Despite the winds and bitterly cold
temperatures of early March, the calendars says Spring is
just days away, and a new season of growth will soon be
here. What are your plans?
As Vice President – Programs, I share the Chapter’s
commitment to professional growth for our members as a
year-round priority. Thanks to the energy and dedication
of a group of over 90 volunteers, the Programs team
develops and delivers nine monthly meetings, plus
workshops, and other special activities, such as Breakfast
Meetings and Meet the Board Members events.
Monthly Programs meetings are held the third Tuesday of
each month from September through November and January
through June. The Chapter dinner meetings are held at a
Main Location, with venues alternating among North,
Central and South locations. At the Main location, members
can attend pre-dinner sessions led by the Career
Networking, Agile, or PMO Local Communities of Interest
(LCIs), or meet Board members for wide-ranging discussions
on how the Chapter can best serve members’ needs. After
dinner, a speaker delivers a presentation on a timely
project management topic, with Q&A and the opportunity
for attendees to earn 1.5 PDUs, aligned to the PMI talent
To make monthly Programs meetings accessible to as many
members as possible, PMINJ partners with corporations,
universities, and public locations who provide satellite
locations where Chapter members can attend via webcast.
Volunteer satellite leaders organize logistics,
registration, and pre-meeting networking activities for
the remote locations, and Chapter President Judy Balaban
attends meetings from a different satellite each month.
The Programs team also organizes half-day and full-day
workshops on a variety of project management topics
throughout the year, and Breakfast with a Board member
events during the summer months.
A new offering this Programs year are Breakfast Meetings.
Thanks to the efforts of Special Projects PM Johanna Hoyos
and the hospitality of firms such as RGP and GSK, these
meetings provide another opportunity for Chapter members
to earn PDUs and network, while enjoying coffee and light
breakfast and attending a speaker presentation or a
pre-recorded PMI webcast.
The Programs Team’s activities are just one of the many
aspects of PMINJs commitment to our members’ growth and
On April 7th, Chapter members will have a unique
opportunity to attend the PMINJ Career Fair, being held at
the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Whippany, New Jersey,
from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. Designed to support PMINJ
Chapter members’ professional success, whether in
transition or considering taking the next step in their
career, the day will feature speakers, a panel discussion,
career search resources, and speed-networking activities.
PMINJ is off to a great start in 2017, and we want you,
our members, to enjoy all the Chapter has to offer. For
more details on Chapter Activities, be sure to check the
Chapter website, and follow us on LinkedIn
and make PMINJ a part of your plans for personal and