University PM Talks - Hosted by George Washington University

University PM Talks - Hosted by George Washington University


Uma Hiremagalur, PMP

Vice President, Technology
PMI Washington DC Chapter

David Dante

HeartMath Certified Trainer
Heart Ambassadors

Salah Elleithy

Agile / Co-Active Coach and Facilitator
Spark Agility

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date
Event Location

Duques Hall, Room 651, George Washington University
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC, 20052

Agenda and Cost:

This event goes from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with the first 30 minutes devoted to networking.

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

For the student rate, please email from an .edu email address, with your first and last name and we will register you for this event for free!

Talent Triangle

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! 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 (0.5)
  • Leadership (0.5)
  • Strategic and Business Management (0.5)

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


6:00 PM- 6:30 PM Networking / Food & Drinks
6:30 PM -7:30 PM University PM Talks Presentations
Strategic and Business Management (20 Minutes)
Technical Project Management (20 Minutes)
Leadership (20 Minutes)
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Q&A with Speakers


Servant Leadership
Presentation by Uma Hiremagalur

Servant Leadership is a lifelong journey. It’s a life and leadership philosophy…if truly lived, changes everything. A term coined by Robert Greenleaf that begins with the natural feeling that one’s wants to serve first. The conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. Who is the best leader you would follow? Servant Leadership isn’t about giving people everything they need regardless. Many leaders will be working within the constraints of a tight budget and with little time at their disposal. Let’s talk about the basic principles of Servant Leadership and understand the best test that is difficult to administer and yet so simple.

Partnering with Change
Presentation by David Dante

Change is happening every day, every hour, every minute, every second, and every moment. How are businesses handling it? Since people are the makeup of businesses, how are they handling change? In this talk, I will cover the change curve, the science on what physiologically happens to people as they experience change as stress, and will share evidence based tools so people and in turn businesses can use to partner with change.

Goals-Driven Delivery with Impact Mapping
Presentation by Salah Elleithy

You might have seen this or lived it. You start a new project and after you finally get a “team” together to support your project, you try to figure out what we are trying to accomplish. After many meetings and maybe several weeks or months later, you have a list of stuff broken down by capabilities, features or maybe even stories!! Then the “team” comes to the realization that we are not aligned on the goals. In fact, the goals are not even clear or visible for us to align on. What do we do now?

In this session, Salah will introduce you to a simple planning technique called Impact Mapping. This technique will help your team align on goals, establish shared understanding and make better decisions that could possibly save your team many unproductive meetings and a considerable bit of confusion mixed with frustration.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Define what Impact Mapping is
  • Create your first Impact Map
  • Introduce Impact Mapping to your team
Special Instructions: 

Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue, Silver, Orange)

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

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

About the Speaker

Uma Hiremagalur, PMP

PMI Washington DC Chapter
Vice President, Technology

Uma Hiremagalur has 15+ years in IT Management and Service Delivery and over 10+ years in program management. As the Global Program Manager at IBM, she created the Global Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) Program for Applications on Demand. Managed, built and consolidated Data Centers for Catholic Health Initiatives. Led the Storage practice for all of Northern Region at IBM India. Uma managed Sheltering and Family Reunification programs within Disaster Cycle Services at the American Red Cross. 

She enjoys technology, innovation, process streamlining change management and total quality management engagements. Uma volunteers for various organizations and is passionate about giving back to the community through diverse programs. 

Uma has a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Computer Information Systems and Bachelors in Finance and Commerce.

David Dante

Heart Ambassadors
HeartMath Certified Trainer

David Dante PMP, HMCT is a lover of the school of life! A part of his life’s mission is to live from a unified coherent heart/brain state and train and coach others on the variety of tools he uses for this. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, he worked for 18 years as a contractor for various Department of Defense organizations and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an analyst and project manager on a wide variety of projects and programs. During this time he acquired his PMP in 2007. David was introduced to the basic HeartMath tools in 2013 and has been a practitioner of them since. In 2017 he became a HeartMath Certified Trainer (HMCT). In addition, through the HeartAmbassadors organization, David has co-lead efforts to raise funds to deliver water filters to provide communities in Nicaragua with clean water, and supported the Pathways to Peace NGO at the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women and the 72nd High-Level Meetings on Peace building and Sustaining Peace.


Salah Elleithy

Spark Agility
Agile / Co-Active Coach and Facilitator

Salah Elleithy is an Agile / Co-Active Coach and Facilitator on a mission to spark courageous curiosity with a twist of play. He has been coaching and facilitating change at different levels of the organization with the focus on organizational agility. Salah also leads and facilitates Agile NOVA, a community dedicated to lifelong learning. His passion is to bring play into organizations with the motto of play for purpose and progress.

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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