Northeast Ohio Chapter of PMI

President's Messages

It is hard to believe that we are in September and Labor Day is upon us. I am trying to fight that it represents the unofficial end to summer!

First, THANKS for your generosity. Together we donated 557 pounds of food to the Cleveland Food Bank on behalf of the Chapter. Combined with other chapters from Region 4, we supplied nearly 5 tons of food to food banks in major cities in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Well done!

You are invited to our Annual Planning meeting for 2021. It will take place virtually on Saturday, September 26, from 9:15a-11:30a. Our focus will be on post-COVID: how do we want to emerge as a Chapter and what should we be doing now to prepare for it? Please visit www.pmineo.org for more details and to register. All Chapter leaders and volunteers are strongly urged to attend; all are welcome to join!

Be on the lookout for your ballot for PMINEO Governance Board elections. There are two officer positions up for election this year. Information should be distributed in the next week with a link. Be sure to read the candidate bios and cast your vote.

We have exciting virtual events throughout the Fall - from more Thursday Tech Talk webinars, monthly chapter meetings, women in PM book clubs meetings, and our combined International Project Management Day / Professional Development Day event on Thursday, November 5. We also have links to some virtual events by our regional chapters that you can attend.

As school starts (in whatever form) and some of us are returning to work at an office, I am anxiously awaiting in-person chapter events (as soon as it is advisable). Until then...

Stay safe & healthy!

Todd Jones
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President's Corner - August Food Drive

Welcome to the 'dog days' of summer in NE Ohio! It may be hot but remember what it was like six months ago... and enjoy it while it lasts! I hope that you and your families are healthy happy!

We have an exciting opportunity for YOU to get involved and help others in NE Ohio who are less fortunate. We are partnering with other PMI Chapters in Region 4 (Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania) and yougivegoods.com to hold a virtual food drive from August 1 - 31.

All you need to click the food bank's logo below. Click the 'Shop Now' button, select the food you would like to donate, and provide payment. (Note: prices include shipping & handling and service fees)

Greater-Cleveland-Food-Bank   Akron-Canton-Food-Bank

By doing so, we will benefit two outstanding organizations that serve NE Ohio by feeding families in need! (And if you know me, I am competitive and would really enjoy seeing PMINEO out-give our fellow chapters!) Please consider joining me in this worthwhile (and COVID safe!) endeavor for social good. Remember to donate by August 31.

This virus may keep us from meeting in person, but it is not keeping us from meeting your needs. Please check our website regularly for updated content and virtual events: www.pmineo.org

As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or suggestions about our Chapter.

Respectfully,

Todd R Jones
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PMINEO members show up to support COVID-19 Relief.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fundraiser earlier this month. Through your generosity, we raised over $1,300 to support the Greater Cleveland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund!!

In addition to helping a worthwhile cause, we were able to earn PDUs listening to three amazing live speakers. Special thanks to David Barrett, Fred Koos, and Jeff Tobe for donating their time and talents. The presentations on Strategy Success, Agile Planning with Scrum, and Leading in Turbulent Times were timely and applicable to our professional and personal lives. Watch the replays.

Kudos to Prasanna Adavi, our Board Treasurer, and to Joe Anastasi, our Program Manager - Member Services, and all other volunteers for their efforts to plan and execute the event... another great example of our dedicated volunteers in action!

Check out our upcoming line-up of virtual events.

Stay safe & healthy everyone!

Todd Jones
President
PMINEO Chapter

Wow... what a roller coaster ride Q2 has been!! Despite COVID-19, our PMINEO has continued to offer outstanding programming and networking opportunities, posted articles and links to Resources for Working Virtually, and hosted a Fundraiser to support the Greater Cleveland Coronavirus Response effort. And all of this virtually!

I would like to express the Board's gratitude to our dedicated volunteers who have maintained excellence in leading the Chapter. Your service is very much appreciated. And Thanks to you, our members, for staying engaged and supporting our virtual events!

On a more personal note, many of us are experiencing pain for family, loved ones, or friends who have been affected by the virus. We are navigating a 'new normal' in our families (schooling children at home, sharing a makeshift office with a spouse). We are celebrating milestones in new ways (virtual graduations and birthday parties). We are encouraging those on the front-lines fighting the virus (impromptu cheering for hospital heroes and first responders). Regardless of our individual situations, we are all connected in one way or another... we are truly #InThisTogether.

Please take advantage of our website, social media, and virtual events to stay connected and grow personally through this time.

More recently, our nation has been torn apart with racial unrest. Please take a few minutes to read a short letter from PMI President & CEO, Sunil Prashara, addressing inequality: 

As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or suggestions about our Chapter.

Respectfully,

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