PMINJ Board members will host casual
breakfast/dinner 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
- Members only must register to attend the event.
With limited registration, please
register for only one of the events.
- Registration will open about 1 week prior to
- Registration will close the Tuesday before
- *Location details / directions will be sent to
registrants the day before the event.
If you need to cancel your registration, please email your
before noon the day registration closes.
Report from Breakfast with Joyce
(110818) - 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 were present.
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
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 Township.
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 body.
There was general consensus that the event was a
success. Everyone hoped such events would continue.