Project Managers and Senior Management - Learning to Dance
Project Managers and Senior Management - Learning to Dance
The HCB Group LLC
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- 11:30 am: Networking begins
- 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Program
A favorite pastime in so many organizations, big and small, is for project managers to try to understand senior management’s intentions, expectations, the demands made of them, and subsequent requirements forwarded down the food chain. Conversely, senior management is frequently plagued with challenges to understand the tangible, contextual benefits of project management beyond knowing such people exist on the payroll. Many senior managers have managed organizations but have never actually managed a project! It’s not easy to sell project management to senior executives – but it’s not impossible and is necessary for organizational success. There’s an art of finessing such organizational behavior so resources are available to achieve desired or directed results while also providing a pathway for project managers to advance. We’ll talk about how to sell project management in the right context and acumen while learning to dance to the often no-so-enjoyable business rhythm set by senior management. Amazingly, it does all come together.
Event requires registration.
Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station.
Government ID or Photo ID is required to enter the facility.
Soft SkillsTeam Building
Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.
About the Speaker
Hampton Dowling is Managing Partner of his international professional services company, the HCB Group LLC, providing executive management and advisory services to private and public sectors. Mr. Dowling has developed and managed large integrated programs, as well as, facilitated strategic partnerships, alliances and multi-vertical pursuits. He leads and serves with intent; bringing relevant experience, reputation and expedient upside results to near-to-midterm challenges facing public policies, and domestic and int’l institutions.
Mr. Dowling served as a career naval officer before retiring in the rank of Commander. Distinguished assignments included Special Assistant to the US Vice President; and as a Senior Program Manager at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency leading tier-one analytic, R&D and technology-applied programs; the results of which had Executive Branch bearing on Service-level policies, appropriations, and new relations with developing nations and NGOs. In the private sector, Mr. Dowling led double-digit profitability managing $90M+ P&L lines of business, achieved 80%-win rate of $5B for new company-wide business across a diversity of markets, and provided strategic advisory services to non-US companies and public sectors to increase revenues and stabilize governance. In C-Suite roles, he’s established PPPs, JVs, leveraged VCs and M&As, and reversed high-risk distributed organizations in revenue deficit or cost overrun positions while improving enterprise-scale performance, market penetration and brand reputation.
Career examples include: as a homeland security Account Manager for Pacific Region at SAIC, Mr. Dowling led a then first-ever consortium of business units introducing new, smart technologies and impact strategies to mitigate broad post-911 vulnerabilities facing US Territories and Partner Nations. As a Senior PM at Lockheed Martin, led distributed organizations delivering solutions for port, maritime security (ports, watercraft) & coastal fixed-array surveillance, offshore energy & environment protection, agile infrastructure, and secure logistics capabilities across five continents – 20 countries. As a VP, Mr. Dowling facilitated PPPs in Croatia, Americas and SE Asia to resource and manage compliant maritime trade, communication, energy security & surveillance capabilities that lowered risk, increased public revenues. For the US Gov’t, Mr. Dowling led a comprehensive assessment of US counter-illicit trafficking (land, air, sea, rivers) and cyber-threat activities in Central & South America; the findings and recommendations of which shaped much of today’s related special operations programs. As Sr Exec Director, Sabre-i3 Ltd, Mr. Dowling established, managed a JV with support consortium of 20 int’l companies to provide comprehensive $4B+ homeland security scope in N Africa. Today, Mr. Dowling provides program management and consultancy in Central Asia, Central America, and US domestic energy and data security markets.
Mr. Dowling’s experience is also applicable for the returning emphasis to on-shoring productivity and evolving US Federal and Defense Sectors where foreign investment in the US industrial base is increasing and federal departments are transforming in terms of budget, structure, policy and acquisition. His stewardship within the C-Suite leverages such changing market demand signals, investor expectations and tech convergence that favor exemplary leaders of broader experience and practical exposure to shape strategy, establish effective market presence and achieve higher profitability.
Mr. Dowling’s experience extends from mature countries to fragile states with credentials further codified from testimony before congressional sub-committees, as a frequent speaker at int’l forums, and featured contributor to various media. He serves as a magazine editorial director and board member to int’l organizations, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, an MBA from Golden Gate University, and certified Project Management Professional in both private industry and from the US Department of Defense.
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