membership news


Congratulations to the following members for continuously improving their skills and gaining new knowledge with PMI. 

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Luis RuizShane Crowe
Peter Ewanechko
Nathan Giordano
Lori Kramerson
Marcella Sarkozy


Our chapter continues to grow! Let's welcome the following new members of PMI Rochester:

Karin Call
Teodora Toteva
Thomas Pinckney
Bilal Choudhry
Wendy Hembrock
Bhaskar Vadla
Elizabeth Kauffman-Dence
David Cortese

We're growing so rapidly in the past few months. We have 900+ members and continue to increase daily. Welcome and thank you to all of our new members. 

Chapter News

Chapter of the Year Finalist 2018

PMI Chapter of the Year Finalist 2018 Journey
By Lori Gacioch, PMP, PMI-ACP
PMI Rochester Chapter President

Every year in early Spring the global PMI organization takes a look at the performance of each of the 300+ chapters in the world. There are 3 categories of chapters based on membership size (Category I 1-300 members, Category II 301-1500 members, Category III 1501+ members). In each of these categories, the organization looks at membership performance including engagement, growth, and retention. Chapters performing at an optimal level are notified that they qualify to become a finalist for Chapter of the Year. At this juncture, the chapter president is given the option to fill out an additional application. There are 5 essay questions. This is the Chapter’s opportunity to communicate to the global organization the programs and services that the chapter offers its members.

Last year Rochester qualified for Chapter of the Year 2017 and became a finalist. We were recognized at the PMI North American Leadership Institute Meeting in Los Angeles. Our chapter was notified in early spring this year that we qualified to become a finalist for Chapter of the Year 2018. We never expected that we would be selected as a finalist for the second year in a row but… we were notified on August 7th that we were indeed selected as a finalist for Chapter of the Year in our category! This news came as a great honor for PMI Rochester Chapter. Our volunteer team has been committed to serving our members and community. We are focused on supporting members on their career journey. It is an honor that the global organization recognized our chapter and the passion and effort we have poured into serving our membership as an example of a best in class chapter!

On October 3, 2019, members of the PMI Rochester Board of Directors attended the North American Leadership Institute Meeting and Global Congress in Philadelphia. PMI celebrated it's 50th Year Anniversary, unveiled a new branding as well as a unveiling a new organization approach-The Project Economy. Amongst all the excitement and announcements, the Chapter of the Year Awards were held. Prior to the awards ceremony the finalists had the opportunity to present in a session about their chapter and what outstanding benefits they offered to their members. It was truly a pleasure to share in this session with the 3 other chapters we were finalists with. At the end of the session there was such admiration for each chapter that it didn't matter who won. We were all winners to each other!

Here's a short video of the ceremony where the category II finalists were featured and the winner was announced…


While we didn't win, we were genuinely excited for the Parana chapter! They are truly a group of wonderful, passionate and caring chapter leaders! We are honored to be in the same category! Back in 2015, the global organization recognized PMI Rochester with an award for Member Services. We will continue on our journey of transformation and we fully expect to be a finalist and a winner next year. As they say, 3rd time is a charm!


Day of Service

On Friday, September 13, 14 PMI chapter volunteers and 18 attendees from 8 non-profits gathered at St. John Fisher College for PMI Rochester’s Day of Service. In this full day event, the morning focus was training and group discussions while the afternoon focused on smaller, more intimate discussions with non-profits to discuss challenges in their organizations.  The non-profit attendees were engaged throughout the day, and walked away with a new view on how project management can help their organizations achieve their strategic vision. Chapter volunteers also enjoyed the day, and are looking forward to future social good events. As stated by Bill Woodhams, Day of Service volunteer, “This was a great day, I was only sad that it did not last longer. I think we not only helped non-for-profits in our community, but in turn helped those they help out as well at the end of the day. All while getting more knowledge out about the field we all love and devote our time and energy to: project management.”

PMI Rochester continues its work as a community partner to the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI). Please consider donating your project management skills towards this important community effort. PMI volunteers provide 5-8 hours a month of project management support to various working groups. Reach out to [email protected] to get involved today!

Thanks to the generosity of chapter members, PMI Rochester has contributed $1,645 in donations this year to the PMI Educational Foundation. PMIEF has recently introduced a revised strategic roadmap, focused on bringing transformational learning resources to youth serving nonprofits and NGOs around the globe. As the next phase of PMI Rochester’s social good roadmap, we will be partnering with local non-profits to deliver youth-based project management curriculum. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved in the coming months.

ROC The Project Kick off

On Saturday September 14th, PMI Rochester kicked off it’s ROC The Project (RTP) collegiate competition at Schlegal Hall on the University of Rochester campus. It was an amazing event! 7 teams from RIT and UofR registered for the competition. Over 30 Volunteers for this event that include, RTP Core Team, Mentors, Judges and Executive Judges. There was a powerful keynote speaker, Loriane Ngarambe about the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and the impacts of structural racism. The discussion raised our awareness as well as set the stage for the students to move into the actual competition.  The RTP competition focus helping to advance the good work of a non-profit in our community. This year we have the pleasure of working with the M.K. Ghandi Institute for Non-Violence. Kit Miller, Director, was in attendance to share with all of us the impactful work they are doing in not only Rochester but all over the world.  We wish the students all the success in giving back to their community as they create a strategy and plan for how to advance the M.K. Ghandi Institute with their work.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen! Thank you to UofR for letting us hold the event on campus. 

Celebrating 50 years

PMI is celebrating 50 years in the industry. Check out all of the happenings from PMI Global throughout the year. 

We have been talking about our Global Celebration of Service goal of 50,000 hours pledged in 2019 since January. Thanks to the commitment of chapter leaders and members and other individuals and organizations, PMI has already reached the goal, which was announced at PMI® EMEA Congress in Dublin. And now, we are working on doubling it to 100,000 hours! The call is still open for all who want to get involved to pledge their commitment at

NEWS You Can Use

PMI Leadership and Organization

In March of 2019 Sunil Prashara joined PMI as President and CEO.  Sunil is breathing new life into PMI by giving a keen focus on a new organizational structure driven by the PMI 2.0 pillars:  Strategic Focus, Organizational Agility and Customer Centricity. Since joining PMI the organization has been delivering strong against these pillars

Offices in London and China

In August, a small London office was opened located centrally in the London Bridge area. This strategic location, together with the Brussels and Dubai offices, serves as a bridge among stakeholders in the important region of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Also, marking PMI’s fourth office in China is a new office in Chengdu City, an increasingly influential economic hub of strategic importance in southern China. PMI has also expanded their footprint in our Beijing office to accommodate the exponential growth being experienced throughout the country.

Regional Leadership to Amplify PMI’s Global Impact

In August, Otema Yirenkyi joined PMI as Vice President, Global Engagement and is also responsible for PMI’s Africa region. In September, PMI made four additions: Srini Srinivasan joined us as General Manager of PMI India, Ben Breen as Managing Director of the ASEAN region, Beth Gollogly as Vice President of Global Operations, and Grace Najjar, Managing Director of the Middle East. To further support globalization, Otema and Bob Chen, PMI’s Managing Director of China, are now members of PMI’s Executive Leadership Team.

Expanded Credentialing Offerings with Pearson VUE

In April of this year it was announced that PMI expanded its partnership with Pearson VUE to offer more testing options for professionals looking to earn PMI certifications at all stages of their career. And as of July 1, this has expanded to U.S. military personnel. All of PMI’s certification exams are now available to take at Pearson VUE-Authorized Test Centers at U.S. military bases.

Changing How PMI Transacts with Members

PMI heard consistent feedback from stakeholders around the globe that payment options stood as a challenge to engaging with PMI. That’s why in August, PMI launched a pilot program to accept payments in Brazilian reals and Indian rupees when professionals purchase or renew PMI memberships via credit card. It’s going very well and PMI is already seeing improvements in their Net Promoter Score (NPS) to illustrate that customers appreciate this effort. The pilot’s next phase is exploring payment plans and local price parity structures.

The PMP Exam is Changing in a Big Way

Every 3-5 years, PMI conducts research to adjust the PMP exam content so it remains relevant to the profession. Now PMI is changing the exam to include both predictive and agile/hybrid approaches to project management. Also, instead of five domains, the exam will focus on three domains: People, Process, and Business Environment. When this change was announced June, stakeholders immediately began sharing feedback and the consensus was they felt they needed more time to prepare. In response to that customer input, PMI made the decision to delay the PMP exam change until 1 July 2020.

This focus on the PMI 2.0 pillars has generated excitement within PMI and has responded to feedback and input from stakeholders around the world.  It’s a great time to be a part of PMI!

PMI's acquisition of Disciplined Agile and the FLEX approach to support Agile Practitioners in the enterprise

PMI has announced the acquisition of Disciplined Agile  and the FLEX approach  to support Agile practitioners in the enterprise. “This acquisition is an important building block for PMI as it addresses new ways of working in an increasingly agile world, and greatly expands the capabilities of project managers and agile practitioners alike,” said Sunil Prashara, president and CEO of PMI. “PMI is now positioned to add even more value for members by providing a full continuum of products, services, training and certifications to project managers, agile leaders and their teams wherever they are in their careers – sometimes even before they know they need it. Regardless of approach, whether it be traditional or agile, project or product, PMI is uniquely positioned to deliver value for individuals and the organizations they serve.”
Read these announcements and look for further developments as PMI assists the chapters in educating Project Managers and Agile practitioners with access to training, certifications and relevant communications supporting the Project Economy.