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President's Message

Providing value to its members is the most important factor for any PMI Chapter. The NYC Chapter Leadership Team and the volunteers who support the leaders  are continuously seeking new ways to ensure we deliver that value. The challenge is that our chapter is basically a virtual organization: managed, led, and operated by volunteers who have responsibilities to their employers, family obligations, and other activities. Our volunteers and leaders have stepped up to this challenge and we have been providing high quality chapter meetings and successful outreach programs. We are also attempting to align our "volunteers in waiting" with programs that match their skills and expertise.
The Chapter leadership has scheduled a strategic planning session and a leadership retreat to be held June 20 to address the importance of member value and to develop plans that will help grow the chapter, retain members and connectwith the greater NYC Area project management community.
One other very important chapter goal is the need to generate revenue that will enable us to increase member value. If you have ideas about events, programs, and activities that may be valuable to our members and the project management community, please contact any member of the chapter board of directors. Your creative ideas will be sincerely appreciated.
Remember, as a PMI NYC Chapter member, you are an ambassador for the organization and we ask that you educate and inform your associates and employers about the chapter and PMI. As a not-for-profit organization we truly need the support of sponsors and organizations that can provide us with resources that will assist us in achieving our vision and mission.
Frank P. Saladis PMP, PMI Fellow

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A Message from the PMINYC Board

We hope that almost all 2,800 of us have had a chance to review the wide variety of membership and volunteer opportunities available at PMI NYC.

If you haven’t had a chance to meet the Membership teams either at the Chapter meetings or through our website, please stop by or send an email! 

Our current Membership team members are:

- Gus Sanchez is our new Director of Volunteer Relations covering the volunteer process and the PMI Advocate teams.  
- Keisha Sudduth is our Program Manager reorganizing the volunteer engagement and communication to assure volunteers have a place to call “home”.    
- Yarimel Rodgers is the Progam Manager covering Study Groups, so if you haven’t considered expanding your work opportunities by pursuing your PMP, CAPM, PMI-RMP, etc., Yarimel can help by partnering other members seeking the same designations to help you pass the test.  
- Claire Igot is the Program Manager covering Mentoring. Claire matches mentors with many years of varied PM experiences with new PMs or those looking for a broader understanding of the role. These relationships can become lifetime friendships, not to mention great ways to meet other professionals. 
- Steve Struk is the program Manager covering Quality. Steve assures that PMI NYC receives and acts on member feedback in surveys by way of metrics and comments to help make the chapter relevant and brings most value to our membership.  
- Simon Tseng is the Senior PM in Volunteer Relations working on new role creation and identification of ways to engage PM more broadly throughout NYC.

These teams will help you find your “home” volunteering with an incredibly energetic organization that has some of the most fulfilling opportunities for networking as well.

Membership is just one segment of volunteers who have found that providing service to the chapter, to each other and to the community provides a more meaningful chapter experience. We continue to grow with and by member engagement and feedback, so if you haven’t yet considered volunteering, please go the PMI NYC website, see the new opportunities available to you and fill out a volunteer application. If there’s something where you have experience but no opportunity is listed, please complete a volunteer application form, as you never know if your skills are great for a role we haven’t yet considered!

So please contact us and get engaged!  Life is too short to sit by the sidelines.

Pamela Young, PMP 
VP Membership

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International Project Management Day

Keep your calendar clear for November 5 for International Project Management Day organized by International Institute for Learning.  One of the keynote speakers will be PMINYC’s president and PMI Fellow Frank Saladis, PMP. Click herefor further information regarding this exciting event. 

Newsletter Summer Break is Coming!

PMINYC News and More will not publish an issue in July or August. Watch for our next issue before the September chapter meeting, and have a great summer!

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Chapter Meeting Recap

May Chapter Meeting

On May 17th, the PMINYC chapter meeting focused on the PMI Educational Fund (PMIEF). Bruce Vapnitsky, the Chapter's liaison for the PMIEF, described how the the program was created and the chapter's efforts in growing the program. Diane Fromm, a member of the PMIEF staff, explained the benefits of the program (such as the PMIEF scholarship program) and how it affects practitioners in the project management field. We also had the pleasure of hearing from representatives from Bayside High School in Bayside, Queens: Assistant Principal Marc Cercone and Humanites teacher Stephanie Fox. They both presented case studies on how project management principles and disciplines have been integrated into Bayside High School's curriculum. A group of students gave their personal perspectives of what they learned about project management. The last speaker, Mr. David Solano, a member of our chapter, spoke about his participation at the high school and the impact his content had on students and teachers alike.

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Outreach Corner

Corporate Outreach - Barclay's Junior Achievement Day
PMINYC partnered with Barclay's Women In Technology and Junior Achievement New York on May 7th for the PMIEF "JA Project Management Skills for Life" curriculum, presented to a group of 25 high school students from Dual Language and Asian Studies near Chinatown, New York. Kudos to Deepa Baalakrishnan, Corporate Outreach Program Manager, for leading the event.

Service Outreach Opportunity - Business Mentor NY
Volunteer with Business Mentor NY and use your professional skills to help entrepreneurs grow. PMINYC Academic and Service outreach collaborates with BusinessMentor.NY.gov to connect mentors, on their own schedule, with small businesses for guidance with many business issues. If you need more information, please contact Anna Thomas, Director of Community Outreach, PMINYC, atdirectorcommunityoutreach@pminyc.org.


Get details on BusinessMentorNY.gov from this recorded May 28 Webinar

We Want Your Company!
Business partners with an available meeting space are wanted for Corporate Outreach events. Nonprofit organizations are wanted to work with Service Outreach. Please click here for more information.

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Volunteer Spotlight


PMINYC would like to congratulate Tisha Charles for being featured in the Volunteer spotlight for May.  Tisha is the chapter’s Director of Technology.  She and her team have streamlined processes to bring about positive changes in our chapter, and continuously looks for ways to make our technology more user friendly.  

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Career Development Network Corner

CDN events enhance your skills as a project manager so you can take your career to the next level.

May 11th CDN Meeting recap

On May 11, six project managers shared their experiences and perspectives on “Which Credential Is Right for Me?” Experis, a leading talent management firm, sponsored this event. John Atkins from Experis moderated a panel discussion and Q&A that highlighted the value of the PMP and additional certifications. 

Many thanks to the panelists: Tisha Charles, David Liebman, Nishant Mahitcha, Mary Anne Martucci, Lenny Shields and Te Wu. Please go to the Event Calendar to access informational materials from the panel. 

Mark your calendar for Fall CDN Meetings

Fall Career Forum – September 30, 2015 – This event will offer information and networking opportunities to connect PMINYC members with New York City area employers. Look for more information and registration opening mid-summer.

Public Speaking for Project Managers – November 9, 2015

For more information, please contact Mimi Rosenfeld, cdn@pminyc.org          

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Learning and Development

Lean Workshop

Thinking about starting a new business? Consider that over half of all new businesses will not survive more than five years, and many fail within the first year. Business failures can be attributed to many things: lack of resources human and capital, lack of a solid business plan, too little or no market research, failure to meet customer needs, or maybe just a bad economy. Unless a bag of money magically falls from the sky one thing is certain: there are only two ways to increase profits, increase sales or reduce costs. Consider going Lean if starting a new business is in your future.

Lean is a philosophy that emphasizes minimizing resources in various enterprise activities. The basic concepts of Lean are simple and have three objectives: elimination of waste, providing value from a customer’s perspective and continuous improvement. Introduced by Toyota, Lean transformed the manufacturing industry with practices such as flow manufacturing, quality at the source, employee involvement, just-in-time planning (JIT), total productive maintenance, and gemba walks. Applying these principles to your production has the potential for improved profitability and increased complexity.

Now that I have your attention, the Learning & Development Program at PMINYC is delighted to announce our July 27th Lean Process Improvement Workshop. We have partnered with Marc Resch from the Resch Group to deliver the one-day workshop at an unbelievable price. Whether you are starting a new business or helping to sustain an existing one, the Lean Process Improvement Workshop will give you the tools you need to maximize customer value. To find out more about our Lean Process Improvement Workshop, please visit the workshop event page.

If you have specific questions about the workshop or any other L&D event, feel free to reach out to Fred Shankle at pmlearningdevelopment@pminyc.org.

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