Northeast Ohio Chapter of PMI



The new member awards initiative got off to a great start. Awards, in the form of Starbucks cards, were granted to 2 members at the last meeting. The awards were given to them because they were the newest members at the meeting that night.

Going forward, an opportunity to have lunch with the CIO or C-level Project Management Executive from one of the local corporations has been added to the list of award opportunities. Every member is eligible to participate.

Some of the criteria to win this prestigious award could include:

  • AdobeStock156327134Writing a scholarly article to be published in this or another PM publication.
  • Creating a useful tool or template that can be demonstrated and shown to facilitate the application of project management techniques.
  • Receiving recognition for speaking at a professional event that promotes the project management profession.
  • Receiving recognition for donating project management services to a non-profit organization (outside of PMINEO volunteer services provided).

All members are encouraged to participate in the awards program and all ideas are welcomed.

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Please join us for a casual round of golf and socialize with other project management professionals.  Any skill level golfer is welcome to join.  This will be a 2-person, 3-club, and 9-hole shotgun scramble at the Washington Golf Course in Newburgh Heights.

After golf, we can go down to Panera’s on 6700 Rockside Road, Independence, OH for dinner and to socialize.

The chapter will not collect monies prior to the event.  Golfers will pay at the clubhouse. 

All participants are accountable for all costs for golf, food, and beverages the day of the event.

Please contact Dale Sibert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Joe Anastasi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

  • Date:  Monday, September 12, 2016
  • Time: Arrive no later than 2:30 pm to pay and listen to announcements.  Tee off is at 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $10.50 to walk, $17.50 to ride cart (fees may increase if we do not get enough golfers
  • Registration:  [link]  We are capped at maximum 36 golfers.  Please only register if you are very sure to attend.
  • Location:  Washington Golf Course, 3841 Washington Park Blvd, Newburgh Heights, OH 44105
  • Driving Directions and Map

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Topic:  "Lessons Learned from Great Projects in History."

Summary of Event:

Presented as part of the Baldwin Wallace University Center for Innovation and Growth’s Kerzner Lecture Series.

Focusing on International Project Management Day’s 2015 theme of sustainability, speaker Chris Wright will present an impactful presentation designed to illustrate that the fundamental challenges, obstacles, and constraints faced by projects of yesteryear are not much different than what project leaders face today. While technological advances and innovation have changed how project management is employed, many of the lessons learned from these great projects can serve as valuable insight into today’s projects.

Chris will provide insight into several of the greatest endeavors in history, including The Panama Canal project, through the lens of sustainability and modern day project management. Participants will not only gain knowledge of a historical event, but also learn how some of today’s “great” projects are not so great in comparison. Riveting and fascinating alike, this presentation will further promote the importance of integrating key lessons learned in every project.

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Thank you for joining us as a Mentee in the PMINEO Speed Mentoring Fall 2015!

What is speed mentoring?

Speed mentoring applies the speed-dating concept to professional learning and development in an engaging format. This initiative gives participants the opportunity to network and learn from experienced advisors in short bursts of time. We hope you will like this format. It is high energy and lots of fun!

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Please register before Sunday, September 13th

JDRF Walk and Fundraiser September 20, 2015

Fundraiser for JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The Northeast Ohio Chapter has a walking team that you may join to network with fellow project managers, get some exercise, check out the zoo, and help raise money for a good cause.

We had a great success with our event in Akron back in April. We would like to do it again in Brecksville this Fall.

Come network with your fellow project management and business analyst professionals at the 750ml Wine Bar in Brecksville, Ohio. This venue's motto is "good company, great conversation, fine wine!" This is a great way to meet new friends and catch up on the general business news in our field of practice.  We hope you will join us and bring a friend or colleague!

Participants that join us are accountable for their own alcohol purchases and consumption. There will be a cash bar at the venue. Participants must be over the age of 21 to attend. Drink responsibly!  Drive safely!

The chapter is collecting $10 per person to reserve a seat and to help with the cost of food only.

The chapter will also contribute to the food bill.

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30pm

Location: 750ml Wine Boutique and Wine Bar, 8903 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141


General Directions:
Map and driving direction:

The Brecksville location is on the southeast corner of Brecksville Road (RT. 21) and Royalton Road (RT. 82).



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PMINEO is partnered with North Coast Job Seekers (NCJS) – a newly formed organization that is focused on career advancement for all professions in the NE Ohio area.

NCJS has a diverse and engaged Advisory Board who are committed to becoming the premier job seeker network / support organization in NE Ohio.  NCJS provides tools, tips, resources, techniques, and networking opportunities through dynamic speakers – to help job seekers maximize their job searches.  NCJS meets twice a month on the second and fourth Monday from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church (35100 Solon Road, Solon, OH 44139).

This alignment brings many benefits to PMINEO members:

  • Access to a larger network, enhancing the opportunities to make connections and find opportunities in fields not normally represented at RPYC meetings.
  • More direct contact with HR professionals to gain the inside track on hiring practices and tips.
  • Increased frequency of meetings doubles networking opportunities, leading to personal and professional development with a focus on job seeking.
  • Larger group will draw higher quality speakers.
  • Publicity and branding outside the ‘traditional circle’ of PMINEO members.
  • Additional volunteer opportunities within NCJS.

Brad Kahn ‘Director of Career Networking.’  As a NCJS Advisory Board member, Brad Kahn, PMINEO Director of Career Networking will serve as the primary liaison between the two organizations.  Each group will provide updates to members regarding meetings, events, and opportunities to participate.


Look for meeting announcements each month!

Click here for North Coast Job Seekers Meetings.

Click here for more information about the NCJS and PMINEO Partnership.

For more information about NCJS access their website at

To reach Brad Kahn, Director of Career Networking, PMINEO, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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*Register by 11/16

Topic: Networking Social and State of the Chapter

Presentation Summary:

Prepare to celebrate another successful year with a focus on our chapter’s leaders and their accomplishments for 2014!

PMINEO’s Annual Business Meeting is an opportunity for the general membership to understand the ‘State of the Chapter’ and voice their unique perspectives on our accomplishments and direction. As an all-volunteer organization we have a lot to celebrate as our chapter leaders have distinguished themselves with excellent programming, support and training opportunities for all of our members. We’ll also take a quick look forward at our 2014 plans to continue our programming excellence and chapter growth. We invite your comments and questions!

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*Register by 10/12

Topic:  Today’s Strategies for a Satisfying Career

Presentation Summary:

If you’re looking to advance into a more satisfying career, you’ll need the latest proven strategies in identifying strengths, networking, social media, and launching a career. According to a survey by Gallup, an astonishing 72 percent of American workers are not engaged in their work and do not feel they are reaching their full potential in their career.

Greetings to our valued members and friends!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. The year is racing by and your leadership team is busy with programming, membership initiatives, student outreach, and leadership training. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another exciting quarter!

Volunteer of the Quarter

I’d like to take a moment of your time to recognize our 2014 Q1 Volunteer of the Quarter, Jai Jacobs. As our Director of Student Leadership Jai has introduced project management, our chapter and PMI Global, and certification options to over 100 students in the past few months. Students are an important part of our membership mix, and we look forward to Jai’s programming for the 2nd half of the year.

Strategic Plan Progress

Our chapter leaders continue to work on the metrics associated with the chapter’s new strategic plan, PMINEO BLUEPRINT 2020. The metric definition process followed a traditional model common for this type of effort, illustrated as follows:

Blueprint Model

We are currently operationalizing the metric process using chapter-specific data on membership, prospects, revenue, and sponsors. Later this year we will hold a formal review of these metrics and then publish an annual progress update. Rest assured, the operational metrics will be meaningful to all of our stakeholders.

In the meantime, please help us ensure our data effectiveness by going to and keeping your personal and professional information up to date and accurate. For example, member address information helps us make better choices for chapter event locations. If you have any questions reach out to John at 330-283-1861 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Events

I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of our programming this year. We’ve had some excellent events and there’s more to come! Our signature events for the fall include:

  • International Project Management Day celebration November 6th
  • PMP Study Group starts September 9th
  • Community Service – Boo Bash at the Botanical Gardens on September 25th
  • Student Outreach at Baldwin-Wallace, CSU, and DeVry in September and October… and maybe others too!
  • Birds of a Feather – stay tuned as it should be announced shortly!

Thanks again for your interest and energy. We certainly appreciate working with and for you!

Janet Kuster, PMP, MBA
President, Board of Directors
Northeast Ohio Chapter of PMI

Topic:  Celebrating Project Management

Summary of Event:

Come celebrate International Project Management Day with us as we take an unconventional look at a blossoming vocation.

Highlighting where we came from and where we are we going, we explore the project management crown jewels in the United States.  We look at some of the most successful and important endeavors in the United States in the fields of science, spaceflight, transportation, and urban renewal.

Abstract: This session will review best practices for project visualization – how to provide visual representation of your WBS to stakeholders. MS Project and OnePager Pro will be highlighted, but the course is intended to teach best practices, not a specific tool.

Speaker: OnePager

Date: Thursday, Sept 12, 2013

Time: Noon-1pm (webinar will open 10 minutes before the hour)

Location: Virtual webinar

Cost: Free PDUs: 1 Download PDU Form

Preregistration requested: Closed

Food: Bring your own because you can participate in the comfort of your home or office.

 Congratulations!!Project of the Year: Order Management System Project

Project of the year: Project of the Year: Order Management System

from left to right:

  • Matt McConnell, Senior Solutions Analyst
  • Greg Blanchard, Director of Solutions Management
  • Brian Forbush, Manager of Enterprise Projects
  • Alison Hamel, Manager of Multi-Channel Solutions (not pictured)


Kerzner Award winner: Joe Anastaci

The slide deck: Click the following links for the Kerzner Dinner Chapter Announcements and Dr. Kerzner's Presentation

PDUs: 1.5  - Download PDU form here.  *Please allow 3-5 business days after the event to process attendance confirmation and PDU claim information.

Topic: The Future of Project Management

Over the years, a new breed of project manager has appeared. The new project manager has significantly more business knowledge than their predecessors. The project manager must make both project and business-related decisions and manage multiple stakeholders, each of whom has a different definition of project success, different reporting requirements and a different perception of value at the end of the project. As a further complication, the true value of the project may not be known until well after the project is completed. In addition, the new project managers will be assigned to nontraditional or more complex projects where the enterprise environmental factors will change continuously.  Project governance will improve as well. The project manager will learn how to recover failing projects and perform health checks. We will also have a much better understanding of success and failure.

Speaker: Harold Kerzner, M.S., Ph.D., M.B.A

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 6:00pm - 8:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 for registration)

Business Mtg start at 6:45; Presentation runs 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Please note: Prior to the meeting, you are invited to gather at 5:30pm with the Community Service Team to help define additional events for the Community Service 2014 Calendar.  Let’s offer a helping hand to fellow Clevelanders, and show them what a great organization Refer to Community Services any questions and suggestions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Location: Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131  ●  Phone (216) 524-8050


  • 5:30 pm  - Welcome Table and sign-in opens, networking begins and Community Service team meets
  • 6:00 - Welcome address; dinner is served
  • 6:45 - Meeting announcements
  • 7:00 - Award presentation
  • 7:15 - Featured presentation
  • 8:25 - Closing meeting and Raffle

Registration is Closed; we will not accept walk-ins for the event nor can accept payment at the door.

If you are a PMI member, please enter your PMI member id on the registration form. For individuals that are PMI members, have entered an accurate PMI member id, and also have a PMI certification, we will upload your registration information to PMI to report your PDU's for you, saving you time.

Registrations and cancellations must be received before end of day on Sunday, January 19th.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Harold Kerzner is Senior Executive Director for Project Management for the International Institute for Learning (IIL). He has a MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Utah State University. He is a prior Air Force Officer and spent several years at Morton-Thiokol in project management. He taught engineering at the University of Illinois and business administration at Utah State University, and for 37 years taught project management at Baldwin-Wallace University. He has published or presented numerous engineering and business papers, and has published more than 50 college textbooks on project management, including later editions. His three latest books are (1) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling; (2) Project Management Metrics, KPIs and Dashboards, and (3) Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure.
He travels around the world each year conducting project management lectures in Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, England and Switzerland.

His recognitions include:

  • The University of Illinois granted Dr. Kerzner a Distinguished Recent Alumni Award for his contributions to the field of project management
  • Utah State University provided Dr. Kerzner with the 1998 Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the field of project management
  • The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Project Management Institute gives out the Kerzner Award once a year to one project manager in Northeast Ohio that has demonstrated excellence in project management
  • The Project Management Institute (National Organization) in cooperation with IIL has initiated the Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year Award given to one project manager yearly anywhere in the world
  • The Project Management Institute also gives out four scholarships each year in Dr. Kerzner's name for graduate studies in project management
  • Baldwin-Wallace University has instituted the Kerzner Distinguished Lecturer Series in project management

Facilitator: Stephanie Price

Meal Choices: (you will be required to select your choice when registering)

  • Chicken Tosca - Chicken Breast sauteed in an Herb Parmesan Batter finished with Lemon Buerre Blanc
  • Bourbon Glazed London Broil - Marinated Flank Steak thinly sliced with a Bourbon Glaze
  • Orange Roughy Baked with a Parmesan Cheese Crumb Topping and Lemon Pepper Sauce
  • Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan- Baked Eggplant with Parmesan Cheese

Entrees are served with:

  • Mixed Greens with Mandarin Orange, Dried Cranberries & Red Onions with Sweet & Sour Poppyseed Dressing and Balsamic Vinagrette
  • Fresh Vegetable Medley - Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots
  • Parsley Buttered Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Chocolate Tuxedo Mousse Cake
  • Coffee, Tea, Decaf and Iced Tea
  • Assorted Soft Drinks


  • $35 per member
  • $40 per non-member
  • Groups of 5 or more individuals will receive a 10% discount (i.e. $31.50/member or $36/non-member).  Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your group registered.


** Please note: location Changed to Residence Inn Beachwood, 3628 Park East Drive, Beachwood Ohio 44122

This program focuses on providing an understanding of Agile Project Management, team dynamics, requirements gathering, estimating, executing/reporting and adopting Agile into your company operations.  Going beyond the generic descriptions of Agile within project management, this program uses many exercises to reinforce the concepts and techniques.

In this accelerated 2-day course is designed for busy professionals.


Abstract: This session will review best practices for project visualization – how to provide visual representation of your WBS to stakeholders. MS Project and OnePager Pro will be highlighted, but the course is intended to teach best practices, not a specific tool.

Dear Northeast Ohio PMI Chapter,

I am writing to request your assistance and fellow members in completing an online survey for my dissertation, as part fulfillment towards my Master’s Degree at the University of Liverpool in the major of project & portfolio management. And since my studies were based on the PMI standard, I thought it appropriate to contact some of the PMI chapters for help.

"Emotional intelligence isn't a luxury you can dispense with in tough times. It's a basic tool that, deployed with finesse, is key to professional success."

---Harvard Business Review.

Outstanding leaders have an excellent ability to understand and manage themselves and to understand and work with others. Technical and functional expertise is the foundation for effective performance however emotional intelligence (EI) distinguishes outstanding leaders from average performers. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand one's own feelings and emotions as well as those of others and use that information to manage ourselves and our relationships effectively. It consists of four fundamental capabilities: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management or social skill. This talk will introduce the emotional intelligence model, discuss the competencies associated with each of the fundamental capabilities, and introduce the six leadership styles and how they can be used in an organization. This information can be used to understand what distinguishes truly outstanding leaders from those who just happen to be in a leadership position.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:30pm - 8:00 pm

Business Mtg start at 6:15; Presentation runs 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Nestle in Solon, 30003 Bainbridge Rd., Solon, OH 44139. Directions and Map

Cost: Free for Students, Chapter Members, Speaker, Employees of host company, and Greeters.
All others are charged a $5 fee. A valid PMI id is required if you are a member of the local chapter.

Food: Light refreshments will be provided

PDUs: 1.5 |  Download PDU form | Download Meeting Presentation

Register: Under Event Calender tab - Event Registration. Registration closes 2 days before the event.

We will not accept walk-ins for the event nor can accept payment at the door. If after you've registered and you cannot attend, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least one day prior to the event.

Also if you are a PMI member, please enter your PMI member id on the registration form. For individuals that are PMI members, have entered an accurate PMI member id, and also have a PMI certification, we will upload your registration information to PMI to report your PDU's for you, saving you time.

Speaker Bio: Theresa R. Cassino, PhD, PMP is a biomedical scientist, engineer and project management professional. She joined PMI in 2012 and has been a member of the PMINEO Programs committee since October. She is currently serving as the Director of Programs for PMINEO. Theresa received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and her MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She acquired her PMP in June 2012. Theresa has experience in research, product development and project management on a variety of topics including specialty chemicals, flooring, molecular interactions, cellular mechanotrasduction, adult stem cells for cardiac transplantation and personalized medicine for oncology. Theresa is currently an instructor for American Graduate University and an independent coach with Team Beachbody. She recently completed her first triathlon (sprint distance) in July 2013 and will do an Olympic distance triathlon in September.