Spring has sprung and the BIG EVENT is almost here! We are just a few short weeks (you can almost count the days) away until our PMI ROC PDD! It will be an exciting day with a jam packed agenda with great speakers. It’s not too late to reserve your seat!

We also have many events (in addition to our PDD) coming up in the next few months. We have the PMI-ACP Prep course, Rochester & Ithaca meetings, and PMXPO to name a few. If you can’t get out of the office, we also have several webinars listed on the calendar that can help you earn your needed PDUs to keep your certification up to date.

Are you interested in volunteering? Or how about being a Board member of PMI Rochester? If you are interested in volunteering, take a look at our volunteer page and contact Porchia Stewart, Director of Volunteers, at volunteers@pmirochester.org for details. If you are interested in a Board position, be on the lookout for our “Call for Nominations” to get the process started.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our PDD and all the other great events.


PMI Rochester PDD:

Are you getting excited for our 2017 PDD? The big event is coming Wednesday May 3, 2017 and will be at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. We have an all-star cast of speakers to discuss Leadership and give you take-aways that you can use as soon as you get back to the office.

Our PDD team has been planning for months now and doing a tremendous job! A shout out to Jason Becker, Kathy Cupo, Suzy Ahrens, Brian Gregory, Matt Corridoni, Joyce Ellis, Debra Jaczysen, Marilyn Bohrer and Pam Hirsch! They are working hard to bring a stellar event to you. All our thanks to you!

Don’t delay, sign up now! Also view our event page to see breaking news and details. See this


Upcoming Chapter Meetings:

Our Ithaca Branch is putting on a great chapter meeting in April. Have you ever wondered how construction project management is different from your own specialty? Come to our construction primer and meet an expert! See whats going on here.


Membership News: 

Volunteer Awards Announced!

The first is Lori Gacioch, who was awarded the 2016 Volunteer of the Year!  Lori currently serves our Chapter as the VP of Marketing & Communications.  However, in 2016 she was our VP of Governance.  Lori is a tireless supporter of the Rochester PMI Chapter.  As VP of Governance, Lori embraced our Chapter's strategic objective of "Building the Sustainability of our Chapter." She drove the Chapter/Board to build a complete Operations Manual, documenting all processes for all functional areas in the Chapter. She also drove strong Transition Plans for each role. As a result, we have eliminated "single points of failure" to keep our Chapter running. Although Governance is typically thought of as a "back office" role, she also took on the Media Library and Technology for the Chapter and grown a volunteer team impacting many areas beyond just governance and administration. In addition to her VP role, she volunteered her graphic artist talents to develop the program and collateral for PDD.  Her commitment to the profession is remarkable and illustrated by her ongoing pursuit of knowledge.  She's always working extensively to promote project management, both in principle and practice. Her leadership among PMI is contagious, and Lori is always willing to lend a helping hand or facilitate a conversation. She is a natural leader. Whatever the situation she is knowledgeable, approachable, and always eager to help.  Congratulations, Lori on being awarded the 2016 Volunteer of the Year, this is an honor awarded to you by the membership who recognize and appreciate your many valuable contributions to the PMI Rochester Chapter!


The second volunteer is Jessica Wescott, who was recently awarded Volunteer of the Quarter for Q1 2017! Jessica serves the chapter working as our Director of Professional Development.  As our Director of Professional Development, Jessica is responsible for new member programs. In the past, she brought us our extremely successful Certified Scrum Master class. Most recently in Q1, she helped pull together our first chapter Director's Meeting. When a literal natural disaster struck with the major wind storm, Jessica immediately sprung into action to make sure our event could still move forward. She contacted our planned venue, and when she realized they had no power, she spent a full day calling other venues to find us a replacement. She then worked to coordinate logistics, food, etc. In the end, the meeting went off without a hitch and was a very productive day. Her efforts in getting us to the day are greatly appreciated! Congratulations, Jessica on being awarded Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2017!  It is an honor that was well-deserved! Thank you for serving the PMI Rochester Chapter!

Thank you to you all of our volunteers because without you the PMI Rochester chapter would not be the vibrant and thriving Chapter that it is!


Photographs by Zac Sweet