Hope everyone is having an eventful start to the summer! We have an exciting speaker for our Q2 dinner next week, so if you haven't registered yet, go ahead and do that below! Registrations are due by next Monday, June 20th. Ruble Chandy, our guest speaker, will be presenting "The 5 Secrets of World Class Leaders." We hope to see you all there! Also, keep a look out for an email blast for our July networking event.
For anyone interested in joining our board of directors:
Board Member - We have a few open VP and Director opportunities on our board in a variety of roles to include marketing and logistics. We need committed, motivated members who want to contribute to improving our chapter's ability to deliver value to our membership. This is a great opportunity for you to build on your experience and share your passion. For more information please firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're not able to commit to a board position, but would still like to help out the team, feel free to contact me. We need several volunteers to help with our upcoming Professional Development Day and future fun events we have planned for the Chapter.
We are currently updating our job board on our PMI website with new job openings in the area. If you are hiring and have open positions you would like advertised in our newsletter or website, please send an email with the information to the VP of Communications. Thanks for those recruiters that have reached out to us for project managment openings, we will be advertising those upcoming jobs shortly!
It's easy to forget the reason why we do things like earn a certification, or join PMI. Have you taken a moment to remember your 'why'? My 'why' started by a need to keep my job and it has evolved to life-long learning!
It was February 2015, my youngest daughter was diagnosed with Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma (that's pediatric cancer; she was 12 at the time). That same month, my boss said, we are expecting our Project Managers to become PMP's. Here's a week long, company paid boot camp to attend in another state. Though unsaid, the following was heard: attend the bootcamp, earn your PMP, keep your job. My job carried the insurance that was paying for the treatment (cancer is expensive and thats a whole other story!). The timing of this notice was terrible. All of my daughter's treatment was inpatient and meant, one of us stayed with her in the hospital while the other stayed home with our 2 other kids. Despite all the personal trauma and professional pressure, things worked out well. Though I was able to delay sitting for the exam, the ultimatum was issued in writing as part of my annual goals. I sat for my exam and passed. Then, I joined a local PMI chapter. I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed the monthly meetings! It gave me a chance to meet others doing similar work to me; it gave me exposure to new tactics to deploy at work, and has propelled my career. My why had evolved from self-preservation to life-long learning.
I work in the healthcare industry and though I do not see myself leaving that field, I am enamored with the space industry! I may never work on a project to send someone to the moon or beyond; I may never work a day as a government contractor; however, I will enjoy every moment meeting and learning from those that do.
I'll be at the June dinner; come find me and share your why!
- Taylor Acton, PMP
PS: My youngest won her battle; she just finished her 1st year of college.