MARCH 2019

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

As we move into the long month of March we are focusing on a few key areas. One thing that has been on the minds of the chapter officers, as well as PMI global, is the security of your personal data. When the board attended the LIM meeting in October it was clear PMI was going to focus more on data security. Because PMI is a global organization, we were impacted by the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that governs data in the EU. This regulation, and the awareness of data breaches in the news, has caused PMI to take a closer look at the way we use our data. I want to assure you that we take your data privacy very seriously and never share member information with vendors, members, or companies. We are also careful what information is shared with our volunteers. I am sure in your work you are impacted by many regulations around data security and understand the need for caution. Rest assured your data is safe and we have procedures in place to keep it that way.

Now to the fun stuff…we are starting to think about a few large initiatives that we hope to begin in 2019. First off, we have discussed the opportunity to build another satellite in the south to accommodate our members in that area. Did you know that 1/3 of our membership resides in the south? We will be looking for someone to help with the setup and management of that site. If you are interested, please reach out to Valerie Carpenter our VP of Programs.

Two other ideas that just surfaced last week are the idea of having a job fair (we have talked about this for years but haven’t executed) and a mentoring program. I have heard from many folks that they are interested in either being a mentor or having a mentor. Both of these activities will require volunteers so if either of them sounds like something you want to help plan please reach out to me. Talk to you in April.

Kimberly Reed

President, Pittsburgh PMI