PMINJ 2018 October Meeting 

16 Oct 2018 - Bridgewater - Marriott


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-20181016
Blockchain for the Project Manager
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0.0
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 0.0


How do we take a part in emerging industry?

“Blockchain” is one of those terms – like “.com” or “mobile” or “AI” – that everyone wants but can’t quite tell you why and don’t know how to take a part of. On one level, the Blockchain may be the most ground breaking, game changing innovation since the internet itself. On the other hand, that sounds like a lot of hype, and perhaps at this stage, that’s all it is. If that is what it is, how can project managers take a part in this emerging technology around which a whole industry is developing or should we?  Perhaps understanding the technology and what is happening around it is the first step. Harumi will also help us learn how to separate the blockchain hipsters from the hypesters as more and more people try to ride this wave.

You will learn during this presentation:
  • Technology overview
  • Blockchain, job market and PM
  • How can we use blockchain?
  • Cryptocurrency overview
  • Regulatory landscape
Please join us on Tuesday, October 16 as we welcome blockchain luminary Harumi Urata-Thompson. We will pull back the curtain on the blockchain and explore the technology.


Monthly Speaker

Harumi Urata-Thompson is founder and CEO of HUT Consulting. She specializes in leading and advising organizations on taking innovative paths to achieve strategic, operational and marketing success in their businesses. Currently, she is consulting to and serving on the board of directors of several companies. Her late focus has been the use of emerging technologies such as Blockchain and AI as well as Cybersecurity, Big Data and Outerspace and speaks at numerous events on these topics. She recently co-founded a space data company,

Prior to starting her own company, she was in the FinTech and investment banking industry for a number of years and held leadership positions.

Other Meetings:

Career Networking LCI

Topic: Open Networking with Guest Recruiters featuring Vedant Pathak of APN Consulting, Inc. and Sue McLean & Sheri Breitstein of The Connors Group

Invest an hour in this Career Networking session and find the ideal position for your career goals!

APN Consulting, Inc. delivers talent solutions and offers Placement Services, SOWs, and Payroll Services supporting Fortune 1000 corporations in different verticals across the U.S. APN fosters breakthrough innovation for clients via a culture of inclusion with high-performance staff, utilizing best practices, building long-term value for clients. More than 30% of placements are Project Managers and Business Analysts.

A minority owned company with a strong focus on clients in the Northeast, APN serves top-tier firms across industries, generally on strategic, long-term projects, employing rotation within geographic proximity for long term employability. Vedant Pathak, founder and CEO, has a strong interest in the remarkable talents of PMINJ members.

THE CONNORS GROUP, whose team is passionate about positively improving the lives of the people they work with, is the recruiting firm that understands candidate and client needs and has the capabilities to meet them, with referrals as the #1 source for new clients served and candidates placed.

Their recruiting strategy-- delivering rather than placing talent -- is always coupled with your unique preference for working together, adding value throughout the process, and placing quality candidates with a goal of 1:1 submission-to-interview ratio. Their goal as trusted advisor yields a track record of expanding to new companies as their contacts transition, being kept abreast of upcoming projects and initiatives, enabling rapid referrals of top industry talent - value-added for both candidates and clients.

Sue McLean, Recruiting Director, Project / Program Management & Business Transformation at Connors, with 30+ years of focusing on the people side of IT, is known for her professional integrity and quality relationships, a cornerstone of The Connors Group. Long-time associate Sheri Breitstein's commitment to best outcomes and high level of service results in ensuring that talent is functionally capable and culturally aligned to their needs, and in establishing long term, trust-based partnerships.

Stop in to meet the experts from APN Consulting and The Connors Group and consider the opportunities they can offer. Be certain to discuss recent contacts with your peers - network and take advantage of open positions that they chose not to pursue - so you can!

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