Baseline Newsletter April 2022
Spring Symposium - We're Taking Walk-in Registrations!
April 22 - 8 am - 5 pm

This year's Symposium agenda features opening and closing keynotes from Niel Magsombol and 3 breakout sessions with 4 speakers in each session. We know attendees will be unable to participate in every presentation so we're recording both keynotes and all 12 breakout sessions. Attendees can play the recordings when convenient and then self-report the extra PDUs. That's a total of 17 PDUs that can be earned for the 2022 Symposium!

Even though online registration has ended, we will be taking walk-in registrations on the morning of the event. 

We're Looking for Volunteers

PMIGL is always looking for members who want to be more involved with the chapter. This is a great way to support the growth of the chapter and earn valuable PDUs for re-certification. We are currently in need of volunteers for a number of committee projects in progress. Our current openings include the following:

  • Manager, Symposium
  • Manager, Speaker Packets and Contracts
  • Manager, Speaker Procurement
If you are interested in helping out on one of our committee projects, please fill out the Chapter Volunteer Information Form and send it to our Director of Volunteer Program and you will be put in touch with the committee chair.

Upcoming Events

"Understanding Agile Behaviors" an IIL Advantage Program Webinar (Free for PMIGL members)
April 28 - 3 pm

A recent survey suggests that Agile is being used in 82% of organizations worldwide - you need to understand it to stay competitive. This session will show you the why, what and a little of the how of Agile, so you can start your learning journey with a good foundation. We will eliminate some myths, talk about what Agile really is and show you some techniques that you can use today. Don’t miss out on a pragmatic discussion on how Agile can benefit you and your organization! 


PMP Application Workshop
May 7 - 12 - 4 pm

This PMP/CAPM Application workshop is designed to assist interested PMP Candidates in understanding the application and certification process as well as advise and assist candidates in crafting an acceptable application. 

Participants will: 

  • Gain insight into PMI® and PMI® certification and their requirements, including maintaining PDUs.
  • Be offered the opportunity to work with certified PMI members to translate past PM experience into a solid application and application narrative.
  • Gain advice on preparing for the certification exam.
  • Gain insight into how an application audit works.
  • Get the chance to ask questions to better understand the application and certification process

Speaker: Scott Vincent
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May Monthly Meeting 
May 9 - 6-7 pm

Check back for more information as we get closer to the date.


"PMI Credentials and Various Ways to Study"
May 11 - 6:30 - 8 pm

The PMI Michigan Thumb Chapter has invited PMIGL to an event, PMI Credentials and Various Ways to Study. PMIGL members will be able to join the event for just $5.

May Quarterly Breakfast Meeting
May 20 - 7-8 am 

Check back for more information as we get closer to the date. 


June Happy Hour/New Member Orientation
June 15 - 5-8 pm

PMIGL's first Happy Hour Event at Escape in Troy was well-attended, with a mix of new members, chapter volunteers, and guests. The rain didn't keep folks away from catching up since our last social event in November. We welcomed 11 volunteers, new members, and guests. We also had 27 volunteers who served the chapter in 2021 who were recognized with a small gift of appreciation. Folks enjoyed their favorite beverage along with great food provided by the Escape staff. A few members and guests enjoyed unlimited bowling. No winning team, just tons of fun! 

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Details of our next membership event will be posted soon. If you haven't done so, please take a moment to complete the survey to help us plan future events.


Quarterly Construction Quality Management Panel Discussion
June 28 - 3-4:30 pm

Construction Quality Management Community of Practice( CQM) holds a quarterly meeting every last Tuesday of each quarter to discuss topics that would benefit our community in improving their processes and procedures for better quality management using the latest best practices shared by our members. This quarter's topic is Newest Technology Trends in Remote Construction Quality Management.


Stay Up to Date with PMIGL

Help promote PMIGL by following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and share our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as you see posted. You never know what door may open! 

Professional Development Opportunities

Get your PMP, CAPM, DASM or PMI-ACP Certification

Now Registering for Exam Prep Classes in March thru August

Already Certified? Please Share With Your Colleagues!

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The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is one of the top-paying certifications in the United States, and project managers who complete this certification earn 20% more than those without.  

In this training course, you’ll gain the essential preparation needed to pass the PMP® and CAPM®exams. Concentrating on exam content from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition and other sources, this course includes a wide variety of learning tools, practice questions, study aids, and post-learning resources all using Project Management Institute (PMI) terminology. Earn 35 contact hours upon completion. Our instructors will work with you closely to ensure that you are ready to successfully pass the exam.

To see upcoming classes and obtain the discount, go here.


PM Musings

Developing an Antidote to Change Fatigue
by April Callis Birchmeier

I remember asking my PMO director to provide a kick-off for the “Change Management for Project Managers” training we were conducting for our team. He sighed, looked at me for a minute, and asked “Why can’t we just tell people to change, and they… change. Why can’t they just do it?”  Read the complete article.

Welcome New Members & Congratulations on Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to members on their milestone anniversaries this month. Thank you for your valued membership and continued support! Special recognition goes to Jeffery Essenmacher, Jeffrey Ray, William Reith and Karen Strichartz  – 25+ years and Elgin Cooper, James Gies, Charles Jones, Debra La Fleur and Cecelia Mullens – 20 years.

Also, welcome to our new members who joined in March.

Chapter Sustained Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? There are many opportunities for event and sustained sponsorships, but they fill quickly! For more information, view our Sponsor Information Packet.

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