Featured Board Article - September 2017 Newsletter

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Updates from PMIWDC's Membership Operational Area

A featured board article by Aravin Rangarajan, VP Membership

The mission of PMIWDC's Membership Operational Area is to ensure that members are getting the benefits they want, and to keep a pulse on the profession, the members' needs, and the Chapter's response to your needs. The Membership team focuses on:


  • Membership recruiting and retention,
  • Welcoming new members,
  • Membership feedback, and
  • Hosting special events for Members such as the annual Project Management (PM) Symposium and monthly Book Club meetings.

The first contact new chapter members receive is from the Membership team. Every month, about 300 new Chapter members receive a post card welcoming them to the Chapter and offering them a free chapter meeting. Membership volunteers invite new members to sit with experienced chapter members to learn more about the Chapter and its benefits. We follow-up by email to connect new members to the great resources on our Chapter website. We want new members to feel that they belong to the Chapter.

PM Symposium

No matter what industry you are working in, we are all feeling the pressure for creating higher quality products and improved services in shorter time frames and at reduced costs. Join over 400 other project managers to earn up to 7 PDUs, exchange knowledge, make useful contacts, and receive valuable insights at PMIWDC’s Annual PM Symposium! The 2017 PM Symposium features three tracks (People in Project Management, Project Management in Industry and Tools, Techniques, and Best Practices) with an overall theme of Unlocking Your Potential: Keys to Project Management Success. 

While this year’s event has 17 great speakers, I can highlight a few in this article (see the full speaker and presentation details on our online agenda):

  • Emil Dzuray: An excellent speaker and a compelling story about USPS and his journey in USPS and how he has changed USPS to a revenue generating organization. You do not want to miss this session!!!
  • Bob Mahler: Mr. Bob Mahler served in the U.S. Army in the Mechanized Infantry and later as a Green Beret. Bob has extensive risk management experience from his time in the U.S. Army, and while supporting strategic risk planning for the TSA as well as Homeland Security. So, his topic is going to be really interesting for those who are into risk management.

This year's PM Symposium is Tuesday, September 12th at the Sheraton Hotel in Tysons Corner from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, the same wonderful venue as last year. It features free parking and is walking distance from the Spring Hill station on Metro's Silver Line. For more details about 2017 PM Symposium, visit www.pmiwdc.org/symposium.

Update your LinkedIn and other social media websites with a fresh new photo! At our Symposium, we will have a professional photographer, taking head shots for free! This was a huge hit last year – the photographer must have literally taken every attendee's picture by the end of the day.

Book Club
Have you read a good book recently? The PMIWDC Book Club has! The Book Club meets monthly at two locations. The Book Club reads and discusses a variety of books, including biographies of popular figures, such as Steve Jobs and Katherine Graham, as well as business books on servant leadership and leading change. The club is free and open to all Chapter members. It's a great opportunity to earn PDUs and improve your PM skills.

Led By Chapter Members, For Chapter Members!

The top two reasons people join PMIWDC are (1) to network with peers and (2) earn PDUs to maintain their PM certifications. We know these facts because the Membership Committee conducts Focus Groups and an annual member survey. The entire PMIWDC operation uses the results of these surveys to guide our work. The Chapter is led by Chapter members for Chapter members. We want to ensure that everything we do resonates with the membership, and the annual survey helps us do that.

The Membership Committee is led by Vice President, Aravin Rangarajan. He leads a team of 37 volunteers including two Assistant Vice Presidents and Committee Chairs:

  1. Rich Perry, Member Retention
  2. Jenifer Glover, New Members
  3. Bruce Edgerton, PM Symposium
  4. Bruce Edgerton, Reston Book Club
  5. Marc Lieber, Arlington Park Book club

Finally, a big thank you to the volunteers that run the Symposium! It takes 30 volunteers and several months to put this event together for all of us. If you would like to volunteer for next year's Symposium or for other Chapter activities, please contact me.


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