Message from the President - March 2018

It’s finally here!! We are going all out for our 15th Anniversary this month. Whether you have always attended or never attended a Chapter meeting with us, this is NOT one you want to miss. We are starting at 5:00 p.m. on March 13th at the Stone Manor 101 on Route 9A in Hawthorne (across from the new Audi dealership (the old movie theatre)) with a cocktail/networking hour in which we will have games, prizes, a special 15th Anniversary gift for everyone in attendance, and a lot of other things - but I’m not going to spill the beans. You will have to be there to see it, but I promise you this it will be a night to remember. However, you must pre-register so we can get a headcount for the event; you will pay at the door. This event will only be $15 for Chapter members.

Another exciting part of March 13th is our speaker: an award-winning, nationally-recognized keynote speaker, author, and change management consultant who is passionate and skilled in engaging a company’s greatest asset: its people. Scott Carbonara helps organizations and individuals create and live the stories they want to have told by stakeholders, employees, and customers. This month, Scott will discuss how “Engagement Starts with You”. Whether your goal is to increase your personal engagement, maximize the engagement of your team, navigate change, or improve the culture with which you face your customers, this humorous, uplifting, practical, research-and-story-based session inspires audiences to reignite by using Scott’s W.H.I.P. philosophy (What you Have In your Possession).

I want to thank Phebe Arouni for hosting our very first virtual lunch and learn session. We had record-setting attendance for one of our Chapter virtual events. If you missed it, catch Tim Bensley on Wednesday, March 21st. Tim will be stepping in for Phebe to discuss “Successful Team Communications: Best practices to avoid counter-productive conflict and build trust in project communications." This will not focus on Communication Project Planning, but rather best practices for interpersonal communications between project team members and stakeholders. You will need to sign up in advance on our website.

For those of you who were looking forward to our next PMP preparation class, I regretfully inform you we have decided to postpone until the Fall. After much consideration with the new 1,000 page book, a brand new test, and an abundance of material, we felt there simply is not enough time to digest it all to ensure our attendees' success. David Kabat will be spending the next few months prepping for what will be a spectacular Fall PMP Prep class. We are aiming to start the class in mid-October through November, before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Finally, on March 27th our Breakfast Roundtable Team will be holding their annual Grab Bag session. Doreen DePass will create challenging questions related to PM for all participants to discuss and collaborate. Come join the fun of picking a question. This is a virtual meeting so you will need to register in advance!

See you at the March 15th Anniversary Celebration and Chapter Meeting!

Brenda Horton, PMP
PMI Westchester