Saturday, January 2, 2016

President's Blog - January 2016

As 2016 opens, the Board and I wish all of you a happy new year and sincere thanks for your participation, engagement, and interest in the Chapter and Project Management during 2015. 

At our first Tucson dinner meeting of the year, the Board and I will discuss the vision and goals for 2016, solicit your feedback, and share some insight about how we developed our strategic plan. Please reserve the evening of Tuesday, 1/12 in Tucson for this event. The same presentation will be made in Sierra Vista in January on Wednesday, 1/20.


Good News 


I’m pleased to announce that TEKSystems has agreed to become the Chapter’s first official Bronze sponsor. Thanks to Marcela Delgado and Lynett Westergard for their help in defining the Sponsorship Program, and TEKSystems for their support. 

Also, thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Lugosi for volunteering to assume the role of Mimi’s Breakfast Meeting Coordinator. Elizabeth is a new member, and we appreciate how she has jumped into Chapter involvement. In addition, she will also give a talk at the Mimi’s Breakfast Meeting on 1/22 entitled, “Role of the 12-Point Maturity-Value-Success Metric in Achieving Corporate Success.” If you attend this event, please introduce yourself to her. 


Now some requests of you! 

  1. Board Openings
  2. Book Buzz Selection – Your Input Needed 
  3. Tucson Dinner Meeting Location – Your Input Needed 

First, our incoming Vice President of Membership has regretfully had to withdraw from the position due to an exciting job offer in Phoenix. Although I am ecstatic for him, I am sad for the Board and our Chapter. This means we have two positions open:

  • Vice President of Membership 
  • Vice President of Programs
Please contact me at eve.cran@gmail.com if you are interested in either of these opportunities. There are many benefits to the volunteer including networking opportunities, the possibility of travel, and PDUs for your service to the Chapter. 

Second, for those who attended our Annual Holiday party on December 8th, you know there will be a new quarterly event scheduled in 2016, and that is Book Buzz. With input from membership, we will select a business book to read and discuss. For the March meeting, here are the three options:

The above titles were selected because the authors will appear on panels at the Tucson Festival of Books in March of 2016. We’ll read and discuss one of the above, then attend the lecture to ask questions of the author(s)! It’s a great opportunity! 

Please send an email to eve.cran@gmail.com with your first, second, and third choices for Book Buzz. I’ll make the announcement of the selected book at the Tuesday Tucson dinner meeting on 1/12 and the Sierra Vista dinner meeting on 1/20. 

Third, the Board is exploring new venues for the Tucson dinner meeting held on the second Tuesday of every month. We would like your input! Give us your suggestions for restaurant locations, but please know we need a place that has a separate area for us to meet that is reasonably quiet. (Think about the space at Old Pueblo Grille). Please send me an email if you have some ideas.

I hope to see all of you soon! 
Eve