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January President's Update

       As we start 2017 I wanted to take a moment to talk about the many benefits available as part of your membership in our chapter. The Executive Board and our team of dedicated volunteers are working hard to greatly expand the Chapter offerings this year.

Starting this year PMICIE will offer events throughout the entirety of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. We are acting on the results of our recent membership survey and are holding meetings and events where you live and work. For the first time in our history, we have begun offering PDU granting meetings in 4 locations: Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Temecula and the Coachella Valley. We have also begun an online lunch and learn program which will offer 1 PDU webinars to our members.  

In addition to expanding our monthly meetings we are also vastly expanding our educational offerings. As you know we hold a highly successful PMP exam prep workshop three times a year but for the first time this year we will offer a PMI-ACP exam prep workshop and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification course. We are also working on a project management fundamentals course for those of us just getting started in the field.   Your chapter membership provides significant discounts on all our educational offerings.

We are the only chapter in the region to include free attendance at our 4 PDU Professional Development Day as part of your membership dues. Our PDD this year will be held on March 25th, 2017.  This year’s keynote speaker is Mark Layton, a nationally recognized agile trainer and author of “Agile Project Management for Dummies”. More information will be posted on our website in the next few weeks.

We are embarking on a very robust academic outreach program this year and have formed a strong partnership with CSU San Marcos. In addition to our University level outreach we have also begun working with local high schools to incorporate project management into NJROTC curriculum.   We have a newly appointed Director of Academic outreach who will be looking for volunteers to enhance this program. If empowering future leaders is your passion, please reach out to me for more information.

I am very excited for the opportunities in the coming year, but none of this would be possible without dedicated volunteers like you. If you're interested in helping shape the direction of the chapter and giving back to your industry, we have a plethora of volunteer opportunities available.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I wish you a very happy new year. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events very soon and encourage you to reach out to me at any time.

Sincerely,

Bill

President

PMI- California Inland Empire Chapter