PMI Delaware Valley Chapter

PMI-DVC Certification Night, September 22, 2022

PMI-DVC Certification Night, September 22, 2022

Please join us for the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter Certification Night!

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Desmond Hotel, Malvern, PA (This event will be hybrid so virtual attendance is available as well)
Parking: Complimentary self-parking available 
Credit: 2 Technical PDUs
Registration fee: PMI-DVC Members: $50 (virtual $30), Non-members: $60 (virtual $40), Students: Complimentary

The September Certification Night will be PMI-DVC’s first in-person meeting since February of 2020. Although we have all enhanced our Zoom and other remote communication skills in the past two years, now is the time for us to get out of the house and meet in person again. For those of you who can’t make it person, or who are still not ready for in person crowds, we will support virtual attendance. 

This year’s Certification Night will take you on a whirlwind tour of the new PMI certification landscape. Most (67%) of our chapter members have their PMP but the days of the PMP being enough to make you stand out in a crowd of project managers are dwindling.  PMI now offers 23 certifications. There are certifications for all levels of experience from new to the profession (CAPM) to senior leader (PgMP). Then there are the specialization areas in a dazzling array of flavors from Risk Management to Value Stream. Agile has come out from languishing as an IT oddity barely acknowledged in the PMBOK to a major area of focus with a multitude of specialized certifications. This meeting will show you the landscape, point you to where you can learn more and then some of our members will share their journeys into the new world of certifications. You will learn about the challenges and rewards of pursuing PMI certifications.  What certification is right for you? Will they impress your manager, your next manager? Help you get a better job? Help you attain the self-actualization that takes you to top of Maslow’s pyramid?

For those of you who don’t yet have your PMP or other certifications, PMI-DVC is here to help. You will learn about our world class exam prep courses (PMP and CAPM) and free (for chapter members) study groups.

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: Networking, visiting sponsor tables (in-person attendees)
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm - Zoom meeting starts
​7:00 pm: Chapter announcements
​7:05 pm: Presentations and Q&A
8:30 pm: Breakout sessions with speakers and PMI-DVC officers
9:00 pm: Close

PMI Certification Landscape  
Ken Golkin, PMP is the VP of Education and member of the BOD of PMI-DVC. Ken has over 30 years of experience managing projects and programs in various industries including aerospace, financial services, retail, utility and publishing. He has been a member of PMI since 2001 and a PMP in 2005. Ken will lead a tour of the new PMI certification landscape and then provide the details of how PMI-DVC can help you on the certification journey.

Value of PMI Certifications in The Job Market        
A representative from Judge will provide an overview of the value of PMI certifications in the job market.

Project Management Education at Villanova University
Rich Rinaldi, PMP is the Senior Director of Administration at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and Director of Academic Outreach for PMI-DVC. He is also Adjunct Professor at Villanova University College of Professional Studies and at Wake Forest University. 

The PMI-ACP Journey
Mark B. Sleighter, PMI-ACP, PMP brings with him 20-plus years of global project and program management experience, a member of PMI and the DVC of PMI since 2008. He earned his PMP in 2018 and PMI-ACP in 2020. He is currently the Director of Program Management- Mergers, and Acquisition for Horizon Services LLC and a doctoral candidate in Business Administration and Project Management at Liberty University.

The PMI-ACP Journey another perspective 
Leigh Ann Gunther, PMI-ACP, PMP is a Senior Technical Project Manager at Comcast and an enthusiastic Agilist who serves as the Director of Agile for PMI-DVC. Leigh Ann maintains industry certifications as a PMP and PMI-ACP from PMI, and Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), and is a Scrum Foundations Educator from the Scrum Alliance.

The PMI-PgMP Journey
Elaine H. Alexander, PhD, PMP, PgMP has been an active project and program manager since 1999 in research and development for communications, medical products, and pharmaceuticals. She holds a PhD in Organizational Development and Behavior from Benedictine University and master’s degrees from Temple University, Northwestern University and De Paul University.

The Value of the CAPM
Virlene Tyler, PMP, CAPM is a project manager with  experience in Information Technology in the a areas of: Infrastructure,  Office 365 Migrations, IoT, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence. She pursued a certification to balance company culture experiences with PMI’s guide in managing projects more efficiently, within budget and tools to leverage when tailoring.

The PMI-RMP Journey
Niki Weiss PMI-RMP, PMP is a Senior Business Delivery Manager at Cigna International.  She is a long-standing active member and volunteer of PMI-DVC and a blockchain guru. Niki is currently pursuing her Masters in Legal Studies with a concentration in data privacy & cybersecurity through Drexel's Kline School of Law.

What a PMP Should Know About Consulting
Laura Burford, PMP is a trusted advisor to consultants and boutique consulting businesses. With the help of her Consultancy Model and Consulting Jumpstart Blueprint program, she partners with them helping them get clients and build successful businesses. She is a speaker, educator and author including Project Management for Flat Organizations, a 2013 Small Business Book of the Year.

The Value and Journey of Multiple Certifications
John Tevis, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMP is a Veteran Sales Manager transitioning to Procurement, "The Ever Enthusiastic" John Tevis has led and coached diverse teams in both the US and Japan to overcome adversity. His career plans having been disrupted by the pandemic, journeyed to earn seven certifications to gain clarity and direction. 

Please share information about this event with your contacts and fellow Project Managers. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to Ken Golkin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Properties

Event Date 09-22-2022 5:30 pm
Event End Date 09-22-2022 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 09-22-2022 7:00 pm
Individual Price $50.00
Location The Desmond Hotel
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

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