PMI Austin Chapter Weekly Newsletter October 15, 2018 Print


This newsletter is FOR YOU! Be part of the revolution that PMI Austin Chapter is experiencing. Grab a front row seat to this incredible journey of excellence in project management. 


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Upcoming Chapter Events and Registration Deadlines

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (1 Strategic and Business Management PDU)
Location: Meals on Wheels Central Texas, 3227 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702. The Boardroom is located in the West bldg. second floor, Rm: #232.

Speaker: Ahmed Zouhair, PMP, Business Administration, Emotional Intelligence, ITIL, Agile, Project and Program Management.
Presentation Title: Disrupting the Automotive Industry: Tesla Strives for Success

Tesla is one of the world's fastest-growing electrical-vehicle (EV) companies.  This session will highlight a study that investigates Tesla's unique business strategy. This research is crucial to professionals and students in the disciplines of management and marketing because of the way Tesla is disrupting the traditional fossil fuel business model. Competitors are watching very closely and following in Tesla's footsteps to keep up with EV technology.

Registration:  $15 (Price includes lunch and your PDU credit)

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. 
Registration, Business Meeting, Networking and Dinner (Cash Bar) (.5 Leadership PDU)


Celebrations! ~ Music, Fun, Laughter! ~ New excitement! ~ Invite someone, enter to win $50 gift cards! ~  Free gifts ~ Multiple guest passes to non-members ~ Career opportunities ~  Several major employers on the spot for hiring ~ Students from colleges, high schools, friends, and prospective project managers ~ Mentoring and certification opportunities ~ Vision/goals attainment for 2018 ~ Milestones, achievements, and recognition ~ Celebrate our sponsors and other stakeholders ~ Opportunity to volunteer ~ and more!

7:00 – 9:00 P.M. (2 Leadership PDUs)

Panelist: Tonya Hofmann
CEO and founder of the Public Speakers Association

Tonya Hoffmann is a globally sought-after speaker, host of Tonya Hoffann's Fabulous TV Show, and best-selling author of seven books. 

Panelist: Dave Gawlik
President and CEO, PMware

David Gawlik’s high-performance career spans more than 20 years in various leadership roles for successful enterprise software organizations such as Parametric Technology, Siebel, and VMware. 

Panelist: Benjamin Anyacho
Senor Project Manager, TxDOT and 2018 PMI Austin Chapter President

Advancing with Personal Net Promoter Score (pNPS). Net Promoter Score®, or NPS®, measures customer experience and predicts business growth. This proven metric has transformed the business world and now provides the core measurement for customer experience management programs the world around. 

Moderator: Shawn Kotoske
Senior Executive at Public Partnership

Registration Deadline: Early-bird registration ends Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 P.M.

Register Now


Please join our next meeting for networking and an informative session on understanding health insurance options for 2019. The PMI Austin Small Business Network is a fun, supportive group for entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and very small businesses (~10 employees or less) in Austin. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Santa Rita Cantina 1206 W. 38th St., Austin, TX 78705
Subject: Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2019
Speaker: Justin Kessel

This is an great opportunity for learning and networking with other fellow small business owners in the area. For more information and to register, click the button below.


The largest Online Virtual Project Management Conference in the world (hosted by the International Institute for Learning (IIL)!

Go-Live Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Why attend? PMI Austin Chapter members receive a $10 discount with promo code: PMIAUSTIN 
How long is my access?
90 days

IIL's annual International Project Management Day online conference brings together professionals from around the world that are passionate about change, our future, and the important role of those in the project management profession. This is not just an online conference, this is an experience!

Conference features:
a. Five keynote sessions with speaker Q&A
b. 15+ video presentations
c. On-demand access for 90 days
d. 2 free online courses
e. Up to 26 PDUs to maintain certification
f. Earn Achievement Badges and win prizes
g. Networking, downloads, and takeaways

Cost: $59 before Nov. 1 and $79 after Nov. 1
For assistance with registration, contact Barry Milhaven at or call 212-515-5142.


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Chapter News


Thank you for voting.  Winners will be announced at the October Community Spotlight Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Don't miss it!


PMI Austin Chapter wants to welcome its new chapter members and congratulate new credential holders. In the month of September, we welcomed 62 new chapter members. That brings our total new members so far this year to 812.

We also want to recognize the 15 new credential holders for September, which brings our total so far this year to 230. Visit PMI Austin Chapter website for more details.


Our Member Referral Program will award a $50 gift card to three members with the most referrals during calendar year 2018. For a chance to win, recruit as many new members, past members and/or student members to join/re-join the Austin Chapter from now until December 2018. All you have to do is send an email to with the names and PMI ID numbers of the new members you have referred. Winners will be announced at the January 2019 monthly chapter meeting.  

Ready, Set Refer!


Our very own Past President and current VP of Finance, Martha Evert, is scheduled to speak at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) meeting in Fort Hood on Wednesday, Oct. 17.  She will share her experiences in transitioning from engineering to project management.

Way to go, Martha!

Book your space at the 2018 Annual Vendor Showcase

Position your brand with the Dallas PMI Chapter, expand your network of potential clients and grow your business in the Dallas area. Chapter members as well as non-members will also benefit by networking with other project management professionals  and earning PDUs. Vendor space is limited. Email Huma Sohrwardy, VP of Marketing at For registration information, visit the Dallas PMI Chapter webpage.


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Education Opportunities

PMI Austin Chapter


Saturday exam preparation courses are designed to help students pass PMI's PMP® or CAPM® exam. The 40-hour course, based on the newly-released PMBOK® Guide 6th edition, is taught over five Saturdays and meets the 35-hour requirement for PMP® certification.

Cost: $995 for PMI Austin Chapter members and $1095 for non-members. Ask about our military, student, and group discounts at

More sessions coming in 2019. Stay tuned for more details.

Banyan Group


PMI Austin Chapter has partnered with Banyan Group Project Management Solutions to offer PMP® and PMP-ACP® Exam preparation courses, as well as an Intro to Agile class. Weekday courses will be available both in the classroom and online.

Upcoming Classes:
Oct. 9 - 12  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Nov. 5 - 7 Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam Prep
Nov. 8 Microsoft Project 2016 - Level 1
Nov. 9 Project Management Fundamentals
Nov. 13 - 16  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Dec. 10 - 13  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)

For information about cost, schedule, and to register, visit the Banyan Learning Austin PMI Chapter page. Ask about our military discounts when you register or email us at


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Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

We have volunteer opportunities to fit everyone's busy schedule and skillset. Find out about the benefits of being a volunteer and search all available opportunities through our Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) at

Positions include:

Director of Education Quality Management - Manage education contracts, evaluate and make recommendations for improvement of education programs.

Mentors and mentees - Develop relationships to exchange knowledge and set goals to advance careers of mentees.


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Job Postings

Visit the chapter website for details on job postings, a benefit of membership. You must sign-in with your PMI Austin Chapter credentials to view the list of jobs.

Position: Program Manager
Korn Ferry International

Position: Project Manager
Ultra Advanced Tactical Systems

Position: Project Manager or Senior PM
Dover Fueling Solutions

Position: Project Manager


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