University PM Talks - Hosted by Georgetown University

University PM Talks - Hosted by Georgetown University


Lisa Hahn

PM Technical Lead
Freddie Mac

Eva Vincze, PhD

Coaching and Consulting Services, LLC

Jon Desenberg

Principle Business Strategy Analyst
MITRE Corporation

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Event Date
Event Location

Auditorium, Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts NW
Washington, DC, 20001

Agenda and Cost:

This event goes from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with the first 30 minutes devoted to networking.

This event is free for students, costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

Talent Triangle

The presentations are targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. Our speakers will discuss each element of the PMI Talent Triangle to help further professional development and enhance the following skills all in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management

This event provides 1.5 PDUs for certified PMs.If you have any questions about the event, please contact us.


Project Kickoff: Setting up Your Project for Success
Presentation by Lisa Hahn, Senior Project Manager

Project managers play critical leadership roles for the projects that they manage. This often requires excellent client relationship skills, strong communication acumen, and the ability to effectively manage stakeholders. One of the most important responsibilities that a project manager has is to conduct the project kick-off meeting. It can set a project off on the right foot to become a huge success or it can be poorly executed and set a project off to a rocky start that hinders future implementation efforts. Before the project kick-off meeting can even occur, there are a great deal of planning and activities that need to happen. Learn the steps that you can take to ensure that all of your future project kick-off meetings are successful!

Starting with the End in Mind: Analytics and Strategy for an Evidence-Based Government
Presentation by Jon Desenberg, Principle Business Strategy Analyst, MITRE Corporation

A growing number of laws and regulations are pushing the government toward evidence-based decision making. Its essential that emerging Project Management professionals and government executives bring outcome-based methods with them to their new positions. This short presentation will outline some recent developments in the world of data-driven management, strategy, and planning and point the way for new professionals to understand how critical these skills will be going forward. Examples and highlights from public sector management at all levels of government will be discussed.
Whether working in the Federal, State, Local, International or non-profit areas, results-oriented planning and measurement has never been more critical as a framework for all public sector executives.

Value-Based Leadership: Building Synergy in a Complex World
Presentation by Eva Vincze, PhD

In today’s flattened, digital world, project teams are usually composed of individuals from a variety of cultural and linguistic divides. There appears to be an increased importance for exploring individual, team and organizational values – how they influence our beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Change Leaders need to develop competencies in harnessing core values to build synergy in a complex world.

This event is free for students, costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

Special Instructions: 

Closest metro stop: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), Mt. Vernon Square (Yellow and Green lines), Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange and Silver). 

Public Parking is available at Laz Parking: 901 7th St NW and MarcParc: 500 New York Ave NW.

PDUs Available: 
1.50 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
1.5 PDUs : .5 - Strategic and Business Management, .5 Technical, .5 Leadership

About the Speaker

Lisa Hahn

Freddie Mac
PM Technical Lead

Lisa Hahn is a Senior Project Manager and leader with more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale, strategic solutions in mobile, digital services, marketing and web development. She is an expert in web strategy and user-centered design principles and is focused on building effective client relationships, business development, and web/mobile strategy. She has led numerous extensive cross-functional teams through the entire lifecycle of web/mobile projects (including requirements gathering, content, governance, design, information architecture, development, testing, and implementation). She is currently the Project Management Technical Lead at Freddie Mac and has worked at various consulting companies including Echo&Co, ICF Interactive, NavigationArts, and CSRA. She earned a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's degree in international business and marketing from the American University. She has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2005.

Eva Vincze, PhD

Coaching and Consulting Services, LLC

Eva Vincze, PhD. is an executive coach, facilitator and learning and development consultant with 30+ years leading organizational learning and professional development initiatives. She has designed, developed, implemented and evaluated training programs and curriculum on a variety of topics and worked with government, private and non-profit groups in the U.S., The Middle East, Europe and Africa. For seventeen years, she directed the professional graduate program in Digital Forensics at George Washington and is fluent in “Geekspeak”. She holds a PhD in Organizational Development with a focus on adult training and development.

Jon Desenberg

MITRE Corporation
Principle Business Strategy Analyst

Jon leads consulting engagements in strategic planning, data analytics, performance-based budgeting, dashboard design, performance management and IT planning with both private and public organizations. His clients have included the USDA, CMS, HHS, CDC, NRC, DOD, as well as providing advisory services for the House Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Budget Committee and the Office of Management and Budget. Beyond Washington, his clients have included more than 80 other state, local and international organizations. Jon’s international clients include the Governments of Turkey, Spain, Italy, and British Columbia. His local work has recently focused on establishing the Mid-Atlantic Statistical Network, consisting of more than 30 local governments in Virginia, Maryland, DC and Delaware.

As a Planning and Performance instructor for more than 15 years, Jon has delivered trainings and webinars to more than 8,000 executives including Federal, state, local and international governments in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Canada and South Korea.
Formerly the United States General Services Administration’s (GSA) Director of Performance Management, he successfully led the agency’s strategy and analytics program, which ultimately resulted in aligned goals and measures cascading to all 13,000 employees. He was awarded several commendations for his Federal Service, including the GSA Leadership Award.

Jon has authored articles in Washington Technology, Federal Manager, Government Computer News, and the Public Manager. He is a regular guest on Federal News Radio and co-author of the textbook, Knowledge Management: A Foundation for E-Government.
He received a B.A. from The University of Michigan and a J.D from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Jon lives in Arlington with his family and Frisbee-catching dog. He’s backpacked and skied in 15 states and has attended baseball games in 21 major league parks and counting.

About the University PM Talks

Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter partners with local universities to bring our chapter events to university students, young professionals, and our members in Washington, DC on a quarterly basis. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer!

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