PMI Austin Chapter Weekly Newsletter January 7, 2019 Print


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Dear members:

I am honored to serve as the 2019 President of the Project Management Institute Austin Chapter.

My goal for the Chapter this year is to optimize member experience through improved engagement and contribution. We will collaborate with volunteers and members to reevaluate and optimize our current portfolios and programs. We will deliver added value and strategic events through a customer-centric lens. Our chapter operates with the understanding that Project Management is not only a career but a skill for life.

I am grateful to lead a high caliber board, and am impressed with the diversified expertise our newly formed board will bring to the Chapter. I look forward to contributing and supporting our team in creating a welcoming, enriched environment, that can deliver value, benefit all members and add another successful year to our Chapter.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement.  It is appreciated.

Sandra Jackson, CTCM, PMP
President, PMI Austin Chapter

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Upcoming Chapter Events and Registration Deadlines


COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Transformation Through Project Management

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. 
Registration, Business Meeting, Networking and Dinner (Cash Bar) (.5 Leadership PDU)

7:00 – 9:00 P.M. (1.5 Leadership and .5 Technical PDUs)

Todd Kimbriel, 
Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Depatment of Information Resources and the State of Texas Chief Information Officer

Cindy Vandersleen, PMP with 35 years progressive experience as an executive IT leader and project management professional.

Hari Thummalapalli, an Agile project management expert and trainer with more than 20 years experience implementing projects of all sizes.

Rhonda Wolleat, Captain of American Airlines

Register Now


Drop by to check out Austin PM Toastmasters.  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). Join the club and reap the benefits!

Upcoming meetings:
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 P.M.

Visit the Austin PM Toastmasters website for more information. 


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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 December, we welcomed 51 new chapter members. That brings our total new members in 2018 to 1,012.

We also want to recognize the 10 new credential holders for December, which brings our total in 2018 to 268. Visit PMI Austin Chapter website for more details.

job board for employers and job seekers!

PMI Austin Chapter is proud to offer a job board as part of our commitment to provide value to our members. This is a free service to both employers and to current Chapter members. 


Job Seekers must be current chapter members and login to review job postings.  

Employers do not have to be chapter members, nor do they pay a fee for this service. How to post a job: Complete and submit the job listings form. Once it is reviewed and approved, the position will then be posted on our job board.

Please visit our career development page for more information.


In 2019, the Education Office of PMI Austin Chapter will start a PMP Exam Prep Scholarship program. Under this program,  unemployed chapter members can attend Saturday PMP Exam Prep classes paying for materials cost only ($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]


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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: $1095 for PMI Austin Chapter members and $1195 for non-members. Ask about our military, student, and group discounts at [email protected]

2019 Sessions:
Session 1: Jan. 12 - Feb. 9 

Session 2: Mar. 2 - 30
Session 3: May 4 - Jun. 1
Session 4: Jul. 13 - Aug. 10
Session 5: Oct. 19 - Nov. 16

Registration is now open for all 2019 sessions.

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:
Jan. 14 - 17  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Jan. 18 Project Management Fundamentals
Feb. 11 - 14
  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Feb. 25 - 26 Microsoft Project 2016 Levels 1 and 2
Feb. 27 - Mar. 1 Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam Prep
Mar. 11 - 14  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Mar. 15 Intro to Agile Project Management

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 [email protected].


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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 Accounting. Appointed position for finance. Responsible for overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable and other budget planning and monitoring functions for the PMI Austin Chapter

PMI Austin Mentors. Develop mentor-mentee relationships to share your knowledge with other project management professionals.


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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 III
Company: City of Austin - Economic Development


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