Wais forms La Crosse PMI chapter

February 25, 2003
Kay Wais, President/Owner of Successful Projects, LLC.

PLATTEVILLE- President and owner of Successful Projects, LLC, located in La Crosse, as well as a student at UW-Platteville, Kay Wais, formed the La Crosse Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter last December.

Wais joined the National PMI in 2000 and became professional project manager (PMP) certified in July 2001. She is in her fourth semester of UWP's project management master of science online degree program.

"It [the online program] works well with all of my other endeavors, such as my businesses and forming the PMI chapter. My plan is to complete my master's degree in June 2005," said Wais.

"The instructors have been excellent and I have learned from them, the textbooks have been good reading and the classmates have shared a lot of practical knowledge. The classes have been all-around very positive in expanding my project management knowledge," said Wais.

"I attended some of their [PMI] national seminars and visited the Minneapolis and Madison chapters. Both chapters were a two-hour drive from La Crosse. I joined the Madison chapter and kept wishing that there was a chapter in La Crosse. Talking to area business people, I found a significant level of interest, so I started the formation process," said Wais.

The La Crosse PMI chapter has been meeting for two months and generally has about 30 attendees. National PMI requires chapters to have 25 members before they are recognized as an official chapter instead of a potential chapter. PMI has more than 200 chartered and approximately 55 potential chapters geographically dispersed throughout 67 countries.

"Tony Munos, project management program director at UWP, has spoken at our meetings, traveled the distance to attend meetings and provided door prizes. His support has been significant in assisting in our formation," said Wais.

To form a chapter, a letter of application must be submitted with PMI, papers to be incorporated must be filed, a board of directors must be established, chapter bylaws must be written, a checking account must be opened and 25 paid members recruited. The La Crosse PMI chapter incorporated in December 2002.

"They [PMI] value professionalism in project management, furthering education, and networking-things that are important in my career and personal satisfaction," said Wais.

The primary benefit of having a PMI chapter is the networking and educational opportunities that a local chapter provides.

The chapter began with monthly dinner meetings that included an educational presentation. As the chapter develops further, additional activities and functions anticipated are expansion to special interest committees, shared resources and professional development days.


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