Connector Newsletter October 2022

Message from the Chair/CEO, Julia Demkowski CMC®

As we move closer to the National Conference, I am reminded of the amount of work that goes into planning such an event. Our Conference Committee is knocking it out of the park this year! If you have not registered, there is still time! 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!

It is also a reminder for me to say Thank You! Thank you to all the Chapter, Committee, and SIG Volunteers who offer their time and talents to IMC USA. You are the lifeblood of IMC USA and your continued support for our association and members is greatly appreciated. Volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of any association. IMC USA is fortunate to have so many talented members! Your commitment makes a huge difference.

Your National Board of Directors continues to focus on membership value, growth, and retention. We need more volunteers to help with supporting committees and sprints for various projects.  

Volunteering in a professional association can have huge benefits, not just for you but for everyone. There are plenty of opportunities for:

  • professional development and personal growth
  • networking with peers developing relationships
  • sharpening old or cultivating new skills
  • developing strategic thinking and goal setting,
  • increased visibility 

If you have limited time available to give, you might consider volunteering on a on an Ad Hoc committee or a sprint team. No doubt we have all worked on consulting projects with a specific purpose of addressing an issue or multiple issues. These volunteer opportunities are most valuable and are a perfect way to get involve without making a long-term commitment.

We are currently looking for 2 committee chairs: marketing and membership. A member in good standing can join any of our national committees. For your reference, our current National Committees are listed below and on our website. 

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 on many projects 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.

Our immediate focus is on our 2022 National Conference and kicking off soon is the 2023 Membership Campaign. Please help us get the word out by liking and sharing on your social media platforms. Consider reaching out to fellow consultants to invite them to attend the conference and learn more about IMC. We are the best association of management consultants, and we need to share that message with others!

As always, welcome hearing from you.

Looking forward to seeing you in Louisville!

Our Current National Committees are:

Actively recruits, retains, engages, and welcomes new members to the association.

Establishes standards and issues the Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®) designation.

CMC Committee
New committee in 2022. This committee is working to raise the visibility and recognition of the CMC and its value to members.

Professional Resources and Education
Develops and delivers educational programming

Chapter Presidents Council
Provides a forum for chapter presidents to collaborate and share ideas to engage members on a local level.

Plans the annual conference and related programming, speakers, activities, and venue.

Recognition & Awards
Identifies members and volunteers to be recognized during the annual awards celebration for service excellence within the institute and profession.

Provides strategic support for all marketing and communications efforts.

Oversees all ethics related matters, including standards, issues, and resolutions.

Responsible for recruiting and vetting board candidates and the election process.


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:


A Consultant's Journey of DEIB Integration in the Strategic Planning Process

Monday, October 3, 2022, 2022

10-11:30 a.m. PT, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MT, 12:00 – 1:30 pm CT, 1:00-2:30 pm ET 

Registration link:

A 90-minute online workshop on integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) into overall nonprofit strategic planning.

Are you currently facilitating strategic planning engagements with nonprofit organizations? Today, many nonprofits struggle to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) challenges in creating a more robust, mission-driven workforce. Incorporating DEIB into an organization's strategic planning process allows for effective integration of DEIB strategies and performance metrics linked to the organization's overall mission and goal. For consultants facilitating strategic planning, this workshop offers an overview of DEIB and how to reimagine the design of traditional strategic planning engagements with the inclusion of DEIB strategies.


  • Tom Hayashi, CMC, Chief Capacity Building Officer, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership
  • Alyson Parham Small, Founder and President, Partec Consulting Group Inc.

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 August - September New Members

  • Lola Are, Chicagoland, Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Christopher Black, Eastern, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Heriberto Gutierrez, Dallas-Fort Worth, Harlingen,Texas
  • Annette Harris, Central Region, Villa Park, Illinois
  • Eli Jimenez, International Region, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jeoffrey Lim, Southern California, Buena Park, California
  • Patrick McGowan, Central Region, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Joy Montgomery, Northern California, Pleasanton, California
  • Ai Nguyen, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Liza Nicholson Central Region, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Shawn Petersen, Eastern Region, Rochester, New York

Member Stories: What IMC USA Means to Me

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

James Talerico, Jr., CMC, of Greater Prairie Business Consulting, Inc is a long-time member and strong supporter of IMC USA.

Here's why: "As a CMC, my credentials, background, understanding of consulting, ability to deliver meaningful project ROIs, and commitment to ethics have all been vetted. I believe being a CMC gives me an immediate competitive advantage!"



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 Newly Formed

Working under the advice of David Norman, the CMC® Committee has been working collaboratively to help increase awareness and interest among practicing consultants to become Certified Management Consultants. Our deliverables will include fresh website content and formatting, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) recommendations, recommendations for email messages, recommendations for social media posts, and additional content for the various appropriate communication channels. All of our work is subject to board approval, but we are optimistic that the work of this committee executed by IMC USA staff will boost the amount of CMCs in the United States.


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:

Currently, our IMC USA is in the process of addressing the ICMCI’s Triennial Assessment for awarding the CMC®.

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. 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 

® (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 )


CMC® Awarded

Congratulations to Steve Barnard, CMC® for earning the Certified Management Consultant® designation recognized globally.

Steve Barnard has over 20 years of consulting experience and has successfully delivered performance and operations improvements in environments ranging from white collar/knowledge workers to blue collar manufacturing, utilities, and mineral extraction operations.

Steve is responsible for leading improvement efforts in the areas of quality, service, cost, cycle time, throughput, maintenance, and inventory management.  Steve has worked in numerous industries, including food & beverage, distribution and warehousing, aerospace, chemical & refining, metals, building products, steel fabrication, utilities, forest products, life sciences, and general manufacturing fields. Steve is well versed in traditional and emerging methodologies and has special expertise in large- scale maintenance project management and chemical process management. He is particularly adept at helping expand clients’ knowledge of such systems disciplines as TQM, Lean, Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management, and TPM.

Steve recently accepted a position as Director, Operations with X/Celerant Consulting.


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).


October 18, 2022, 2 PM ET, ZOOMCAST - Learn more and Register Today!

Quiet Leader, Loud Results: How Quiet Leaders Drive Outcomes that Speak for Themselves

with Ankit Mahadevia

Founder and CEO of nine biotechnology companies, author Ankit Mahadevia is living proof that effective strategies employed by quiet personalities exist."In an increasingly complex and chaotic world where genuine leaders are in short supply," he insists, "people of all personality types are needed to lead."

Via stories, practical suggestions, and real-world strategies, this session (and Ankit's book) can enable quiet leaders to make their results speak louder than they do while employing a personality style that speaks volumes to who they are. To learn more, visit

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.

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] 


Be Recognized for your International Work 

Do you have outstanding results from an international project? The International Constantinus Awards is your opportunity to garner that recognition for your hard work in making a difference. If you have an engagement that qualifies, please contact Joyce Gioia, CMC®, Awards Ambassador for IMC USA at [email protected] for more about the criteria and an application. 


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.