May 2018 News Print

2018 Project of the Year Sponsors

Thank You to Our 2018 Project of the Year Awards Gala Sponsors  


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Latest News

 May 1, 2018, Chapter Meeting

Prior to the dinner meeting, Dr. Kabrena Rodda from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) presented on "Encouraging Chemical Weapons Convention Compliance by Promoting Responsible Science and Chemical Ethics".  Dr Rodda was also our dinner keynote speaker and presented on "Incentives for Small Companies Adoption of Ethical Codes:  A Key Component in Preventing the Reemergence of Chemcal Weapons".  The board would like to say a big thank you to Kabrena for her work and time to deliver both the education session and the keynote presentation.

(L-R) Steve Swenning, PMI-CRBC President,
Dr. Kabrena Rodda, PNNL & PMI-CRB VP Membership

Spring Professional Development Day

The Chapter held a Professional Development Day (PDD) on May 18 at the CG Public House and Catering, Kennewick, WA, which was attended by 24 project management professionals.  The presenter was Neal Whitten from The Neal Whitten Group in Jasper, Georgia.  Neal led a couple of interactive and thought provoking sessions under the theme:  "Let's Talk ! No nonsense Leadership, Accountability and Professional Maturity", and also presented a couple of sessions called:  "Behaviors That Lead To Exceptional Performance" and "Behaviors to Master When Working With Your Leaders". Many thanks to the folks who attended the PDD, including two who traveled from Western Washington.  Neal offers a wide range of courses and more details can be found by clicking on the following link

L-R:  Matt Wells, PMI-CRB VP Professional Development,
Neal Whitten, The Neal Whitten Group

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Calendar of Events

Chapter Program Meeting

There will be no Chapter monthly meetings in June, July and August.  We'll pick things up again in September and a meeting notice will be provided closer to the time.

2018 PMP Exam Prep. Boot Camps

The Columbia River Basin PMI Chapter of the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® is sponsoring in 2018 two further, 4-Day, PMP Exam Prep. Boot Camps presented by industry-leading Project Management Expert Steve Norton, PMP and PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). Steve Norton’s Boot Camp will prepare you to take the PMP® / CAPM® exams and earn the prestigious PMI® certifications.

The boot camps will be held at the Hampton Inn, Richland, on the following dates:  July 9-12, and December 3-6.  Downloaded fliers for each boot camp, which provide in-depth details of the presenter, training and supplied materials may be found by clicking on the following links:  July Boot CampDecember Boot Camp

To register for a boot camp, please use these links:   July Boot CampDecember Boot Camp

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Volunteer News

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 a one-hour educational session,  which is 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 a one-hour educational session at a Chapter Program Meeting (4:30 PM to 5:30 PM), then please contact Chuck Gunzel at for further information.  Volunteering helps your fellow chapter members too!

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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, making sure that you've covered all of the bases regarding any public release approvals pertaining to the news article.

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