Baseline Newsletter January 2023
From the President's Desk

Hello and Happy New Year! 

Patera,Michele-2022ed.jpgAs we begin the new year, I want to first thank our members for the support of our chapter, our volunteers for their time and talent, and a special thank you to our Past President Jerry Gusmano who in 2022, delivered excellence in Leadership and best in class f2f events.

For 2023, I look forward to team collaboration on the chapter initiatives, as presented at the December Annual Business Meeting. With all the changes made in our personal and business environments since the Covid-19 pandemic, our chapter is geared to serve our membership with both virtual and f2f professional development events. Read on

Checkout this video from Michele Patera.

1st Annual PMIGL Project Management Day of Service®

WeCanHelp.jpgWe're Looking for PMs Willing to Volunteer and Nonprofits in Need of PM Assistance
On March 4, 2023, PMIGL will host its first annual Project Management Community Day of Service. Modeled after PM4Change, together, we will help nonprofits address their most critical projects and initiatives. 

The Project Management Day of Service pairs each nonprofit with a team of two to four experienced project managers. Participants spend the day scoping a project to address a critical need of the nonprofit, leaving the nonprofit with an actionable plan. This is an extremely high-impact and meaningful way for project managers to give back to the community. To learn more and apply, visit the Outreach page.

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:

  • Director, Speakers
  • Manager, Merchant Services
  • Social Project Manager
  • Manager, Social Media
  • Manager, Newsletter
If you are interested in helping with 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.

Job Openings

Looking for a new career opportunity? PMIGL has you covered! Check the following link regularly for any new job postings here.


Upcoming Events  

Quarterly Breakfast Meeting 
January 27- 7:00 - 8:00 am 

Motivating your project team through leadership (whether you have direct leadership or not)
We know that sometimes in project management, you may not have direct leadership. Learn soft skills to effectively motivate them whether you have direct leadership or not

Three Take-Aways:

  1. How to motivate your team via soft skills (whether they direct report to you or not)
  2. How to set a good example and set the tone for your project
  3. How to get your team to report into you before you even ask

Speaker: Michelle Baker, MBA, PgMP, PMP
MichelleBaker.jpgMichelle is currently the Director of Professional Services /PMO at EW Consulting LLC. She has mangged project and programs in the IT management consulting industry that supported Fortune 500 clients in the automotive, healthcare, technology business management, utility, regulatory, and advertising marketplaces. She is passionate about managing timelines and deliverables for IT and Business programs, also driving team cohesion amidst high stake, high level stakeholders and executing project team members. In addition, she champions professional development and sits on the executive boards of 3 volunteer organizations in her area: Project Management Institute – Great Lakes Chapter, National Black MBA Association--Detroit Chapter and Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.


IIL Advantage Program Free Webinar
January 30- 3-4 pm

“Team Building and Motivation” 
As a project manager, you most likely have the responsibility for delivering your project within predefined and tight constraints, but you don’t have authority over your team members and have no “carrots and sticks” available. But in light of this, you still need to motivate your team. In this webinar, we will provide you with powerful models and techniques to truly inspire and motivate your team.  

keithwilson.pngJoin this free event to learn stages of team building, how to create a team agreement, the keys to being an empathetic leader, and more! Presented by International Institute for Learning’s Advantage Program and delivered by training consultant Keith Wilson. Join us on Monday, January 30th at 3 pm EST for this highly informative presentation and the chance to earn up to 1 PDU! Can’t attend live on the 30th? Don’t worry! Register now and enjoy on-demand access for 30 days!


Monthly Meeting 
February 13- 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Brainstorming - Tools and Techuest for Idea Development 
Brainstorming is a commonly used method to generate ideas. There are tools and techniques that businesses use to drive improvement and new product introduction (NPI) initiatives. In this presentation, we look at a variety of brainstorming techniques that can add value to the idea development process.

This session will also touch on the various methods of delivery for brainstorming, including the use of social media and the advent of tools such as chat rooms. The session itself is intended as an introduction to the philosophy and approach to running effective ideagenerating workshops and may require some additional follow-up work from participants in applying thetools and techniques demonstrated.

Speaker:  Harry Rever
Harry-Rever.jpgHarry Rever is Director of Six Sigma at International Institute for Learning and has over 25 years of experience in the fields of leadership, process improvement, Six Sigma, and project management. A dynamic trainer and practitioner of Six Sigma and project management, Harry has an innate ability to teach the concepts of quality improvement and project leadership in an understandable and applicable manner.


New Member Orientation Session  
February 15 - 6-7 pm

New to PMIGL? Sign-up for a virtual new member orientation session.


Leadership and Innovation 2023 - Online Conference
Opening Day: March 2 - On-Demand Access: March 3 - June 5


Leaders come in many sizes and help to elevate those around them to be better. If you set examples for others, influence those around you, walk the talk, and attempt to make a difference, you are a leader! This online conference brings to you a line-up of authors, thought leaders, and influencers from around the globe to enable all of us to be better and drive positive change, in one online experience.

PMIGL has FREE seats for the first 18 registrants. Claim the code here.

PMIGL 2023 Symposium - Get Together with Us in 2023!
April 21 - 7 am - 5 pm

"Cultivating Intelligence Spectrum for Project Managers"
We’re excited to get together and enjoy some great speakers, networking with fellow members, and interaction with our sponsors. Our Opening AND Closing Keynote speaker will be Scott Welle. You won’t forget him anytime soon! Breakout session speakers and topics will be announced soon. 

Learn more about this professional forum here.

Speaker: Scott Welle
Welle,Scott2023.jpgOutperformers are not born; they’re made. We ALL have the capacity to “raise our game,” and Scott Welle has spent more than 15 years helping people do this, personally and professionally. Scott’s 9 best selling books, articles, videos, podcasts and