Chapter News

Project manager of the Year Award with digital Rochester


Digital Rochester's GREAT Awards is coming up in September and PMI Rochester is Sponsoring the Project Manager of the Year Award!

What are the GREAT Awards? It is the 2018 Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievements in Technology (GREAT) Awards!

Digital Rochester’s GREAT Awards program recognizes and celebrates technological achievement in the Greater Rochester community by highlighting the organizations and individuals that show leadership and innovation in the field of technology. 


One of the NEW awards for this year is the Project Manager Of The Year. The winner of this award will have promoted the ideals of project management through the display of a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. By performing their responsibilities at the highest level, the Project Manager of the Year has demonstrated the ability to motivate others while delivering a successful project. This award will be judged on the level of complexity of completed projects and their impact.

The eighth annual 2018 GREAT Awards, themed Technology Playground, is planned for September 26, 2018, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Since 2010, the GREAT Awards program has aimed to recognize and celebrate technological achievement in the Greater Rochester community.

Interested in attending the event? Register here today! 

Interested in sponsorship or participating in the exhibitor showcase? Click here for details. In addition to the Project Manager Of The Year award, Digital Rochester is also awarding a number of other interesting technology awards, check out the details here.


News you can use

  • A new standard has been released, the Standard for Organizational Project Management (OPM). The OPM is a framework used to align project, program, and portfolio management practices with organizational strategy and objectives, and customizing or fitting these practices within the organization’s context, situation, or structure. Members can download it for free here. This standard has a local connection. Mark Scott, Sr. Manager at Harris Corp was on the review team, and our Chapter President, Michelle Venezia, was a Subject Matter Expert Reviewer.
  • PMI's Organizational Agility Conference is coming on September 12. Members can register for free and will receive invitations to invite up to 3 free non-members after registering. Attendees can earn up to 6 PDUs.


Membership News


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

Christine Leclerc  
Heidi Marshall  




Krysta Cunningham  


Celebrate New Members 

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

Madanmohan Balakrishnan

Adam Hungerford Steven Willis

Erin Buckley

Claude Jean  

Amber Cone

Diane Kubarek  

Orlando Diaz

Robert Metzger  

Paul Farnbach

Angela Northrup  
Aimee Galindo Armando Perez  


RMAPI Update

PMI Rochester’s support of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) is now in full swing, with a team of 17 chapter volunteers who are volunteering their time to give pro-bono PM services to the RMAPI effort. Teams of 2-3 project managers have been staffed to lead planning activities on 8 different workstreams: Service Provisioning Working Group, Employment Working Group, Policy Working Group, Data and Evaluation Working Group, Funding Alignment Group, the RMAPI Backbone Staff, and RMAPI Governance. The RMAPI executive and steering teams have been so appreciative of the PM support provide through PMI, so much so that they have made the PMI planning support central to the reset strategy for the RMAPI effort. You can learn more about RMAPI and its mission here.

With the back-to-school season in full swing, do you know of any teachers that would benefit from PMIEF’s resources for the classroom? The Project Management Toolkit for Teachers® provides a modular, user-friendly resource that teachers can use to help prepare youth aged 12-18 to be college and career ready. Check out this video to learn more, and share with the teachers in your life.


Get your Volunteerism on Now

New Volunteer positions are available! Check it out here!


Where Have we been?

On September 6, 2018 some of the members of the PMI Rochester Chapter Board of Directors (Michelle Venezia, Past President, Lori Gacioch, President, Robin Louvain, VP of Membership, Linda Marshall, VP of Outreach and Yogita Joshi, VP of Professional Development) attended Western NY’s only Technical Conference in 2018, Rochester’s ROC Tech Conference. It was held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The conference was the brain child of Millennial Justin Copie of Innovative Solutions and designed to bring visibility, engagement and appreciation of the Technology community in Rochester. The conference was sponsored in part by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce (and PMI Rochester, amongst other sponsors). The master of ceremonies was Bob Duffy. 
PMI Rochester had a vendor table at the conference and took advantage of it. We met and networked with all of the attending Technology companies and news outlets. We talked with folks who were already on their journey of project management and didn’t know an organization or community existed! That’s why we were there, to raise awareness of our chapter, the profession and the community of project management. We have engaged new members and partners that will benefit our chapter in the coming year and beyond. We expect to see collaborations with new partners in upcoming events and our May Professional Development Day. 
On September 11, 2018 the Eastern Great Lakes Chapter of the ACP (Association of Continuity Professionals) - a group which supports the Business Continuity industry - hosted their annual conference at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel.   60+ members attended (while many had to stay back in preparation for Hurricane Florence) and enjoyed a slate of speakers covering topics ranging from armed attacks (i.e. on banks) to cultural buy-in, cyber threats, women in technology and BCM, and trends and best practices.
The event coordinators also brought in other vendors and professional organizations, including PMI Rochester as we look to grow our partnership with these local ACP professionals and their partners.  Leaders between our two organizations are discussing our continued collaboration for the mutual benefit of our members.  We are considering continued attendance and visibility at events, engagement of each other's membership where we see potential value, and sharing of speaker talent where appropriate.
For more information on getting involved with this group, please contact Chris Joy or Lori Gacioch. 


Membership Benefit that pays off

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 2018 and runs through May 2019. 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, Robin Louvain, at

PMI ROC Board member featured in TV commercial

Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Rochester Chapter, Zachary Sweet was featured in MCC's 'Opening Doors' Video. MCC's new initative aims to offer more variety and flexible options to students looking to further their education by opening doors to success. As a 2015 graduate from MCC, Zachary volunteered and was featured in the video for the college. Here's a little bit about his experience in filming:

"It was a really great opportunity to give back to the school that allowed me to start my academic career. I’m fortunate to have landed myself in such a great place so given the opportunity to give back, I didn’t think twice. Overall, I never had been a part of such a huge production I learned a lot about the film and production industry."
- Zachary Sweet
IT Project Coordinator, Wegmans Food Markets

Watch the Video here. 

To read more about Zachary's experience attending MCC and the growth of his career, click here.

Ithaca Branch News

Time to step it up!

We are asking for help to keep the Ithaca Branch going. After numerous “calls to action” we have had a total of TWO members offer to assist in the running of the Branch. This is great progress but we still need more volunteers! We are all busy with careers, family, and life. But, please don’t assume that someone else will step forward. If you have benefited from the Ithaca Branch - please step up and volunteer for a position. All positions come with PDUs (and other great benefits) and we will be here to help you along the way. Come join the Ithaca family now and give back. It's a rewarding experience! Contact Paula Wedemeyer for more information at