PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2023 Apr Women in Leadership LCI

Inspiring Collaboration in Multi-Generational Teams

26 Apr - 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Panel Discussion:
Virtual using Zoom


Please join us for a 60 minute panel discussion consisting of local Project Management Leaders, who will discuss ways to inspire project teams to collaborate across the five generations. We’ll discuss ways to leverage the strengths that each generation brings to the workplace and practical proactive ways to create an inclusive environment.

  • $0.00 - PMINJ Chapter members
  • $5.00 - Non-members (no refund)
  • The link to the virtual meeting will be included in the Registration Receipt
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Speaker Facilitator: Ellen Schilke is PMO Director at Brother International Corporation.   She specializes in transformation projects and launching new departments.  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, volunteering for a local food pantry and visiting with the residents in nursing homes during the winter months.  In the summer, she is always looking for a recommendation for a good book to read on the beach.

Speaker Lena Cohen-Hawkins is an international speaker, powerhouse business consultant, three-time author, and corporate trainer. Her passion and expertise is emotional intelligence, especially as it relates to diversity and inclusion, and corporate culture. Lena counsels people on how to access, understand, and regulate their emotions; in order to excel in the real world. This is clear in her works “Stop, Drop, and Roll” , “EQ and You.” and “Brilliant Resilience.”

From working with companies like CBS, Prudential Financial, RWJ/Barnabas, United Way and The United States Army, to gracing the TED stage telling her inspiring story of triumph; Lena’s impact is felt in a mighty way. She attributes a vast amount of her knowledge and growth to a host of life experiences in addition to her formal education; receiving her BA in Communications and Masters in Human Service.

In addition to speaking and training, Lena keeps busy by remaining connected to the community through servant leadership with her non-profit “Women Operating in Opulence.”  Lena has been awarded, nationally and internationally for her incredible work.

Speaker Anupama Kinatukara is passionate about empowering and equipping women leaders to step out of their comfort zone and start believing in themselves as Positive Influencers, with or without a Title or Position of a Leader. She has not had an official Title in Leadership position the past 4 years but she has had tremendous impact globally with 15K views of her talk on an online platform for Project Managers globally. She is helping other women in technology, be on a journey of success and then switch to being on a journey of significance like her! 

Anupama lives in New Jersey and is a certified DISC Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Coach, and a CDL Implementer. Anupama lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland for 1.5 years working for British Telecom as an IT Analyst and explored places in Europe before she moved to the USA for a brighter future.  She has been in leadership roles leading teams across the globe for the past 15+ years at Fortune 500 companies (IBM, MetLife, TIAA, Horizon BCBSNJ). She is currently serving on the President's Advisory Council of the Maxwell LeadershipTeam on the Systems & Data Committee.

Anupama is an award-winning Toastmaster and has been an International Keynote Speaker at various organizations including PMI Chapters (in USA, Singapore, Ireland & others) and Rotary Clubs across the globe. She volunteers her time at the Project Management chapter in New Jersey, at her church and in her community. She is a mom of 3 and a committed individual who is passionate about servant leadership & developing leaders around her.

Speaker Katia Passerini, Ph.D., is Provost and Executive Vice President at Seton Hall University. In her role as Provost, she leads the Academic Affairs areas of the University. Activities include strategic, operational, and resource planning for the University Schools and Colleges, in alignment with the University Strategic plan and in collaborations with the Deans and key university stakeholders. She is responsible for academic resources management, faculty hiring, development, and professional success; academic programs quality; research and innovation activities; academic policies and processes; partnership development locally, nationally, and internationally.

Prior to Seton Hall, Katia was The Lesley H. and William L. Collins Distinguished Chair & Dean of the Collins College of Professional Studies at St. John's University, where she also held a Professor appointment in the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science. From 2003 to 2013, she was Professor and Hurlburt Chair of MIS, Martin Tuchman School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where she held a joint appointment in the Information Systems (IS) Department in the Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences.

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.

Katia's professional background includes multi-industry projects at Booz Allen Hamilton (now part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and the World Bank where she focused on information technology projects in Europe, North America, and the South Pacific. Katia is a certified project management professional (PMP®) and worked on various projects in the automotive and telecommunications industries and higher education. Some of her projects included business process management, balanced scorecard definition, business needs analyses and gaps assessment, benchmarking, evaluation of IT investments feasibility and outcomes.

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