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April Program Meeting

Before the dinner meeting we held one education session, which was lead by CAPT Edward Schwier, USN (Ret.) CM, DTM, and former PMI CRBC board member.  The title of his presentation was "Effective and Successful Leadership", which was adapted from the Toastmasters International Success/Leadership Series.

Terri Fookes, PMI-CRBC Director of Educational Speakers

CAPT Edward Schwier, US Navy (ret)

Ed lead an engaging and entertaining session, which covered the topics of primary characteristics of effective and successful leaders, the ingredients for an effective team, stages of team development, and the coaching process, and included many examples from his naval career.

The board would like to say a big thank you to Ed for his work and time in preparing and delivering this excellent session.

The education sessions provide an opportunity for members or non-members who would like to present one or more of the education sessions to get involved and present on PMI Talent Triangle subjects, i.e. Technical Project Management, Strategic and Business Management and Leadership.  If you're interested in presenting, then please contact TerriFookes@outlook.com.

Our dinner keynote speaker was Mr. Bruce Schappell, PMP, Direct Feed LAW Completions Manager, Waste Treatment Completion Company, Bechtel National, Inc., and his address was titled “Vitrification Plant:  Removing the Threat of Radioactive Waste".  Click here to view the presentation.


L-R:  Sokhom Sek (PMI-CRBC Director of Chapter Guest Speakers),
Steve Swenning (PMI-CRBC President),
Bruce Schappell, Waste Treatment Completion Company, Bechtel National, Inc.

Bruce started with an overview on the DOE Hanford Site Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste (DFLAW) program, which is taking Low Activity Waste (LAW) from the AP Tank Farm, pretreating it in the Low-Activity Pretreatment System (LAWPS) facility, vitrifying the LAW in the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) LAW Facility, and storing the canistered glass at the Integrated Disposal Facility. He then focussed on the scope of the WTP DFLAW modifications, which includes new transfer lines to bypass the WTP Pretreatment Facility, a new Effluent Management Facility, modifications to the WTP laboratory facility and the balance of facilities, and site modifications to isolate DFLAW operations from the High Level Waste Facility and Pretreatment Facility construction.  Bruce rounded out the presentation with an energetic Q&A session.

The board would like to say a big thank you to Bruce for taking the time to prepare for and deliver the dinner keynote at our April program meeting.    

2017 Region 1 Leadership Institute Meeting

Kabrena Rodda, VP-Membership and Steve Swenning, President, represented the Chapter at the recent Region 1 Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) in Eugene, OR.  The Chapter Board has instituted plans to be represented by your board members at each Region 1 LIM and at the North American LIM (this year in Chicago).  The three-day event from March 31 to April 2 was attended by approximately 125 chapter leaders from 19 chapters and affiliates.  Brantlee Underhill,  Director Global Chapters at PMI, kicked off the President’s session by discussing and presenting the latest PMI strategy updates.  

Our very own Steve Norton led a session on “Birds of a Feather” where chapter leaders are encouraged to “power benchmark” in small group settings focused on approximately 10 subjects important to chapters, including Sponsorship, Chapter Meetings, and Volunteers.  Steve Swenning had the honor of presenting, with Jimmy Goddard, President of the Portland Chapter, on Approaches to Strategic Planning.  Shelley Pinder from the Southern Alberta Chapter, led an interactive session on social media.  Shelley is always a hit, high energy, and loves Twitter.  Follow her on one of her handles @PMIRegion1.  Jump in and join the fun by following Shelley and others in Region 1, where you will find amazing information about project management and leadership.  Last, but certainly not least, David Barrett, the “Chief Content Guy” at DavidBarrett.ca delivered the keynote on effective speaking and gave everyone an autographed copy of his newest book, “Leadership Principles.”

The LIM is a great opportunity to network, learn new skills and industry perspectives, and recharge with all the great leaders in Region 1.  One more reason for you to consider a leadership position in the Chapter.

Brown Bag at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

On March 22, Steve Swenning (President) and Lisa Rosenblum (VP Public Relations) represented the chapter at a brown bag lunch session at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland.  Steve spoke about PMI, certifications, professional development units and the chapter and his presentation can be viewed by clicking here.  Lisa spoke about the Project of the Year competition and her presentation can be viewed by clicking here.


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Calendar of Events

April Chapter Program Meeting

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter is holding the next Program Meeting on May 2 at the Anthology Center, Richland.  There will be two, one-hour, educational sessions:  3:30pm to 4:30pm, and 4:30pm to 5:30pm), followed by the dinner meeting and a keynote speaker. Our keynote speaker wil be Matt Kincaid, Ph.D, Co-Author of " Permission to Speak Freely: How the Best Leaders Cultivate a Culture of Candor".  Doctor Kincaid is an MBA and Ph.D graduate from Gonzaga University and a Professor of Business at both Heritage University and CBC.    

The presenter for the first educational session will be Deb Thurston, Director, Career & Technical Education, Pasco School District, and the title of her talk is: Enterprise Experiential.  How do you take over 10,000 future citizens out of a daily high school schedule and help each one discover their own skills necessary to be successful in today’s world?  In Pasco School District we do this through a program called “Enterprise”.  It is the business and communities investment and belief in our future youth that has supported the Business Week basic premise of Pasco’s Enterprise experience involving senior students for the past 17 years.  While much has been accomplished, much more can be done to bring it to the next level.  Come hear the key elements that make it work, but more importantly, come hear the ideas behind the future of Enterprise.  Deb Thurston is asking for your insight and expertise to make this one of the nation’s best high school experiences for Pasco’s seniors.  

The presenter for the second session will be Dawn Adams, PMP, from Veolia Nuclear Solutions and the title of her talk is:  Fukushima Today.  Dawn will share her experiences as a Project Director competing for projects, managing projects, and managing systems operating in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.  She will provide a description of how business processes have evolved six years after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. 

To register for the educational sessions and dinner meeting, please click here


PMP Exam Preparation Classes

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter will be holding two further PMP Exam Preparation Boot Camps in 2017:  July 25-27 and December 5-7.  Please click here for details on how to register for any these classes.


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Volunteer News

Please take a look at the "Volunteer Opportunities" under the "Get Involved" menu item on the Home Page for opportunities to get involved with the running of the chapter and the events that we put on. 

Call for Presenters.  Earn More PDUs by Presenting at the Monthly Chapter Program Meetings!

If you are searching for ways to earn more PDUs for zero cost then consider presenting an educational topic at an upcoming Chapter program meeting.  The Chapter’s Board Members established two one-hour educational sessions which are given each month prior to the Monthly Chapter Dinner Meeting.  If you are the presenter, you earn PDUs for your time spent creating and presenting the material.  Any subject of interest to Project Managers is a possible topic which includes all areas of the PMBOK.  In addition, general management, strategic and business management and leadership subjects are also appropriate for educational sessions.

If you have expertise in an area and are willing to present either or both one-hour educational sessions at a Chapter Program Meeting (Session 1 starts at 3:30 PM and Session 2 starts at 4:30 PM, then please contact Terri Fookes at TerriFookes@Outlook.com for further information.  Volunteering helps your fellow chapter members too!

Working on this Month

Volunteers are currently working on the planning for the May program meeting.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Ivan Thomas or a fellow board member. 

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Spotlight on Members

Hi, This is Ivan Thomas (VP Communications) speaking and I'm looking for news articles that I can share with the chapter membership, which shine the spotlight on the great things that we're doing in the community and/or the world of Project Management.  Listening to folks at the chapter program meetings, PMI Region 1 meetings, and hearing about projects at the Project of the Year Awards Gala, I know that we're involved in some cool stuff.  If you have anything that you'd like me to share then please email me at vp-communications@pmicrb.org, making sure that you've covered all of the bases regarding any public release approvals pertaining to the news article.

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