Welcome to the PMI-OC Book Club! The PMI-OC Book Club is a virtual gathering place for PMI-OC members to read and discuss books related to project management and leadership development. The goal is for participants to grow as project managers and as leaders as they read and discuss the literature selected by the Book Club.

Benefits at a Glance

  • Ease of participation through a virtual setting
  • Great way to learn and earn PDUs
  • Share relevant books you've already read to spread information and help others
  • Great way to network with like-minded professionals interested in books and growth
  • Enhance project management and leadership skills and enrich your perspective through co-mingling with others' perspectives

Book Club Details

Book Club Structure

  • The Book Club is virtual/held online.
  • Current PMI-OC members may participate in the Book Club sessions for free.
  • Non-members may participate in the Book Club sessions for a $10 fee for each session.
  • Participants must acquire their own copy of the book.
  • The Book Club meetings are held once every other month on the third Thursday (Next Meeting Date: September 21st 2023).

Book Club Meeting Structure

  • Each meeting will have a facilitator to guide discussion.
  • Each meeting should be expected to last one hour.
  • No more than 300 pages should be read per Book Club session.
  • Books with more than 300 pages may be divided into sections and those books may be discussed over a period of 2 or more sessions.
  • After each meeting, we request that participants provide 3-5 takeaways/lessons that they learned from the book to us ( so we may collate all of the takeaways into a singular set of notes to describe usefulness of the book in the Books Read Journal.

How to Participate

  • Participation requires registering for the book club session on the PMI-OC website.
  • Participants must have read the book/book section under selection.


  • Selection Requirements

    • Should cost no more than $30.
    • Should fall under one or more PMI Talent Triangle categories.
  • Selection Process

    • Books are selected by registrants filling out a survey where they vote on their top 3 choices for the next read.
    • The survey is sent out to registrants a week before the event registration cutoff date to allow time for those registered to vote on the next book.
    • Survey participants may also nominate additional books to add to the survey in the future.
    • The top choice for the next book is revealed at the upcoming Book Club meeting.


  • We will report 1 PDU for attending the meeting. The type of PDU reported will be based on the book content.
  • Participants may also self-report PDUs to PMI based on time they spend reading (with 1 PDU per hour read, to a maximum of 6 PDUs)
    • Click here for a general description of PDUs on the PMI website.
    • Click here for the Continuing Certification Requirements Handbook, where you will find more details on PDUs and how to self-report PDUs.

If You Have Questions/Need Help

  • If you have any questions or need help, please reach out to the Mentorship Program team at

Next Meeting Date/Time:

September 21st, 2023 @ 6pm PST - Click here to register for the event.

Current Book to Read:

"The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace" by Gary Chapman and Paul White

Synopsis from Amazon

Dramatically improve workplace relationships simply by learning your coworkers’ language of appreciation.

This book will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement. How? By teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement to employees, co-workers, and leaders. Most relational problems in organizations flow from this question: do people feel appreciated? This book will help you answer "Yes!"

When supervisors and colleagues understand their coworkers's primary and secondary languages, as well as the specific actions they desire, they can effectively communicate authentic appreciation, thus creating healthy work relationships and raising the level of performance across an entire team or organization.

Editorial Reviews

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace has helped change the way managers around the world think about appreciation in the workplace. New research on the positive benefits to organizations when employees feel valued and appreciated for their contributions, generational differences, the special needs of remote employees, and peer-to-peer appreciation, are welcomed additions to a book that has already become a management classic. This book will be equally valuable to those who are at the start of their burgeoning management careers as it will be to seasoned managers by providing practical tips on how to engage the increasingly diverse workforce with relevant and relatable solutions.

--- PETER HART, President & CEO, Rideau, Inc.; Director, Advisory Board, Wharton Center for Human Resources, University of Pennsylvania

As a longtime user of the 5 Languages approach, I was excited to see the new material that has been added to highlight the proven financial benefits of appreciation, working with remote and virtual teams, appreciation across generations, and making a strong case for the overall increase in employee engagement. We continue to offer training on The 5 Languages ofAppreciation in the Workplace as a valuable tool to our member companies. We have found that when team members learn what others actually value in regards to showing appreciation to each other, areas like team morale, cohesiveness, unity, and especially productivity increase, and drama decreases..

--- DAVE TIPPETT, Director, On Site Learning and Consulting, The Employers’ Association