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President's Letter: 2020 End of Year Message for PMI Houston

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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. 

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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. 

Final Thoughts: 

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. 

God’s Speed, 

LaToshia Norwood, PMP 

PMI Houston  

2020 President  

 

Quote:  

“Eat the fruit and spit out the seeds.” – Susie Betty Jean Tanner 

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