CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!
Congratulations to the following members for continuously improving their skills and gaining new knowledge with PMI.
CELEBRATE NEW MEMBERS
Our chapter continues to grow! Let's welcome the following new members of PMI Rochester:
- Catherine Blumenkamp
- Erica Ellis
- Briget Grbic
- Dennis Mattison
- Oluwakunmi Olasanoye
- Luke Rague
- Andrea Smith
Welcome and thank you to all of our new members!
This past month, the Membership team organized an outdoor networking event at Ellison Park in Brighton. This was the first in-person chapter event in over 18 months, and perfectly coincided with one of the last 70 degree weather days of the season! We had about 20 members from all different career paths attend, which made it a great opportunity for members to meet and interact with other like-minded professionals with varying perspectives. Stay tuned for more fun events like this in the coming months!
Manisha Mande, PMIEF Liason for PMI Rochester, wrote a beautiful book review of 'The Alchemist' and she was kind enough to share it with us and our local PM community. Please, take some time and read her review and her insights about this amazing book by Paulo Coelho HERE. Enjoy!
Big Idea, Bite Sized Learnings
In 2019, Rochester PMI embarked on a journey to work with local non-profit organizations serving youth to find ways to introduce them to the profession of project management and teach their youth project management skills for life. So was born the Social Good for Youth program with me cheerleading it. We were well on our way to engaging with two non-profits serving youth in the inner Rochester city when the pandemic hit. All plans had to be put on hold. No matter where you lived or what you did, COVID-19 was something to reckon with. Although it’s been a difficult year and a half, as the summer of 2021 dawns, somehow we have survived this tidal wave and have adapted to its implications, amid pandemic restrictions. Not one to give up easily, I persevered to find ways to engage non-profits even if it meant remotely.
In order to understand the pride I have in my PMI volunteer presenters and the YVOV students, I have to take you back to an afternoon in late February 2021, when I was introduced to Tremain Harris – the lead coordinator for the Youth Voice, One Vision (YVOV) group. Youth Voice, One Vision is the Rochester Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and is an active council of young people working together to make Rochester a better place to live, and is coordinated by the Department of Recreation & Human Services. YVOV has a strong and stable presence in Rochester. You can learn more about Youth Voice, One Vision by clicking here.
After an initial introductory meeting where I shared the objective and details of the Social Good for Youth program, Tremain was excited and suggested that he would talk to his student team and inform me because he was sure they would want to learn these project management skills. Within two weeks, he emailed letting me know that the student council had agreed to work with us to kick off the very first Social Good for Youth (SG4Y) program. I was thrilled!
We had a couple of discussions with Yassir Smith and Thaxton Hamlin about the layout and content needed to set us up for success. After a couple of planning sessions, we started on a 10-week journey on April 7th that will now culminate in a graduation ceremony on June 9th.
In this 10-week engagement we focused on the fundamentals of project management as well as tools and techniques to help develop skills to become a good project manager. We met with the YVOV students once a week for two hours, with additional support outside of class as needed. The
students applied the concepts they learned in class to theirn
project - the YVOV Online Newsletter. Each lesson not only focused on the main project management knowledge area, tools and techniques, but each presenter also weaved in a soft skill (such as team building, conflict management, accountability and trust building) into their presentation along with some fun ice breakers. The teachings were a combination of in-class and remote learning. Each week a minimum of one student played the role of project manager and worked with the student team to complete activities to move their project along. We have nine brilliant students who have been engaged via this program and six amazing presenters from PMI Rochester chapter (Eva Otero, Stacy Munechika, Fremel Backus, Charlie Colbert, Keith Parris and myself).
Below is a beautiful picture of the student team participating in the program. At the Top of the stairs we have AmmaZia Evans-David, Jayven Cruz and Hillary Powell. Seated on the row below we have Calvin Holloway and Zahir Windom. Seated below them in the red t-shirt is Patrick McDermott, Amarah Anderson and Nizhier Windom. At the very bottom of the stairs we have from the left Tremain Harris (lead coordinator), Yassir Smith and Thaxton Hamlin.
Yassir and Thaxton follow up with the youth after each session to make sure they understand the material. Also, they support the PMI staff by offering institutional knowledge about the youth and the structure of YVOV.
What is even more exciting is that two students will be selected by the YVOV coordinators who will be given a 10 week summer internship with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) – Information Systems Division (ISD) starting end of June, 2021. A huge shout out to URMC-ISD management and its Project Portfolio Office (PPO) Director Michelle Venezia for supporting the summer internship program. Thanks to PMI Rochester for providing each student with a Certificate of Completion and our fabulous volunteer presenters!
If you are interested in joining your fellow PMI Rochester members in outreach programs like this - please contact Manisha Mande (contact details below). We are always looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in our community!
Manisha Mande, PMP, DASSM, CSM
Social Good for Youth Program Manager
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CONGRATULATIONS to our ROC One Community Award Winner - URMC IPADS FOR INPATIENT TELEHEALTH!!!
This award recognized those individuals (team) whose work has had a significant and demonstrable impact in responding to COVID-19. The project should demonstrate:
- Problem Solving
- Meeting Urgent Needs
- Treatment and/or Response to COVID-19