PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

Current Newsletter

In this issue: Upcoming Events | Membership & PDUsMeeting Recap | Military Opportunities | Our Sponsor

 Welcome Summer!

summerSaturday, June 20th marked the beginning of the summer solstice which is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. As we approach the 4th of July holiday, it is definitely starting to feel like summer! Time for back yard barbeques, pools, and basking in the sun! But at a safe distance! We will continue as a chapter to monitor local and federal best practices before begin our in-person meetings again. Please be sure to check out the chapter website to stay informed of upcoming events and chapter news:


Upcoming Events

July 2020 Professsional Development Meeting

James Birr

You do not want to miss this presentation and networking event!

Our next virtual Chapter meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 20th. Our guest speaker will be James O. Birr, III, Esq. His topic will be "Contracts 101 and COVID-19" with James O. Birr”.

Mr. Birr is a shareholder partner at Jimerson Birr, P.A., and practices in the areas of business litigation, construction law and community association law. Mr. Birr is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Birr was declared one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in 2020 and has been recognized as one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers” from 2014 to present.

This presentation will provide a foundation of important contract provisions to consider ensuring project success and minimize potential conflict. Please use the link to get more information and to register today! 

 Other Chapter Events

 The PMI Chicagoland chapter is hosting a FREE virtual leadership symposium.

July 14th 1:00 – 2:15 ET “AI in the Age of Innovation” presented by Dr. Raj Ramesh

Please check out their website for details and to register.

study groupWe are pleased to annouce a Fall 2020 PMP Exam Study Group! If you or someone you know is planning to take the PMP exam this year, you should consider signing up for this study group. Registration is currently open and has a limited class size of 30, so don’t delay!

Pricing:  Class Details:
PMI NEFL Members - $200     Meets on Thursday - August 13th thru November 19th
Non-Chapter Members - $400         Meeting time is 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  Virtual classroom

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Reading List:

  1. The Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) 6th Edition. (PMI members can download an electronic version of the PMBOK for free at
  2. PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy 9th Edition (Students responsibility to obtain text)


Dr. Tom Henkel, PMP
Cheryl Reynolds, PMP
Kevin Johns, PMP
Ken Perry, PMP, PMI-ACP
Tom Rock
Indu Jain, PMP
Kathy Markwith, PMP
Scott Markwith, PMP
Victoria Ogaga, PMP

online examReady to take your PMP or CAPM exam after months of studying?  

Even under quarantine, you can! has announced that certification seekers can begin scheduling proctored online tests! Stay safe and get certified!

Learn more here: Online Proctored Testing for PMI Certifications


New Renewal Process for Chapter Membership!cart

PMI global recently launched a new online commerce platform in order to offer PMI products to customers more seamlessly. Members on Auto-Renew will not be affected. For new members or members that self-renew each year, the process for their PMI.Org memberships will not automatically have their Northeast Florida Chapter membership appear as an option. You will have to add your membership at checkout. Your PMI and chapter membership expiration dates will be the same regardless of when you add or renew your chapter membership. Want to avoid this extra step? Sign-up for auto-renewal.

Remember, your local chapter membership provides the discounts for events, monthly development meetings and networking opportunities here on the First Coast. You will need to manually add your Northeast Florida chapter membership to your cart. See become a member for more information.

On PMI.Org, under Membership, simply naviagate to Chapter Memberships, search and select “Northeast Florida Chapter” and continue to checkout. This process will be done annually in conjunction with your PMI.Org membership renewal date. You can find your annual date at

If you have attended previous chapter events, don’t forget to claim your PDUs! You can find a list of the PDU categories from previous events on the chapter website archive. Use this link for instructions for claiming your PDUs.

Our Provider # is C079.

To access webinars, articles, events and other Project Management information, be sure to check out the Project Management website for valuable and useful resources. 

Meeting RecapGreta Binder

June Meeting Recap “Breaking Communication Barriers with NLP”

Our June Chapter meeting kicked with a fun roundtable of virtual networking and introductions. We use this pre-meeting time to see how everyone is doing and to find out what is going on in our project community! Lots of great information is shared during this period (including hiring information) so do not miss this part of our event!

The main speaker, Greta Binder, kicked off the presentation with the following quote from George Barnard Shaw: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

Greta also shared the following statistics that companies lose over $62 million annually in loss of productivity due to errors of omission and that there is a 47% higher return to shareholders when there is effective communication. That definitely emphasizes the importance of effective communication!

She explained NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming and how filters impact how we perceive and take in information. Reprogramming those filters can result in better communication. Greta also shared her personal NLP journey and reviewed tools that can be used such as active listening, congruency, mental rehearsals, and stress reduction tips.

Thanks to Greta for sharing this valuable information with our members and guests! Hopefully, attendees are putting those tools and tips to good use!

thanks for attending

Calling All Veterans and Spouses

Shelon Pounds, our VP of Military Liaison (ML) and her team are continuing to engage and inform our brave men and women in uniform of how to become PMP certified. If you are active military or a veteran, please check out our Military PMP Toolkit.

call for speakersDo you know or work with a local professional, senior PMP colleague, or community/business leader that you would like to give a presentation on project leadership, technical skills, or a specific knowledge area within the project management profession? If you answered “yes,” we would love to hear from you!

Email: Valorie Stoeber at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject, “I Know a Speaker.”

If you have topics you would like for us to present, along with new ideas on how you would like to collaborate with the chapter our “new normal”, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chapter Opportunities

get involved

We currently have the following volunteer openings available. Please check out the “Get Involved” tab on the chapter website for more information and to submit an application. Volunteer with PMI-NEFL or select an area of interest from the menu. See current openings below:

Technology Team:

  • Virtual Events Technical Manager
  • Virtual Events Manager – Hosting
  • Virtual Event Co-host
  • Digital Content Coordinator

Programs Team:

  • Regional Coordinator – Region 3 – Orange Park

Military Outreach Community:

  • Director of Community Outreach (1 open position)
  • Director of Digital Outreach (1 open position)
  • Director of Military Base Outreach (2 open positions)

Our mission is to bridge the transition between military service and project management careers and certifications to our local military community including active duty, retirees, reservists, guardsmen, veterans, and military spouses.

We aim to reach, educate, and support our military community members.Military service is NOT a requirement to join our team. A passion to support our Military Community is! If you’re interested to join our team and can volunteer between 10-20 hours per month, contact Shelon Pounds, MBA, MA, PMP, VP of Military Outreach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


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

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Partner With Us

The PMI North Florida Chapter is seeking long-term partners to sponsor events, including Dinner Meetings, Cocktail & Learn Seminars, and 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.Our new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan, will manage this program. Please contact Jason "JD" Dillaberry for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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