Gordon MacKay

Evolving Project Leadership – Keynote Speaker

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Gordon’s working life began as a Royal Navy Marine Engineering Artificer Apprentice, followed by active service. This period of self discovery inspired a life-long love of learning, from a subsequent BA(Hons) Degree in Organisation Studies, an MBA, to a BSc(Hons) Degree in Environmental Science. A successful project setting up a call centre in just seven weeks led to his appointment as call centre manager, leading 1,200 FTE. A formative experience, this triggered reflection and insights on fit-for-purpose leadership informing a first book on Practical Leadership. Ongoing research paralleled project management for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young based in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, and Scottish Water based in Inverness, before eight years in Sellafield, of which four years as project management capability lead. His leadership studies have progressively extended into psychology, with insights emerging from the latest research in neurology as informed by neuroscience. Speaker will be zooming in to present this keynote.

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Bernadette St. John

Introduction to Lean: Seeing the Waste

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Senior Director of Engineering Operations at IDEMIA.  Accomplished program management professional experienced in establishing PMOs and managing software engineering teams and operations. Lean Agile enthusiast, collaborative partner and believer in the magic of high performing teams. Excellent project and people management skills with strong customer service focus. Able to build teams inside the organization and with external partners. Excellent communicator and listener. Lean Sigma Black Belt committed to continuous improvement. Speaker is present in person at the event and welcomes conversation and questions.

(Hands-on Exercise in this session) – We will try to accommodate remote participants during the the post-it notes section.

Jim Hannon


Jim Hannon has over twenty years of diversified experience in Information Technology in various industries, functioning primarily as a enterprise senior Agilist. Mr. Hannon possesses an expert level of project management and agile skills and has led a multitude of very large and successful multi-organization projects. He has developed a pro-active PMO model through the use of Business Intelligence (BI) and leveraging various risk management and project forecasting resources. Mr. Hannon led seven company-wide transformations to Agile and providing remarkable changes to numerous companies. These initiatives involved transforming over 1000+ teams and impacting over 100 products. Speaker is present in person at the event and welcomes conversation and questions.

Jim has helped several hundred students obtain agile and PMP certifications. He will guide you to obtaining your Scrum Master, Product Owner certification during the Saturday Session.

Virginia Greiman

Professor Greiman has published and lectured extensively on international law, economic development, project management and finance, and international business transactions. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP ®), Ms. Greiman is an internationally recognized expert on mega-project management and infrastructure development, privatization and project finance, corporate reorganizations, cyber-trafficking, and international commercial transactions. Greiman served as deputy chief legal counsel and risk manager on Boston Big Dig road project, and has held several high-level appointments for the United States government, including as United States Trustee for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and international legal counsel to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development on privatization projects in Eastern and Central Europe. She has part-time teaching and academic appointments at both Boston University and Harvard University Law Schools. Speaker will be remote but will answer questions post
Ginny will be helping PMiP with several aspects of the conference and PMP sessions.

Raj Heda


Raj Heda Agile is a globally recognized Practice Lead, Enterprise Agility expert, Product Strategist, Author, Coach, and Entrepreneur. Raj Heda is a Senior Director at UST leading their global agile practice. He is an agile enthusiast and has led large-scale agile transformations for over 15 years. With about two decades of part-time teaching experience at universities including Boston University Metropolitan College.

Passionate presenter and speaker, he has presented at PMiP before in the Agile track – and provided practical insights and real-world tutorials and games.

Raj Heda will support workshop participants and answer questions.

Prasad S. Kodukula

PPPM Panel Chair

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Dr. Prasad S. Kodukula, PMP, PgMP, DASM, is a speaker, coach, author, inventor, and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of professional experience. A PMI Fellow and a self-proclaimed Global Ambassador of Project Management, Prasad has spoken in nearly 50 countries on many project management related topics. He has worked with more than 40 Fortune 100 companies (e.g., Abbott, BP, Chrysler, Dow, Kraft Foods, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola, Stryker, Volkswagen, 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 2020 PMI Fellow Award, 2016 Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award 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.

Ann Chesley

Mayo clinic Program Management Organization Change Management Plan

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Ann is a Senior Project Scheduler with expertise in Primavera P6. Substantial working experience in various national electric organizations. Currently with American Electric Power – Transmission. Ann won distinguised student award five years ago at Boston University for academic excellence and contribution to the profession.

Vijay Kanabar

PMBOK 7th Standard – A Revolutionary Change has Just Begin & What is the Role of the Agile Project Manager?


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.

Vijay will run the 35 PDU PMP preparation session which kicks off on Saturday. As a registered PMiP member, participate in this workshop at no cost.

In his review of the PMBOK 7th Edition standard, Vijay will describe why the project management profession is going to be rocked to its core.

Loredana Abramo

Project Program and Portfolio Management Practice Panel

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Loredana Abramo is a global citizen, who has lived and worked in several international locations, across 4 continents.   Loredana started her career as an engineer, developing and delivering large national telecommunications networks in Italy, Japan and South-East Asia with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent. Wanting to expand her skills beyond the technical realm, she moved into business development, service delivery readiness, and program management. Alternating Customer delivery leadership roles, such as PMO Deputy Director for a large infrastructure program in Australia, and global roles in the corporate program office, she is just returning to the mainland from her Senior Project Director role for Nokia on a transportation project in Hawaii. Loredana holds a Doctor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, is a certified Professional Engineer in Italy and has a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from DePaul University. She is a PMP®, a member of PMI and a senior member of IEEE, and a TIA Convergence Technologies Professional. Loredana has co-authored a book on Project Management competency development in 2017, and a section of the Responsible Project Management Handbook. Always dedicated to sharing her skills and knowledge in project management, she has written and presented multiple papers in support of IEEE, PMI, and IPMA and is now teaching online Project Management courses at Boston University Metropolitan College.  

Rich Maltzman

Project Manager? They Got Our Job Title Wrong!


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.

Chris Friday

Programs and Portfolios: Balancing and Optimizing 

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Mr. Friday is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Connecticut’s (UCONN), Graduate School of Business and teaches in courses in the Masters of Science Business Analytics and Project Management.  He is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Dragnet Consulting.  Mr. Friday has over twenty-five (25) years of professional experience in the business disciplines of project management, information management and marketing.  He has worked in the gaming, hospitality, retail, professional services and consumer electronics industries. Mr. Friday has held positions of increasing responsibility to include; Director of Program Management, Vice President of Customer Relationship Management, Vice President of Resource Management and CIO. He also possesses the following professional certifications; Project Management Professional (PMP) and Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP).  Mr. Friday is currently a doctoral student at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, Gainesville with a research focus of project portfolio management and corporate strategy.

Dave Silberman

How Organizational Silofication Impedes Project Performance

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Dr. Silberman has unique expertise at the intersection of the human side of business and project management.
In addition to serving as a lecture and course facilitator in the project management program here at BU, Dave is also a Co-Founder of Rhythmic Leader Science and a serial entrepreneur. His prior career in senior leadership roles spanned governmental, hi-tech startups, and venture capital spaces.

Dave is a decorated disabled United States combat veteran and holds a Ph.D. in Human Resources Development. His research focuses on helping organizations strategically navigate human potentiality and the negotiation of the workplace and identity-based tension. He has authored scholarly literature, and practitioner-based articles published in places like Forbes and is a best-selling author.

Dave will be in person and guide this interactive session for participants to experientially (hands-on exercise) gain exposure to how organizational silofication impedes project performance and collectively discuss mitigation strategies. Supportive considerations will also be afforded for remote participants.

Albrik Avanessian

Systems Thinking

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For the first 20 years after graduation from USF, Albrik worked as a Physical Design Engineer at DEC and IBM before remaking himself into an IT Project Manager. For the last 10 years he has managed IT projects at Athena Health, TJX, Staples, BCBS, and for last 3.5 years at Boston University. His main areas of interest in Project Management are: the larger picture (Systems Thinking) and agility (Adaptability & Resiliency) as prerequisites to delivering Business Value

Oduwa Osagiede

Stakeholder Management

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Oduwa Osagiede has over 20 years professional experience in product marketing and electrical engineering disciplines. He has worked in a technical and/or marketing capacity for leading organizations like United Technologies Corporation and Schneider Electric. He is a graduate of Boston University Metropolitan college with a master’s degree in Project Management, with concentration in Program and Project Portfolio Management. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University. He is PMP certified, and he has an acute interest in value-based project management. He enjoys traveling and spending time with friends & family.