Our Speakers 2017           

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January 

Jake French

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1/17/2017 - Chapter Meeting Keynote 

"Life Happens. Live It!" (How To Keep Making Progress, No Matter What Happens)

Ever wonder why some people get derailed by the little bumps in the road, while others can go through almost unthinkable challenges and still come out on top? As a project manager, many times the situation you’re brought into is less than ideal. Jake believes that even when the situation might not be the best, who’s to say you can’t be the one that’s known for bringing the best out of each situation. Join Jake for a moving keynote speech where he will share the tools, mindsets, and strategies needed to turn adversity into opportunity, steer clear of burn-out or self-doubt, and create the kind of focus you can use to keep your team moving forward!

Mike Goss

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1/17/2017 - Chapter Meeting Education 

The Leadership Secrets of Sergeant Hooper

Many projects under-perform because their team members are disengaged. Sergeant Hooper knew how to motivate each member of his team to dig deep into their soul, to deliver the best work of their career. I know. I was there. This is a story of real people with a real leader, at the height of the Vietnam War. Sergeant Hooper's lessons were important then. They are even more important today. Learn to accomplish more, by being more like Sergeant Hooper.

 

April Shepherd and Cynthia Kahn

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1/20/2017 - Workshop

Learn scrum in one day - prepare for scrum in the real world

We know how much is on the line when you not only have to learn scrum techniques and adopt an agile mindset, but you also have the awesome responsibility to help your team to become more agile too. We get it: You don’t know where to begin. This one-day scrum training ensures everyone who attends leaves with the right tools to develop software applications with agility.  We provide class instruction and hands on exercises that teach you how to help your team achieve objectives. 


February

Beth Noymer-Levine

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2/21/2017 - Chapter Meeting Keynote

Communication: The Missing Link That Connects Mission and Performance

This talk challenges executives and managers to look at their companies mission and values statements and notice the absence of any communication ideals. This is often a stunning revelation. It then encourages the audience to consider the benefits of adopting and modeling the 5 principles of Beth Levine's book Jock Talk as the basis for engendering better communication skills for themselves and their organizations, thereby making their businesses stronger.

 David Barrett

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2/21/2017 - Chapter Meeting Education 

The Keys to Our Success - Lessons Learned from 25 of Our Best Project Managers

We brought 25 of the best project managers together and asked them to tell us what it is that makes them so successful? What is the one nugget they take into each and every project that they believe contributes to their success.The results turned into a book entitled "The Keys to Our Success - Lessons Learned from 25 of our Best Project Managers".In this interactive, multi-media session David highlights key chapters that deliver usable tools and techniques that will make us better project managers tomorrow.

 David Barrett

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2/22/2017 - Workshop

From a Good Project Manager to a Great Leader

Today’s organizations are looking for tomorrow’s leadership team.  As a good project manager the next step in your career could very well take you to this next level: senior leadership.  This interactive session will put aside the skills and knowledge you need to have to be a good project manager and focus on what you need to be a great leader. Over the course of the day we will explore the gaps between our skills, knowledge and professional attributes and those of famous and local leaders.   In the process we will be develop our new professional strategic plan.  Topics, discussions and exercises will include: strategic planning, Key leadership attributes, leadership styles, how leaders think and work, understanding the business, communicating like a leader, messaging like a leader and more.   


March

Jason Scott

3/21/2017 - Chapter Meeting Keynote

Extraordinary Leadership in a Matrix World | Communication is a Leadership Tool

Are you tired of hearing that most Projects fail because of poor communication? The frustration you feel is probably because you instinctively understand the following:
• Projects don’t fail, they don’t have a heart beat or social security number. People fail…
• Communication is simply the vehicle we use to lead…
• Blaming failure on communication is the greatest obstacle to addressing the lack of leadership skills that are causing Project failure…
When organizations focus on improving communication they generally add process and guidelines that won’t necessarily improve their Project, Program and Portfolio Managers leadership skills. However, when organizations focus on developing the leadership skills of each of their individual team members…It is much more likely that the Leadership Quotient (LQ) will increase in their organizations leading to fewer failed Projects.

Mike Goss

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3/21/2017 - Chapter Meeting Education

The Leadership Secrets of Sergeant Hooper

Many projects under-perform because their team members are disengaged. Sergeant Hooper knew how to motivate each member of his team to dig deep into their soul, to deliver the best work of their career. I know. I was there. This is a story of real people with a real leader, at the height of the Vietnam War. Sergeant Hooper's lessons were important then. They are even more important today. Learn to accomplish more, by being more like Sergeant Hooper.

Neil Potter

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Truly Managing A Project And Keeping Sane While Wrestling Elegantly With Pmbok, Scrum And Cmmi

When organizations implement Scrum (Agile), they usually experience challenges because Scrum is a framework, not a complete solution. Adding practices from other frameworks, such as PMBOK and CMMI can seem overwhelming. When teams see Agile as a complete process solution (rather than a process framework), then the missing practices add cost, schedule and quality risks back to the project. Teams moving from Waterfall to Agile don’t eliminate risks, they transfer them. When risks are not assessed or mitigated, they become problematic, even chaotic.


April

Silver Rose

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4/18/2017 - Chapter Meeting Keynote

How to Delegate Effectively Even If You're Not Officially "In Charge"

Do you wish you knew how to delegate so tasks get done correctly the first time? Do you find it difficult to delegate in situations where you are accountable for the outcome of a team that doesn’t report to you? Would life be easier if your team, your vendors, (your children!) would simply fulfill their responsibilities? In this interactive and humorous program, you will learn the Socratic Delegation Process, a practical and critically important tool that will enable you to assign tasks in a way that (1) avoids the perception of “bossiness,” and (2) ensures they get done correctly the first time. Easily put into play, Socratic Delegation will help you gain the willing cooperation of others and get them to take ownership. Based on Silver’s latest book, The (Incredibly Useful) Book of Delegation, this program has been a favorite at corporations and association meetings across the United States.

 

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