LIM Delivers Sense of Community

What do we all miss the most about in-person Leadership Institute Meetings (LIMs)? Is it exploring new cities or the parties? Meeting new people and networking will top a lot of people’s list. The hugs? Right about now hugging our PMI friends seems like a distant memory. Yet, the feeling of community, support, commitment, and enthusiasm could be felt through cyberspace at the Virtual LIM 2020—October. What an incredible group you are!

Chris Hare, PMP, director of communications for the PMI California Inland Empire Chapter, summed it up well, “I really enjoyed the LIM. It was a really fun and educational day for the enablement of chapters. Our chapter is going to really benefit from all of the tools, resources and learnings!”

Content: The Heart of LIM

The preconference session got the conversation going as Joanne DeSantis, manager, volunteer program and services, PMI, led a discussion with three PMI board members who responded to audience questions about regionalization, our certification portfolio, the Authorized Training Program (ATP), and what they thought might be the biggest disruptor for chapters in the next few years.

Keeping with the theme of PMI initiatives, Brantlee Underhill, director, global chapters and volunteers, facilitated the opening session with Sunil Prashara, PMI CEO and president, and Tony Appleby, chair, PMI Board of Directors, to both reflect on what PMI has accomplished in 2020 and what lies ahead.

We were introduced to several new focuses including Citizen Developer—the no-code/low-code movement for which PMI will provide standards; DE&I—diversity, equity and inclusion, which builds on the pledge Sunil made earlier this year; and PMI’s focus on youth—“the Youthquake!” All of which can and will have an impact on chapters.

From there, participants moved into the breakout sessions, which featured PMI staff providing guidance on important chapter issues, and chapter leaders from around the world sharing their experiences with the goal of helping fellow chapter leaders to succeed.

If you could not attend on 17 October or missed a session, all the content is available for the next 12 months. Go to From there you can see the agenda, register or navigate to the LIM platform. (From the homepage click on Virtual Leadership Institute Meeting 2020-17 October Access on Demand. On the bottom left side, click “Already Registered?” Type in the email you registered with and click “Enter.”)

And the Winners Are

The Chapter of the Year Award is the most prestigious chapter award bestowed every year at the October LIM. With all the glamour and anticipation this award ceremony deserves, we announced this year’s winners at the Virtual LIM. Congratulations to the finalists and winners. You can watch the ceremony on demand, plus you can download a booklet giving you the chapters’ perspective of why they were finalists and a glimpse into their cultures. The winners of the 2020 Chapter of the Year Award are:

  • Category I: 25-300 Members: PMI Cyprus Chapter
  • Category II: 301-1500 Members: PMI Queensland Australia Chapter
  • Category III: 1501+ Members (a tie for the first time ever) PMI Central Italy Chapter and PMI Japan Chapter

One of the most popular areas of the Virtual LIM was the PMI Talent Show where we featured 16 short videos highlighting the talents of volunteers (and a few PMI staff). Attendees on 17 October voted, and the top five talents are:

  • Jorge Moreno, PMI Bajio Chapter, who showed and explained his beautiful artwork
  • Lori Gacioch, PMI Rochester Chapter, with a moving music video
  • Brantlee Underhill, managing director, North America, showing why you don’t mess with Brantlee
  • Maher Alkhadra, PMI Jordan Chapter, a talented guitar player
  • Zahara Khan, PMI Karachi, Pakistan Chapter, who introduced us to the healing power of coloring mandalas

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who submitted a talent video! Check out the winning videos here.

There were nine exhibitors at the Virtual LIM VRC—Live!—LIM’s version of an exhibit hall. We thank the PMI stakeholders who took time to offer resources to the attendees and to be on hand to chat. To encourage attendees to interact, we offered the “Chat to Win” contest. Of the hundreds of people who chatted, we randomly selected the lucky 13 who will be receiving PMI swag! The winners are:

  • Adella Rosenthal, PMI Westchester, NY Chapter
  • Aliki Courmanopoulos, PMI Montreal Chapter
  • Bakhtawar Pastakia, LIMC Alumni
  • Chris Hare, PMI California Inland Empire Chapter
  • Debra McDaniel, PMI Augusta Aiken Chapter
  • Greta Blash, PMI Los Angeles Chapter
  • Jacqui Baldwin Jarvis, PMI South Africa Chapter
  • Lindsay Peters, PMI Michigan Huron Valley Chapter
  • Michael J Frenette, PMI Nova Scotia, Canada Chapter
  • Nydia Sanchez, PMI Nicaragua Chapter
  • Rita Ames, PMI Southern Region, Peru Chapter
  • Theresa Luebcke, PMI Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter
  • Tyson Rydl, PMI Baltimore, MD Chapter

Thanks to All

PMI’s chapter volunteers have shown amazing resilience through these unprecedented times. You have continued to stay engaged with PMI and have worked tirelessly to keep your members engaged. While there are many people behind the scenes who made Virtual LIM 2020—October possible—including chapter development staff, region mentors, chapter insight team, volunteer program & services team, and countless volunteers—it would not have been a success without you, our dedicated chapter volunteers who attended sessions, chatted, voted, played and questioned.

As Sunil often says, you are PMI’s secret sauce. Thank you for all you do in making PMI: One song. One dance. One PMI.