Dear Member of the PMI NYC Chapter,
I'm sure you are weary of the messages you have been receiving in email and other sources, that refer to 2020 as a difficult, tough, challenging year. We all know that. With that in mind, let's turn our attention to the future. Each of us has been, in some way, affected by the pandemic. The way we work, how we connect and interact, and most importantly, how we focus on our health. We have all learned some lessons and have made many changes in the way we manage our daily lives. There is constant talk about the "new normal", but we really haven't established a new normal. Our professional and social lives are still evolving and we will continue to adapt and adjust for many months to come.
Your chapter is also evolving and will continue to adjust as the year progresses. The main focus areas for the next 2 years will be on member satisfaction, member retention, member value, volunteer engagement, and servant leadership. The chapter will address these areas through new programs, more educational opportunities, and greater attention to administrative and operational efficiency. Emphasis will be placed on creativity and innovation and on listening to the voice of the membership. It is important for our organization to "refresh" its brand and reputation and the best way to do that is through the ideas and suggestions of its primary stakeholders, the membership, and the volunteers who support the many chapter functions.
An important item to note: February 24 at 6 pm, the Chapter will convene the Annual Business and Membership Meeting. During this meeting, the chapter Board of Directors will address the State of the Chapter and provide the membership with the planned approach for 2021 and 2022. This will be an opportunity for the membership to meet the Board "virtually" and hear about the goals and objectives established to ensure a greater experience as a PMI Global and Chapter member.
At the completion of the business portion of the meeting, our guest speaker, Paul Pelletier L.L.B, PMP, CAPS, will offer a presentation about Diversity Intelligence. The presentation will focus on providing project leaders with strategic diversity insight necessary to give you, as a leader, that competitive edge that lies within understanding and engaging those you lead. This is a very timely presentation topic and I am sure you will find it highly informative and will generate some new ideas and ways of thinking regarding your leadership style.
The chapter will also, in the next few months, increase its engagement efforts with town hall type virtual sessions for members and volunteers and increase our presence within the corporate, not-for-profit, and academic communities. Our ultimate goal is to have our members view the chapter as truly value-adding and an organization that is worth much more than the membership fees.
I encourage all members to suggest ideas and provide feedback to your chapter leadership often and, if you have some time, volunteer your services and talent to help us grow and enhance our ability to serve the membership.
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas regarding chapter strategy, chapter direction, or chapter leadership, please contact me at email@example.com
Frank P. Saladis PMP, PMI Fellow
PMI New York City Chapter