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PMINJ 2006 Symposium Speakers

20th Annual Symposium

01 May 2006

Long Branch - Ocean Place Resort and Spa

Sunday Seminar

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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Keynote Speakers
Yvonne Bornstein Kidnapped in Russia, Rescued and Moving On! – A True Story
Irene Dec Managing the Global Playground
Joan Knutson Project Management: Following the Sun
Track Speakers
LaWanda Abel  / Jerry Flach
Take our daughters and sons to work, What you can do!
Andy Crowe
Alpha PMs:What the top 2% know that everyone else does not
Garry DeRose
Overcoming the pitfalls in global innovation projects
Peter Ferrao
Project Management - In China they do it with regulations
Tom Kennedy
Death by PowerPoint - Rethinking Presentations
Andrew Longman
Managing Global Projects: Lessons from the Firing Line
Venkita Seshadri
The race to the South Pole: Lessons learned
Henry Will
Crisis Project Management of near shore projects
John Worthington
Team of Rivals: Program Management in ITIL® Implementation

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LaWanda Abel

Bio:
 
LaWanda Abel - Program Manager, Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® - Ms. Foundation for Women
With several years experience in community outreach and public relations, LaWanda Abel brings a strong background in organizing and planning programs that benefit girls and boys ages 8 to 18 to the Ms. Foundation for Women.  As Program Manager she is responsible for building a program that helps girls and boys reach their full potential.  Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Ms. Abel was the Community Outreach Manager at Kaplan, Inc., where she mobilized employees to volunteer their time in a variety of corporate outreach initiatives.  Ms. Abel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Iona College.

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Jerry Flach

Bio:
 
Jerry Flach is a PMP certified IT Professional committed to realizing business objectives through the implementation of value generating information technology solutions.  Tenured in financial services, Jerry is currently Director, Fixed Income Systems in Lord Abbett’s IT group.  Lord Abbett is a partner owned investment management firm with over 100B under management.  Prior to Lord Abbett, Jerry was a VP with SSB Citi Global Asset Management’s Technology team.  Jerry has an MBA in management from William Paterson University and is a member of their Business Advisory Board.  Jerry is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and works to extend their Financial Literacy program in New Jersey.  She also serves on the Open Space Committee in Passaic County where she and her family reside.

Topic:

Take our daughters and sons to work, What you can do!

Abstract:

This session will raise your awareness on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by highlighting its benefits and outlining a plan to implement this event at your workplace.  We will brainstorm designing activities that benefit children through applied learning.  Learn your role in leading children on the path toward a rewarding career and most especially a career in Project Management!

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Yvonne Bornstein

Bio:
Bornstein was born in Perth, Western Australia where she spent the first 20 of her life. She married  in1976.  They divorced four years later. A subsequent engagement ended several months before her wedding when her fianc? was murdered during a robbery that took place in the driveway while Yvonne looked on from inside the home they shared.  After almost 7 years, she met the charismatic young widower, Daniel Weinstock with whom she fell in love and soon married.  She became a successful businesswoman jointly operating the couples lucrative international barter trade business. The expansion of the business took them to Russia. It is this part of Yvonne’s life that is the basis of her book.  Sadly, the postscript of the kidnapping was the break-up of Yvonne’s marriage to Daniel Weinstock, they became two people isolated in their own fear. Today, Yvonne Bornstein lives in California with her current husband Sam Bornstein. They have been married for 6 years.

Topic:

Kidnapped in Russia, Rescued and Moving On! – A True Story

Abstract:

It took Yvonne Bornstein, author of 'Eleven Days of Hell, My True Story of Kidnapping, Terror, Torture and Historic FBI and KGB Rescue' (Authorhouse, Feb, 2005 - ISBN: 1418494070) 12 years to get past the emotional and physical trauma of her kidnapping, torture, rape, and rescue to finally tell her story.   In 1992 Bornstein, a wife, mother of two, and businesswoman, found herself caught up in the political disintegration of the Soviet Union.  Working in a newly capitalist Moscow on a commodities trading business proposition, Yvonne and her then husband, both Australian citizens, were kidnapped, tortured, and held for $1.6 million ransom by Chechen rebels subsequently linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.  The ransom demand made to Yvonne's New Jersey family. With three countries involved, a rescue attempt seemed impossible, particularly since the FBI and KGB had never worked together and had been Cold War enemies. Yvonne's kidnapping and rescue 12 days later, was an historical first joint operation between the FBI and KGB.  Three key people made it happen.  A young Russian lawyer living in Philadelphia and his behind-the-scenes exchange of information to Russian authorities was the key link between the FBI and Russian police, leading to the rescue. He has since represented both the Russian government and private corporations in international business affairs, as well as Western companies doing business in Russia. He is also an expert in global terrorism. An ex-KGB Colonel was somewhat of a glory-seeker who stopped at nothing to track down the kidnappers - he was rewarded with promotions to the highest levels of the Russian government. When Yvonne was kidnapped, an FBI Agent working in the Newark, New Jersey office was the first FBI agent to meet with the New Jersey family after they reported the kidnapping and ransom demand to the FBI. The FBI chronicled the event in a press release following the rescue making front-page headlines in the US and international media.  Yvonne will address her journey of courage, and lessons learned for others doing business and managing projects in unfamiliar circumstances.

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Andy Crowe

Bio:
Andy Crowe is CEO of Velociteach. As the author of 'The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try', and the upcoming 'Alpha Project Managers', he is a much sought-after speaker. He recently served on PMIs team for the revision to the PMBOK Guide and the OPM3 creation and was appointed to serve on Microsoft's DNA and .NET Advisory Committees as one of 21 individuals worldwide.  Crowe is a PMP and a Six Sigma Black Belt with a B.A. in Business Management from Kennesaw State University. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he is a prolific instructor and writer.

Topic:

Alpha PMs:What the top 2% know that everyone else does not

Abstract:

This presentation, focuses on the world's top project managers (the Alpha Group), who they are, their differences from other project managers, how they approach projects, relationships, communication, and leadership. The talk is interwoven with discussion of how all project managers can develop the characteristics and success of the Alpha group.

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Irene Dec

Bio:
Irene Dec, vice president and head of International Operating Management for Prudential's International Division. Dec is presently leading Prudential's International Common People Reporting Platform Project.  The purpose of this initiative is to identify and implement a platform that will perform consolidated and timely human resource reporting across Prudential Financial’s International businesses.  Prior to assuming her current position, Dec was a vice president in the Operations ? Systems Department and head of Prudential's Year 2000 Program Office, responsible for managing Year 2000 compliance efforts throughout all business groups, corporate functions, systems, infrastructure and relationships with clients and business partners.  Dec has been with the Prudential for 24 years.  She joined Prudential in 1981 as a programmer with Prudential HealthCare Group, where she primarily focused on application development and was involved in the strategic development of mission critical systems.  She also was responsible for an internal consulting organization that supported application development tools, consulted on development processes, database and client server practices and provided technical education to multiple business groups and corporate functions.  Before joining Prudential, Dec taught mathematics at Montclair State University and at Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, NJ. Dec has a BS degree and an MS degree in mathematics from Montclair State University.  She continues to do visiting lectures at Montclair State University’s Computer Science Department.  Dec has received numerous awards.  She was awarded the Eric Jenett Excellence Award in 2001 by the Project Management Institute.  In 2000, she was listed among Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders and by Best's Review as one of the 'People to Watch In 2000 in the Insurance Industry'.”  She was profiled by Women in Technology International for its 1999 Women in Science and Technology event and was named one of the '25 IT People to Watch' by Computer World in 1998; one of 26 'Intriguing Women of New Jersey Business' by Business News; and was among the first honorees inducted into the Year 2000 Hall of Fame.  Dec has made presentations at more than 60 conferences, seminars, and government hearings and has consulted with other major U.S. companies and government agencies.  She has been quoted in business, consumer and technology publications including the Star Ledger,  Investment News, Beyond Computing, CIO, ComputerWorld, InformationWeek, PC Week, the on-line I-Village newsletter and the Year/2000 Journal.  She also has discussed issues related to the Year 2000 business problem on ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, and News 12 New Jersey.  Dec is a member of the World Future Society, Project Management Institute, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Montclair State University Foundation Board and Montclair State University's College of Mathematics and Science Council.

Topic:

Managing the Global Playground

Abstract:

Managing the Global 'playground': rules, project structures, how to succeed, why you will fail and how to manage risks.  Global projects are complex, costly and challenging to manage.  Dec will discuss the challenges of implementing and succeeding on  global business initiatives. The world has 'shrunk', information moves quickly and project teams must collaborate and communicate. Based on her experiences in managing global projects, Dec will discuss the Project Management Office (PMO) and how to implement a PMO on a 'global stage'.  She will include how the culture, language, time zone, geography raise the risks for businesses to implement and execute on global projects.  This session will include a discussion on how to obtain both the local, regional and global business requirements for multinational firms. .  How do global firms address and build solutions when the requirements include multinational regulatory and privacy mandates.    A discussion on project management and execution capabilities in each of these regions will be discussed.. She will explore with you how the global economic forces create country, regional and global impacts with focus on European union, Asia and Central and South America.

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Garry DeRose

Bio:
Garry J. DeRose, CEO and Director of the Corning Center For Learning, has guided the non-profit organization to substantial growth since 1981. He has conducted presentations and discussions on learning strategy and organizational change for Quest Diagnostics, World Kitchen, Berlex Laboratories and United Nations Development Programme among many others.   He is a published author and has presented on outsourcing and learning strategy at IQPC, ASTD and ISPI conferences. He holds a BA from Montclair (NJ) State College, an MBA from Syracuse University, and an MA and PhD from University of Wisconsin as well as a certificate in Project Management.

Topic:

Overcoming the pitfalls in global innovation projects

Abstract:

This is the story of a growing company that encountered challenges in extending its project management system to new R?D centers worldwide. Problems included differing languages and work practices and even touchier differences in attitudes about supervision and team interactions. Audience will interact by diagnosing the difficulties and prescribing solutions.

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Peter Ferrao

Bio:
Peter Ferrao is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in infrastructure projects in the Middle and Far East.  He has worked with Bechtel in the Kuwait Oil Fields restoration projects following the Gulf War. In Hong Kong he has worked on the Airport Core Projects ranging from Immersed Tube Tunnels, Escalators and Passenger Terminal Building Structure.  For six years Peter has worked on Rail in Hong Kong and on the Taiwan Shinkansen (Bullet Train).  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Project Management Professionals and a Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.   Peter holds Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Arts in Arbitration ? Dispute Resolution and Master of Laws in Chinese ? Comparative Law Degrees.  He is the founder and president of Project Management Services with responsibility for consultancy, management and client relations. He works with power companies in their operations in China and with Oil ? Gas companies in Southeast Asia.  Peter has developed and conducted project management seminars in the Asia Pacific. His corporate clientele include CAT, Datacraft, Global Knowledge, Huawei and Techtronic among others.  He has taught Chinese Contract Law and Chinese Company Law for the Professional Diploma in Legal Studies at the Hong Kong Management Association.  Peter was a member of the City University’s team at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.  He has published short papers in the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was the Associate Editor of a Project Management Handbook on Software Outsourcing in China.

Topic:

Project Management - In China they do it with regulations

Abstract:

With the near absence of the law of negligence and disdain for risk management, a prescriptive regulation might well be a good substitute for the inexhaustible supply of human resources, furthering a greater reliance on process-oriented project management.
On the other hand, the regulations tend to retain and entrench the central planning feature of projects.  Whether better transparency is induced into project management remains to be seen.

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Tom Kennedy

Bio:
Tom Kennedy is an Associated Press award-winning broadcaster and teacher of strategic communications. Tom has more than 20 years of on-air media experience and over 13 years strategic-communications consulting experience with officers and senior executives of international companies including IBM, Roche, MIT, Bank of America, Bosch, and others. He specializes in helping his clients successfully develop and deliver focused, effective, and memorable messages, internally and externally, including effective use of the Web, print, and broadcast media.  Tom received the prestigious Toastmasters communicator of the year award for 2004, given 'For outstanding leadership in the television ? radio broadcasting industry and the business of worldwide communications', joining a group of recipients like Ben Zander and David Brudnoy.  Prior to forming The Kennedy Group, in 1992, Tom has top-rated on-air TV and radio experience, as well as program-management experience, in five major markets across the US - Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Jacksonville. He thoroughly understands regional communications strategies within the Untied States and has a broad knowledge of worldwide strategic communications, crisis management, and cross-cultural protocols.  He delivers regular guest lectures at the Harvard School of Public Health. Tom is a board member of the Society of Professional Consultants and a member and regular speaker for the Institute of Management Consultants and spent several years as an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Communications Studies Department at Emerson College, with campuses in Boston, Brussels, and Los Angeles.

Topic:

Death by PowerPoint - Rethinking Presentations

Abstract:

Business leaders agree that effective communication is the key to personal (and team) success.  This interactive presentation/discussion will cause you to re-think your communication strategies, including:
  • Presentation preparation, practice and delivery
  • Advance presentation and media 'tools' (stories, quote, visual aids, etc.)
  • How to become the presentation coach of your team

Joan Knutson

Bio:
As a writer, lecturer and consultant, Joan Knutson, PMP, has earned a reputation as a project management thought-leader.  Joan's experience includes; founding and managing for more than 25 years, Project Mentors, a successful, multi-million dollar project management training and consulting firm. She has spoken to thousands of people worldwide through her interactive seminars, keynote presentations, and on-line learning programs.  She recently has been appointed by the University of San Francisco as Lead Adjunct Instructor and Developer for their Masters of Science in Project Management program.  Joan is a long-time and active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and wrote The Executive's Notebook column in PM Network for over a decade. She is also a published author of several highly regarded books on project management; including her top-selling, 'Succeeding in Project-Driven Organizations', published by John Wiley ? Sons.

Topic:

Project Management: Following the Sun

Abstract:

Time and technology have moved us into a Global Economy.  Products must be developed and brought to market faster, manufacturing must be accomplished cheaper, and customer service must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Those objectives are undoable in the United States.  No matter how many hours employees worked, they could not meet the time nor the cost imperatives mandated.  Therefore, to accommodate all those drivers, business must 'follow the sun' thus creating a Global Economy.  Business has always been reliant on projects; projects that design, create and maintain the various end-deliverables.  A Global Economy can’t exist without the discipline of project management.  As the economy has become global, the need to follow the sun has had a dramatic impact on the disciple of project management.

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Andrew Longman

Bio:
Andrew Longman is a partner in Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. He is also vice president, marketing, responsible for the worldwide promotion of the company's brand and consultants.   Mr. Longman helped design and implement eThink, Kepner-Tregoe's critical-thinking support software, and its project management software, Project Logic. Clients for whom he has successfully guided projects include American Honda, DRS, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed-Martin, Daimler-Chrysler, Procter ? Gamble, and TRW.  Mr. Longman is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is the co-author of The Rational Project Manager: A Thinking Team's Guide to Getting Work Done,  published in 2005 by John Wiley ? Sons.

Topic:

Managing Global Projects: Lessons from the Firing Line

Abstract:

In today's far-flung, multinational enterprises, global project teams are no longer the exception, but the norm. Whether it's installing a worldwide ERP system; launching a new product in Europe and the Americas; or building new plants in China, Korea, and Mexico, managing projects across time zones, geographical boundaries, and cultures presents a unique challenge to organization leaders and project managers alike.   How do you assign responsibilities? Monitor results? Set-up reliable problem-solving and communications processes? What steps need to be taken to ensure seamless implementation and, when necessary, make mid-course corrections from thousands of miles away? In this session, Andrew Longman, co-author of The Rational Project Manager: A Thinking Team's Guide to Getting Work Done, introduces proven methods for dealing with these and other challenges facing organizations whose projects span the globe.   Mr. Longman will illustrate his points with real-life examples, including a short video documentary of an international project that has achieved stellar results.

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Venkita Seshadri

Bio:
Venkita Seshadri PhD, PMP has extensive experience in telecommunications network project management.  In his early career, at AT?T Bell Laboratories, he managed several performance measurement projects for AT?Ts domestic and international network.  Later in International Operations, he worked on cycle time improvement /defect reduction and new technology introduction projects.    He then joined the Network Planning organization and managed several network capacity build projects with a number of foreign Telecom correspondents.  He is currently involved with the business case analysis and program management of network development projects.  Venkita is an active member of the NJ Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMINJ).

Topic:

The race to the South Pole: Lessons learned


Abstract:

This talk illustrates the criticality of Project Management factors including Organizational culture, Leadership, Project Planning and Risk Management that are needed for successful completion of Global Projects through the example of the race to South Pole in 1911.   Amundsen beat Scott to the Pole through superior planning and execution. Even worse, Scott and his team perished on the return journey from taking far too many risks. The lessons learned from this saga can benefit any Project Manager leading complex and risky endeavors.

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Henry Will

Bio:
Henry C. Will, IV, PMP is a Senior Project Manager at Palisades Technology Partners (ptpusa.com) in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. He manages software development projects that provide SOA / Web-service based solutions for Mortgage companies.   In the past Mr. Will has worked in IT Solutions Consulting for fortune 500 companies and is named on patents granted for work he did on a Blood Chemistry Analyzer. In the past, he has managed software development on such varied projects as Y2K for AT?T, the F/A 18 Fighter / Attack plane, the A/V-8B Vertical Take-off and Landing jump jet and video games. He is a graduate of NJIT.  Mr. Will is also active volunteering as a trustee for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.

Topic:

Crisis Project Management of near shore projects


Abstract:

This presentation will walk through case histories of actual near-shore rapid software development projects. Topics explored will include considerations of Off-shore vs. Near-shore projects, critical issues encountered and solutions provided as well as lessons learned.

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John Worthington

Bio:
John Worthington has over 25 years in IT, having been involved with the service delivery management space from the supplier side, as a customer, and as a consultant.  John holds a Manager's Certificate in IT Service Management and provides both Foundation and Practitioner Certification instruction.   His career includes executive positions at Unisys, AT?T, Loral and CIBER.  In addition, John has experience with several emerging software start-ups in the service management space.  John is an instructor for ITSM Academy and an independent consultant doing business as MyServiceMonitor, LLC. 

Topic:

Team of Rivals: Program Management in ITIL® Implementation


Abstract:

Abraham Lincoln brought his rivals into his cabinet and skillfully marshaled their talents to win the civil war. This presentation provides a brief overview of the IT Infrastructure Library, highlights the benefits of implementing IT Service Management, and discusses the importance of effective program/project management for successful implementation of ITIL.


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