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Thoughts from the President – March 2020

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I write this message as both the USA and world are in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak.  It has particularly hit home for me as I have been working on several projects in Washington State for which project schedules have been impacted as a result of the ongoing health and safety concerns in the Seattle area (9 fatalities / 27 confirmed cases).  While delivering our projects on schedule is certainly a priority, the safety and wellbeing of our project team is paramount.  This issue has made me appreciate how easily our health can be compromised, and I only hope that the general membership (and their loved ones) remain unaffected by this health emergency.  Be safe!
On a more positive note I’d like to welcome 2 volunteers to the team…
  1. Alyx Colburn has agreed to help us as our Director of Professional Development.  The professional development of our membership is a vital priority, and a gap we have had recently.  We very much look forward to Alyx’s contributions in this key area.  Welcome Alyx!
  2. Nora Laitinen has agreed to help us as our new Finance Director.  Our current VP of Finance (Tracy Sharp) has been actively assisting the chapter for many years, and has decided to move on to the next adventure after her term ends in June.  While we will miss Tracy we also look forward to Nora growing into her new role as Director, and perhaps she will decide to run for VP in the upcoming spring election.  Welcome Nora!
I’d also like to acknowledge Victor Mancia, Events Coordinator, and Kevin Goss, Membership Director, for getting more actively involved in the leadership of the chapter.  We appreciate their ongoing assist! 
On the growth front we will be investing in sending several of our chapter leaders, including our VP’s of Membership and Marketing, to the Region 7 Leadership meeting in Rio Grande (New Mexico) later this month.  This will undoubtedly pay back in spades as we expect them to glean fresh insights from other PMI leaders that they can then bring back to help grow our chapter and the cause in Northern Nevada.   More to come!
Last but not least below are the upcoming chapter events this month, and we hope to see you at both!
  • March 17 – Monthly luncheon (3rd Tuesday of the month) to be held at Napa Sonoma South, with both networking and a collaborative discussion around a PM topic of relevance.  We hope you can make it!
  • March 24 – Monthly dinner (4th Tuesday of the month).  Chadwick Spencer, our very own VP of Marketing, will be presenting on cyber security.  He is quite the dynamic speaker as I can attest to first hand, and you won’t want to miss it.  Please watch out for additional details at our website (  We hope to see you there!
We appreciate you!
Lorenz Ledesma, PMP
Chapter President, PMI-NNV 

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