President’s Corner – 2019 Year in Review
 

December 2019


 

As I look back on 2019, I can’t believe my first year as chapter president has almost come to an end.  Where has the time gone?  But what a great year it has been.  I could not have asked for a better leadership team or group of volunteers.  The results speak for themselves when you look at all that was accomplished in 2019.  Over 40 of these achievements are net new services, offerings, events, or relationships that were not in place a year ago.   

In the Academic Outreach area:

  • We continued our tradition of supporting Engineering Week Future Cities competition for middle school students by participating as special award judges for models and project plans and sponsoring our $250.00 “Riskonator” award.
  • Members of this team taught PM classes to teachers and students at the Fort Worth Academy, a private middle school in Fort Worth in support of their annual school project – the cardboard challenge.  Team members also taught classes to 2 undergraduate classes at TCU in the Neeley Business College which included segments on Risk, Agile, and Earned Value.
  • Team members were also guest speakers at university student organizations – both the TCU BIS club, and the UNT ASI student organization.

Community Outreach:

  • We continued our outreach with the Ronald McDonald House by hosting 2 dinners, an increase over last year’s outings.
  • We also participated along with the Dallas chapter in the Give Camp event where teams delivered technology projects to non-profits over a weekend.

Military Outreach – this team organized or participated in the following activities:

  • 2 Speed Mentoring events for veterans
  • CAPM class for veterans & spouses
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Event
  • Participated in Military Hiring event at NAS Fort Worth JRB
  • Panel for Veterans Issues at Gilly’s in Dallas with NPower
  • Working with Microsoft to place 50-100 veterans at the newest center in Irving.
  • Purchased & distributed PMI Military Outreach Coins
  • Presented at PMI Military Webinar
  • Represented the chapter at NA LIM presentation.

Corporate Outreach – RCC

  • Co-Organized a JP Morgan Chase joint event with Dallas chapter, and participated on speaker panel
  • Oncor Event

Communications Team

  • The Communications team established a plan and calendar for orderly publications
  • They redesigned newsletter format/layout & content
  • Reorganized content on website
  • Established Youtube channel and published promotional videos
  • They have begun publishing podcasts by recasting curated podcasts from other high value project management sources
  • They have added more frequency to social media posts

Membership

  • The Internal Relations team established the Volunteer of the quarter program to recognize key contributing volunteers.
  • The new volunteer & new member orientation webinars were re-vamped and are now being held with regular cadence.
  • The membership team performs regular membership and VRMS (volunteer relationship management system) metric reporting to help the board monitor progress.
  • This team planned and executed volunteer appreciation events.
  • For the first year, we utilized PMI’s Guest Pass program and distributed 20 guest passes.
  • The chapter experienced 25% membership growth year to date.

Professional Development

  • This team led the search and contract negotiation for our new venue – Texas Star
  • Reinstatement of Monthly chapter dinner meetings
  • This team introduced for the first time - virtual attendance at chapter dinner meetings
  • We introduced virtual lunch & learns (via partners), allowing greater flexibility for attendance during workdays.
  • We are now posting PDUs for ALL events – including the PDC, Book Club, and virtual events.
  • We have introduced more workshop offerings (via partners)
  • We added member input solicitation meetings
  • 2019 saw the highest attended and most profitable PDC to date

Operations

  • This team transitioned much of our financial reserves to a vehicle and process that allows for better profitability
  • They have introduced better and more regular financial reporting
  • They introduced the ability to Accept credit card payments at events
  • They are leading the transition to a new website vendor

 
We have another ambitious year planned for 2020, but I know our team is up for the task.  I can’t wait to see what next year brings.  We will be starting out with a bang with a dynamic speaker for January in Benjamin Anyacho, who will speak to us about knowledge management and succession planning. So, have a wonderful holiday season, everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all in January.