Baseline Newsletter February 2024

From the President's Desk

Dear Valued Members,


As we embrace the opportunities of a new month, I’m delighted to share with you that our chapter has reached a significant milestone - its 45th anniversary, a testament to our enduring Anthony.pngcommitment to excellence, collaboration, and professional advancement. Over the past four and a half decades, our chapter has blossomed into a vibrant community of project management professionals, with dedication and contributions from our members, volunteers, and sponsors. It’s a joyous moment for all of us to celebrate our chapter’s significant milestone accomplishment. Let’s continue to support and make this PMIGL tree grow for many more years. PMI is planting 500 trees to honor our chapter.

Use this link to watch our PMI forest grow: Project Management Institute, Company at Evertreen.

In addition to recognizing our chapter’s remarkable accomplishment, February holds special significance as we observe Black History Month. As project management professionals, we understand the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion to drive innovation, creativity, and excellence in our work. Black History Month serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of cultivating an inclusive environment where every voice is valued, heard, and empowered to succeed!

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement in our chapter's journey. Here's to the next 45 years of shared success, growth, and positive impact!

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Amalraj, MBA, PgMP®

PMIGL President

Project Management Day of Service
On April 27, 2024, PMI Great Lakes will host our Second Annual Project Management Community Day of Service, modeled after PM4Change. Together, we will help nonprofits address their most critical projects and initiatives. For more information on our chapter's PMDoS click HERE

Project Management for Change is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to unleash the boundless potential of the Project Management discipline to empower and transform communities around the world. Join us in changing the world, one project at a time! Visit today for more information.

2024 Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program is designed to connect Project Managersmentor.JPG to Mentors who areexperienced Project/Program Managers. These Mentors will guide their mentees through their career development as well as guide them on how to navigate through difficult situations. This program is not for help finding a new job, help reviewing your resume, or to help /tutoring to earn a project management certification. For more information on the 2024 Mentorship Program click here

Job Openings

The 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  

Symposium 2024 - In Person
April 19 - 7 am-5 pm

Please don't forget to early bird register for the 2024 Spring Symposium where our theme will be Transforming Project Management in an AI World.

Click HERE to learn more and register!

February 2024 Monthly Meeting- Virtual
February 19 - 6-7 pm

Unleashing AI for Efficient Coordination Work smarter, not harder.

Speaker: Sean M. Allen

This presentation will introduce the basics of AI, discuss various AI tools and technologies, andAllen,Sean-2024ed.jpg explore a practical application of how Sembly AI and others can enhance the efficiency of organizational project coordination.

  • Explanation of AI in easy to understand terms
  • How AI can be used for meeting recaps, summarizations, and more
  • Success stories highlighting the efficiency brought by AI


Quarterly Lunch and Learn - Virtual

February 29 - 12-1 pm

From Sci Fi to Reality: What Would AI Do for Your Project?

Speaker: Sean M. Allen

This presentation is introductory enough for those new to AI integration with project management. It would provide an interactive learning experience based on visuals, encouraging active participation and discussion among attendees as they explore how they may or may not use AI based on the provided prompts (e.g., visualizing an AI powered scheduling tool and discussing its potential benefits and drawbacks).


PeakBusMgtlogo.pngWhat is Disciplined Agile Certification?
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

Learning from Fairytales to Understand Project Stakeholders
by William A Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD, DTMCards-and-tea.JPG

Skip Weisman, a past keynote Symposium speaker for PMI Global and leadership trainer for PMIGLC, recently posted on his blog about an interesting learning experience – his first time reading of the Lewis Carroll classic fairytale Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Weisman, 1/3/2024). In my response, I posted that this children’s book features characters who mirror common personalities found in the storyland of Project Management. The White Rabbit who angsts over being constantly late. The Cheshire Cat who criticizes everything while blending into the background. The Mad Hatter’s tea party with much ado about nothing. The Queen of Hearts with no heart. Does this not mimic obsession over the project schedule without considering reality, the wallflower critics who offer no solutions to the problems at hand, project meetings without any value added, and executives who constantly abuse to cover their personal inadequacies to manage and to lead?

This article will expound on my blog reply dissecting the subject fairytale’s characters and caricatures, and with assistance from Alice, discover how to effectively deal with project stakeholders.

Read the full article HERE 

Scam of the MonthScam-of-the-month.jpg
I Can't Believe My Credentials Are Gone!
Submitted by Jonathon Falcon

This Facebook phishing scam starts with a post from a friend that says, “I can’t believe he is gone. I’m gonna miss him so much.” The post contains a link to a news article or video, but when you click the link, you are taken to a web page that prompts you to log in to Facebook. If you enter your information, you are taken to an unrelated page. No news article exists, but scammers have just stolen your Facebook credentials using a phishing attack.

Scammers use compromised Facebook accounts to post these “I can’t believe he is gone” phishing links. The posts appear to come from your friends and family, which makes this phishing attack very convincing. If you fall for their tricks, scammers can then use your Facebook account to post the same message to your friends and family.

Follow these tips to avoid falling victim to a Facebook phishing attack:

    • When possible, use multi-factor authentication (MFA) as an added layer of security for your accounts. The MFA will prompt you to provide additional verification before logging in, making it more difficult for scammers to compromise your account.
    • A post from a friend may seem trustworthy, but their account could be compromised. Reach out to your friend over the phone or text to verify that their post was legitimate.
    • When you get redirected to a login page, ensure that the domain matches what you are trying to login to. Facebook[.]com is not the same as Facebook[.]Login[.]com. Login[.]com is the true domain you're giving your credentials to.
    • Remember, this type of phishing attack isn’t exclusive to Facebook. Scammers could use this type of attack on any social media platform.

    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

    Annual Sustained Sponsorship
    Opportunities in Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Copper levels are available on a first come - first serve basis. Limited seats are also open for Symposium, Golf Outing, Monthly Meetings, and PD Day chapter event sponsorship. Please visit our Sponsor page HERE for more details. You can contact if you have any questions.

    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