Message From the President - June 2020

As I write my final President’s letter to you all, it comes with mixed emotions. I am extremely thankful for you giving me the opportunity to serve as your President over the past 4 years. It has been such an honor and one I will truly never forget. I have met so many wonderful members, heard all of your ideas on how we can improve and start new programs, and shared in your triumphs and struggles. Your enthusiasm for the Chapter and desires to do great things for your fellow colleagues gave me the strength and encouragement to lead. For that, I am eternally grateful. Our journey does not end here. As I turn the reigns over to your next President, and my good friend, Peter Roggemann, I will continue to support him and the Board of Directors as Past President. Thank you again for this amazing journey.

Before I discuss this month’s agenda, I want to take a minute to address the most recent societal events. It saddens me to continue seeing the racial injustices and inequalities in this world. We as project managers are often seen as change managers, people who can influence and make a difference in our organizations. We can be part of the solution. We should be part of the solution. We are all human beings who need to be kind to one another, support one another, and use our skills together to get the conversations started and help drive this crucial change for all generations to come. Things we have seen recently should never happen again, to anyone.

Our Annual Business and Chapter Meeting this month will be virtual. It is free to all PMI Westchester Chapter members. After an overview of the state of our Chapter, we will have a very special and exciting presentation on the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge between Rockland and Westchester Counties. Andrew O’Rourke, who is the New NY Bridge Project Educational Outreach Coordinator will present "Project Management Bridge Style". Mr. O’Rourke spent the last 7 years working on the 4-Billion dollar bridge for the New York State Thruway Authority and will explain the who, what, when, where and why we built it, how we built it, and what you’ll see today and in the future; the people that made it happen and the stories of how they got there. The bridge project was one of the most robust environmental mitigations ever done on a project of this scale that will have lasting effects for generations to come on the ecosystem of the Hudson River. Andrew will also spotlight the soon-to-be-opened Shared Use Path (SUP) and the many moving parts of how it happened. This will be a virtual (on-line) meeting. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Registrants will receive the log-in information the day of the meeting.

On Wednesday, June 17th we will hold our monthly virtual Lunch & Learn session. Join us for an interactive discussion about the relationship between the Project Manager and the Business Analyst. Monica Christie is an Agile Certified Business Analyst with extensive project management experience. Throughout her career, decision-makers have looked for her to solve problems with their business use cases and data analysis needs. She has been able to support them in different capacities by managing projects that deliver the tools and processes that provide the analytics for decision making. Monica currently supports finance functional users by leading initiatives with Finance Systems and Supply Chain. 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, June 23rd. Dr. Linda P. Dowdell, a former PMI Westchester Board and current Chapter member, will be discussing from her new book the link between Strategic Planning and Project Selection and Approval in relation to project life cycle. Dr. Dowdell earned her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the University of Phoenix, and an executive master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computing Management from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, NY. She holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and PMI Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP) credentials. She has more than 15 years of experience in the private sector in various roles and over nine years of experience in teaching college-level courses at Fordham University and as an adjunct instructor at Fordham Gabelli School of Business. Currently, Dr. Dowdell works as a consultant for financial organizations and published author. See our website for more details and to register. You must be a PMIW Chapter member to attend this event.

As you know, we take a break from all Chapter programming in July and August and resume in September. I hope during this time you get some much-needed relaxation.

Once again, it has been my honor to serve the project management community of PMI Westchester.

All my best until we can meet again, stay safe!

Brenda Horton, PMP
PMI Westchester