Featured Board Article - April 2017 Newsletter

Updates from PMIWDC’s Professional Alliances Operational Area

A featured board article by Lisa Iannuzzi, VP Professional Alliances

Professional Alliances serves our chapter by establishing relationships within the government, military, corporate, and non-profit communities. This year, our focus has been on the military sector, where we have been actively engaging active and former veterans in the areas of Mentoring, Education and Networking, and Outreach.

Military Updates


Professional Alliances has partnered with the Professional Development team and co-created a military mentoring initiative. Currently led by Lulit Tesfaye, AVP of Mentoring within the Professional Development Committee, the mentoring program has been a huge chapter success for the past five years. This year, there are fifteen (15) pairs of mentees and mentors; four of which are military pairings. The mentoring session runs from April to September. In 2018, we hope to continue to work with the Professional Development team and double the number of military pairs in 2017.

Lisa Iannuzzi, VP Professional Alliances

Education and Networking

Mark your Calendars! The next series of Military Educational and Networking Workshops will be held Wednesday, April 19th and June 22nd at 6:00pm at the AUSA Conference Center in Arlington, VA. The April event will be led by our very own, Rich Perry, AVP of Membership, retired US Navy Commander, who will speak to the group about Stakeholder Management: Applying Military Experience for Project Success. To learn more about this session, please click here and register.

Please check the PMIWDC website for additional updates on the June speaker and topic.


The military outreach team has grown to 12 volunteers strong. With the help of one active-duty volunteer and member, Lt. Cmdr. Lucas Marino, PMIWDC recently established a local community at the US Coast Guard in Washington, DC.

To learn more about Military Initiatives, click here.

Special Thank You

I would personally like to recognize Jennifer Czajkoswki, AVP of Professional Alliances, who is currently overseeing the military efforts. She has done a terrific job of overseeing the military team.

We are still looking for volunteer leaders to oversee and run these initiatives. If you are an active or separated military member and a natural born leader, please email military.liaison@pmiwdc.org. We could utilize your skills, expertise, and support to continue to grow.

Non-Profit Updates

In mid-late May, the Professional Alliance team will provide Project Management outreach to local non-profit organizations within the greater Metropolitan DC area by educating them on project management best practices and resources which they could apply within their organizations.

If you know of a non-profit organization that may be interested in participating in these free workshops, please email us andand we will be sure to keep them informed of this effort.

Government Updates

With the passage of the PMIAA Initiative in late 2016, we are awaiting direction from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. We hope to have key PMI government leaders share the latest updates on this initiative at our Annual PM Symposium held in September of 2017. Please stay tuned to learn more on this initiative.

Corporate Updates

Professional Alliances is the conduit between you and the chapter. We are here to serve you, our members, by helping identify project management training needs within your organization; conducting project management training courses; hosting PMP boot camps; providing an avenue for business leaders to share experiences, knowledge, and perspectives on business and operational issues with other leaders; and supporting, maintaining, and developing local communities which provide monthly or quarterly workshops across the metropolitan area.

If you are looking for a PM speaker to visit your office and discuss a project management related topic, or perhaps, you are hosting a professional development day, Professional Alliances is here to serve you. For more information, please email Lisa Iannuzzi.

Agile Essentials is coming to you:

In support of PMIWDC’s Professional Development team, please register for the Agile Essentials course, which is a one-day seminar that will explore the key concepts and components of Agile software development. Per the Standish Group, Agile projects are three-times more likely to be successful than traditional waterfall projects. Agile represents a new way of working and organizing projects and project teams.

This course will provide an overview of the Agile landscape and provide a working understanding of common practices. Students will participate in several hands-on exercises to reinforce the concepts presented in class. Register now for The Agile Essential course, May 24th from 8:00am – 4:30pm at the Virginia Tech, Executive Briefing Center. Please visit our website to learn more.

On behalf of Professional Alliances, special thanks to all of our volunteers who help orchestrate our events. PMIWDC is an all-volunteer run organization. Without your support, many of our initiatives and events would not occur. Thank you, I look forward to meeting and seeing you at our upcoming events.

Lisa Iannuzzi

VP of Professional Alliances

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