By Thomas Goebel, PMI Houston Director of Communications

    PMI welcomes members to LIM and the Global Conference.

    In October, seven members of the PMI Houston team attended the Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in Los Angeles, California.

    LIM is an excellent opportunity to get together with our PMI partners from around the globe and share ideas about how PMI can answer challenges that all chapters face.

    The challenges range from attracting volunteers and engaging members to mentor and building strong teams – essentially, issues that will require attention in the coming decades.

    The Houston chapter was well-represented. Attending were:

    • Bob Frasier, SVP External Operations
    • Jack Wilson, VP Outreach
    • Lauren Machol, VP of Professional Development
    • Stephanie Dixon, Director of Volunteerism
    • Carla Callum, Director of Sponsorships
    • Carmen Segovia, SharePoint Administrator
    • Tom Goebel, Director of Communications


    LIM lasted for two-and-a-half days (Oct 4-6), and offered something for everyone. Some breakout sessions addressed specific issues that many chapters are seeing, while others reviewed case studies of successful strategies and implementations from around the world.

    In addition to the breakout sessions, PMI brought in some world-class keynote speakers.


    On the opening day, Matthew Luhn – one of the first story creators at Pixar Studios – talked about developing and sustaining a work culture that is not afraid to celebrate diversity and learn from failure.


    Day Two saw the engaging Mallory Weggemann, a Paralympian swimmer who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Games. Ms. Weggemann shared her story and managed to convey to every person in the room that they can determine to what degree external circumstances will affect them.


    On the final day, magician and former NFL football player Jon Dorenbos delivered a powerful presentation. No stranger to adversity himself, Dorenbos used his magic and positive energy to talk about goals and to stress the importance of perseverance and discipline in achieving them. The keynote talks dovetailed with the breakout sessions to invigorate attendees with a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of purpose.


    The lessons of LIM will stay with us for a long time. With resources like these, our chapter will be in good hands for quite a while.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy.Stephanie Dixon, Carla Callum, 
    Lauren Machol, Bob Frasier, and Carmen Segovia stand ready to fight
    the forces against Project Management!

    November 2018: From the President



    What makes America great? The abundance of natural resources. Strong economy. Innovation and technological advantage. Peace and prosperity. Freedom and democracy. Generous people. The list goes on and on. America is great because we have the freedom resulting from a democratic process and governing structure with the consent of its citizens. As you head to the midterm election, please keep in mind the power of a vote, the power of YOU!

    What makes the PMI Houston Chapter great? It’s your vote. The power of You! The PMI Houston Board is elected by the members - YOU. The Board uses the authority bestowed upon by you to lead, to develop a long-term strategy, and to plan and execute activities to serve you in the best possible manner. The Board is accountable to you. Thank you for voting the Board in. And, thanks to the Board and volunteers for putting their time and effort in to make it happen.

    PMI, as an organization, continues to find innovative ways to keep members engaged and extend the PMI brand. One such tool is podcast. You can learn techniques to help solve daily problems, learn best practices and get expert advice to advance careers through Projectified™ with PMI, an official podcast series. Free downloads are available 24/7 at PMI.org/Podcast.

    Food for thought: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ? Theodore Roosevelt