PMI Atlanta Chapter

PMI Atlanta Chapter - Chair's Messages

Laura-Davidson2021. I don’t think a new year has been as eagerly anticipated, in well, EVER. So much of 2020 has been a year where we have all spent a lot more time with our video screens, children, spouses, pets, and refrigerators than we ever thought we would (or, could!). We’ve all stretched our skills to include cooking, remodeling, learning how to cut hair – and, then there are the work-related items … many of us saw work slow almost completely until our companies figured out that virtual work was not only possible but productive. We’ve learned how to re-prioritize and communicate differently to still be effective in our jobs. We’ve learned that so much virtual effort doesn’t have to be the ‘limitation’ we thought it was – in fact, we’ve learned that our boundaries can successfully extend beyond the physicality of our offices. It hasn’t been ideal, but virtual tools have helped us stay ‘close’ to our families. We’ve built unique relationships with our co-workers because we have been in each other’s homes while we are working/talking (with pets and kids that make their own introductions). Many of us lost jobs and are discovering employment (and, joy) in new industries. Among the uncertainty is definite change – regrouping, refocusing, renewing … as project managers, you have the resilience gene already, it’s already in your DNA to shift, pivot and maneuver around all kinds of unknown obstacles – 2020 has been full of hurdles and we have the skills and experience to thrive in 2021!

One of the great lessons learned is that it’s ok to slow down and really appreciate the moment – take time to explore the options, consider the outcomes, and what is possible with available resources (hey, that sounds like what we do with projects, doesn’t it!?). There’s an excitement building about what our new “normal” looks like – how it impacts our jobs, our lives, and our personal goals. My pets can’t wait to get a full nap in with me being out of the house more, and while I know I’ll never part with my ‘ring’ light or web-cam, I am excited about the possibilities that are ahead of us because of how 2020 made each of us stretch.

PMI Atlanta will celebrate turning 40 in 2021! Your Atlanta chapter is one of the largest and most dynamic chapters in the world with a leadership team that is diverse in origins, experience, expertise, and thought. Our chapter values are inclusiveness, volunteerism, and servant leadership. Some of you will recognize me from serving as PMI’s Chair in 2015 and I am excited, honored and grateful that you elected me as 2021 PMI Atlanta Chair. It says so much about your chapter leaders that many of them have served this chapter for over 10 years (as VOLUNTEERS!). Servant leadership is the common ground for this team, who, year after year work together to offer events that encourage our community to advance skills; grow networks; and, stretch leadership skills.

PMI Atlanta leaders made an early shift in 2020 to virtual meetings; added pertinent topics based on current events; and, reduced event costs (some are free!) to reflect changing circumstances. We know that 2021 will start with us all knowing that our lives are changed. The most exciting thing we have to anticipate in 2021 is that we know that as project managers, we learn from all of our experiences how to anticipate change; respond to the unexpected; and, celebrate our successes. A certainty for this year is the dedication of your team of PMI Atlanta volunteers – you’ll be able to continue to count on them to deliver quality programs that

elevate our profession; increase our networks; and, improve our skills through virtual and (when it makes sense to do so) in person events.

May 2021 be an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to demonstrate our new skills; meet new people; and, serve our community and profession with the consistent resilience and creative solutioning that we Project Managers are known for applying.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

Laura Davidson

PMI Atlanta Chair, 2021

Welcome to 2020, we’re excited about entering a new age in project management!

As we think of 2020, we remind ourselves not only about PMI's strategic pillars, but we focus on our values. Our values are organic; they are our identity. It defines not only what we will do (networking/training/growth/leadership) - but how and why we do it.

choudry-kashifSo what are our values? Inclusiveness, volunteerism, and servant leadership.

One of my mentors recently reminded me that one’s network should never be stagnant - look to always keep shaking it up. Inclusivity opens the door to networks as well as ideas and opportunities. Inclusivity creates engagement. Welcome other people to your conversation, introduce yourself - meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet at PMI Atlanta’s events.

Volunteerism - being selfless. Ask what you can do to help the cause. Don’t create plans to maximize your benefit only. Think about the benefit to the community. This is why PMDoS (PM Day of Service) is so important us.

Servant leadership - the leadership team is here to serve you. Our leadership begins with servitude. It’s our approach to life, not just this volunteer role.

Those are our values. This year will bring a lot of change, which comes with PMI’s transformation. For example, you will see a whole new brand rolled out for the Chapter (which you voted on!) and you will also see new materials and training around agile through PMI’s recent acquisition of Disciplined Agile. However, change doesn’t define the year or the vision. Our values put a mark on our goals and vision.

We were blessed with having a cohesive and productive leadership team last year. And we continue to welcome new members to the leadership team. In 2020, we are excited to carry forward the momentum and add to the legacy of our chapter. It is an honor to serve the membership and keep up the chemistry of a winning team.

Kashif Choudry, PMP
PMI Atlanta Chapter Chair 2020

Over 5,000 members, varied social, cultural and generational diversity, and a dedicated leadership, the PMI Atlanta Chapter stands among the top 5 largest hapters in the world today. Thank you, folks! It is indeed my honor to have the opportunity to serve you all, as the Chairman - Board of Directors for the Chapter.

Roy-NagendraOne of the first things that I did when I joined PMI Atlanta was understanding the culture and the strategies of the organization. Now, with PMI Global’s digital transformation initiative, we plan to align our strategies with the three Pillars - Strategic Focus, Customer Centric, and Agility.

I am excited that we have among us such dynamic, committed, thoughtful leadership who are also humble beings that continually strive towards the betterment of the community. Our Leadership team, including the Board, is comprised of volunteers that hail from diverse backgrounds, and represent multiple generations. This is reflective of the community that we serve.

As our pillars imply, we would like to continue to be customer centric, ensure agility and remain strategy focused, inclining towards the best interest and benefit of you all – our membership. Our multi-dimensional engagements like the Dinner Meetings with keynote presentations, Networking Events, Industry Forums, and Special Events are designed and executed with the intent to make sure that when you attend them, you will drive back home with valuable learnings, skills, thoughts, and triggers as takeaways, that will eventually serve as pointers and value-adds to your professional and social growth.

Furthermore, like myself, I’m sure that volunteering for events at several capacities, will give immense satisfaction, experience and exposure to you all as well. Realizing the importance of volunteering opportunities and member satisfaction, we will be working on enhancing key factors such as volunteering opportunities, professional development and maintaining of an emotional and ownership-like connection with our membership. These will enable you to be a part of the vast family of professionals, and also good friends, while earning professional scores and credentials.

Moreover, I consider myself fortunate to onboard as the Chapter lead for the year 2019, which also marks PMI’s 50th Anniversary. I feel it is a golden opportunity for every one of us to celebrate this wonderful occasion throughout the year. My team and I plan to incorporate the highlights of the anniversary in our engagement events throughout the year.

Finally, I strongly believe in one thing – “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – President John Quincy Adams”. Leadership is a drive coming from within our inner conscience that my team and I, through the PMI Atlanta platform, should take up the responsibility, groom and shape more and more leaders who can move forward not only the Chapter, but also their own career, and also an entire generation.

I thank you all once again for being a part of the PMI Atlanta Chapter, and I look forward to serving you to the best of my abilities and from the bottom of my heart!

Nagendra Roy
Chair – Executive Board
PMI Atlanta Chapter