PMI Austin Chapter Weekly Newsletter May 14, 2018 Print


Hello, members! Our May events are soon approaching, don't miss the chance to register. Read below to find out more about our Lunch N Learn, Community Spotlight chapter meeting and the Knowledge XChange Social

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Upcoming Chapter Events and Registration Deadlines


Date and Time: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Noon – 1:00 pm 
Title: Crucial Conversation Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (1 Leadership PDU)
Speaker: Subba Venkiteswaran
Charity: International Association for Human Values

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret; Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one; Sometimes I get to a point of frustration then I become just silent. Does any of this resonate with you or your project stakeholders? Are some of your team members unapproachable? Then come to learn about the possible causes of this and the tools to empower yourself to respond in a way that will yield the right results—neither confrontation, nor surrender—a dialogue.

Registration Deadline: Dinner registration closes Monday, April 14 at 6:00 pm. 

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Date and Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (registration, business meeting, networking, and cash bar), 7:00 – 9:00 pm (presentations)
Title: Community Spotlight Speaker Presentations and Roundtable Discussion (3 Leadership PDUs)

Presentations and Roundtable discussion featuring Spencer Cronk, Austin City Manager; Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation at TxDOT; Tamara Fields, Managing Director at Accenture; Rahul Bhandari, Director of Dell Pivotal US Labs; and Michael Wood, Director of Cloud-Native Strategist, Pivotal, Inc.

Registration Deadline: Dinner order closes on Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 pm. No dinner tickets will be sold after early-bird registration closes. Online registration closes on Monday, May 21 at 5:30 pm. 

This event is selling out. Don't wait to register! 

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Date and Time: Saturday, June 26, 2018, 5:45 – 9:00 pm

Join us for a fun-filled evening of entertainment with PMI Austin Chapter Casino Night! Test your luck at blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, and more! Capture your memories in the photo booth! Enjoy live music! Network with fellow professionals in a social setting! Win prizes!

PMI Austin Chapter values its members, so this event is for you. Friends and family welcome.

Registration Deadline: Special early-bird member price $15 and guests $30 before Monday, June 21. Student and military discounts available!

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 Save the Date


Stay tuned for more details!


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Chapter News


Did you know that practicioners with a PMP® certification garner, on average, a 20% higher salary than those without one? So, why wait? Learn more about our Saturday exam preparation courses. The next session begins May 26. And yes, class materials are based on the newly-released PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition


Ready, Set, Refer!

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.  


If you are a PMI Austin Chapter member with a PMP certification, please consider being a mentor. A mentoring relationship will not require too much of your time; it can even take as little as two to three phone calls or in-person meetings with your mentee. There's nothing more rewarding than providing guidance and support to a fellow professional who needs your knowledge and expertise.  

For more information please email A mentee is waiting for you!


Attention Military Personnel and Veterans! 

PMI Austin Chapter is launching a Military Outreach Program and we are looking for you! We want to help harness the potential of our military personnel and veterans by providing a community of support. Look for the Military Outreach table during the May chapter meeting registration. There will also be a special dinner table where you can connect with others in the Project Management field and help the next generation of military personnel and veterans join our ranks. 

Find out more about our Military Outreach program!


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Education Opportunities

PMI Austin Chapter


Registration is now open for Saturday exam preparation courses 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

Upcoming Session: May 26, June 2, 9, 16, and 23

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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:
May 14 - 17  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
May 23 - 25  Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam Prep

For information about cost, schedule, and to register, visit the Banyan Learning Austin PMI Chapter page


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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

Open positions include:

Director of Opportunity (Marketing team). Manages job opportunity programs that benefit the chapter membership.

Election Committee Volunteers (President Elect). Supports annual officer elections by determining eligibility and evaluating potential candidates for the upcoming year.

Mentors. Develop relationships and share your insights with other project management professionals to help them achieve their goals.  Contact for more information about our mentoring program.

Symposium Project Manager (Professional Development team). Program Manager for chapter symposiums: the Fall and Spring Professional Development Series.

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Job Postings

Visit the chapter website for details on job postings, a benefit of membership.

Position: Program Manager of WFM Tech Rebuild and Project Services
Company: Whole Foods Market

Position: Program Manager
Company: Alchemy Systems


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