Baseline Newsletter November 2021

From the President’s Desk

Greetings fellow PMIGL members!! 

raj.jpgHope you are all enjoying the fabulous Michigan fall season. As a chapter, we are having a wonderful time, reminiscing all the success we have had so far this year, amidst the pandemic chaos. 

Hope you are all enjoying the fabulous Michigan fall season. As a chapter, we are having a wonderful time, reminiscing all the success we have had so far this year, amidst the pandemic chaos. 

You may have already seen a lot of information floating around regarding the annual PD Day event on November 19th. The theme is "Change Management, Risk and Tools & Technology.  We have an army of excellent speakers lined up to share their wisdom. Please register if you have not already done so. The event is going to be virtual and offers eight PDUs. 

A BIG THANK YOU to all who participated in the election process for the three VP positions that were up for grabs. Congratulations to the following elected/re-elected Executive Committee members: 

  • Jennifer Billings - VP, Administration
  • Brian Roy - VP, Finance
  • Surya Prakash - VP, Membership

On behalf of the other members of the EC, I would like to extend a warm welcome to these VPs. Read on.

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

Annual Membership Meeting
December 13 - 6-7 pm


Please join us to review the accomplishments of the past year and see what is planned for next year. There is no charge to attend this meeting. No PDUs will be offered.


2021 Professional Development Day - We're Taking Walk-in Registrations!
November 19 - 8 am - 4 pm

Get READY to Adapt to Rapid Change!

Join us on November 19 for PMIGL's Annual Professional Development Day. This year, the chapter has tapped April Callis-Birchmeier to share with project professionals how to recognize and lead change initiatives through constant change in the New Normal.

Keynote Speaker: April Callis-Birchmeier 
Callis_Birchmeier,April-sm.jpgApril Callis April Callis-Birchmeier is a professional speaker and an internationally known organizational change management expert who has implemented change for government, health care, higher education, and corporate clients. 

View more info and the agenda on the PMIGL website.


Professional Development Opportunities

Now is the Time to Get Your PMP, PMP-ACP, DASM, or CAPM Certifications

peakbusmgt.pngThe number of PMIGL members going for their PMP, PMP-ACP, DASM, or CAPM certifications continues to grow. As you may recall, PMIGL recently partnered with Peak Business Management for PMI exam certification courses. With this partnership, our members receive a significant discount on PMP, PMI-ACP, DASM, and CAPM 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, or boot camps) with instructors and students from around the country. 

To see upcoming classes and obtain the discount, go here.

MilitaryOutreach2021.pngMilitary Outreach Needs Your Help 

Are you a veteran? Are you on active duty? Do you want to support veterans and active duty service members in enhancing their careers? Then the Great Lakes Chapter Military Outreach Committee wants to talk to you! Learn more.


PM Musings

Admired Leader
by Lisa Harvey Roach

Do you know what it takes to be an admired leader?  

There is a Chinese proverb that says “If you think you are leading and you look behind you and no one is following, then you’re just taking a walk.” You don’t want to be a leader with no followers. 

How do you become a leader people are willing to follow repeatedly? One way is to apply the advice of authors Posner and Kouzes. Their book, The Leadership Challenge, contains 30-years of research on leadership characteristics. They have found that the same characteristics and qualities of effective leaders have held true for 30 years. Read the complete article.

Welcome New Members

View the list of new members who joined in October.

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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