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celebration is to remind everyone how
much of an impact the project management profession has had on the world, and
what it has yet to achieve.
The 50-year mark is also an impetus
behind PMI’s yearlong celebration of
service pledge. Mr. Black talked about
specific service initiatives by PMI chapters
in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Pune and
Chennai, India; among others.
Mr. Black turned the podium over to
Michael DePrisco, PMI’s vice president of
global solutions. Mr. DePrisco updated attendees on PMI’s transformation journey,
including the global brand campaign.
Chapter leaders are playing an important
role in the Institute’s transformation with
their feedback and support of new PMI
products and services, he noted.
Mr. DePrisco reinforced with the leaders
that PMI’s core value of volunteerism is
not changing. The LIM on-site guide given
to attendees seconded that, noting on
every page that volunteers and effective
volunteer partnerships with staff are the
best ways to accomplish the Institute’s
goals and objectives.
After a networking break and remarks by
Krishnan Srinivasan, PMP, president of
the PMI Malaysia Chapter, leaders were
inspired by a keynote talk on reframing
risk, given by best-selling author Margie
Warrell. The subtitle of her speech was
“How Exceptional Leaders Harness the
Potential in Themselves and Others.”
Drawing on the latest research in leader-
ship and neuroscience, plus interviews with
some of the world’s top change makers,
Ms. Warrell talked about what undermines
leadership effectiveness. She presented
empowerment strategies such as:
n Engaging people around a big “why”;
n Acting decisively amid uncertainty and
n Identifying blind spots and fostering
a risk-ready mindset that is driven by
purpose over pride;
Keynote speaker Andrew Grant.
PMI Chair Randy Black, PMP, with PMI Taipei, Taiwan Chapter President William Chen, PMP, at the
Leader’s Edge area.