Connector Newsletter September 2022
Message from the Chair/CEO, Julia Demkowski CMC®
And We’re Off!


Can you believe summer is ending? I am amazed how slow time moved in 2020, and then 2021 and 2022 have moved at the blink of an eye. I hope you all had an opportunity to connect with friends and family this summer. 

We will soon roll into Q4, and for business owners that means planning for the new year begins. I always find this time of year to be the most invigorating because this is the time to look at what is working in my business and what I want to add. The past couple of years have taught us many things, specifically how we do business. I believe in silver linings and as bad as 2020 was, there are a few silver linings for us. One of them being new opportunities to work virtually with clients from all over the world! As consultants, we have some amazing opportunities to help clients literally thousands of miles away. Just think how common place it is now when scheduling a business meeting to not only confirm date and time, but also zoom or phone! It is amazing how comfortable we have become using video. Not that long ago many were just learning to use video, and I admit I was one of them- and was extremely uncomfortable. However, thanks to IMC USA and all the meetings we have, it is second nature now. Of course, my skills need sharpening, but I am way ahead of where I was before 2020!  I am working with more clients outside of Virginia than ever before.   

If you have not looked at the conference program in a while, please click here and check out the program for this year. The 2022 IMC USA conference is going to be amazing. This year is full of “how to” presentations and is the perfect opportunity to help you in your 2023 business planning. The conference committee has truly delivered an outstanding program with amazing speakers. You will recognize several of our members who are speaking this year in breakout sessions. I always say we have the most amazing consultants in IMC USA, and this year we will get to see a few in action!  


I am a people person. Always have been. One of my favorite things about our annual conference is the people. As good as the past 2 virtual conferences were- nothing brings the energy and excitement out like getting together with other members of IMC USA. We are an amazing group of consultants, and I can guarantee if this is your first opportunity to attend an IMC USA conference, you will not be disappointed. If you have not been to one in a while- this will be a great one to return to. I have missed everyone so much!

Please put November 18 - 20th on your calendar and help spread the word. If you know other consultants, the conference packages always offer a fantastic opportunity to combine membership and the conference. We have several different combo packages so please share with others! 
A special thank you goes out to all who are volunteering to make IMC USA the best that it can be. We have done a lot of work this year and more exciting news to share soon! One hint I will put out there- if you have been thinking about certification and just have not gotten the application in…. now is the time! More news soon! 
Looking forward to seeing you in Louisville! 
Register for Consult-Con Today!
As November draws closer, excitement is building as the high-stakes chapter contest becomes a tight race for a grand prize of $1000! Boost your chapter’s odds in the race by registering for conference today. See where your chapter currently falls on the leaderboard on IMC USA social media and stay tuned for future updates on the race!
With the conference only three months away, there is always something new and exciting. An IMC USA Dallas chapter meeting was recently held to provide members with a glimpse of the quality programming available at Consult-Con 2022 and answer any questions. The conference recording can be found here.
Don’t miss the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country and the world at the event of the year for management consultants. Consult-Con 2022 has a packed schedule with high-quality programming, including expert keynote speakers, value-adding workshops, and relevant “How-to” concurrent sessions voted on by IMC USA Members.
Join us in Louisville in November for the conference and see what the city has to offer while staying at the historic Brown Hotel – explore the rich historical attractions, Kentucky Bourbon scene, beautiful parks, the Churchill Downs racetrack, and more! Take advantage of the savings and register for Consult-Con 2022 while regular pricing is still available through September 27th!
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IMC USA Consult-Con: Behind the Curtain
Institute of Management Consultants USA Board Member, Andre Vaccaro, Executive Director/Secretary Gregory Brooks and Senior Conference Planner, Debra Nolan meet to discuss this years annual conference in Louisville, KY. Details at

IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Nonprofit Consultant Network event:
Tuesday, September 27, 2022  

2:00 – 3:00 pm PT, 3:00 – 4:00 pm MT, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CT; 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET
Nonprofit Consultants Virtual NETWORKING Happy Hour
Register at the following link: 

 The IMC Nonprofit Consultants Network community of practice is all about building relationships and learning from other nonprofit consultants within IMC. Virtual Networking Happy Hours are informal opportunities to meet other consultants, discuss hot topics of interest, build relationships, and explore ways to collaborate. Join us for this highly interactive session facilitated by our very own Certified Virtual Facilitator, Linda Howard, CMC, PMP, CVF.

Want to receive regular updates for the IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network mailing list? Send your name, email address, and organization to [email protected].


Ed Potter, CAE
Chair, IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network
Welcome July - August New Members
  • Paul DiPronio,  Eastern Region, Sagamore Hills, Ohio
  • Stacey Moss, Northeast Region, Lakewood, New Jersey 
  • Daiane Pepes, Northwest, Oregon & Washington Chapter, Newton, Massachusetts

Member Stories: What IMC USA Means to Me
A series of stories by our members. Add your story here:
"IMC USA helps broaden my perspective, vision, and provides specialist and generalist learning opportunities. IMC USA provides a collaborative collegiate environment for growth."

Gregory Pashke of Pashke Consulting has been a member of IMC USA since 1979! That's 42 years, if you're counting! Gregory is a CPA, CMA, and has attained the distinguished Certified Management Consultant (CMC©) credential. He certainly knows the value of membership with the essential community for management consultants. Do you?

Thinking about starting, growing and sustaining your practice? What better way than utilizing the resources and community IMC USA offers! If you are seeking to begin your practice, implement a proven competency framework, develop business, optimize performance, exceed client expectations and much more – it all starts with membership and personalized onboarding! Click here to get started today!

News Around the Web

Affiliate Program
Management consulting is a $259B market with 875,000 consultants and 3-4% annual growth. If you are seeking greater exposure and business development opportunities within the management consulting marketplace, click here now!
Thank you to our affiliate members for supporting IMC USA!
Melissa Blair
Mitchell Davis
Jeff Hunt
Andrew Lang
Russell Trahan
Soren Kaplan

CMC Committee Newly Formed
The CMC Committee met August 10, 2022 and August 24, 2022 and are currently working collaboratively to create plans and content to aid IMC USA toward the goals of increasing the number of CMCs in the United States, starting the CMC firm category, developing a track from professional to CMC, and increasing the value of CMC for practicing consultants and their clients. We will continue to meet and discuss the next part of our projects. Our work continues, and we aim to have actionable items for IMC USA to communicate to our audience in the very near future.

Certified Management Consultant (CMC®)
CMC® Certification Committee and Volunteers
The CMC® Certification Committee consists of qualified volunteers who are stepping up to serve as CMC® Oral Examination panelists. Panel Chairs and examiners must comprehend:
  • the Exam Panel Instructions (page 5) and
  • the Exam Orientation-Agenda Letter format that facilitates the CMC® Oral Exam Panel Chair to custom fit an agenda for the exam panelists to follow.
CMC Candidates who are awarded the CMC® (Certified Management Consultant) certification by the IMCUSA have demonstrated an exceptional level of performance that includes:
2022 CMC® Triennial Recertification Form 
Recertification continues with more CMC's renewing their credential ( this year. Since July 1, 2022, one singular CMC® Recertification Form has been adopted that adheres to the already authorized format from the IMCUSA Board of Directors.

In the future, following the July 31 deadline, a $70 administrative charge will be added to process any candidate’s recertification form. If you do not re-certify, your IMCUSA status will be changed from Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) to Professional. Click Here for more information on CMC® Recertification.

To purchase The Mastering Management Consulting Ethical Challenges Module, which satisfies the ethics requirements for CMC Recertification, please Click Here.

If you are a non-member or expired member, and you wish to join or renew, or apply for Certified Emeritus, please contact Noelle Campany at [email protected].

For any other questions regarding CMC® Recertification, please contact Lindy Rome at  [email protected].
Thanks, again, for helping advance our IMC's unique credential: the CMC® (Certified Management Consultant).

CMC® (Certified Management Consultant) certification is awarded by IMC USA to consultants who have achieved a superior level of performance that includes professional standards in technical competency and ethics, global standards in consulting competencies, professional behavior, client and project management, and personal conduct ( ).
Gregory Lunde, CMC®-Emeritus
IMCUSA CMC® Certification Committee Chair
(562) 733-9119
Gregory Lunde, CMC®-Emeritus, MBA/Ph.D. 
COLLIGATED® Solutions and Systems 
Mobile: 562-733-9119 
CMC® (Certified Management Consultant) is a certification mark awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants USA: CMC® represents evidence of the highest standards of consulting and adherence to the ethical canons of the profession (www.cmcglobal.organd )
Professional Learning and Development
Our committee is updating the QuickStart curriculum to include workbooks for participants; we expect to offer this improved version in Fall 2022. And we are simultaneously updating the case study and the graphics for Mastering Management Consulting which will also be offered in Fall 2022. If you have questions, please contact Loraine Huchler, P.E., CMC®, FIMC, [email protected], 609-865-8151 (voice & text).

September 20, 2022, 2 PM ET, ZOOMCAST - Learn more and Register Today!


Determining Leadership Potential: Powerful Insights to Winning the Talent Game
with Dr. Kimberly Janson and Dr. Melody Rawlings 
C2M Live! Webinars Are Facilitated Discussions Where Consultants Learn, Connect, and Grow Their Consulting Practice

Our monthly C2M Live! online events provide community, learning, mentoring and thoughtful conversation – and nurture relationships that lead to collaboration and business growth. C2M Live! programs are the new, live version of IMC USA's long-time print publication, so-named for its audience of Consultants to Management.
C2M Live! events are not talking-head presentations. They are facilitated discussions that feature subject-matter experts and participants sharing their knowledge and experience. The emphasis on C2M Live! programs is the peer-to-peer learning experience. Please join us to learn, connect with other consultants, and grow your practice.
View Upcoming C2M Live! Events
C2M Host Ken Lizotte CMC is Chief Imaginative Officer (CIO) of emerson consulting group inc., which transforms consultants and their firms into business thought leaders via published books, published articles, virtual speaking and other media. Active in IMC for over two decades, Ken has been Chair of Consult-Con 2020 and 2021, president of IMC New England and member of the IMC USA National Board. Author of eight books, Ken is a popular professional speaker and consultant. Visit his website or email [email protected] 

Women Consultants Group
The IMC USA Women Consultants Group meets on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 5:00 PM Eastern time. The purpose of the group is to support women consultants in IMC. We have a facilitated discussion format including the opportunity for any member to bring a question or issue to the group to get feedback and solutions as needed from experienced consultants. Join us! Email Jennifer Beever Causey at [email protected] if you’d like to attend.
Upcoming National & Chapter Events
IMC USA produces several programs each month. Please visit the online calendar to plan your participation. The majority of these programs are included with your membership! You may search by category and month.
There are 10 chapters throughout the United States that serve members on a local basis – including programming and networking. Please click here to determine the closest chapter to your vicinity.

IMC USA Foundation
Your not-for-profit foundation continues to work on your behalf by improving management consulting. Your 501(c)3 was established about a decade ago to create awareness of the value of ethics and professionalism in consultants.  Most recently we announced the availability of scholarships to attend Consult-Con in November and two of your fellow student members are thankful for the opportunity, provided by you, to be with and learn from their new professional peers. The Foundation needs your help to continue enhancing your profession. Yes, this is an ask. We can’t improve without participation. There are many ways to give (tax deductible, of course), simply go to your IMCUSA account on the website, and navigate to the Foundation page and click on Donate. It is that easy to make a difference.
You can help by going to and making a tax-deductible contribution to raise the level of awareness of ethics in consulting and to equip professionals to practice management consulting with the highest ethics and professionalism.