PMI Austin Chapter Weekly Newsletter November 5, 2018 Print


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Welcome to November! The PMI Austin Chapter President, Benjamin Anyacho, has a special video message for you.   

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Upcoming Chapter Events and Registration Deadlines


**PLEASE NOTE: This month's meeting is on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of November**

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cash bar, registration, business meeting, learning and networking (.5 Leadership PDU)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Presentations

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Title: Project Management: The Future of U.S. Capital Projects (1 Strategic and Business Management PDU)
George T. McLaughlin, McLaughlin and McLaughlin

The U.S Capital Project marketplace is on the brink of a massive and historic expansion. The opportunity for project management professionals is presented in the context of industry trends and managerial requirements.  Technology advancements that represent managerial development options are identified and the project management challenges are characterized. Your professional path forward depends on your initiative, aggressiveness and creativity.

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mind-FULL-ness: The Cure for Infobesity (1 Leadership PDU)
Speaker: Margaret A. Johnson

It's no secret we are bombarded daily with an overload of information and expectations from the news, work, social media, project teams, and other sources. Infobesity is the term describing the difficulty in sifting through information overload to make effective decisions. It affects our performance as well as our working relationships. Through Mind-FULL-ness practices - including focus, high performance habits, emotional intelligence, assumption busting, setting boundaries - we can form effective strategies for high work performance moving forward. Participants will receive tips and make a personal plan to engage in the activities to reduce ineffectiveness.

Registration Deadline:  Early-bird registration closes Nov. 9.
Click on the 'Register Now' button for location and more details.


When: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (1 Leadership PDU)
Location: Refugees Services of Texas, 500 East St. Johns Ave. Suite 1.280, Austin, TX 78752 (Georgian Acres Room in the main section of the office building).

Speaker: Scott Kukowski
Presentation Title: Networking for Introverts

For many of us, professional networking is intimidating and a bit scary. We also know that networking is a required activity for us to be successful in our careers. Networking helps us develop new contacts for job opportunities, career development, and business development. In this participative discussion, you will learn some steps you can take toward active and passive networking both online and person-to-person.

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


Austin PM Toastmasters is a local club looking for new members! Toastmasters is a great way to develop self-confidence by improving your communication and leadership skills.Toastmasters clubs conduct meetings for members to support each other in reaching personal and professional goals. You can also earn PDU's by giving a presentation, sharing knowledge, and volunteering with Toastmasters (a non-profit organization).

The next meeting is on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 P.M.
Visit the Austin PM Toastmasters website for more information. 


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


PMI Austin Chapter wants to welcome its new chapter members and congratulate new credential holders. In the month of October, we welcomed 78 new chapter members. That brings our total new members so far this year to 890.

We also want to recognize the 12 new credential holders for October, which brings our total so far this year to 243. Visit PMI Austin Chapter website for more details.


PMI Austin Chapter's current President, Benjamin Anyacho and President-elect, Sandra Jackson will be presenters at the 2018 Executive Women in Texas Government (EWTG) Annual Professional Development Conference on Monday, Nov. 19. The presentation topics are: "Project Management: Top Competitive Advantage for High Performing Professionals and Organizations" and "Managing Complex and Complicated Projects—Engaging Difficult Stakeholders."

Show your support for our chapter leaders and participate in their dynamic presentation. Visit the EWTG conference page for more information.


In 2018, PMI Austin Chapter sponsored two academic scholarships as part of PMI Educational Foundation (PMIef) Academic Scholarship Program. The scholarship supports academic students studying in project management and project management-related degree programs at an accredited institution.

Awardees are selected by the PMIef global headquarters Scholarship Application Evaluation Committe based on eligibility requirement criteria. The PMI Austin Chapter awardees were recognized at the October Community Spotlight meeting on Oct. 23.

Congratulations Venkatesh and David!

  Venkatesh Jadhav  David McCarty

For 2019 Academic year, PMI Austin has committed to sponsoring three scholarships award of $2,500 each. For more information on the application process and requirements, please visit the PMIef website.


Want to give back to the project management profession? 
Want to network with other professionals?
Want to earn PDU's?

Check out the open volunteer positions for 2019.  Details below in the Volunteer Opportunities section of this newsletter.


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!

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:
Nov. 8 Microsoft Project 2016 - Level 1
Nov. 9 Project Management Fundamentals
Nov. 13 - 16  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Nov. 20 - Dec. 20 Online PMP® Exam Prep (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
Dec. 10 - 13
  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Jan. 14 - 17  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:

Chair of Education Materials - Research and recommend educational material selection and facilitate implementation of board approved selections. Coordinate ordering of materials and manage inventory.

Director of Certification - Responsible for helping people prepare for and maintain certification. Manage the cerfification programs and lead the team of volunteer instructors.

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

Director of Events and Facilities - Oversees contract management, logistical consulting and associated activities for facilities required to conduct monthly chapter meetings, board meetings, and other chapter-supported events requiring meeting rooms or venues.

Director of Volunteers - Addresses the needs of volunteers, including recruitment, retention, recognition, and leadership development and support in accordance with chapter policies.

Marketing Chair - Assists with coordination of communication and marketing activities and creating marketing collateral for chapter events.

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

Operations Online Registration Chair - Works with VP of Operations, Director of Technology and Webmaster to manage online registration system.

Operations Registration Chair - Manage activities related to event registration for monthly chapter meetings, Spring PDD series and other events as needed.

Operations Booth Chair - Promote and manage attendance and representation at events or tradeshows related to project management.

Operations Editor Chair -  Reviews and edits all PMI Austin Chapter documents prior to posting on the chapter website.

Operations Inventory Chair -  Maintains current and future inventory of chapter equipment, raffle items, give-aways and supplies.

Operations Research Chair -  Oversees chapter metrics including surveys for all aspects of the organization.

U.S. Chapter Military Liaison -  Serves as a guide and bridge to military personnel interested in project management for Q&A, membership benefits, as well as certification support, networking and career connectivity between local chapter board, members and local military installations, and veteran groups in the area.

Volunteer for PMI Region 6 Leadership Institute Meeting - Multiple volunteer roles include: pre-meeting planning and strategic meetings, registration support, greeter, session monitors, etc.


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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: Construction Program Manager
 iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Position: IT Senior Project Manager (CIS)
Austin Energy

Position: Program Manager III
Health and Human Services Commission

Position: Program Manager
Korn Ferry International

Position: Project Manager
Ultra Advanced Tactical Systems

Position: Project Manager


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