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PMI-MN February 2018 Newsletter


Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
February 2018 NEWSLETTER | Volume 20, Issue 2

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Message from the President 


To inspire our volunteers and members to read and analyze the news, I am asking you to focus on the project management profession insights that will shape how we conduct ourselves as leaders in the United States of America.

For example; when you read about 'government agency failures' or 'large organization financial losses', this news is most often related to a failure to provide leadership or shortfalls to maintain adequate skilled and trained employees, as well as the lack of leadership visionaries to improve an organizations technology infrastructure or a miss in the adoption of new strategic technologies.

But the most critical factors that we don’t understand and consider are the global factors, which we sometimes either ignore or don’t believe our businesses would not be impacted by. Some of our own organizations move slower than their international peers. As such, project management skills play an integral role in transforming the traditional business environment from its current state into a more competitive participant in the existing connected global economy. We are not alone on this planet, but together our project management knowledge and skills can have a deep and lasting effect in all local economic sectors.

The Chapter has reduced the cost to attend our events to enable you to participate more frequently and added more dispersed meeting locations to improve our reach. Keep checking back as we add more topics to cover what you recommend, as we continuously strive to adjust and increase member value and privileges.

My call of action to you, is to guide us on what you seek to learn, seek in skills training, seek to improve your career and enable yourself to be better positioned to lead in the global economy. Please look at what our Chapter offerings are at  Here you will find events, seminars, webinars, web streaming and information about our Professional Development Days.  Please share with us! The PMI-MN Board welcomes your recommendations as it enables us to improve our strategic and competitive edge.

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


Chapter News

10th Annual Career Fair

It’s the perfect time of year to spring forward in your career by attending our Chapter Career Fair. The Chapter Career Fair is dedicated to providing services and resources to assist members (no cost) and nonmembers ($25) with improving their career experiences, skills and job opportunities. Take a proactive role in your career success and advancement!. Join us on April 16th from 3-6:30PM to open doors you didn’t even know existed. Whether you’re a job seeker or content in your current position, this is the right time to revisit what you know, enhance a skill, expand your network and learn something new that will help your career blossom.

Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation

Mark your calendars for Professional Development Days, September 24-27 at St Paul RiverCentre. This year we will be celebrating 25 continuous years of successful learning and networking with daily keynotes, anniversary celebrations, networking and special events-in addition to the outstanding educational sessions. You won’t want to miss it! To help you plan your 2018 training budget, we have kept the 2017 pricing. Visit the PDD tab on the chapter website for updated information as we continue our preparations for the Chapter’s premier annual event. The call for PDD Speakers is now open; use the link PDD Speaker Application to fill out an application. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

We currently have several volunteer team positions available for operations and facilities. If you are interested in helping plan this event, contact


Join us for a Free ½ Day Seminar on Saturday, March 24th (4.0 PDU)
PMI Minnesota offers this special event in appreciation for our Members and Volunteers

Paul Pelletier will speak on the topic of: Control Freaks, Queen Bees, and Workplace Saboteurs: Preventing, Managing and Your Project Nightmares during a free ½ day seminar on Saturday, March 24th, 8:30AM-12:30PM at Normandale Community College.
The focus of this seminar will be to provide leaders with tools for approaching and resolving disrespect issues before they become full-blown conflicts. This seminar will provide a more in-depth session from his presentation at the March Chapter Dinner earlier that week.


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Member News

New Members for the Month of December

  • Carrie Bredow
  • Rodger Devillier
  • Eli Heine
  • Kalynn Kadlec
  • Scott Young
  • Ryan Faith
  • Alison Helm
  • Nick Pettis
  • Chris Rossini
  • Rukshan Wijeratne
  • Allen Harrison
  • Michelle Midboe
  • Colleen Reinert
  • Ross Reverman
  • Rosamond Dolid
  • Stacy Peterson
  • Molly Thomas
  • Diane Anderson
  • Chris Beach
  • Randy Wymore
  • Sandy Bauer
  • Jed Bonniwell
  • Michael Kern
  • Brandon Ritter
  • Jackie Mines
  • Carrie Romundstad
  • George Slade
  • Derek Benson
  • Ryan Jacobson
  • Sarah Leida
  • James McKelvey
  • Zachery Schulte
  • Mary-Elizabeth Larson
  • Eric McKee
  • Valerie Waller
  • Natalie Miller
  • Harlan Pickard
  • Sarah Hazzard
  • Bobby Perez Neish
  • Bennett Robinson
  • Anne Taylor
  • Stephanie Franklin
  • Teja Lota
  • Christine Moore
  • Eleanor Burkett
  • Marcia Elliot
  • Kyle Erickson
  • Erin Feyereisen
  • Angela Hagen
  • Lilian Lee
  • Elena-Silvia Cabral
  • Aaron Pyzdrowski
  • Diane Boldt

New Certifications for the Month of December

  • Callie Wachendorf
  • Bruce Trippet
  • John Weissinger
  • Henry Weinzierl
  • Bruce Bjerke
  • Dovid Ott
  • Thomas Dillard, IV
  • Bradley Fenimore
  • Myra Hafner
  • Erika Johnson
  • Lyle Johnson
  • Michelle McManus
  • Michelle Kieffer
  • Ashley Northon
  • Joe Trnka
  • Shawn Foley
  • Eric McFee
  • J. Chukwudi Osakwe
  • Leah Wrazidlo


  • Melissa Hvidsten


  • Ashrafi Ardavan

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. Bangalore Shashikumar is the winner for the month of December. Congratulations Bangalore 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!

Upcoming Events


February 19th - Chapter Dinner
Multiply Your Impact! The Four Biggest "Force Multipliers" for Project Portfolio
presented by Mike Hannan | 6:30-8:30PM | Double Tree Park Place (1.0 PDU)


February 19th - Agile PrC
"Are You Agile Enough to Reinvent Yourself?"
presented by Stacy Ackerman | 5:30-6:30PM | Double Tree Park Place (1.0 PDU)


February 19th - Healthcare PrC
"Tools for Life: Building a Healthy You"
presented by Jane Schuett | 5:30-6:30PM | Double Tree Park Place (1.0 PDU)


February 21st - Webinar
"The Networking Shift"
presented by Joyce Layman | 12:00-1:00PM



March 13th - Chapter Breakfast
"Building Your Network on LinkedIn: Why Having a Profile Isn't Enough"
presented by Sandy Zeiszler | 7:00-8:40AM | Crown Plaza Mpls WEST (1.0 PDU)


March 14th - Webinar
"Influencing without Authority: Tap Into Your Influencing Potential"
presented by Andrea Brockmeier | 12:00-1:00PM


March 19th - Chapter Dinner
"Control Freaks, Queen Bees and Workplace Saboteurs: Preventing, Managing and Eliminating your Project Nightmare"
presented by Paul Pelletier | 6:30-8:30PM | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (1.0 PDU)


March 19th - Manufacturing|Lean|Quality PrC
"Fundamental CI & Value Stream Concepts for Project Managers"
presented by Brant Nieminski | 5:30-6:30PM | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (1.0 PDU)


March 19th - Agile PrC
"How Do We Know We're Delivering Value and Having a Beneficial Impact?
presented by Kevin Burns | 5:30-6:30PM | Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (1.0 PDU)


March 24th - Seminar
"Control Freaks, Queen Bees and Workplace Saboteurs: Preventing, Managing and Eliminating your Project Nightmare"
presented by Paul Pelletier | 8:30AM-12:30PM | Normandale Community College (4.0 PDU)


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
Mark Neumann, PMP®
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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