President - Svetlana Averbukh

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Welcome Members of the Project Management Institute, Los Angeles Chapter, to 2021!  It is my honor and privilege to serve our Project Management association with such a proud past and an exciting future. I pledge my time, leadership, and determination to make membership and participation worthwhile for all our Members.

We are operating in unprecedented times.  A Pandemic is raging around us.  There is no guidebook for how to feel at a time like this, and I know this uncertainty causes stress in all parts of our lives. Everyone's list of worries is long, including our children, parents, extended family, and friends, to the safety of our Members and Volunteers, to those who are already very sick, and to the real harm caused by the economic fallout across our Communities. I commend our Members for being flexible and patient under such tense and demanding circumstances. I am grateful to our Volunteers who ask and, yes, answer the question of what they can do to help our organization remain vital in supporting the Los Angeles business community.

I am proud of our Chapter's successes over the last year, particularly in providing more opportunities for our members' meaningful engagement, introducing innovative programming formats and topics, and providing professional development and outreach opportunities.  In the year ahead, our 2021 Board of Directors and Volunteers will continue to deliver on these initiatives with virtual programming designed for the different stages of our Members' careers.  We will also expand our strength and exposure by planning events in collaboration with other PMI Chapters.

I encourage every member to be proactive and engaged.  For instance, I know we have Members who are talented in writing and can add bullet points to their resume by writing interesting articles for our PMI-LA website.  We often publish news and commentary and ask anyone with writing skills to forward their articles or even just ideas to inspire other Members to write.  Our website has been redesigned, and I am proud of its form and function for 2021, but it needs more input from Members!  PMI-LA is active on social media; however, we will benefit from all members' help to write positive words for our organization in your postings.  If Members have exciting topics to present, we want to hear from you.

As a president, I want to help our younger members, students, and young professionals in their quest to be recognized in Los Angeles' professional marketplace.  As never before, they need guidance and assistance navigating this expanding world of intergalactic growth, commerce, and new initiatives!  If we, PMI-LA, don't provide the necessary knowledge to be the most fantastic Project Managers in today's competitive environment, then WHO will?

As we continue to navigate the disruptions and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I take this moment to express my gratitude to our Chapter Board of Directors for their tireless work on behalf of PMI-LA, as well as to the PMI International organization for all the resources, guidance and support they provide each and every day.  Our Board Members are very knowledgeable with significant experience in Project Management.  However, what I value more is that they are very passionate about our Association and always ready to help…and that makes me feel very excited to be your President of PMI-LA and serve our Members with my best abilities.  Thank you, Members, for your continued support, participation, and enthusiasm in our professional community.  Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.  Your Board of Directors wishes you a successful 2021, and we look forward to seeing you on activities throughout the year.

Sincerely,

Svetlana Averbukh