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Chapter President Titu Hariharan, PMP, CSM

As I gather my thoughts and reflect upon 2018, it brings me hope and joy to see what we have accomplished as a Chapter over the last 35 years and embark on another revolution around the sun. Happy New Year 2019! Our focus as a chapter is on learning, collaboration, education, and networking in our project management community. We have a series of workshops planned and speakers coming to share their knowledge and expertise. I hope to see you at the chapter meeting or at one of the several workshops in 2019. Read more...



Volunteer Corner

By Kathryn Rosson, MBA, PMP

This month, we feature two critical positions for the 2019 Annual Conference. Sandra Koelle, MBA, PMP, CSSGB (Certified Six Sigma Green Belt), fills the role of the Director of Annual Conference, and Sarah Foote, MBA, takes on Assistant Director of Annual Conference duties.

About the Director of Annual ConferenceSandra Koelle

Sandra Koelle works at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) and got her PMP certification in 2013 to move into senior project management positions. Her current role is Program Manager in Clinical Quality and Population Health.  

After her PMP, Sandra volunteered with the PMI Portland Chapter and worked with the Annual Conference marketing team. She has held various volunteer roles in Chapter Meeting Registration, PMP Exam Preparation Instructor and the Director of PMP Certification.

As the Director of the 2019 Annual Conference, she will orchestrate the complex effort to present a thoughtful, educational and valuable conference. Her approach is “to be a thoughtful partner and collaborator for the nine focus-area leads, and a connector and motivator for all volunteers.”

Sandra has managed many projects over the years, but the 2019 Annual Conference will be her first conference challenge. “There are so many experienced people around me… I’m certainly not going it alone!”

About the Assistant Director of Annual Conference

Sarah Foote

Sarah Foote has been a Chapter member for two years and taken on the Assistant Director of Annual Conference as her first volunteer role. Sarah’s professional position is Patient Access Specialist at Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Specialties. Sarah holds an MBA with a Project Management concentration.

Though her current OHSU role does not require a PMP, she is gaining project management experience and prerequisite hours required to take the PMP certification exam. Volunteering offers Sarah the opportunity to learn new skills and a chance to practice and apply the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide learned in her graduate program. 

To pull off such a big production, Sandra and Sarah need help!

When we volunteer, the question of “volunteer for what” comes to mind. Do we volunteer for roles where we do not have experience? Or do we volunteer for roles with which we are comfortable?

Sandra needs volunteers to fill the following Lead Roles: Sponsorship, Marketing Communications, Speakers, Registration, Operations, Finance, Customer Service, Volunteers, and Day of Event Manager. Please go to the VRMS webpage for more information and to apply for positions.

Becoming a Networker

By Yolanda Karp, MBA, CAPM, Social Media Director

Networking can be hard. The truth is, sometimes I have a hard time talking to strangers without a specific cause. People have told me I know how to work a room. The difference between having a hard time approaching strangers and knowing how to work a room is to think ahead. When you have a clear message, networking can be easy. Here are points to consider:

  1. Start with a purpose. What is the purpose for the networking event? Having that clear in your mind will help you prepare. Do you need to research a company? Develop your elevator speech? Maybe you just want to interact with other professionals.

  2. Find a point in common. Do you belong to the same association? Do you have hobbies in common? Volunteering, for example, can be a great way to network because you already start with something in common and a passion for a common good.

  3. Be fearless. Chances are other people feel as nervous as you do. Don’t judge yourself harshly. Listen to what others have to say and find points in common. 

  4. Enjoy the interaction. It is easy to be a social butterfly and approach people when you share a passion. Engage people to work with you. For example, at PMI Portland we have plenty of opportunities such as writing articles, training future project managers, coordinating our annual conference, and many other roles.

Although we think networking is good for business, it is also good for the soul. Finding meaningful connections with other people can improve our lives and perhaps land your dream job. Networking can bring you one step closer to your passion. Let’s network! 

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Chapter Meetings

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo

Join us for our monthly Chapter meetings, open to non-members and members alike. Enjoy an evening of learning with exciting topics, networking with others, and a keynote presentation with a wonderful dinner served at your table. And yes, dessert is included! Click on the dates below to find out more and register.

January 15, 2019

Educational Presentation –“Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Resolve the Management vs. Project Management vs. Staff Dilemmas.” Learn tactics on how to uncover people’s motivations, and how to work with management and staff to come together for the good of the project, AND for the good of the people involved. This presentation will include team exercises to help participants identify potential problems in relationships, communications, and work practices. The teams will then work through simple steps to find viable alternatives to align project work and the associated people. Kip Davis will present.

Keynote Presentation“Converging IT and OT - Driving BPA's Strategy for the Future!” The Bonneville Power Administration released its five-year strategic plan earlier this year, and CIO Ben Berry is key in making sure the IT side of the house is contributing. He will share the action items resulting from an enterprise-wide technology assessment, including the opportunities of converging operations and technology talent and moving ERP systems from on-premise to cloud-based, a move designed to cut costs. Converging Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) is more important now than ever. Both IT groups are facing significant challenges in terms of infrastructure, communications, cybersecurity, business processes, and coordination. The need is to integrate organizational structure and real-time decision-making processes and applications. Join Ben as he explains how the deep dive into BPA’s IT technology assessment led to 10 breakthrough strategies, resulting in cost management, streamlining of services, and process improvement.

February 19, 2019

Education Presentation – "Office Mythology: The Truth About Authentic Leadership." Most leaders want to be true to who they believe they are. This can be a challenge if who you are conflicts with your leadership role. Many leaders struggle with authenticity when there is a change or a new role when they have to sell themselves or handle feedback for improvement. Spencer Horn will teach you to have the success you desire without selling out. Participants will realize the power of patterned emotional responses and learn how to re-train their brain to develop more productive habits. Some of those habits include developing the ability to master oneself in moments of tension and stress and building a foundation for personal and professional success. This presentation is all about the stories we tell ourselves. When we understand there is a way to change the story in alignment with our attitudes and strengths, we have a greater motivation to change and achieve better results.

Keynote Presentation – “Chairs Communication Exercise.” Most organizations struggle with communication, often listing it as the number one problem executives have in leading their businesses. They struggle will silos, lack of clarity, disengagement, incomplete information, bottlenecks and more. These breakdowns cost organizations millions in lost revenue each year. We are honored to keep Spencer Horn for our Keynote session which will provide an interactive process that reveals your KCI’s (key communication indicators). Each attendee will learn what choices and opportunities for improvement they have based on the different roles and situations they find themselves in (the ”chair.”) Participants will learn how they can improve their own communication flow, productivity, and engagement.

Spencer continues sharing his expertise at an all-day workshop the following day. See details below.
Workshop – “Communicate with Impact" (4 hrs) "Effective Delegation and Coaching Skills for Busy Leaders" (4 hrs). Presented by Spencer Horn, M.S., CTPC. Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Portland World Trade Center, located at 25 SW Salmon, Portland, OR, 97204. Early Bird discount for registrations by 1/15/2019. Late Fee for registrations after 2/16/2019.  
Click here to find out more.


PMP/CAPM Exam Preparation Course 

Saturdays from January 26 to March 2, 2019. Click here to find out more.   

PMI-ACP Exam Preparation Course

Saturdays from Feb 23 to March 9, 2019. Click here to find out more.


Certification Classes

The PMI Portland Chapter offers certification prep courses for project leaders ready to become Project Management Professionals (PMP), individuals looking to establish credibility in the application of project management processes as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Agile professionals looking for formal recognition with the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credential.


PMI hosts various roundtables across the metro area. Roundtables are a great way to get connect, earn PDUs and guidance on project issues from fellow PMs.  Click here  to learn more about roundtables and find the one closest you.

Chapter Event Calendar 


News from PMI Portland

Krasimir Karamfilov, Ph.D., will present his research findings during open microphone time at the February 2019 Chapter meeting. Krasimir is a management scholar specializing in leadership and organizational change. He partnered with PMI Portland members for his doctoral research at Walden University, which he completed in 2018.

Krasimir is interested in the ways organizational leaders facilitate and promote workplace fun, organizational creativity, and organizational play. Currently, he is examining the significance of research results and is formulating a universal management science theory.

News from PMI Academic Network

“Call for Papers.” PMI Academic Resources supports scholars who create and disseminate project knowledge and encourages the academic community to submit their work to journals and PMI conferences as well as academic organizations. Read more here at the Project Management Journal

“In the Know” with PMIEF News

2018 in review: A Year of Project Management for Social Good.” Promoting change in the world through the use of project management knowledge is no small task. It takes an enormous amount of resources to make it happen. Through the generous charitable support of corporations, foundations, and donors, PMIEF has made a profound impact on individuals and communities around the world by championing project management for social good.





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Total Members 2352
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