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Upcoming Chapter Events and Registration Deadlines


Date: Thursday, December 12
Speaker: Homer Hegedus
Topic: Myth, Magic, or Mojo: An Introduction to Data Science for Project Managers
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch/Presentation
Location: United Way for Greater Austin, 2000 E MLK Jr Blvd, 78702, Lady Bird Lake Room
Cost: $15  (Price includes lunch and PDU credit) 

"Data Science" has been dubbed the "sexiest profession of the 21st century", but what is it really and what is all the hype about? Homer offers a brief history of data science, what it means, and how it is used. He will expose the Lunch N Learn attendees to fundamental terminology and concepts of the field as well as a high-level explanation of how it works. To learn more about Homer Hegedus, click here.

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Date: Thursday, January 16
Speaker: George McLaughlin
Topic: Project Execution Excellence - Collaboration Across the Generations
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch/Presentation
Location: The Refugee Services of Texas, 500 W St. Johns Ave, Suite #1.280, 78752
Cost: $15  (Price includes lunch and PDU credit) 

Experience has shown that multi-generational stakeholders require unique and specialized managerial techniques. George will tell of a recent project management team ranging from Generation Z through Millenials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and even (yes!) older. His managerial techniques needed to be adjusted accordingly.  Learn how George created a dynamic, winning team that collaborated beautifully despite the cohort differences. 

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IIL International Project Management Day

Log in from November 7 through February 9 via your computer or your mobile device. Earn up to 26 PMI PDUs to maintain certification. Learn more and register here. Or email us here.


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Education Opportunities

PMI announced a significant change to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. Stakeholders began sharing feedback immediately and the consensus has been they feel they need more time to prepare. PMI Global is responding to this feedback with a decision to delay the PMP exam change.

The last time for candidates to take the current version of the PMP exam is now June 2020. As of July 1, 2020, the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content. Visit PMIGlobal for more information about the format change. 

Our five exam prep classes are designed to help students pass the PMP® or CAPM® exam. The 40-hour course, based on the PMBoK® Guide ed.6, is taught on Saturdays and meets the 35-hour requirement for PMP® certification.  Click here to see a short testimonial video featuring our alumni.  

For further details click here.

Are you interested in weekday classes?  Email: [email protected]

Member Cost:  $1,095
Non-Member Cost:  $1,195


The PMI Austin Chapter Scholarship includes three academic scholarships valued at up to $2,500 each and is sponsored by the PMI Austin Chapter. 

In order to be considered eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in or applying to a project management degree program or a related field.  For more information, visit PMI Austin Chapter Scholarship.


The Education Office of PMI Austin Chapter offers our unemployed members free tuition for our Saturday PMP® Exam Prep classes.  Only the material costs will be required ($250). Students are encouraged to pay the remaining tuition ($845) to the Scholarship Fund once they find employment. To apply, contact Geoff West at [email protected]

Be sure to ask Geoff about the military, student, and group discounts offered through PMI Austin.

membership discounts for Full-time students:

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


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Volunteer Opportunities

PMI Austin Chapter has opportunities to fit everyone's busy schedule and skillset. Find out about the benefits of getting involved. Search available opportunities at the Austin Chapter's VRMS at

Director of Accounting (26440) 
Responsible for overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable and other budget planning and monitoring functions.

Operations Technology Chair (26553)
Assist the Operations Technology Team with supporting chapter technology and with monitoring and updates to the website, SharePoint site, chapter event registration, chapter surveys and metrics, chapter newsletter, and other technology platforms.

Finance Chair (26439)
Assist with the development and update of policies and procedures and reporting from Quickbooks. Assists with finance record retention and archive.

Lunch N Learn Chair (26466)
Coordinate a monthly lunchtime meeting (Lunch N Learn). The purpose is to provide quality professional development opportunities for chapter members and project management professionals and to form relationships with area non-profit organizations.

Director of Vendor Relations (26462)
Manage Austin PMI Chapter’s relationships with sponsors, affiliates, and corporate partners. Prepare and finalize agreements. Coordinate sponsor and affiliate marketing activities. Oversee and ensure commitments are maintained per vendor contracts. 

Director of Professional Development Series (26467)
Manage and coordinate all aspects of the chapter Professional Development Series (PDS) spring and fall events. The purpose is to advance the profession and practice of project management by offering quality professional development opportunities for chapter members and project management professionals and to ensure that chapter events present quality speakers and topics in accordance with PMI Continuing Certification Requirements (CCRS).

Director of Certification (26438)
This position is responsible for administering the certification program. It recruits, trains and manages the team of volunteer instructors to offer multiple sessions of certification exam prep classes each year. This position reports to the Vice President of Education.

Special Events Chair (26468)
Coordinate other chapter events as requested (e.g. Knowledge Xchange events or new initiatives). The purpose is to provide quality professional development opportunities for chapter members and project management professionals and to form relationships with area organizations.

Editor Assistant (26397)
Assist the PMI Austin Chapter Editor Chair in the compilation, review, and editing of all chapter communications to ensure consistent messaging and branding. Assist with chapter communications and marketing activities and act as a backup for Editor Chair. 

Membership Chair (26429)
Assist the Austin Chapter Director of Membership with attracting and retaining chapter members.

Director of Governance (26580)
Manage and Coordinate PMI Austin Chapter’s governance and compliance program, monitor performance regarding chapter strategies and goals, and maintain records on the chapter’s official document repository in accordance with the chapter bylaws and policies.

Special Projects Chair (26581)
Manage special projects or events for the President’s Office as requested. The purpose is to help the chapter implement strategies and achieve goals.

Education Foundation Liaison Chair (26582)
Act as PMI Austin Chapter’s liaison to PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) for its programs with nonprofits and NGOs, youth, and workforce. The purpose is to take advantage of PMI Educational Foundation resources to strengthen the project management community.

Study Group Chair (26602)
Manage the Austin PMI Chapter's PMP / CAPM Exam Prep group.

PMI Austin Mentor (9181)
Develop a mentor/mentee relationship to share your knowledge with another project management professional. When the PMI Austin Chapter finds a match with a qualified mentee, an online discussion forum will be available to facilitate communications between you and your mentee.

PMI Austin Mentee (9182)
Develop a mentee/mentor relationship with an experienced PMI project management professional. When the PMI Austin Chapter finds a match with a qualified mentor, an online discussion forum will be available to facilitate communications between you and your mentor.


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Networking for Project Managers in Austin

If you are hosting a local group designed to improve, educate, or coach local project managers, send detailed information to [email protected]. We will help you get the word out.


Heather Rooney, PMP®
Amy Tolles, PMP®
Joanna Ward, CAPM®



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Job Postings


Special thanks to the following companies for Austin Chapter's Blue Dot/Green Dot program consideration:





Contact Jessica Patiño if your company would like exclusive access to our PMI project managers at the monthly chapter meetings.  Visit the chapter website for details on job postings, a benefit of membership.


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