Letter From The President
LaToshia Norwood, PMI Houston President
Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Nǐn hǎo. and Howdy PMI Houston!
Our 2020 is off to an awesome start! And, we, the PMI Houston Board of Directors and leaders are busy at work mapping out conference speakers and sessions, monthly meetings, a full calendar of professional development workshops, signature member events, academic partnerships, our 20/20 PMI Houston Plan, and much much more.
During the fourth quarter of last year, we launched our Annual Survey inviting you to share your thoughts and feedback about what we can do to provide more value to your membership and improved experiences. We value your feedback and will be using it to guide our plans. So, stay tuned!
Acknowledgments and Recognition
The 2020 Board Installation and Annual Meeting was a huge success, and we are so thankful for all of the friends, family and members of PMI Houston who attended. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Terry Minhas, 2018 PMI Houston President, who did a phenomenal job as our Master of Ceremonies.
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Are you interested in joining the PMI Houston Board of Directors? Great! In the coming weeks, we will be sharing details regarding the Special Election for the President Elect and Vice President of Communications board positions via our website, newsletter and social media channels.
Need PDU's? We've got you covered!
There are host of PMI Houston events for the month of February to add to your calendar! We've assembled an all-star group of speakers with a wide range of topics to choose from. From "Delegating Effectively for Project Success" to “How to Level Up In Leadership". So, if you've have not already done so, please be sure to register here for one of our upcoming monthly meetings.
What's happening in the world of PMI?
The PMP exam and R.E.P. program are changing effective July 1st. If you have any questions about these changes or how they may affect you, please contact PMI Customer Care by following this link.
My Quote of the Month
“Project managers function as bandleaders who pull together their players each a specialist with individual score and internal rhythm. Under the leader’s direction, they all respond to the same beat.” -L.R. Sayles
I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. Thanks for your commitment and service to the project management industry and for being the best part of PMI Houston.
It is with great pleasure that I wish you a Happy New Year full of success both personally and professionally.
As you know, PMI Houston has served as the authority for the local project management community for 45 years. From facilitating top-notch training to executing best in class conferences, we have consistently delivered and have done it with excellence. Now entering into 2020, our 46th year, in a new decade, with a new Board of Directors, and a new look, I can’t help but ooze with excitement about all that is in store for 2020.
My excitement and service to PMI Houston began nearly a decade ago as a conference volunteer -- meeting and greeting attendees and serving as speaker support. Shortly thereafter, I was designated to lead the Galleria venue as Venue Director. A year later, I was selected to be a speaker for our annual conference and invited back the next year to be a speaker and a full-day workshop facilitator. Years later, I was nominated and elected to serve as Vice President of Marketing for two years, then Senior Vice President, and now proudly as President.
Like many of you, I’ve worked in the project management industry for years consulting, coaching, training and leveraging the knowledge and skills I’ve learned over the years to manage award-winning, cutting edge projects and to right the wrongs of those pesky “bad news bears” projects. I know firsthand how mission-critical it is as a practitioner to always have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the project management industry, as well as keeping your eyes and ears open for new methodologies and trends. This is especially true here in Houston, the most culturally diverse city in the nation, which just happens to be well-known for its diversity in industries as well. Houston is the energy capital of the world, home to the world's largest medical complex, and a thriving and robust market for multi-million dollar construction, innovation, and IT projects.
All of which is why my 20/20 vision for PMI Houston is two-fold. First, to explore how these companies and industries are leveraging project management to deliver projects successfully and spotlight the great project management professionals that are leading the charge. Second, to be the HUB that companies, practitioners and PMP hopefuls from all industries rely on for workshops, training, and resources.
I look forward to serving the over 4,000 PMI Houston members alongside the dynamic 2020 Board of Directors as your President, continuing the great legacy of PMI Houston, and powering the Project Economy together.
LaToshia Norwood, PMP
President, PMI Houston
As we come to a close on 2019, we have a big welcome and a small farewell.
First, A Big Welcome to your 2020 Board of Directors
Thanks to all the members who cast a vote in the election and welcome to the 2020 board.
President – LaToshia Norwood, PMP
Past President – Bob Frasier
VP Finance – Angela Doray, PMP
VP Marketing – Mame Leslie, PMP
VP Membership – Stephanie Mensah, PMP
VP Outreach – Carla Callum, PMP
VP Professional Development – Lauren Machol, PMP
VP Programs – Art Casasa, PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PfMP
VP Technology – Carmen Saucedo, PMP
VP Volunteers – Stephanie Dixon
We also received many write-in candidates for both the President-Elect and VP Communications positions which the election committee will review.
Secondly, the smaller farewell.
You’ll notice I’m still past president in 2020 so I can’t gallop into the sunset quite yet, but my horse begins a slow trot.
The past president role is largely a consultative role to the 2020 board. Fortunately, we’ve got some really great folks that have taken the step as board members this year and others with continued interest. This bodes well for the chapter, and my horse…
It’s been my pleasure serving you and happy to connect on any piece of the PM profession.
PMI Houston President 2019