Message from the President - April 2018

April - PDU Generation Month!

We have an extremely busy month coming up at PMI Westchester. We have four - yes, FOUR! - events this month at which you can earn those precious PDU's! We are also starting our annual election cycle.

This month you can nominate yourself or someone else for the following positions; President, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Career & Professional Development, and Vice President of Communications. Details on the positions and the requirements can be found on our website and in our bylaws. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Carol DeGrella ( or Gil Harris (

And now, the events!

First, at our Chapter meeting being held on April 10th at the Royal Palace, Dan Johnson will discuss how you can manage your own career as a project manager. Whether you are currently looking for a new opportunity or are happy at your current position and company, it's becoming even more important to actively manage your career. Dan will focus on trends, levering tools such as LinkedIn, bouncing back from a layoff, resume tips, and so much more. Dan is not only a PMP and Certified ScrumMaster who has managed project over $15M, but a member of PMI Westchester and understands what our membership is experiencing in today’s market.

Second, Dan Heavens will be facilitating our next Lunch & Learn Session on April 18th. We are all overwhelmed by the number of tools available in the market to help us manage day-to-day tasks. Dan will show us some free on-line tools to help us stay focused and organized. This is a free virtual meeting, but you will need to pre-register on-line. Details are on our website.

Third, our talented Breakfast Roundtable team will be focusing on recruiting in this month's Breakfast Roundtable. Mary Gilmartin will lead the discussion on how you can find the “right” project manager to work with you. If you’ve ever regretted a hiring decision, or are looking to hire someone, this is a session you do not want to miss. Again, this is a virtual meeting so you will need to pre-register on-line.

Finally, our biggest event of the year , our 9th Annual PMIW Symposium is being held again at Reid Castle, Manhattanville College on Saturday April, 28th. You can earn up to 8 PDU's all in one day. We have a spectacular line-up of nationally-recognized speakers. Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP, MBA, MS, a nationally-recognized IT professional speaker with over 25 years in management and executive positions for various Fortune 500 companies, will kick off our event talking about leadership lessons learned from some of the toughest marathons. Julie Kowalski, a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach and facilitator, will focus on how you can build your reputation as a successful 21st Century project manager. A project manager has to effectively hold people accountable, especially when they don’t directly report to them, leverage communications and create supportive climates. Julie will help us navigate these tricky waters. Finally, one of the hottest topics today, cybersecurity. Mario Di Natale, one of the nation’s most dangerous hackers, presents a humorous examination into the future of cybersecurity defenses for enterprises. Mario is a recognized technology thought leader and strategist with more than a decade of business building experience, both in developed and developing markets. You do NOT want to miss this event. Registration details are on our website.

I hope to see you at ALL the April Chapter events!

Brenda Horton, PMP
PMI Westchester