Message from the President - September 2018

As I stare out the window looking at the green grass, the trees full of leaves, the warm temperatures and sunshine, it’s hard to let the last weeks of summer go. It was certainly a hot one with plenty of rain at times. However, I hope everyone was able to enjoy time with family and friends making memories to last a lifetime. During this summer our new board met to start planning our next season at PMI Westchester. Let me fill you in on a few things going on.

By now you should have received our September upcoming events e-mail. We are now asking people to pre-register for our Chapter meetings. You can still pay at the door, but you will pay a slightly higher fee. Why are we doing this? Meeting venues are now requiring us to provide them a guaranteed attendee number in order to prepare their staff accordingly. As we continue to grow, it’s getting harder and harder to predict, which can cost the Chapter more money. However, that’s not the only reason. The Chapter is now going to be reporting PDU's directly to PMI for you. After you formally check into an event at the registration desk, you will no longer need to worry about submitting PDU's for Chapter events, or collecting those pesky PDU forms which will no longer be generated. We will handle it on your behalf!

Another exciting event is our new Career & Personal Development Community of Practice (formerly known as Special Interest Group (SIG)). This will follow our regular Chapter meetings along with our established Quality and PMO Communities of Practice. The purpose of the new CoP is to provide a platform for members to share their experiences and learn new skills for managing their career and personal development, to provide a support and accountability structure for those who are going through a transition, as well as to encourage everyone as they grow their skill set and actively manage their career. Remember, you earn an extra PDU for attending one of these after the meeting.

As for our upcoming Chapter meeting, we have Phil Weinzimer, President of Strategere Consulting, on Wednesday, September 12th at the Royal Palace in Greenburgh, NY. Yes, I said Wednesday, September 12th. This is to respect our National Day of Remembrance and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Phil will be discussing the Importance of Strategic IT Governance and why project managers need to recognize the need to leverage technology as a strategic asset to enhance customer value, improve operational processes, and re-engineer business models. Please visit our website before our cut-off for pre-registration, which is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept 10th.

The Chapter will also be holding its Fall PMP Exam Prep class starting on October 13th. The 5 seven-hour sessions will be conducted on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., starting on October 13th and ending on Nov 17th (skipping Nov 10th). This instructor-led course is a comprehensive review of each of the ten Knowledge Areas addressed in the PMBOK 6th Edition. Individuals who want to be ready for the PMP exam should attend this class with our very own David Kabat. Visit our website to register on-line prior to the first class.

I’m looking forward to another great learning season at PMI Westchester. I hope you will join me on Wednesday, September 12th.

See you at the Chapter meeting…
Brenda Horton, PMP