This year your Board of Directors are looking at new opportunities to increase member engagement and participation. We want to give you options and allow you to choose the events that are of interest and align with the professional growth you are looking to achieve. Despite the challenges the pandemic has dropped into our laps, a silver lining has been our ability to continue bringing people together using technology. While we miss hosting in-person events, we are not limited to any one location and anyone, regardless of where they live or work, can attend.
Note regarding in-person events: While vaccines are now available and eligibility continues to expand, KIPMI will continue to host all upcoming 2021 events virtually. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any unnecessary risk. We care about your safety and well-being and do not want to jeopardize that unintentionally.
As we approach the latter half of the year, and with your help, we will re-evaluate the climate for in-person events and decide whether to reinstate them.
We heard YOU! 2020 Survey Results
As a stepping stone for what laid the foundation for our key initiatives this year, we would like to share what we learned from you based on survey results last year. Between the two surveys, we had 60 responses.
While we have 700+ Chapter members, we are only hearing from approximately 6% of the membership. We believe we can do better in 2021 and hope that we can increase member participation from event attendance and reading our monthly newsletters to interacting with the Chapter on our social media platforms and participating in our surveys. Your participation and feedback will help us learn how we can serve you better.
We aim to continue to provide the services you are accustom to while exploring new and innovative ways to help you keep your skills sharp and relevant. Further, we want to foster growth within the profession and help members connect with one another to share their wisdom and their experiences.
This leads us to our…
2021 Key Initiatives
Our quarterly book club event launched at the end of 2020 and is continuing in 2021. This March we debuted a networking event to bring project professionals together in an informal setting so you could get to know one another while also discussing key and relevant themes in leadership and project management. This event, which we plan to offer a few more time this year, is meant to share knowledge, support one another, and find opportunities we may not have found otherwise.
Additional events that we are considering launching this year include live virtual training on topics such as Agile, Business Analysis, and Change Management; certification prep classes for PMP/CAPM, PMI-ACP, and other micro-certifications offered by PMI; and access to additional educational content to earn PDUs at a discounted rate.
Offering learning events to help you maintain your certification(s) is not the only thing our Chapter aspires to offer, however. We also want to create a community of project professionals and project leaders who can lean on one another, in times of triumph but also in times of struggle. We want to develop a community where you feel supported and encouraged to be the best you can be. With that in mind, we are in the process of designing an industry-specific pilot event that we hope will bring people together to discuss best practices and challenges so we can learn from and help one another to succeed.
Lastly, we are looking into how we can build a volunteer program that allows those of you who are interested in giving back to the profession an avenue to help the Chapter execute on key initiatives and day to day operations. Candidly, this has been a challenge for the Board, but we are committed to identifying opportunities, outside of joining the Board of Directors, where you can support the profession and your local Chapter.
Thank you for your membership and your continued support.