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By John Tse, VP Professional Development
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For many years now, our chapter has had the privilege of being
the second largest PMI chapter in the world (currently with almost 4,800
members). We are proud to be able to offer our members many benefits
such as: monthly meetings, annual symposia, certification exam prep courses,
free mentoring services, recorded webinars, community outreach opportunities,
and much more. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed, the chapter has
been publicly recognized by PMI with awards for Collaboration & Outreach
(2014), Volunteer Programs (2015), and Leadership (2015).
However, we are not resting on our laurels. Behind the scenes
our leadership team and volunteers are continually brainstorming, planning
and developing new ways for our chapter to better serve our members and
our communities. For example, the Professional Development area that
I am responsible for will soon be rolling out a refreshed and improved version
of our long-running and successful PMP & CAPM exam preparation course.
We are also regularly exploring ways to deliver new training as well as
mentoring opportunities aimed at developing your project management-related
skills and advance in your career. Other teams in our chapter are doing
similar exciting things in their areas. This is truly an exciting time
for our chapter!
To be sure, we also face challenges; chief among them
are the following:
Like all organizations, especially non-profits like us, in order for
us to be able to continue to grow and flourish we rely heavily on the involvement
of our existing members as well as our ability to draw in new members to
invigorate us and provide us with future leaders. Although we have
been making significant headway in both these areas, we can still do better.
We need to do better.
- How to increase the participation rate of our membership;
- How to attract new – e.g. millennials – professionals
to our chapter.
So how can you help? Fortunately, there are many ways.
Here are just a few:
- Attend some chapter meetings and symposia – and when you
do, tell your colleagues and invite them to join you at the next event!
- Check out the PMINJ website or speak to a board member
to learn about volunteer opportunities.
- Spread the word to your colleagues, particularly the younger
ones, about the free mentorship opportunities that we provide to all our
- Help us identify and connect with executives in your organization
or industry so we can better understand their project management interests
Feel free to reach out to any board member and share your thoughts
on how we can improve our chapter. We are always looking for new ideas
and new people to help us deliver on them.
So join us! I hope to see you at one of our future chapter events.
PMINJ Barbara Ann Fuller
Volunteer of the Year – Harry Chiovarou
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For more than 12 years, Harry Chiovarou has been the A/V professional
for PMINJ. Harry works tirelessly to ensure high quality technical
support for every presentation at each event. He has managed the Chapter’s
presentation capabilities for each monthly meeting, Seminar, Symposium, and
IPM day. He tests all of the speaker presentations prior to each event
to ensure that there are no technical issues – for the Symposium alone that
was 13 presentations!
As A/V technology changes, Harry is the guiding force that ensures PMINJ
is able to maintain the capability to provide members the ability to participate
in our events. Harry can be relied on to investigate new technology
to make events better for the participants and the future viewers of recorded
webinars. He has mentored new A/V team volunteers and has even met
with other Chapters to help them to set up similar satellite webcasts for
their own meetings.
Harry has been a perfect example of a PMINJ Volunteer. He is always
available and willing to help. A dedicated professional, Harry always
demonstrates the highest standards of quality and leadership! PMINJ
deeply appreciates Harry’s commitment and is pleased to present him the
2015 Barbara Ann Fuller Volunteer of the Year award.
Should PMINJ Add a Student
By Jon Rice, PMP, D-LCI
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PMINJ is considering the creation of a new Student-focused LCI.
We are looking for volunteers to participate on the LCI and support its
activities. If you are willing to share your “war stories” with the
students – and earn PDUs in the process – then please contact Jon Rice at
Nominations are Open for
Project Manager of the Year
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The purpose of the PMINJ Project Manager of the Year (PMOY) award
is to recognize a member of the New Jersey Chapter for a significant Project
Management achievement while using their project management skills and commitment
to the project management profession.
Nominations for the PMOY are being accepted until May 1. The award
will be presented at the June chapter meeting. Details regarding purpose,
eligibility, criteria, and judging are posted on the PMINJ website.
Learn more about project managers
that have been awarded over the years.
If you have any questions regarding the PMOY, please send an email to
d-ProjectAwards(:@:)pminj.org or contact Louis A. Vazquez (Director,
Project Awards) at 908-799-3006.
30th Annual Symposium
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The 30th annual PMINJ Symposium will encourage members to be strategic
by focusing on project portfolio management skills. The Symposium
will be held on Monday, May 2 at the Pines Manor in Edison.
The real value of project management is realized
when project selection and execution are in alignment with business and
strategic goals. From project idea generation, selection, execution and
delivery to the organization, communicating the vision and strategy of the
organization to the project team is key.
At this year’s Symposium you will gain a better understanding of how
to establish the strategic value of projects and assure stakeholder satisfaction.
In addition to the Monday event, PMINJ is also offering a Sunday afternoon
workshop led by Brett Knowles Executive Partner with pm2 consulting. Brett
will demonstrate the Balanced Scorecard allowing attendees to define and
score their hands-on-efforts to realize project value. Attendees will
enjoy a team-based, fun and engaging process to achieve learning goals.
Learn more about the plans for the Symposium, including pricing, PDUs,
and how to register, on the PMINJ website.
Do You Need Career
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Do you need help rescuing your career, creating a more effective
personal brand, or optimizing opportunity flow? If so, then make
plans to attend the PMINJ Career Fair on Monday, May 2 at the Pines Manor
in Edison! The event is free to PMINJ members. Symposium participants
do not need to register for the event – attendance is also included with
The event will provide PMINJ members who are in transition or considering
a job or career change an excellent opportunity to:
- Hear a lively panel discussion that will kick-start career
- Network with local company recruiters and hiring managers
who are currently looking to hire project managers.
- Meet one-on-one with resume writers, career coaches and
Learn more about the Career Fair speakers, agenda and how to register
on the PMINJ website.
the Franklin Food Bank’s Annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride
By Doreen Clark
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The Franklin Food Bank’s annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride will
be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Ave
in Somerset. The Ride is the largest fundraiser for the Food Bank –
in 2015 over 660 riders participated and raised more than $60,000!
Months of planning, support from many local businesses, and a team of over
100 volunteers come together with the cyclists and the community to make
the day a success.
For the past five years, PMINJ has been an integral part of that volunteer
team. PMINJ’s relationship with the Tour de Franklin began in 2011 when
volunteers helped on the day of the event. Since then, PMINJ’s role
has expanded to include volunteers serving on Tour de Franklin planning
committees. The volunteers put their project management skills to work by
partnering with the Food Bank on volunteer management, process improvement,
overall event planning, public relations management, food donations and
logistics for more than four months leading up to the April event.
PMINJ’s efforts aren’t limited to volunteering – team members Melinda Posipanko
and Lystra Haynes are riding this year!
The Tour de Franklin has grown in recent years from 400 to 700 participants
annually, a substantial increase from its humble beginnings in 1989 when
30 riders banded together to raise $1,500. Unfortunately, demand for
the Food Bank’s services has also significantly increased since 1989.
The Franklin Food Bank provided almost 12,000 food packages to Franklin
Township residents in 2015. It is not a government agency and receives
government funding only through targeted grants, making events like the
Tour de Franklin even more important. While the $60,000 raised by
the Tour de Franklin sounds like a lot, it is a small fraction of the Food
Bank’s annual budget.
To learn more their website Franklin
Food Bank and the Tour de Franklin, or the Tour de Franklin on Facebook.
To get involved, look for Day-of-Event volunteer opportunities through PMINJ, register to ride any one of the
seven rides, or sponsor Melinda and Lystra on their rides.
PMINJ Volunteers Get Red
By Mary Beth Kuderna and Sunil Dubey
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Each year, the PMINJ Chapter hosts a very special event to honor the many
volunteers who have worked so diligently to make the Chapter the success
that it is today. On Friday, February 5th the Chapter volunteers
walked the red carpet at its Academy Awards-themed Recognition Dinner at
The Imperia. Attendees enjoyed a program full of music, Academy Awards
trivia, good food, and good fun.
In attendance were 110 of the Chapter’s overall corps of nearly 400
volunteers. With just over 4,700 total members, this dedicated group does
an incredible job of keeping the Chapter active and relevant for its members.
PMI honored PMINJ with the 2015 PMI Excellence Awards for Volunteer Programs
and Chapter Leadership in Category IV. In honoring the Chapter, PMI noted
that ‘the Chapter Leadership award is recognition of the many members who
make PMINJ one of the leading chapters in the world. The recognition
is a tribute to the volunteers and the past and present board members who
contribute their time and efforts for the members of the chapter and the
community. And they have fun.’
The envelope, please. The Chapter toasted to the five-
and ten-year tenured volunteers and then it was time to raise a glass to
the following volunteers who were recognized for their dedication and outstanding
- The 2015 Barbara Ann Fuller Volunteer of the Year: Harry
Chiovarou, Audio/Visual team for all Chapter events
- 1st Quarter 2015: Tod Burrus, Corporate Outreach
- 2nd Quarter 2015: Jerry Meier, On-Site Registration
- 3rd Quarter 2015: Alvin Chingcuanco, Social Media Strategy
& Chapter Marketing
- 4th Quarter 2015: Dennis Ryan, Audio/Visual team for all
Special thanks go out to the PMINJ team of volunteers who worked
so hard to make this event possible. Led by Nita Parikh (Director of Volunteers),
Sunil Dubey, Adrienne Walcott, Ayet Gonzalez, Diane Dugan, Dennis Ryan,
Harry Chiovarou, Mary Beth Kuderna, Pam Dulaff, Darlaine Scott-McCoy, and
Zuzar Merchant showcased their project management skills and created a truly
memorable evening for everyone!
Do you want to get involved with this award-winning team?
Check out the volunteer opportunities available on the Chapter website!
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PMINJ Returns to Future
By Michael Vitale
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On Saturday, January 16, several PMINJ members spent the day at the Future
City competition held at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus in Piscataway
Township. The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning
experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and
build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and
engineer mentor to plan cities, build tabletop scale models and present their
ideas to a panel of judges.
The PMINJ team presented "An Introduction to Project Management" to
over 250 students from across New Jersey. During five different training
sessions both students and educators discussed the benefits of project
management techniques and other important life skills.
Students had the chance to meet with the team during "Meet the Professionals"
sessions held throughout the day. While the students learned about what
it means to work as a Project Manager, the PMINJ team learned the science
behind this year's competition theme surrounding the future of waste management.
Special thanks to all PMINJ members who attended the sessions and presented
including Judy Balaban, Dennis McCarthy, Alpesh Dharia, Ram Vandra, Ed Kanczewski,
Mustafa Balsara, and Michael Vitale.
A Job Search Game Plan
By Joan Galay
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According to Executive Career Coach Bill Belknap, your job search
should have two targets: your ideal position and the company that
has that position. The PMINJ Career Networking Local Community of Interest
(CNL) invited Bill to share his insights on building a job search plan with
chapter members. Bill job title is “Candid, Practical, and Effective
Career Coach” and he is a Master Coach at the Five O’Clock club, a firm
which was founded 55 years ago on the principle that the larger your network,
the better your chances of landing your ideal position. The event
drew a large crowd eager to hear Bill’s presentation “An Expert’s Guide to
LinkedIn, Networking and Career Targeting”. The night was a success
thanks to the efforts of CNL team members Claudia Campbell, Joanne Lazos
and Joan Galay who welcomed the large crowd and moderated the Q&A at
the end of the presentation.
The first lesson Bill shared: a “target” is a job opportunity.
Your contacts can help you reach your goal IF you help them to help you.
A marketing plan is essential; it should describe not only the type of position
you are seeking but also a list of the 200 firms (yes, 200 firms!) that
comprise your targets. To build your target list, be specific with your
internet search parameters. For example, if you’re interested in a
position in Boston then search for salaries in that area using tools such
as Indeed.com, Hoover (check your local library), or GlassDoor.com.
You will need more than just that list – every time you meet a contact
you should explain that you’re currently researching corporate cultures
and provide that contact with your marketing plan. The plan will make
it easy for your networking contact to quickly determine whether he knows
someone inside the target firm. And, like magic, you just obtained
a connection to an insider!
What do you do once you’ve got your list and shared your marketing plans
with contacts? Bill advised that because firms are relying on LinkedIn
and employee referrals, 90% of jobs are landed via networking. You
should consider taking advantage of one of the most-searched, highly prized
fields in LinkedIn by crafting an intriguing job title (see Bill’s title
above as an example of an intriguing job title). Your summary section
should be forward-looking, full of action and descriptive words that aim toward
your ideal position instead of previous ones. Use words that are common in
the industry, add projects and awards. (Help is available on LinkedIn – just
click on the “Help” thumbnail and search for “seminar”.)
The CNL team encourages you to update your game plan with the tools
shared by Career Coach Bill Belknap and wishes you the best of luck in
your job search!
PMI members are welcome to attend CNL events. The group provides
opportunities for project managers to meet, share ideas and contacts and
learn how to effectively grow their professional network, whether in career
transition or to support professional activities; it offers members facilitated
open-networking sessions and expert speakers on relevant career topics.
CNL provides opportunities to expand professional networks, enhance job
search strategies, and participate in workshops that sharpen marketing and
social media skills.
Check out the Careers section of
the PMINJ website and scan open positions posted in the “Careers” section
of the PMINJ Website, enroll in the CNL email list for job posting alerts,
and post your résumé on the website (send your resume
to webmaster(:@:)pminj.org. PMINJ members can alert CNL Team Member
Joan Galay to any openings for Project Managers to assist job-seeking members
to identify opportunities. No commitment is required – simply share
relevant information to help a colleague land a job, just send a note to
Project Management Article
Achieving Your Job Search
By Adrienne Wheelwright
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Every job seeker navigates their own Job Search path with similar
goals: quickly find a long term opportunity that’s a good fit to their
skill set in the right location with a great salary.
There is so much information available on job searches that it’s hard
to know which program is the best. There is no one-size-fits-all
answer. When I was in job search mode I used different tools and
techniques – I pieced together my strategy based on different tools from
a variety of job search resources. I found that the Five O’Clock Club
was the best fit for me (for additional information see the CNL event article
above). Some of the most helpful services they provided were a structured
job search methodology, a career coach, training focused on making the most
of social media, and countless articles and exercises.
The firm had written several books that address every aspect of Job
Search for college graduates, management or senior management job seekers,
mid-career or 50+ job seekers, or job seekers interested in career change.
The materials also explain a detailed Job Search methodology that teaches
candidates how to search for companies in your geographic area that have
opportunities that fit your skills and interests. The process goes
a step further by teaching candidates how to develop job leads within targeted
companies along with a way to track progress. The firm’s job seekers
typically find a new opportunity in less time than the national average.
The tool I found most useful was the Certified Career Coach Program.
Coaches were available to work directly with job seekers in group or one-on-one
sessions. They provided hands-on expertise with a variety of assessment
tools. One of the assessment tools that I found to be particularly
helpful was called “Seven Stories”. This exercise helped me to understand
my accomplishments and the skills that I most enjoy using. It was very
easy to follow and the results provided powerful insights that helped me
focus not only on the skills I like to use the most but also the skills I
want to develop further.
The program equipped me with the skills I needed to further my career
goals and those skills have proven helpful in the development of life skills.
I can apply these skills to open a business one day or redefine my work-life
balance. Searching for a job is just like anything else – you need
a strategy, a plan, dedication, persistence and purpose!
Adrienne Wheelwright is a PMINJ Newsletter volunteer. If you’d
like to discuss your Job Search experiences – and possibly contribute to
a future newsletter article – then please contact her at adrienne.wheelwright(:@:)yahoo.com.
Can Your Mindset
By Igor Zdorovyak
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Have you ever wondered whether your mindset influenced happiness and success?
When things go smoothly and everything is perfect then you’re likely to
be happy and have a feeling of satisfaction. But what happens when
unexpected problems arise and things start to go wrong? That’s when
your mindset can determine what happens next.
My daughter recently started her freshman year in college and one of
her reading assignments was “Mindset – The New Psychology of Success” by
Carol Dweck. Coincidentally, I had been investigating the impact
of mindset on happiness and success. I started my research on “what
does it take to succeed” with an online search and got between 660 billion
and 3.2 trillion results. I narrowed my search and found the same
book that my daughter was reading. What are the odds that my college-age
daughter and I would be interested in the same subject?
The book, along with many other resources, reinforced that mindset can
be the difference between success and failure. Along with mindset,
there are many other factors that influence success including: visualization
(can you picture the desired end result?), perseverance (do you keep going
in the face of obstacles?), and focus (how do you keep your eyes on the
prize?). Dweck divides the differences between how you perceive
your abilities into two categories: Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset.
Whether you embrace or avoid challenges and how you answer the following
questions determines whether you land in the Growth or Fixed Mindset:
- Do you see effort as a way to grow?
- Do you persist in the face of setbacks or give up and lose
- Do you take criticism as a learning experience or treat
it solely negative feedback?
- Do you get inspired by others success or do you feel envious
Dweck suggests that “It is not just our abilities and talent that
bring us success – but whether we approach our goals with a Fixed or Growth
Mindset.” I’m going to continue my research into what it takes to
be successful, both professionally and personally, and will share my findings
in future newsletters. I’ll look at experts, leaders, and authors
and share their thoughts on success including: practices/methodologies/processes,
overcoming obstacles, inspiration, and perseverance.
Igor Zdorovyak is a PMINJ Marketing/PR volunteer. If you’d like
to share your success story, then please contact him at whatdoesittaketosucceed(:@:)outlook.com
– you might be part of his next feature!
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their certifications since the last newsletter
(through 29 Feb 2016):
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