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PMINEO is kicking off its 2021 chapter elections by seeking nominations for open PMINEO leadership positions. We encourage you to consider running for the board! Similarly, we encourage you to nominate PMINEO members who you feel would be strong contributors in these roles. These are rewarding opportunities where you can impact our strategic priorities and improve upon our 2020 accomplishments as a volunteer chapter leader. The persons elected will join the five member Governance Board that is augmented by an appointed three person Operations Board to help run the chapter.

There are two positions up for election on the Governance Board for 2021. The committee’s plan is to have several candidates from whom to choose. The Governance Board will then decide which elected candidates will fill what roles on the Board.

Full details on the positions follow:
Board 2021 Election Timeline
Board of Director Responsibilities
Time Commitments
Benefits from participating on the PMINEO Board
Summary descriptions for all the Board Positions

Please forward candidate nominations to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with some details of the person’s background and experience including what motivates you to nominate the individual. If you would like to “throw your own hat into the ring”, and we encourage you to do so, include a professional bio, photo, and statement of why you would be a good candidate for a Board position. Nominations are due by Midnight on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Voting will be held from Monday, August 31, 2020 thru Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

PMINEO brings you Part 4 of the series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.
We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 4 

5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders 
If you are looking for some reading to equip yourself for remote working, here are some excellent suggestions.


Hosting a Virtual Happy Hour: A Step-By-Step Guide 
In these times of everyone working from home, you might want to do a virtual happy hour, if you have not already done one. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.


Google Resource to help with Remote Work
Here are some free tools and resources, put together by Google, to keep you connected and productive.


PMINEO brings you Part 3 of the series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.
We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 3 

30 Tips for Successful Communication as a Remote Worker
Working remotely brings its own challenges of communication. While many articles talk about how to manage yourself or your routine, this article has some very practical tips of how work with each other during these times.


The best virtual team building activities, according to real remote workers
If you are looking for some team building activities for your teams during this time, this article provides some pretty good options.


Free Instructor-led training for Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is offering free instructor led training for MS Teams.



As we all know, the COVID-19 virus has impacted all of our lives drastically. 

As we all practice social distancing and lockdown measures, to prevent the spread of this virus, this has had a severe impact on many of the local organizations and their employees.

PMINEO Chapter has come forward to do its part to help those impacted directly or indirectly due to this pandemic. The PMINEO Fundraiser Virtual Event is aimed to help raise funds for the people who need help immediately. These funds would be donated to a local charity for Northeast Ohio.

The event will be spread across 3 days, May 13-15, 2020, one session per day. Please register below to be able to join these webinars. You will only need to register once. While you gain knowledge and earn PDUs, please take a moment to donate whatever you can to help the cause.



Session 1: The Three Pillars of Strategy Success: Your Work, Your Career and Your Life

May 13, 2020 12 PM - 1 PM EST

Strategic planning is now a part of the PMI’s Talent Triangle - now identified as a critical component to our current and future roles. However, reading and hearing is one thing but how many of us are in a position to practice strategic planning and execution? ALL OF US.

This session will show us how strategic planning is a key to our success at work but, as well, to our careers and our lives. We will learn how to create a solid plan for any of the three legs and we will leave with the start to our own Professional Strategic Plans.

Key Outcomes
- Education on strategic planning and execution
- Inspiration on applying this important knowledge and skill to all here legs of our own lives
- Key take-aways to encourage us to think about applying all of this to our jobs, our careers and our lives.

Speaker Bio
Barrett-DavidDavid Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author and education advisor.

David’s career includes the creation and directing of a project management conference business: ProjectWorld and Project Summit, a training company, a software development firm, a speaker bureau, and project management portal called and most recently, a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America.

He is currently the National Program Director for the Centres of Excellence in Project Management and Business Analysis with the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University and the founder of the Masters Certificate in Project Management.

He is the author, co-author or ‘compiler’ of 7 books including: ‘The Power of The Plan’, two version of ‘The Keys to Our Success’, ‘Leadership Perspectives’ and ‘7 Elements of Strategy Execution’.

Session 2: Planning with Scrum, with Fred Koos

May 14, 2020 12 PM - 1 PM EST

Planning With Scrum progresses through a 20 step process to effectively execute Scrum within a framework that enables continuously improving plans and flowing value. The creation of modular requirements leads to effective prioritization. A systems engineering based design process enables effective prioritization, sprint planning and designing to optimize delivery of sprint goals. A customer focused pull system is integral to maximizing benefits delivered. A standardized estimating approach steers the convergence of estimates to a tighter range. A synchronized product backlog and sprint backlog connection improves the ability to estimate the
trends. This presentation combines aspects of many disciplines to help your scrum teams perform at higher levels.

Speaker Bio

Koos-FredFred Koos has 25+ years of project, program, portfolio and PMO management experience. His presentations are fueled by this experience including the contributions below.

He led a cross-functional effort to develop project management practices improving performance by 300% over 4 years for 500 projects. He led a PMO to increased demand by 800% in 5 years.

Fred is currently the Director of the Integrated Implementation Center of Excellence at UPMC. Fred served 5 years as the hands-on Director of UPMC’s ISD PMO. UPMC is the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania with 90,000 employees. He is the Immediate Past-President of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter and was also VP of Education during his nine years on their Board. PMI Pittsburgh has over 1800 members.

Fred’s certifications include PMP, PMI-ACP, Advanced-CSM, CSPO, and PE license. He was a SME reviewer and contributor of 400+ items for two books: PMI’s Agile Practice Guide and SAE’s Project Management for Automotive Engineers. He wrote monthly articles for the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter.

Fred has presented at higher education institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University. He has given many presentations to PMI chapters on project management and agile topics.

Fred Koos is passionate about continually building project management knowledge and contributing to the project management community for you!

Session 3: Leading in Turbulent Times

May 15, 2020 12 PM - 1 PM EST

There is no doubt that most of us find ourselves in unchartered territory right now with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on our families, communities, businesses, and world. The unknown can be unnerving and fear-inducing if we let it. It can also be an opportunity for heightened creative thinking, more authentic connection and courageous leadership for project management professionals.

This virtual presentation focuses on the 5 elements that leaders and prospective leaders must consider to be more effective and sensitive with our teams, our stakeholders and our customers;

  1. Re-consider your decision-making skills
  2. Accept that there’s ALWAYS more than one right answer to every challenge
  3. Be a relationship manager NOT a task manager
  4. Collect stories
  5. Engage your team at a different level

The times, they are a-changing–constantly. Luckily, the rulebook for leading in the midst of unpredictable change remains constant.

It’s all about how to motivate your team and maintain an enthusiastic focused mindset during this uncertainty. Join Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff Tobe as he presents “Leading in Turbulent Times’ in usual upbeat, high-energy style.

Speaker Bio 
Tobe-JeffCertified Speaking Professional, Jeff Tobe’s credentials are impressive. His keynote to the PMI LIM in Orlando was the hit of the conference and he has since keynoted 40 chapter PDD’s/Symposiums worldwide! Readers of Convention & Meetings Magazine chose him as one of their favorite speakers with other celebrities including Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Condoleezza Rice and Daniel Pink. He is a creativity and customer experience expert,
professional speaker and bestselling author who works with companies and organizations who want to increase their bottom line by changing their customer experience and retaining great talent.

Jeff Tobe’s articles have been read in hundreds of publications and he is the author of the hugely popular book, 'Project Management Professionals are Coloring Outside The Lines!' He is the co-author of three other books and his newest book, 'ANTICIPATE: Knowing What Customers Need Before They Do!' is quickly becoming one of the hottest business books on the market.



PMINEO brings you Part 2 of the series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.

We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 2 

PMI Offers Free Online Courses 
PMI is offering free online courses that you can take at your convenience. Whether you are simply looking to update your skill set or looking for a change of careers, these courses would be helpful. Click on the links below to review.

Working Parents, Let Go of the Idea of Balance 
Stewart Friedman, organizational psychologist at The Wharton School, and Alyssa Westring, associate professor at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business, say it’s a mistake for a working parent to think of career and home life as competing interests that have to be balanced. Listen to this podcast to  understand what you can do as a working parent to make sense of your work life balance.


20 Office 365 Productivity Tips including #Microsoft Teams

If you are using O365, this presentation will give you some very useful tips and tricks to use your tools better.



One of the accurate sayings in Project Management is that it is 80% communication. Given current virtual working scenario, the techniques that worked when we were able to talk to each other in person may not be effective during a virtual scenario.

PMINEO has decided to start a series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.

We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 1

Working Remotely
Working remotely provides some flexibility, but time management can be a challenge. With so many demands on your time and attention, it's a tricky balancing act to stay productive. This course offers best practices for anyone who works full-time or occasionally from home.


How to Make Virtual Meetings Feel More Real
5 simple tips to increase your virtual presence and make virtual meetings feel real.


5 Simple Steps to Getting Started with Free #Microsoft Teams
Did you know that Microsoft Teams has a free version that might be a good fit for your organization depending upon your size? Take a look at this article that will guide through setting up of this free version and start using within minutes.


March 13, 2020

COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has the world on edge.  Organizations across the US are restricting business travel, encouraging work from home, and promoting vigilant hygiene practices – to reduce risk and discourage the virus from spreading.

Here in Northeast Ohio, schools are closing, sporting events are played to empty arenas, and major events are being cancelled.   At PMINEO, we are encouraging a pragmatic, not panicked, response.  Follow the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus CDC

We must be responsible to our members, their families, and other guests.  As such, our March Chapter meeting will be a virtual event, still on the evening of Wed, March 18.  Please utilize Zoom or Facebook Live to join the conversation – and learn about the new PMBOK and PMP Certification exam.  Visit to find information for using our virtual technologies.

Chapter Leadership will evaluate all future events and meetings based on the current situation and public health guidelines.  Please check our website, follow us on social media, and the Monday Pulse for them most up-to-date information regarding that status of our events.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


Todd R Jones 
PMINEO Chapter
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Did you notice our new website? PMI announced a rebranding in October 2019 and PMINEO released our new logo and website during our Annual State of the Chapter Meeting on February 19, 2020. We are excited to share the meaning behind our new colors and symbols:

The Project Economy

Today, the way we work has changed. Organizations and people are centered around a portfolio of projects, creating an economy of projects. At PMI, we call this new way of working “The Project Economy.”

Q: What are the new colors and what do they mean?

A: There are 3 colors that make up our new brand - Tangerine, Aqua, and Violet

Tangerine: We are fearless. We’re unafraid to try new approaches, we learn from our failures and move forward, paving the way for those brave enough to do the same.

Aqua: We are bright. We enlighten and energize people to make a difference in their careers and an impact in their communities.

VioletWe are nurturing. We understand what our community needs, help people get where they want to go, and celebrate them along their journey.

Q: What are the new symbols and what do they mean?

A: There are 10 unique symbols that make up the language of The Project Economy.

 Collaboration: We can’t do it alone. Whether it’s partnering with a colleague, client, company or non-profit organization, each of us brings something unique to the table. And we are made stronger when we work together.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\DeterminationSymbol\Determination\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_dtrm_blk_rgb.jpg Determination: Sometimes projects go according to plan. Most of the time, not. Perseverance is needed to complete any project and successfully deliver outcomes that make a difference in the world.

Change: Disruption isn’t new—it’s constant. Learning how to navigate change is inherent to our growth and challenges us to continuously evolve. Greater challenges bring greater satisfaction in giving back.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\InnovationSymbol\Innovation\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_inno_blk_rgb.jpg Innovation: New ideas. New products. New methods. Constant transformation is what helps us tackle new problems and find fresh solutions. We know that the world isn’t one-size-fits-all. We bring new takes on everyday things to constantly move forward and make life better across the world.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\TeamworkSymbol\Teamwork\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_tmwk_blk_rgb.jpg Teamwork: Projects are delivered by people, but winning projects are delivered by teams. Project delivery relies on team players and people who contribute added value to any project, making the team stronger.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\OutcomesSymbol\Outcomes\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_outc_blk_rgb.jpg Outcomes: We celebrate not just the process, but the positive impact that projects around the world make on society. We’re changing the world—for the better—one project at a time.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\GrowthSymbol\Growth\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_grwt_blk_rgb.jpg Growth: Change and transformation, while at times unfamiliar, spur progress. Whether it’s skill development or organizational expansion, growth brings new opportunities into our economy—and contributes to the greater good.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\VisionSymbol\Vision\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_visn_blk_rgb.jpg Vision: This can mean being unconventional. It can mean coming up with new ideas to solve new challenges. It’s about perspective, seeing the big picture, and the ability to create solutions for now that are sustainable for generations to come.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\CommunitySymbol\Community\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_comm_blk_rgb.jpg Community: The people that are part of our world make it what it is today. Our community is one of our most valuable assets. We celebrate it and keep it going by welcoming all who wish to join us to make the world a better place.

Philanthropy: Making dreams a reality takes more than a vision — it takes action and dedication. We nurture and inspire the next generation to learn, grow, and achieve their goals so that they too can benefit society. This continued commitment and passion enables us to contribute to the welfare of our youth — and their communities. 



Ganesh awardPMINEO awarded the 2019 Project Management Excellence award to Ganesh Kumaraswamy during the Kerzner Awards Dinner held January 21, 2020.

Ganesh’s project management career spans over 22 years at 6 companies, the last 12 years at Progressive Insurance where he is presently a Program Manager and has contributed significantly to the practice of project management.

Kumar GaneshHis career has truly blossomed at Progressive and he is one of very few in Ohio to be certified in Program Management. During his time at Progressive, he has developed project management talent and leadership competencies for over 100 project managers in Progressive. Ganesh has also consulted with organizations to facilitate change and improve employee engagement. He has published three articles on Stakeholder Engagement and Change in International Journals.

He has been a crucial part of the PMINEO Chapter through volunteering as VP of Marketing and setting up the Military Program for the Chapter.

Ganesh is furthering his program management career by seeking a Master’s degree at Case Western Reserve University in Positive Organizational Development.

PMIEFThe Project Management Institute has donated a PMI Chapter Milestone Professional Development Scholarship in honor of the PMI Northeast Ohio Chapter for reaching its 30-year milestone. The scholarship, valued up to US $2,500, may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals.

Application and Notification

For more information on scholarship applications and notifications, please review the Scholarship Guidelines.


Must live in the area that the PMI Northeast Ohio Chapter serves. Courses provided by Project Management Institute are not eligible.

Apply for Scholarship



The PMINEO WIPM Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of women in project and program management. There is no Book Club membership dues or fees, anyone can sign up to join our conversations!

There are only three key requirements to join: pre-registration, reading the book before the meeting (and this one is a little fluid), and coming to the Book Club with an open mind and being prepared to have your understanding adjusted as you hear about the book through the voices of your professional peers.

Would you like to participate in a book club? Here's what you do:

  1. Go to the Events Calendar to find the date of the next book club meeting and register for it. Typically meetings are about every six weeks to allow time for reading the selected book.
  2. The event description includes the name of the book and author. Acquire the book through the local library, book store or perhaps an e-book application. Read it and come to the meeting prepared to discuss it.

Book Club Meeting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How is the book club meeting structured?

Each meeting has a facilitator who guides the discussion. Order your breakfast and after brief announcements, we'll begin the discussion. We have created a list of questions as a guide for our discussion. At the end of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to nominate new books and will vote on the next book selection.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for the event. Your only cost is your breakfast and the book. 

How are books selected?

Book club members are encouraged to nominate books based on specific criteria: It must be relevant to project management and the book cannot cost more than $30 or have more than 300 pages. At each meeting, attendees will vote on nominated books. Your first choice will receive two points and your second choice will receive one point. The book with the most points wins.

How do I nominate a Book?

One of two ways, bring the book suggestion to a book club meeting or Send an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How many PDUs can I earn?

You can earn PDUs by simply reading the book. Under the new CCRS guidelines, reading is its own category ("Education - Read"). You can earn up to four (4) PDUs for reading the book selection. You will also earn two (2) "Informal Learning" PDUs for attending the meeting. One volunteer will earn an additional "Giving Back - Volunteering" PDU for writing a book review or (2) PDUs for facilitating the meeting. The alignment to the Talent Triangle will vary based on the book selection. Please note that "Giving Back" PDUs has a maximum allowed per certification cycle. Category limitations may apply.

Who do I contact for more information?

Send an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When is the next meeting?

Wendesday September 23rd, 2020 is our next meeting, please check our events calendar for more details.

List of Books Under Consideration

  1. Mistakes I Made at Work-25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal
    In Mistakes I Made at Work, Jessica Bacal interviews twenty-five successful women about their toughest on-the-job moments. These innovators across a variety of fields - from the arts to finance to tech - reveal that they're more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders because they learned from their mistakes, not because they never made any. 
  2. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel  
    She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills. Stop making "nice girl" errors that can become career pitfalls
  3. How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen 
    Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and bestselling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers--men and women--to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up.
  4. Becoming by Michelle Obama 
    With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Book Reviews - click on the book title for the chapter book review

Book/Reviewer  Rating (5-point scale) 

The Happiness Equation
y Neil Pasricha 

Reviewed by Cheryl Simecek - Meeting held 7/15/20


The Southwest Airlines Way 
by Jody Hoffer Gittell

Reviewed by Grace Skaff - Meeting held 4/15/20


Pushback: How Smart Women Ask--and Stand Up--for What They Want 
by Selena Rezvani

Reviewed by Megan O’Malley -  Meeting held 1/28/20


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead 
y Cheryl Sandberg

Reviewed by Colleen Zettler - Meeting held 11/5/19


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