Connector Newsletter November 2022

Message from the Chair/CEO, Julia Demkowski CMC®


We are 18 days away from our 2022 National IMC USA Conference! If you have not registered, there is still time. You do not want to miss the outstanding key notes, breakout sessions, or meeting our wonderful conference sponsors this year! I cannot believe it has been 3 years since we met in person for our Consult-Con. 

Have you been thinking about certification but not finding the time to gather the information needed for your application? Have you investigated the WHAT and the HOW but not really convinced on the WHY of getting your certification? I encourage you to look at the benefits provided by your certification, and the process for submitting your application on the IMC USA website. You will find everything you need here: Benefits and Process (

If you are still kicking the idea around, I encourage you to attend these two programs at this year’s conference:

  • Friday, 11/18, 3:00 – 4:45PM:  Loraine Huchler and David Norman will team up to present CMC: What, Why and How – An experiential workshop on the three ‘biggies’ of the CMC – What it is, Why you should seriously consider it, and, finally, How you attain it. This interactive session will include both added information on the CMC (derived from ICMCI’s changes) and a new way of looking at it from the market perspective. This presentation is sure to motivate you to move certification to the top of your list!
  • Sunday, 11/20, 9:00-10:15AM: David Norman will present on Consulting Tips and Traps– It’s Not the What, But How You Consult. This lively session is designed to help you think differently, break some norms, and develop a practice that is differentiated and distinguished. The presentation will encourage you to think differently about how you consult and how you can differentiate yourself from other consultants. 

Why should certification be at the top of your to-do list?

Having the CMC® after your name communicates that you are a seriously accomplished consultant. It highlights you as a professional consultant who was willing to go that extra to stand out from the rest. 

Our certified members receive points for attending the conference that can be applied toward the CMC® triennial recertification requirements for their continuing professional development plan. We also provide an opportunity to pick up those required ethics points. Juan Negroni will lead this session:

  • Friday, 11/18, 1:00 – 2:30 PM:  Ethics in Management Consulting: Fantasy or Reality? Among the issues to be addressed in this 90-minute interactive session are:
    • Will ethics in future workplaces grow in importance?
    • Is doing what one has the right to do always ethical?
    • What is the best definition of ethical practices?
    • Can ethics be culturally situational?

One last invitation! Your 2022 National Board of Directors ask you to consider sharing your skills with IMC USA. We have been working to create an environment to attract more volunteers for local and national participation. If you have been thinking about getting involved, please accept this invite to join us at the IMC USA Leadership Meeting on Friday, November 18th from 8 a.m. – 12:00 pm. We will present our 2023 plan and update you on many projects currently underway. Please message Gregory Brooks at [email protected] to find out more information on volunteering or to let us know you would like to serve on a sprint team of a particular interest.

The conference will be full of information and packed with excitement, especially since we have not been together in so long! So, pack your bags and travel safe! I look forward to seeing you all in Louisville!

As always, we welcome hearing from you.


Register for Consult-Con Today!

As November draws closer, the final stretch of Consult-Con 2022 registration is underway. Don’t miss the consulting event of the year and the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, network with colleagues, and enhance your career. Consult-Con 2022 offers 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.

Spend time expanding your knowledge and expertise during Saturday’s workshops and concurrent sessions, then put that into action on Sunday – with general session speaker David Norman, FIMC, CMC, CMC-AF and his session It’s Not “The What” But “How” You Consult. Close out your conference experience by hearing from ICF-accredited coach, facilitator, speaker, and author, Manisha Dhawan with the keynote Pave The Way: How to Navigate These Times as a Consultant.

Register for virtual attendance to enjoy conference events from the convenience of your device or register for in-person attendance and join us in Louisville for the conference – explore the rich historical attractions, Kentucky Bourbon scene, beautiful parks, the Churchill Downs racetrack, and more!

Interested in being a sponsor?

Interested in connecting with quality consultant decision makers to develop business opportunities? Are you a consultant who works with a service provider that may be interested? If so, becoming a conference sponsor and exhibitor is a great way to help grow a business! There are limited opportunities ranging from $500 to $1,500. Please click here for further details or contact Gregory Brooks at [email protected]


IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Nonprofit Consultant Network events:

Nonprofit Consultants Virtual NETWORKING Happy Hour
Hosted and facilitated by Linda Howard, CMC
Tuesday, November 22, 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

Register at the following link:

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 September - October New Members

  • Drew Cekada, Northwest, Oregon & Washington, Portland,Oregon
  • Anthony Delas, Northern California, San Jose, California
  • Jessica Gross King, National Capital Region, Pomfret, Maryland
  • Charles Levy, Chicagoland, Frankfort, Illinois
  • Christopher Nickerson, National Capital Region, Laurel, Maryland
  • Michael Smart, Northern California, San Ramon, California


Member Stories: What IMC USA Means to Me

A series of stories by our members. Add your story here: 

Jack Simutowe of JBSims Consultancy specializes in Management, Logistics, Finance and Information Technology. He knows the value of IMC USA membership; do you? 

"I derived value from IMC USA in the validation of the work I do as well as the credibility of membership with IMC USA."



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!

For a full directory of our affiliate members, click here.

CMC Committee
The CMC Committee is pleased to announce that the unanimously approved deliverables regarding marketing communications and recommendations for IMC USA have been delivered along with a deliberation request to the Board of Directors. Rich Cruz wishes to thank our committee members including Lisa Apolinski, Jennifer Beever, Margaret Chock, Curtis Deckert, Eva Bracciale, and our sponsor David Norman for all of their contributions to this body of work.

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) credential by the IMCUSA have demonstrated an exceptional level of performance that includes:

Our IMC USA is in the process of addressing the ICMCI’s Triennial Assessment for awarding the CMC®. IMC International Members are encouraged to explore and consider earning the Global CMC® through the ICMCI (The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes). The ICMCI’s CMC-Global Institute link is located at

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 recertify, your IMCUSA status will be changed from Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) to Professional.

To purchase The Mastering Management Consulting Ethical Challenges Module, which satisfies the ethics requirements for CMC Recertification, please link to (
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).

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 ( and


November 15, 2022, 2-3 PM ET, ZOOMCAST - Learn more and Register Today!

How to Navigate Crises and Protect Your Greatest Asset
with T.J. Winick

A longtime broadcast journalist, ABC News correspondent, and business communication strategist shows how you can craft an honest and authentic response to any scandal, rather than try to deny it, and ultimately bolster your brand.

T. J. Winick leads the crisis practice at Issues Management Group, an award-winning public relations and digital marketing agency headquartered in Boston.

Winick was a correspondent and anchor for ABC News, during which he reported across platforms including NewsOne, Nightline, World News Now, and Good Morning America. He also worked as a reporter in local news for ten years in such major markets as Pittsburgh and Boston. His insights on crisis communications have appeared in numerous outlets, including Forbes, PR Week, PRNews, and O’Dwyer’s.


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: Zoom Meeting Nov. 3 + In-Person at Consult-Con
The IMC USA Women Consultants SIG meets next on Thursday, November 3rd, at 5 PM Eastern. Join us for networking and our facilitated discussion. The meeting takes place on Zoom from 5-6 PM Easter and includes introductions and the opportunity for any member to bring a question or issue to the group related to the business of consulting and get immediate feedback, suggestions, solutions or answers. In addition, the Women Consultants SIG plans to meet in-person for a meal at Consult-Con 2022! Contact Jennifer Beever Causey at [email protected] for more details on the Zoom meeting or the in-person meeting at the conference.

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.