PMI North - “Using Design Strategy to Manage Meaningful Digital Transformation Portfolios”


January 14, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Campioni Italian Restaurant
13850 Cutten Road
Houston, TX 77069

PMI North Meeting

Pre Dinner: Career Coaching 101: How to Become a Certified PMO Director
Suresh Iyengar
Business Unit Execution, LLC

Suresh Iyengar is the President at Business Unit Execution LLC, an emerging company specializing in profitability for business units. The company supports customers with strategic solutions for increased growth and profitability. The company offers Profitability Coaching, Bookkeeping, Websites, Operational Excellence programs for Business Units, Career Coaching and job-focused certificate courses for project managers.

Suresh has more than 20 years of Operational Excellence experience in many industries.  As a strategic business partner focused on driving revenue, profit, stakeholder and shareholder value, Mr. Iyengar consistently delivered financial, operational and market share results.

Suresh is a Competent Communicator of Toastmasters, recipient of ABB’s Quality Salute Award, Stanford University certified project manager, Professional Engineer, and Project Management Professional.

Creating long-term business prosperity through integrity, focus, innovation, and continuous improvement persistence, Mr. Iyengar’s approach involve driving a value-based strategy and rapid growth.

With a progressive track record at several Fortune 500 multinationals such as Siemens, ABB, and Halliburton, Mr. Iyengar has led multicultural, cross-functional teams in successfully completing multimillion-dollar projects and initiatives throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pac, North & South America, Europe, and the US.

Committed to developing top talent, Mr. Iyengar has designed, implemented and driven eLearning and classroom training programs and has personally coached and mentored executives, managers, professionals, and culturally diverse teams worldwide.

Combining an MBA, PE license, PMP certification, and proven track record of success in leading enterprise-wide corporate initiatives and major high-profile, high-risk projects, he has consistently leveraged his qualifications and expertise to create innovative business strategies, pioneer ground-breaking enterprise solutions, and establish replicable programs and systems that drive strong and sustainable growth and market dominance.

Suresh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation Technology from RV College of Engineering (Bangalore, India), a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Louisville (Louisville, USA) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Houston-Clearlake (Houston, USA). 

Topic Description:

Suresh Iyengar will present a unique Career Coaching program so project managers can aim for a sharp Program Management Office (PMO) career and empower themselves. This presentation will cover: 

1) How to lead a PMO effectively

2) How to select the right suppliers and stop them from derailing projects

3) How to manage risks and boost the value

4) How to define and uphold project standards

5) How to realize the best value for PMO

Most project managers want to escape a dead-end career but just don’t figure out how.

IF you are a PROJECT MANAGER and IF… 

You want to get promoted. You have tried by yourself and you’re unable to break the barrier. Your certifications don’t help you reach your career goals. You want to quickly end this drought. 

That’s where I can help. 

I help project managers get promoted by:

  • Building an irresistible online profile so opportunities flock to you 
  • Improving your communication style so you instantly build rapport 
  • Setting up your unique personal plan so you take a step-by-step approach to your career goals 


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Dinner Meeting: “Using Design Strategy to Manage Meaningful Digital Transformation Portfolios”
Tanveer Chaudhary
Design Thinking & Innovation

Tanveer Chaudhary strives to bring greater change by invigorating the design mindset to serve various clients across Houston. With her unique perspective developed by acquiring diverse skills in Project management (PMP), user-centered design (UXC) and technology-focused but not limited to Microsoft (MCAD) she brings expertise in managing innovation projects.           

She has a master's degree in computers from the University of Chennai, India. With over 18 years of experience, she was a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft before switching to consulting in technology and management. During her technology consulting assignments, she has worked with clients like Comcast, Chevron, Enterprise Products, BP and EOG resources.

She is a Competent Communicator from Toastmasters, possesses expertise in leading executive strategy sessions.  Tanveer is a mentor to young talents from diverse backgrounds and highly recognized as a subject matter expert in the digital innovation arena in Houston.

As the founder of Design Thinking & Innovation (DT&I) non-for-profit community, she guides entrepreneurs and aspiring designers on design thinking and user experience concepts, she volunteers and works for social innovation causes to give back to the society.

Topic Description:

With the rise of modern technologies in today's business environment, companies have to constantly reinvent themselves, as the growth has become innovation-focused. The organizations are striving to utilize cutting edge innovation to bring digital transformation to just not gain leverage on market share, optimize business processes but to create and manage unique products and services.

The leadership challenge for today’s companies is managing innovation portfolios in the context of their current business. The best way to do that is to be good at doing two things at the same time; exploiting and improving current business models while exploring new ones. Leaders cannot invent the future without managing the present. As project managers, we are looking for answers on how to find peace among disruptive technology chaos.

This session is focused on how to manage an innovation portfolio to bring cutting edge digital transformation. Participants would gain knowledge of:

  1. Basics of Design strategy
  2. The advantages and challenges of co-creation.
  3. Supporting an environment for acceptance of failure.
  4. Best practices in creating and managing digital transformation portfolios.
  5. Do's and Don'ts of managing chaotic innovation projects. 

The session will benefit, the following but not limited to:

  • The senior executives
  • Project managers
  • Product managers
  • Technology leaders
  • Business analysts
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Meeting Agenda:
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm     Pre-dinner Speaker Presentation

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm     Networking, Dinner Opens, Chapter Announcements
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm     Dinner Speaker Presentation

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$25.00 Member - Dinner Meeting
$35.00 after 5:00 pm January 14

$30.00 Guest - Dinner Meeting
$40.00 after 5:00 pm January 14

$0.00 Member - Pre Meeting Only (do not select if you plan to attend both meetings)

$0.00 Guest - Pre Meeting Only (do not select if you plan to attend both meetings)

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