March 2019 Print


We are in the midst of the Board of Directors’ election. You should have received an email with the subject line: Vote Open! PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.  The email includes the ballot link:, with your username and password.  The election will close on Friday, March 8th. 

The new Board members’ term will begin on April 1st, 2019.  After an exhaustive selection of Board candidates from a large group of highly qualified individuals, a list of strong leaders is now on the ballot to be selected as the next Board members at Large and new Board officers. The 2019 Board of Directors’ list includes a diverse group of professionals including military, women, and next generation (NextGen) candidates. We want to thank all who applied and showed interest in getting involved in leading our Chapter into a new era of PMI 2.0. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Nominations and Elections Committee for conducting a successful election process this year. Without their expertise and evaluation, the selection process would not have been as effective. We are looking forward to the strategic leadership of the new set of elected leaders in 2019.

In the spirit of new beginnings, the Board will be assessing the needs of the Chapter members in the new climate of PMBOK 6, Agile, PMI 2.0, and the state of Project Management today. Look out for an AGM/Ends Retreat event on August 24 to meet the new board members and participate in our next level of organizational excellence. 

There is much more in store in the year ahead with the new leadership, so stay tuned! You can also join us in person at any regularly scheduled Board meetings to get updates on Board activities or to get involved with upcoming projects. Board meetings are held the third Saturday of each month from 10:00am to 12pm at rotating locations around the Bay Area. For specific location information or questions to the Board, e-mail

Lastly, we would like to thank the current outgoing Board members for their service and commitment to the Chapter. As an all-volunteer organization, your dedication and that of all of our volunteers makes a significant difference and is very much appreciated.

Voting is letting your voice be heard and exercising your right as an owner of the PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Please make your vote count and submit your vote today!

On behalf of the PMI-SFBAC Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing you at upcoming Chapter meetings and events in 2019.

 Best regards, 

Tyrone Navarro, Past-President, PMI-SFBAC Board of Directors

Paloma Mejia, Treasurer (outgoing) PMI-SFBAC Board of Directors

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Countdown to R7 Leadership Summit!

Less than 2 weeks away from the Region 7 Leadership Summit in San Francisco: “Building Relationships To Support Diversity and Inclusion”

Have you registered?  It’s not too late!  We look forward to seeing you there!

For more details about the conference and to register:

A huge Thank You to our sponsors!  Through their support and contributions, this Region 7 Leadership Summit is bound to be a success.

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Mentorship Pilot Program Update

Mentorship Pilot Program off to a great start!

The kickoff was held on January 28.  More than 20 members have enrolled for a pilot program including both mentors and mentees.  We were able to form 8 mentor/mentee partnerships. The objective of the mentorship pilot program is to better understand mentoring needs, test our logistics/capabilities, prove value and reveal deficiencies before spending a significant amount of time, energy or money on a larger-scale rollout.  The pilot program will run for 6 weeks to be completed by March 11.  Large scale rollout is tentatively scheduled for May 2019.

Do you want to be a mentor in training the next generation leaders?  The Mentorship Team is planning to conduct a recruitment drive to enroll qualified mentors and industry thought leaders in preparation for the rollout.  Be on the look out for additional communication or email your interest to

Prabhu Gopalan, VP Mentorship

Tim Graham, Mentorship Director

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GGU Elevate!

Thank you to our enthusiastic team of volunteers who represented PMI-SFBAC at the Elevate event held at Golden Gate University.  What a great opportunity for students, future volunteers and leaders to gain exposure and connect with organizations that support professional career development.

Photo above from left to right: Nathan Mellin, Lorena De Benedittis, Sushmita Bhattacharjee, Zenaida Alejandrino,  Vijay Ratthinam, and Michael McMorrow

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Volunteers' Lunch - Getting to Know You

On February 12, volunteers from the Chapter enjoyed delicious authentic Indian cuisine at Amber restaurant in San Francisco.  What a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know each other over wonderful food, a comfortable setting and most importantly, great company.

Photo above from left to right: Dina Tasiou, Thomas Kuruvillap, Lorena De Benedittis, Karena Yim, Marie Spark,  Tyrone Navarro, Zenaida Alejandrino, Nathan Mellin, Cynthia Estalilla, Vijay Ratthinam, Sushmita Bhattacharjee, and Erika Cruz. 


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Volunteer Opportunities

Newsletter Volunteers Needed



Working on our monthly newsletter is a great way to get plugged into the Chapter, get creative, make a difference and have fun in the process!   


We are looking for volunteers for two specific roles.

Web Layout Editor:

  • Post newsletter articles and/or announcements in Chapter's content website.
  • Format articles and import images and site links as appropriate. 
  • Editing skills a plus but not required.


Content Contributor: 

Collect or create articles of potential interest/value to the Chapter members.

Content can include:

  • summary and highlights of recent Chapter events
  • announcements of upcoming training
  • opportunities for PDU credits
  • recognition of newly certified members, new volunteers, etc.


We need your fresh ideas and creativity to continue to make this newsletter a success!


Please contact Cynthia Estalilla at if you are interested in being part of the newsletter team.  

Questions about volunteering? Contact Michael McMorrow, Director, Volunteer Management at



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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Featured events this month.  Don't miss out.  Sign up now!

March 14 through 16 - Region 7 Leadership Summit, Hyatt Regency,  San Francisco

March 23, 24, 30 and 31 - PMP Boot Camp, Courtyard Oakland Downtown

March 30 - Primavera P6 Workshop: Learn How to Effectively Plan and Control Projects, Golden Gate University, San Francisco

Coming April:

April 17 - Emotional Intelligence: It's not an Oxymoron!, San Francisco

March calendar of meetings and events: Click on links below for more details and to register.

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March 2019 - Oakland Roundtable
Scopemasters March 5th, 2019
March 2019 - Military Roundtable
March 2019 - Belmont Roundtable
Scopemasters March 19, 2019
PMP Boot Camp March ...
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PMI Region 7 NextGen Leadership Virtual Meeting
March 2019 - Dublin Roundtable
Primavera P6 Workshop: Learn How to Effectively Plan and Control Projects (Includes Resource Pools)
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