As we wrap up 2018 it is always a good time to look back and reflect on what we have accomplished together. Highlights of 2018 include:

  • Goal: Engage with emerging professionals
    • Results: Grew student membership to a new record
  • Goal: Invest in Technology
    • Opened all chapter meetings to all members via WebEx
    • Expand Satellite offerings by opening the Northern Satellite
  • Goal: Build a strong bench
    • First time in years we have had multiple people running for positions.
    • Volunteer numbers are growing!
  • Goal: Stop attrition of first year members
    • New member table at chapter meetings
    • Welcome email from Lou, VP Membership
    • Personal invitation to chapter meetings
  • Stretch Goals: Speak at a PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM)
    • Result: We were asked to speak at a Region 4 Meeting
    • We were also invited to participate in a panel discussion at the LA LIM
    • For the first time in years we were eligible to apply for chapter of the year
    • Grew sponsorship and held the largest PDD in our history!
    • More sponsors then ever before!

And that’s just the beginning. We have so much more planned for 2019 including a focus on diversity. Stay tuned for more on this in January.


Vote now, PMI Pittsburgh Chapter members please check your email for our chapter election!

An email was sent on 11/27/18 to PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Members from the following email address:

“PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Nominations And Election Committee <>".

A username and password was supplied. Please do not lose this email.

The elections for PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Board of Directors positions opened on November 27th, 2018 and will remain open through December 16th.

The positions up for election for the 2019-2020 term follow:

  • VP of Marketing - Responsible for Marketing and Public Relations. The VP of Marketing shall be responsible for developing marketing, corporate relations and communication programs in accordance with chapter Bylaws and Policies.
  • VP of Programs - Responsible for managing all efforts related to the delivery of professional and educational programs by competent speakers, and ensuring all necessary arrangements are made for the monthly Chapter meetings.
  • VP of Outreach - Responsible for facilitating activities outside the customary functions of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter, interacting with community, corporate and academic organizations, in accordance with Chapter Bylaws, and Policies.
  • VP Administration and Board Secretary - Responsible for preparing, maintaining, recording, circulating all records, correspondence, minutes of meetings, and related affairs of the chapter, in accordance with Chapter Bylaws, and Policies.
  • VP of Governance & Policy - Responsible for addressing governance and policy issues, including ensuring the maintenance and enforcement of Chapter Bylaws and Policies.

All members, we encourage you to actively vote for those who lead the chapter to serve you.

Thank you in advance!


Pittsburgh PMI Community Ready to Do More, Give More

The shocking violence that took the lives of eleven (11) members of the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh) shook the foundation of the Greater Pittsburgh Community and reminded us all, of every faith and denomination, that life is precious. As we enter the holiday season, let us take a moment to reflect and give thanks, and perhaps share our many blessings. One of the ways we might consider sharing these blessings is in the form of a community volunteering event or having the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter sponsor an on-going event or activity that promotes our community and strengthens the bonds that unite us together.

Some of the ways that we might consider ‘giving back’ might be:

  1. Become an “E-Mentor” – We could mentor students to discover or connect their interests with technology and opportunities where they might connect with professionals in a field they may be interested in one day.
  2. Teach Tech – Help someone, such as a senior citizen or student, learn how to use technology such as a computer, table, or smartphone. You can contact a local senior after-school program for a list of potential candidates.
  3. Spread Learning - Read to kids at a local school or daycare. Genius Tip: Organize story time volunteers.
  4. Transfer Tech - If you’re buying a new desktop or laptop computer, consider donating your old one to a local organization that erases all of your files and programs, then refurbishes and donates the tech gear to local nonprofit organizations and schools.
  5. Sponsor or attend a Blood Drive

These are just a few of the ways we, as a chapter, may want to give back to our communities. The Board is willing to take your suggestions. Please send your ideas to Louis Martina at ‘’.

Membership Updates – 1807 Members!

We broke that elusive ‘1800’ member mark! Years in the making, and with the help and support of everyone in the Chapter, we are now at 1807 Chapter Members!

Welcome New Members

Welcome to the following ‘New Chapter Members’:

Mohammed Alghamdi, Horia Ali, Gregory Begg, Joanne Brado, Marcy Brown, Donald Brown, Andrew Butor, Seth Cheney, Michael DAmico, Michael Deal, Matthew Dean, Nicole Domitrovic, Peter Francis, Sarah Gover, Jonathan Graham, Jennifer Hey, Georganne Ickler, Richard Korecki, Huiqiao Liu, Lisa Madden-Hough, Joseph Mazza, Michael McDonagh, Thomas Meikle, Natasha Miller, Leigh Offord, Adam Olshefsky, Deborah Raible, Mark Robison, John Sereno, Jessica Stanley, Cara Van Campenhout, January Waldo, Ann Williams, Irvin Williams, Amy Wilson, Robert Wilson, Chad Wolfe

Congratulations to our New Credential Holders

Congratulations to our members who earned new credentials this month:

Fernando Da Silva Gomes PMP, Sudhanshu Goel PMP, Sarah Gorham PMP, Huiqiao Liu CAPM, Jennifer Maurer PMI-ACP.

Member Credential Summary November 2018
Credential Credential Count
PMP 1,221
PgMP 4
Total 1,327


Volunteer Updates

Volunteer Open House

Have you ever wanted to volunteer for the Chapter, but didn’t know what to do, which positions were open, or what the position and roles actually do? Well, then have we got an ‘Open House’ for you! Look for details in the coming weeks on the ‘Pittsburgh PMI Volunteering Open House’ to be scheduled in February or March, 2019!

Open Positions

The Pittsburgh Chapter is searching for volunteers to fill the following positions (click on the volunteer opportunity that you are interested in below to be taken to the VRMS - Opportunity page for more details and/or to apply):

Local Interest Groups (LIGs) – 4 Open positions, 8 Volunteers needed

Agile Local Interest Group (LIG) Volunteer (1-2 volunteers)

Healthcare LIG Volunteer (1-2 volunteers)

Construction LIG Volunteer (1-2 volunteers)

Business Analysis LIG Volunteer (1-2 volunteers)

Outreach – 11 Positions and 22 Volunteers needed

Relationship Manager (3 volunteers)

Outreach Events Manager (3 volunteers)

Outreach Events Coordinator (3 volunteers)

Outreach Advisor (1 volunteer)

Director of Professional Outreach (1 volunteer)

Director of Outreach Events (1 volunteer)

Director of Corporate Outreach (1 volunteer)

Director of Community Outreach (1 volunteer)

Academic Outreach Advisor (6 volunteers)

Outreach Team Admin (1 volunteer)

Outreach Events Manager (4 volunteers)

Please reach out to ‘’ if you are interested in volunteering for any of the above positions..

Reasons to Volunteer

We need approximately one hundred twenty (120+) volunteers each year to keep the Chapter moving forward. The success of the chapter, and its departments & committees, depends on our member-volunteers to do the upfront and behind the scenes work to bring our events, meetings, and community good-will to reality.

And we need you to make this all happen! So, what’s in for you?

  1. The opportunity to make a real difference within the Chapter:
    • improve the new member welcoming process
    • map out the volunteer career paths
    • become a mentor to a high school or college student thinking about a career in project management
  2. Be the face of the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter:
    • Chapter Meeting Greeter - Registration Desk
    • Welcome new members into the Chapter just like you wanted to be greeted & welcomed when you joined!
    • Gain personal and professional growth by sharing your time & talents while giving back to the chapter.
  • Earn PDUs -You earn PDUs, up to a limit for each hour of volunteer service (see for details

To view more details about our current volunteer opportunities and to apply for one of these opportunities, please contact us at if you are interested in volunteering!