PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

Jan-Feb 2019 Newsletter


Save Money!

save moneyAs an active member of the PMI-NEFL Chapter, you are entitled to discounts at certain Chapter Events. To receive these discounts, you must be logged in to the PMI-NEFL website before registering. See our FAQs for more info and start saving $$$!

Member Spotlight

G WillisOur member spotlight is Grace Willis, MBA, SPC4.5, SA, CSM, ICP, CSSGB, PMP.  As you see, she has several certifications including obtaining her Sigma Green Belt certification.  Ms. Willis is an agile coach with a leading technology consulting firm and has expertise in Change Management.  She has written an article (see link below) “FrAgile Agile: Agile Transformations Require Change Management” that was published on   Please introduce yourself to Grace if you see her at a Chapter event and be sure to check out her article below and provide feedback!

Monthly Chapter Dinner Meeting Changes

For 2019, we have changed the venue of our monthly Chapter Dinner meetings from the Embassy Suites to the Aloft Hotel in Tapestry Park off of Southside Blvd.   The Aloft is a chic venue and we hope that you will be pleased with the change!  Please note a change in the cut-off days for the Early Bird discount and for dinner registration. Unless otherwise specified, online registration for dinner closes the Tuesday prior to the event to meet head count requirements with our venue. "Speaker Only" registration is available online until the day of the event. Walk-ups may register on the day of the event but may not guaranteed. More info about registration policies & procedures are available online.


January Meeting Recap

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Our first Chapter Dinner meeting of 2019 was well attended and featured a presentation from John Daly, PMP, PgMP, PfMP. John is a PMO Director at Cisco and has also been a featured speaker at PMI Global Conference. His topic "Accelerated Change: Project Management in 2025 and How to Be Prepared" was insightful, thought-provoking and eye-opening for anyone in project leadership.

February Meeting Recap

J McLeanThe February Chapter Dinner meeting was also well attended and featured a presentation from Julie McLean titled “Communication Isn’t Optional”.   Julie’s presentation was very engaging,   and some attendees were able to showcase their acting skills!  Julie reviewed the four communication styles and shared feedback on successful conflict resolution.  Thanks to our sponsor Kforce for a great dinner meeting!

SkillFest Recap

On January 29th, PMI-NEFL hosted our first SkillFest networking & recruiting session at Dave & Buster's.  At SkillFest, members were able to meet informally with recruiters and to network with other members.  We would like to thank our event sponsors, Alluvion, The Goal and Beeline.  If you missed this first event, the next event is scheduled for April 23rd at 6:00 pm.

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PMO Leadership Council Lunch Meeting

Business leaders, corporate decision makers, and PMO executives from across Northeast Florida are welcome to join our round table discussions.  This event is facilitated by Susan Daniels, MBA PMP and Vice President of Corporate Relations, PMI-NEFL.

The Council meets monthly to:

  • Discuss common operational pain points,
  • Share effective practices, and
  • Learn about resources to strengthen their PMO models and teams.

The PMO Leadership Council meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at Brio’s Tuscan Grill in the Town Center.   PMI-NEFL will provide lunch options for you from a custom menu.  Please note that a special code is required to register.  The next meeting will be held on Friday, March 8th from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.

To inquire about engaging in our discussion, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 904 302-4706 with your contact information.  A response will be provided within 24 hours.

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M Fulmore HardwickMarch Chapter Meeting

The March Chapter dinner meeting will be held on Monday, March 18th at the Aloft Hotel from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. This session will be worth two (2) PDU's in the PMI PDU category of "Leadership". The topic, “Leading with Purpose” will be presented by Melissa Fulmore-Hardwick, MBA, OCP.  Hope to see you there!

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CAPM Scholarship

CAPMAre you a recent College Graduate? Are you beginning your journey in the PM profession and want a career boost without adding to your Student Debt?

The PMI North Florida Chapter can help. Any Chapter member who passes the CAPM exam can apply for a Scholarship to cover the exam fee. You can also contribute to our scholarship fund by participating in our 50/50 raffle at our Chapter Dinner meetings.

Please contact Eddie Sumner for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PMI Global Conference

Registration for the PMI Global Conference begins in March.  This year’s conference “Progress Made Possible by a Project Manager” will be held October 5th – 7th in Philadelphia, PA.  This is a great opportunity to build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships.  If you are interested in presenting, presentation proposals must be submitted by March 6th.  Please check the website for details.



 Thank you to our sponsor, Nova Southeaster University - Jacksonville Campus!

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 Welcome New Chapter Members!

Mark Ledger
Christina Pattison
Tanya Schoenherr
Elsa King
Margaret Gunnion
Joseph Defee
Channa Wilson
Cynthia King
Lora Farid
Katherine Dunnam
Michael Badorf
Gregg Lumpiesz
Lynda Taskett
Brian Woods
Augusto Menendez
Tim Spitzer
Andrew Watson
Robert Leone
Michelle Millott
Brian Gaines
Mark Maxwell
Kimberly Karnes
Shelly Walsh
Nirvana Alijagic
Jamaal Kantey
Misty Mcmenomey
Amanda Farmer
Teresa Rivers
James Maiaro
David Yencarelli
Dorothy Williams
Selena Berlin
Shawn Wynn
Vereniz Delmark
James Skinner
Catherine Murphy
Stefanie Eisenbeis-De Marie
John Mann
Amanda Laffoon
Kimberly Field
Pieter Jansen
Sarmad Sufi
Lesley Mccormick
Keosha Poole

 Congratulations -  New Certifications!

Vanessa Van Arsdale - PMP
Muhib Beekun - PMP
Michael Badorf - PMP
David Garratt - PMP
Valencia Bounds - PMP
Dawn Glebe - PMP

 Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!

Kimberly Beatson
Laurie Wright
Patricia Allen
Lori Green
Rebecca Black
Kent Smith
James Roberson
Donna Hale
Robert Mcguiness
Thomas Henkel
David Helstowski
Tonya Torgeson
Steve Heindl
Thomas Lasker
Connie Gladding
Ronald Burnette
Frank Barnidge

Celebrating 15-Year Anniversary!

Scott Hudmon
John Richard Horne
Theresa Morris
Larry Reed

 Partner With Us

The PMI North Florida Chapter is seeking long-term partners to sponsor events, including Dinner Meetings, Cocktail & Learn Seminars and the 2019 Quarterly SkillFest recruiting sessions.

Does your company want brand exposure in a growing market and access to a professional and diverse membership? We would like to hear from you.

We are also looking for volunteers in a Director role to act as an Account Manager for each partner. Responsibilities will be to engage at periodic intervals and ensure the value we provide exceeds their expectations.

A VP of Sponsorship will be elected to the Chapter Board in 2019 and will manage this program. For the interim, please contact Eddie Sumner for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Want to give back to our profession but do not have time for a VP or Director-level position within the Chapter? We are looking for volunteers in a Mentoring Program to generate experience for PM Rookies.

If you are an experienced PM looking to help or new to PM-ing and need a leg-up, please contact Eddie Sumner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in Volunteering?

Have you thought about volunteering with PMI NEFL?  Here are some of the key benefits of volunteering:

  • Gain skills and knowledge outside of your day-to-day tasks at work
  • Strengthen and build your network
  • Work closely with other PM Professionals
  • Earn PDUs
  • Have impact and make a difference within the Chapter and the NEFL community.

It takes a lot of hard work to support the PMI NEFL Chapter throughout the year.  We need creative and energetic members that want to create a rewarding experience for the NEFL Chapter members.  We have lots of opportunities for you to build on your experience and share your passion. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up on our website.


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