Baseline Newsletter May 2021

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PMIGL 2021 Virtual Symposium a Great Success!

TimeNewNormal.jpgWe had another successful Symposium this year! On April 23, 436 valued attendees joined us for our second all virtual Symposium.  What an exciting time for our chapter, to know that we applied the principles we've learned from our speakers and we delivered value in the new normal! Our many breakout speakers were first class in their content and delivery. Our keynote, Ted Ma, was up early on the west coast delivering his important message on leadership with enthusiasm and an energy that carried us throughout the day.

I'd like to thank all of our marvelous volunteers, led by Synthia Adams (Director of Symposium) and Asha Subramanian (VP of Professional Development,) who stepped up to rock another world-class event in southeastern Michigan. We were also delighted that we could be joined this year by our sister chapter in Region 4, Huron Valley. Thank you, Heather Benson, and your team for being a part of this historic event for PMIGL.

Thank you also to our sponsors who made this event possible with so much generosity and enthusiasm. We couldn't have done it without all of you!

To our members, we hope you enjoyed the day and we want you to feel comfortable giving us feedback on any part of your Symposium experience so that we can continue to improve and deliver EXCELLENCE while enhancing the PM profession.

Thank you all so much for attending and supporting YOUR local chapter. If there is something you would like to do or learn, please let us know. We are here to serve YOU. If you're looking for a way to volunteer in future events, please let us know and we'll find something that fits your interest. Thank you again! See you at the next event!

Jerry Gusmano, PMP
PMIGL President Elect

Upcoming Meetings

Quarterly Breakfast Meeting
May 21 - 7-8 am

The Benefits of Understanding Your Leadership Style
As we deliver value in the new normal by adjusting to virtual interactions in lieu of face-to-face communication, knowledge and demonstration of positive leadership styles are important. How leaders are viewed can influence the outcomes of objectives and goals set forth. Leadership vision transforms into action, if accepted by the followers or team members. It is imperative that one understands the leadership style that is demonstrated to gain maximum positive results. Furthering the understanding of the influence a leader has on followers or team members, provides the guidelines for effective positive leadership.

Speaker: Dr. Melanie Magruder, PMI-ACP, PMP
Magruder,Melanie2021.jpgDr. Melanie Magruder has more than 20 years of leadership experience in corporate business, customer relations, mentoring and coaching, corporate training, community and social outreach, and business performance. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Dr. Melanie has achieved exciting success in developing and implementing community projects; and is recognized for her success in growing business partnerships and relationships.


Monthly Dinner Meeting
June 14 - 6-7 pm

Inquisitive Minds Win
Choose to be a fluid thinker and embrace an inquisitive, growth-based mindset. This will help to build trust in a world that’s a little sensitive right now! Inquiry, understanding, self-awareness and growth are four key aspects we'll cover to illustrate how great minds think alike... but Inquisitive Minds Win.

Speaker: Gurjit Toor
Toor,Gurjit2021.jpgGurjit is always on the lookout to expand her horizons and uses her experiences to build breadth, perspective and foresight into both her personal and professional life. Clearly, she has more than a few things on the go... and it's all on purpose! Of course her 2 boys take the cake as her pride and joy, but her other positions don’t fall too far behind.


Construction Panel: The Success OF IPD Projects
June 29 - 4:30-6 pm

Integrated Project Delivery was developed as a solution to construction projects’ adversarial relationships, low rates of productivity, high rates of inefficiency and rework, frequent disputes, and lack of innovation, resulting in too many projects that cost too much and take too long to build.

Project Management Professionals are proficient in Integration Management for different aspects of a project. The PMBoK Framework is applicable to any type of project, but when it comes to Integrated Project Delivery, there are contractual, psychological, and business management skills needed to successfully carry out the management of a quality end product that mixes Team Culture, Owner Business Objectives, and Contractor’s Financial Goals.


Professional Development Opportunities

Join a PMP Exam Prep Classes Q&A Session on Zoom This Saturday Morning

peakbusmgt.pngIf you are interested in learning more about the PMP exam prep course offered by PMIGL through PEAK Business, join us for an informational event on Zoom on Saturday, May 15 at 11 am to ask your questions and start your journey!

To register, please email Ron Papa at or Harri Emari at

Have you heard what the new PMP exam for 2021 looks like?
Whether you took the PMP exam years ago or have yet to take it, it’s worth knowing what the new exam for 2021 is like. The new PMP exam is comprised of:

  • 180 questions (the previous exam was 200), there are still some pilot questions that are not scored.
  • 230 minutes to complete the exam.
  • The material from PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition. (Yes, it is still valid. The seventh edition exam is not expected until 2022.)
  • One additional break for a total of two 10-minute breaks for computer-based tests. Breaks are optional.
  • Questions are a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching (i.e. “drag and drop”), hotspot (i.e. “click on a chart”) and limited fill-in-the-blank.
  • 50% of the questions are Agile related. These can also include conflict management, motivation issues, scrum ceremonies, team roles, comparing Predictive vs. Agile, leadership styles, and Minimum Viable Product.

If you are planning to take the PMP exam (or know someone who is), you will need to take a course that will prepare you for this exam. PMIGL is excited to announce that we have partnered with Peak Business Management for PMP Exam preparation courses. With this partnership, our members (and anyone that you want to refer) receive a significant discount on PMP, DASM, and PMI-ACP exam preparation classes -- up to $200 or more in savings!!! The best part is that Peak offers several live virtual classes per month that fit any schedule (days, evenings, weekends) with instructors and students from around the country.

The Peak trainers provide a support system from the very start. They will help you outline your journey and timeline, guide you along the path to certification, provide you with extensive test simulations, and maintain your credential with continuing education. Peak trainers take personal responsibility for the students’ training experience and measure their own success by the success of their students, which is evident by their higher than 97% success rate.

View the upcoming classes and to obtain the discount,be sure to use coupon code PMIGL when registering.

If you have any questions, please visit or contact Ron Papa at

Volunteer Appreciation & New Member Happy Hour 

June 23 - 5:30 - 8 pm

PMIGL will host its first in-person happy hour of 2021 on Wednesday, June 23 at the beautiful Lakeshore Park in Novi, MI. The June event will recognize our volunteers who give so much to the community. Volunteers from 2019-2021 will be recognized by chapter leadership for their contributions. In addition, we will formally welcome new members who have joined the chapter. There will be a light fare of sandwiches, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The cost to attend is $5 for members and non-members.



PM Musings

Success and Mindset
by Lisa Harvey Roach

As a project manager, you naturally want success for yourself and your team. How do you make that happen? Certainly, by having the right processes and procedures but truth be told, it starts
with the right mindset. Read the complete article.

Welcome New Members

View the list of new members who joined in April.

New Member Orientation
June 23 - 6-7 pm

Welcome new PMIGL members! Register to attend new member orientation. 


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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