March 2021 Chapter Update 



Paul Alvarez, Andrew Bajuszik, Carol Collins, Robert Gatling III, Coleman Hillstrom, Kristy Porter, George Sinkuc, Geri Smith, Jon  Steinmetz, Marcio Vieira, Paula Webster! 


Welcome to your 'PMI Pittsburgh Chapter' !  Please reach out to Louis Martina,  VP Membership, to learn more about the beneifits of your new membership! 



Lisa Adams, PMP, Daniel Gonzalez Rico, PMP, Matthew Gruss, PMI-ACP, Paul Heinl, PMP, Misty Leininger, PMP, Stephanie Motchar, CAPM, Amy Wylie, PMP.

With these new credential holders, the chpater now has: 

 Credential  Count
PMP ® 1,028
PMI-ACP ® 54
CAPM ® 31
PgMP ® 4
Total   1,124

= 73% Chapter holds a valid credential!  


MENTORING PROGRAM WRAPPING UP for 2020!    Kicking off 2021! 

Please welcome Dr. Jennifer Nightingale, (NEW) Director, Mentorship

It is with much excitement that we welcome Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Nightingale, Associate Professor, Slippery Rock University, as our NEW MENTORSHIP DIRECTOR.  Effective immediately, Jen will take over for David Begis who 'leaves us' for his new role as Vice President, Administration  (  I enjoyed working with David;  together, we launched the Pittsburgh PMI 'Bridge Builders' in 2020!   I look forward to working with Prof. Nightingale as we frame a new session series for Spring 2021. 


Thank you & congratulations to David Begis, and to ALL of the mentors and proteges who sat the second mentoring class for the  2020 - Fall Term.   I would like to thank David Begis, Director Emeritus, for his drive & direction to get the 'Pittsburgh PMI Bridge Builders' Mentoring Program' launched.   We had several mentors actually present their own perspectives and stories to the class. 

Good luck David and WELCOME, Jennifer! 

We will be sending out details on the next mentoring class for Winter/Spring Term - 2021. Updates are forthcoming!  



PMI’s hardship provision is available to any member of the ‘PMI Pittsburgh Chapter’ who becomes unemployed or underemployed as a result of cutbacks and layoffs tied to the pandemic of 2020. In order to qualify for this provisionthe member must be in good standing and must have paid global and chapter dues for the three previous continuous years, or longer. 


Under this provision, a member is granted a waiver for one (1) year of PMI membership dues and one (1) year of chapter membership dues for only one (1) chapter that the applicant was a member within this most recent calendar year. The hardship provision may be granted for a maximum of two years (lifetime combined value) for each member. 


But to qualify and receive this waiver, you need to make application to  If you have questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact Lou Martina @ or send a note to  Member Services



'Candidate’s Corner'

The ‘Candidate’s Corner’ is a ‘Members Only’ resume posting feature within the Chapter’s website where you can post your resume, CV, or “elevator pitch” to let your peers and hiring managers know that you are available for that next opportunity! 

To upload your resume to the website, go to “Member Area” and click on ‘Candidate’s Corner’ to upload your resume in PDF format. Again, reach out to Lou Martina if you have any questions.


'Job Search in a Box'

Chapter Sponsors and Corporate Partners can now post their open job positions DIRECTLY into the "Member Area" of the Chapter website.  We hope that this job posting portal will become one of many resources our members can refer to in their job search activities.   Here's the link:    Please let us know what you think!



On a membership note, here are some interesting data points related to our current totals and retention stats:


Metric Month Data FEB-2021
Current chapter members 1536
Delta from previous month -82
Delta percent from previous month -5.1%
New members 11
Members expiring within 30 days 142
Members expiring within 60 days 279
# current members who were members 1 year ago 1330
Renewals of current members 128
Renewals of lapsed members - rejoined 5
Expired members 98
Member retention % of members from 1 year ago 71.3%
Member retention % from previous month 30 day at-risk 80.5%
Member retention % from previous month 60 day at-risk 33.8%


-Lou Martina, PMP, PMI-ACP

Vice President, Membership

Upcoming Meetings

December 1 2021


ACP Certification Prep

December 1st to December 3rd, 20218:00AM to 12:00AM




$600.00Non members

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December 3 2021


BREAKFAST TALK! Panera Bread - The Waterworks

December 3rd, 20218:30AM to 9:30AM

Panera Bread- The Waterworks

942 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA, 15238

[Click here for Map and Directions]



$5.00Non members

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December 9 2021


Artificial Intelligence: Does it Really Enhance the Role of the Project Manager?

December 9th, 20216:45PM to 8:00PM



FreeNon members

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January 13 2022


Scrum: A Case Study

January 13th, 20226:45PM to 8:00PM



FreeNon members

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Professional Development

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Academic Professional Development Scholarships

Academic Scholarship:

PMIEF Academic Scholarship 2019 sponsored by our chapter was a success. Adam Egri from Pitt Katz Business School was the winner. Our chapter will continue Academic Scholarship for 2020.

Professional Development (PD) Scholarships

New Horizon Computer Learning Center sponsored two PD scholarships for the Pittsburgh Chapter members in 2019. The winners were Sonja Fenk from Premier, Inc. for winning the PDU course scholarship, and Stephanie Pedersen from GNC for winning the PMP prep course scholarship.   

For 2020, Project Brilliant will sponsor up to two PD scholarships for Certified Scrum Mater training courses.  It is a 2-day interactive workshop for anyone want to learn and implement Scrum.

Details of the course can be found on Project Brilliant website; details on the scholarship and application is on the chapter website under EVENTS and Apply for Scholarships.

PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Milestone Scholarship

The Project Management Institute has donated a PMI Chapter Milestone Professional Development Scholarship in honor of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter for reaching its 40-year milestone. The scholarship, valued up to US $3,500, may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals. The professional development scholarship is hosted on PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) websites.  See details of PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Milestone Scholarship.

2020 Intercollegiate Project Management Triathlon

The 2020 Intercollegiate Project Management Triathlon will be held on March 27 – 28, 2020. The IPMT is a two-day event that combines a traditional team and individual quiz bowl format along with team building activities. Quizzes are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Participants must be part- or full-time undergraduate students who do not already have a PMI certification. Winners will receive CAPM fee reimbursement, PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Membership, IPMT swag, and professional and peer contacts.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the event and throughout the weekend.

Please contact for more information. We have lots of great activities planned for the weekend – we hope to see you there!

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Relationship Managers

The Organizational Outreach Committee is seeking PMI Pittsburgh members who have dual membership with other professional organizations to serve as relationship managers. This volunteer position provides a unique opportunity to gain PDU's while increasing your professional networking and knowledge base. Of course, anyone interested in becoming a relationship manager is welcome, even if you do not currently participate in another organization.

To join this dynamic team, please contact

Elizabeth McMann

Company Coordinators

Your PMI chapter wants to increase the value to the companies that sponsor our members. To help achieve this, we want to identify how we can best add value within members' companies and raise awareness of education opportunities. To meet that objective, the position of Company Coordinator serves as a key volunteer for our members' companies. This entails a minor commitment and offers PDU’s for participation.

If you are interested please send your name, company, and contact info to for more information. We look forward to partnering with you.

Jason McMann