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PMINJ 2015 IPM Day Speakers 

05 Nov 2015

Somerset, NJ - The Palace



Speaker Topic
Vitaliy Fursov, PMP Why We Win, When We Win, What We Win
Abby Kohut 1 - Exposing the Hidden Job Market
2 - Networking for Project Managers – Building Magical Relationships
Amit Panchal Successful Global Project Rollouts and Pitfalls to Avoid
Shobhna Raghupathy, MS, PMP Team Dynamics & Global Leadership in the New Millennium
Dave Sherman Embracing the Art of the Schmooze

Vitaliy Fursov, PMP

Vitaliy Fursov is a fellow PMP, and a professional public speaker. Vitaliy developed a series of workshops to help people understand how to build winning strategies and to choose winning solutions for any situation in life. Vitaliy was a keynote speaker and a workshop provider at the First International Forum on Project Management in Moscow, Russia in December 2009; keynote speaker at the educational forum for Latino Project Management Network (LPMN) of Toronto in November 2012, a keynote speaker and a workshop provider at PMI's Lakeshore Chapter and Canada's Technology Triangle Chapter in October 2014.


Why We Win, When We Win, What We Win 


During this session the audience will experience the power of mutual aid through the series of interactive games. We will discover ah-ha-moments that are preventing us from creating results we want to create in our lives.

Everyone will be able to take home collectively developed and individually customized tools to help each of us develop healthy working relationships, increased willingness to offer and receive feedback between peers, colleagues, mentors and managers, and develop a new idea of 'win-win' thinking.

Abby Kohut

Abby Kohut is an award winning Human Resources professional with 18 years of corporate experience. As President of Staffing Symphony LLC, Abby is credited with offering over 10,000 people jobs from all industries and at all levels of employment during her recruiting career. Abby has delivered over 700 live workshops across 33 states on a variety of human resources, job search, social media and business-related subjects.

Abby is well known in the Human Resources and job search world as “Absolutely Abby.” Her website,, was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes in 2013, because it teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters typically don’t share. Abby has offered her Human Resources perspective on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, LinkedIn, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Abby was selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine. Her network consists of 10,000+ LinkedIn connections and 21,000+ Twitter followers and recently, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby one of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search on Twitter.


Exposing the Hidden Job Market


Although the economy is improving - this still isn't your Grandma's job market! Many of the jobs are hidden from plain view and unless you learn about the new way to job hunt, you'll be left out in the cold. Abby will teach you how easy it really is to uncover the hidden job market. You will learn:

  • Why the job market is hidden in the first place
  • How to identify the best networking opportunities in your line of work
  • 3 ways to hobnob with CTOs, CFOs and other C-suite members
  • How to solve problems for companies who don't know that they have them
  • 3 ways to use social media to generate opportunities you didn't know existed
  • How to differentiate yourself from others so people will remember you


Networking for Project Managers – Building Magical Relationships


Is it good enough just to attend a networking event or is there really more magic required? The answer is yes – but the magic is all about you. You create the success of the event, as opposed to relying on everyone else around you to create it. Simply put, you get out what you put in, and in some cases, you get so much more. At this event, you will learn:
  • Why networking is NOT just for not working
  • How to explain what you do so people will remember you
  • What “paying it forward” is all about
  • The importance of being specific when asking for help
  • What your business card should/should not have on it
  • How to turn your networking magic into long term relationships

Amit Panchal

Amit Panchal is an Enterprise Technologist at  Microsoft with expertise in Competitive Strategy. Having global responsibility, Amit has led public/private cloud transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 companies. Recently he led the design,  architecture, and migration of 35K users to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud platform.
Amit has worked in Information Technology for the past 20 years within a variety of industries including Retail, Financial, Military, and Education holding a number roles including Director of Support, Architect as well as a holding management and leadership roles.  
Amit graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with an MBA in Technology Management in 2009. He started his career in the US Navy as a systems engineer.  During that tenure, Amit was recognized and awarded ‘Sailor of the Year’, a prestigious Navy recognition for his ship, the USS Harpers Ferry, for his role as the ship's IT support arm.  He built and deployed a radio frequency satellite relay to allow for email communication, greatly improving shipboard morale.   Amit is also an adjunct professor at NJIT’s School of Management focusing on Operations Management and Project Management.


Successful Global Project Rollouts and Pitfalls to Avoid 


Amit will provide actual case studies to illustrate the drivers of a successful global IT initiative and pitfalls to avoid. He will expand on lessons learned of what worked well for one successful global project and what did not work well on another unsuccessful project.

Shobhna Raghupathy, MS, PMP

Shobhna Raghupathy is a Global Strategy and Project Portfolio Management consultant. She has extensive experience in managing enterprise-wide technical and strategic projects in diverse industries including Telecommunications, Healthcare, Finance and Consulting.  Currently she is engaged to manage the Consumer Digital Experience(CDE) portfolio at AT&T. A long time volunteer leader at PMI, Shobhna is currently a member of Ethics MAG. She is also a part of the PMI team involved in defining the Ethical Decision making Framework for PMI. Shobhna is a recognized presenter at PMI Global Congresses and Leadership Institute Meetings. For the past several years, she is an invited Speaker at PMI Chapter PDDs and Symposia.


Team Dynamics & Global Leadership in the New Millennium 


In today’s changing business environment, project managers not only need to manage global, virtual and multi-cultural projects, but also establish a direction and align with the organization vision.

In this interconnected global economy, the environment and skills needed for leadership have changed.  Leadership today is a shared process, rather than an individual skill set and there is a greater need for adaptability, collaboration and network thinking.  In order to create a high performing workforce, we need to manage the dynamics of the global, multicultural teams.  A shift in values seems to be occurring in the workplace and there is an emerging new work ethic based on work life balance.  There is an urgent need to manage a workforce that is more diverse than ever with distinct views on authority, work ethic, communication and incentives. Successfully harnessing the talents and energies is certainly a challenge.

To avoid conflicts which can cause employee turnover, project managers and leaders need to clarify the objectives, communicate the vision and build bridges of understanding and collaboration across multiple generations of workforce.

This presentation will outline the traditional leadership styles and present new leadership theories or approaches
to address the team dynamics of the global workforce.  It will examine the challenges and issues presented to project managers and leaders in the new millennium.  It will emphasize how the future workforce Generation Y with a passion for technology and social media, can be challenged and motivated to lead organizational initiatives.

Case studies and social media clips will be used to communicate the concepts.

Dave Sherman

DaveSherman has spent the past 20+ years helping to make small business owners more successful.  

Professional speaker, trainer and best-selling author, is the owner of Dave Sherman Speaks, a training and consulting company that specializes in teaching people how to grow their business faster by embracing the art of the schmooze.

He was an award winning retail business owner and has written three best-selling books on small business marketing.  He has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Toyota, Southwest Airlines, Northwestern Mutual, American Express, Wells, Fargo, Raytheon, Medtronic and 100s more.


Embracing the Art of the Schmooze 


The #1 way to enhance your personal life and your professional career is by meeting more people, doing more business and enjoying a higher level of success!  It’s not about landing more sales; it’s about finding more contacts for your network.  Unfortunately, most people have been trained to sell but have never been trained to SCHMOOZE!

In this powerful, engaging and motivating presentation, Dave will share with you the tips and tools necessary to help you grow your network and enhance your professional and personal life.  You will learn:

  • What is schmoozing and why you aren’t doing it properly
  • Overcoming any fears or discomforts when meeting new people
  • How to find the best places to schmooze
  • What not to say when someone asks “what do you do?”
  • How to embrace the four most important words in schmoozin

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