September is already a month to remember. Isn't it just like Rochester to have a rainy summer and have 80-degree swimming weather in the Fall? While the weather has been fluctuating our programs have not. We had a fantastic Chapter meeting at Geva Theater on September 11th raising money for the honorable Honor Flight and a session on Improv for Project Managers, a fantastic Ithaca Branch Professional Development Day on September 15th at Ithaca College, and we've awarded our Chapter Fall Grant to 2 wonderful and worthy recipients. We also have webinars and classes from our vendors that you can check out as well! Read on to find out the whole story!


    Chapter News

    September 11 Chapter Meeting-Honor flight and improv

    Honor Flight was this year’s Community Event honoree on September 11th at Geva Theatre. Jason Becker, former VP of Professional Development presented a check for $500, exclusively raised by donations from our members to chairpersons, Steve Wendell and Lisa Larkins. Last year’s honoree was the Veterans Outreach. PMI Rochester says thank you to our veterans for their service!

    Caitlin Drago, Associate Certified Coach and owner of Inspire Improv and Coaching, hosted an interactive workshop designed to demonstrate how the basics of improvisation can change “no” to “yes” through more active listening, trusting, and collaborating.  Attendees enjoyed “Whoosh”, “Bong” and “Interstate”.  This fun and interactive session taught how being more mindful and in the moment can lead to being more open-minded to new situations and ideas. Members walked away feeling more engaged and armed with ideas on how to more effectively engage their teams. That's what our chapter meetings are all about! If you missed this chapter meeting, fear not another one is coming! Look for details on our October chapter meeting coming soon! Check back and look at our Calendar of Events.

    Chris Adams, Trustee was also presented with Volunteer of the Quarter-Quarter 2 award for outstanding contribution as Elections Chair by Chapter President, Michelle Venezia.


    Ithaca branch Pdd

    The Ithaca Branch of PMI Rochester held a Professional Development Day on September 15th at Ithaca College. The keynote speakers were Debra Howell, Christy Schafer and Steve Wilson. Lunch was served promptly at 11:30 am and then Debra kicked the whole thing off with a bang by being her authentic self and talking about Leading from Where You Are. She was both inspiring and funny! After a short break, Christy Shafer talked about Strategic Planning. The session and exercises proved to be very thought-provoking and we walked away with some useful tools to start strategic planning in our own environments. Lastly (but certainly not least), Steve Wilson wrapped this wonderful day out by talking to us about Agile with an engaging session about the path his organization took to get from practicing Waterfall to practicing Agile. Thank you to the Ithaca Branch team for organizing a great event!

    PMI Rochester Fall Grant Recipients


    Last week our Grant committee awarded two $500 grants to two of our PMI Rochester members, Jun Jreen Carney and Euan Morton! Congratulations to these outstanding professionals! The grant will assist both of them in pursuing professional development training. PMI Rochester chapter is so happy to be able to assist PM's in the Rochester community to further their career by taking training courses that enhance their ability to succeed. That is exactly what these grants are intended for. You can learn more about our Grant Program here. We will continue to offer grants throughout the coming year so watch our general email communications for announcements on when the grants will be offered and when you can apply. It's free money people! It's a no-brainer opportunity!

    Get the Inside Scoop! Become a PMI Rochester Corporate Ambassador

    The PMI Rochester Chapter's Corporate Ambassador program is designed to improve engagement with chapter members that belong to the same company. A PMI Rochester Corporate Ambassador is a chapter member that will act as a liaison and promoter of the PMI Rochester chapter to the chapter members in their respective organization. Ambassadors encourage their PMI colleagues to stay involved with the PMI Rochester chapter and participate in PMI Rochester events. In return, ambassadors receive advance notice of events and programs, receive special discounts, and provide their companies with a communication conduit to our chapter resources.

    Volunteer time is less than 2 hours a month – so it’s an easy way to earn volunteer PDUs. Want to be in the know and help promote PMI Rochester? Represent your company as a Corporate Ambassador.

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    News from PMIEF

    PMIEF provides no-cost project management learning and teaching resources to help bridge the talent gap and build 21st Century Skills among primary and secondary school students as well as the community at large. Check out the resources here

    Do you have friends or family interested in project management? PMIEF has a great resource to read here.

    PMIEF Around the World

    PMI Buenos Aires Chapter brings project management knowledge into local elementary school

    During the month of June, volunteers from the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter developed an activity called "Projects, how to organize them?" for elementary school students in a three-hour workshop at Colegio Español Rosario. The project management skills and knowledge were added to the fourth-grade curriculum to help students better implement technology projects.  As part of the training, the chapter volunteers helped the students create project charters and work breakdown structures!

    To read more about the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter program and other social good programs in the region, check out Projects for Social Good in Latin America here!


    Membership News

    Membership Benefit!

    PMI Rochester Chapter has partnered with ITMPI to offer our membership a new benefit!  A one-year ITMPI premium subscription, valued at $199!  ITMPI, which stands for IT Metrics & Productivity Institute, is the leader in online PDUs for PMP or higher certification holders.  ITMPI offers online PDU approved courseware allowing subscription holders to earn up to 500 PDUs per year!  PMI Rochester is giving a one-year subscription to any member that renews their chapter membership or any new chapter memberships.  This new membership benefit is effective this month, May 2017 and runs through May 2018.  The Chapter will send out an email each month to eligible members, which will include the coupon code they can use to start their one-year premium subscription.  Check out ITMPI’s website by clicking here!  If you have any questions about this benefit, please contact the VP of Membership, Denisia Carden, at


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