President's Message


For everyone that missed the December chapter meeting, I would like to summarize all the wonderful announcements, accomplishments and points of celebration for the 2017 PMI-SWVA chapter.

First, I would like to congratulate all the volunteers that received chapter awards for their endless and valuable contributions to the PMI-SWVA chapter, this year.

  • Ragan Fagan received the Service to Chapter Award for her continual work for improving the banking and financial management for the chapter and guiding the board to complete an annual budget process.
  • Emily Cohen received the Chapter’s Special Recognition Award for her superior talent for communicating chapter events through email blasts for the chapter. In addition, Emily was instrumental with helping to organize and finalize the chapter handbook.
  • Kristen Gorman received the David J. Williams award for her exceptional leadership, hard work and dedication for the Fall Symposium event and the planning for PMI-ACP blended learning class.
  • Joshua Myers received the Chapter Volunteer of the Year award for his outstanding work for leading a team in helping to arrange speakers for the Symposium as well as doing an impressive job as moderator for the panel discussion for the Symposium.
  • Members of the 2017 Board of Directors were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the chapter.

Second, 2017 was an outstanding year for the PMI-SWVA chapter.   Below is a brief list of some of the chapter’s 2017 accomplishments:

  • Increased chapter membership by 16%, as November 28, 2017, whereas the chapter reached the highest membership with 321 members and with large percentage of our members having credentials (266 members).
  • Offered 25 PDUs for credential attendees for attending chapter events.
  • Sponsored PMI-ACP blended Learning Class with around 30 PMI-SWVA members (and even one from Richmond) in attendance.
  • Held an excellent valued premier Project Management Fall Symposium event with 134 attendees including volunteers and speakers.
  • Organized innovative and relevant chapter meetings with event content, formats and venues
  • Improved member engagement with the continual use of Social Media venues (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter), eBlasts, and the PMI-SWVA website. During the summer, the chapter hosted two networking events. In the fall to help better serve the needs of chapter members, a survey to membership occurred.
  • Represented the PMI-SWVA chapter at PMI’s Regional 5 and North American Leadership Conference.
  • Continued chapter-internal financial management improvements and practices.
  • Updated Chapter Handbook.
  • Presented Project Management presentation at September breakfast event for RBTC.

Lastly, I would to thank everyone for everything that you have done for the chapter this year.  Without volunteers, presenters, sponsors and you, we would not have a successful chapter.  You make the chapter successful.   My wish is that you will have a wonderful holiday season and I am looking forward to seeing you in 2018 at PMI-SWVA chapter events.

Thanks again,

Mitzi Steele, PMP, PMI-ACP

2017 PMI-SWVA Board President

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