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PMINJ 2015 Symposium Speakers 

29th Annual Symposium

04 May 2015

Edison - Pines Manor

Sunday Seminar

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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Keynote Speakers
Guy Burns Working with Diverse, Different & Difficult People
Vanessa Druskat, PhD Straight Up Emotional Intelligence 
Eric D Hieger, PsyD Powerful Synergy: Change Leadership
Track Speakers
Richard Heaslip, PhD Managing Complex Projects and Programs: Roles, Responsibilities and Behaviors
Tanveer Naseer, MSc Overcoming Leadership Vertigo to Drive Success
David Offenkrantz, MBA, PMP Keys to Successful Stakeholder Management
Katia Passerini, PhD, PMP Time Management & Knowledge Creation in Projects
Raju Rao, PMP A Dynamic WBS - Going beyond scope management 
Frank P. Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow The Indispensable Project Manager
Jessica Soroky, CSM, CCA, LGAC Building an Effective and High-Performing Team in Any Environment
Deven Trivedi, MBA, PMP, ACP
Chris Turner, PhD
Integrating Change Management with Project Management Processes for Business Transformation Initiatives
Te Wu, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, ITIL  Career in Project Management A sensible Guide to a Life-Long Journey

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Guy Burns

Bio:
Guy Burns is a dynamic professional speaker and coach that can help you achieve massive success and have less stress doing it. He’s had project management responsibilities in the US Navy aboard Nuclear Submarines as well as being a project manager for a commercial building contractor. Guy started his training company, Success and Beyond, LLC, in 2003 and makes over 100 professional presentations per year throughout the world helping businesses and individuals achieve their goals. In the past two years he has had the opportunity to speak and coach in America, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Canada, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Topic:

Working with Diverse, Different & Difficult People  

Abstract:


Have you ever wondered why someone reacted in a completely unexpected way? Beautiful Gantt Charts won’t help if goals are not communicated in a way that ensure buy-in from all parties involved.

This interactive presentation will make you think, laugh, and improve the way you connect with people at every level.

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Vanessa Druskat, PhD

Bio:
Vanessa Druskat, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Paul College of Business at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches leadership and team effectiveness. She is an award winning teacher and researcher. Both academics and practitioners have recognized her innovative research. Her article on building the emotional intelligence of work teams remained a top seller for the Harvard Business Review for a decade. Druskat is a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of team effectiveness and emotional intelligence. She has conducted seminars and workshops domestically and internationally for organizations ranging from Fortune 50 Companies to public schools.

Topic:

Straight Up Emotional Intelligence  

Abstract:

While technical skills and analytical intelligence (IQ) are foundational for effective leadership, two decades of research now reveal that it is a leader’s emotional intelligence (EQ) that best predicts the motivation and performance of a leader’s project team. This Keynote will introduce the intriguing science behind the power of EQ, the business case, and proven techniques for developing your own and other’s EQ. 

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Richard Heaslip, PhD

Bio:

Richard J. Heaslip is author of “Managing Complex Projects and Programs: How to Improve Leadership of Complex Initiatives Using a Third-Generation Approach” which was released by John Wiley and Sons in September, 2014.  He also contributed significantly to the content of the Project Management Institute’s “The Standard for Program Management – Third Edition” (published in January, 2013). 

Rick’s has been teaching Program Leadership Skills and Systems in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006.  He is a frequent speaker at professional symposia focused on the advancement and integration of organizational capabilities in program, project, portfolio, and performance management.

Rick is also Founder of Programmatic Sciences, a consultancy that specializes in helping organizations to improve their abilities to manage complex projects and programs. In this capacity he is often asked to advise and assist organizations as they refine their management models, and improve their project and program management competencies.

Prior to his work with the University of Pennsylvania and Programmatic Sciences, Rick served as a scientist and program leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He was Vice President of Project and Portfolio Management at Wyeth Research, where he was responsible for program, project, and portfolio management activities leading and supporting the development of innovative medicines. Rick personally led teams responsible for development and registration of three currently marketed pharmaceutical products. His original research in pharmacology and biochemistry has been published in 80 manuscripts and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.

Rick received his B.A. with honors in Research Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University. He completed his postdoctoral training in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.   

Topic:

Managing Complex Projects and Programs: Roles, Responsibilities and Behaviors  

Abstract:


Should modern organizations hire project and program managers who are principally trained in traditional (PMBOK-style) project management, or should they hire managers that are trained in the technical subject matter of their projects?  In a world that is pursuing increasingly complex projects, the answer is not always clear.  The bigger and more complex a project is, the more likely it is to need managers who are both technical and project management experts.  But organizations lament that they often have trouble identifying such “superstars” – they struggle to find managers with all the right skills.  

This PMI-NJ presentation will explore what it takes to be a “superstar” project or program manager, and why organizations have trouble finding or developing them.  Its conclusions may be surprising.  They expose why first-generation (traditional) project management approaches are sometimes ineffective, and why second-generation (e.g. Agile, Extreme) approaches provide only a partial solutions.  The presentation examines how professional project and program managers can do more (much more!) to teach their organizations how to manage complex projects and programs.  It suggests that organizations need…

  • To better understand the critical differences between programs and projects, and
  • To recognize how it can sometimes be beneficial for project and program managers to assume qualitatively different roles and responsibilities.

Finally, the research reveals a new “third-generation” approach for managing complex projects and programs – an approach that would simultaneously increase the autonomy of project and program managers and improve the organization’s ability to govern projects and programs.  

Come to this PMI-NJ seminar prepared to examine your profession, your project, and your organization, and perhaps to leave with a slightly different perspective on each. 

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Eric D Hieger, PsyD

Bio:
Eric D. Hieger, Psy.D., Senior Director, Talent Solutions,Corporate Global Talent & Learning, leads the ADP Corporate Global Talent Solutions function, responsible for the design, development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of a range of talent and organizational change solutions used throughout ADP.

Eric and team serve as internal partners, consultants, talent management, and transformational change expert resources to ADP human resource and business leaders.  These solutions are essential elements in the development of current and future ADP leaders, with the goal of maximum impact on ADP associate development and overall business performance.

Eric earned his Doctoral Degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and a B.A. in psychology from Adelphi University in NY.

Topic:

Powerful Synergy: Change Leadership 

Abstract:

The global business environment strategy is challenging every organization to accelerate the pace of positive change, lead and manage change efforts effectively, and build employees' capacity for change.  Project Managers, well established professionally, are grappling with more fluid projects, role confusion, and progressive scope creep more than ever.  We will deeply explore the synergies between the disciplines of Change Leadership, Change Management, and Project Management.  In addition, Eric will share learning and insights gained at ADP through building Change Leadership and Management capability in concert with disciplined Project Management.

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Tanveer Naseer, MSc

Bio:

Tanveer Naseer is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed leadership writer, speaker, and founder of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership coaching firm.  Tanveer has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in the leadership sphere, including being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts” as well as one of their “100 Great Leadership Speakers”.

His first book, “Leadership Vertigo” is now available in bookstores and online book retailers.  You can read more of his writings on leadership on his award-winning blog at TanveerNaseer.com.  You can also follow him on Twitter - @TanveerNaseer.  

Topic:

Overcoming Leadership Vertigo to Drive Success

Abstract:

Award-winning leadership writer and speaker Tanveer Naseer will discuss the concept of leadership vertigo and the four leadership principles – Build Community, Develop Competence, Earn Credibility, and Cultivate Compassion – that can help leaders to drive organizational success and adaptability in today's fast-paced, interconnected global environment. 

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David Offenkrantz, MBA, PMP

Bio:

David Offenkrantz is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional and Past-President of the Washington, DC chapter of PMI.  During David’s tenure as Chair/President, the chapter passed the 10,000 member milestone. He is a Project & Program Manager for Hewlett-Packard and the 2014-2016 PMI Region 5 Mentor.  

A dynamic and engaging presenter, he has spoken domestically and internationally on project management, leadership, and communication best practices for PMI and other organizations.  David’s consulting experience spans both the commercial and government sectors for several Fortune 500 companies and US government contractors providing Human Resources, IT/Telecommunications, and Financial Services solutions.  

Mr. Offenkrantz earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Marymount University and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from ESI/George Washington University.  He has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.    

Topic:

Keys to Successful Stakeholder Management

Abstract:

Project Managers become more successful by learning to manage stakeholder relationships in a productive and collaborative way. This interactive presentation highlights several important keys that will help transform stakeholder relationships  

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Katia Passerini, PhD, PMP

Bio:
Dr. Katia Passerini is Professor and Hurlburt Chair of management information systems at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Management. She is also Dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT. She has degrees in political science and economics from Italian universities, plus an MBA and a PhD in information systems from George Washington University in the U.S. She is a certified PMP. In addition to a variety of appointments at GWU and NJIT, she has worked in the private and government sectors as a management and IT consultant, including projects in the automotive and telecom industries. Her research interests are focused on understanding macro-economic drivers of knowledge management, studying wireless broadband applications and industry trends; and, computer-supported learning and education. Dr. Passerini’s co-authored book on “Information Technology for Small Business: Managing the Digital Enterprise” (Springer, 2012) discusses how small and medium-sized businesses can leverage today’s mobile and “as-a-service” technology to thrive in highly competitive global environments. This book received the 2012 Bright Idea Award, October 2013 by NJPRO Foundation & Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. 

Topic:

Time Management & Knowledge Creation in Projects

Abstract:

As the most precious asset of an organization, time has long been a key resource to plan, measure and evaluate project performance, such as project deadlines, milestones and project goals.  However, a project success can also be measured by the amount of new knowledge and learning that it generates (or preserves) rather than simply by its product/service outcomes. Indeed, effective knowledge creation may be the most important project output for any business operation in a highly competitive environment. Organizational knowledge is difficult to replicate and is a driver of long-term competitive advantages. Connections between knowledge management and project management are studied with a focus on how professionals utilize time management strategies to be productive during project execution. How effectively and how frequently do personal time management strategies promote value-added knowledge creation in projects? Adopting a knowledge-based perspective on time management enables an in-depth understanding on how often professionals capture, store, transfer and apply knowledge in projects.

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Raju Rao, PMP

Bio:

Raju Rao is Founder/Principal Consultant of Xtraplus Solutions, a consulting / training organization. He speaks at Global Congresses, has co-authored two books and has published a number of papers and articles. He has been involved in development of PMI standards e.g Program Management, OPM3 and a part of 6th Edn PMBOK Update team. He has been on Global advisory committee for OPM3, the PMI India awards committee and a President of South India section of AACE International.

He is a PMP, Stanford Certified Project Manager and a PMI certified - OPM3 Certified Professional.

Topic:

A Dynamic WBS - Going beyond scope management

Abstract:

Standards state WBS as part of scope management. In practice they are used along with scheduling or other purposes like project control, communication etc. This study explores a new concept - a ‘Dynamic’ WBS where it can used at various stages of project life cycle depending on objectives. A survey has been done with practitioners and new techniques have been suggested as additions to the PMBOK guide. 

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Frank P. Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow

Bio:

Frank P. Saladis is the Owner/Founder of Blue Marble Enterprizes Inc. and Project Imaginers. Frank is an accomplished leader and contributor in the discipline of project management. He is the author of 12 published books, the past editor of the All PM Newsletter and the author of over 150 project management articles. Frank provides training and consulting internationally and has educated and entertained countless audiences with a special blend of project management knowledge and tasteful humor. He is also a senior project management instructor and consultant for the International Institute for Learning (IIL).

Frank is the Originator/Founder of International Project Management Day which launched in 2004 and has been growing in recognition yearly. The goal of International Project Management Day is the worldwide recognition of the many project managers and project teams in every industry including nonprofit organizations and health care who contribute their time, energy, creativity, innovation, and countless hours to deliver products, services, facilities, and provide emergency and disaster recovery services in every city and community around the world.

Frank was PMI's 2006 Person of the Year.  Frank is a Project Management Professional, a graduate from the PMI Leadership Institute Master’s class, and has contributed significantly to the organizations growth and knowledge base for more than 20 years. His leadership activity within PMI included the position of President of the New York City PMI chapter for ten years, President of the Assembly of Chapter Presidents, and Chair of the Education and Training Specific Interest Group. He received a PMI Fellow Award in October 2013.  

Topic:

The Indispensable Project Manager

Abstract:

Managing projects effectively has become essential in every organization large or small. The uncertainties of the world business economy, rapidly changing technology, and the intensifying focus on sustainability has driven many organizations to develop specific methods for managing projects and to seek highly qualified people to manage those projects. Today’s project managers must adapt to change, lead diverse teams, act as ambassadors for their organizations and deal with a multitude of challenging project stakeholders. This presentation addresses the importance of the professional project manager and the need for the project manager to continually enhance existing skills, adapt to a changing environment, and become a “go to” person in the organization.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the business needs of an organization, clearly and visibly creating value from a client and supplier view point, and managing personal brand. 

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Jessica Soroky, CSM, CCA, LGAC

Bio:

Jessica Soroky is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Purple Belt Certified Collaboration Architect (CCA) and the youngest Leadership Gift Accredited Coach with over seven years of practice in iterative delivery systems (agile) and team leadership. Her passion is with people and teams unlocking innovation within projects and products. Her expertise is in agile methodologies utilizing cognitive psychology and gamification to produce high performing teams in any environment.  

After five years of non-profit development and management through Nellie's Catwalk for Kids, Jessica continues her journey leading departments, products, projects and teams in state government, not-for-profit, and private sector fortune 100 companies. 

Today she focuses her coaching and product management in successful large enterprise Insurance, financial and medical fields. Jessica's journey is available here and is currently published on one of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs available: Christpher Avery and The Leadership Gift™.  

Topic:

Building an Effective and High-Performing Team in Any Environment

Abstract:


Effective Team: You’ve read all the books, you’ve gotten your certifications and now you have a team staring at you waiting for you to take the lead. There is no hesitation about how to perform the basics -- determining roles and scheduling meetings -- but how do you kick off an effective, high performing team? 

Whether you have a brand new team or you’re the new guy on an existing team, the tools and techniques you will learn in this session have proven to be effective from state government to private sector insurance. 

As an accredited Leadership Gift Coach, Jessica focuses on vocabulary, shared responsibility, and team agreements. You will leave the session able to facilitate more than one Innovation Games and utilize them during your kick offs to set the stage for a powerful and effective team no matter what methodology they use.  

Missing Role: Transformations are popping up left and right as companies see the value of embracing iterative and incremental project delivery. You may have heard it called an “Agile Transformation, going from waterfall to scrum.” These big organizational reforms are misunderstood, not easy, not pretty, and often times leave employees frustrated. 

So what went wrong?
There is a role missing in all the scrum transformations…there is no such thing as a “scrum coach”, and the market confusion behind “agile coaches” is only contributing to the pain of transformations. 

In this session we explore the myths around the role of a coach and a few tools and techniques to help you and your teams break through the pain of a transformation and get to the important part – working differently, more effectively, and more innovatively.

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Deven Trivedi, MBA, PMP, ACP

Bio:
Deven Trivedi is an experienced Project Manager with more than 15 years of experience managing large IT integration and transformation projects, IT project portfolio management, PMO governance and maturing project management processes in an organization. Deven is currently working for KPMG in its Technology Enablement Advisory services group and provides project, program and portfolio management (3PM) consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. Deven holds PMP and ACP certification. Deven has Masters in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Tech and MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. Deven is a board member and vice president at PMINJ chapter.


Speaker
Chris Turner, PhD

Bio:

Chris Turner is a Manager in KPMG’s Advisory People and Change practice with 20 years of training and 15 years of consulting experience for large global firms, regional boutique firms, and industry. During this time, Chris has led projects for a range of F100 companies in the IT, Insurance, Finance, Publishing, and Healthcare industries as well as non-profit clients in the education sector. For the last 2 years, Chris has led a transformational IT project assisting a multinational life sciences company in process improvement and adoption of a new approach to shared IT service using a cloud-based service tool. His core work focus includes: Organizational Change management; Training and Learning Development; Marketing and Communications; and Talent Development. Chris’ work is based on a deep understanding of organizational and interpersonal complexity dynamics built on learning and motivational theory foundations. Chris holds a PhD and MA in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and an MEd from Arizona State University.

Topic:

Integrating Change Management with Project Management Processes for Business Transformation Initiatives

Abstract:

Often seen as separate disciplines, project management (PM) and change management (CM) provide the best value when paired together as an integrated approach to a transformation program that requires sustainable organizational changes. This presentation explores the core elements of both disciplines and provides a strategy for integrating both such that the sum is greater than the individual parts. The presentation will provide real life examples of integrating PM knowledge area with change management principles based on presenters’ wide experience as a CM and PM practitioners and consultants for Fortune 500 companies. 

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Te Wu, PfMP, PgMP, PMP, ITIL

Bio:
Te Wu is CEO of PMO Advisory LLC, a management consulting firm that specializes in Strategic Business Execution including portfolio, program, and project management. Te has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting, having worked with industry leaders such as KPMG, Accenture, Oracle, LexisNexis, and Weill Cornell. He is a master at implementing transformative change, ERP, master data management, business and data analysis, and process optimization. He also serves as an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and has been teaching international business and project management for the past 13 years. Te is certified in PfMP, PgMP, PMP, and ITIL. He has been a speaker at conferences and seminars, including atPMI­NJ in September 2014, where he presented on the topic of Strategic Business Execution.

Topic:

Career in Project Management A sensible Guide to a Life-Long Journey

Abstract:

With the growing recognition of project management, professionals can now develop a career path for a life-long journey. This presentation focuses on the three distinct stages: getting started; growing and managing progressively challenging environments; and delivering value at the top of the profession. Throughout, I will present statistics from PMI’s amazing growth in the last decade. I will end with a suggested career map, including suggestions on PMI certifications. This presentation is designed for all levels of project professionals.     

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