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PMI-MN September 2018 Newsletter


Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
September 2018 Newsletter | Volume 20, Issue 9


In this Email:


Message from the President

Dear Members,

Professional Development Days (PDD) is quickly approaching and it looks to be another very successful year all the way around!  The talent and dedication of the volunteers involved is quite impressive and their commitment to providing the best educational and leadership topics in Minnesota is well underway.  Prepare yourself to be challenged with four days of engaging sessions and classes, incredible speakers and a venue to network with other project management professionals.

As leaders in the field of project management, we must continue adopting new business operations, tools, and techniques to improve our efficiency and stimulate growth.  Emerging project managers in different industries with new, distinct ideas are prompting us to transform as individuals and as a chapter.  Maintaining flexibility is a key factor in catering to the diversification of newly developing markets and industries.

As members of PMI Minnesota, we are encouraged to embrace the importance of providing career-seeking individuals with advice by sharing our stories in this profession.  At this year’s PDD, I urge all experienced attendees to seek out those individuals, regardless of their path, and find ways to connect while being open to new ideas and discoveries.  Although our journeys and beliefs may vary, this event creates an excellent opportunity to come together, face-to-face, and celebrate our wonderful profession.

Once again, the gratitude I have for the team of volunteers who have worked countless days, weeks, and months is immeasurable.  I look forward to standing, learning, sharing and growing with them along with our fellow members guests next week.  I’ll see you at the RiverCentre!
Best regards,

- Mohamed F. Diab  MBA, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
PMI-Minnesota Chapter President & CEO

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Member News

New Members for the Month of July

Mary Jo Abel
Sherene  Ahrar
Erik Akervik
Lillian Arandi
Ayako Asai
Nickie Ashbach
Jeffrey Auvil
Vincent Coffeen
Jodi Collen
Becky DaWald
Larina DeWalt
Charles Duncan
Emilie Eisen
Kerri Eldred-Whitehead
Volkan Emre
Linda Erchul
Jason Esler
Sydnie Evans
Sweta Gadia
Benjamin Geer
Lisa Ann Giles
Timothy Hackbarth
Grant Hendel
Chris Howard
Michelle Hunt
Erin Husom
Shami Jeylani
Eric Johnson
Ganeshkumar Kathiresan
Diane Kieckhefer
Garrett Kubischta
Cheryl Kyle
Anthony Larson
Pete Lawless
Joyce Longtin
Elizabeth Mankey
Ray Mochinski
Kari Moorhouse
Gregory Nordhougen
Kathy Olson
Robert Ortt
Himanshu Pathak
Thomas Potter
Catherine Ricker
Nikki Riemersma
Constance Roberson
Stacy Roberts
Shane Rose
Matthew Schroeder
Amanda Sinard
Traci St.Martin
Cynthia  Sylvers
Umair Tabassum
Lavelle Taylor
Bill Tritch
Keith Tromiczak
Brad Vake
Kris Voss
Jonathan Waddle
Patrick Walker
Mari Wenzinger
Monique Werner
Maureen Wheaton
Charlene Williams
Jesse Winden
Ellen Wolaner
Morka Wolde
Kevin Youngquist
Majeed Zakariah
Nick Zewer

New PMP® Certifications for the Month of July

Kailey Anderson 
Mike Conlen 
Volkan Emre 
Linda Erchul 
Timothy Hackbarth 
James Harris 
Chris Kibler 
Emily Pellmann 
Matt Samet 
Paul Schlueter 
Andrea Tomasek 

Monthly Renewal Drawing Winners

PMI Minnesota Chapter members who renew their membership are automatically entered into a drawing and if chosen at random receive a $50 VISA gift card. David Campbell is the winner for the month of July. Congratulations David and thank you for your continued support and involvement.


Events & Registration

The Chapter schedules events for project management professionals (members and guests) throughout the year at the following locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul; Duluth-Superior; St. Cloud-Waite Park, Mankato in Minnesota & Fargo-Moorhead, Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks in North Dakota.  Please visit our Chapter Website Events Calendar!


September 17 | Chapter Dinner - "Applying Emotional Intelligence for Leadership and Career Success"
presented by Kit Welchlin | 6:30PM - 8:15PM
Crown Plaza Mpls AIRPORT (1.0 PDU)


September 17 | Manufacturing/Lean/Quality PrC - "Ideal Systems - Intersection of Lean and TRIZ"
presented by David Bush PhD | 5:30PM - 6:30PM | Crown Plaza Mpls AIRPORT (1.0 PDU)


September 17 | Careers PMI Minnesota - "Using Communications to Create More Effective Project Management" 
presented by Sayre Darling | 5:00PM - 6:00PM | Crown Plaza Mpls AIRPORT


September 17 | PMI-ND Fargo Outreach Event
World Café: Agile Tools for the Project Management Traditionalist
presenters: Rodger Edwards, Jason Orloske & Angie Hagen
5:30PM - 7:00PM | MSUM Ballroom, Morehead, MN (1.0 PDU)


September 18 | Class Registration Deadline for Education Days (PDD)
St. Paul RiverCentre


September 24 - 27 | Professional Developement Days (PDD)
St. Paul RiverCentre


October 9 (Start Date) | ACP (Agile) Certification Course
Speakers: Andrea Brockmeier and Stephanie (Stevie) Peterson
Watermark Learning, Minneapolis, MN


October 10 | Webinar: “Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover?”
presented by: Oliver Yarbrough | 12:00PM - 1:00PM (1.0 PDU)


October 15 | Chapter Dinner
6:30PM - 8:15PM | DoubleTree by Hilton-Park Place (1.0 PDU)


October 15 | Health PrC - "The State of Medical Alley: The Global Epicenter of Health Innovation & Care"
presented by Frank Jaskulk, VP Intelligence, Medical Alley | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
DoubleTree by Hilton-Park Place (1.0 PDU)


October 15 - 19 | 4.5 Day PMP®CAPM® Bootcamp | Bismark, ND
presented by Samir Penkar | 8:00PM - 4:30PM
State of North Dakota, ITD, Bismark, ND


October 16 | Outreach CE St. Cloud
5:30AM - 7:30PM
Capital One, St. Cloud, MN


October 19 | Bismarck/Mandan - October Lunch Event
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Sertoma Park – Sertoma Club Community Center - Bismarck ND


October 19 | Bismarck/Mandan - Project Scavenger Hunt
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Sertoma Park – Sertoma Club Community Center - Bismarck ND


October 27 | Project Management Skills for Life®
10:00AM - 12:00PM
St. Paul Community College


Chapter Officers


Mohamed Diab, MBA, PhD
Geraldine Marks, PMP®
Director-Governance/Board Secretary
Joe Perzel, PMP® 
Director of Finance
Janice Pyka
President Elect/COO - 2018
Manish Kalra, PMP®
Director at Large
Alisha Walter, PMP®
Director at Large
Chris Doyle
Past President - 2017
Sara Swanson, PMP®
Director at Large
Matt Mehring
Director at Large


PMI-MN Office
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, MN  55416
phone: (651) 917-6246
fax: (952) 929-1318

PMI Headquarters
Four Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299
phone: (610) 356-4600
fax: (610) 356-4647