Baseline Newsletter January 2022

From the President’s Desk

Gusmano,Jerry-Med_Res.jpgGreetings PMI Great Lakes members,

Welcome 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! 

Our 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 on.

Welcome New 2022 Board Members

Welcome to the new board members for 2022 and thank you to the 2021 board members for your service!


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, learn more online.

  • One-day, One-Month Gigs
  • Director, Contracts
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Manager Symposium
  • Manager, Speaker Packets and Contracts
  • Manager, Speaker Procurement
  • Manager, Social Media
  • Manager, Communication
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.

Spread the Word

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

Upcoming Events

Quarterly Breakfast Meeting
January 28 - 7-8 am

Managing Challenges, Changes, and Risks in Uncertain Times with a Lean-Agile

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.

Speakers: Jen Pfaff and  Kirk Beadle
Jen 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 at Domino’s. 

Beadle,Kirk2_ed.jpgKirk 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.


February Monthly Meeting 
February 14 - 6-7 pm

Please watch for more information to register once available.


Professional Development Opportunities

Ring in the New Year with a New Certification! Get your PMP, CAPM, DASM or PMI-ACP Certification

Now Registering for Exam Prep Classes in January & February

Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing!

peakbusmgt.pngPrepare to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP)® , Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)®, Distinguished Agile Scrum Master (DASM)®, or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam with our comprehensive training courses! 

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

Sharing the Story of Change
by April Callis Birchmeier, CCMP, PMP

In 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. 

Our 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.

Welcome New Members; Congratulations Milestone Anniversaries

View the list of new members who joined in December.

Congratulations to members on their milestone anniversaries this month. Thank you for your valued membership and continued support!

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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