PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2020 July Women in Leadership LCI

Navigating Your Career

Keynote and Panel Discussion with Q&A

14 Jul 2020 - Virtual
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Empowering Women In Leadership LCI Meeting

Presentation Slides



Do you want to take the next step in your career journey but don’t know where to begin?  Do you feel ‘stuck’ in your current position with no one in your organization supporting your career goals and aspirations?  Do you know you could take on a leadership role if you only had the courage to step out of your comfort zone?

Our keynote presenter, JT O’Donnell, is a guiding force behind many successful career navigations. She has 18+ years of experience in the development and delivery of executive-level career coaching and Outplacement Services and is the CEO of Work It Daily. She will offer tips and best practices to take the first steps in navigating your career.

The panel discussion will provide guidance and actual stories from two project managers who took a chance and successfully moved to new organizations with expanded / diversified leadership opportunities.  From networking, to navigating the hiring and interview process, Terry Seamon, executive career transition consultant, will offer tips on ways to grow your career.

We look forward to your active participation during the Navigating Your Career event as well as in the ongoing activities of Empowering Women in Leadership LCI.

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PDU Information
Program Number: C020-20200714
Navigating Your Career
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 2.0
Leadership - 1.0
Strategic - 1.0
Technical - 0.0

Keynote - JT O’Donnell, CEO Work It Daily

JTJ.T. O'Donnell is the founder & CEO of,, the #1 online career growth club and the first fully virtual career coaching platform (ideal for social distancing!). With 1000s of clients in more than 16 countries, the company's cutting-edge technology has dropped the physical and financial barriers to getting professional career coaching, making it affordable and accessible for all. She has 18+ years of experience, managing, training, and coaching people of all ages on a wide variety of career topics. Her work has been cited in Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, The Boston Globe,,,, and more. She is a graduate of Tufts University, with a B.S. in Engineering Psychology. As a top 20 Influencer on LinkedIn, she has 2.6M+ followers seeking her career, job search and recruiting advice. She is also a nationally syndicated advice columnist for Hearst Publishing as part of, "J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs," where the column reaches 6M households weekly.

Panel Moderator
EllenEllen Schilke is a Senior Project Manager at Brother International Corporation.   She specializes in transformation projects and launching new departments.  Ellen started a new role in March as one of the founding members of Brother’s new Project Management Office.   Ellen is a servant leader and passionate change agent who loves offering teams opportunities to be more efficient and find ways to innovate together.   Ellen enjoys mentoring middle school students in STEM activities and visiting with the residents nursing homes in the winter months.  In the summer, she is always looking for a recommendation for a good book to read on the beach.

SharmilaSharmila Deshpande helps organizations deliver software initiatives to client satisfaction. She specializes in building program management teams and transforming organizations to reach their potential. Sharmila has held leadership positions in Technical Project Management in Financial Services, Telecommunications and Life Sciences domains. She started her most recent position with Ernst and Young on April 8th, 2020 in the middle of the lockdown. Sharmila is passionate about solving problems that facilitates progress for teams. In her spare time, she likes to hike and mentor project managers.

TerryTerrence Seamon is an Executive Career Transition Consultant with The Ayers Group since 2009, Terry helps professionals and executives as they make their way through the career transition process toward their career goals.  Terry’s approach is to focus on each person, tailoring the process to fit their needs and objectives. As he guides them through the challenges of job search and career change, Terry supports them with customized tools and strategies. His goal is to help them quickly galvanize into action and thereby accelerate their searches.  In addition to working with individuals, Terry also gives presentations on job search topics to professional networking groups in New Jersey. 

ElaineElaine Tanimura is an experienced project manager with 25+ years’ experience managing complex, multi-function global projects.  In her current role as Executive Project Manager at PamTen, she has overall responsibility for managing the PMO, building client relationships and is also the program manager for SheTek.   The mission of this initiative is to educate, empower and employ women in technology.   Prior to joining PamTen, in January 2019, Elaine spent almost 20 years with a global human capital management company working in various roles including project management, program management and client service. Until recently, she was on the Board of the PMI New Jersey Chapter where she led the community, corporate and education outreach efforts.  She now is the team leader for career transition initiatives for the chapter including managing the bi-annual career fair, the Career Networking LCI and the newly formed Empowering Women in Leadership LCI. She also has a passion for social responsibility and serves in a leadership position with the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell. 

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