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PMI-MN July 2018 Newsletter





Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
July 2018 Newsletter | Volume 20, Issue 7


In this Email: 

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

Dock Allen Karl Johnson Craig Orthmann
Lance Allred Crystal Johnson Kristen Oster
Michael Altieri Devang Joshi Rekha Kumar Sananguli
Neil Aymond Craig Kilford Todd Schuler
Suanne Barthol Amy Kittelsland Heather Shirif
Nicholas Bonestroo Stephanie Klein Michael Sim
Melissa Books Brian Knight Aaron Stachowski
Madeleine Bourgeois Bradley Kochanski Matthew Steele
Judy Carlson Joshua Ledgerwood John Stefany
Joel Carpenter Angie Lehmann Mary Stoffers Stanek
Brandon Cramer Patrick Lilja Gretchen Strickland
Kimario Daniel Fawkes Samad Loyan Andrea Tomasek
Jeremy Falk Joshua Mattila Anteneh Tsadik
Keith Frantesl Magdalene Mbaga Jaymik Vyas
Jason Garcia Paula Moore Julie O'Reilly
Andrea Geer Regina Morgan Eric Nevalainen
Daniel Gowens Redlin Murphy Mohamed Hussein
Sheila Hillstrom Adam Nelson Lindsay Hudson


New PMP® Certifications - May

Estavao Barros Justin Grumbir Bryan Gastonguay
Beth Blaskowski Courtney Jennings Zachary Tess
Lisa Flair Holly Larochelle Data Yang
  Dawn Palmer  


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.

Join a High Performing Team!

Consider an opportunity to develop your leadership and project management skills, earn PDUs and give back to the PMI Minnesota community.  If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or as a Committee Chair supporting the Board, or if you would like to nominate someone,

PMI Minnesota Board of Directors and Supporting Chair Positions are currently open for nominations. Consider an opportunity to develop your leadership and project management skills, earn PDUs and give back to the PMI Minnesota community. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or as a Committee Chair supporting the Board, please CLICK HERE. For more information, see the Chapter Website. Upon receipt of a nomination, the nominee will be contacted to confirm his/her interest in serving.  Each candidate will be provided details for writing a brief biological sketch to be included with the election ballot.  ACT NOW - the Nominating Committee is in the middle of its annual calling for candidates for next year's PMI Minnesota Board of Directors.


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!


July 18 | Member Mixer Event (Open to non-members)
5:00 PM-7:30 PM | Horizontal Integration - St. Louis Park


July 21 - July 28 | Project Management Skills for Life - Fundamentals
 St. Paul Community College


August 14 | Chapter Breakfast
7:00 AM-8:30 AM | Midland Hills Country Club (1.0 PDU)


August 15 | Webinar: The Secret Sauce of Effective Delegation
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | (1.0 PDU)


August 21 | Seminar - "Project Everest: Essential Steps for Successful Projects"
presented by Alan Mallory | 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Normandale Community College (7.0 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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