Greetings PMI Houston & Happy New Year!
Ed Garcia, 2021 PMI Houston President
Greetings PMI Houston and Happy New Year! We all have experienced a challenging 2020 and I hope you and your family are safe in these turbulent times.
I’m excited to engage our PMI community to launch 2021 as we continue our journey to transform and reimagine the way we work. With the start of each calendar year, we all look to start anew with a new challenge or learning, and I am honored to serve as PMI Houston’s 2021 President. Until we have the chance to meet face to face for proper introductions, I wanted to share my journey with PMI.
I first engaged with PMI training and methodologies in the mid-’90s. Just like a good book you cannot put down, the PMBOK 1st edition publication was our teams’ go-to source for reference and I was hooked. From supporting and leading teams locally with the benefit of in-person daily engagement, which we all miss these days, to efforts on global teams with late video calls to be respectful of multiple time zones, PMI publications have always been the core reference. I have always been open to learning new and better ways to work smart and drive efficiencies, so my passion for continuous learning aligns clearly with our PMI teachings and philosophy for knowledge and empowerment. My recent mission has been engaging with PMI to research and study leadership effectiveness in matrix organizations and I will soon publish these results.
In our current environment with so many daily challenges, our resilience to work together is our strength for success. I am looking forward to working with our great PMI volunteers to provide you the best resources for learning, opportunity, and career growth.
President, PMI Houston
President's Letter: 2020 End of Year Message for PMI Houston
LaToshia Norwood, PMP
PMI Houston's 2020 President
Wow, I think we would all agree that 2020 has been quite a year! There’s so much to unpack, recount and to be thankful for.
All year long, we, your Board of Directors and volunteers, have remained committed to serving you and the entire project management community. I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished this year, so much so, that I’ve decided to dedicate my final President’s Letter to highlighting the incredible work we’ve done.
In January, we hosted the first PMI Houston Board of Directors Installation in the chapter’s history. It was important for each of you to meet the dynamic men and women who work so hard to create, host, market, develop, lead, and deliver programs, content, governance and value to our members all year long. It was amazing to see and connect with the PMI Houston community, Past Presidents, board members, and partners.
In March, we announced our 20 by 20 pledge to accomplish 20 goals by the end of 2020. We had no idea that a few short weeks later we’d be facing a global pandemic. We didn’t tuck our tails and accept defeat; your Board of Directors rolled up our sleeves and went to work. Needless to say, it forced us to put on our project management superhero capes. And guess what, we didn’t skip a beat. In fact, we delivered on EVERY one of them.
In April, we transitioned from hosting monthly face-to-face meetings, Project Management Boot Camp training sessions and events to our virtual platform in no time. And as a result, we exceeded our goal of increasing attendance year over year, grew our speaker database, expanded our footprint beyond Houston to reach project management practitioners across the United States, and now have a robust library of engaging content to share with you.
We launched our Military Outreach and Mentoring Programming, stood up our Member Guest Pass Program, and streamlined our volunteer engagement process. We amplified the PMI Houston brand by producing commercials highlighting our chapter leaders, members, sponsors and speakers, debuted our new chapter logo and enhanced our website and marketing collateral.
In October, we hosted our first Pre-Conference Networking Social, launched our digital member badges campaign and presented the annual PMI Houston Conference and Expo virtually, which was hugely successful. We recruited over 20+ industry experts from construction, innovation, transportation, and healthcare (to name of few). Our two-day conference schedule was jammed packed with great content. In addition, we added an entertainment component to our conference, which featured one of the hottest DJs in Houston, an award-winning mixologist, and a dynamic Zumba instructor.
And, throughout the year, we shared leadership books, TED Talks, tips, tools and resources to keep your finger of the pulse of the industry through our monthly newsletter. We provided techniques to sharpen your skills, recommendations on how to flex your project management muscles, as well as ways to give back to your community.
Quite honestly, there are so many more accomplishments to add to the list. I can proudly say, the pandemic didn’t stop us, it propelled us.
It has been an honor to serve as your President this year and to preside over the 4,000+ members of the PMI Houston community. Who knew that an eager and audacious conference volunteer would years later ascend to become the first African American president of the oldest and one of the largest PMI chapters in the world?
While my 10-year journey of volunteering and tenure as president has come to a close, I would encourage each of you to identify ways to engage, serve and continue the great legacy of PMI Houston.
LaToshia Norwood, PMP
“Eat the fruit and spit out the seeds.” – Susie Betty Jean Tanner
PMI Houston Continues to Adapt!
LaToshia Norwood, PMP
PMI Houston's 2020 President
We made history last month!
October 19th - 20th, we hosted the PMI Houston Conference and Expo virtually for the first time EVER, and it was AMAZING. All of the marathon meetings, early mornings, late nights, quick changes, and pivots were definitely worth it.
We worked for months to curate a virtual conference that would carry on the legacy of delivering compelling sessions and workshops featuring dynamic speakers representing diverse industries, and I am so proud to say, “We did it”!
In two days over 20+ industry experts from construction, innovation, transportation, and healthcare (to name a few) took conference attendees on a journey to explore the power of the past and provided tips and tools that can be leveraged to be a force in the future.
Yes, the conference schedule was jammed packed with great content. In addition, we recruited one of the hottest DJs in Houston to mix it up on the ones and twos, an award-winning mixologist who shared the secrets to preparing the perfect cocktail, and an incredible Zumba instructor.
Yes, we missed seeing each of you, giving random high fives, flossing our industry badges, taking impromptu pictures, and grabbing snacks during the break, but we’re so glad you were still able to give a few “virtual” high fives, network with other professionals, flex your professional muscles, and earn PDUs.
And, while there are too many high-fives and thank you’s to count, I do know that we can always count on our Board of Directors and incredible volunteers. They always rise to the occasion and make magic happen, and work diligently to serve you and the entire project management community.
Please join me in thanking the entire team of volunteers, our sponsors, speakers and of course the attendees who made THE very best decision to secure their VIRTUAL seats for the PMI Houston 2020 Conference and Expo.