November 2017 Newsletter Print

    President's Report


    By Amy Stonesifer, PMI Houston Chapter President

    Do you recognize your teammates’ successes? Do you take the time to acknowledge accomplishments by the team or individuals? Do you celebrate the people around you?

    In post-game interviews of the last few weeks, we’ve heard the Houston Astros recognize their teammates for their accomplishments.  Jose Altuve said, “I love that guy” when speaking about Justin Verlander.  Alex Bregman gave examples of how his teammates impacted the team. I’ve heard George Springer tout Altuve as the heart of the team. Veteran Carlos Beltran encourages the younger players and praises their play.

    Each of us need to remember our role in providing recognition and celebrating accomplishments of the individuals and teams we lead. Job satisfaction comes not just from loving what you do but feeling a part of the team and appreciated for what we do. You have the power to positively impact people.

    Follow the lead of our amazing Houston Astros!  Recognize and celebrate those around you.

    November is the month we focus on Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the individuals that make up our Board of Directors and thank them for serving our organization. Each individual has made a commitment to develop a volunteer team to support you our members.

    Thank you for a great 2017!

    Terry Minhas, PMP                 Sr. Vice President – External Operations

    Bob Frasier                             Sr. Vice President – Internal Operations

    Milind Kamat, PMP                 Vice President – Finance

    Nooshin Yazhari, PMP            Vice President – eBusiness & Technologies

    Esther Lu, PMP                       Vice President – Membership

    LaToshia Norwood, PMP         Vice President – Marketing

    Jim Benvie, PMP                     Vice President – Programs

    Brian Roberson                        Vice President – Professional Development

    Jack Wilson                              Vice President – Outreach

    Sharon Greiff, PMP                  Past President, 2016


    Other News and Information from the President

    The following is information from PMI Global regarding certification and membership. They are prepared to offer hardship support for PMI Houston members.  The customer care team can assist you with questions.

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    Questions about your membership: PMI Hardship Provision

    A "Hardship Provision" is available to any PMI member whose financial condition has changed drastically and sufficiently so that a member would have difficulty renewing their membership.  A member must be in good standing for at least three previous years to qualify for the hardship provision. Under this provision, a member is granted a waiver for one year of PMI membership dues and one year of dues for membership in any two PMI Chapters of which the applicant was a member the previous year. The Hardship Provision may be granted for a maximum of two years for each member.  This information can also be located on the back of the renewal invoice that members receive. To apply for consideration send a letter explaining the nature of the hardship, along with the invoice, to the attention of the Manager, Membership Services prior to the membership expiration date. Please remember that any incorrect or untrue statements made by a member are in violation of the PMI Member Ethical Standards-Member Standards of Conduct and may lead to the initiation of an ethics complaint in accordance with the PMI Member Ethics Case Procedures.

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    Our sponsor LitheSpeed posts blogs of interest.  To see how cities are making themselves smarter through Agile, click here

    Program Committee Changes

    Jim Benvie, VP of Programs

    We have made some changes to our Program Committee and chapter programs! Read all about it here

    We Need Leaders! 

    Do you want to take your Chapter involvement to the next level? Our Programs Team currently needs Program Directors and the Finance Team needs Finance Volunteers. Visit Opportunity Detail 11599 and Opportunity Detail 11710 to read more about the position and how you can utilize your skills to help lead the Chapter!

    Featured Job Opportunities! 

    In search of a new direction?  Explore fulfilling Project Management jobs here. 

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    Professional Interest

    Salad Days 

    By Thomas Goebel, Volunteer Content Writer for the PMI Houston Chapter

    Robert Frost said, “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”

    The afternoon has arrived for the Boomers.  Soon, it will be evening, and they will gaze after the dying sun from their porches, hoarding what little remaining heat they can from long and rewarding lives, and reaching for the aspirin… 

    Read the full article here.

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    Programs and Meetings


    Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

    By Harold Eaton, PMI Houston Chapter Toastmasters Club 

    Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb   

    -  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years".  20. Embrace your unique style. Don’t copy the style or gestures of other speakers, as your audience will sense a lack of authenticity. Be yourself; no one does that better than you can.  Read the full article here 

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    Professional Development

    Enhance your skills and professional network in 2017!

    Be sure to periodically check the PMI Houston website for updated listings.

    PMP & CAPM Prep Course - November

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    PMP & CAPM Prep Course – December

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    Stay tuned for information on upcoming PMP & CAPM prep courses!

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