by Candice Banghart, president of PMI Central Iowa Chapter
2017 was a tremendous year for PMI Central Iowa Chapter. Under the leadership of Past President John Durman, we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a chapter! We increased membership, provided two PMI Educational Foundation scholarships, implemented an entirely new program, our military initiative, brought in some amazing speakers for chapter meetings, and delivered a remarkable Professional Development Day with dedicated sponsors and new speakers who brought down the house! In other words, they did such a great job in 2017 that we have some pretty big shoes to fill!
Now onto 2018 – the year of total transformation! There are opportunities in front of us, and it’s absolutely exciting to know you can have an impact on an organization and you can truly affect change. Then I thought about the word, “transformation” and what that implies … change, yes, but typically it’s a pinpointed focus – a transformative goal that has a beginning and an end. Sound familiar? Then I did some thinking about the 25 years of presidents and board members that came before us.
Every new president brings a change in focus and passion. It’s the nuances, complexities, and excitement in and for those changes that continue to push us forward and ensure that we, as a chapter, are continually and consistently evolving. After 25 years, this chapter has definitely come a long way, but we will always strive to advance, grow and evolve as we continue to move forward.
With 2018, will come new ideas, new concepts, and new opportunities. We will continue to evolve as a chapter, and we will focus on how we can better engage with you, our members. We will work to provide the latest information, trends, and opportunities to help energize you and drive our profession forward. Most of all, we will ensure that the steps we take continue to strengthen the foundation for the next board and the next board, and the next … so that each year, PMI Central Iowa Chapter will continue to advance and evolve. We are excited about the year ahead, and we remain committed and steadfast in our goal of serving our members and advancing the profession of project management. Come along for the ride because in 2018, PMI Central Iowa Chapter is the place to be!
Our goals are ambitious and we are eager to share our primary strategic initiatives for 2018:
- Two years ago, under the leadership of Jan Vanderwerf, we researched and piloted virtual chapter meetings. In 2018, we plan to prioritize this effort so that those professionals within the Central Iowa Chapter region, yet outside of the Des Moines surrounding areas, can attend and receive PDUs. Watch for more details.
- In our effort to keep up with the demand and the opportunities, our second strategic initiative is a full facelift to the current PMI Central Iowa Chapter website, with the goal of improving your experience. We want to provide the access, trends, and insights that will help you to advance in your profession.
As a side note, save the date! Our Professional Development Day is set for Oct. 12, 2018, and we will return to the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona. More information will be available for all of our programs including C2S, the military initiative, mentoring, and our volunteer committees at the monthly Chapter meetings and on our website.
So, 2018, here we go! From our PMI executive board and board of directors, we are humbled and honored for this opportunity and thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you.