Happy New Year - 2021! 


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Robert Barker, Harley Chang, Ankita Chouhan, Bethany Davidson, Mark Debski , Jada Epps, Gabriela Rezende, Andrew Ganesh, Jessica Goeller, Daniel Goldstein, Andrew Hay, George Hempt, Clinton Henry, Radhika Joshi, Edward Kachur, Cecil Kirkland, Thad Longwell, Bree Main, Lauren Margliotti, Sheila McAdams, Kim Mikolajczyk, David Mock, Natalie Nguyen, Julie Pompizzi-Jablonowski, Karen Skal, Stephen Smith, Siddharth Srivastava, Chris Vale, Julio Vidal, Yuguang Wang, Xiaoyu Wu.   

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


Congratulations to David Begis and 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, Mentorship, for his drive & direction to get the 'Pittsburgh PMI Bridge Builders' Mentoring Program' launched.   We had several mentors actually present their own persepctives and stories to the class.   We will be sending out details on the next mentoring class for Winter Term - 2021. Updates are forthcoming!  


PMI Hardship Provision

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 PMI.org.  If you have questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us at Member Services


New for 2021: Candidate’s Corner

The ‘Candidate’s Corner’ is a ‘Members Only’ 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.


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

Metric DEC-2020
Current chapter members 1685
Delta from previous month -33
Delta percent from previous month -1.9%
New members 17
Members expiring within 30 days 130
Members expiring within 60 days 379
# current members who were members 1 year ago 1363
Renewals of current members 74
Renewals of lapsed members - rejoined 3
Expired members 53
Member retention % of members from 1 year ago 74.7%
Member retention % from previous month 30 day at-risk 57.8%
Member retention % from previous month 60 day at-risk 26.7%


Here’s to a HAPPIER NEW YEAR - 2021   (2020 can’t end quick enough!)


-Lou Martina, PMP, PMI-ACP

Upcoming Meetings

February 11 2021


Stakeholder Management and Euphoria as Measures of Success

February 11th, 20216:30PM to 8:00PM



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March 11 2021


Managing Stakeholder Relationships using DISC Personality Styles

March 11th, 20216:30PM to 8:00PM



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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 PittsburghPMIAcademicOutreach@gmail.com 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 emcmannpt@gmail.com

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 Jason.McMann@ert.com for more information. We look forward to partnering with you.

Jason McMann


We now have 1,867 chapter members.  This is a new chapter record!