A featured article by Aravin Rangarajan, VP of Membership
The mission of PMIWDC's Membership Operational Area is to ensure 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 events for Members like monthly Book Club meetings.
The first contact new chapter members receive is from the Membership team. Out of the 10,800 members, about 300 new Chapter members receive a postcard 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.
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 Project Management in Fortune 500 companies and NGO organizations such as the Gates Foundation and business books like Leading the Unleadable, Agile Metrics in Action and Measure What Matters. The club is free and open to all Chapter members. It's a great opportunity to earn PDUs and improve your PM skills.
New Member Meet and Greet
Every month during our Monthly Chapter Event, we have an average of 20 new members attend. We want to make sure our new members feel at home, so we have a team of volunteers who are there to guide our new members in the meet and greet area.
Member-run Organization for Members
The top two reasons people join PMIWDC are (1) to network with peers and (2) to 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 and provide value to our members. 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 22 volunteers including two Assistant Vice Presidents and Committee Chairs:
- Rich Perry, Member Retention
- Jennifer Glover, New Members
- Bruce Edgerton, Reston Book Club
- Diltrice Monique Thomas, Tysons Corner Book club