Hello Chapter Members and Volunteers!
Let me start by first thanking each and every one of you for your dedication to the Project Management Profession and your commitment to PMI and our Western Idaho Chapter over the past few years. The pandemic certainly took its toll on PMI globally, with many chapters reducing membership nearly 50%! PMIWIC felt this also, with nearly 20% of our membership “opting out” during the first year.
The good news is that through renewed commitments, personal and professional resilience, and dedicated chapter leadership, our chapter membership is actually back to pre-pandemic levels. We are the only chapter in PMI Region 1 to be able to say that. So, you all deserve a big “Thank You” for making this happen! I know I speak for both myself and our Board of Directors when I say I am excited for the opportunity to work with all of you as we continue to grow and improve over this coming year.
While we recognize that the pandemic is still a concern, and could impact us again, I am confident that we will remain agile as a group while we refocus on our mission and core commitments to our chapter, our profession, and each other. We will continue to invest in monthly professional events, monthly Lunch & Learns, and offer an array of professional development opportunities including our Professional Development Days, Project Bites, Pinnacle Boot Camp Classes, Micro Credentials, and Local Volunteer Events. We will also focus on supporting PMI International efforts in our local communities, impacting the lives and careers of students and veterans across western Idaho.
This year our Chapter’s theme is #GROW. We will focus on growing our membership in quality as well as quantity and expanding our connections with students, veterans, and community partners. We will be purposeful in making the whole experience of being a PMIWIC Chapter member easier, inclusive, and above all – meaningful. While we are here to support you, advance the profession, and make us all better Project Managers, one of the most beneficial development opportunities provided by PMI is the opportunity to volunteer and grow as a leader. Throughout this year, I challenge you to seriously consider joining our chapter’s leadership team either as a Board Member or in one of the many support roles available.
I’m excited about the future of PMI Western Idaho Chapter and I’m honored to be your President for the coming year. I expect great things and I hope you do too.
Craig Hardesty, President