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PMI-MN August 2018 Newsletter

Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
August 2018 Newsletter | Volume 20, Issue 8


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Message from the President

Dear Members,

Just a few months from now we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary of Professional Development Days (PDD). The event will be held September 24-27 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Our Chapter continues to encourage innovation in the industry thus inspiring the improvement of our educational and networking successes over the past 25 years.  The increasing numbers in attendance and positive feedback reassure us that we are on the right path.

The Education Days schedule offers 26 classes including Project Agility, Project Manager and Sponsor Communications, Bending the Generations, Transformational Thinking and Planning, Become a Master Influencer, A3 Thinking, How to Think Strategically, Agile/Scrum Crash Course, From Project to Portfolio, and many more.  There’s also a three-day PMP® Certification Exam Prep Course to get you in shape for the last steps to becoming a PMP®.  We also have Symposium Day where you can select from 24 one-hour sessions aligned in six tracks: Leadership, Strategic, Technical, Change, Applied, and Agile. All are designed to keep you interested and informed. Please visit our website for more information.

We appreciate industry support from a diversified list of sponsors and vendors who have chosen to join us in this celebration of innovation, offering a collaborative platform to exchange ideas and best practices, all the while, improving each one of us in professionalism and skill.

Our volunteer leaders and committees continue working harder and smarter to improve our member services, fulfilling your needs as most of us are busy transforming our project management and leadership professions in order to become more agile to respond to the fast-paced business changes.  Please expect our ongoing responses to these changes in our chapter activities. PMI Minnesota has established a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook and we would love to have you join us.

Thank you for being a part of the Minnesota Chapter and I hope you are planning to celebrate the 25th year of innovation with us in September.

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


Member News

New Members - June 

Tamunomiete Abbey Kim Grimley Adam Oknich
Trisha Anderson Cassandra Groenewold Felix Okoth
Darin Anderson Adrienne Groesch Dain Peer
Michael Andreini Tamara Guck Kelly Poppy
LuAnn Bernice Arnold Ramachandra Gunapati Melissa Porter
Susan Baldwin Carlos Gutierrez Oropeza Nicholas Potz
Rob Barabe James Harris Marrie Puckett
Carl Bliss Susan Hauge Ramya Ramesh
Kristina Borsch Nathaniel Haumschild Roy Rickaby
Heather Boylan Ellie Holmen Terri Roehrig
Alejandro Boza Charles Huestis Brian Roth
Tania Bunik Patricia Hunter Matt Samet
Jeffrey Burns Jenna Iverson Joseph Scaramuzza
Janelle Byer Max Johnson Alicia Schlenner
Kristen Carlson Scott Klein Liz Schlesky
Elizabeth Christiansen Sherry Klemetson Philomena Sile
Mike Conlen Tayo Ladeinde Stephanie Skarolid
Mary Cotch Shelley Lindenfelser Cynthia Stavish
Charlotte Currier Anthony Little Ava Suzuki-Lambrecht
Travis Dohlin Sean Mallak Kelly Tierney
Celeste Dynski-Trumble Matthew McConnell Steven Tuschman
Graham Fischer Joab Meyer Tara Wells
Mary Flynn Jeff Miller Janice Wilson
Curt Frank Christine Miller John Wohl
Jana Fredricks Courtney Norman Yan Zhou
Eileen Govoent    


New PMP® Certifications - June

Kristina Borsch  Stephanie Klein Eric Synstelien 
Travis Dohlin  Sean Osborn  Keith Velishek 
Mark Epland  Brandy Roberts  Maureen Wheaton 
Jenel Farrell Michael  Sim   


Monthly Renewal Drawing Winner

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. Jonmark Pierce is the winner for the month of May. Congratulations Jonmark and thank you for your continued support and involvement.

Meet the Candidates for 2019 

We are identifying a strong slate of candidates for the PMI Minnesota Board of Directors and supporting positions for 2019. All candidates will be invited to introduce themselves at the dinner meeting on August 20. This is your chance to meet and hear from the candidates. Get to know them before you cast your vote in September. Sign-up for the dinner meeting now! 

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!

August 20 | Chapter Dinner - "Powering Your Business With Engaged Employees"
presented by Hillary Feder | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
 Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (1.0 PDU)

August 20 | Agile PrC - "Bridging Mindsets using the Agile Practice Guide"
presented by Nicole Coyle | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
 Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (1.0 PDU)

August 20 | Healthcare PrC - "Cyber Hero: Best Practices for Building Information Security into Healthcare"
presented by Robert Berry, Stephanie Madhok & Thomas Peeples
 5:30PM - 6:30PM | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (1.0 PDU)

August 21 | Seminar - "Age of Agile: A Hybrid Approach for Reaching New Heights"
presented by Alan Mallory | 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Normandale Community College (7.0 PDU)

September 11 | Chapter Breakfast - "How Do You Know If Your Project Plans Are Credible?"
presented by Keith Hornbacher | 7:00AM - 8:30AM
Holiday Inn St. Paul - I-94 East (1.0 PDU)

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



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



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