Western Michigan PMI Chapter

ALL MEETINGS will be held VIRTUALLY through the end of 2020. We made this decision because the safety and well-being of our members and volunteers remains our top priority.


Questions? Please email: President@wmpmi.org

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October 22, 2020 Press Release

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FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS

Virtual events highlighting veteran presenters and free to veterans & active service members

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: 

As this unprecedented year winds down, Project Management Institute – Western Michigan Chapter (WMPMI) is pleased to reflect on a 2020 spent nourishing our members and communities. By rapidly adapting to all-virtual events in March, we were able to offer an uninterrupted flow of valuable meeting content, workshops, and networking opportunities as well as access to free and reduced-price continuing education credits. Some highlight events from 2020 include:

  • February - Roger Haskett Leadership Workshop
  • April - THEProject Annual Collegiate Project Management Competition
  • May - Women’s Month
  • August - Virtual “Foodraiser” Benefiting Feeding America West Michigan
  • September - Virtual Networking Happy Hour
  • October - Professional Development Day (PDD)

Now WMPMI is capping off the year with its 4th annual Veterans Month in November, where veterans and active duty service members are invited to receive complimentary registration to the following on-topic virtual sessions. The speakers at each event are veterans themselves who will draw upon their own experiences, passion, and lessons learned from military life.

 

  • Monday, Nov. 9 - From Military Service to Project Management

    (Virtual Dinnertime Meeting)

Session 1 - The Battlefield to the Boardroom: How adjusting my mindset and creating goals changed my life

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Jaclyn (Jax) Scott

Founder | Cyber Expert | Tech Blogger

Session 2 - My Path from Military Service to Coaching Agile Transformations

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Derek Beck

President and CEO of Blue Summit Consulting Group, LLC

 

 

  • Friday, Nov. 13 - Motivating Change: A journey from military to corporate life and the motivational lessons learned along the way

    (Virtual Lunchtime Meeting)
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Joseph Hanley

Sales Inventory and Operation Planning (SIOP) Lead at Dematic

 

 

  • Friday, Nov. 20 - Managing Project Managers: Using military lessons and teachings in project management

    (Virtual Breakfast Time Meeting)
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Bob Clarkson 

Director of Operations at DLN Integrated Systems

Visit the WMPMI Event Calendar at https://wmpmi.org/ to register for these events or to learn more about November’s meeting presenters and content.


 

And from the news... September 28, 2020

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WOODTV 8 REPORTS ON COVID-19 EFFECT ON 2020 PROJECTS
 
GRAND RAPIDS, MI: This morning, WoodTV 8 in Grand Rapids reported on how the area has been affected by COVID-19 as it relates to development projects. The story, Growing Grand Rapids and beyond: How COVID-19 hit 20 projects in 2020, and accompanying video can be viewed at:
 

September 14, 2020 Press Release

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR WEST MICHIGAN PROJECT MANAGERS

An enriching, engaging virtual session to get you through the pandemic and beyond!

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) is hosting its annual Professional Development Day (PDD) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 13. PDDs are dedicated to learning and networking, with an agenda designed to cover subjects that are relevant and on-trend in the field of project management.

This year’s event will be entirely virtual while still delivering high-quality content, engaging speakers, and interactive breakout sessions. We have a jam-packed PDD planned, including:

  • Scan of what’s changing in the field of project management
  • DISC assessment to uncover your ‘change style’ and insights about how to use this knowledge to your advantage
  • Hear from speakers who will inspire and energize you for the road ahead
  • Mingle safely with your peers during the pandemic
  • Connect with a seasoned recruiter who knows the industry
  • Complete fun quizzes & win prizes!

Visit https://wmpmi.org/professional-development-day to register for the October 13, 2020 event or to learn more about the presenters, content, and pricing. Individuals may register up to and on the day of the PDD. Group discounts are applicable to groups of individuals from the same company or organization.

2020 Keynote Speaker:

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Spencer Horn
President of Altium Leadership



2020 Plenary and Breakout Session Speakers:

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Dr. Susan Cain, LCWS William Johnson, MCT, CPC
Partner at Corporate Learning Institute Faculty at Corporate Learning Institute



About WMPMI: WMPMI was established in 1993 to support the project management profession. The chapter began with about 100 members and today we have over 1,000 active members throughout the west side of the state, ranging from as far north as the U.P. and all the way south of Benton Harbor. The organization is run completely by volunteers, supported by sponsors, and holds several educational and networking events each month. Annual events include an all-day educational Professional Development Day and THEProject, a collegiate project management competition. Learn more about WMPMI and the project management profession at WMPMI.org.

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August 14, 2020 Press Release

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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS FIGHT HUNGER

Professional Group Hosts Virtual ‘Foodraiser’ Benefiting Feeding America West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: The Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) is proud to be hosting a virtual ‘foodraiser’ in August to benefit Feeding America West Michigan. In this time of mounting food insecurity due to the economic and social hardships brought about by COVID-19, WMPMI is pleased to offer this convenient, low-touch way of providing tangible support to neighbors in need.

By visiting WMPMI.org, members and non-members can simply click the ‘Shop Now’ link to choose from commonly donated items or select a flat-rate food box. Our goal is to raise 550 pounds of food donations between August 1-31. All donations are tax deductible and will be shipped directly to Feeding America West Michigan, an organization that replenishes food banks throughout west Michigan and is currently facing a food supply deficit.

For more information and to donate, please visit WMPMI.org or yougivegoods.com/pmi-westernmichigan.

About WMPMI: WMPMI was established in 1993 to support the project management profession. The chapter began with about 100 members and today we have over 1,000 active members throughout the west side of the state, ranging from as far north as the U.P. and all the way south of Benton Harbor. The organization is run completely by volunteers, supported by sponsors, and holds several educational and networking events each month. Annual events include an all-day educational Professional Development Day and THEProject, a collegiate project management competition. Learn more about WMPMI and the project management profession at WMPMI.org.

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June 22, 2020 Press Release

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STUDENTS ADAPT AND WIN CASH PRIZES IN ANNUAL COLLEGIATE COMPETITION

Young Adults Show Resilience as the Project Managers and Project Leaders of the Future

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: THEProject is the 9th annual collegiate project management competition hosted by Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI). While undergraduate and graduate students from 6 western Michigan colleges and universities were preparing their final THEProject plans to present to a live panel of judges in April, COVID-19 had other plans for the students and this year’s competition. The students didn’t let that stop them!

As Michigan implemented a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order at the end of March, teams from Cornerstone University, Ferris State University, Hillsdale College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Technological University, and Western Michigan University were able to rapidly adapt to all-virtual collaboration in order to finish and submit final presentations under new and unusual circumstances. But it’s that ability to pivot in the face of changing conditions that makes a successful project manager, and this real-world challenge gave everyone involved in THEProject 2020, from competitors to mentors to judges, the opportunity to shine.

This year’s competition scenario is to create a project plan to launch a new School of Project Management, including selecting the program’s curriculum, hiring academic faculty & administrative staff, and addressing any other activities in order to meet the established project deadline. Each team was paired with a PMPⓇ (Project Management Professional) certified mentor to guide the students and help transform their solutions into a comprehensive project plan using processes documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOKⓇ Guide).

THEProject engages students in the practice of project management, develops their leadership abilities, and provides them with opportunities to demonstrate those skills with business and community leaders from western Michigan. Teams were judged on their use of proper project management techniques, the quality of their solutions, and their ability to craft a written project plan. Although COVID-19 prohibited teams from presenting before a live panel of judges as in years past, WMPMI would like to acknowledge and applaud the dedication and perseverance of all of our student competitors who rose to the occasion!

  • 1st Place  - $599/Student - Academic Architect Associates, Western Michigan University
  • 2nd Place - $400/Student - Diverse Urbanites, Western Michigan University
  • 3rd Place  - $300/Student - PM Back to the Future, Michigan Technological University
  • 4th Place  - $250/Student - The PERTfect Team, Michigan Technological University

For more information about THEProject 2020, including a comprehensive competition booklet and all of this year’s winners, please visit WMPMI.org or email THEProject@wmpmi.org.

About WMPMI: WMPMI was established in 1993 to support the project management profession. The chapter began with about 100 members and today we have over 1,000 active members throughout the west side of the state, ranging from as far north as the U.P. and all the way south of Benton Harbor. The organization is run completely by volunteers, supported by sponsors, and holds several educational and networking events each month. Annual events include an all-day educational Professional Development Day and THEProject, a collegiate project management competition. Learn more about WMPMI and the project management profession at WMPMI.org.

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April 17, 2020 Press Release

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CELEBRATING WOMEN’S VOICES & PERSPECTIVES

Women-Led Virtual Development Opportunities Open To The Public In May

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: Many aspects of daily life have rapidly shifted for Michiganders recently, and more so than ever women are required to juggle many roles and change focus from moment to moment. That’s why the Western Michigan Chapter of Project Management Institute (WMPMI) is pleased to highlight women presenters and panelists in the month of May, which coincides with Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week. We are offering several live virtual events, open to all, which address some of the issues being faced by everyone, regardless of gender or industry. In light of COVID-19 these events are all being offered virtually, either free or at a reduced price.

Virtual Lunch Meeting: Managing Stress and Work/Life Balance

Friday, May 8

Beth Tuttle is an emotional Freedom Technique practitioner whose workshop will give participants a better understanding of what fuels stress and anxiety and the impact these can have on your mental and physical health. We will explore techniques and strategies to help you take back control, including simple, effective tools to improve your decision making, increase productivity, connect better with others, and help you to feel more balanced and happy in your everyday life.

Virtual Dinner Meeting: Remote Team Building & Women Leaders in Project Management

Monday, May 11

Session 1: Cindy Lewis, PMP, owner of 4 Pillars of Success®, will demonstrate no-cost methods for building relationships with remote teams, and lessons learned from several recent virtual conferences. Bring your ideas and experiences to share so we can learn from each other!

Session 2: Q&A with an all-female panel who will speak about their career journeys and share advice about how to get started or promoted in the male-dominated world of project management. Our panelists have an immense breadth of experience from many industries including IT, law, manufacturing, consulting, training and more.

Workshop: Build and Manage Schedules with Microsoft Project

Wednesday, May 13 & Thursday, May 14This one-day workshop has been broken down into two virtual sessions the mornings of May 13 and 14. Cindy Lewis, PMP, owner of 4 Pillars of Success® who has amassed over 25 years of project management experience, will speak about how to effectively build and manage schedules with Microsoft Project. Participants will also gain valuable insight into how features are used to deliver business value.

Virtual Breakfast Meeting: Generation Z in the Workforce

Friday, May 15

Madison Deiter, GVSU student studying Management with Information Systems, will discuss generational differences in the workplace and how organizations can utilize technology and unique communication skills to create greater efficiency for individuals and teams.

For more information and to register for events, please visit www.wmpmi.org. As always, all of our offerings are open to the public and participants do not need to be a member of WMPMI.

About WMPMI: WMPMI was established in 1993 to support the project management profession. The chapter began with about 100 members and today we have over 1,000 active members throughout the west side of the state, ranging from as far north as the U.P. and all the way south of Benton Harbor. The organization is run completely by volunteers, supported by sponsors, and holds several educational and networking events each month. Annual events include an all-day educational Professional Development Day and THEProject, a collegiate project management competition. Learn more about WMPMI and the project management profession at WMPMI.org.

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November 2019 Press Release

 
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LOCAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRO’S SEEK LESSONS FROM VETERANS

All speakers are vets & vets and active service get free registration to all events!

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: WMPMI (Western Michigan Chapter, Project Management Institute) is celebrating its 3rd Annual Veterans Month. All regular event speakers for the month of November are Veterans. All Veteran and active service military are able to register for events for free during the month of November as well. Our line-up includes:

  • Nov. 8 Lunch Speaker: Patrick Adams, U.S. Marine Corps (ret), who served 8 years. He is the Founder and CEO at Patrick Adams Consulting, a Six Sigma Black Belt and Executive Lean Coach. Patrick has trained thousands of successful change agents, and has been actively involved with 60+ organizations. He presents “Structured Problem Solving.”
  • Nov. 11 Dinner Speakers: Eric Stoll, U.S. Air Force (ret), a decorated combat seasoned and instructor fighter pilot. He is currently a Senior Program Manager at Eaton Corp.s Aerospace group and Robert Heath, Sr., U.S. Marine Corps (ret), a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal winner for his leadership as a Commander of one of the largest companies in the Marine Corps, and currently a CEO at Legacy Leadership Consulting and bestselling author.
  • Nov. 15 Breakfast: Lean Coffee: Developing Myself, a fast-paced, interactive discussion with topics that are decided upon by the attendees. Includes delicious buffet breakfast.

"As a veteran myself, I wanted to give our members the valuable perspective on how military experiences have enriched so many business careers,” says Andrew Gill, Former VP Programs, WMPMI and originator of the initiative.

The goal of Veteran Month is to emphasize the fact that many of the skills gained in military service are highly transferable, especially into the field of project management.

This should assure those transitioning from active service into civilian life that they bring a unique set of in-demand skills, while reminding hiring managers that veterans are a highly valuable resource pool for employment. Besides veteran and active service, anyone interested in attending these events is welcome. In fact, WMPMI welcomes non-members to all of their events throughout the year.

About WMPMI: WMPMI was established in 1993 to support the project management profession. It started originally with about 100 members. Today the membership is over 950+ with members throughout West Michigan. It is run completely by volunteers, supported by sponsors, and holds several educational and networking events each month. Annual events include an all-day educational Professional Development Day and THEProject a collegiate project management competition. Learn more about WMPMI at WMPMI.org.

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