May 2019: Annual Conference & Expo Update

    PMI Houston 2019 Annual Conference and Expo

    Amy Stonesifer | Conference Project Manager | Past President 2017

    We are looking forward to seeing you at PMI Houston Project You - our annual Conference and Expo - taking place this June 3-4 at NRG Center. To register, please click here.

    Each year, our hardworking volunteers work to develop a conference that focuses on developing your skills in the Project Management profession and tied to PMI’s Talent Triangle


    Our speakers:

    Learn more about our speakers and their topics. We have 36 speakers ready to share with their knowledge with you - to help you build and refresh your skills. Come learn something new, be inspired and invigorated in our profession.

    Click here to see our keynote speakers

    David Barrett: Taking our Careers to the Next Level

    The Project Management field out there is pretty crowded. It's no longer enough to be just really good at what you do.  You have to be more.  It’s no longer build it ‘on time, on scope and within budget’. You have to add value - over and above - the normal requirements of Project Managers. How do we add value?  How do we stand out in the crowd?  How do we get recognized in this very crowded field?


    LuAnn Piccard, MBA, CDir, PMP

    Project Management Institute (PMI) board member 2019-2021 LuAnn Piccard will join us at the conference to acknowledge the Houston Chapter’s 45th anniversary as PMIs very first chapter. He will also speak on The Value of Project Management - PMI’s 2019 Pulse of the Profession®

    All strategic change is made possible through projects - and project managers help turn ideas into reality for organizations around the world. Thanks to the knowledge and skills of project professionals, more organizations can achieve their strategic goals – within budget. In this presentation, you will gain insights from PMI’s latest research on how to champion organizations effectively implement their visions in a world increasingly disrupted by emerging technology - and how you can better help your organization to succeed.


    Lee Rubin 5 Components of Extraordinary Teams

    He is a powerhouse speaker fun and quality content from an HR perspective. Lee will focus on skills successful teams possess and leading when you're not the manager. He will also offer his workshop on the subject 2 times during the conference.


    Discussion topics, breakout sessions, and workshops 

    Check out our website to see all the topics, breakout sessions and workshops that we have lined up for you.


    Have questions? Need to register your team?

    Everything you need is on our PMI Houston Conference website.


    Looking forward to seeing you at “Project You”!




    MiniBio Series: Emy Aninzo-Wong, Director of E-Business

    Tell us a little about yourself

    I am originally from Guam. I moved to Texas for College and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Economics.

    Most of my career has been as a software engineer - having worked at Lockheed Martin, 2 start-ups, 14 years at Schlumberger, and currently contracting to Occidental Petroleum.

    I changed my career to an IT project manager because I enjoy engaging with people and helping customers solve their issues through technology.

    I have one daughter in high school. I love to play all kinds of sports, enjoy reading, love to cook, and am involved with the Texas Dragon Boat Association! (We have a festival in May in Downtown Houston, one in Cleburne in June, one in Sugar Land in October, and one in San Antonio in November).

    How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?

    I’ve been in Project Management for about 10 years now. I am currently a Scrum Master for my team. My previous role was project manager/business analyst in another group.

    How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI® Chapter and in what capacities?

    I have been involved with the Houston PMI Chapter since 2016. I started as a volunteer for Membership and then moved to E-Biz since my strength is having an IT background. I later became Director of E-Biz that same year and have held the role for the past 3 years. I audited the Chapter website and made recommendations to rebrand the website. Also, I’ve been in charge of the mobile app that has and is being used in the PMI Houston Conference & Expo, evaluated different mobile app vendors and helping to engage more attendees to use the mobile app during the conference.

    What are the biggest benefits you’ve realized from volunteering at PMIH?

    The biggest benefits are I’ve learned and continue to learn a lot from other project managers so that I can better myself as a project manager and getting to know more project managers in my career to increase my network.

    Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

    The most exciting project I did was keeping track of the certifications and licenses of workers in the field. I helped transition the customers from using a spreadsheet to using an application. I gathered the business requirements from the customers. I then designed, coded a little, tested, and implemented the application based on their requirements. My developer and I brainstormed a lot to make the application robust and scalable. It has saved the company money and kept them from turning away field workers since their certifications and licenses are always current, and work didn’t have to stop. It has now expanded to other areas/disciplines. The application was featured in Occidental Petroleum’s IT Annual Report 2017.