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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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4:00  Registration table opens
4:30  Educational presentation
5:30  Networking
5:35  New member welcome meeting
6:00  Dinner & announcements
7:00  Keynote presentation


Doubletree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon

Pick up your parking voucher at the registration table–Parking is FREE!

September Menu

Roasted Chicken with Butter Poached Pacific Shrimp, Smoked Poblano,
Cauliflower Puree, Grape Tomatoes & Garlic Cream Sauce


Pecorino Crusted Eggplant with Tomato Coulis, Succotash of Fresh Corn, Edamame, Red Onions and Three Cheese Polenta Cakes

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 Keynote Presentation

Cultural Intelligence: Tools for Global Workforce

While it has been said that CQ is the new IQ, very few professionals join the workforce with the needed knowledge to perform across cultures. In this session, participants will be made aware of the importance to understand how their own culture has shaped their behaviors, speech patterns and expectations. They will also learn about the seven cultural dimensions at play when interacting with people who do not share the same cultural mores. More importantly, this session will describe how one can reach the "Mediator Zone" from where cultural differences enrich a team performance and success.

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About the Speaker

Valerie Berset-Price: With over 15 years of international business development experience as a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States, Valerie is an experienced consultant, cross-cultural trouble-shooter, international speaker, and trainer. She offers practical insights on the tools necessary to achieve meaningful and profitable business results internationally. Valerie has an extensive entrepreneurial background in international business development. Over the past fifteen years she has worked for Swiss, Taiwanese, South African, Brazilian, and U.S. companies. Valerie specializes in international troubleshooting, cross-cultural mediation, international strategies and training for management executives that her company, Professional Passport, offers in Chinese, English, French, and Spanish on five continents. Through her Global Awareness Program (G.A.P.), Valerie created a training that brings the global business world into focus, bridging cultures to succeed in today's global marketplace. Valerie is a graduate of Swiss International Business School and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has presented her training program at the World Customs Organization in Morocco, at the U.S. Embassy of Santiago, Chile, and at the 2013 Intel WIN Conference among others. She has lectured at Portland State University, the University of San Diego, and Oklahoma State University. Valerie is an international business expert for the Huffington Post, a frequent contributor to Training Magazine, and the Vancouver Business Journal.


 Educational Presentation

The Influencing Formula: Three Steps to Influencing When You Don't Have the Authority

In order to help organizations manage the rapid changes inevitable in today's business environment, project managers and business analysts have to influence other stakeholders, regardless of their position in the organization. What makes this ability to influence without authority seem so easy for some and nearly impossible for others? Some follow the three steps which comprise the Influencing Formula. In this presentation you will be shown how the Influencing Formula works and the three steps required to effectively influence without authority. Specifically this presentation describes the distinction between influence, persuasion, and manipulation.

  • The relationship between authority and power
  • What the Influencing Formula is and why it is needed to effectively influence
  • Tips for building and maintaining trust
  • How to be the trusted advisor to business owners and sponsors to help them manage change
  • The role of courage in effective influencing.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Larson is Co-Principal and CEO of Watermark Learning and has over 25 years of experience in project management and business analysis. Elizabeth's speaking history includes repeat presentations at IIBA and PMI chapter meeting, Professional Development Days, and international conferences.

Elizabeth has co-authored the Practitioner's Guide to Requirements Management and CBAP Certification Study Guide She has also co-authored numerous articles on project management and business analysis published worldwide. Elizabeth was a lead contributor to the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition (Collect Requirements), is the content lead for Scope Management for the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition, and was the lead author of the BABOK Guide Version 2.0 chapter 2, Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring.

Elizabeth writes articles that appear regularly in ProjectTimes and BATimes.


Pricing & Registration


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