Virtual LIM Reaches Expanded Audience

Global Virtual Leadership Institute Meeting—April, Saturday 10 April 2021

More than 1,300 chapter and global volunteers came together virtually on 10 April to enhance their knowledge and skills, network, and to learn more about PMI’s 4.0 Growth Strategy. Check out the great stats at the end of the article. 

As we all know, LIMs are typically in-person events, but moving to a virtual setting has allowed expanded participation to include chapter volunteers who are not in leadership roles, our global volunteer leaders from the Board of Directors, Board Support Committees and Insights Teams, and our Master Class Alumni. Attendees of the April event ¬represented nearly 80% percent of our global chapters, and more than 60 global volunteer leaders.

Manager of Volunteer Engagement Joanne DeSantis reflected on our shift to virtual LIMs. “As an organization and a community, we remain strong and signs of hope are everywhere as more people are vaccinated; however, until we can guarantee the safety and well-being of our volunteers and our staff we will continue to meet virtually and embrace new ways of working and engaging.” She reinforced a sentiment Tony Appleby shared, one that speaks to the silver lining that can be seen in the number of volunteers who are able to join us virtually. “The Global Virtual LIM supported more than 1300 volunteer leaders. Normally the number of participants would have been roughly 550. There is something to be said for that. And while we all can’t wait to get back to in-person meetings, a virtual component of these programs is here to stay, allowing us connect and support more of our volunteer community.”

LIM-April offered 2 general sessions, 16 breakout sessions, 4 Product Showcase sessions, plus PMI Trivia and other games, a selfie booth and gallery, and a resource center where attendees downloaded hundreds of handouts from ATP, DA, Standards, Brightline, and other stakeholder groups. Enough to keep attendees busy during the 6-hour event.

Breakout sessions were presented by plenty of our chapter volunteers, PMI staff, and industry leaders. A new addition to the LIM lineup were the Product Showcase sessions developed as a way to inform volunteer leaders about some of PMI’s new products and how chapters can engage changemakers with these products. The sessions were presented by the product owners of Kickoff, Citizen Developer, Wicked Problem Solving, and Organizational Transformation Foundation in an interactive setting. 

All sessions are now available for on-demand viewing and you can still register and access the LIM platform. Go to and follow the directions.

As with any LIM, the highlight for many were the general sessions, which included a high-energy Closing Keynote by British author, entrepreneur, and educator Eddie Obeng, and the Opening Session.

The focus of the Opening Session was Changemakers and the PMI 4.0 Systems for Scaling with the intention of aligning our chapter leaders around the PMI 4.0 Growth Strategy. It was an engaging session featuring key speakers from both our leadership team and our Board of Directors.

You can hear this important update on PMI 4.0 on the LIM platform, or click here.

As you can imagine there were many people – both staff and volunteers – involved in bringing this much information and engagement to life. On live-day, 75 individuals were contributing to the event as speakers, hosts, moderators, and more. We are already planning for the next Global Virtual LIM, which will take place in October. Watch PMInsights for event dates and the call for presentation proposals.

Stats from Global Virtual LIM - April


  • Total attendance: 1,348
  • Total chapters represented: 246
  • Top 5 chapters in attendance:
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil Chapter 28
    • Germany Chapter 25
    • Central Italy Chapter 24
    • France Chapter 22
    • Northern Italy Chapter 22

Top 5 Sessions Attended

  • Opening Session with PMI Executive Leadership
  • Closing Keynote with Eddie Obeng
  • Pre-Conference Q&A with Members of PMI’s Board
  • Getting Results with Adaptive Leadership, presented by Shenila Makhani, DASM, PMP, President, PMI Karachi Pakistan
  • Helping Your Members Understand How The Standard for Project Management and PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Drives Project Value, presented by Marv Nelson, Product Specialist Standards, and Klaus Nielsen, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMBOK Guide - Seventh Edition Development & Review Team Member


  • 4,272 chat entries
  • 1,742 people visited kiosks in the Resource Hub
  • 1,342 documents were downloaded from the Resource Hub
  • 936 people played PMI & Chapter Trivia and the Puzzle
  • 1,249 people earned badges