Upcoming Events

360° View of a Career in Project Management

July 26, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

OtterBase Inc
19500 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48152
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Join us as we take a 360° View of a Career in Project Management

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PMIGLC 4th Annual Golf Outing / Networking

August 11, 2018
7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Sylvan Glen Golf Course
5725 Rochester Road
Troy, MI 48085

PMIGLC 4th Annual Golf Outing / Networking

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PMIGLC Happy Hour/Social Networking

October 24, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Granite City- Troy
699 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084
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PMIGLC Happy Hour/Social Networking

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July 2018 Print

Chapter Update

4th Annual Professional Development Day - Registration Now Open!

"Organizational Structure: The Rock On Which Agility Is Built"

Friday, October 26, 2018 ⋅ 8 AM – 5 PM 

PMIGLC’s theme this year highlights the need to harness the power of innovation, creativity and leadership to flourish in our rapidly changing times. The “Project Management Innovation, Creativity and Leadership” theme centers on the Great Lakes Chapter providing a user experience that stimulates both project managers and business analysts to learn new things and adapt to rapidly changing environments. Innovation, creativity and leadership are the levers to balance the sheer speed of change in our professional environments.

This year Professional Development Day is a customized all day event that will provide attendees a deep understanding of the structure that enables organizational agility beyond just simply using processes, tools, frameworks, and practices. Some of the Key components of organizational agility that will be covered and how to optimize each: Demand/Discovery, Production, and Delivery.

The three main takeaways are:
1. Foundations for organizational agility;
2. Common roadblocks impeding agility; and
3. Actions to drive change. 

Learn more and register.

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Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum

No Monthly Meeting in July

The Monthly Meeting will resume in September. Be sure to checkout the Golf Outing and Open House in August. 


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Professional Development Opportunities

360° View of a Career in Project Management

Join us as we take a 360° View of a Career in Project Management. The event will provide perspectives from various thought leaders within the profession (recruiters, managers, practitioners, consultants and trainers). We will tackle the questions that have been on your minds by allowing you the opportunity to ask any questions pertaining to a career in Project Management!

4th Annual Golf Outing / Networking - August 11

  • Scramble style – All Skill Levels are encouraged to participate
  • Partner with friends or be assigned to a group
  • Lunch, Dinner, and drinks provided by Camp Ticonderoga
  • Contests and prizes!
  • Fun Networking Opportunity


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Moylan’s Mulligans 


Impactful leadership is an essential ingredient for project success. While the project manager (PM) must have the skills to lead the project team, the sponsor has the ultimate responsibility for the project’s success. For this reason, it is vitally important that the project manager understand the sponsor’s needs and perspectives.

The sponsor authorizes the project and provides the necessary resources to get the work done. The project sponsor promotes the project from concept initiation to project closure and acts as a liaison between the project manager and higher levels of management. Additionally, the sponsor serves as an escalation path for issues beyond the PM’s control and authorizes go/no go decisions when risks are extremely high.

Developing a mutually beneficial relationship with your sponsor starts with understanding their needs.

To assess your sponsor’s needs:

  • Get to know your sponsor on a professional and personal level.
  • Speak with your sponsor about the project routinely and throughout the project life cycle
  • Ask for their preferred method of communication (face-face, email, text, etc.)
  • Listen to his/her concerns, viewpoints, and wisdom.
  • Understand their vision of the project and its importance to the organization
  • Get clarification on your role and the sponsor’s role for the individual project
  • Understand their leadership style for optimal interaction with you and the project team:

    – focuses on instrumental concerns, takes personal charge of decision-making, and demands strict compliance from subordinates.

    Democratic – is more expressive and makes a point of including everyone in the decision-making process.

    Laissez-faire – allows the group to function largely on its own.

By following the seven suggestions above, you will forge a collaborative relationship with your sponsor and insure project support and success.

By Lisa Harvey Roach, PMP, ACB, CL
PMIGLC Ambassador to Toastmasters, Lisa@LisaHarveyRoach.com

Reference: Walker, L. W. (2012). It's the sponsor, stupid!: Engage, involve, and listen! Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2012—EMEA, Marsailles, France. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.

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PMI® News

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference - September 12, 2018
All organizations, whether small or large, need individuals who understand how important and impactful adaptability and agility are to overall success. By attending this virtual event you will learn how you can help your organization embrace the opportunities in change, disruption, and transformation. Learn more.

Checkout the Webinars Offered on ProjectManagement.com
Register for live and play on-demand webinars on projectmanagement.com.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Chapter Members Who Joined in June

Virgie Ammerman
Lucian Bratu
Carolyn Bright
Jack Carr
Cristal Costello
Kimberly Dick
Kiran Kumar Gatla
Charles Gulf
Ethan Hodys
Joann Knight
Dragan Kolobaric
Kate Kurzmann
Frank Lambert
Yuqun Liu
Mary Lowing
Cynthia Lozen

Kathy Mitchell
Natasha ODonnell
Michael Patton
Matthew Pierson
Michael Plesche
Christine Robbins
Thomas Ruden
Simon Thwaite
Suchitra Varma
Naomi Vercimak
Calista Wilson
Michelle Wycoff

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