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PMI 2014 Townhall at R3

At the R3 summit, we had a town hall with Peter Monkhouse, PMP, past chairman of the PMI Board of Directors, and Brian Weiss, PMI VP Practitioner Markets. Together they provided updates on PMI's 2014 strategic initiatives and priorities, as well as discussed various global and local activities that are underway to accomplish those initiatives. The following are notes from the town hall, and does not present an official PMI document.

The PMI vision for 2014 is...
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2014 National Capital PM Symposium
THEME: Beyond Gantt - the four P's of success
Oct 14 – 16, 2014
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PMI OVOC 1st Website Upgrade: June 20-21, 2014

The PMI OVOC Website is about to have the first of two upgrades. The first upgrade is scheduled for overnight June 20-21st and will mean the site will be offline for about 3 hours starting at 1:00 am. We will be spending the day Saturday making sure everything is ok after the upgrade. This upgrade will include two new features of interest to the membership:

Single sign-on: As OVOC members you will no longer be required to use a separate set of user ids and passwords for PMIOVOC.org and your PMI id and password for the PMI.org website. Your PMI login id login will be used for both.

Responsive Website: the new website engine will automatically scale the website for all of your devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone) and their varying screen sizes and resolutions.

The second upgrade which has yet to be scheduled will include changes to the site format and content. Stay tuned for more news!

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PMI OVOC Volunteer Opportunities

PMI OVOC continually works to enhance existing programs and build new ones for the benefit of our members. We are fortunate to have many capable and motivated members supporting the chapter as volunteers. There are many exciting opportunities to contribute and we welcome you to join our team to take an active role in supporting our mission to promote project management.

We currently have several open positions for Marketing and Social Media. For a detailed list of our volunteer opportunities, please click here.

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2014 Symposium Early Bird Registration Draw

Register by July 11, 2014 and your name will be entered into an Early-Bird Registration draw for a "TABLET." That's right! One lucky registrant will win a TABLET! For more information about event details and registration, please click here.
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