I am writing this letter as I head to the west coast for PMI’s Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in Los Angeles with some of the current PMI Westchester Board of Directors. This is an annual event in which PMI chapters not only from the U.S., but from other countries gather to learn from each other by sharing ideas on topics. Our goal is to take a deeper look at our chapter initiatives to see what areas we can improve upon. We are constantly looking at how to enhance our member’s experience at PMI Westchester and expand programs to advance your careers and knowledge base. After all, isn’t that what continuous process improvement is all about?
One of the outputs of these larger meetings started last month; chapter PDU reporting. I want to thank everyone for their patience as we worked through the new process and PMI installing a brand new system. By now those of you who attended September’s chapter meeting, lunch and learn and/or one of the Communities of Practice should have received your PDU notifications to the e-mail you used for registration. If you haven’t, please contact either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adella Rosenthal, VP Membership (email@example.com).
We have another exciting month of learning ahead. Keith Muller, Director of Product Development and Program Management for Xylem Inc., will be talking to us about, “Leading Change – Experts Need Not Apply”. As organizations look to implement major change initiatives, we may find ourselves with the responsibility of leading the charge in a variety of areas. What happens when we discover we are not the expert? Keith Muller will discuss his experience in leading a major change initiative and how, by leveraging project management tools and training instead of becoming an expert in all areas, he was able to drive change and build new capability in a global organization. Please visit our website before our cut-off for pre-registration on Sunday, October 7th at midnight.
After the Chapter meeting our Communities of Practice will meet for you earn an extra PDU. We now 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 fellow members.
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). Visit our website to register on-line prior to the first class.
Our Breakfast Roundtable being held on October 23rd is planning on a session on, “Set Your Project Team Up for Success from The Start”. Facilitator Jeff Boss who is an accredited leadership coach and team coach with practical experience working in high-stress environments will focus on a) the four barriers getting in the way of healthy teamwork, b) challenges teams face that stifle project success and what you can do to overcome them, and finally, c) fundamentals of team design.
Final thought…I want to encourage all of you to get involved. We need a number of volunteers to help your Chapter be even more successful. In the coming weeks you will see our current listings available on our website. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you are thinking about getting involved now. Are you good at PowerPoint? Are you great at surfing the web and cold calling? Are you awesome at planning networking events? Do you want to run a Lunch & Learn? Do you have amazing organization skills? Something else? Think about it… and let’s talk soon.
I hope you will join me on Tuesday, October 9th…
See you at the Chapter meeting…
Brenda Horton, PMP