Sunday, October 2, 2016

President's Blog - September 2016

Dear Chapter Stakeholders –
In this edition of the President’s Blog:
  • Book Buzz
  • Board Vacancy: Vice President of Finance
  • Highlights from the September PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM)
  • Reminders

o   Speaker Ideas
o   Professional Development

Book Buzz
Last month, we had a terrific Book Buzz meeting due to the engagement of those in attendance as well as the presence of the author of our chosen book, Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques. We had great conversations about this topic and got to ask specific, individual questions of Ava Butler. Thanks to Ava as well as to our fantastic members: Robert Mitchell, Jessica Rickenbach, and Susan Turcotte.
The next book has not yet been selected. I have contacted the company who published Ava’s book and asked for a list of local business authors who would be interested in appearing at an upcoming meeting and attending Book Buzz. Stay tuned: I’ve got some meetings scheduled next week to discuss details with the folks who have expressed interest.
Board Vacancy: Vice President of Finance
Many of you who follow this space regularly attend our meetings know that we’ve been searching for a replacement for our Vice President of Finance. Now I have great news! Marcela Delgado has re-evaluated her personal situation and has offered to complete her term on the Board; we’re very glad to have her back.
Highlights from the September PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM)
Jaime Gomez (Vice President of Administration) and I attended last month’s PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in San Diego. The conference was wonderful and I took at least 50 pages of notes. I assigned myself way too many action items, but I’ll work through them in the coming year.
In this space, I want to highlight some of the things I learned. This month, I call your attention to the efforts of PMI to reform federal government program management practices and policies. On September 22nd, the U.S. House of Representatives approved S.1550, the “Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015” or “PMIAA.” The purpose of the legislation is to: create a formal career path for program managers in the federal government; develop a standards-based program management policy; recognize the importance of the role and engagement of the sponsor; and collect and share best practices and lessons learned throughout the federal government.
The bill now returns to the U.S. Senate – where it was already unanimously approved -- for final passage.
Read more about it here on the PMI website.

Professional Development

Reminder that Ty Chang -- our Director of Professional Development -- needs a few volunteers. Opportunities have been posted to VRMS: We need a Course Director, Course Manager, Course Coordinator, and several Course Instructors. (Volunteers may claim PDU credit for their efforts.) If you have specific questions about the Professional Development initiative, please contact Ty (

Speaker Ideas

We’re always interested in ideas for speakers -- please contact Jason Falter ( if you have suggestions.

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As a reminder, school is in session at the UA and that means I will be unable to attend any Tuesday evening meetings. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions.