Monday, February 8, 2016

President's Blog February 2016

Dear Chapter Stakeholders –

I am so pleased with the way 2016 has started for the Chapter.  Our membership has provided (and continues to do so) input on the future iteration of PMI-Tucson.  We have a good foundation, but it is time to define a new level of maturity within the community and to add value to our members.  
In this month’s blog, I have nothing but good news:

VP Programs and VP Membership positions have been filled!
The selection for the inaugural Book Buzz meeting.
Brown-Mackie College wants to collaborate with PMI-Tucson.

VP Programs 

I am thrilled to announce that Jason Falter, PMP has agreed to become the VP Programs for our Chapter.  Many of you know that Jason has been our Director at Large for a number of years, and that his residence is in Sierra Vista.  I am excited Jason has volunteered for this position because it strengthens the bond between the members who reside in Tucson and those who make Sierra Vista their home.  One of Jason’s goals this year is to promote cross-city collaboration, and I hope our members will support this objective.  Remember, members who give a presentation in the other city will receive $75 in compensation for gas, plus extra PDUs for preparation and delivery of your presentation.  Even if you don’t make a presentation in a sister city, try to make a meeting.  Members in each location are welcoming and would love to meet you.

VP Membership

PMI-Tucson has been lucky in that we have often had good luck filling board positions with new members.  Such is the case with Dr. Elizabeth Lugosi, PMP, who is on sabbatical to Tucson from Hungary.  Elizabeth has volunteered to be the new VP Membership.  She also operates as the Director of Programs for the Breakfast Meetings, so please introduce yourself to her.  In Hungary, Elizabeth was a member of the Budapest Chapter, where she was Leader of the Scientific Program of the conference "Art of Projects" as a volunteer last year.  
Project Management is one of her passions: she has given numerous PM presentations and also wrote articles published on Hungarian portals and on the PMI Knowledge Shelf. Elizabeth recently gave a presentation on 1/22 at our Mimi’s Breakfast Meeting.  
She would like volunteers to work together with her on a committee to increase the value of being a member of the PMI-Tucson Chapter.  Dale Whetzel has already accepted the "Director of Valuing Chapter Members” position in the committee.  Elizabeth and Dale encourage other members to join this committee in order to represent a broad swath of the membership.  Contact Elizabeth at if you want more information. 

Inaugural Book Buzz Selection

The votes are in and have been tallied, and here are the final results:
All Hands on Deck (Peter Boni) – 12
Critical Knowledge Transfer – 5
Networking for Nerds -- 3

Thank you to everyone who voted.  Now it’s time to read!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, 3/5 for a PMI meeting (location TBD) to discuss the book.  Also, we’ll decide then which of Peter Boni’s panels we’ll attend at the Tucson Festival of Books.  He is scheduled to appear on Saturday, 3/12 at 10 a.m. and also Sunday, 3/13 at 11:30 a.m.  

Brown-Mackie College Collaboration

Recently I was contacted by a professor of Project Management at the Brown-Mackie College in Tucson about a possible collaboration with PMI-Tucson.  I’ve agreed to attend their upcoming, mid-February advisory board meeting and suggested possible ways we can strengthen ties between our organizations.  What do you think about holding a meeting or two at Brown-Mackie College to promote our chapter to students?  Drop me a line at

One final note:  Even though our official Board positions have been filled, please message me if you would like to volunteer in some other way.  The Board has lots of good ideas and needs help on committees - but only a few people to make anything happen!  If we’re going to change the value members derive from this chapter, it’s going to take all of us.
I hope to see all of you soon!