PMINJ Board members will host casual
breakfast meetings to have candid conversations about
the Chapter, its services, the profession, and how PMINJ
can help support members' growth and success as project
The meetings will be held at locations around the state.
If you're interested in joining the conversation, check
the calendar below for a time and location that would
meet your schedule.
- Members only must register to attend the
event. With limited registration, please register for only one of
- Registration will open about 1 week prior
to the event
- Registration will close the Tuesday
before the event.
- *Location details / directions will be sent to
registrants the day before the event.
If you need to cancel your registration, please email
your regrets to
before noon the day registration closes.
Report from Breakfast with Joyce - by Supreet Bains-Sharma
Breakfast with the Board is a great initiative that
PMINJ has done for the past several summers.
Saturday, August 11, saw some PMINJ members having a
hearty breakfast with Joyce Nussbaum, VP Finance in
Edison. The event was surrounded by pouring rain, but
that could not dampen the enthusiasm of the people who
The purpose of the breakfast meeting is to allow members
to meet the Board and interact with other members.
The breakfast was a good balance of old and new members.
Along with Joyce, who has been with PMINJ over twenty
years, were people who had been members for 6+ years.
These members were able to explain benefits and talk
about past associations and people. When asked, they
said that the Breakfast meeting was an opportunity to
meet others in a relaxed environment, and to meet other
members who they had not met earlier.
The breakfast was attended by Gene Madeam, a new member
with PMINJ. Gene is from the construction industry and
for him it was his first event. Joyce and the older
PMINJ members explained the benefits of attending PMINJ
events. Gene said he hoped to meet more people who are
project managers, and also to learn more about PMI,
which he felt he did. Towards the end of the
meeting, when others learned he was planning to take his
PMP exam, he was showered with advice. He
exclaimed: “I’ve learned more in these five minutes than
I could have thought possible, thank you!”
Nita Parikh, a volunteer with the chapter, felt this was
the time when she could enjoy being a member and meeting
others, rather than feeling she was on duty for a job to
be done. She is working on ideas to help the Chapter do
outreach for its members.
Velmani Natarajan said he finds it valuable to attend
the breakfast meetings since he is not able to attend
the monthly meetings. The breakfast helps him meet other
members and network. He passionately participates with
other PMINJ members to assist the food bank in Franklin
Joyce explained how, as VP Finance, she worked with the
Board and a team of people. The finance objectives of
the Chapter are not to make a profit, since the Chapter
is a non-profit organization. However, maintaining
reasonable reserves is important. Joyce emphasized how a
Chapter membership paid for itself by attending just one
event. Joyce explained that members can help the Chapter
grow financially by attending events. With the advent of
online options to earn PDUs, attendance has declined.
When more people attend events, it improves the
financial position of the Chapter. This allows us to
plan more and different initiatives to help the member
There was general consensus that the event was a
success. Everyone hoped such events would