Baseline Newsletter December 2023

From the  President's Desk

Patera,Michele-2022ed.jpgGreetings PMIGL Members,

As the year draws to a close, I wish all the PMIGL community a Happy Holiday season with some restful time off with your family and friends. 

It was a great honor to serve as your President in 2023. I have learned a great deal serving in this prestigious role and gained new friendships. With the support of the 1,800+ strong membership, our Executive Committee, and our exceptional Volunteer Team we can be very proud of all that was accomplished this year.

Anthony Amalraj will serve as your 2024 President. He has been serving as a volunteer and on the Executive Committee for several years bringing a wealth of knowledge to this role. I look forward to seeing Anthony’s vision for our chapter come to fruition in the New Year.

My role will be to support Anthony and the membership as Past President. Please help me to welcome Anthony into his new role.

For members unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting held on December 12th, please refer to the link HERE with the presentation information on 2023 Accomplishments, 2024 Goals, and the respective volunteer team organizational charts.

Thank you for your support and membership,

Michele Patera, PMP®

PMIGL President

“Support and Grow”

Attention Potential Speakers!
The PMI Great Lakes Chapter cordially invites you to submit a proposal to present at its 23rd annual Spring Symposium with the theme “Transforming Project Management in an AI World”.Conf-Speaker-s.jpg Respecting the new normal and keeping the safety of our membership and community in mind, the symposium will be safely gathering in an in-person event on April 19, 2024, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If chosen as a Symposium Breakout Speaker you will receive free Symposium admission, a certificate for speaking at PMIGL, and a complimentary meal for volunteering your time.
For more information and to receive a copy of the Speaker Information packet, please send an email to

Job Openings
jobs-image.jpgThe PMI Job Board has enhanced features, making it easier to connect job seekers and employers in the project management industry. Click here to access the PMI Job Board! You can access PMIGL's Job Board of local postings here

Upcoming Events  

January 2024 Dinner Meeting - Virtual
January 8 - 6-7 pm

Facilitators:  TBD

Topic and PDU information will be available soon. Please check the Calendar for more information.


Quarterly Lunch & Learn - Virtual
January 26 - 12-1 pm

Facilitators:  TBD

Topic and PDU information will be available soon. Please check the Calendar for more information.


We Have a Theme for 2024 Events!

With the use of AI technology project management will be transformed. Here's how. Also, PDD 2023 is "one for the books." Checkout photos from this year's event. 

What is Disciplined Agile Certification?PeakBusMgtlogo.png
As a leader in project management education, we are working with Peak Business Management to offer the official PMI Disciplined Agile workshop and DASM certification program for individuals looking to pass the exam and become a Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM). Learn more.

Earn Free PDUs!
Peak Business Management, is offering chapter members free PDUs! Please visit their website for more details. Be sure to use the password PeakPDU0922 to access this offer.

Stay Up to Date with PMIGL
Help promote PMIGL by following us on Facebook, X (Twitter) and LinkedIn, and share our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as you see posted. You never know what door may open!   


PM Musings

The PM Professional Conundrum – Manager versus Leader
by By William A Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD, DTM
Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University

“Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it.”
Evel Knievel

Dr. Leland Lahr, one of my favorite undergraduate professors at Lawrence Tech, had a simple but profound definition of Management – Management is making happen what you want to happen. Getting good results without understanding why the good things happened is luck. The astute Project Manager spends the majority of their time on planning with their team. Other management activities of organizing, budgeting, coordination, monitoring, and control, communicating with their project proponents and executives, resource management and staffing, etc., all flow to and stem from planning. Leading and motivating their project team is the motor oil that keeps the PM’s project planning engine humming smoothly. Read the complete article here..​​​​​​​ 

Mitesh Shah - December 2023 Volunteer Spotlight

Mitesh Shah has been a member of PMI since 2014 and his volunteering journey started in 2019 as a manager of volunteers' email accounts and administrator of Google Workspace. Mitesh-Dec-VS-Newsletter.png

Mitesh is the IT Service Relationship Manager at Stellantis for the Global Technology Officer’s organization. Before joining Stellantis, he worked in managed services engagements at AT&T. He managed a global team of developers. He also developed and ran several computer programs. He achieved PMP certification in 2014 and has over twenty years of experience in information technology. Mitesh’s specialties include software development, Information Assurance, technical management, customer engagement, and project management.

Mitesh has a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Walsh College, NSA COE in IA, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from MSU, India. Along with PMP certification, Mitesh is also CISSP and AWS Practitioner certified.

Mitesh, we wish you continued growth and success. Congratulations on being our Volunteer Spotlight honoree for December 2023.

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! 

Also, welcome to our new members who recently joined the chapter. 

Chapter Sustained Sponsors

Sustained Annual Sponsorship opportunities for 2024

Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Copper levels are open. 

Event sponsorship is also welcome for Symposium, PD Day, Golf Outing and Monthly meetings with speaker opportunities if selected. Members should connect interested leads with PMIGLC’s Sponsor Manager ( for additional details and information.

Platinum Level



Gold Level

PMIGL is thrilled to shine a light on our partnership with IIL. Members have access to an incredible array of benefits and amazing opportunities such as discounts on courses, free webinars, and so much more. Please visit the IIL/PMIGL website.



Silver Level