TaJuana Antwine
Mindshift LLC

TaJuana Antwine is a managing consultant with over 15 years of experience in both project and change management. In addition to delivery, TaJuana has also led and managed global consulting and project teams. Her experience in project and program management to helps her to work more efficiently in organizational change, ensuring that change management plans and deliverables work harmoniously within the project scope.  In her spare time, TaJuana enjoys crafting, music, and spending time with her three favorite guys – her husband and teenage sons.

Change Management for Agile Projects
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:00 AM

As more projects and companies shift to Agile ways of working, it is more important than ever to ensure that stakeholders are prepared for the changes that will be brought on with the implementation of new projects. This requires that the traditional change management activities and ways of working shift to complement the Agile mindset. In this session, I will discuss the difference between a Waterfall and Agile mindset and the impacts to a change management program.

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Jim Benvie, PMP
TyauvinOn Solutions

Jim: “The History PM”, believes that project managers can learn valuable lessons from history. Many of his presentations combine elements of both history and project management, with topics as diverse as, a medieval struggle for independence, to a 20th-century humanitarian operation.  Prior to TyauvinOn Solutions, he served for 29 years with National Oilwell Varco (NOV), working in various locations and roles, but predominantly in aftermarket projects, service and support. A long-term volunteer with PMI Houston, he lives with his wife Juliet in the Tomball area and his interests are reading, studying history, and cycling

The Berlin Airlift 1948-1949
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The Berlin Airlift was the first round of the Cold War. A shooting war with the Soviet Union was a very real possibility. In early 1948 the Soviets closed off all land and water transport routes, to Berlin, from western Germany. This left only a slender air bridge to supply the western allies and 2.5 million German civilians in west Berlin. The western political and military establishments believed the airlift would fail. But one man had done this before and believed that an airlift could succeed. This is the story of one of the most difficult but ultimately successful projects of the 20th century.

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Parthiv Bhuta
EPMA, Inc.

Experienced business-oriented solution provider with outstanding project management and conflict management skills. A solution driver who bridges the gap between business and technology with expertise in managing complex programs and multiple concurrent projects. A strong believer in the three pillars of any successful transformations – People, Processes & Technology. I am well-versed and an extremely responsible practitioner of solid objective-driven project management in various industries such as - Energy, Food Supply, Medical, Finance, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Education and Software Development.

Artificial Intelligence in Project Management: The Present, The Future, & How to Get There.
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 1:15 PM

AI is a very broad term and is more or less thought of as something that we have seen in Hollywood movies (Terminator, Minority Report, Eagle eyes, etc). But AI is so much more than that – and is available for you to tap into. During this session, we will talk about where AI is in the current stage and where we expect it to be in the near future and how your organization can prepare for it in regards to Project Management.

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Scott Clausen, PMP, MCP
PPM Works

Scott Clausen has been helping clients with Microsoft based PPM solutions for over 20 years. Scott is an expert at envisioning and delivering solutions that utilize technologies across the Project, SharePoint, Azure, and SQL Server Business Intelligence platforms. Scott has launched several large Project environments that required expertise in architecture planning, requirements consolidation, upgrade planning, PSI integrations, and custom SQL Reports. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and is a PMP® and MCP with 19 exam certifications and completed the highly-reviewed Microsoft Project Certification Series.

Innovation for PMOs with Microsoft Project & Power Platform
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Work faster by combining Project Online and PowerApps with a platform that enables data integration and distribution. Solve business problems with intuitive visual tools that do not require code. Building apps with PowerApps helps everyone from PMO directors to project managers work more efficiently together. Come join PPM Works as we show you how to use these technologies and make project intake a breeze.

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Traci Duez
Break Free Consulting, LLC

Traci Duez has an international reputation for performance improvement and leadership development. She has worked with people from over 90% of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as from government agencies and universities. Over the last twelve years, she has spoken at over 70 PMI chapters and has shared her inspiring and compelling message with over 37,000 people around the globe. She teaches a novel professional development framework based in neuro-axiology (brain science + value science) that focuses on objectively measuring your soft skills and emotional intelligence. Her three-dimensional approach to growth is unique and powerful. In every presentation, she uses humor and stories to show her audience how to tap into their principal strengths, to enhance their productivity, and satisfy their purpose. Her mission is to help you get unstuck, master your mind, heart, and emotions, and finish each day's work feeling fulfilled. Traci has been featured on the cover of PMI Today after her presentations to PMI Global Congresses in Amsterdam and Orlando, FL. Her clients say “Traci is not only an engaging speaker; she brings new ideas to the table rather than just repackaging the old ones…. Traci is a speaker that you can hear more than once and hear a new message every time.”

From Chaos to Confidence: Reclaiming Your Power in Turbulent Times
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

If you want to succeed in today's economy, you must know how to deal with the ever-changing, chaotic times. You must be able to accurately perceive the world out there and truly understand the world within you. 

In times of changes, it's easy for the stress to cause your mind to take shortcuts. You might see everything in black or white, good or bad, and in the absence of data, you assume the worst. But, if you take the time to measure and examine your thinking habits, and assess if your thoughts are truly adding value, you might find that your mind is working against you. It doesn't have to be that way. 

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Carla Fair-Wright, PMP
Link Technologies

Carla Fair-Wright is an experienced project management consultant and international speaker on project leadership. She has over 20 years of combined experience in Software Engineering and Project Management.   Project consultant for Link Technologies, she is currently responsible for the successful implementation of the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) for the State of Nevada. 

 In her previous role as an IT Project Manager for Chevron, she worked on projects both globally and nationally.  Prior to Chevron, Carla was the technical design authority at Cameron for their computerized maintenance management system used in the maintenance planning for large industrial engines and compressors. She is a chapter author in two books, Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Web-Based Energy Control Systems. Carla was featured in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) magazine has appeared on PMI Podcast and the Terri Craig Radio Show.  She most recently conducted lectures on leadership were at the 2019 Project Management Institute (PMI) Global conference in Dublin and the 2017 Passion For Projects Conference in Malmö, Sweden.

 A member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2007, Carla has held several board offices both local and national. In 2014, Carla was awarded the Society of Women Engineers’ Emerging Leader award.

Introduction to Blockchain for Project Managers
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 2:45 PM

This is the technology you have heard so much about, but what exactly is blockchain? What are the components of this technology, what do those technical labels mean, and how does this apply to project management professionals? Get the knowledge you need here.

This session will explore the intersection of blockchain technology and project management. 

We will discuss the base concepts of blockchain, the notion of smart contracts and how to apply them to the managing of project-related activities. Smart contracts could well be the most transformative blockchain application. For example, a smart contract could be used to automatically send a payment to a vendor as soon as a deliverable has been verified or an invoice has been received.

Experts tell us that blockchain technology is an effective project management platform because it facilitates exceptional operational workflow. In this session, you will learn how implementing a blockchain-based project will lower risk, save time, and lower costs.

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Greg Githens, PMP
Catalyst & Cadre

Greg Githens’ mission is to upskill individuals to make a positive impact by delivering useful ideas and new perspectives. His engaging enthusiastic style has earned him the reputation as one of PMI’s most popular speakers. Greg is the author of How to Think Strategically: Sharpen Your Mind. Develop Your Competency. Contribute to Success. This highly rated book explains that strategic thinking is an individual competency composed of 20 micro-skills. Because strategic thinking is rare and valuable, those who demonstrate it have more value to their organizations and are more promotable. Greg has been a featured speaker at PMI congresses, PMI chapters, The Management Roundtable, and elsewhere. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University (USA) and a master’s degree from Miami University (USA).

How to Design a Personal and Business Pivot
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:15 PM

A pivot is a deliberate change in direction towards growth and opportunity. Organizations use pivots to adapt their resources to better fit their environment. Individuals can pivot their career narrative. This seminar provides several examples of individual and organizational pivots that uses them to show you specific lessons and actionable practices. FITS TO POWER of PAST & FORCE of FUTURE theme by providing tools to better anticipate (be proactive) and bounce forward.

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Jay Hamel
Turner Construction

Jay Hamel has been in the industry for 40 years working for a variety of General Contractors in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. He currently is a Project Executive for Turner Construction in Houston, TX.   Jay’s has overall operations oversight for a variety of projects throughout Houston and South Texas.   Jay focuses on project risk assessment and how the company develops and puts in place a viable plan that delivers the project as promised, safely, on budget on schedule and of high quality.   His projects have ranged from extensive healthcare work, to aviation, multi-family, institutional ( K-12 and higher education), prisons, data processing, retail, hospitality and high rise. Basically he has touched them all. Jay has been married for 32 years and has a daughter who teaches physics and robotics at The Woodlands High School. He also believes strongly in giving back to the community as he has been Chairman of the Montgomery County A&M Club’s Scholarship Committee, been a mentor through the City of Houston, lectured for the ACE Mentor Program and has led the Turner School of Construction Management through the City of Houston the last 4 years.

Principles of a Successful Project
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Building a building is much more than concrete, steel, brick, etc. It is a process and a journey that done correctly it starts with and opportunity and ends with a friend. Turner Construction recently completed the iconic new Library for Texas Southern University(TSU). We are proud that ended up as a success for everyone involved in the project. The project had its share of challenges:

· Being built in the middle of an active campus
· With the law building literally a few hundred feet away,
· Being built on top of an abandoned structure and old river bed
· With a pronounced focus on quality and the building envelope
· None of the major players knew each other previously
· And of course the budget is always a concern.

So with a focus on building teamwork and a transparent atmosphere, the project ended up completing on time, with no recordable accidents and of exceptional quality. I will attempt to explain our process of building the team, how we worked to stay transparent in all of our dealings, and how we made a decision as a team. I will also walk through some of our major logistical issues, quality issues and how we overcome some challenges to keep the budget and the schedule intact. Turner was the Construction Manager at Risk(CMAR) and we believe the story of our project at TSU will reflect and demonstrate the true objective of a CMAR method of project delivery and leave you understanding how to present for a project of that type and what we believe a prospective Client is looking for.

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Nancy Herrington, MBA, PMP, CSM

Nancy is responsible for providing guidance and support to NITCO’s incredibly talented teams to ensure that quality projects are planned for and delivered with successful outcomes. Nancy is a seasoned professional who offers NITCO’s clients over thirty years of leadership experience in business, government, and the volunteer sector. Her distinguished career includes supporting Fortune 1000 implementation teams in a variety of leadership roles. Her project management experience includes implementing, upgrading, and migrating multiple ERP projects over a period of eighteen years of Oracle Enterprise Business Suite and other proprietary software on behalf of clients to improve their business processes through technology and people. As a servant leader, Nancy has a unique talent in translating client business needs into technical solutions by balancing end-user requirements, business objectives, technology capabilities, and resources with a concern for budget and schedule constraints. More importantly, in digital transformation projects, she can articulate ROI for clients because of her understanding of the business process and company leadership need for justifying business cases. She is comfortable with both Agile and Waterfall project methodologies. Nancy enjoys traveling and her most exciting adventure was photographing brown bears at Katmai National Park in their natural habitat. Nancy has been recognized throughout the years for her extensive and passionate volunteer work including being named “Woman of the Year” by the Mayor and City Council for the City of Carrollton, Texas; by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Phoenix Business Journal.

Servant Leadership for Project Managers in the Age of Digital Automation
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 11:00 aM

The Beginning

As a project manager, do you spend your time putting out fires or leading others through change? To protect your assets, you have to serve your project teams. Servant leadership is a practical philosophy that encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment. This presentation by a seasoned project manager will show how practicing the ten characteristics of servant leadership may help mitigate the effects of change in an organization. Whether leading a digital automation implementation or any other type of project, we can all learn to be better leaders by caring for our greatest assets – our team members.

The Middle

What does your project feel like? Chaos or equilibrium? The purpose of servant leadership is to bring about a calm, stable environment that is concerned with valuable relationships between the leaders and those being led. Trust, authenticity, fairness, and discipline characterize the servant leadership relationship. Lessons can also be learned from companies that apply the ten characteristics of servant leadership tools and methods.

The End

The goal of this presentation is for the project managers of any organization in any environment to take away with them practical applications to be a servant leader. Project managers will be encouraged to take off their firefighter helmets and to step forward in making meaningful, positive change in their work environment. By providing the project managers ten characteristics and practical applications, they will know how to develop an action plan to protect and to serve their greatest assets – their project team members.

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Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, Ph.D., MBA, PE, PMP, NPDP, CPEM
Global NP Solutions, LLC

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal is passionate about innovation. She is a writer, mentor, coach, and trainer. Teresa founded Global NP Solutions in 2009 to help individuals and organizations learn, adopt, transform, and sustain innovation. She enjoys helping people reach their highest levels of success with innovation. Teresa’s consulting clients include a full spectrum of large industry corporations to entrepreneurs seeking to launch new products. She coaches executives and managers to improve innovation performance using a variety of work style assessments and customized tools. Teresa frequently presents keynotes and breakouts locally and nationally on her favorite topics of innovation, design thinking, and product development. As a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), Teresa has written the #1 best-selling book for New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification, "NPDP Certification Exam Prep: A 24-Hour Study Guide". She recently published a chapter on leading virtual teams for innovation projects with the Virtual Team Model (VTM) (October 2018, Leveraging Constraints for Innovation). She has recently released "The Innovation ANSWER Book", a comprehensive guide to building innovation leadership (available at Amazon). Teresa is the co-editor of the 2nd edition PDMA Body of Knowledge (2020).

Navigating Your Career: 3 Tips to Advance Effortlessly
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Project Managers are high achievers. We seek efficiency and productivity in operations as well as in our personal and professional lives. Being promoted to management or to a technical expert role is a goal for many of us. Yet while technical degrees and programs can prepare us to work on schedules and budgets, we often miss out on the best tools and techniques for negotiating the career minefield. In this presentation, you will learn three tips to advance your career. First, you will learn how to speak the language of your stakeholders whether they are senior executives, vendors, customers, or direct reports. Next, you will practice a quick technique to build your muscles in strategic networking. Finally, you will access ideas to balance time among meetings, quality work, and leisure. Being trained as a project manager opens a wide field of career and job opportunities. Join us to learn how to successfully navigate transitions to higher-level positions to fulfill your career dreams.

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Fabiola Maisonnier

Fabiola Maisonnier is currently based in France and works as Change and Commercialization Manager in Schlumberger, leading remote teams all over the Globe. She is skilled in IT Service Delivery, Project Portfolios, Change Management and IT Management. With a strong program and project management professional experience for more than 20 years; and graduated from Heriot-Watt University - Project Management for Oil and Gas industry, Fabiola has managed high-risk collaboration programs worldwide. She has also created IT Service Delivery Desks in Latin America and has applied her strategical Petro-technical knowledge in different projects in North America, Asia and in the UK. Fabiola is a member of PMI since 2006 and got a PMP accreditation in 2007 in the United Kingdom. In 2019, she has also started working as a volunteer in PMI France, taking the role of Project Manager for “Women by PMI”. Passionate about leading project teams with a Collaboration and Change Management mindset, she brings out the best in leaders and teams alike. She also views service quality and process improvement as priorities. Fabiola has participated as a speaker at PMI International Congresses. Her presentation on “Signs of Leadership: Are you Change Resilient and Emotionally Mature” at the PMI EMEA Congress 2018 in Berlin, has brought her an insight and research on Emotional Intelligence, which is the key element in Leadership.

Leadership in Times of Uncertainty
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Leadership in Times of Uncertainty is an original and unique presentation. It’s based on past business transformations and personal experiences in natural disasters and crises. We do not realize the importance of Leadership until the rubber hits the road. In an increasingly complex and ever-changing world where transformation, changes and uncertainty may happen, leadership quality is crucial. As many world-changing events may come upon, such as the one we are living now with COVID-19, leaders will need to think about how to manage change and crisis, how to take risks in these critical times when uncertainty and fear are general feelings; how and what decisions should be made to bring up the speed and the serenity in the world and businesses; and what elements to consider as they plan for the next “normal”. The world and civilizations have suffered many changes, shocks and transformations all over the years. From industrial revolutions, wars, natural disasters, to disease outbreaks. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the scope of the problem. However, by learning the lessons of every disaster, the world can respond more effectively. Likewise, we can describe that the transition between a revolution and the summit of a new stage is the period when humanity may need to think about: What changes may come upon? Am I ready to step outside my comfort zone? What are the key elements needed to adapt to this change and to a new environment? it’s believed that people that have survived big transformations, wars and revolutions have similar traits that have enabled them to endure their experiences, like adaptability, initiative, resilience, decision making and tenacity, and this may also account for their later success. We all know that change is difficult, as well as taking risks. Sport is hard, but we need to do it to muscle our bodies and to be fit.

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Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP
Duende Project Management Services

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 of experience 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.

How Would Steve Do It? - Lessons from Steve Jobs on Product and Project Success
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Whether you are a project manager, a leader, a designer or an innovator, you can benefit from understanding the Steve Jobs mindset. Through his leadership at Apple, Steve Jobs has introduced revolutionary products such as the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. His techniques for bringing a product to market would be considered revolutionary. Some of the techniques shared in this presentation and mapped to Agile project management include: setting the vision, finding a passion for the product, seeking simplicity, becoming your own ultimate user, failing your way to success, leading small product-focused teams, frequent review sessions, inspiring innovation, and much more. We can all learn from Steve Jobs. In his words, “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” To become truly innovative requires thinking and doing differently. This presentation will share habits and techniques used by Steve Jobs which can be applied to any project or endeavor.

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Bill Murray, Ph.D., PMP
WJ Murray & Associates

Bill Murray, Ph.D., 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 W J Murray & Associates and as a director and senior consultant for Expressworks International a global change management consulting organization. He has managed projects and been the change management leads 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. He is involved at Rice in co-teaching the PMP exam preparatory class and conducts the Communication and Leadership for Project Managers also at Rice University. 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.

Building an Accountable Organization
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Accountability as a concept has occupied much space in business writing and practice. However projects still fail completely or are over budget, behind schedule, and may not meet quality expectations. There are many reasons for the lack of results and this program focuses on one cause – a lack of accountability. This program begins by developing a framework for discussing the concept of accountability, that is to say, a language of accountability, e.g., what is it, what does accountability in an organization sound like? What does if “feel” like, how is it measured, and what does it mean in different cultures? The program presents tools and techniques and processes that enable accountability and those that are barriers to accountability and to be avoided. The course presents a recipe for implementing a culture of accountability that can be adapted to the unique “personality” of the organization by developing a strategy for accountability.

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Tommy Ogden, MBA, PMP, PSM, SPC

Tommy has developed business acumen through 16+ years of experience working in myriad capacities, including – investment advisor, financial analyst, business analyst, management/strategy consultant, project/program manager, Scrum Master, and Agile coach. He holds an MBA from the University of Houston, a Master of Global Management (MGM) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, an Executive Education Analytics certificate from Northwestern, and has worked for the past decade with two Fortune 20 clients in both the technology and energy industries. A Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) known for his ability to produce unique ideas for solving problems offer an innovative perspective, and lead a team to accomplish results within assigned deadlines, Tommy provides actionable deliverables in the O&G, IT, Analytics, Enterprise Agility, and Strategy arenas. Tommy has been married for 9 wonderful years to his wife Marguerite and has three children Nicollette (6), Noelle (4), and Ivan (8 months). He is a passionate enthusiast for his hobby, board gaming; he also enjoys rugby, racquetball, and Romance languages.

Analytics Operating Model
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The operating model for analytics and/or data science can be characterized through a few key stages. Within the Prototype and Active stages when real Analytics/Data Science work is happening, there’s a subroutine that maps to another process (e.g. SEMMA, CRISP-DM, INFORMS) that needs to be understood as well. Finally – there are some best practices for implementing the operating model within the organization which will be discussed (e.g. work intake, technologies to assist flow, reporting, value realization).

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Phil Ramirez, PMP, MBA

Phil Ramirez is a project management professional with more than 20 years of delivering solutions, building, growing, and managing project management offices, and delivering effective business solutions. Phil thrives on solving real-world problems for clients as well as leading, mentoring, and developing project management professionals into highly effective teams. Phil has served as acting IT director, both senior manager and director of project managing offices, and most recently, principal consultant responsible for managing the client relationship and daily operations for one of the oil and gas majors. A long-time member of the Houston PMI, Phil is PMP certified, SSM certified, holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and an MBA.

Project Management as a Service: Is It Right for Your Organization?
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Increasingly, organizations are faced with doing more with less. This has been the norm across the history of business but in these times with the current crisis, the very survival of many businesses depends on their ability to cut more and at the same time facing greater competition. More and more, organizations are looking internally at their project management offices and embracing the concept of Project Management as a Service or PMaaS. While it is not a panacea, organizations who have been successful with PMaaS. find greater program/project delivery quality and productivity, the ability to flex around workload peaks and valleys, and demonstrated cost savings. This discussion will help you determine if it makes sense for your organization and if so, how to get started and what you can expect.

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Pete Smith

For over 20 years, international speaker and coach Pete Smith has helped individuals, teams, and organizations improve their leadership and personal development. His experience, concepts, and tools have helped organizations improve their leadership effectiveness, elevate engagement at all levels, transform company cultures, and consistently perform at high levels.

He is the author of Dare to Matter, the #1 Best Seller in the Human Resources and Personnel Management Category, and the #2 Best Seller in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category.

Pete is also the Co-Founder and Owner of Matter More Coffee, a coffee shop located in Hampstead, NC. By owning two businesses, SmithImpact and Matter More Coffee, Pete’s content is both practical and inspirational. He is a speaker who doesn’t just Talk the Talk but actually Walks the Walk.

Significant Communication in Calm and Chaos
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Our current environment has twisted, tossed, and turned upside-down our normal way of operating. Colleagues have become faces we see on a screen or a voice on the phone. Water cooler conversations now take place in our home kitchens. Family vacations involve going camping in your living room. For project management professionals, in a time of crisis and chaos, one thing is certain: being an effective communicator is a requirement for not only addressing the immediate obstacles but also to position your future for success. Traditional statistics state that body language, tone, and words comprise 100% of communication. Unfortunately, this is far from accurate. It’s not that those three components of communication aren’t important. Rather, because much of our communication is expressed beneath the surface, it’s important to recognize how we are influenced by what we see, hear, and say, and understand how we (and others) interpret that information. This presentation is far from your ordinary presentation on communication. This will be a fun, challenging, and insightful look at how to become a more effective communicator in every aspect of your life, especially during a time of crisis.


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Erin Urban, LSSBB, CPDC
UPPSolutions, LLC

Erin Urban is a certified Career Strategist and Leadership Coach helping driven, experienced professionals, remove career roadblocks to achieve their potential through 1:1 coaching and group workshops. She is an international speaker, published author, behavioral scientist - founder of UPPSolutions, LLC and CoachEUrban.com. Erin is a Forbes Coaches Council Member and a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist with over a decade in mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Professionals that partner with Erin have enjoyed success in a variety of industries, private & publicly held entities, from Fortune 100 to Fortune 500 organizations. Thanks to focused and experienced certified coaching; happy clients enjoy more influence, more impact, and more income. She is a motivational speaker that demystifies career growth by cutting through the noise in a realistic, yet humorous take on overcoming ‘career stagnation’. Erin reveals the transformational power of influential leadership and what it really takes to open door to opportunities in your career. Erin has an extensive background in project management leading individual, cultural and organizational change initiatives. She is a member and contributor of the invite-only Forbes Coaches Council, a Certified Professional & Leadership Development Coach (CPDC, CLDC), a Certified EQi & Extended DISC Consultant, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) in continuous improvement. Erin is an active member the International Coach Federation (ICF), the National Speakers Association (NSA), and on the Board of the Women’s Masters Network (WMN)

The Art of Getting Things Done: Increase Your Project Performance
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 2:45 PM

What if I told you that you can get guaranteed results and increased project performance in less than one week? Applied neuroscience and psychology research states that if you leverage a specific 5-part framework – you can increase productivity by over 28%. Join me as I share a deceptively simple formula that will ‘automate’ your success. As project managers – you already have a firm grasp on how to break down complex goals and tasks into manageable milestones. You also probably have a good idea how to align people to your goals … or so you might think. What if I told you that there are some additional steps you can take that the PMBOK didn’t share that will help you and your teams increase performance and productivity? This 5-part framework will increase your personal and professional performance to achieve your goals and leverage your potential. I look forward to sharing the ‘secret sauce’ to elevating your project success!

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Korula Varghese, PgMP, PMP, SAFe SPC, RTE, SASM 5.0, CSM

Senior Project Manager/SAFe Program Consultant, Scrum Master/RTE and business process expert, innovative change agent with a quantifiable record of generating value-added benefits for Fortune 500 enterprises across diverse verticals, including O&G, Beverages Supply Chain Distribution, Manufacturing, Technology, Healthcare. Proven experience spanning 15 plus years leading global cross-functional teams to deliver digital, cloud and ERP projects on time and budget for sustainable benefits. Managed projects with budgets up to $20 million and teams up to 40+ resources. Certified PMP and PgMP. Based out of Houston, Texas, KV currently works for MI-GSO Pcubed, one of the largest project management consultancies in the world.

Bridging the Divide Between Traditional & Agile Project Management
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Bridging the Divide Between Traditional & Agile Project Management will look at common misconceptions that appear to divide the two approaches and discuss a more realistic view of the differences and how each approach has its own place depending on the type of work that is being delivered. For organizations wary of quickly embracing agile fully and would like to keep using both approaches, the talk will provide insights on how to achieve a gradual move towards a full or partial agile transformation.

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Janeice Weinand
Leadera Consulting Group

For more than a decade, Janeice Weinand has worked with business leaders to achieve unprecedented business results. Ms. Weinand specializes in performance-based leadership development and change management where communication and collaboration are essential to success. Her prior business experience includes ten years with a Houston based consulting firm where she designed and delivered customized leadership development programs. In addition, Janeice worked with management and teams, at all levels of organizations, to implement performance-based initiatives. She also worked ten years with Hillwood Development Company where she served as Vice President of Finance. She began her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a senior auditor. Janeice graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  She also maintains her status as a Certified Public Accountant. Leadera Consulting Group specializes in assisting business leaders to achieve unprecedented performance in their organizations through collaboration and engagement of their people.

Brooks Hale
Leadera Consulting Group

Brooks has been involved in delivering personal development and transformational work since 1989, having worked with and been trained by some of the top practitioners in the industry. He has worked all over the world delivering training and development in both large and small settings. A student of Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, he has a life-long passion for exploring the human condition and how we can improve upon it. Brooks was born in Antigua, West Indies and attended university in Canada. He resides in San Francisco with his wife Su and their son Chase.


Disrupting Unconscious Bias: Awareness and Recognition
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Discover a new freedom to relate to others in a powerful way. Empower your organization by gaining a deeper understanding of unconscious bias and fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce. Unconscious bias: what is it and how does it affect your organization? Unconscious bias can be defined as a preferential tendency of which we are unaware and that often operates outside of our control. It is an automatic reaction that is triggered in our brains and heavily influenced by our backgrounds, cultural environments, and personal experiences. This happens without us even knowing it. It is a filter that shapes the way we look at the world, how we think, how we speak, and ultimately how we act. If you are human, you have unconscious bias. We do not have an unconscious bias because we are bad or flawed people – we have it because we are human.  Science and numerous studies have shown that ingrained unconscious bias can be rewired. To shift this pattern, it starts with recognition and awareness. This is not a “check the box” program. We believe that this is just the beginning of opening our eyes and providing tools to make better decisions and to operate more effectively, inclusively, and authentically with each other

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Kimberly J Williams
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

She led the implementation of Houston’s first Autonomous Vehicle (AV) shuttle service and deployed public-private partnerships to begin Wi-Fi and micro-transit service. She Chairs Team Houston of the Texas Innovation Alliance, a collaboration of the region’s and state’s mobility stakeholders. She is also a member of the City of Houston’s Mobility Working Group, Smart City Advisory Council and Resiliency Council. On the business side, she is a member of the Transportation Committee of Houston Exponential, Houston’s innovation non-profit and the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Corridor Committee. Kimberly is active in the industry as a member of the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Procurement & Materials Committee, its Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Automated & Connected Vehicles Committee and the Innovation Officer Peer Exchange Group. Kimberly is also a graduate of Leadership APTA, ENO’s Senior Transit Executive and Transportation 4 America’s Smart City Programs. She was previously Deputy Chief Procurement Officer where she was responsible for Procurement and prior to that, Chief Administration Officer (CAO), with responsibility for Finance/Administration, Small Business, Community Outreach, Media/Marketing and Real Estate functions for the agency’s light rail expansion program. A graduate of Howard University and Wayne State Law School, where she served as Survey Editor of the Wayne Law Review. She is a proud volleyball mom to daughter, MacKenzie.

Project Management in the World of Innovation
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 2:45 pM

Project management can be challenging enough, but even more so when it’s a project that has never been done before.  Join METRO’s Chief Innovation Officer, Kimberly J. Williams, as she walks you through the process of bringing Houston its first autonomous circulator, implementing wi-fi on transit and how Houston METRO is responding to COVID-19.  You’ll also learn how METRO’s Office of Innovation utilizes key aspects of the project management process such as procurement and stakeholder development to implement enhancements throughout its system.  Learn how project management tools can guide you through the unknowns to deliver a successful project.

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Carlecia Wright

Carlecia Wright is an award-winning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist with an extraordinary track record in developing strategies that level the playing field and reduces barriers for underrepresented, marginalized, and disadvantaged individuals and communities. This includes providing strategic, operational, and organizational consulting that grows capacity for intercultural competence, nurturance of diverse populations, and inclusive opportunities in leadership and economics. Carlecia is often asked to listen and give voice to emergent issues surrounding equity and inclusion in both public and private sector forums across the country.

In 2019, Carlecia was recruited to serve as Vice President of Business Development for BiasSync, a start-up SaaS-company, whose mission is to create better outcomes for organizations by using science-based tools to reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias. In this role, Carlecia is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth. Previously she served as Chief Diversity Officer and Director for the Office of Business Opportunity for the City of Houston, where she led a City Department that ensured economic opportunity and workforce inclusion.

Carlecia has received several awards for her achievements, in 2019 she was named a Women Who Means Business by Houston Business Journal and awarded the Community Advocate of the year by the Houston Black Chamber of Commerce. Additional recognitions include, 2016 Women to Watch in Business by the Houston Chronicle, awarded 40 Under 40 by the Houston Business Journal and she received the prestigious Breakthrough Woman Award from the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber and named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College of Chicago and a Master’s Degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Carlecia is an Executive and Communications Coach with various certifications in coaching, diversity, and leadership development.


Bias Pivoting
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:00 AM

How we talk about diversity and inclusion matters. Talking about bias and its effect it has on society is one of the most intimidating and difficult conversations today --- it is even more difficult when talking about it in the workplace. However, having these conversations is crucial to our success in today’s interconnected world, it takes time. Growing interculturally is a process, not an event, and more importantly, a way of life that needs to begin with the individual. No one can impose this type of growth on anyone else. As a result, EPIC Facilitators opened both the Leadership and the Employee Forum with Engagement Agreements, which are critical in our approach to creating a non-confrontational and non-judgmental environment for employees to share. To advance equity, it is critical that we are able to talk about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, etc. Too frequently, these topics are avoided, which means that we perpetuate inequitable outcomes. Other times, when these diversity dimensions are talked about, but without a safe foundation, implicit biases are triggered, and inequities exacerbated.

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