasing the number of posts in our LinkedIn Group, Facebook page, and Twitter feed with multiple posts each week. In doing this we have increased the number of members of our LinkedIn group (our most effective social media channel) by nearly 1000 members this year to break the 1000 member barrier.

Thank you, Sasha, for helping us get the word out about our events and the value of being a part of PMI-MN

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Volunteer Fair Tonight - Raffle Prizes to Win!

Looking to try something new? Want to meet members and learn more about the companies that hire PMs? Looking to get out more? Volunteering is a way to do those things, and let’s face it – you got into project management to do things! The Volunteer Fair is held at the same place as the February PMI Minnesota Chapter Dinner. Easy to find and you are probably already there for one of the many events going on. The fair starts at 5pm and runs until 7pm. Representatives of various departments will meet with guests and members of PMI-MN chapter to chat about opportunities. Contribute to the organization and earn Volunteer dollars!

Upon arrival, all participants will automatically be entered in a raffle held at the end of the event and before dinner! No need to RSVP - just drop on by!

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Program management legislation passed through U.S. Senate

We’re pleased to announce some exciting news from PMI: The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was passed 30 November by the U.S. Senate. The bill will now go to the President for his signature and enactment.

This legislation is a landmark achievement that will make improvements to program and project management policy across the U.S. government.

The PMIAA validates what we as project professionals already know: investment in program management resources and standards within an organization improves outcomes, accountability and efficiency. The reforms outlined in the bill were driven by PMI member input and research, and will change program and project management within the U.S government by:

•        Creating a formal job series and career path for program and project managers

•        Developing a standards-based model for program and project management

•        Recognizing the value of executive sponsorship and engagement

•        Breaking down silos through an interagency council

For more information on the passage of the PMIAA, read the official press release.

 

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It’s Official: Manish Kalra Wins Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship

Manish KalraManish Kalra leads a very active life, with both an impressive work and volunteer resume. He has an MBA from the University of New Delhi, PMP, CSM and Certificate of Quality (QAI). Having worked in the Health Care sector for several years, in 2014 he was received the ROCK STAR Award from Health Partners. He has also been active in PMI-MN as both a member and volunteer, while continuing his education with project management related coursework at the U of MN. Now, Manish has won the coveted Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship jointly offered through PMI-MN and ATD-GTC.

Manish was officially awarded the Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship on November 18th, at the ATD-GTC breakfast meeting at the University of St Thomas Minneapolis campus. On hand for the award was Loras Holmberg, Ana’s husband and committee chair for the scholarship. During the award ceremony Loras announced, “Manish and his background project a man of knowledge, drive, and compassion. Ana was a person who was accomplished in mind and spirit.  Manish also is, through his work and volunteer activities.”

Manish impressed the awards committee with his passion for volunteerism and social commitment. In the works of one reference, “Manish came to The Aliveness Project a non-profit helping Minnesotans living with HIV/Aids. He has excellent and effective communication skills which helped him impart his knowledge in a way that both members and staff could easily translate into everyday use. He is punctual, dedicated and passionate about the health and wellness of our members, and we love his input and knowledge.

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Sit Back, Relax, and Listen to the PMI Congress Interview Podcasts While Earning PDUs

Gwenn Doria, Digital Marketing Team Leader for The Project Management Podcast, shared a series of free podcast interviews, allowing our chapter members to earn 5.25 Free PDUs just by listening.
These interviews were all recorded by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP at the recent PMI Global Congress in San Diego and feature 14 of the congress speakers, reviewing their papers. This is a great opportunity for anyone who was unable to attend the congress to learn more about relevant topics in project management today. Plus they get free PDUs.

As an example, here is the first interview we have published about The PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Preview:

http://www.project-management-podcast.com/index.php/podcast-episodes/731-episode-371-pmbok-guide-sixth-edition

Below is a summary of all PMI Congress interview topics and its corresponding PDUs:

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2017 Call for Proposals to Present at Minnesota Project Management Institute

2017 Breakfast, Dinner, Seminar, Webinar, and Practitioner Presentations

The Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN) is soliciting proposals from prospective speakers for 2017 presentation topics for our breakfast, dinner, seminar, webinar, and Practitioner Community meetings.

PMI-MN is capturing all monthly event presentations in one RFP in order to establish our 2017 program schedule and provide our members a variety of topics as well as a forecast of upcoming presentations and speakers. Certain types of presentations include a stipend and the fee structure is listed in the Speaker Application Form.

Please also submit your proposal for a 1-hour presentation for either of the above presentation formats or a syllabus for a full day seminar during 2017. Topics and speaker selection for 2017 will be finalized in November 2016.

We are seeking interesting, timely presentations that align with the overall project management theme and satisfy our members’ requests for topics. Key topics include, but are not limited to: Best practices, lessons learned, keys to project success within industry (e.g. non-profit, healthcare, finance), project management tools, how soft skills can make you a better leader, Agile, risk management, conflict resolution, Lean, Advanced PM, global teams, crisis response/recovery projects, project selection / prioritization criteria.

Complete and return the PMI MN Speaker Application form to the PMI-MN Programs Speaker Team no later than October 1, 2016 for consideration for Breakfast and Dinner Meetings, Seminar, Webinar, and Practitioner Community events during 2017.

Email (preferred) forms to: ProgramSpeakers@pmi-mn.org

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2017 Board of Directors Election Results

Elections are complete, your votes have been cast and counted, the Board has ratified the results, and the 2017 slate is excited to be on “Board”!

The official results were announced at the Dinner meeting October 17th.

In case you hadn’t heard, here are the new additions for 2017:

President-Elect

Mohamed Diab, Ph.D

Director of Governance

Geraldine Marks (Anyanwu), PMP

Director at Large

Alisha Walter

Director at Large

Mark Neumann, PMP

View the full list of 2016 Board Members.

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Academic Scholarship Awarded to Philip Nushann

PMI-MN sponsors the Robert Yourzak Scholarship which is administered by the PMI Education Foundation.  It is open to both undergraduates and graduates who are studying Project Management or a related field.

This year we are proud to announce that the Philip Nushan of St. Paul has been awarded the scholarship.  Philip is an exception leader who will make a great difference in the world.  He holds a Masters in Theology from Luther Seminary.  Prior to getting this degree he worked on a program for nearly ten years in helping communities in his home country of Liberia to prevent and manage the spread of HIV & AIDS. This work specifically concentrated on orphans and vulnerable children; People living with HIV and their families as well as affected communities mostly in rural Liberia.  Philip established Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Liberia with focus on community development initiatives and is establishing a Center for Changing Lives in Liberia in order to accommodate and empower Ebola and AIDS orphans. 

After completing his studies at St. Mary’s Philip plans to return to Liberia and continue serving his people, but this time from a broader perspective and an advanced leadership standpoint.  He will also spend quality time teaching because of his firm belief that the classroom provides unique opportunities for exceptional interactions that lead to remarkable and personal transformation.  

Please join us in congratulating Philip on his accomplishments, goals, and award of the Robert Yourzak Scholarship.

For more information, visit:

http://pmief.org/scholarships-grants-and-awards/scholarships/robert-yourzak-scholarship-award

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Cast Your Vote for the PMI-MN Board of Directors!

Voting is open now through September 29 for your 2017 PMI-MN Board of Directors. Your participation ensures that we have the best chapter leadership​.

On the ballot you will be voting for President-Elect, Director of Governance, and two Directors at Large. Please select your preferred candidates and mark your choices carefully.

For details, please visit: 
http://pmi-mn.org/content/2017-board-directors-election
Results will be announced in October and published in the November issue of PMI-MN News.

To vote, you can either access ballot link in the September monthly newsletter or by logging in to pmi-mn.org. Click the 'Vote' button in the left hand column to access the ballot (You will need your PMI membership number to vote).
 
Logging in to pmi-mn.org: 
The User ID is the email address you have loaded in the PMI-MN database. The password can be reset from the website by entering the user ID without a password and using the reset password option. If you’re a member that has never logged in and are not sure how, send an email to webmaster@pmi-mn.org so the PMI-MN IT Team can assist you.

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You're Invited to a Panel Presentation on Engaging Senior Management

PMI-MN is creating a new meeting option for our members and others interested in the PM profession. This meeting will target senior members of our profession that are involved in Program, Portfolio, PMO and enterprise projects. These meeting will be held downtown over the lunch hour to expand our offerings past breakfast and dinner meetings.

The first meeting will be held downtown Minneapolis at Surescripts offices and will feature a 4 member panel presentation on Engaging Senior Management. The cost will be $15 for this first meeting and will include an Italian buffet.

For more information and to register, visit: 

http://pmi-mn.org/content/panel-presentation-engaging-senior-management
 

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PMI-MN September 2016 Newsletter

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PMI Project Management Institute Minnesota Chapter - pmi-mn.org
Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
September 2016 | Volume 18, Issue 9

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In This Issue:

Message from the Chapter President

Dear Members,

It’s fall in Minnesota. The kids are back in school, the garden has given up its best produce, summer vacations have ended and we are settling into the most enjoyable season of the year. As we head into the final quarter of 2016, it’s important for us to keep our eye

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Congratulations to PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month for July 2016

Brian Cohn - PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month

Brian Cohn took the lead this year as "Chair pro tem" for the MarComm team. His "day job" was consuming a large amount of his time, and part of that was that it required him to travel extensively. Still he pitched in and put in a lot of extra hours to administer and manage the team, attend meetings and report to Operations. He was covering a lot of bases and from what we've seen, he has done an exemplary job. While he has since turned the reins over to the able hands of Rico Mace (Chair), he continues to put in a lot of time covering a lot of bases.

PMI-MN would like to thank Brian for his time and dedication. Congratulations Brian!!!

To read about more PMI-MN member volunteers, visit the Volunteer of the Month Page.

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Use Your Leadership And Communication Skills!

It’s time for a change in leadership! As specified in our Bylaws, come September we’ll be voting for a new President Elect and 3 Directors. We rely on members like you to help us gather a qualified set of candidates for office. So consider this our “Call For Board Nominations” for 2017. 

Know of a chapter member interested in serving on the board of a world-class leading chapter - in the fastest growing professional organization in the country? Contact one of the members of the PMI-MN Nominating Committee today! Elections are held in September, results are announced in October, and published in November. The Chapter has nine board positions. In addition to the PresidentElect, three director positions are filled alternately each year.

What makes an ideal candidate? Candidates are required to have all of the following “in good standing” qualifications: 

1. Membership:

  • member of PMI-MN as recorded by PMI

2. Attendance or volunteered in the past 16 months:

  • attended 3 chapter events, or
  • volunteered a minimum of 40 hours

3. Conduct:

  • is in good standing in accordance with PMI International policies

The four PMI-MN Board of Director Positions, elected this year to begin serving in 2017 are: 

  • President-Elect
  • Director – Governance / Board Secretary
  • Director at Large
  • Director at Large 

The Board Position Descriptions are listed in the Bylaws. Your helpful Nominating Committee will be glad provide.

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RSVP for Tomorrow's PMI-MN Member & Volunteer Appreciation Riverboat Cruise

As a thank you for our volunteers and members, we will be hosting a free networking cruise around the downtown St Paul leg of the Mississippi River on Saturday July 16th at noon. The Padelford Riverboat cruise moves though St. Paul’s downtown harbor and the Mississippi National Great River Park. Onboard commentary will provide a bit of the historical background of the area. There is a chance we’ll spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as we travel about.

There is no charge, but space is limited.  Feel free to bring an adult guest. If you are interested, please reserve your spot or send an email to ChairVolunteer@pmi-mn.org with your contact information and member ID and your guest’s name *Please note in the email whether you are a volunteer.* 

REGISTER

 

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Your input needed by July 26

The PMI PMBOK Guide® is the premiere guide for Project Managers and the PMI volunteers and staff work diligently to ensure that it is filled with best practices.  A draft of The Sixth Edition has been written and is now open for final comments.  The editorial team has already reviewed over four thousand suggestions for improvements.  The new Guide includes greatly expanded coverage of Agile methodologies and each knowledge area will have new sections on Key Concepts, Trends and Emerging Practices, and Tailoring Considerations.

There is a more detailed overview of the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition Exposure Draft.  You encouraged to make comments on the Front End and Knowledge Area Sections after logging in to PMI.org.  The more input we have from you, the real practitioners, the better the PMBOK Guide will be.

 

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“Paint-A-Thon” Needs You!

The PMI-MN chapter is once again participating in the Metro Paint-A-Thon to improve a home and neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis. We will be working with the Community United Methodist Church of Columbia Heights again this year to paint a garage, house trim, and stain a deck and wheel chair ramp for the homeowner.

Preparation day is Saturday, July 30 and Paint Day is Saturday, August 6 (weather permitting). The fun begins at 8:30 each day and we should be done by early afternoon – breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This event is open to everyone, not just PMI members. You can volunteer for both days or one of the days – Heck! We aren’t proud, we welcome everyone to volunteer – PMI members, family, and friends of PMI.

If you like working in the outdoors, painting, volunteering for social good, or all of the above, join our PMI-MN team. Join Dan Hill, who will be leading our team effort this year, by sending your contact information to paintathon@pmi-mn.org. When you contact Dan, please let him know if you would be interested/willing/excited to be the Photographer of the Day to capture the fun and extent of the transformation.

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Congratulations to PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month for March 2016

Amy Bangen - PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month

Amy Bangen has been a long-standing member of PMI-MN.  She has been a solid member of the Sponsorship Committee since its inception and has developed the Delivery Program from scratch for all of our sponsors.  Without her behind the scenes efforts, we would not have sponsors returning year after year.  Amy has contributed to the successful functioning of the sponsorship committee by her continued commitment to Sponsorship Delivery and by writing the majority of the playbooks and documentations needed for continued functioning.  This year she took on a newly developed Delivery Lead position training all new volunteers on how to handle the role.  Additionally, she has completely reorganized the Sponsorship SharePoint page, spending multiple sessions with Synergos and others to smooth the process of scheduling, placement, billing and other aspects of the Sponsorship process.  In short, her willing participation has been invaluable.

PMI-MN would like to thank Amy for his time and dedication. Congratulations Amy!!!

To read more, visit the Volunteer of the Month Page Here.

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PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition Draft is Open for Public Comment

Every five years, PMI publishes a new edition of our popular project management standard, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) During the production process, we post a working copy of the Guide online (called an exposure draft) for global stakeholders to review and comment.

On Monday, 7 March 2016 the exposure draft for the sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide was opened for comment. Anyone interested in commenting on the exposure draft should visit the PMI Standards Update page. Your input will be incorporate into the final draft to ensure the Guide reflects current trends and practices in project management, and to maintain our American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation.PMI Talent Triangle

Two important changes will occur for the newest edition of the PMBOK® Guide:

  • The exposure draft process will be performed in two stages, rather than one, as it has in the past.
  • This edition will include more information about agile and other iterative methods, as well as new references to the PMI Talent Triangle™.

Exposure Draft Process

In the past, the PMBOK® Guide was shared in its entirety during the exposure draft review. For the Sixth Edition, we will conduct the exposure draft review in two stages:

  • The first stage will be for the Standards section (The Standard for Project Management). This section will undergo full consensus review. In a full-consensus review, each comment is evaluated by a committee of PMI volunteers who respond to each comment individually. If the person who submitted the comment doesn’t agree with their decision, they may file an appeal. This stage begins 7 March and ends on 6 April 2016.
  • The second stage will be for the Guide section (the introductory and general knowledge area sections), which will undergo limited consensus review. All comments will be reviewed with the same level of scrutiny and consideration, but the committee will not reply to comments, nor will they be eligible for the appeals process. The dates for this stage are not yet scheduled.

These changes will streamline the publication process, will potentially allow us to introduce the new edition of the PMBOK® Guide sooner, and will help to manage the workload for the volunteers dedicated to updating this essential resource for project managers worldwide.

Content enhancements

Key changes to this edition that reflect the current state of the profession are:

  • Information regarding the approaches often used in agile and other iterative practices including:
    • Information about agile and other practices often used in an adaptive environment in each Knowledge Area section (Sections 4–13)
    • An appendix to The Standard for Project Management on agile and other iterative practices
  • A greater emphasis on the Strategic and Business Knowledge aspects of project management 
  • A new chapter on the role of the project manager which discusses the PMI Talent Triangle™.
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Volunteer Fair - Monday, February 22, 2016

The Volunteer Fair is the annual PMI-MN chapter event held before the February PMI Minnesota Chapter Dinner. Representatives of various volunteer groups will meet with guests and members of PMI-MN chapter to  talk about existing volunteer opportunities. Upon arrival, all participants will automatically be entered in a raffle which will be held at the end of the event and before dinner.

For more information visit: 
http://www.pmi-mn.org/content/volunteer-fair

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Special Offer – Renew now to be entered in the Target Gift Card Drawing

Renew your membership between now and December 20 and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Target.  To be eligible you must renew a currently active membership or one that has lapsed no more than 60 days ago.  The winner will be notified by email in early January. 

RENEW ONLINE

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Christopher Boyce Awarded Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship

Christopher Boyce was officially awarded the Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship on September 21, 2015, at the PMI MN dinner meeting in Minneapolis. Residing and working in Jamaica, Christopher was not able to be present for the award. However, the announcement was also a part of that night’s webcast.

Loras Holmberg, speaking on behalf of the selection committee, said, “Chris came across as enthusiastic with dreams and goals. All of us should shoot for that.” One of Christopher’s references described him as… ”very thoughtful. He is not one to respond carelessly to impulses, this is reflective of a discipline that will ensure he completes what is required of him, but more so, an ability to think critically about what he is doing, and what is before him… making an impact on Caribbean lives… [displaying] not only competence, but also caring…” 
Christopher, a native of Barbados, currently works for Sandals Resorts International within their Projects & Engineering Management team. He has also acted as project lead for the Sandals Foundation. He led a community project to give the Ciceron Children’s Home on the island of St. Lucia a face lift. “Whenever I can, I also go to schools to read to the children with the Sandals Foundation Reading Road Trip.” Christopher holds a PMI CAPM and will be using his scholarship to further his PMBOK training and certification. He hopes to announce his PMP certification soon.

Ana Alvarez-Holmberg was a local leader and volunteer in project management and corporate training, Her legacy lives on with a scholarship. Together, both the PMI MN chapter and the Twin Cities chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ATD-GTC) offer an annual scholarship in her name. The scholarship is presented each year to an adult learner who exhibits Ana’s fine characteristics in their own life. The selection committee looks for individuals who have volunteered to help enrich the lives of others. View Past Recipients

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Congratulations to PMI-MN Volunteer of the Month for October 2015

October 2016 - Greg Stignani 
has been a member of the sponsorship committee for over a year now. During that time, he stepped up and took over the role of Partners Coordinator and has done an excellent job setting up the Partner of the Quarter Program. He has been a consistent and a valuable contributor to our committee and we feel lucky to have him aboard. Greg has helped in running other areas of PMI-MN as well. Greg has stepped so willingly that deserves to be recognized.

PMI-MN would like to thank Greg for his time and dedication. Congratulations Greg!!!

To read more, visit the Volunteer of the Month page.

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Charitable Giving Update - Members Select United Way and Second Harvest Heartland for 2015 Charitable Donations

PMI Minnesota members selected United Way as their #1 pick for a charitable donation in the annual membership survey.  As part of the 2015 charitable giving campaign PMI Minnesota will make a donation to the United Way, on behalf of the membership, in the amount of $500. 

Member responses to the charity selection question showed there is high level of interest about which charities PMI Minnesota supports.   Almost one-half of the people responding to the question added a charity not in the pre-determined list.  The range of other charities noted was broad and showed our members are charitable and have widely varied charitable interests; an important learning that will inform future identification and selection of charities.    

Second Harvest Heartland is the food shelf which will receive food gathered at the October dinner meeting (Monday, October 19th at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN). Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a coupon for $10 off the price of a future PMI Minnesota dinner meeting.  

Donations to member selected charities are one part of PMI Minnesota charitable giving.  Project management education is our primary charitable activity.  We contribute to scholarships locally and nationally, and are actively working to form partnerships with local K-12 education systems to deliver and help fund project management instruction. 

One of our annual donations for education goes to the Project Management Institute Education Foundation (PMIEF).  PMI Minnesota has a long history with PMIEF.  The Robert Yourzak scholarship awarded by the Foundation annually is named after PMI Minnesota’s first president, and funded by an endowment from our chapter.  Our donation supports PMIEF development of project management education materials.  Any member of PMI has access to the Foundation’s materials; see www.pmief.org.

Thank you to the survey respondents who provided information about local schools interested in working with PMI Minnesota.  We will contact those organizations and update you on our education-related charitable activity in future newsletters. 

Finally, giving to charity takes effort.  As PMI Minnesota grows education-related giving, we will need more volunteers for relationship management, administration, content development and content delivery.   If you have an interest in volunteering your time to help in any of these areas, please write to volunteercoordinator@pmi-mn.org.

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Professional Development Days (PDD) 2017

PMI-MN Website Sponsor

PMI-MN Dinner Sponsor

https://www.cprime.com/training/

 

2017-Q1 - Partner of the Quarter:

Medtronic