Board Article - December 2017 Newsletter

Featured Board Article for the December 2017 eNewsletter

A featured board article by Andy Walker, 2017 Chair & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)1030251's picture

As the year quickly winds down to a close, I want to thank all of you for another fantastic year at PMIWDC, a year that culminated in PMIWDC being awarded the 2017 Chapter Excellence Award, Category III, chapters with over 1500 members, by the Project Management Institute (PMI). As the largest chapter in the world at 10,702 members strong, PMIWDC received this honor by consistently providing member value, educational opportunities, advancing the profession of project management, serving the community, and providing personal and professional advancement opportunities for its members. We have much to be proud of and with that I would like to take a few moments to provide you with some insights on steps we’ve been taking to help safeguard the future of PMIWDC as a preeminent chapter we all can continue to be proud to be associated with for many years to come.

Early in 2016 the PMIWDC board embarked on a journey to redefine who we are and what we wanted to be in terms of how we maximize our member value. We realized that despite being the largest chapter in the world, biggest doesn’t always mean the best. Instead it can often result in bigger problems. As such we felt a renewed need to focus on the quality vs quantity of our execution to help us achieve our goal of maximizing member value. Our journey took us through a core values branding workshop, the output of which we embraced high-impact, community, leaders as our core values. Since then we have been working to institutionalize the values and make them real. PMIWDC is putting the finishing touches on a 5 year strategic plan that will serve as another critical step on our journey to provide clarity and focus to achieve our goal of maximizing our member value. The strategy incorporates survey input from you, the membership to focus on what matters most to you. In time we will further operationalize this strategy in everything we do through actions such as conducting a portfolio rationalization to align our offerings to the strategy as well as releasing our next generation board structure that will enable us to more efficiently serve PMIWDC.

I am so very proud to be a part of the PMIWDC community and would like to thank all of you as well as my fellow volunteer leaders for making the experience so worthwhile. As I look ahead, I will leave you in the hands of a very capable 2018 Chair and CEO, Kevin Roney, Vice Chair and COO, Dominic Lepore and CFO, Jason Legum. 2018 will also mark the 40th anniversary of our chapter, an occasion we will celebrate! In my 7 years of volunteer service to PMIWDC, I have never been more excited than I am now to be a part of PMIWDC and look forward to seeing what our future leaders will achieve.

Thank you!

Andy Walker

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