Speakers

Bill Wooditch – Keynote Address

Creating a new direction for your team to become ambassadors, advocates, and stewards of customer satisfaction that evolves from the voices, demands, and wishes of the consumer

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Bill with Steve Harvey

Bill Wooditch built a multi-million-dollar company from the philosophy: “To receive value, you first have to give value.” For over 25 years, he has created and implemented proven concepts, structures and narratives that support leadership development. He is a results-based speaker who inspires the quest for innovation, enrichment and self-fulfillment in personal and professional undertakings.

His bestselling book, Always Forward!, has been called “a game plan for life” by NBC’s Tracy Forner. His book is a product of the hard-won experience he earned as the top salesperson at a Fortune 500 company and, later, as the top producer for two consecutive years at the 6th largest insurance brokerage firm in the world.

Bill’s second book, “Fail More” (published by McGraw Hill), was released on March 26, 2019. Fail More provides the insights and tools to take active, strategic measures to turn the sting of failure into the reward of growth. It reveals the setbacks that are both inevitable and valuable, and delivers practical ways of quickly moving past self-judgment and -recrimination. By embracing failure, not just “getting past it,” you will fly past your competition, whether you’re building a startup, advancing in your career, or improving your personal life.

Bill uses his experiences and insight to inspire individuals to pursue personal development and professional success with single-minded fervor, providing valuable guidance in leadership, sales, and becoming a game-changer in your own right.

Dr. Barbara Trautlein

Improving your Change Intelligence

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Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD is author of the best-selling book Change Intelligence:  Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence®. For over 30 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical change management initiatives – achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients.  In 2015 she had the honor of being awarded Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Midwest Chapter.  She is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable.  Her blend of research and real-world expertise makes her an in-demand speaker at conferences in around the globe.  Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, from C-level executives in Fortune 500 organizations to front line employees, and across industries, from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech.  Clients served include Abbott Laboratories, Ascension Healthcare, BP, Cisco, Deloitte, Ford, Goodwill Industries, the NYPD, and Northwestern University.  Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. 

Carlos Eduardo Martins Serra

The Search for Hidden Value: A Challenging but Rewarding Journey through Outputs, Outcomes, and Benefits

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Carlos Serra has been working in project management since 1999 across a variety of market sectors, countries and roles for companies such as Exxon Mobil, Petrobras, Lloyd’s Register and Gazprom Marketing and Trading. It included managing projects and programs, implementing and leading PMO functions and leading teams of Project Managers. He has designed, implemented and improved project, program and portfolio management frameworks for many organizations.

On the academic side, he has been a researcher, an international speaker, a trainer and a guest lecturer for MBA and MSc program, has written books and articles, has won awards and has been a reviewer for journals such as the International Journal of Project Management and the Project Management Journal. He is a project supervisor for the Masters in Program and Project Management of the University of Warwick.

Susanne Madsen

The Power of Project Leadership

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Susanne Madsen is an internationally recognised project leadership coach, trainer and consultant. She is the award-winning author of The Power of Project Leadership (now in 2nd edition) and The Project Management Coaching WorkbookWorking with organisations across the globe she delivers leadership development programmes and executive coaching to help project and change managers step up and become better leaders.

Prior to setting up her own business, Susanne worked in the corporate sector leading high-profile programmes of up to $30 million for organisations such as Standard Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. She is a fully qualified Corporate and Executive coach, an NLP Practitioner, DISC accredited and a regular contributor to the Association for Project Management (APM).

The Power of Project Leadership (now in 2nd edition) has been described as “inspiring” and “a must-read for everyone in the project world”. It brings together decades of know-how on the “soft side” of programme and project leadership into an accessible structure. It has been translated into Chinese and can be ordered from all major bookstores. ​

Susanne’s first book The Project Management Coaching Workbook has been described as “by far the most well written book I have read not only on the subject of Project Management but also from a Get Things Done perspective.”  

Susanne is the Founder and Director of Susanne Madsen International Ltd which is a UK company governed by English law.   

Prasad S. Kodukula

A Novel Framework for Next Generation Metrics

Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP, DASM, is a speaker, coach, author, inventor, and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of professional experience. A self-proclaimed Global Ambassador of Project Management, Prasad has spoken in 45 countries and worked with 40 Fortune 100 companies (e.g., Abbott, BP, Chrysler, Dow, Kraft Foods, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola, Stryker, United Technologies). He is co-founder and CEO of two companies: Kodukula & Associates, Inc. (www.kodukula.com), a project management speaking and coaching company; and NeoChloris, Inc. (www.neochloris.com), a clean energy company. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago. He was recognized three times by the Project Management Institute as “Best of the Best in Project Management” with 2010 PMI Fellow Award, 2016 Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence and 2010 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. He also received prestigious awards from the USEPA and the States of Kansas and Illinois for outstanding achievements in education, training, and technology innovation. Prasad is a co-author or contributing author of eight books and more than 40 articles and co-owns four patents.


Mark Rutledge

Improving Product Innovation through Agile PM Best Practices and Organizational Mindset Changes

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Mark Rutledge is a Senior Director of Strategy & Innovation at Moody’s Analytics where he manages the evolution of early stage product ideas into growth initiatives for the company. Prior to this role Mark was briefly the SVP of Product Management for AssuriCare, a Waltham, MA based healthcare technology company. Before joining AssuriCare Mark was Vice President and Head of Research Product Management at Moody’s Investors Service for over seven years, where he launched a group dedicated to managing the product development and business intelligence for a Research, Data & Analytics business unit including global digital transformation initiatives. Before joining Moody’s, Mark had an extensive career in management consulting, spending time at Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture leading change & transformation projects for clients across financial services, retail, e-commerce and consumer goods. He is also a former entrepreneur, having successfully launched and led a small tech company, cieTech, focused on social media marketing and analytics tools for small-to-medium enterprises. Mark is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & History from Eureka College and a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied Public Policy & Management and was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Eureka College and the Board of Directors of The Greenlining Institute.

Alexandra Chapman

How Outcomes Thinking Solves the Value Puzzle

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Alexandra Chapman has more than 34 years’ experience in business strategy execution, having worked at an executive level for major Australian and UK companies in the financial services, utilities and engineering sectors. She has guided organizations through major business transformation projects, aligning business processes and technology to deliver what customers value while simultaneously increasing performance and margins. Alex enjoys proving to organizations how easy it is to get business results from projects for the least cost. She is the co-creator of Totally Optimized Projects — TOP® — and the developer of Engineered Thinking, which dramatically improves people’s ability to process complex problems. Alex is currently a Board member for the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation Inc. and also Australian International President of the Cranfield Alumni. She holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and has been honored by Cranfield University and the School of Management for her services to the university and alumni.

Gerald J. Leonard

Workplace Jazz: Creating a High-Performance Agile Team

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A professional bassist, Gerald J. Leonard offers a unique approach to accomplishing more productivity in the workplace. Gerald is an international Keynote Bassist and Culture Change Expert. His program integrate music, productivity, workplace culture and neuroscience. 

He is the author of “Culture Is The Bass: 7 Steps to Creating High Performing Teams,”  listed on Entrepreneur magazine as one of the “Top 15 Books on Business Culture That You Need to Read Today,” and the book, “Workplace Jazz: How to Improvise.”  He is the CEO of Principles of Execution (PofE), a Strategic Project Portfolio Management and Culture Change consulting firm with over 20 years’ experience working with large Federal and State Governments and Multi-National Corporations. 

Gerald attended Central State University in Ohio where he received his Bachelor in Music degree, and later earned a Masters in Music for classical bass from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. After graduation Gerald moved to New York City where he worked as a professional bassist and studied with the late David Walters, distinguished professor of double bass at both the Juilliard and Manhattan schools of music.

During the last 20+ years he has worked as an IT Project Management consultant and earned his PfMP, PMP, MCSE, MCTS, CQIA, COBIT Foundation, and ITIL foundation certifications. He has also acquired certifications in Project Management and Business Intelligence from the University of California, Berkeley, Theory of Constraints Portfolio Management Technical Expert from the Goldratt Institute, Hoshin Kanri with Karen Roberts, as well as an Executive Leadership Certification from Cornell University.

Beverly Pasian

Where is the Quality of Life in Smart Cities?

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Dr. Pasian’s career spans the international public sector in project management, online and face-to-face teaching and research. She has a global education with two Masters degrees: Online & Distance Education (MA (ODE)) and Executive Business (EMBA); this is supplemented with research expertise based on two Doctorates: Professional Doctorate in Project Management (2011) and Doctorate in Business Administration (2021).

Beverly has been teaching, studying and managing eLearning since 1995 in universities and government departments, and has been Chair, manager or member of multiple association and project teams responsible for research and associated professional efforts. She is Editor of ‘Project Management Research & Practice’ (exclusively focused on promoting student research and humanitarian needs), and is currently editing a new DeGruyter book on Responsible Project Management.

Andy Kaufman

Six Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders

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Andy Kaufman, PMP is an international speaker, author, & executive coach, and President of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc. Andy works with organizations around the world, helping them improve their ability to deliver projects & lead teams.
Andy’s keynotes, workshops, and executive coaching services have reached tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies over the years, helping them deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, take focused action, and deliver results. He brings a rich background of over 25 years of experience in executive management, technology, team leadership, project management, consulting, & coaching.
Andy is a certified trainer and author of “Navigating the Winds of Change: Staying on Course in Business & in Life”, “Shining the Light on The Secret”, and an e-book entitled “How to Organize Your Inbox & Get Rid of E-Mail Clutter”, all published by Zurich Press. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
Andy is the host of “The People and Projects Podcast” (http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com or any podcast app) which provides interviews and insights to help listeners lead people and deliver projects. The podcast focuses on the intersection of People and Projects–where work gets done in the real world.

Carole Osterweil

Applied Neuroscience to ‘Change’ Projects

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Carole is the author of Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog and she’s with us at PMiP to serve as a change agent.

Carole is on a mission – to make the human dynamics which get in the way of delivery more visible. She helps executives and their teams work out how to

  • increase productivity and improve outcomes with less stress.
  • deliver results when the goalposts are constantly shifting and objectives morphing.
  • respond effectively when their environment, project or stakeholders are not behaving the way they should.

Carole cut her teeth as an international project leader before becoming an educator and executive coach at Ashridge-Hult, one of Europe’s leading business schools. Here she’s supported hundreds of senior executives and leaders in changing their behaviour to meet the challenge of transforming their organisation’s operating model.

An MBA, trained in neuroscience and psychotherapy, Carole now runs a niche consultancy, Visible Dynamics.  Current assignments include working with Cranfield University to build the UK Government’s senior change, project and programme management capability. 

Mike Clayton 

Transactional Analysis: An Essential Toolset for Project Managers Leading Change

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Mike is committed to helping craft great project managers, professionals, and business leaders.
Mike is a business author and speaker, a facilitator, and a trusted advisor, with a background of integrating complex change in major national and multi-national organizations. He offers keynotes and seminars for conferences, and events, and provide in-house and open workshops and seminars. Mike is perhaps most well-known as the founder of OnlinePMCourses, which offers high quality video-based Project Management training.
Mike has written fourteen print books, including How to Speak so People Listen, The Yes/No Book, How to Manage a Great Project, and The Influence Agenda. Mike’s professional background is 12 years as a project management professional with the London office of international management consultancy Deloitte. Prior to that, Mike had an academic career in Physics, working at the world renowned Schuster Laboratory of The University of Manchester.

Nazma Rosado

Change, VUCA, & 2020/21

We will review changes the BioPharma industry is used to managing coupled with the changes brought on by 2021. We will touch on Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory changes, and the impact of Covid-19.

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Nazma is a versatile and results-driven organizational learning and development leader with demonstrated experience in business process optimization and change management practices, specializing in Biopharma transformations. Highly skilled at audience analysis, training strategy design, change management needs identification, training materials development, and implementation of process, change and training initiatives. An analytical and strategic thinker who develops scalable, repeatable, and sustainable strategies and results; strategically utilizes instructor-led, eLearning and web-based curricula to deliver maximum results, and uses analytics to determine ROI. A global leader with experience managing staff and collaborating with partners remotely and globally. Experienced in Clinical Development/Clinical Operations in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Skilled and accomplished in Organizational Leadership, Organizational Design, and Organizational Development. Proven success in Employee Engagement and Organizational Change.

Vijay Kanabar

Beyond Project Management: Essential Program Management

https://www.bu.edu/met/faculty/full-time/vijay-kanabar/

Dr. Kanabar has unique expertise spanning both business practices and computer science. A Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), he has advised numerous organizations on training and technology needs, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Staples, United Way, and Fidelity Investments. Kanabar is a recognized scholar and is recognized as an authority in areas of information systems, electronic commerce, and project management. In 2017, Kanabar received PMI’s highest award the Linn Stuckenbruck Teaching Excellence Award for his teaching and curriculum contributions to the project management profession He has just completed 25 years of service at Boston University, and is their Director of Project Management Programs. He can be reached at kanabar@bu.edu.

Gina Abudi

The Project Manager’s Role in Driving Successful People Change on Projects

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Gina is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, (ACG), a woman-owned small business focusing on helping organizations ensure that their change initiatives are a success.
In this role, she partners with leaders across the organization to provide strategic support and guidance to enable for success of strategic change initiatives. This includes coaching leaders to sponsor change initiatives, ensuring their meet organizational goals as well as engage employees in adopting the change. Gina also provides workshops to help organizational leads drive successful change and to enable employees to be engaged in supporting and adopting change.

Clients appreciate that Gina and Abudi Consulting Group provide practical strategic and operational advice, tips, tools, and best practices they can apply immediately in the organization – thereby ensuring a positive impact on change initiatives regardless of their complexity. In addition to change management consulting, Abudi Consulting Group also provides training programs in management, leadership and critical skills topics. Abudi Consulting has developed and owns the IP to over 60 workshops that are offered to clients ranging from non-profits to large, global private organizations. Gina is lead author of Best Practices for Managing Business Process Improvement Initiatives: Six Simple Steps (J Ross Publishing, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach (J Ross Publishing, 2017.)

Shai Davidov (with Nicki Kons)

Project Value at Risk (PVaR (TM)): Connecting Risks to Business Value Outcomes

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Shai has an extensive direct practical experience of strategy, operations and risk management, having worked as a senior program manager, technical director and account manager in a range of capacities and for a number of different employers in the private sector, before joining Edinburgh Business School in 2013. He co-founded a successful online shopping business and owned a professional consulting firm that assisted organizations to improve their business results by strategically plan and implement project, program and portfolio management culture, processes, tools and techniques. His clients ranged from private start-ups companies to public authorities.
Shai is a fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Scottish Programme and Project Management Group (SPPMG), the Risk Management Society (RIMS), and the Strategic Planning Society (SPS). He is a graduate of the Advance HE Academic Leadership Programme and a Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE). Shai had served as an elected member of the University’s Senate as well as committee and board member in several organisations and NGOs. As part of his PhD studies at Edinburgh Business School, Shai researches the intersection of sustainability and strategy.  

Nicki Kons

Project Value at Risk (PVaR (TM)): Connecting Risks to Business Value Outcome (with Shai Davidov)

Nicki is the author of PVaR™ – Project Value at risk: https://www.createspace.com/6174929. She is an (ERP) Energy Risk Professional – Certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, PMI – RMP (Risk Management Professional) certified, PMI – PMP certified. Nicki has been a Risk analyst and EVM expert with background in Engineering, Political Science, projects, finance, organizations and IT, and a Risk Management identification techniques expert & researcher.
She is an experienced instructor and trainer with managerial experience, mainly as a functional manager. Nicki brings with her a high process orientation with ability to manage a process from inception to maturity, and the ability to identify potential risks and opportunities in complex technical projects and complex environments.

Bill Bangs

Leveraging Change Champions to Influence a Global Cultural Shift

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Bill is Director, Change Management at Akamai Technologies. He is a seasoned professional specializing in organizational change, executive coaching, business performance improvements, strategy, planning, and portfolio and project management. Focus areas also include program evaluation and performance auditing. Extensive experience working closely with C-Suite leaders in the private sector, as well as elected and appointed federal, state, and local government officials.

Erika Flora

Leading Project Teams in VUCA Environments

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Erika is a Strategic Advisor and Coach, ITIL/Scrum instructor, and Digital Strategist across a variety of industries. She started her career as a Microbiologist turned Project Manager and has always had a passion for improving how companies manage work, deliver great products & services, & better serve their customers.
In 2006, she founded BEYOND20, an IT consulting, training, and software development company. Over the years, she led several successful programs & helped organizations find success with their digital transformation efforts. Erika holds a Masters Degree from the University of Florida and served as adjunct professor of Project Management for San Diego State University. She is a skilled blogger, presenter, and the author of, “Demystifying Agile, Scrum, & IT Service Management”. She is also the Lead Editor and author for the core ITIL 4 publication, “ITIL 4 Leader: Digital & IT Strategy”. She is a champion of women in technology, Board Member for the LEDC, & BEYOND20 is a frequent sponsor of STEM events. When she’s not at work, you may find her performing with her indie improv troupe, Swoonface. Erika has (amongst others) the following certifications: PMP, PgMP, PRINCE2, ITIL Expert, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), & Scrum Professional (CSP) with the Scrum Alliance.

Mustafa Hafızoğlu

Redefining Project Success

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Mustafa is an expert on seeing the big picture, decomposing it into the project level and leading teams to achieve the organization’s strategic goals via projects and programs. He has a particular passion for project benefits.
He has 20 years Project/Program Management experience on complex software and hardware R&D Projects, and has spoken at PMI Global Congresses. He is the founder of Turkey’s first PMO Summit, and was a co-founder and VP and later President of the PMI Turkey chapter. He teaches at various universities, is a contributing expert in PMWOrld 360 Magazine and is a co-author of the book, “Project Management, An Analytic Approach”.

Steve Leybourne

https://www.bu.edu/met/faculty/full-time/stephen-leybourne/

Dr. Leybourne is director for student admission and chair of the Academic Policy & Standards Committee in the Administrative Sciences department at Metropolitan College (MET), one of the largest schools within Boston University (BU). Dr. Leybourne arrived in Boston in January 2009 from the UK, where he had been teaching at Plymouth Business School in the southwest of England. At BU, he teaches both in the classroom and online (see his teaching page for details of courses), and carries out research into the behavioral aspects of project-based management, with a particular emphasis on improvised work in the project domain. He is internationally acknowledged as an expert on improvised work in project management, and has presented at major international conferences and published widely on this subject. He has also presented keynote sessions on this subject at the 5th Brazilian PM Congress in 2010 in Brasilia and at the 2019 FuturePMO conference in London, among others. Prior to his academic career, he worked for over twenty years in banking and finance, with his later banking career focused on commercial mortgage financing to small and medium-sized businesses, and the project management of technical, cultural, and behavioral change. Professor Leybourne is an associate editor at Project Management Research & Practice (formerly Organizational Project Management), and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Administrative Science & Technology.

Rich Maltzman

Giving You a Green Light to Think Past The End of Your Project

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A certified Project Management Professional, Rich Maltzman joins Metropolitan College with 40 years of industry experience at Nokia (previously Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T). Rising from senior engineer to technical manager, he worked most recently as their learning and professional advancement leader, building and developing Nokia’s Global Program Management Office. Throughout his career, he has also developed and taught professional training programs and courseware, as well as curricula and syllabi for clients such as Clark University, the Center for Professional Advancement at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Shenyang University of Technology in China, and Boston University’s Corporate Education Center. He is co-author of six books on project management, including the Cleland Award-winning Green Project Management. He has presented at project management conferences in Malaysia, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, and across the US. Rich is currently Master Lecturer at Boston University where he has created, updated, and delivered many courses in project management and decision making.

Stephen Devaux

All Projects are Investments! Why Don’t We Manage Them That Way?

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Steve has trained and consulted in project management for over 25 years with corporate and governmental groups including the US Air Force, BAE Systems, iRobot, Siemens, Wells Fargo, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, American Electric and many others. He has taught graduate project management courses at Suffolk University, Brandeis University and University of the West Indies/Barbados, and in Executive Education programs at Bentley University and UMass/Lowell.

Steve is the author of Managing Projects as Investments: Earned Value to Business Value and Total Project Control: (2nd edition) A Practitioner’s Guide to Managing Projects as Investments (CRC Press, 2014 and 2015). He contributed chapters on his new CPM metric, critical path drag, in two 2013 books: Project Management in the Oil and Gas Industries and Handbook of Emergency Response. His Sep/Oct 1992 article in Project Management Journal titled “When the DIPP Dips: A P&L Index for Project Decisions” was republished by PMI in 1999 as a featured article in the book Essentials of Project Control (Pinto & Trainer, eds.). He is the author of numerous articles and PMI webinars, and has been a speaker at PMI Chapter meetings throughout the US. Steve has developed several new metrics and concepts in project management including critical path drag (now computed by both Asta Powerproject and Spider Project software packages), drag cost, true cost, the value breakdown structure (VBS), the cost of leveling with unresolved bottlenecks (the CLUB), the doubled resource estimated duration (the DRED), the DIPP (Devaux’s Index of Project Performance) baseline for project value, and the DIPP Progress Index (DPI). Steve has a BA in English from UMass and an MS in Project Management from Northeastern University and is a veteran of US Army Intelligence, Vietnam.

Dave Silberman

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Dr. Silberman has unique expertise in the human side of business and project management. Dave has spent decades at executive and senior leader levels leading people and processes inside government operations, high-tech Silicon Valley startups, global technology providers, and venture capital firms. Dave’s primary area of interest in the project management discipline focuses heavily on the correlates and dissonance occurring within the human agency component. Within this context Dave is centrally interested in the traps of human potentiality along with the negotiation of tension that revolves around identity.

Dave has taught and facilitated project management curriculum at Boston University and is a decorated disabled United States combat veteran who holds a MS in project management and a PhD in Human Resources Development. Dave also holds the following related credentials; Certified Agile Leader (CAL), Leadership Agility 360 Coach, Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Project Manager (PMI-ACP), Change Manager (Prosci), Six Sigma Master Blackbelt (CMBB) and Myers & Briggs Certified Practitioner (MBTI).

Thomas Lechler

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Dr. Thomas Lechler is an Associate Professor at the Howe School, Stevens Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the early development stages of new ventures and the success factors of project management to understand the dynamics and interactions between decisions, structures, and behaviors on innovation success. He has built up an international research sample of 832 projects. He has published articles in leading international and German journals including Small Business Economics, Research Policy and others and authored two books in the fields of project management and entrepreneurship and reviews regularly for several technology and innovation management journals. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Joe Pusz, “PMO Joe”

The Value of Project Management: A Case Study of Project Management Benefits for Cactus Semiconductor

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Joe Pusz, PMO Joe is the Founder and President of THE PMO SQUAD, a Phoenix based PMO and Project Management Consulting firm.  For over 7 years THE PMO SQUAD has been assisting clients across the US to improve delivery of key strategic initiatives and improving the capabilities of their PMO.  A key ingredient to THE PMO SQUAD success is helping clients to Empower People to Deliver Results. He is host of the Project Management Office Hours Radio Show and Podcast providing Project Management Leaders a voice within our community.  The show has had over 100 national and international guests sharing their Project Management story and is now in the 3rdseason and has featured many distinguished guests.    Joe is also Co-Founder of VPMMA, the Veterans Project Manager Mentor Alliance which is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization assisting Veterans seeking to transition into civilian Project Management careers.  VPMMA has greater than 300 participants across 35 states and 5 countries.  VPMMA continues to grow and provides Veterans and Spouses mentoring and professional services from existing partnerships with the International Institute for Learning – IIL, ASU, Sensei Project Solutions, Vets2PM, PMI-PHX, and THE PMO SQUAD.  Joe is PMP certified and has had affiliations with Atlanta and Phoenix Chapters.    Joe supports the global Project Management community as Judge for the 2020 and 2019 Global PMO Awards and a blog contributor on ProjectManagement.com.

Radhia Benalia

Leveraging Clarity and Significance for Success

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Radhia is a potential and capacity builder. She helps people become PMP-certified, helping them to develop their leadership potential, their emotional intelligence, or even career options, and pours her heart and mind into it.

She has worked in 3 continents and has drawn essential lessons learned that she loves sharing – learning a lot in the process, too.

With instructional design and curriculum development, she focuses on empowering the learner and avoiding information overload, applying LEAN and Continuous improvement approaches in crafting memorable and valuable learning and change management experiences.

Priscilla Bakx-Kabai

Why Digital Transformation Projects Put People First: A Ricoh Case Study on how Digital Transformation Projects can Identify User Needs and Pain Points Early in the Transformation

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Priscilla Bakx-Kabai is passionate about People and Projects. Aside from being the PMO Officer at Ricoh Europe Supply Chain Management, she is also a Small Business Owner, a PMI-ATP Instructor, and a Mindset Change Coach and Facilitator.

Priscilla holds a Master’s degree in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®), Lean Six Sigma Certified Green Belt (LSSGB) and a Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM®). Currently located in The Netherlands, Priscilla has more than 10 years of experience as a project professional in various international settings. Three words that best describe Priscilla’s way of working are Engagement, Communication and Teamwork.

Te Wu

Beyond Project Management: Essential Program Management

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Prof. Dr. Te Wu (PMI-RMP, PMP, PgMP, PfMP) has over 25 years of hands-on experience as a management consultant, project manager, corporate leader, non-profit executive, college professor, professional trainer, thought leader, entrepreneur, researcher, and writer. He is a professor at Montclair State University and China Europe International Business School, and the CEO of PMO Advisory, a PMI Premier Authorized Training Partner.  He has worked on complex projects, programs, and portfolios ranging from Global/Fortune 500 companies to world-class non-profit organizations. Previously led projects, programs, and portfolio of up to USD $300+ million, Te brings a combination of hands-on experience with deep knowledge of project, program, and portfolio management. He is also an avid volunteer, previously served on two PMI standard core committees for portfolio and risk management. Currently, he is a U.S delegate on the ISO TC258 for Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management and the Director of Symposia for PMINYC.  He has written multiple books; three recent books are Optimizing Project Management (Taylor & Francis), Sensible Guide to PgMP Success (Taylor & Francis), Sensible Guide to Passing the PfMP Exam (iExperi), and Implementing Project Portfolio Management (PMI).