August 2018 Print

Across The Board: Govern for Impact (GFI) Conference Update

An organization is only as strong as the pillars on which it stands. PMI® is a global organization vested in engaging with its communities. One of the ways in which PMI® strives to reach its members is through policy governance. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter is thus far the only chapter to have effectively implemented a policy governance structure.

What is Policy Governance?

Policy Governance (PG®) is a system for organizational governance. Policy Governance defines and guides appropriate relationships between an organization's owners (members of the chapter), its board of directors, and its chief executive officer (CEO).

What is International Policy Governance Association (IPGA)?

The International Policy Governance® Association (IPGA) is an independent, charitable organization formed in 1999 and incorporated in New York State in 2001 as a 501(c)(3). They uphold the Policy Governance Principles as their standard to govern boards.

What is Govern for Impact (GFI)?

IPGA was renamed  Govern for Impact (GFI) during the annual conference held on June 22-23, 2018 in Savannah, GA. The Vision of GFI is “Toward securing and sustaining a healthy future for all.” GFI envisions a world in which governance is widely recognized as a distinct, disciplined practice.  PMI boards commonly embrace integrated governance systems and lead with purpose — in partnership with their owners, stakeholders, and communities — to enhance the common good.

PMI SFBAC participation in the GFI Annual Conference

Nathan Mellin (2018-19 President), Dina Tasiou (Secretary), Anup Deshpande (Chief Governance Officer [CGO]) from the Board of Directors and Karena Yim, PMO Director for the office of CGO participated in this year’s conference.

Key Takeaways from the conference

The main takeaways from this year’s conference focused on how policy governance relates to PMI® board governance. Below are images from the PG presentation highlighting the different types of leadership modes, the cycle from PG to ultimate value add, and from PG Policies to manifestation of program and project deliverables.

Thanks to the artist Renatta Algalarrondo, Visual Communications Consultant, Graphic Recorder and Board Member at the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP), for creating these beautiful drawings during the conference.

Click on the drawings to see full size PDF files. 

Thanks to Athens Kolias, MPM, PMP, PGP, PMI-ACP, and our past CGO, for the presentation at the conference and sharing the slides below:


Anup Deshpande is the Chief Governance Officer (CGO) of the Board  of the PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. He has several credentials including PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, CSP, SPC and IGCCA.

Currently, Mr. Deshpande  works as a Sr. Director of Portfolio Management at VISA, Inc., a global leader in eCommerce. He also serves as mentor and an Enterprise Agile Coach helping corporations and non-profit organizations become lean to achieve significantly higher business results.

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International Project Managers' Professional Development Day This September

Leadership in project management methodologies is a combination of related practices, methods, and processes. To be leaders in our business, we need to understand the analytics in our portfolios, the risks associated with our projects and the foresight to use innovative techniques to push our projects to success. PMI® will provide real techniques in the digital age to help propel your business to the next level.    

Join us on Saturday, September 29, at Berkeley Brower Center from 8.00 AM and

  • Listen to our amazing speakers.
  • Network with fellow Project Managers from the Bay Area.
  • Earn 6 PDUs.   

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Win an Amazon Echo / Amazon gift card /Gift Certificate to one of our evening events (to be redeemed within 90 days of receipt) in our raffle.



8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM- 10:00AM Tanya Bunger -Build your personal board of advisors
10:00AM-10:15AM Break
10:15AM-11:15AM Michael Sanders -Freedom and the Third Brain: Powerful Project Management
11:15AM-12:15PM Chao-Yee Watson - Effective Project Leadership Based on Strategic Project Governance
12:15PM -1:15PM Lunch
1:15 PM -2:15 PM  Randy Balaban - Entrepreneurs - What you need to know about Project Management
2:15 PM -3:15 PM Navid Rezvani - Quality Inside Out: Best Kept Secrets of Agile Teams
3:15 PM -3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM -4:30 PM Zachary Wong - The Three Critical Human Factors in Project Leadership and Performance
4:30 PM -5:00 PM Adjourn


Note: Special discounts for students, military, active volunteers and neighboring chapters, please reach out to Students and Veterans with discount tickets will need to show a valid ID at the door, otherwise, without a valid ID, you will be charged the difference.


$199.00 Regular, Member
$149.00 Earlybird rate before September 1

$249.00 Regular, Non-member
$199.00 Earlybird rate before September 1

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Volunteer Opportunities

The PMI SF Bay Area Chapter is looking for volunteers to help meet the needs of its members. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in these opportunities then please contact for more information. Currently we are seeking volunteers for a variety of positions including: 

  • Business Development Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Events Manager
  • Evening Programs Manager
  • Sponsorship Support
  • Professional Development Support
  • Finance Manager
  • Workshop Director
  • Webinar Content Manager


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  • Web Layout Editor: Lola Akanmu
  • Cynthia Estalilla


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