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Speaker Information

How to Run Meetings that are Focused and Productive

 August Dinner Meeting

 August 9, 2017 @ Crescent Club @ 6PM

Meetings get a bad rap. People complain about terrible meetings, but bad meetings still happen every day. Yet meetings are one of the most efficient ways to move a project forward. They're also a great way to showcase leadership skills and get noticed. In this presentation, Leigh goes over what to do before, during and after your meetings to ensure that they're productive, focused and provide real value. 

Speaker's Biography: 

Leigh Espy has over 20-years of experience in Project Management. She’s worked in many different environments, from small start-up to public sector to corporate. She even led projects while working in the Peace Corps in Chile. She currently works as a project manager at FedEx. 

In addition to leading IT projects, she coaches and mentors new project managers and those making the move to a project management career. She writes about project management, leadership and performance at She’s currently working on a book on how to run meetings that are focused and results driven.

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Cover Story

 Project Management Institute - Memphis Chapter

Receives 2017 Best of Germantown Award

Germantown Award Program Honors the Achievement

GERMANTOWN June 1, 2017 -- Project Management Institute - Memphis Chapter has been selected for the 2017 Best of Germantown Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Germantown Award Program.

Each year, the Germantown Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Germantown area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Germantown Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Germantown Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Mary Anne Gibson, Vice Mayor of Germantown, will be presenting this award at the 17th Annual PMI Professional Development Day on Sept. 22nd. Please make you complete early registration for this event soon. 

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Professional Development

Professional Development Notes

July 2017

PMI Memphis - Certification Prep Dates for 2017

If you have started studying PMBOK version 5, you’ll want to take and pass the exam this year before PMBOK6 is released and the exam changes (early next year). Our certification prep classes are led by impassioned instructors using top-notch materials. Our students get a lot of value and save over the price of other available prep options. 

Being a chapter member saves you $50 on any of our prep classes. If you aren’t a paid member of our local chapter already, the $50 savings effectively reimburses you for chapter membership. Keep in mind that you must be a paid member of in order to become a chapter member. When you actually apply to take the exam, being a paid member saves you $100 on the price of the exam.

Planned certification prep classes

  •          Next classes scheduled to start April 18
  •          Tuesday/Thursday nights from 5:30-9:30
  •          7 sessions for PMP prep, 6 sessions for PMI-ACP prep
  •          Full price = $795; Register before Apr 7 = $745; Save $50 more with PMI Memphis membership
  •          Links to register will be on the PMI Memphis site in early March


PMP 2017 dates

Aug 15 – Sep 7 Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:30

Other PMI Certifications – PMI-ACP

In October 2016, PMI Memphis offered its first PMI-ACP certification prep class. Since then, we have offered the class again, but didn’t have enough people sign up to take the course.

Some writers place the PMI-ACP in the upper tiers of agile certifications.  Here are some of the reasons why: 

  •          Indicates certified knowledge of a breadth of agile methods with meaningful work experience
  •          Shows adaptability in agile technologies that increase team productivity and enhance customer satisfaction
  •          Promotes practical techniques for planning and estimating the cost of the project in an agile way
  •          Supports a growing trend in companies using various agile methods


Qualifications for taking the exam include:

  •          2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
  •          1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
  •          21 contact hours of training in agile practices.


When would you like to take the PMI-ACP class?  Email to provide input of any kind.

Other PMI Certifications – PMI-PBA

PMI offers a strong credential for Business Analysts that really competes well against earlier BA certifications.  Like with other PMI-sponsored credentials, the requirements to earn the privilege to test for the PMI-PBA ensures any employer that someone having the PMI-PBA certification has a very strong work history to back up the paper. 

PMI Memphis is in process of working out a self-paced means for people to prepare for the PMI-PBA exam. We’ll make sure that you will receive fantastic materials to make your studies successful. 

If you have questions, reach out to Catherine at


UPCOMING PMI® Global Conference SPEAKER! 

Cindricka L. Arrington, PMP will be speaking at the 2017 PMI Global Conference in October located in Chicago, IL. 

Cindricka LaJane Arrington, PMP is a dynamic Speaker, Project Strategist, Professor, and Author.  As an accomplished 17-year business and IT leader, she specializes in executing strategies that lead to optimized processes and increased yields across multiple industries. As a business consultant, she enjoys creating programs & digital products that help her clients monetize their gifts so they can enhance their quality of life. In 2014, Cindricka LaJane Ministries was founded to house her preaching and teaching ministry. In February 2017, she published her first eBook entitled Resolve to Win: 33 Ways to Heal and Accomplish Your Goals. Cindricka has degrees in computer science, business, project management, and in Christian Studies. A few awards received as a Scholar-Practitioner are Dr. Harold Kerzner Project Management Scholarship; the FedEx Five Star & Marketing Shining Star; a UNCF Scholarship Recipient; and an HBCU campus queen as Miss Rust College. She has served as VP of Fund Development Board Member of NBMBAA, Memphis chapter and VP-at-Large for TBM&E Children, Youth, & Young Adult Department. Current associations are the Project Management Institute and the Society for Women Engineers. Cindricka serves as PMO Growth Program Manager at Medtronic and Adjunct Faculty within the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.

To register for the PMI® Global Conference click here for details. Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Savings when you register for PMI Global Conference by 9 August 2017!



Is PMP® Certification Right For Me?

 Meet some of our members to find out...

Vikki M. Massey


On July 16, 2014, many months of studying and preparation culminated in my passing the PMP certification exam on the first attempt. I am thrilled to be amongst the many dedicated project management professionals who hold this coveted distinction.

My journey to passing the exam started many months, even years, earlier. I became interested in project management after working with a PMO director who was doing an information system assessment at my organization in 2010. The next year, I was given the opportunity to become a project manager. At that time, I did not know very much about formal project management, but I used my natural planning, organizational, and interpersonal skills to oversee multiple related projects successfully. I decided very quickly that I loved this work and wanted to know more.

As the months went on, I learned as much about project management as I could through reading and computer-based courses. I also discovered the Project Management Institute and the requirements for taking the PMP exam. In late 2013 I decided I was ready to pursue the certification. I signed up for PMI Memphis’s February/March 2014 prep course, purchased the PMBOK, and began to read.

For me the prep course was a critical part of my success. Not only did it kick-start my studies, but it also helped focus me on the topics, issues, and test-taking tips that really did turn out to be the most important.

During the four-week course, I read the corresponding PMBOK chapters prior to each class. I took advantage of the instructors to ask any and all questions I had. I also took all of the Andy Crowe study material practice tests to assess my knowledge along the way. The progress I made in those few weeks was amazing – I went from bombing the pre-test on the first night to understanding the material and learning how to apply it to the practice questions.

Of course, this was only the beginning. For the next 3½ months after the course ended, I was practically glued to my study materials. I studied almost every night for at least one hour. I also studied the materials at work during any free time I had. For instance, I wrote down my earned value formulas every day to ensure I did not forget them.

Dennis Norton

After a twenty-year tenure as a senior IT manager with a Fortune 200 company, my employer was bought and restructured. I found myself unfinished with my career, but unemployed and unprepared for the journey ahead. I never thought of myself as a project manager. But, as I assembled my resume, it became apparent project management was the common thread running through all the assignments over my career. I joined PMI to expand my people network. During a chapter meeting, I learned about the PMP boot camp and signed up. The boot camp classes were spaced out so there was time for study in between. Each class was taught by a different instructor so you get many perspectives on the material and how to prepare for the exam. Hearing personal experiences from the instructors gave me a healthy respect for the rigor of the exam and the amount of work necessary to pass on the first sitting. Being a baby boomer in the job market was a humbling experience. Earning the PMP certification on the first try was a welcome boost of confidence. It was proof I could still accomplish anything I’m willing to work for. I believe this self-confidence, along with the framework and vocabulary learned in the class, made me much more polished in my job interviews. It ultimately helped me land the best job of my career. I am a big fan of the PMI PMP Boot Camp. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to follow a proven path and is willing to work hard. You will be much smarter at project management and will have the prestigious PMP certification as proof.

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Membership Corner

“Making project management indispensable for Memphis”

Active Members: 515

Welcome New Members!

Leanne Logan

James Carr

Scott Helmes

Jeff Krueger

Ross Pate

Glenda Webster

Robert Stalder

Leslie Wagner

James Strong




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Newly Certified

Sherry Bordelon, PMP

Jay Dunn, PMP

Chris Fear, PMP

Elizabeth Halliburton, PMP

Amanda Maness, PMP

Peter Aladimeji, PMP

Anna Talley, CAPM

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Job Postings

More avenues to look for jobs related to Project Management

1. Check out the latest Jobs in Memphis Area

2. PMI - Carreer HQ:  PMI Career Headquarters is the premier electronic recruitment resource for your industry. Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool of Project Management Professionals to meet their staffing needs.

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