Message from the President - March 2019

They say March comes in like a lion and it sure has at PMI Westchester. We have announced two big events, our Annual Symposium and our next PMP Preparation class, in addition to our regular events.

First let’s talk about our 10th Annual Symposium. We have four, count them, four fabulous speakers set to come on April 6th. If you attended our 15th Anniversary celebration last March, Scott Carbonara is coming back to be our keynote and closing speaker. Scott is going to show us how to “Ignite our Team Member Engagement” especially when you are asked to do more with less. We also have Uri Grimaldi coming back to our Chapter to talk to us about what we can learn from a, “Billion Dollar Project Failure.” He is going to share with us a framework we can use the next day in our own lives and careers. Finally, we can’t leave out powerhouse hitters Laura Powers and Chris Tella. Laura is going to discuss “Emotional Intelligence” and how it can be a major impact on career performance, effectiveness and success, while Chris Tella is going to explore our “Value in Project Management and Beyond”. Chris will unravel, and help us understand, the differences between leadership and management. During this event you will earn up to 8 PDUs for attending. Do not miss this and register now while early bird is still on until March 10th!

Next, our upcoming Spring PMP Preparation class is on the books for April with some changes. Varun Anand will be teaching this class in a shorter timescale. The four-9 hour sessions will be conducted on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., starting on 13 Apr 2019 and ending on 11 May 2019 (skipping 20 Apr 2019). Varun is an internationally-renowned PMP trainer with more than 10 years of extensive work experience as a Program/Project Manager. He is a business strategist who has managed a wide variety of multimillion-dollar projects focused on aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. Varun’s PMP training simulator EduHubSpot is widely recognized among the PMP aspirants. Early registration is now open on our website through March 24th!!

For those of you who registered for the February Chapter meeting, you have received an e-mail on how to use your credit for an upcoming Chapter meeting. Since we had to cancel the event due to weather, Stephanie Unger will be presenting her talk this month. She is going to teach us how to make our PowerPoint presentations even better. Stephanie has worked in corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and Government planning projects in a variety of capacities. Stephanie is taking the reins this month to help us learn how to add animation to your slides, embed audio/video, transition between slides, and much more. Make sure to bring a notebook, as we will be creating a PowerPoint presentation together LIVE during this event. Be sure to register for this event quickly!

After the Chapter meeting our Communities of Practice (CoPs) will meet for you earn an extra PDU. We have three CoPs for you to choose from: Career & Personal Development, Quality, and PMO. Be sure to stick around for one of them to share your expertise with your colleagues.

On Wednesday, March 20th our Lunch and Learn team is doing the The SAFe® Executive workshop (short version). The workshop describes how Executive Lean-Agile Leaders drive and sustain organizational change and operational excellence by empowering individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. They do this by learning, exhibiting, teaching, and coaching SAFe’s Lean-Agile mindset, values, principles, and practices. See our website for more details and to register. You must be a PMIW Chapter member to attend this event.

Our Breakfast Roundtable team is back on Tuesday, March 26th. Candace Riddle will lead the session discussing techniques on how Project Managers can manage millennials more effectively. Candace is a seasoned Program and Project Management Professional. She has nearly 12 years of experience in Program Management and Consulting, including considerable expertise in advising financial services companies on risk strategy and internal controls, to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. See our website for more details and to register. You must be a PMIW Chapter member to attend this event.

I hope you will join me on Tuesday, March 12th at the Royal Palace!!

See you at the Chapter meeting…
Brenda Horton, PMP