April 2016 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Submitted by Tammie Nelson, President


We’ve made it to spring already. As we progress through the year, we continue to welcome more members and more volunteers. Our chapter has reached 600 members. Will you refer our 700th member?

We are also busy planning our annual events. Allisa Jones is the project manager for our annual dinner event. A small committee has formed to put the foundation in place. Please look for a call for volunteers and sponsors as we get closer to the event. Planning is also underway for our Third Annual PMI OKC Golf Tournament. Please see more information below.

As we offer more and more events, you will receive more email from PMI OKC. We did have a snafu earlier in the month which caused multiple emails about one of our events. Please accept my apologies for that error. One email you should receive soon is a survey so you can suggest the types of events, classes, and speakers you would like to attend. Your recommendation is important to us and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Please join us Thursday evening, April 21st, for our monthly meeting. This meeting is our quarterly dinner meeting. The content is of interest to every PMP that needs to renew their credential. Teresa Burgess will be presenting on the changes to the PDU system now that they align to PMI’s Talent Triangle. I hope to see you there!

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Vice President's Article

Membership has its Privileges

Submitted by Robert Wood, Vice President, Membership

A few years ago, American Express developed a series of commercials with this tag line in hopes of getting people to use their brand. Whether or not it was successful for AmEx, the message still rings true for PMI and the PMI/OKC Chapter.

PMI is the leading advocate for Project Management professionals across the globe. It undertakes various initiatives to generate awareness about the value of Project Management and its practitioners. The membership and support of PMPs facilitates many of these initiatives, which indirectly benefit the members.

Joining PMI gets you discounts on books, software and merchandise; access to career development programs; leadership experience through volunteer opportunities; free PM magazine, newsletters, journals, and other publications; access to specific interest groups (SIG’s); free online access to project management texts; free copies of all PMI standards documents including the current PMBOK; and savings on certification exam costs.

In addition to all of the benefits above, joining the local PMI/OKC Chapter adds a local network of PM’s who make up a strong community of practitioners across a number of industries. If you’re looking to maintain your credentials, the PMI/OKC Chapter has monthly meetings, frequent training events, and volunteer opportunities. If you’re looking to “up your game” by adding a certification the local chapter has training for the PMP, PgMP, and other certifications scheduled throughout the year. If you’re looking for a specific model, diverse environments including the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force, Devon, Sonic, Chesapeake Energy and many others provide PMI/OKC members opportunities to share models & templates, and network with other PMs supporting similar projects. PMI/OKC events also provide members an opportunity to learn about other PMO’s, and position themselves for their next career move, or locate their next new hire. The PMI/OKC chapter also publishes a monthly newsletter with local events, updates, and highlights.

As Vice President of Membership for the PMI/OKC Chapter, I’m pleased to sponsor initiatives in 2016 to further engage the federal PMOs at the FAA and Tinker AFB, the corporate PMOs including Sonic, Devon, Hobby Lobby and others, and reaching out to professors at local universities to engage the students who will become the next generation of PMs. Professionals can join PMI/OKC for $25 per annum, student memberships are free.

When someone says “Membership has its’ privileges” it’s certainly true for the local PMI/OKC Chapter... please ask your fellow PMs and those pursuing certifications to come join us!

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Submitted by Bill Evans

The 2016 PMI OKC Golf Tournament project is in its initial development. We have had some great golf events in the last two years and will improve this year. Your assistance is needed to move it to the next level.

We need your help to make this the golf event of the summer and positively impact a charity like we have not done in the past! Volunteers will have the opportunity to support every area of the tournament from the initial project team through the day of activities. The list of volunteer opportunities include the following:

  • Project Team members
  • Communication committee
  • Sponsor committee
  • Planning and Scheduling Committee
  • Charity Committee
  • Day of activities
  • Set up
  • Check in
  • On course management: closest to pin, long drive, photographer, etc
  • End of day activities


The location and date of the tournament are: 
2016 PMI OKC Golf Tournament:
Lincoln Park West
Friday, September 16, 2016

To volunteer, please submit your contact information to [email protected]; Subject 2016 PMI OKC Golf Tourney

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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Calendar of Events

Summer Symposium
July 13 - 14, 2016 (16 PDUs)

Fall Conference
November 17-18, 2016 (16 PDUs)

PMP Spring 3-Day Bootcamp
April 27-29, 2016

PMP Weekend Bootcamp
July 9, 16, 23, 2016

PMP Fall 3-Day Bootcamp
October 11-13, 2016

PM Spring Fundamentals
May 19-20, 2016

PM Summer Fundamentals
August 16-17, 2016

PM Weekend Fundamentals
June , 11, 2016

PM Fall Fundamentals
October 25-26, 2016

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Welcome New Members

April 2016

John Bannen
Brenda Hutton
Victoria Ponder
Rachel Keen
Robert Lutz
Steve Scavitto
Robert Alexander
Shellie Koch
Anna Bradley
Phillip Brand
Tap Giblin
Thomas Wangler
Leslie Ewing
Eric Smith
Amanda DeLao
Hillary Huey
Keith Stockton
Ted Eubank
Keith SealsÈ

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The PMI OKC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, a professional, non-profit organization, was formed in June, 2000 (under the name, Red Earth) to better serve the central and western Oklahoma members of the Project Management Institute and to carry out the objectives of that organization

Our Vision

To be Oklahoma’s preeminent source of project management principles, best practices, and resources enabling business and organizational success.

Our Mission

To promote the practice, science, and profession of project management in Oklahoma through networking, outreach, and education. 

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