Upcoming Events

PMP®/ CAPM® Certification Exam Prep Classes - Spring 2019 - Southfield

February 09, 2019
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Lawrence Tech - Southfield Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
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PMP®/ CAPM® Certification Exam Prep Classes - Spring 2019 - Session 1

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PMIGLC Happy Hour

February 20, 2019
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Craft Breww City
27843 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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Join us for appetizers and happy hour at Craft Breww City!

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PMP®/ CAPM® Certification Exam Prep Classes - Spring 2019 - Southfield

March 09, 2019
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Lawrence Tech - Southfield Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
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PMP®/ CAPM® Certification Exam Prep Classes - Spring 2019 - Session 2

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January 2019 Print

Chapter Update

Message From the Chapter President

Dear Members of the PMI Great Lakes Chapter,

I am extremely honored to start in the role of the President of the Project Management Institute Great Lakes Chapter for 2019, which is our chapter’s 40th anniversary. It has been rewarding for all of us to see our membership grow to nearly 1,900 members and to be recognized by PMI for leading our Region (4) in first year membership retention.   

I would like to congratulate and welcome our 2019 Board Members, including:

  • Sean McConnell, BA, PMP - President                                      
  • Srinivas Pinnamaneni, PMP - President Elect
  • Dr. Ron Papa, ORM, PhD, PMP - Past President      
  • Rajesh Sivakumar, MS, PMP, ITIL, SCPM - VP Administration
  • Chris Sharp, PMP - VP Finance
  • Surya Prakash, PMP - VP Membership
  • Dr. Ann Skinner, PhD, PMP - VP Outreach
  • Dana Fix, PMP - VP Communications             
  • Jerry Gusmano, PMP - VP Professional Development            
  • Anthony Amalraj, PMP - VP Marketing

Thanks to our previous board members for their tremendous effort and support over the last year. Special thanks and best wishes to Dr. Bill Moylan and Paul West who will be leaving our board in 2019.

In the new year some our goals include:

  • Optimize chapter members experience through improvements to our signature events including Symposium and Professional Development Day.
  • Host the PMI Region 4 Leadership Institute Meeting were chapter board members from 40 chapters from 6 states will meet for a weekend in Detroit with PMI leadership to share ideas, which will offer several volunteer and network opportunities for PMIGLC chapter members.
  • Ensure dinner meetings have a higher caliber of speakers, introduce a new Southfield and Detroit locations and offer two PDU’s per dinner meeting.
  • Increase our presence in academic and military communities, increase recruiter involvement and employment opportunities for our members.
  • Revamp our website to increase functionality – including mobile-friendly website, mobile app, and PayPal options.
  • Provide PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP and SAFe training.

As we enter our 40th year, we would like to thank our membership for your continued support and would encourage you to become active as a volunteer within our chapter by browsing our volunteer section.


Sean McConnell
President, PMI Great Lakes Chapter

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Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum

February Monthly Meeting

Leading Volunteers with FORCE
One of the greatest management and leadership challenges is leading volunteers effectively and efficiently. Volunteers, so it seems, don’t listen to orders, do whatever they want at their own schedule, and can leave at any time, all because they are not paid. However, it is said that volunteers and volunteerism is America at our best. Harnessing the power volunteers and volunteerism can be transformational for any organization if FORCE is applied appropriately. This presentation will address an appropriate way to lead volunteers with great results.

Presentation Objectives

  • Review the 5 key elements of leading volunteers
  • Discuss the (non) differences between volunteers and ‘real’ workers
  • Share a personal story on a major US company requiring their professional employees to volunteer on community service

Three Takeaways

  1. Learn the five key FORCE requirements in leading volunteers
  2. Understand the non-differences between ‘real’ workers and volunteers
  3. Learn the value of volunteering in regards to leadership learning and professional development

Speaker: William A. Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD, DTM, is an associate professor of construction management at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. In addition, he consults, trains and provides expert witness testimony in project management and construction engineering. Dr. Bill has extensive professional experience in all aspects of program and project management, having worked throughout North America, the Middle East andAsia. His project experiences include new product development, quality improvement, computer and information systems, and, facility engineering and construction projects. He has also led and managed projects within the oil and gas production, petroleum, chemical processing, energy, academic, government, public service, automotive and manufacturing industries.

First of all, I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the Great Lakes Chapter as your VP of Professional Development. We have a great year planned and I’m blessed to be working with high caliber teammates to get the job done.

For planning purposes, the Events Calendar is almost complete with our 2019 events. 

Thank you for your support in attending our Dinner Meetings. To sweeten the pot a bit, we added an activity during dinner called “Dine & Develop” to allow you to earn 2 PDUs per dinner meeting.

I also wanted to make you aware that you can also earn PDUs via ProjectManagement.Com’s Virtual Events. These are free webinars to members of PMI.

If you are a member of PMI, you have another great resource at your disposal - the monthly magazine PM Network and the supplemental magazine PMI Today. January’s edition of PMI Today has a great article called Navigating the New Normal. This article addresses how we as PM’s can instill a culture of constant change and innovation. Reading these articles is another way to earn PDUs.

See you at our next dinner meeting!

 - Jerry Gusmano, PMP, VP Professional Development

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Professional Development Opportunities

Spring Symposium 2019 ⋅ "Project Managers as Champions of Change"

Friday, April 26, 2019 • 8 AM - 5 PM 

We are back with our 18th Annual Spring Symposium! Each year we have grown and improved with our professionals in mind! 

The PMIGLC 2019 Spring Symposium “Project Managers as Champions of Change” is an educational and networking forum that provides a platform for the best minds in academia and industry to share the latest developments and advancements in the field of project management. The offerings this year include keynote speakers and a choice of presentations covering various topics. Previous Symposiums have been highly successful sold out events with management practitioners attending from numerous Midwestern states and Canada.

Take advantage of earlybird pricing!
PMI & PMIGLC Members: $225 USD
Non-Members: $280 USD 

PMP®/ CAPM® Certification Exam Prep Classes - Spring 2019 - Southfield

Saturdays, February 9, 16, 23, and March 2 ⋅ 8 am - 4 pm

A four-day, Instructor led, classroom setting PMP® exam preparation course designed to meet the training needs of those wishing to prepare for PMI’s PMP® or CAPM® Certification Exams

The objective of this course is to help the participants gain a level of competency required to pass the PMP® and CAPM® and certification exam through a review of the concepts and terminology covered in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

  • Participants will earn 35 hours of education toward PMI’s exam prerequisite.
  • Training is based on the PMP Exam Prep textbook by Joseph Phillips 4th Edition (Based on the Sixth edition of PMBOK).
  • Includes the Joseph Phillips textbook, practice questions and quizzes.

The courses are led by PMP® certified experts working in the field of project management.

PMIGLC Happy Hour

February 20 ⋅ 5 pm - 8 pm

 Kick off 2019 with PMIGLC’s first Happy Hour of the year! Join your friends and colleagues for appetizers and cocktails at Craft Breww City in Farmington. Happy Hour cash bar prices available until 6 pm.

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Moylan’s Mulligans for January 2019

What Are Your Intentions?
Fear not. I am not going to talk to you about your New Year’s resolutions. You already know that the best way to lose weight is to avoid the chocolate cake! I am going to talk to you about your intentions towards making a difference in the lives of others. I am going to ask you to consider if it is time to change the way you think about volunteerism.

Setting Your Intentions
Intention is defined as a determination to act in a certain way. Do you want to be more or less altruistic in 2019? Setting intentions requires a motivated mindset and an implementable plan. Do you have either?

Students and adults need help with organizing their projects and their lives. People often don’t know what they don’t know. Individuals in schools, churches and other non-profit organizations can benefit greatly by you sharing your project management knowledge with them. You might say, Lisa, I am not comfortable speaking to groups. I would then reply, “volunteer your time in Toastmasters.” In Toastmasters you will improve your communication and leadership skills as well as your confidence. Then you can set an intention to speak to and impact one or many.

Finding Your Passion
I have a passion for helping young children, especially girls, become all they can be. This past June I volunteered to support a Flint in STEM program. It was very rewarding to mentor High School students and to know I made a difference. What are you passionate about? Where would you like to have a positive impact?

Volunteering and Benefiting
The benefits of helping others are many:

  • A study by Cassie Mogilner of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, showed that people who volunteered their time actually felt like they had more of it.
  • Another study by Sara Konrath of the University of Michigan showed that people who volunteered for the purpose of helping others, lived longer.
  • You will feel good by doing good.

Now who doesn’t want more time, more life, and good feelings?

"I encourage you to set your intentions to volunteer your time and talents somewhere this year. “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” - Dr. Seuss

For more information, contact me at Lisa@LisaHarveyRoach.com

Lisa Harvey Roach, MM, PMP, ACS, ALB
PMIGLC Ambassador to Toastmasters

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Spotlight Recognition

Who is Paul West?
PMIGLC’s person of the Month!  Mr. West currently volunteers asDirector of Marketing.  Prior to this role, Mr. West has served as the Vice President of Marketing, which included Brand Marketing, Sponsorship and Publicity.  Mr. West has over 25 years of Project Management and Brand Marketing experience. Since 2014 Mr. West’s energy, integrity and commitment to PMIGLC has been outstanding. During his tenure with PMIGLC he has met other professionals locally in Detroit, as well as, abroad from other countries. His passion for Project Management and talent in Marketing has led to opportunities to promote PMIGLC missions, while using the accumulation of experience to benefit Michigan’s project management community. PMIGLC would like to acknowledge your commitment, dedication and service to our chapter.  Because you Rock, you are our Volunteer Spotlight for January, 2019. Thank-You for all you do!

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PMI® News

Submit Your Nominations for a PMI Award
Nominate professionals, organizations, scholars, authors & continuing professional education providers for the profession’s most prestigious achievements. 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 December

Jamal Aljahmi
Paul Bastian
LaShone Bedford
Talisa Cohen
Aditya Dattawadkar
Joseph Firmingham
Yolanda Gaines
Eric Hill
Wieslaw Jagustin
Heather King
Subir Kumar

Dan Ling
Craig Lowell
Tamela Peace
Thomas Rodgers
Yvette S. Walters
Balvinder Sehgal
Matt Simic
Scott Smrdel
Michelle Tutt
Tej Valecha

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