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PMINJ 2013 Symposium Speakers 

27th Annual Symposium

06 May 2013

Edison - Pines Manor

Sunday Seminar

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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Keynote Speakers
Todd Cohen Sell Yourself, Your Skills and Your Projects for Career Advancement
Martha Legare PMP, MBA Projects Mean Change- Are YOU Ready?
Neal Whitten, PMP Behaviors that  Lead to Exceptional Performance
Track Speakers
Saibal Basuroy,  PMP & Mark Schiffman Keys to Successful  Project Controls in Mega Transit Projects.
 A Case Study of MTA’s Number 7 Project in Manhattan
Wendy Blumenstein Leading Others  Best Practices and Bettering Your Leadership
Lori Britt, PMP, Six Sigma MB, PhD-ABD 
Developing World Class Process Maps
Gus Cicala Leadership is Taken, Not Given. Establishing, Maintaining and Regaining Control of Projects
Irene Cousino, PMP, EMTM, CPC, ELI-MP Exercise Your Right Brain to Maximize Effectiveness
Ron Krukowski, PMP Harness the Consciousness of Consulting Effectiveness
Susan Morris, M.Ed, CPCC, ACC What do you say AFTER you say hello? What do you do BEFORE you say hello?
Marc Resch Strategic Value  Driven Project Management
Jim Schneidmuller, PMP The Why, How & What of a Program Management Review (aka Audit)

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Saibal Basuroy,  PMP

Bio:
 
Saibal Basuroy, B.S in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India has 25 years of experience managing Construction projects internationally. Saibal’s expertise include Project and Program Management for large scale projects from concept to commissioning for Steel Plants, Power Plants and Infrastructure Projects. Last 12 years Saibal is involved in Project Management of Transit projects in North East corridor for Amtrak, NJ Transit and MTA. Saibal’s core role includes Scheduling, Cost and Budget Control, Risk Management etc.

Saibal is a long time PMI member and PMP. Currently Saibal is involved with Construction of $2.4 Billion “Number 7 Line Project” of MTACC at Manhattan.


Speaker
Mark Schiffman

Bio:

Mark J. Schiffman is employed by MTA Capital Construction as a Vice President and Deputy Program Executive. He is engaged in design and construction of the $2.4 billion No. 7 Subway Line Extension in Manhattan. His direct responsibilities are to oversee design and “project controls”, i.e., all aspects of scheduling, financial management, quality assurance, safety, environmental compliance and other matters, pertaining to the project.

Mr. Schiffman joined MTACC in 2008. For more than 35 previous years he had been employed by several different planning/engineering-architectural design/construction management consulting firms. He was responsible for management of their offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England.
 His technical experience includes work on a wide variety of public and private works projects. They include roads, highways, bridges, buildings (commercial, residential, industrial), utilities, rail and bus transit facilities, and others.

Mr. Schiffman is a licensed Professional Engineer and an attorney. He received a B.S. (major – civil engineering) from Cornell University, a Master of Engineering (major – traffic and transportation) from the University of South Carolina, and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).   

Topic:

Keys to Successful Project Controls in Mega Transit Projects.   A Case Study of MTA’s Number 7 Project in Manhattan

Abstract:

MTA’s Number 7 Line Extension Program is to engender development of the Far West Side of midtown Manhattan at an estimated cost of $2.4 Billion. Construction began in 2007 and will be completed in June 2014. This program is an achievement of successful Project Controls in all aspects of Project Management. Major contracts completed to date are done ahead of schedule and under budget. Apart from Time and Cost management, project had notable success in terms of Quality, Safety and Change management. This presentation will elaborate various project control tools and techniques employed to make this project a success.

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Wendy Blumenstein

Bio:
With 30+ years of solid business experience, Wendy Blumenstein is known for her work as a Thinking Partner, certified Coach, and Trusted Advisor across various industries including healthcare, chemicals, consumer products, financial, services, and technology.  Wendy works closely with leaders to support realizing complex project business objectives, Organizational and Leadership change that may have previously eluded them.  Her work has guided leaders to promotions and enabled them to achieve unparalleled business results.  

Topic:

Leading Others Best Practices and Bettering Your Leadership

Abstract:

Did you know there is new research on Leadership Best Practices that reveals a framework and process that helps leaders get better results in the current business environment?  

 Great News! – These Leadership Best Practices apply if you are leading a function, a project team, a business unit, or leading a company. They even apply to taking a leadership role when working as a consultant with your clients.

 As a leader in today’s complex business world, you will want to make sure you know the researched Work of Leaders™ framework, the Leadership Best Practices, and on what you want to expand your capabilities.

Objectives:
  • Identify the Leadership Best Practices necessary to be a better leader – no matter whether you are an entrepreneur, a consultant or an organizational leader.
  • Explore Leadership challenges of other leaders to find the appropriate Best Practice to turn the challenges into strengths.
  • Find at least one Best Practice you can apply immediately – whether you are leading a small business or a large organization.


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Lori Britt, PMP, Six Sigma MB, PhD-ABD

Bio:
Lori Britt has over 25 years of experience leading large-scale initiatives in Process Improvement, Merger Integration, Globalization, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, and Change Management. She is a highly experienced project manager, business leader, Six Sigma Master Black Belt & PMI Certified PMP and also teaches several classes as an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Organizational Behavior and Change Program. She holds a PhD-ABD (all but dissertation) in Applied Organizational Psychology and a MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University; and a BS in Management and Communications from Adelphi University.  

Topic:

Developing World Class Process Maps

Abstract:

Although they are the foundation of all business activities, most companies’ processes are undocumented or poorly documented. When done correctly, process mapping is a valuable tool for identifying and prioritizing improvement opportunities. Adding this important skill to the project management toolset will increase your effectiveness and marketability.   

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Gus Cicala

Bio:
Augustus (Gus) Cicala is the President, CEO, and founder of Project Assistants, Inc.  A Wharton Business School graduate, he has 25+ years of project management and 30 years of information technology development and consulting.  

Mr. Cicala is also a popular speaker and writer on Project & Portfolio Management and the use of Microsoft Project as an enterprise project management technology platform.  He has published many popular articles and books on the subject, including contributions Macmillan’s Que book series: Special Edition: Using Microsoft Project.  He is also a member of Microsoft’s product advisory council.

Topic:

Leadership is Taken, Not Given. Establishing, Maintaining and Regaining Control of Projects

Abstract:

The project manager's role is a bit of a paradox: we are tasked with driving project success without having any tangible powers within the company.  This presentation will draw from Gus Cicala's infamous experience with The Bridge Project to illustrate ways to navigate this paradox through establishing a cadence in your client engagements.   

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Todd Cohen

Bio:
Todd Cohen works with all professionals who want to create a sales culture so that more sales happen. Since 1984, Todd has coached and led sales teams to deliver more than $700 million in revenue for leading companies including Xerox, Gartner Group, Thomson-Reuters, and LexisNexis.

Todd’s clients grow their sales by developing sales cultures built around the concept that “everyone is in sales. “Todd works with your sales team AND with your non-selling professionals to help them understand how to sell successfully, and how sales-related skills can translate into many kinds of professional success. He further teaches and encourages people that being in the sales culture means: “don’t do anything different; think differently about what you do.

Todd is a frequent keynote speaker at sales conferences, national association meetings, various HR conferences, and his Sales Culture Workshops(TM) have been met with wide acclaim.   He sits on the board of the Philadelphia Human Resources Planning Society and the Tri-State SHRM chapter.  He was the closing keynote at the Pa State SHRM conferences in October 2011.  His book on Sales Culture, Everyone’s In Sales was published in July 2010

Topic:

Sell Yourself, Your Skills and Your Projects for Career Advancement

Abstract:

Your ability to sell yourself, your skills and your projects is the key to career advancement!  In today’s fast moving and complex world, being an excellent project manager is great but can you “sell” it to guarantee continual advancement and professional growth?  We must know how to sell ourselves and how to help others advocate for us every single day!  A successful project manager also knows how they contribute every day to the success of the company and how they have a “line of sight to revenue”.

In this highly interactive and motivational session, nationally recognized speaker and author of “Everyone’s In Sales” Todd Cohen will lead us through the building blocks of how to sell ourselves and motivate others to help us achieve our goals.  Your ability to articulate your unique value proposition and having others know what you do, why you do it and are inspired by your work provides a clear path to how we attain success today and in the future.  An effective project manager must also understand and identify who is on your “virtual team” and how to leverage relationships to gain buy in and project success!  This session will enable you to have a competitive edge in your business, be more efficient and accepted. This also means you have a “seat at the table” and will enable you to sell internally.

 Session Objectives and Immediate Takeaways:
  • Learn the principles of a sales culture and conclusively know that what you do contributes to sales!
  • Understand and engage others with your Value Proposition
  • Definition of your Virtual (Sales) Team ™
  • Identifying and leveraging your Relationships Portability Index ™
  • How to make sure that you are selling yourself the best possible way to get what you want!

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Irene Cousino, PMP, EMTM, CPC, ELI-MP

Bio:
Irene Cousino joined AT&T Information Technology in 1978. Although, in a technical role, much of her work was about people. She managed large teams, and loved coaching and mentoring her staff. She became interested in Project Management and began to use the techniques on her projects.

 Twenty years later, Irene moved to Bellcore/Telcordia Technologies, where she managed teams, as the Director of Project Management for her department, and achieved her PMP.  Irene subsequently joined Johnson & Johnson.  In addition to her project management, and team management responsibilities, she volunteered to recruit and coach new hires in the Leadership Development Program.

 Throughout her corporate career, Irene was known as a manager that supported her staff and challenged them to grow continuously.

 In 2011, Irene became a Certified Career and Live Coach and left J&J to run her business.

 Irene is a PMP, a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), an Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), and holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Queens College of CUNY, as well as, an Executive Master of Technology Management from Steven’s Institute of Technology.

Topic:

Exercise Your Right Brain to Maximize Effectiveness

Abstract:

Our jobs as Project Managers require many right brain skills; such as solving problems or analyzing data. However, that alone will not necessarily ensure a successful project. While project results are never certain, we can get a leg up, by partnering with our right brain, to hone our emotional intelligence.  This presentation will give you insights into how emotional intelligence, and how you show up as a leader, can help you manage your project team, and other aspects of your life, to a more successful outcome.

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Ron Krukowski, PMP

Bio:
Ron Krukowski has been in project management for more than 20 years.  He began his career as a computer programmer, became a project manager and achieved a level of Senior Vice President in Technology Management.  Following a rewarding career as an employee, for two great companies, Ron began his own Consulting Practice (e-Techknowledge, Inc.). He has been branded by his colleagues as the “insurance policy” for getting initiatives back on track.  He is an “out-of-the-box” thinker who enjoys utilizing new tools and techniques to resolve traditional challenges.  Ron earned his PMP Certification and joined PMI in 2007.   Ron is currently active within the PMI as a Founding Member of the NJ PMO LCI, Newsletter Liaison and speaker at various PMI Chapter Events  

Topic:

Harness the Consciousness of Consulting Effectiveness

Abstract:

Today, more than ever, it takes a conscious effort to ensure your career is advancing. This interactive presentation will showcase five areas of focus for advancing your career along the “path of success” and selling your skills without being a salesperson.

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Martha Legare PMP, MBA

Bio:
Martha Legare, MBA, PMP, CMP, is CEO of the Gantt Group, a consulting firm linking strategy, organizational change, and project management. She has helped clients establish Project Offices in multiple countries, and is published in 97 Things Every Project Manager Should Know.  

Martha created a proprietary PM methodology that was adopted when a 60 billion company acquired her client. She has coached leaders and teams, planning rollout of a collections system for a credit card company, and helped facilitate the restructure of a $1.9 billion legal information provider. She has served on 3 of PMI’s Global Advisory Board.

Topic:

Projects Mean Change- Are YOU Ready?

Abstract:

Executives say they want change, but most hate it like the associates. We want to achieve end results, but how do we move the people along the path to get there? This session is about methodologies and leadership skills for getting stakeholders to buy into and execute organizational changes.

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Susan Morris, M.Ed, CPCC, ACC

Bio:
Susan is an internationally recognized speaker, invited by universities, life sciences firms and professional organizations to speak on managing and leading global project teams, career planning, building career networks and client retention strategies. Susan is the author of a series of mini-books, Leadership Essentials for Women Scientists and has written articles on management and leadership challenges and solutions for AAAS Science and AAPS Careers Magazine. Susan is a speaker for the Project Management Institute, chapters, Communities of Practice and the 2012 Global Congress. Susan holds a Masters in Education from Temple University with credentials as a certified executive coach.  

Topic:

What do you say AFTER you say hello? What do you do BEFORE you say hello?

Abstract:

Sell your skills, advance your career by perfecting your networking skills.  Career success hinges on presenting yourself confidently when meeting new people. Before saying hello, plan your networking goals to achieve your career goals. After saying hello, review the steps in making a positive impression and being remembered.

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Marc Resch

Bio:
Marc Resch is President of Resch Group, a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP), whose mission is to transform individuals and organizations into business-focused, data-driven value creators through specialized training, consulting and coaching services. As a strategy, process and training professional, Marc has helped transform numerous companies and individuals to achieve their business and professional goals. Resch is the author of Strategic Project Management Transformation: Delivering Maximum ROI and Sustainable Business Value. The book presents detailed processes and techniques to consistently achieve optimal and sustainable business returns from project investments.

Topic:

Strategic Value Driven Project Management

Abstract:

Project practitioners are on the front lines of delivering business value. Projects are viewed as strategic investments with the primary concern being the value that they generate. We will discuss processes and techniques to achieve, and even exceed, project strategic objectives, thereby maximizing financial returns, beneficial change and competitive advantage.

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Jim Schneidmuller, PMP

Bio:
James J. (“Jim”) Schneidmuller is a project management champion with more than 25 years of professional experience in the areas of project and program management, and professional and organizational development.  He has created and led several professional project management organizations within AT&T, including the development and creation of the corporate Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCOE).

 Jim has delivered numerous lectures at PMI’s annual seminars and symposium. He has been a contributing author for several recent project management books. He also teaches at Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, as a member of the Adjunct Faculty. 

Topic:

The Why, How & What of a Program Management Review (aka Audit)

Abstract:

Do you want to know how well program (or project) management is being employed within your company? Do you want to make “them” aware of what you need to manage your programs and projects more successfully? A Program Management Review Process is the answer!  We have created one that works!  We’ll share our approach and our lessons-learned! 

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Neal Whitten, PMP

Bio:
Neal Whitten, PMP, president of The Neal Whitten Group, is a popular speaker, trainer, consultant, mentor, and best-selling author in the areas of leadership, project management, and employee development. He has written over 100 articles for professional magazines and is the author of seven books. With over 35 years of front-line project management experience, Neal has developed and instructed dozens of unique workshops and presented to many thousands of people from across hundreds of companies, institutions and public organizations. Neal is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has been a contributing editor of PMI’s PM Network® magazine for over 15 years.

Topic:

Behaviors that Lead to Exceptional Performance

Abstract:

Success does not just happen—it is made to happen. Success is born of behaviors and choices that lead to exceptional performance. Popular speaker and best-selling PM author Neal Whitten reveals leading edge best-practice behaviors that will promote your professional and personal success. Some of these behaviors—intentionally or not—are often avoided. As you strive to achieve your dreams, these behaviors can lay the foundation for your journey. Come prepared to rethink what constitutes effective behavior.


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