Baseline Newsletter October 2021

From the President’s Desk

Greetings fellow PMIGL Members!!

As Oscar Wilde said, "And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." We have officially welcomed the season of fabulous colors and pumpkins. Summer just flew by us. 

As a chapter, we had a couple of big hit events during this season...our annual golf outing and the workshop conducted by renowned Networking Guru, Michael Hughes. 

Just like we are all planning and getting ready for the upcoming cold and snow season, we at PMIGL are also preparing for a change at the Board level. I am happy to announce that Michele Patera, the current VP of Administration, has been elected as the President-Elect for the year 2022. Michele is a thoroughbred professional with an unwavering commitment to volunteering. Elections are underway for the VP positions that will become vacant next year. Please do not forget to vote using the information emailed to you previously. 

You spoke and we listened…from the results of the In-person VS Virtual Survey conducted last month, Virtual Events was overwhelmingly your preference. So the Professional Development Day (PDD) and the remaining Dinner meeting or 2021 will be virtual. Read on

We Remember Dave Gingrich

PMIGL is saddened by the passing of Dave Gingrich, former VP of Finance. Our condolences to his family. More details will be posted on the website as they become available. 

Military Outreach Participates in New Jersey PMI Chapter Workshop and Needs Your Help

unclesam.pngOn Thursday, September 30, PMI Great Lakes Chapter Military Outreach completed a three-section workshop for veterans in partnership with our colleagues PMI’s New Jersey chapter. The workshops were run over four weeks and consisted of three, two-hour sessions, all focusing on helping veterans become more empowered in their career pursuits. Approximately 20 students registered and attended. Overall, they felt it was a very positive experience. Read on.

PMIGL is Looking for the Next Generation of Volunteers

volunteeroct2021.pngThe chapter has launched an exciting new Next Gen Volunteer Program to enroll PMs in volunteer activities. There are many benefits, including the ability to share your valuable insights and feedback that will be used for future membership offerings.

Read on for more details on the benefits of being a Next Gen Volunteer and contact Akash Ladha at to enroll or for more information.

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

November Monthly Meeting - Save the date!
November 8 - 6-7 pm

Visit the website soon and review upcoming emails for more details.


Mark Your Calendars for the End of Year Happy Hour!
November 10 - 6-8 pm


Happy Hour at Craft Breww City in the Orchards 12 Plaza Shopping Center, 27843 Orchard Lake Rd. Farmington Hills

No PDU will be provided for this event.

Menu: Veggie platter, hummus platter, nachos, quest and salsa with tortillas, chicken sliders.


2021 Construction Quality Week Celebration
November 12 - 6-7:30 pm

Celebrating the 2nd Annual Construction Quality Week event with the rest of CQM Community!

As we did last year, we will invite all our panelists and CQM members to join for a retreat and yearly community reunion event to celebrate Construction Quality Week with the rest of the Construction Quality Management Community. 

More details here

There is no PDU for participating in this event. The event is free, but due to limited seat availability, you must register for this event.


Seminar - Mission: Transition for Hire
November 13 - 8 am - 5 pm

Presenter: Mike Callahan

Drawing on the concepts in The Transitioning Military Project Manager by Jay Hicks and Sandy Lawrence, and I Inc., Career Planning and Personal Entrepreneurship, by Mike Callahan, we are running a one day virtual event to help veterans be more empowered in their career quest, and to learn how to successfully pursue career opportunities in the field of Project Management and other areas that that might be in line with their personal aspirations. 

The workshop itself will be focused on helping veterans learn how to think more like an entrepreneur regardless of their job aspirations, participate in an in-depth assessment of their personal plans and interests, gain a deeper understanding of how they can bring value to the job market and ultimately, tell their personal story in a compelling manner. 

Throughout the day, we will be using examples of career prospects in Project Management as examples of how a veteran can pursue viable career opportunities in that space. 

We will finish the day with real time networking opportunities with employers who are interested in hiring veterans for different positions within their companies.


2021 Professional Development Day
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. 

April served on the Standard Working Group to develop the global professional standard for all change management practitioner’s worldwide and co-led the work on the Standard Practice Guide. She is CEO of Springboard Consulting.

Additional speakers and topics will soon be posted on the PMIGL website.


Professional Development Opportunities

Wondering what's new in the PMBOK 7th Edition?

peakbusmgt.pngAre you curious to know what is different in the new Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 7th edition? Feel free to join us online on Thursday, November 4th from 7–8 pm as we present an "Overview of the PMBOK Guide Seventh Edition"

The event is free to register and will be worth 1 PDU, divided into .5 Strategic and .5 Technical. 

This course includes an overview of the PMBOK Seventh Edition and Standard for Project Management. Learn more.


PM Musings

Invest in your future self by finishing strong
by April Callis-Birchmeier

Are you like me? A bit surprised that we’re in the last quarter of 2021?

If so, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve accomplished what you set out to achieve this year. Good for you! Setting goals and accomplishing them is a tremendously satisfying feeling. Maybe you’re still striving to meet your goals. The great thing about the start of the fourth quarter of the year is that there’s time to meet some of the goals you might not have yet fulfilled, or to add to the list of what you would still like to achieve. Read the complete article.

Welcome New Members

View the list of new members who joined in September.

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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