PMI Montgomery County Newsletter

The next dinner meeting is Wednesday, October 5th.

Topic: "Leading Teams w/ a Common Touch” 

Mr. Marcus Parker 
Presenter Website:

Presenter Bio: 
Marcus Parker is an internationally recognized lecturer, author, instructor, and an industry thought leader with 17 years of experience. He is currently a Partner with the Advanced Technology Executive Management Group, a Program Manager with the Department of Defense, and adjunct Professor at Trinity University in Washington, D. C. He is also a content contributor in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th edition chapter 8 on Quality Management. Marcus currently serves on the board of directors for Project Management For Change, and is the Immediate Past President of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Silver Spring Maryland chapter. He is the recipient of the 2015 PMI® Chapter Leadership award and under his leadership the board of directors won the 2015 PMI® award for collaboration and outreach. 

Presentation Abstract: This lecture is designed to help managers of all experience levels utilize just a few cliché questions to align their team member's current well-being with the Maslow's hierarchy of needs. This will allow them to assess the general well-being of their team members by starting a conversation with two questions- How is your day going? Tell me about what is making your day going the way it is? Maslow hierarchy of needs speaks to the well-being of employees as they traverse the levels from Physiological, Safety, Belonging, Esteem, and Self Actualization. Managers will be given a conversation template to assist them with having engaging conversations with their employees, and other key stakeholder's on their projects. 

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Don't Miss Member Appreciation Fall Symposium 2016 - October 6th, 2016


Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 8 AM – 4 PM
Location: Universities at Shady Grove, Building II
Education Credit: 7 PDUs (2 Strategy, 2 Leadership, 3 Technical)
FREE to PMI-MC Chapter members only; $150 for non-members
FREE coffee/tea in early morning and afternoon; lunch on your own


7:30-8:00 AM Early check-in (free coffee/tea available)
8:00 AM Welcome by Chapter President/VPE 
8:05 AM Session 1: PM Reality (Eliminating project slowdowns through dynamic risk management)”, Lisa Hammer, Dave Newman, Leadership Techniques, LLC 10:15 AM Break
10:20 AM Session 2: History Lessons” by Ron Taylor, The Ron Taylor Group
11:30 AM Lunch (on your own at local eateries)
12:30 PM Session 2: How to Influence Aspiring Leaders” by Ron Taylor, The Ron Taylor Group
01:35 PM Break (free coffee/tea available after lunch)
01:40 PM Session 3: “Impact! PM Techniques That Save Lives, Maximize Profits, and Advance Humankind” by Mike Hannan, Fortezza Consulting, LLC
03:55-4:00 PM Closing Announcements by Chapter President/VPE


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Table Sponsorships Now Available for Monthly Chapter Dinners

After a successful pilot, the Montgomery County Chapter is now offering Table Sponsorships at our monthly dinners at Normandie Farms Restaurant in Potomac, MD. Monthly dinners are held the first Wednesday of the month eight times per year.  

For a full table sponsorship, the cost is $500, and offers 10 seats to be used by guests of the sponsor, regardless of whether or not the guest is a member of the chapter. In addition to the seats at a table, recognition of the support for our chapter by the sponsoring organization will be included in announcements and table signs.

Members and friends of the chapter - in order to make this program a success, please encourage your employer to become a sponsor. You may even be included in their guest list!

To sign up as a sponsor, please contact the VP of Communications by email

Many upcoming training opportunities are available and are located under Education.

PMI-MC Toastmasters Club #1163128: PMPs - See How Fun Earning PDUs can be!
Our Toastmasters Club is sponsored by PMI-MC and is intended for PMPs. We are approved by PMI to issue PDUs. Meetings are at Walter Johnson High School at 7 PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Earn 1.5 PDUs per meeting.  For more information see the Toast Masters site.

2016 PM Day of Service Wrap-Up
Our chapter had the highest member participation rate of the 5 local chapters that co-sponsored the event. Our VP of Communications Matt Lowy served as one of the team leads in the PMO, and we greatly appreciate his great representation of the chapter.

If you have any suggestions or questions please contact

Thank you for being a member!




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