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Welcome to Q4 2019, Mississippi Gulf Coast! We won’t alarm (or annoy) you by reminding you how few weekends are left between now and Christmas, but it’s probably time to get your holiday requirements documented and validated! Don’t forget to check your Lessons Learned log from last year to avoid any embarrassing holiday faux pas! The year is waning, but we still have a couple of meetings left…check out the list below and on our event listing page on our website to see what’s next! 

But first…the Project Management Institute (PMI) celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. On Saturday October 5, 2019 as part of that celebration, PMI unveiled a new brand NewPMILogo Oct 2019and introduced the world to the Project Economy. Click here to learn more about the Project Economy and the next 50 years ahead for PMI. By the end of the year our chapter’s website,, will adopt the new brand, including a change to our chapter logo. Stay tuned for more!


Our chapter is also very excited to announce that on October 8th, we reached a significant milestone—Quintin Bray joined the chapter to become our member # 100! Member100We look forward to sharing a special new member welcome kit with Quintin and hope to meet him at a chapter function soon! We are excited to have reached this membership milestone in the four short years this chapter has existed! The Board of Directors sincerely appreciates every member’s support and involvement, and we are committed to providing tangible benefits of being a chapter member. If you aren’t yet a current chapter member, or you know someone who might be interested in joining, we’d love you to be a part of promoting the profession of project and program management among our members and within our Mississippi Gulf Coast community! You do not have to be a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) to join PMI. Joining is easy--just visit or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2020 PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors was introduced at the chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting last month. They are:

  • President (returning): Jennifer Williams, PMP
  • Secretary: Blakney Jimerson
  • VP of Finance (returning): John Williams, PMP, CSM
  • VP of Membership: Heather Valore
  • VP of Governance and Policy (returning): Wendy Wagner, PMP
  • VP of Professional Development (returning): Brenda Phillips, PMP
  • Military Outreach (returning): Lucas Applewhite, PMP

The new Board will begin annual planning efforts in early November. We are here to serve you, and we want to hear from you! Contact us using the About Usà Board of Directors page on


Upcoming Events

Before you see our list of events, did you know that we now accept meeting registration payment onsite at our events using PayPal’s point-of-sale credit card swipers? When you register for any event, just select the “Pay at the door with cash, check or card” payment method, and then bring your payment to the meeting.


Thurs Oct 17 Dinner meeting: The Evolution of Engineering (CAD) in Manufacturing.

Join us on Thursday October 17th as Terry Walley, IT Business Strategist at TerryWalleyHII, Ingalls Shipbuilding walks us through history at how Engineering and Computer Aided Design (CAD) has evolved from rooms of drawing tables to 3D integrated systems. Today, the CAD process requires people, processes, and technology/automation working in synchronization to produce world-class products and ensure the viability of our manufacturing industry. Networking starts at 5:30pm, dinner and chapter business are presented at 6:00pm, and Terry will begin his discussion around 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you at the Great Southern Club in downtown Gulfport. Remember, register by Oct 15th and save $5!



Thurs Nov 7 IPM DAY 2019: We are proud to be united as project managers and value the work that we do. As project managers, however, we should recognize that the field of our profession is changing fast and we need to stay on top of the latest developments.

The PMI MGC Board is thrilled to share that we have secured a $12 discount for all our chapter members at the IIL’s 16th annual IPM Day Online Conference. This incredible learning event goes live on November 7th, is available on-demand for 90 days after, and can be accessed from anywhere you have an internet connection. There is a great lineup of inspiring keynotes - including the new CEO of PMI Sunil Prashara, live Q&A sessions and presentations outlining the latest developments in Project Management. What is even more exciting: by joining the conference, PMI credential holders can earn up to 26 PDUs!

We encourage you to read all about the conference and to get registered by clicking here. **The discount code is PMIMGC and should be automatically applied at the checkout. If not, you can also add the promo code manually!

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you and we hope you join us online!

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Thurs Nov 21 Dinner meeting: Join us to learn more about the upcoming changes to the PMP exam, changes to the CAPM credential requirements and more pmi pso pmp logo hrz fc rgbabout what PMI's Transformation means to you. Stay tuned for more details! Register by Nov 19th and save $5!


No meeting in December: Enjoy December with your friends and family, reflect on the past year and toast to new beginnings for the New Year! We won’t have a meeting in December, but we’re actively planning a meeting for January and we’ll provide more information about that soon.

Looking for PDUs?

Would you, or someone you know, like to give a 45-60 minute presentation on a topic relevant to our profession? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact any Board member to discuss. PDUs and a free meal are available for guest speakers!


A few PMI MGC Logo Polo Shirts are still available. Order yours online today and show your chapter pride!

Also, don’t forget that PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter is proud to work with the International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) to provide you 24-hour access to the latest content and courses IIL has to offer. All courses listed in our online catalog are available at the PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter Member preferred pricing and include live virtual and self-paced courses as well as online conferences. 

The 2019 Board of Directors thanks each of you for your continued membership and support, and we look forward to seeing you later this month! If we can be of service at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the Board of Directors page on our website.

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Chapter Membership

Total Members 99
New members this year 29
PMP® Members 54
CAPM® Members 4
PgMP® Members 1
PMI-SP® Members 0
PMI-RMP® Members 1
PMI-ACP® Members 0
PfMP® Members 0
PMI-PBA® Members 0
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 96
Student Members 3
Other Members 0
PMP/CAPM/PgMP/PMI-SP/PMI-RMP/PMI-ACP/PfMP/PMI-PBA are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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