Project YOU:  Managing Your Career as a Project Professional


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    Anthony Ally

    CXO Michael Lu about Anthony Ally: "Innovative. Insightful. Out of the Box...Anthony challenges me to think and work in new ways. I cannot emphasize how much Mr. Ally changes the business community by challenging everything and getting leaders to look at ideas, management, personnel and operations in a new light. His model is one that builds loyalty, morale, excitement and (ultimately) the Bottom Line, in organizations. I can’t think of any industry, company or organization who wouldn’t benefit from his conferences, coaching, and mentoring." As a Thought Leading Investor, I connect our most valuable assets with CEOs, Marketing & Sales Executives, High-Performance Managers who are serious about: ☛ Land more ideal higher profitable clients ☛ Build High Performing Culture energizing professionals to deliver higher valued results with fewer resources as they partner with other departments ☛ Maximize Technological advances for Higher Impact wins without adding unnecessary headaches Anthony has proven global impacting results with multibillion-dollar corporations such as Microsoft, IBM & Experian. He's also doubled & quadrupled growth for many smaller companies and has trained partners at a top tier consulting firms such as Accenture, PWC, KPMG.

    4 Reasons Project Managers Get Paid Less Than They Are Worth & What You Can Do About It!

    How much more could your company grow and your project succeed in 2019 if you had greater interdepartmental harmony? Are you and your project perceived as a profit or cost center and how does that impact your company, your clients and your career? Would you like to have deeper executive connections inside and outside of your company in the next 12 months? Is keeping communications to only 'project level' dotting all the I's and crossing all the t's, but missing opportunities for your company and your career? Would you like access to case studies of project managers, business owners and employees at all levels who are 'reading the minds' of executives, leading to higher project impact, millions of dollars in additional wins and accelerated career advancements?

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    Track: 
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    TaJuana Antwine

    TaJuana Antwine is an accomplished change management and project management leader with experience in various industries. As a principal consultant at Pcubed, TaJuana manages a team of consultants in addition to managing complex client engagements. TaJuana enjoys many music-related hobbies and spending time with her three favorite guys - husband of 16 years and 2 handsome sons.   

    Project Manager as a Consultant

    Whether you are working as a consultant or an internal PM, consulting skills are valuable for project managers

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical
    Strategic
    Leadership

    TaJuana Antwine

    TaJuana Antwine is an accomplished change management and project management leader with experience in various industries. As a principal consultant at Pcubed, TaJuana manages a team of consultants in addition to managing complex client engagements. TaJuana enjoys many music-related hobbies and spending time with her three favorite guys - husband of 16 years and 2 handsome sons.  

    From Fragile to Agile 

    changing the hearts and minds of die-hard waterfall supporters in an Agile world

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    Track: Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Technical 
    Strategic
    Leadership

    Sanjiv Augustine

    Sanjiv Augustine is an entrepreneur, industry-leading agile and lean expert, author, speaker, management consultant, and trainer.  With 25 years in the industry, Sanjiv has served as a trusted advisor over the past 15 years to executives and management at leading firms including:  Capital One, The Capital Group, CNBC, Comcast, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, General Dynamics, HCA Healthcare, The Motley Fool, National Geographic, Nationwide Insurance, Walmart and Samsung.   He is the author of the book Managing Agile Projects (Prentice Hall 2005), Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStart (2015), and several publications including Transitioning to Agile Project Management and The Lean-Agile PMO: Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Agile Project Delivery.   He is the Chair of the Agile Alliance’s Agile Executive Forum and the founder and moderator of the Lean Startup in the Enterprise Meetup.  Sanjiv was also a founder and advisory board member of the Agile Leadership Network (ALN), and a founder member of the Project Management Institute’s Agile Community of Practice.  Sanjiv is the founder and CEO of LitheSpeed, LLC, and founder of the Agile Leadership Academy® executive program.

    Transformational Leadership for Business Agility

    Despite the trope that established organizations are slow to innovate, innovation actually abounds at many companies.  Kodak, DEC and Xerox did not fail due to lack of new, cutting edge innovation.  Rather, they failed because their organizations were tuned to their traditional markets; and a failure to change their business models and organizations led to their eventual disruption.  The key to achieving disruptive business agility lies in leadership that transforms organizations.  With a new generation of employees who are as interested in purpose as in profit, it is imperative that we evolve traditional management schemes like top-down work assignment, the annual review, strict "clock punching" work hours and inflexible vacation policies that are detrimental to true agility.  Transformational leaders succeed by changing this system, leading with purpose, and steering from the edges.   As leaders, they own their responsibility and boldly lead their organizations into the future.  With organizations as diverse as Virgin, LinkedIn, The Motley Fool, and Zappos applying transformational leadership, it is time for us to undergo personal transformations, and to lead for innovation, disruption and business agility.    Join Sanjiv and Arlen to learn how to transform your organization to drive business agility with a flatter organization structure, work anywhere flexibility, participatory profit sharing, and delegated hiring and firing.  Explore the leadership journey needed, with its fears, challenges, and tribulations; as well as its joys, triumphs and unassailable business results.

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    Triangle: Leadership

    Keira Bailey

    Keira Bailey is a proven leader in global project management consulting. She assists clients in maximizing project throughput in their portfolio and mentors them on how to successfully execute transitions and transformations. Keira is a Toastmasters International award-winning speaker and captures the attention of audiences everywhere by providing practical application of industry frameworks and methodologies. She is passionate about encouraging other professionals in her field is to drive their teams to continued success in Project and Portfolio Management

    OPERATION BULLETPROOF: Building Your UNBREAKABLE Brand

    “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and your legacy won’t be either. Many project managers focus their efforts on building out their resume/CV, collecting portfolio “badges”, or attaining highest title in the organization. However, the foundation of your legacy is built on character, hard work, and a little bit of finesse.  Every day our feet hit the floor we are given the opportunity to change the direction of our journey. Every step we make will influence the legacy we leave behind. The question is, “How will you be remembered?” Join me in this breakout session to discover how to build your brand through your personal mission statement, the circle of influence and how to ensure you will be long remembered within the PM profession.

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    Track: Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Jesse Carter

    Jesse has led several high-level, high-volume staffing agendas for fortune 100 to 1000 companies. Jesse currently heads up the Recruiting and Staffing division at EPMA.  With more than 20 years of experience in proven Staffing Solutions. His diverse experience in recruiting includes process management, implementations, and providing complex recruiting strategies across many industries.

    Landing the Right PM Job - Learn How to Find, Apply For and Build Your Dream PM Career

    Audience members will walk away from this presentation with an enlightened understanding of exactly what hiring managers are looking for and how to best present their skills and experience…or lack thereof, during the interview process. Tap into the speaker's extensive knowledge, encompassing years of information gathered directly from hiring managers and industry insiders themselves.

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    Roland Cuellar

    Roland Cuellar (‘kway-are’) is VP of Digital Transformation at LitheSpeed LLC where he helps large organizations move towards end-to-end agility. Roland has focused exclusively on agile software development and lean business process improvement for the last 14 years. During that time, Roland has worked with Capital One, CNBC, Westinghouse Nuclear Power, Nationwide Insurance, The Capital Group, The Department of Homeland Security, the US Courts, General Dynamics, and many other clients on enterprise agile adoption. Roland has spoken at numerous conferences and has published a number of articles on the subjects of agile, portfolio management, quality, and Kanban.

    Transition from a PMO to a VMO: Defining and Launching the Value Management Organization 

    One of our largest F500 customers recently made the announcement that they would be pivoting from “projects” to “products” in 2019.   This is just one example of how the project paradigm is under some pressure as the world move closer and closer to a continuous delivery model.   This shift has deep implications for PMOs and Project Managers since traditional approaches to planning, governance, and delivery are being questioned.  In this talk, Roland Cuellar, VP of Digital Transformation at LitheSpeed, will discuss why some of his clients are starting to make the transition from Project Management to Product Management, what that means for the PMO, and how the PMO can evolve to add value in the fast-moving world of DevOps and continuous delivery.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategic

    Kevin Cullen

    Kevin is the President of Leadera Consulting Group which specializes in the training and development of business leaders worldwide. Kevin’s expertise and commitment to the development of leadership skills within an organization has allowed business leaders to define and seize growth opportunities, rapidly improve performance, and attain specific measurable business results within their organizations. Kevin has over 25 years of experience providing business consulting, training and development to individuals and Fortune 500 companies. He has trained and worked with leaders in every level of an organization to design, deliver and implement change initiatives to produce exceptional business results.

    Taming the "Elephant" in the Room

    We’ve all been there; a great idea gets presented and wham, the very questions you thought you had the answers to or hoped that no one would bring up, get asked. The conversation turns into a no-win scenario that leads to endless questions and discussions that go nowhere.  Buy-in is slowed or halted.  The water cooler is where the real meeting now takes place.    Every group has legitimate concerns that cannot be ignored or brushed aside. In this session you will learn and apply a proven strategy to address issues and concerns powerfully and effectively; to harness the elephant of resistance in the room and move your ideas to action.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategic

    Kevin Cullen

    Kevin is the President of Leadera Consulting Group which specializes in the training and development of business leaders worldwide. Kevin’s expertise and commitment to the development of leadership skills within an organization has allowed business leaders to define and seize growth opportunities, rapidly improve performance, and attain specific measurable business results within their organizations. Kevin has over 25 years of experience providing business consulting, training and development to individuals and Fortune 500 companies. He has trained and worked with leaders in every level of an organization to design, deliver and implement change initiatives to produce exceptional business results.

    The Crystal Ball: Leading from the Future

    As a leader, your job is to create a future that people participate in. Absent a compelling future, people resist change unless there is something that calls them to think, speak and act in new ways.  People will continue to operate consistent with what they know from the past.  What is required is to inspire your people such that they choose to act in new ways consistent with the future.

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    Track: Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Ranessa Davis

    Ranessa Davis is a process engineer with expertise in project execution of large capital initiatives in the polymers, downstream, specialty chemicals, wastewater treatment, midstream, and pharmaceutical industries. With a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Chemical Engineering (ChE) degree from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters in Business (MBA) with a concentration on Project Management; her knowledge of how to effectively integrate of technical aspects with project execution tactics has served positively for organizations such as Shell, Fluor, Enterprise Products, Sasol North America, Alexander and Davis Consulting and Dow Dupont.

    3rd Party "Woes": 4 Tips to Effectively Manage Interface with Vendors, Suppliers, and Engineering Service Providers 

    3rd party interface with critical project contributors, such as vendors, suppliers, and engineering service providers accounted for over 50% of project delays.  Have you had an issue with a 3rd party provider? This workshop is intended to be an interactive approach in establishing project strategies to manage 3rd party providers with intentionality and effectiveness.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic

    Ranessa Davis

    Ranessa Davis is a process engineer with expertise in project execution of large capital initiatives in the polymers, downstream, specialty chemicals, wastewater treatment, midstream, and pharmaceutical industries. With a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Chemical Engineering (ChE) degree from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters in Business (MBA) with a concentration on Project Management; her knowledge of how to effectively integrate of technical aspects with project execution tactics has served positively for organizations such as Shell, Fluor, Enterprise Products, Sasol North America, Alexander and Davis Consulting and Dow Dupont.

    Reduce Your "Load": Delegate Project Tasks with Ease Using These 3 Tips

    The ability to delegate encompasses trust, forethought and strategy. How would you classify your ability to delegate?  Do you feel that you have room to improve?  This session will include a self-assessment in the ability to delegate and how to effectively delegate with ease.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Sharepening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic
    Leadership

    Ranessa Davis

    Ranessa Davis is a process engineer with expertise in project execution of large capital initiatives in the polymers, downstream, specialty chemicals, wastewater treatment, midstream, and pharmaceutical industries. With a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Chemical Engineering (ChE) degree from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters in Business (MBA) with a concentration on Project Management; her knowledge of how to effectively integrate of technical aspects with project execution tactics has served positively for organizations such as Shell, Fluor, Enterprise Products, Sasol North America, Alexander and Davis Consulting and Dow Dupont.

    Value Engineering: 5 Ways It Can Positively Impact Your Projects' Success

    Maintaining budget, time and quality are pivotal in the success measurement projects’ success. Are you looking for a way to add value awareness to your project? Did you know that an effective value engineering program can get the attention of your project team and project sponsors? Attending this course will provide proven methods to create and maintain a value engineering program for your next project.

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    Track: Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical

    Ranessa Davis

    Ranessa Davis is a process engineer with expertise in project execution of large capital initiatives in the polymers, downstream, specialty chemicals, wastewater treatment, midstream, and pharmaceutical industries. With a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Chemical Engineering (ChE) degree from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters in Business (MBA) with a concentration on Project Management; her knowledge of how to effectively integrate of technical aspects with project execution tactics has served positively for organizations such as Shell, Fluor, Enterprise Products, Sasol North America, Alexander and Davis Consulting and Dow Dupont.

    Putting the "PRO" in Professional: Building Your Professional Project Portfolio from Scratch with These 6 Steps

    Have you ever struggled to articulate ALL of the important contributions you made on a particular project?  In the current, “gig” climate and open embrace of consulting experts by corporations of all sizes; a professional digital portfolio is imperative. In this session, we will discuss 6 pivotal steps is creating this portfolio for your professional advancement.  

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    Track: Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic

    Laurie Hall

    Laurie Hall – a certified facilitator, certified coach and seasoned speaker – founded New Horizon Strategies, LLC (NHS) in 2011 to inspire sustainable change in the professional world. Today, Laurie facilitates programs and events to help companies, government agencies, and professional associations achieve the highest possible levels of effectiveness. Topics for facilitated programs and events include Operational Excellence, Culture of Innovation, Change Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Process Improvement, Project Management, Leadership Development, Team Building, and Dare to LeadTM, The Daring WayTM, and Rising StrongTM. In addition, Laurie provides executive, career and business coaching for individuals and groups to help people achieve their vision, goals, and desires. By applying Socratic questioning, she enables clients to seek their own answers. She has coached clients from Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and around the world: Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, The Netherlands, Brazil, Honduras, and Great Britain. A frequent keynote and breakout session speaker on technical and motivational topics to inspire personal and professional growth, Laurie has presented at dozens of conferences and professional meetings from small groups to over 350 people. Laurie brings a unique perspective to her facilitation and coaching work since she spent the first part of her career in a project- and system-level engineering and management, facilitation and organizational development to support human life in space and operational excellence on the ground. Her work affected change at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Lockheed Martin, Jacobs Sverdrup, and Schlumberger-Dowell. For Johnson Space Center alone, Laurie facilitated more than 20 process improvement events.

    Are We Employers or Parents?

    Have you ever felt like your employees expected you to be more of a parent than an employer as their manager? Using Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis theory, we’ll investigate the parallels between the Parent-Child-Adult model and insidious roles we can fall into as both employers and employees. Through comical, interactive exercises, join us to uncover how you can influence expectations with awareness and communication.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Leadership

    Margaret Johnson

    Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and then moved to Texas as fast as she could! With her MBA (University of Houston - Clear Lake), professional engineering license and ICF (International Coach Federation) PCC corporate coaching credentials she inspires people and organizations to move from S.O.S. (Same Old Stuff) to W.O.W.! (Well On the Way) to where they want to be. With her energy industry experience from corporate to consulting, she is able to connect with audiences at all levels through executive management in many industries. Her work focuses on leadership development for professionals through mid-level management. She is a published author – “From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure” - and a keynote speaker on assumption busting, creativity and risk-taking related topics. She is a creative, energetic, engaging speaker who inspires audiences to increase their self-awareness and take immediate action to excel. She is a certified group exercise instructor for indoor cycle classes, yoga and teaches engaging leadership lessons from the mat and the bike.

    MindFULLness: The Cure for INFObesity

    We are constantly bombarded with information to filter through, requests to engage, additional projects, responsibilities and general overwhelm. This overload is termed INFOBesity. It affects our performance as well as our working relationships. Through Mind-FULL-ness practices - including focus, high-performance habits, emotional intelligence, energy checks, and strategy and meditation time – we will find a way to simplify and make sense of the craziness, forming effective strategies for high performance moving forward.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic

    Margaret Johnson

    Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and then moved to Texas as fast as she could! With her MBA (University of Houston - Clear Lake), professional engineering license and ICF (International Coach Federation) PCC corporate coaching credentials she inspires people and organizations to move from S.O.S. (Same Old Stuff) to W.O.W.! (Well On the Way) to where they want to be. With her energy industry experience from corporate to consulting, she is able to connect with audiences at all levels through executive management in many industries. Her work focuses on leadership development for professionals through mid-level management. She is a published author – “From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure” - and a keynote speaker on assumption busting, creativity and risk-taking related topics. She is a creative, energetic, engaging speaker who inspires audiences to increase their self-awareness and take immediate action to excel. She is a certified group exercise instructor for indoor cycle classes, yoga and teaches engaging leadership lessons from the mat and the bike.

    Managing Up! Developing Relationships at All Levels (Bossing the Boss) 

    This session will enhance the professional/manager/director's skills in dealing with upper management. They will determine the strengths and weaknesses of their bosses and themselves so that they are able to partner together more effectively, assess, examine and clarify work styles, expectations and personal assets to enhance the boss/subordinate relationship, and review techniques to deal with less than ideal bosses. It will eliminate assumptions, stress, inefficiency and create more effective partnerships.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Margaret Johnson

    Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and then moved to Texas as fast as she could! With her MBA (University of Houston - Clear Lake), professional engineering license and ICF (International Coach Federation) PCC corporate coaching credentials she inspires people and organizations to move from S.O.S. (Same Old Stuff) to W.O.W.! (Well On the Way) to where they want to be. With her energy industry experience from corporate to consulting, she is able to connect with audiences at all levels through executive management in many industries. Her work focuses on leadership development for professionals through mid-level management. She is a published author – “From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure” - and a keynote speaker on assumption busting, creativity and risk-taking related topics. She is a creative, energetic, engaging speaker who inspires audiences to increase their self-awareness and take immediate action to excel. She is a certified group exercise instructor for indoor cycle classes, yoga and teaches engaging leadership lessons from the mat and the bike.

    Yoganna Be Great! Project Management Leadership Lessons from the Mat 

    In this creative approach to presenting leadership lessons, strategies to excel as leaders are shared. From strategy time, goal setting and vision creation, planning and organizing, creativity, risk-taking, increasing your emotional intelligence, and developing and managing relationships at all levels – these stories and lessons accompanied by some demonstrations from the yoga mat will inspire and motivate you to be a more effective, strategic and mindful leader.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Margaret Johnson

    Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and then moved to Texas as fast as she could! With her MBA (University of Houston - Clear Lake), professional engineering license and ICF (International Coach Federation) PCC corporate coaching credentials she inspires people and organizations to move from S.O.S. (Same Old Stuff) to W.O.W.! (Well On the Way) to where they want to be. With her energy industry experience from corporate to consulting, she is able to connect with audiences at all levels through executive management in many industries. Her work focuses on leadership development for professionals through mid-level management. She is a published author – “From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure” - and a keynote speaker on assumption busting, creativity and risk-taking related topics. She is a creative, energetic, engaging speaker who inspires audiences to increase their self-awareness and take immediate action to excel. She is a certified group exercise instructor for indoor cycle classes, yoga and teaches engaging leadership lessons from the mat and the bike.

    From S.O.S. to W.O.W.! Tips for Project Management Success

    From S.O.S. to W.O.W.! involves assessing the S.O.S. (Same Old Stuff – where we are now), defining the W.O.W. (Well On the Way to where we want to be), and applying creativity and risk-taking techniques to move in the desired direction. Through applying creativity and risk-taking to effectively solve dilemmas and make action plans, developing unique approaches to projects, processes or internal/external customers, and communicating, motivating and working more effectively with team members to achieve professional and corporate goals by busting assumptions, participants will move themselves from SOS to WOW in their projects, career or personal life.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening YOur Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

     Henry W. (Hank) Jones, III

    Henry W. (Hank) Jones, III is a 38-year information technology lawyer, businessperson, consultant and trainer. He thrives on risk management, process optimization, and porting best practices among domains (e.g., to software and e-commerce development from architecture & construction). Hank has delivered 200+ continuing education gigs in 5 countries over 36 years; published 25+ articles; served as both head in-house counsel plus "utility infielder" at two publicly-traded global IT vendors and as V.P. Intellectual Property Development of a third.

    R.A.C.I.: Theory, Practice, Variations, Benefits, Risks, and Examples 

    Are You Ready, Aware, Collaborating, & Intelligent?:  How The R.A.C.I. (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) Methodology Can (As Customized) Optimize Your Inter-Group Or Multi-Departmental Projects & Processes (A Panel Analysis & Debate)

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    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Technical

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers”. Born & raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer. Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency. In the US, over 14 years, he worked for 3 organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development. In 2014 he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills. In 2015, along with his wife Anahita, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc. He is an evangelist for “Public Speaking, & Storytelling” and for “Regular & Disciplined Reading”. Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader—committed to reading 50 non-fiction books every year—and is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professions and solve problems.

    Elements of Risk Management: Insights and Ideas from Prospect Theory and Psychology 

    In this talk, Rashid will look at some significant failures in business, international affairs, industry, and finance (Enron, 2008 Financial Crisis, Eisenhower U-2 crisis, Plane Crashes, Cuban Missile Crisis) and argue that these were also failures of risk management.    Rashid will then offer some approaches and new language from Prospect theory and Psychology (domain of gains, the domain of losses, inattentional blindness, motivated blindness, slippery slope) to better understand and prepare for similar events. He will discuss some of the work of “Decision Making” expert Max Bazerman about the Power of Noticing.  He will discuss some of the work of “Risk & Intuition” expert Gerd Gigerenzer about Intuition and Heuristics. He will also offer solutions from business expert Jim Collins to help leaders, and managers to manage risk better. He will close with an unusual argument that Risk Management is also an Unending Campaign and that it would be most worthwhile for leaders and risk managers to acquire skills in persuasion, (convince, charm, cajole) campaigning, and public speaking.    

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic
    Leadership

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers”. Born & raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer. Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency. In the US, over 14 years, he worked for 3 organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development. In 2014 he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills. In 2015, along with his wife Anahita, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc. He is an evangelist for “Public Speaking, & Storytelling” and for “Regular & Disciplined Reading”. Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader—committed to reading 50 non-fiction books every year—and is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professions and solve problems.

    Conflict Resolution: A Strategy of Respect and Empathy with Examples from History 

    Given the imperfections of man and the limits of reason, human conflict is inevitable. In the vast majority of cases however, human conflict is managed, endured, and contained. Yet sometimes it escalates to a place where no one wants it to go: war … war between individuals, communities, tribes, civil societies and even nations.    This talk will review how world leaders, giants of history, harnessed, and failed to harness, the power of respect and empathy to prevent inevitable conflict from escalating to dreaded war.   

    The presentation will tightly focus on two options available to all leaders and citizens: 
    1. Respect your enemy. 
    2. Empathize with your enemy.   

    Project leaders who can routinely and skillfully harness these powers do themselves and their project teams a great service. Indeed world leaders who routinely and skillfully harness these powers to the world, their countries, and themselves a great service.    Public Speakers routinely use the “Tell a Story: Make a Point” communication technique.   Today Rashid will alter this formula to: “Show a Video Story: Reveal a Point”     The audience is invited watch and discusses some documentary footage to appreciate anew the power of respect and empathy—and learn how to harness these powers to better serve their stakeholders and the world.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic
    Leadership

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers”. Born & raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer. Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency. In the US, over 14 years, he worked for 3 organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development. In 2014 he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills. In 2015, along with his wife Anahita, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc. He is an evangelist for “Public Speaking, & Storytelling” and for “Regular & Disciplined Reading”. Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader—committed to reading 50 non-fiction books every year—and is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professions and solve problems.

    Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking and Storytelling for Project Managers and Engineers 

    * Professional and technical expertise can open a vast number of doors—in early career 
    * Expertise in public speaking and storytelling can open more elusive doors—right away, and in late career.   

    An unseen (and significant) career danger for rising project managers, engineers, and other “STEM professionals & technical experts” is one of mid-career stagnation.     Acquiring non-technical expertise becomes increasingly essential. Becoming an expert public speaker and storyteller is an excellent option.   

    Key Takeaways: 
    * Public Speaking and Storytelling can be used to acknowledge and embrace the power of EMOTIONS 
    * The Fear of Public Speaking is not sensibly understood. 
    * Public Speaking and Storytelling are CONNECTION enablers.  
       

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy
    Launching Your Career

    Triangle: Leadership

    Jamison V. Kovach

    Jamison V. Kovach is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. Her industrial experience includes more than five years as a product and process improvement engineer in the U.S. textile industry. Her current research investigates the use of methods for product and process innovation, expanding the use of these methods, and developing new improvement approaches. For her work, Dr. Kovach was recognized as the 2010 ASQ Feigenbaum Medalist, she is an Academician in the International Academy for Quality, and she is an ASQ Fellow. In addition, Dr. Kovach has delivered several presentations regarding implicit gender biases, and she is heavily involved in local activities to change the climate and culture at the University of Houston for the benefit of women and women of color faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

    Mentoring & Personal Strategic Planning - Powerful Mechanisms for Achieving Your Career Goals 

    Through the development of a caring and respectful partnership, mentors and mentees provide support for one another. This type of mutually beneficial relationship typically involves discussions that raise issues, overcome challenges, and nurture growth. In addition, studies show that a tendency to set goals is one key to success; however, it can be challenging to set and achieve career goals. This becomes more manageable through the use of a structured approach to personal strategic planning that includes:
    1) defining your values,
    2) determining the ‘rules of the game,
    3) identifying your goals, 4) scheduling tasks, and
    5) working the plan.

    Mentoring provides benefits including gaining access to new contacts, knowledge, and skills, as well as obtaining feedback, guidance, and advice. Personal strategic planning increases both your productivity and the probability of successfully achieving your career goals. Together, these two mechanisms help individuals develop and advance in their careers, particularly in environments where structured career/development opportunities are not particularly transparent.

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    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategic

    Todd Little

    Todd Little is CEO at Lean Kanban Inc., the leading provider of professional Kanban management training. He is also a Founder at Accelinnova, a leadership, and agility consulting group. Previously he has held executive roles as Vice President of Product Development for IHS, and Director of Software and Technology for Landmark Graphics a division of Halliburton. He has been developing or leading the development of software for over 35 years. For the past 10+ years, Todd has been a frequent presenter at Agile and Software conferences around the globe. He is a founding member and past President of the Agile Leadership Network. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Agile Alliance and the Agile Leadership Network and was a co-founder and Conference chair for several of the Agile20XX conferences. Todd is a co-author of the book “Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility,” Addison Wesley.

     

    Introduction to the Kanban Method 

    Many people think Kanban is just a project tracking board, whether it is stickies on the wall or in a tool like Trello or Jira.  But Kanban is much more. And what does the Kanban Method mean to a Project Management Professional?    The Kanban Method embraces the constant change inherent to managing knowledge work and enables IT, financial services, insurance, and global organizations to become more collaborative, unified and productive in the face of growing competitive pressures and organizational chaos.  This is accomplished by teaching individuals and organizations how to understand, visualize and measure systems of work to continually improve and consistently deliver effective results.  The Kanban Method provides a set of proven practices and approaches that scale from individuals and teams to the enterprise.   

    Join Todd as he shares how the Kanban Method focuses on the following areas in order to drive continuous improvement: 
    • General Practices 
    • Visualize
    • Limit WIP 
    • Manage Flow 
    • Make policies explicit
    • Implement Feedback Loops 
    • Improve Collaboratively, and 
    • Evolve Experimentally

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    Track:  Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Technical Strategic
    Leadership

    Tiffani Love, PMP

    Tiffani Love is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of experience leading teams to successfully execute system-wide initiatives and achieve excellence in operations. Tiffani worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, a Business Process Engineer at Texas Children’s Hospital, and as a Senior Project Manager to lead a team on a $500 million building expansion. She has trained, mentored and certified over 30 candidates for certification in Lean Six Sigma. Her passion to connect with others led her to become the founder of the Lean In Circle for Women in Project Management.

    The Art of Project Management 

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to make you stand out as an amazing Project Manager? Sure you’re a rock star at the technical aspects of Project Management outlined in the PMBOK, but want to learn more about the special sauce that makes you stand out? This session will focus on lessons learned about the often overlooked soft skills that are critical when leading teams and driving for results on a project.

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    Track: Launching Your Career

    Triangle: Strategic

    Tiffani Love, PMP

    Tiffani Love is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of experience leading teams to successfully execute system-wide initiatives and achieve excellence in operations. Tiffani worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, a Business Process Engineer at Texas Children’s Hospital, and as a Senior Project Manager to lead a team on a $500 million building expansion. She has trained, mentored and certified over 30 candidates for certification in Lean Six Sigma. Her passion to connect with others led her to become the founder of the Lean In Circle for Women in Project Management.

    Overcoming Invisibility 

    Have you ever felt invisible despite your undeniable results and perceived reputation in the workplace? This interactive session equips attendees to gain self-awareness, leverage their resources and create opportunities to increase their professional visibility. Participants will leave with a customized blueprint that outlines specific strategies to navigate the challenge of being overlooked, disregarded or forgotten to increase their overall impact regardless of their title or career stage.

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    Track:  Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategic

    Tiffani Love, PMP

    Tiffani Love is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of experience leading teams to successfully execute system-wide initiatives and achieve excellence in operations. Tiffani worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, a Business Process Engineer at Texas Children’s Hospital, and as a Senior Project Manager to lead a team on a $500 million building expansion. She has trained, mentored and certified over 30 candidates for certification in Lean Six Sigma. Her passion to connect with others led her to become the founder of the Lean In Circle for Women in Project Management.

    Keep Calm and Go-Live 

    The plan for project go-live is one of the most critical success factors of any project. This session will equip attendees to confidently develop detailed go-live plans for projects regardless of size, or complexity, based on lessons learned from over a decade of experience managing projects with budgets from $0 to over $500 million.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical

    Panayiotis Melas, PMP, CSM, SSM, SPC

    Panayiotis “Takis” Melas, PMP, CSM, SSM, SPC is a Sr. Consultant/Agile Coach for Pcubed. A Senior IT Professional with 15+ years of Project and Program Management experience that includes Fortune 500 companies such as Chevron, Halliburton, and HP in addition to over 10 years of direct employee management. His diverse portfolio of projects consists of Software Development, Mobility, SaaS, Third party Implementation/Integration, Infrastructure, etc spanning over industries including Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Publishing, and Transportation. He actively promotes Agile & SAFe and mentors peers and clients in the methodology and in merging with a waterfall system.

    Untangling Agile Estimation 

    As more organizations transition to Agile, one of the obstacles they have to overcome is proper estimation techniques in the new methodology. This session will cover the core concept of Agile estimation, and discuss recommendations and pitfalls in breaking down the work segments and estimating the work to be performed, unlocking one of the most valuable components of the Agile methodology  

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategic

    Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP

    Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP®, is the founder and owner of Duende Project Management Services.  He is a PMP® preparation instructor and a speaker, trainer and coach on project management and leadership topics.  He has over 25 years of project management experience including seven years leading international consulting engagements and projects.  He has implemented Project Management Offices for multiple organizations and in seven different industries (Banking, Airlines, Automotive, Consulting, Information Technology, Engineering, and Healthcare).  He has supported the implementation of agile practices in multiple organizations. He has been a presenter at numerous chapters of the Project Management Institute and at the EMEA PMI Congress, the North American PMI Congress, the Asia Pacific PMI Congress and the Latin America PMI Congress. 

    Recently, Eddie Merla served as the Academic Director for the development of the Strategic Project Management course currently being offered by Rice University’s Glasscock School of continuing studies. Eddie also serves as a business coach for organizations considering Agile and PMO startups.

     

    Co-Presenter: Bill Murray, PMP

    Bill Murray, PMP, is an experienced business manager, consultant, and trainer with over 15 years of line management experience With Dow Chemical and Conoco Chemical including product and sales management, and management of strategic business units with profit and loss responsibility. In addition, he has over 15 years of experience as a consultant with his own company and as a director and senior consultant for Expressworks International, a global change management consulting organization. He has managed projects and has been the change management lead for a wide variety of clients in the US and internationally.  In addition, he has assisted in the development and execution of strategic plans. His clients include United Airlines, BMC Software, Chevron, SABIC (Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation) Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, IBM, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and Christus Health.  He is assisted in the development of the online Strategic Project Management Course at Rice University and is currently the lead learning tutor for that program. He has been an Executive Professor of Management at the University of Houston where he taught the capstone class on Strategic Planning in the executive MBA program and a visiting professor of management at Rice University. Bill earned his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University and MBA and Ph.D. in organizational development from the University of Utah.

    Mining for Value: An Essential Skill for Strategic Project Managers 

    Significant projects can provide significant value to an organization with proper leadership.  This session focuses on the project manager's role in mining strategic value on every significant project.  With a strategic perspective, the project manager can harness value above and beyond the business justification for the project.  Learn how to link your project to strategic objectives, enhance the ROI and to upwardly communicate to achieve enhanced value.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle:  Strategic

    Lizette Ojeda 

    Dr. Lizette Ojeda is a Tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and a Career Strategist. She conducts research on career decision-making and uses Career Psychology to help professionals who have hit a plateau figure out what's next with confidence. She is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Career Assessment and has published in Journal of Career Development, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, The Handbook of Career Counseling for Women. She partners with high-achievers who want to maximize their zone of brilliance and reach their full career potential.

    How to Manage the Hater in Your Head 

    No amount of clarity or strategy will help if you don’t tame your inner critic. You will know the #1 thing that holds many high-achievers back from stepping into their full potential. This session will show you how to face fear headstrong so it doesn’t keep you stuck or hold you back from new opportunities.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategic

    Lizette Ojeda 

    Dr. Lizette Ojeda is a Tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and a Career Strategist. She conducts research on career decision-making and uses Career Psychology to help professionals who have hit a plateau figure out what's next with confidence. She is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Career Assessment and has published in Journal of Career Development, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, The Handbook of Career Counseling for Women. She partners with high-achievers who want to maximize their zone of brilliance and reach their full career potential.

    Get It, Pivot, or Quit It? Make Up Your Mind and Decide on Your Next Best Move  

    Are you a high achiever who wants to take your career to the next level but don't know which direction to take to make it happen? This session will help you get clear and confident about the possibilities and which move could be best for you. It comes down to three main options. You can either go Get It (ex: get the promotion), Pivot (ex: make a lateral move), or Quit It (ex: quit your current role for new opportunities). You will be guided in this decision-making process and be equipped with an actionable next step to help you move forward strategically.

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    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategic

    Ron Roberts 

    Ron Roberts has spent most of his career in the project management arena, spanning roles from project manager to senior PMO manager. Rising through the PMO ranks at Hewlett-Packard, Ron was selected as the Senior Manager responsible for leading the team who built the IT PMO for HP Inc., when the company split in two in 2015. Ron continues to use and build on that experience as a Senior Consultant at EPMA (Enterprise Project Management Architects) in Houston. Ron earned his PMP in 2004 and holds a BBA in Marketing and Management from Texas A&M University.

    Resource Management for New Project Managers 

    This presentation will discuss different levels of resource management in a portfolio setting, including demand and capacity modeling. Topics include Understanding how project resource allocation impacts the portfolio, Learn how to strategically allocate the right employees with the necessary skills at the right time, Learn the risk of inadequate resource management.

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    Track: Launching Your Career

    Triangle: 

    David Roberts, PMP 

    David is a business consultant with a demonstrated track record of both business development and technical leadership in the energy and related industries. Skilled in business transformation, business process, commercial management, and negotiation, IT strategy, David leads the Pcubed hub operating out of Houston. David holds a diploma focused on Managing IT for Business Value from Innovation Value Institute of Maynooth University, plus an MBA from Durham University. David has been certified as a PMP since 2003.

    Know What You Bring to the Table: Make Yourself Indispensable as a Project Manager

    More Information Coming Soon!

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    Track: 

    Triangle:

    Cecilia Rose 

    Dynamic and powerfully engaging, Cecilia accelerates the epiphany process and turns a presentation into an experiential event. Whether she is keynoting an international event or conducting a local retreat, she ignites a leader’s inner-self and maximizes their talents, leading to “game-changing” outcomes that they can leverage in their business and personal lives. Unlocks Your Greatness She is president of Next Door Strategies, where she deftly creates the space and the place for clients and audiences to move from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. She is known for having tremendous insights into the psyche of success and the challenges of failure, she understands the psychology of leadership and what it takes to achieve it. Her future-focused approach marries her rare blend of coaching and extensive knowledge with her uncanny ability to spot behavioral traits that drive professional success. Inspires Audiences Her enthusiasm motivates, educates and inspires her clients and audiences to reach higher levels of success and sustained greatness that leads to living a life of significance

    Professional Essentials for Business Success: Managing Your Professional Brand

    ”In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time — literally — substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.” – Peter Drucker,  “Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself”, Leader to Leader,    No. 16 Spring 2000  The leaders I coach seem to fall into three branding categories: 

    Have you ever said one or all of these 3 things before?  
    1. It's not about me; it's about my company. I don't want to draw that much attention to myself. 
    2. I know I need to be creating more of a brand as an executive/professional, but I don't know how to do it. 
    3. I'm actively engaged in creating a professional/executive brand, but I'm not getting traction.  More often than not, these well-meaning leaders are misunderstanding and usually mismanaging their professional brands in three major ways: 

    These 3 things will be our learning objections for today's presentation.   In today’s world of business and marketing, it's no longer enough to be a part of your company’s brand but for you to create an engaging, compelling brand for yourself. Now, executive leaders realize not just the need but the necessity to create and market their own personal brands as well. Doing so creates trust, transparency and strong relationships, all of which are essential for business success and to thrive in the new marketplace.  Developing your personal brand is essential for the advancement of your company, your career, and your development as a leader. Personal branding is about making a full-time commitment to the journey of defining yourself as a leader and how it will shape the manner-in-which you will serve others. Your personal brand should represent the value you consistently deliver to those around you. Managing your personal brand requires you to be a great role model, mentor, and voice that others can depend upon, respect and trust.  Not sure where to begin building your personal brand? Cecilia leverages her depth and breadth of business knowledge to motivate, educate, empower and inspire her clients and audiences to achieve a higher level of success and live a life of significance.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Nathaniel Salu 

    Nathaniel Salu has worked in IT Project / Program Management for 15 years at an enterprise level. He is currently the IT Project Manager at IBM’s Cloud Networking business group overseeing the project portfolio for Network Tooling mentoring other project teams and spearheading process improvement initiatives. His certifications have included A+, Security+, CCNA, CAPM, Scrum, Agile, a Black Belt in Six Sigma and a PMP. Nathaniel has worked across multiple industries including telecommunications, industrial processes (including oil & gas), healthcare, and consulting; interfacing with leading industries worldwide.

    Sharpening Your People Skills: What Project Managers Wish They Knew Earlier 

    Project management involves people skill as much as (and arguably more than) technical skill. However, for several Project Managers fresh in the field, this is an area they are lacking a clear understanding of what skills they need to cultivate to build strong loyal teams and communicate vertically and horizontally in an effective manner.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical
    Strategic
    Leadership

    Nathaniel Salu 

    Nathaniel Salu has worked in IT Project / Program Management for 15 years at an enterprise level. He is currently the IT Project Manager at IBM’s Cloud Networking business group overseeing the project portfolio for Network Tooling mentoring other project teams and spearheading process improvement initiatives. His certifications have included A+, Security+, CCNA, CAPM, Scrum, Agile, a Black Belt in Six Sigma and a PMP. Nathaniel has worked across multiple industries including telecommunications, industrial processes (including oil & gas), healthcare, and consulting; interfacing with leading industries worldwide.

    Build Your Reputation by Overcoming Resistance Around Your Projects 

    Internal and external resistance to projects is a leading cause of project failure. Yet many project managers find themselves struggling to address or better yet prevent this issue and damaging their reputations in the process.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic
    Leadership

    Nathaniel Salu 

    Nathaniel Salu has worked in IT Project / Program Management for 15 years at an enterprise level. He is currently the IT Project Manager at IBM’s Cloud Networking business group overseeing the project portfolio for Network Tooling mentoring other project teams and spearheading process improvement initiatives. His certifications have included A+, Security+, CCNA, CAPM, Scrum, Agile, a Black Belt in Six Sigma and a PMP. Nathaniel has worked across multiple industries including telecommunications, industrial processes (including oil & gas), healthcare, and consulting; interfacing with leading industries worldwide.

    A Beginners Guide to Building a Strong and Effective PMO 

    While Project Management Offices (PMO) are becoming more mainstream, several midsized organizations still do not have a formalized PMO. In addition, even most of those in existence are poorly organized or utilized with about 50% closing in 3 years. As a project manager aspiring to implement best practices in your organization, understanding how to properly organize and grow a PMO is an invaluable asset.

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    Track:  Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Andrew Say 

    Andrew Say is a native Houstonian and alumni of the Cameron School of Business. He began his education at the University of St. Thomas, where he completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and a dual MBA/MSF. While attending school, Andrew worked in various institutions within the Texas Medical Center. It was at the Medical Center that Andrew discovered his true passion for delivering healthcare solutions through the use of information technology.

    Streamlining Projects Through the Use of the RACI Matrix 

    Project outcomes can be significantly improved when members of the team have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.  Even the most detailed project plans can leave room for confusion when roles and responsibilities are not adequately communicated.  Among other things, this can lead to missed deliverables, failure to reach key milestones, and general customer dissatisfaction.  When all is said and done, a project's true success can be realized when synergy is created at all levels of the project life cycle.  The RACI matrix is a powerful tool that can create this synergy by defining who is responsible, who is accountable, who should be consulted, and who should be kept informed at different stages of a project.  This presentation will explore how to build a basic RACI matrix, best practices for RACI, and how it is relevant to project management.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical
    Strategic
    Leadership

    Daniel Scheufler 

    I am a Senior Consultant with Improving Houston. I have developed software for Oil and Gas, Tele-medicine and recently ECommerce clients. Of late, I have begun to focus on the communication aspects of my work. It is a common gag in Industry that Developers don’t speak the same language as ‘normals’. I intend to bridge that gap.

    Designing and Running Effective Meetings 

    Do meetings at your company drag on and on and on...? Do you wish they'd get to the point already? Have you ever had to have a meeting after the meeting to make the real decisions? What if there was a way to fix this broken process? What if we could make meetings effective again? Come learn some guiding principles to help make your meetings more effective, and not just the ones you lead! Tips include how to organize your meeting, how to help ensure decisions are made, and suggestions for follow-ups to communicate the decisions, so they don't die in the meeting!

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Technical

    Kate Shi 

    After almost 30 years experience of working in the Manufacturing and Engineering industry for oil/gas and other industrial markets, Kate believes that leadership makes a huge difference in any organization, whether it is for profit, or nonprofit, or even social settings. Whetted her leadership skills on the technical lead roles and project management roles in her career, she became a distinguished team builder that transformed conflicting teams into collaborating teams and a project leader that delivered many complex and challenging projects on time and within budget. Kate has also sharpened her public speaking skills and expand her horizon of coaching, mentoring and training. Kate keeps learning and developing herself. Her passion to help people grow and develop to reach their highest potential has motivated her into leadership training and coaching.

    Leadership Skills that Build High Performing Teams 

    In any organization, there are always lead objectives and lag objectives. The lead objectives are usually more intangible, and the lag objectives are usually more tangible. Failed projects, businesses or organization are usually caused by shortsighted leadership that focuses only on the lag objectives. What are your lead objectives? As a leader how to lead your team so that you can deliver your project goals, business goals, and organization's goals? Leadership makes a great difference. Hone your skills and build a high performing team to achieve your goal.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Vrijesh Singh, PMP 

    Vrjesh Singh is a project management professional with a diverse record of accomplishment of around 10 plus years of hands-on experience with Banking, Construction & IT Projects where he managed Complex IT projects, Large Scale projects on time and within budget. He is experienced in Program Management, Project & Portfolio Management, Customer / Client Satisfaction and collaboratively managing global team resources to deliver program objectives. He possesses excellent relationship management skills with the ability to relate to people at any level of business and management. His skill to handle multiple programs and projects with diverse delivery frameworks simultaneously makes him stand out of the crowd. His experience, knowledge, and skills position him as a go-to resource by executive teams to turn around under-performing programs. He is a known leader and respected for leading successful change in programs and building credibility with executives. He is a solutions driver who bridges the gap between business and technology with expertise in managing complex programs and multiple concurrent projects.

    The Role of the Project Manager in Digital Transformation Projects and Program Management 

    Every organization is affected by digital transformation and today’s Project Managers need to not only embrace it…they need to be prepared to lead the transformation effort. In this workshop, PM’s will learn how digital transformation affects an organization, what the PM’s role is as well as techniques that apply Project Management principles to lead the digital transformation effort.

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    Track: 

    Triangle: 

    Kenneth Smith 

    Ken Smith is a distinguished graduate from the United States Military Academy class of 1996, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He left the Army as a Major after 12 years as an Infantry officer, including two combat tours. His assignments included the 82nd Airborne and 25th Infantry Divisions. Ken earned the Bronze Star Medal during his service in Iraq and is a Ranger School graduate. He holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Ken lives his passion transforming good managers into inspirational leaders. He merges theoretical knowledge with real-world experiences to deliver a unique leadership development experience. He is especially skilled at developing introverts and technical individuals after spending 9 years leading engineering teams in the oil and gas industry. Academy Leadership, a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute, is a veteran-owned leadership development team that works with the heads of organizations who experience frustration with aspects of their leadership team’s performance. This frustration could be communication challenges, low motivation, lack of accountability or difficulty resolving a conflict. We develop leaders who deliver results.

    Leadership in Action: How to Apply Chapter 3 of the PMBOK 

    Chapter 3 of the PMBOK discusses the role of the project manager and Section 3.4.4 focuses Leadership Skills.  It delineates what you should do, but doesn’t describe how to do it.  Some of the skills include: prioritizing works, accepting feedback graciously, communicating, and applying conflict resolution skills.  This workshop is a hands-on, interactive session that will build these skills.

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    Track: Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Erin Urban

    Erin Urban LSSBB, CPDC – is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, a certified career growth, and leadership development coach with a decade of mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Erin has an extensive background in leading individual, cultural and organizational change initiatives. She is an experienced trainer, speaker, and author. Erin serves on the Board of the Houston Lean Six Sigma Professionals (HLSSP), as well as an active member of various professional organizations including PMI (Project Management Institute), ASQ (American Society of Quality), NSA (National Speakers Association) and ICF (International Coach Federation).

    Make the Leap: Develop Your Career Growth Plan 

    Want to see growth in your professional career? Perhaps you want to move up the ladder, shift careers or just become better at what you do. Even though we, as project managers, lead successful projects with tangible deliverables every day - sometimes the hardest person to plan for is yourself! Learn how to tap into your natural project management powers to create an action plan and achieve your goals! Success is a process. Discover the critical steps, understand what crucial questions to ask, and learn how to establish the best career growth plan to ensure a successful leap forward in your career.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charing Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategic

    Erin Urban

    Erin Urban LSSBB, CPDC – is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, a certified career growth, and leadership development coach with a decade of mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Erin has an extensive background in leading individual, cultural and organizational change initiatives. She is an experienced trainer, speaker, and author. Erin serves on the Board of the Houston Lean Six Sigma Professionals (HLSSP), as well as an active member of various professional organizations including PMI (Project Management Institute), ASQ (American Society of Quality), NSA (National Speakers Association) and ICF (International Coach Federation).

    Develop Your Credibility & Influence Others 

    Are you new to a team or group of people or have you begun a new assignment? Perhaps you have just received a promotion into management or lead role! If so: you will need to develop your credibility with your new group. Regardless of whether you are an experienced professional or a raw intern, you have to build trust whenever you work with new people. Even if you simply change roles. Sounds exhausting? Not if you know, and live, the key steps to developing your credibility.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charging Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge
    Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Strategic
    Leadership
     

    Erin Urban

    Erin Urban LSSBB, CPDC – is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, a certified career growth, and leadership development coach with a decade of mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Erin has an extensive background in leading individual, cultural and organizational change initiatives. She is an experienced trainer, speaker, and author. Erin serves on the Board of the Houston Lean Six Sigma Professionals (HLSSP), as well as an active member of various professional organizations including PMI (Project Management Institute), ASQ (American Society of Quality), NSA (National Speakers Association) and ICF (International Coach Federation).

    Your Job Search in the Digital Age 

    Welcome to the digital age: the era of electronic resumes, LinkedIn, and online job boards. There’s software to scan LinkedIn for likely candidates and to vet every resume that’s submitted. How can you possibly stand out when everyone is put through the same tiresome process?  The good news is, when you understand the system, you can make it work for you – instead of against you. Discover how to revolutionize your resume and leverage your professional brand to stand out on LinkedIn to maximize your candidacy for future prospects.

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    Track: Launching Your Career
    Charting Your Course
    Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategic