PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

July 2019 Newsletter


July Meeting Recap

Eric Williams gave an engaging presentation on “Working with Global Teams,” which was eye-opening for those who work primarily with domestic teams and a great refresher for those who do straddle time-zones and cultures throughout their day.

Drawing on his personal experience as a Practice Manager at Oracle, he reviewed tools and techniques for improving collaboration within teams and delved into some cultural norms that may not be obvious but are vital to understanding how to work with diverse teams. Eric kept the audience on their toes with several Kahoot quizzes as well.

Thank you Eric and we hope to see you again soon!

Special thanks to our sponsor Nova Southeastern University Jacksonville Campus!

Please be sure to provide your feedback on the July dinner meeting by completing the electronic survey. Your feedback is needed so that we can continuously improve!

August Chapter Meeting

Please join us for the August Professional Development event on Monday, August 19, at the Aloft Hotel from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. This month’s topic, “Business Transformation and the Role of the PM,” is presented by Dilip Lilaney.

This session will be worth two (2) PDUs, one in the “Strategic” PDU category and one in the “Leadership” PDU category.

Please be sure to register by August 10 to receive the early bird discount and by August 13 if you would like to secure a dinner reservation.

Remember to login with your PMI credentials when registering in order to receive your PMI_NEFL member discount.

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New Member Orientation

Attention all new members! If you are new to the chapter as of 2019, please join us on August 29 from 6 pm – 8 pm for our New Member orientation. This will be an evening social event that will give you one-on-one interaction with the chapter leaders and to learn more about your PMI NEFL membership.

The event will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in St. Johns Town Center. The cost is $15 if you register by August 21. Registration is limited, so don’t delay!

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Community Service Day

Attention all members! We have a Community Service event scheduled for Saturday, August 24 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at Feeding Northeast Florida. This is open to all members and provides an opportunity for us to give back to the community of Jacksonville. Please register to join us for this event and feel free to invite family members and friends!

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Fall PMP & CAPM Exam Study Group

Important!! The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is changing after December 15. If you plan to sit for the current version of the exam, you'll want to take advantage of our PMP Study Group class.

The fall study group for PMP and CAPM will kickoff on Thursday, August 15, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. This group will meet weekly at Southeastern University and the course is designed to help students pass the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam or the Certified Associate in Project Management CAPM®) exam.

Classes run 14 weeks and leverage the PMBOK and Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep materials. Use the link below to register or to get more information.

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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..

Skillfest is Coming!

If you are in the job market or just looking for an opportunity to network, please mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 24, for our quarterly Skillfest Recruiting event! The event will be held at Dave & Busters from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Recruiters will be onsite, and you will have the opportunity to chat with them and other members. The cover charge will include an optional professional headshot photo session, a light buffet, and non-alcoholic drinks. You are also welcomed to enjoy the cash bar, games, and even have a fun evening with the family.

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PMI Chapter Events

If you are traveling and would like to stay connected to PMI, here is a list of upcoming events from nearby chapters:

The Central Florida Chapter in Orlando will be celebrating 25 years of Service to the Project Management Profession on August 6 at the Orlando Science Center. The meeting registration is limited to 200 Attendees. Register here

The Florida Suncoast and the Tampa Bay Chapters will be hosting an “Across the Bay Networking Event” on July 25 at the St. Petersburg Marriott. Find out more

The South Florida Chapter will be hosting a Palm Beach Mixer on July 25 at the Yard House in Palm Beach Gardens. Check the South Florida Chapter calendar

Call for Speakers

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

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

PMI Global Conference

Registration for the PMI Global Conference has started! This year’s conference "Progress Made Possible by a Project Manager" will be held October 5 – 7 in Philadelphia, PA. This is a great opportunity to build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships. Please check the PMI Global website for details.

PMI 50th Anniversary

Did you know that the PMI Global organization will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year?

There are several ways you can get involved:

  1. Attend one of the scheduled events.
  2. Make a donation to the PMI Educational Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of youth and communities around the globe.

PDU Claims

If you have attended previous chapter events, remember to claim your PDUs!

Find a list of PDUs from previous events here.

Find out how to claim your PDUs here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking to get involved with the chapter? If so, you are in luck! We have opportunities available.

Director of Communications: The Director of Communications will be responsible for bringing the voice of PMI-NEFL to our internal members, external partners and prospects through visual communications. Responsibilities will include creating engaging visual media to accompany promotions & campaigns (in partnership with the Director of Social Media) and supporting the Board with any written/visual communication support to meet their objectives. ​

If you are interested in this position, please reach out to Eric Rakov, VP Technology & Communications. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ​

Other Opportunities (Volunteer here):

  • Sponsorship Director (2 positions)
  • Outreach Director
  • Membership Director
  • VRMS Director (2 positions)
  • Family Event coordinator
  • 25th Anniversary coordinator (2 positions)

Chapter Spotlight

Sharing highlights about our chapter and results from the 2018 member survey.

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

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Welcome New Chapter Members!

Heather Cantrell
Devetra Cason
Cindy Chapman
Natasha Chapman
Lori Morgan
Mary Davis
Nicole Schnabel
Robert Wilson
Magelda Arnold
Jon Hansen
Alana Brooks
Mamatha Aramaina
Lucellie Wells
Armando Villegas
Valencia Floyd
Edward Cronin
Rina Speciale
Sylvester Dismuke

Congratulations - New Certifications!

Peterson Dierivot - PMP

Dwight Campbell - PMP​

Nancy Mclaren - PMP​

Julie Barker - CAPM​

Joseph Cash - PMP​

Binu Narayan - PMP​

Dana Carrier - PMP​

Channa Wilson - PMP​

Deidra Jones - PMI-ACP​

Natalie Leon-Pinckney - PMP​

Indu Jain - PMI-ACP​

Shawn Collins - CAPM​

Vereniz Delmark - PMP​

Amanda Johnson - PMP

Celebrating Anniversaries!

Diann Bradley - 20 yrs

Sandra Bruton​ - 5 yrs

John Luker​ - 5 yrs

Stephen Crane​ - 5 yrs

Angela Ellis​ - 5 yrs

Gina Lavatai​ - 5 yrs

Robert Charles Hobbs​ - 5 yrs

Kent Lightner - 5 yrs

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.

Our new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan, will manage this program. Please contact Juan 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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