||From Talk to Action - Making
ROI Real in Your Organization
||Finding the I in Team
||Stop Talking, Start Communicating!
||Stakeholder Engagement & Co-Creation:
Reducing Project Risks
|Roger D. Beatty, PhD, PMP
||CEO AVATAR as Mentor: Becoming More Business-Savvy
|Robert Franco, PhD
||Partnership Models: Flexibility and Effective
|Dr. Brenda Marshall
|Barb McClintick, MBA, PMP
||Demonstrating Value of PMO by Using
Management Enterprise Reporting Metrics
|Aita Salasoo, PhD, PMP
||Project Effort Estimation Best Practices
|Linda Trignano, MA
||Communicate with Impact! Power Tools in
Your Project Management Toolbox
|Vijay Verma, PMP, MBA.,
||Influencing Without Authority
|John Wurch, PMP
||Change Management: 6 Steps to Guarantee
||Michelle LaBrosse, PMP
From Talk to Action - Making ROI Real in Your Organization
Know what decisions regarding projects
drive financial performance and understand the risks related to project
management that derail the financial performance of companies.
In the closing keynote, Michelle will help
participants learn and understand: the role that a project manager has
in the overall strategic performance of a company; how to make proper project
portfolio decisions; how to use a project prioritization technique to select
the right types of projects to pursue; what measurements will drive to
successful project completion; key factors that drive senior executives’
decision-making on projects; and how to guide leaders in making better
decisions regarding projects.
Michelle LaBrosse, PMP completed Harvard
Business School's prestigious three year Owner President Managed
(OPM). She knows first hand the issue that drive ROI in companies
from the perspective of senior management as the Chief Executive Officer
of Cheetah Learning and the owner of several other fast growing enterprises
in real estate and agriculture. Michelle leads a team at Cheetah
Learning that created a program called the Senior Project Executive certificate
that helps Project Managers create bridges to the executive suite in private,
publically traded, and non-profit organizations of all sizes.
Michelle's style is accessible and she is a well respected peer advisor
to many rising project managers moving up the corporate ladder.
Topic: Finding the I in Team
This presentation provides the skills
to achieve difficult personal and professional projects and goals. It doesn’t
matter whether it’s to obtain a professional certification or implement
a global system. The same techniques were used to successfully implement
multi-million dollar, international projects and to conquer the exotic
Great Wall of China and the brutally cold Antarctica 26.2-mile marathons.
The projects were on time, within budget, and to specifications.
The skills and agility used to navigate
through the rocky, slippery, and uneven Great Wall’s 3,600 steps were applied
to managing the 3,600 steps of a project plan. Likewise, the same preparation
for addressing the unpredictable, subfreezing Antarctica weather was applied
to managing the “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” during major projects.
You’ll understand how to manage (and even reduce) the stress of managing
projects, while getting more from your staff and preventing employee turnover.
Establish achievable goals.
Motivate yourself and team members.
Manage fear and move outside of the comfort
Embrace and manage risk.
Gain support for your plan.
Address unplanned events (the “known unknowns”
and “unknown unknowns”).
Manage the negative, victim mentality.
Better execute your plan.
Mr. Reed is a CPA, PMP, and IT professional
with twenty years in management and executive positions for various Fortune
500 companies and large consulting firms. The responsibilities included
managing multi-million dollar departmental budgets and staffing blends
of international, multi-generational, multi-cultural employees and consultants.
As an adjunct professor, he taught project
management, accounting, income tax, business management, and information
technology courses. He also developed and taught accounting classes to
small business owners and consulting firms. He’s been interviewed
on radio and webcast programs and featured in the business, travel, and
sports sections of major newspapers and publications across the country.
This includes the Dallas Morning News, Runner’s World, Southern Living,
Ebony, and the Journal of Accountancy. He holds two graduate degrees and
two undergraduate degrees. He’s served on the Board of Directors for the
Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, the
Dallas White Rock Marathon, and various local and international not-for-profit
organizations. He has spoken at national and international business
conferences. He has four books and over 50 articles published. The articles
have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation, Career Focus, and Runner’s
World magazines. His book, entitled Finding the I in TEAM: Better Team
Building Through Individual Building, focuses on building stronger team
members. He’s completed one hundred 26.2-mile marathons around the
world and in thirty States. This included the fridge Antarctica, Kenya’s
dangerous Lewa SafriCom, and China’s Great Wall Marathons. In completing
marathons on all 7 continents, he made history by becoming the first Black
in the world to accomplish this feat. Fewer than 225 people in the world
had achieved this goal. (By comparison, over 2,500 people have reached
Mt. Everest’s summit, including over 500 in one year.) Subsequently, his
journeys were chronicled in his book, Running Shoes Are Cheaper Than Insulin:
Marathon Adventures On All Seven Continents and he was featured in the
May, 2009 edition of Ebony.
Topic: Stop Talking, Start
In challenging economic times, powerful
and successful communication is critical to continued success. Becoming
a great communicator is a skill every Program Manager can learn and master.
Mark’s lively keynote delivers a detailed blueprint for communication success,
with specific do's and don'ts in a wide variety of program management settings
and completely dispensing with tiresome theory.
Over the last ten years, Mark Wiskup has
delivered successful communications coaching sessions in hundreds of speeches
and workshops across North America. He founded a nationwide video and live
event production company and started his career as an award winning television
journalist. He has degrees from UCLA and Northwestern University.
Topic: Stakeholder Engagement
& Co-Creation: Reducing Project Risks
How many times have you worked on strategically
important projects only to find what you delivered did not return the planned
positive business impact? Participate in this session to learn how
applying a network mindset, strategic stakeholder engagement and co-creation
improves planning, impact, and overall project results.
Jenny Ambrozek is founder of SageNet LLC,
a consulting practice helping businesses innovate and accomplish strategic
projects by ensuring effective collaboration and knowledge sharing among
key stakeholders. Her expertise is grounded in Edutel, a pioneering Australian
Videotex project, and directing member engagement at Prodigy. Jenny is
a contributor to The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook 2008 and Inside Knowledge
Magazine; founded The Sustainable Enterprise Network and co-convened the
Facebook Groups in Business Investigation 2008. Presentations include KMWorld,
Enterprise 2.0 Summit and Knowledge Innovation Network (University of Warwick),
where she is Associate for Participative Media. Jenny blogs about 21st
||Roger D. Beatty, PhD, PMP
Topic: CEO AVATAR as Mentor: Becoming
An AVATAR Project Manager named “PM” enters
PROJECToria on a quest to become more “business-savvy.” In this virtual
world, PM discovers that a virtual world organization, a CEO AVATAR and
a specific sequence of ten steps unlocks the secrets toward becoming a
business-savvy project management professional.
Roger D. Beatty, PhD, PMP, is an expert
on globalization in project management with over 25 years experience in
information technology, program management, telecommunications and government.
Dr. Beatty is a lifetime alumnus of the PMI Leadership Institute Masters
Program. He devotes his time and energy to the worldwide development
of the profession and speaks at conferences on current project management
trends. He won the “Speaker Trip to Brazil” contest sponsored by the PMIWDC.
He has been a Global Congress Speaker in Hong Kong, Santiago and Sydney.
His work has been featured on the PMI.org home page and in PMNetwork magazine.
||Robert Franco, PhD.
Topic: Partnership Models:
Flexibility and Effective Execution
As pharmaceutical companies struggle to
reduce their cost structures and improve their productivity they are turning
more and more to CROs and other partners to provide critical development
services. In this presentation we will explore some of the key elements
needed to create and manage new and effective partnership models that deliver
Rob is the Lead Director of PRTM’s Global
Pharmaceutical Business Group. With over 23 years of experience,
Rob has worked with the senior management of several large pharmaceutical
and biotechnology companies to implement complex change management initiatives
and to remediate quality and compliance issues. He has also helped create
new sourcing partnerships that help to improve productivity and reduce
costs. Rob has 13 technical publications, three patents, and eight management
consulting articles to his name.
||Dr. Brenda Marshall
Topic: Emotional Intelligence
Emotionally Intelligent Management provides
the strategies and skills of a published, experienced psychotherapist/coach
to all levels of management smoothing the road to project success. From
avoiding dangerous emotional tornadoes and reharnessing team spirit and
energy, this program entertains and challenges the most seasoned manager
to reach higher potentials.
Dr. Marshall, is director of evidence
based practice at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and a professor
at Ramapo College NJ. She has an MS in Management from the Wagner School
of Public Service at NYU, a doctorate from Columbia University, and
an MSN from UMDNJ. She is a psychotherapist, providing seminars on behavior
change and self-management at Learn 2 Choose Inc. Center for Social/Emotional
Learning in Pompton Lakes. Dr. Marshall won the Regional TurningPoint Innovation
Award for the application of response card technology in teaching.
She is the author of “Becoming You, An owner’s manual for creating
||Barb McClintick, MBA, PMP
Topic: Demonstrating Value
of PMO by Using Management Enterprise Reporting Metrics
Demonstrating Value of PMO Calculating
the costs of failed projects or the benefit of successful projects is not
easy. However, there are ways to demonstrate the value. Participants learn
how to measure the value of a PMO, Evaluate the cost and benefits to help
prioritize project efforts and measuring the ROI of PMO initiatives.
Barb joined Cheetah with 20 years of Project
Management experience in the shipping and transportation industry and four
years as an Adjunct Professor. She was PMP-certified in 2003, and
holds a Masters of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College,
Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Malone College, Associate
of Applied Business, Transportation from The University of Akron and is
a member of the Project Management Institute.
||Aita Salasoo, PhD, PMP
Topic: Project Effort Estimation
Estimating project effort is a key to
predicting project cost. Best practices related to project effort estimation
include developing two independent estimates, focusing on assumptions associated
with estimates, and managing estimates throughout the project. Two specific
estimation techniques based on Use Case Points and Work Breakdown Structures
Aita Salasoo is with Cognizant Technology
Solutions, where she provides program management, onsite delivery leadership,
and organizational change management services for clients in the retail,
hospitality, and financial services industries. She has helped clients
with the introduction of estimation processes, as well as many other process
improvements. Aita brings 23 years of application development, systems
integration, and consulting experience, and 13 years of project management
experience. She has published and presented on a broad range of topics.
Aita holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is PMP certified. She
has been a PMINJ volunteer for many years and is currently a VP on the
||Linda Trignano, MA
Topic: Communicate with Impact!
Power Tools in Your Project Management Toolbox
Your expertise will take you only so far.
What will enable you to be effective and productive on each project are
your people skills. How you work with people matters. Skills
such as communication, listening, handing conflicts and understanding corporate
culture all lead to better working relationships and job productivity.
Understanding the need for good people skills and becoming proficient at
them will move your career to new heights of success!
Linda Trignano has over 23 years experience
facilitating and helping individuals and business groups find and utilize
their potential. Areas of practice includes training and developing
teams and individuals utilizing insight work assessments, Human Resource
consulting to attract and hire the right employees, and coaching groups
and business managers to develop into leaders both personally and professionally.
She has recently included grief coaching into her business practice coaching
individuals, teams or managers in organizations through periods of loss.
She is a member of the ASTD, NJAWBO, Women in Communication She holds a
MS in Management, a BA in Communications, Human Resources Certification,
Project Management Certification, as well as a certified business coach.
||Vijay Verma, PMP, MBA., PEng
Topic: Influencing Without
Gain the power you need to influence and
lead others and get the job done!
Ignoring the external and internal politics
surrounding your project can be hazardous to your project’s health.
This session will help you understand
the importance and dynamics of power and politics in project management.
It will outline the characteristics and outcomes of power and help analyze
the political landscape in your organizations. It emphasizes the importance
of managing stakeholders through leadership and influence.
Vijay K. Verma (PMI Fellow, PMP, MBA,
P.Eng;), TRIUMF, University of British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia,
Vijay K. Verma (PMP, MBA, P.Eng) is an
internationally known consultant, speaker, trainer and author. Mr. Verma
has more than 25 years of project management experience and is currently
a group leader at a Canadian national research laboratory, where he provides
project management services for projects varying in size, complexity and
diversity. He has presented numerous workshops for many clients from a
wide variety of industries. He has written the three-volume series
Human Aspects of Project Management, published by the Project Management
Institute, which includes Organizing Projects for Success (Vol. 1), Human
Resource Skills for the Project Manager (Vol. 2), and Managing the Project
Team (Vol. 3).
Mr. Verma received the 2009 PMI Fellow
award (one of the highest and most prestigious award), 1999 PMI David I.
Cleland Project Management Literature Award (for his book “Managing the
Project Team”) and the 1999 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award for his
sustained and significant contributions to the project management profession.
||John Wurch, PMP
Topic: Change Management:
6 Steps to Guarantee Adoption
Come experience real life lessons about
the importance of a formal change management model from two Fortune 50
firms that impacted over 32,000 people. Take away the communication steps/tools
and the end user adoption model used to drive the target audiences’ acceptance
of the project and ultimately its success.
Founder and President – JPW Consulting
John Wurch founded JPW Consulting, a change
management/training firm, in 1998. Over 20 years, John has trained over
10,000 students in Project Management, Leadership, and Software Applications.
John has trained in firms such as Morgan Stanley, NJ Manufacturers Insurance,
Novartis Pharmaceuticals, NYU School of Business, and Microsoft. He has
been featured in Metroset as a guest speaker on the Project Management
John received his B.S. in Management from
Rutgers and earned his MBA from New Jersey Institute of Technology, where
he graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors. John also volunteers as
a resource investment panelist for the United Way.