the President’s Desk
PMI Great Lakes members,
to 2022! I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year celebration
and are looking forward to a year of learning, collaboration,
networking, and GROWTH!
Executive Committee members and I are ready to work hard
for you and help bring you great value. As your new President,
I want you to be heard!! If you have an idea that you think
will make our chapter better, I’d like to hear it.
The Executive Committee will review every idea. If it is
better for our chapter, brings value to our members, and
fits our budget, we will execute that idea. We are excited
for the year ahead and the plans that we must build on from
our past successes. Read
New 2022 Board Members
to the new
board members for 2022 and thank you to the 2021 board
members for your service!
Looking for Volunteers
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, learn more online.
Speaker Packets and Contracts
promote PMIGL. Follow us on Facebook,
and share our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities
as you see posted. You never know what door that may open!
28 - 7-8 am
Challenges, Changes, and Risks in Uncertain Times with
Uncertainty is now a certainty that we all
have to deal with. Along with it comes the challenges,
changes, risks and opportunities. Moving toward a Lean-Agile
framework can help project and program managers define
value, focus on customer needs, and drive transformation.
In this introductory conversation we’ll discuss
why starting the path to Scaled Agile Framework (or
SAFe® ) can be beneficial to project managers and
clients alike. You’ll hear about how you can prepare
yourself, and your team for a Lean-Agile approach. Finally,
we’ll discuss the attributes and skillsets of
a great Project and Product Manager and how to make
sure that’s you.
Jen Pfaff and Kirk Beadle
Pfaff is a Principal with Capgemini in the Client Services
Division of the Chicago Region. She is a Senior IT leader
with expertise managing global teams acquired over twenty
years working with some of the world’s largest
corporations. Jen refined her management experience
in the automotive industry where she was responsible
for large-scale delivery teams at Ford Motor Company,
General Motors, and Chrysler. More recently she served
as the Director of Payment Strategy and Global Support
leads the coordination of PM’s on projects for
the Chicago/Midwest region for Capgemini. He has over
thirty years of experience leading large development
projects and managed services for some of the world’s
largest companies in the automotive, pharmaceuticals,
and utility industries. Kirk has a BS in Computer and
Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan.
14 - 6-7 pm
watch for more information to register once available.
in the New Year with a New Certification! Get
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Concentrating on exam content from A Guide to
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course includes a wide variety of learning tools,
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(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.
see upcoming classes and obtain the discount, go
the Story of Change
by April Callis Birchmeier, CCMP,
the past 22 months, our world has seen more
disruption than in the last 20 years. This constant
change has left little time to ensure change
adoption and as you are probably aware, the
stakes are high. We need a coordinated approach
to change for our projects, more now than ever.
traditional approach to organizational change
management, which is often defined by lengthy
timelines, complicated templates, and sluggish
rollouts, is antiquated. As organizations
rethink priorities, move between in-person and
virtual worlds, and flex to meet shifting strategic
goals, the type of change management needed
in this moment is quick and agile. Read
the complete article.
New Members; Congratulations Milestone Anniversaries
the list of new
members who joined in December.
to members on their milestone
anniversaries this month. Thank you for
your valued membership and continued support!
in becoming a sponsor? There are many opportunities
for event and sustained sponsorships, but they
fill quickly! For more information view our