I anticipate the New Year while I marvel at the difference a fresh coat of paint makes – it sounds obvious to make a small change to see great results, but no change happens without having an idea, determining the requirements, establishing a team, estimating the cost versus benefits and then actually executing the plan. Sound familiar? We use our project management skills in everything we do.
PMI is a unique organization in that it serves to elevate our profession and provide resources to improve our individual skills. It is also a great source of camaraderie, personal development, professional fellowship, and a way to give back to our communities.
It is my honor and privilege that you have elected me to serve as your 2015 Chair leading our local PMI Atlanta chapter. I have volunteered with PMI Atlanta for 9 years. I became a volunteer because I had been laid off from work and I needed to build my network and improve my PM skills. I volunteer a lot, and have volunteered with some organizations for over 10 years. It’s easier for me to get involved than to ask for help – if I know what is going on and how something works, then I know who to talk to – I used to think it was a way to help myself and show how resourceful I am. That’s certainly a benefit, but something else happened during my experience volunteering for PMI Atlanta…1) I started getting unique opportunities that I wasn’t getting at work; 2) I started having professional contacts that I never would have met anywhere else; 3) I made friends – real friends, not just professional acquaintances; and finally, I began to make a difference in areas that I did not know I held such influence!