PMI Montgomery County Newsletter

Monthly Dinner Meeting is
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Title:   Shaping Your Future through Imagination and Design
Event:       PMIMC Monthly Meeting
Date:        June 3, 2015, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Place:       Normandie Farms Restaurant, Potomac, MD

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As Benjamin Mays said, “The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is no disgrace to reach for the stars and come up short, but it is a disgrace not to have stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim, is a sin.”

What makes the task of envisioning and creating a desirable future so difficult is the gap we impose between our thoughts and our actions. We create barriers to change because to shape our future, to take control of it, means to take on activities that require purposeful action. Transformations of any kind are not easy because they require us do two of the toughest things that anyone does in life: Start something new and stop something old. It is here that too often we invent our best excuses, abandon our aspirations, and postpone our desires. But if we choose, instead, to take actions that connect to what we most desire, we can create a future for ourselves that has meaning and impact.

In this presentation Dr. Suarez will describe a cycle of activities that begins with a mental creation of an idealized future and ends with its realization. These four phases—contemplation, desire, design, and creation—work together in a holistic fashion.
This presentation aims to help participants awaken the leader in themselves and engage in positive action. It offers a way to help transcend the present—its trappings and obstacles—and create a viable and vibrant future.

Speaker: J. Gerald Suarez Ph.D.

Dr. Suarez served with distinction for over 11 years in the White House during the Clinton and Bush administrations. He was selected to lead the first Presidential Quality office in the institution’s history. Suarez led efforts to introduce systems thinking into the White House Communications Agency, the White House Military Office and the Management and Administration of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Suarez traveled aboard Air Force One and Presidential helicopters in numerous missions worldwide. He received many Presidential awards and commendations for his work. He is an internationally recognized authority on leadership, systems thinking and design, strategy formulation, innovation, and management of fear in the workplace.

Through his career he collaborated with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Dr. Russell L. Ackoff, and Stephen R. Covey. Suarez is an award-winning faculty at the University of Maryland in College Park where he holds the rank of Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking and Design. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Faculty member in the Honors College. In his leadership roles at the Smith School of Business he served as Associate Dean of External Strategy, Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams Honors program, Fellow of the Center for Innovation Leadership and Change as well as Executive Education Senior Fellow.

Dr. Suarez is a leading adviser to government agencies and Fortune 500 companies and is the author of Leader of One .

Dr. Suarez holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and is a certified Chief Information Officer by The National Defense University Information Resources Management College and a graduate of the Hasso Plattner Design Institute at Stanford University.

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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 Maryland.

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 at:


Many upcoming training opportunities are available such as:  Work Breakdown Structures, Action-Oriented Leadership, PMP Prep, and Double Your Throughput of Reliable Project Completions.  More details on these and other training opportunities 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.

If you have any suggestions or questions please contact me at:
Thank you for being a member!

Peggy Stroncek, President PMI Montgomery County Chapter




As part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements program, a PMP credential holder will need to earn 60 PDUs per three-year cycle. To learn more about the program, what are PDUs, how to earn and claim them, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to renew your certification, watch the CCR video. You can also reference the latest PMP Handbook found on

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