Stakeholder Engagement: The Key to Project Success

Stakeholder Engagement: The Key to Project Success


Evan Piekara, PMP

Senior Manager
BDO Consulting USA

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Managing stakeholders is critical to project success. In this presentation, Piekara will share real-world examples and applications of where effective management of stakeholders led to project success and where improperly classifying stakeholders, forgetting critical stakeholders, or not adapting to stakeholder changing needs and shifting power dynamics adversely impacted projects. This presentation will provide useful frameworks for qualifying and managing stakeholders to increase the success of your project.


**Please note that the Dinner is a separate registration from the Industry Insights. To find out more information and to register for the Dinner, see here**


Event Location

Sheraton Tysons
8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, VA, 22182

Agenda and Cost:


Member: $10 

Non-member: $15

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speakers

Evan Piekara, PMP

BDO Consulting USA
Senior Manager

Evan Piekara has over twelve years of experience consulting and working in the government and nonprofit sectors. Evan started his nonprofit career as a member of Teach For America (TFA), where he served as a teacher, volunteer, and in operational support and training roles for the organization. In this role, he learned and implemented a number of learning, motivational, and presentation techniques and was recognized as a finalist for the Sue Lehman National Excellence in Teaching Award. Evan earned a Master’s in the Science of Teaching from Pace University, and after four years of teaching in New York City, Piekara moved to Washington D.C, to earn his MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (MSB). At Georgetown, Piekara launched Georgetown’s Month of Volunteerism (MoV), a month where MBAs dedicate their time and talents to service. This event annually draws in over 60 partners and 1,400 service hours. Piekara was recognized with Georgetown’s highest leadership award, the Daniel Walker McNeal Award and was also recognized as a Community Fellow for committing over 100 hours of service during the course of his MBA.

After graduation, Evan supported BDO Public Sector in the launch of their management consulting practice and has provided strategy and operations, human capital, and information technology support to government and nonprofit clients. At BDO Public Sector, Evan led efforts building internal practice recruiting processes including interview questions, cases, and candidate evaluation criteria and developed their Graduate Advisor internship program.

Piekara holds a range of professional certifications that have strengthened professional experience in change management, conflict resolution, cyber security, lean six sigma, project management, and total quality management. He has presented on many topics including change management, conflict resolution, and performance measurement and evaluation and developed workshops on government and nonprofit cases. He has served in leadership roles on nonprofit boards including serving as Chair of New Endeavors by Women (NEW), a nonprofit that provides shelter and support services to women and children, and serves as President-elect of Connecticut College’s Alumni Board of Directors and will join the Board of Trustees in July. Piekara also serves on the Board of DC Scholars, a DC charter school. He has leveraged experience in strategic planning, finance, and change management to help these organizations address complex challenges.

Piekara is passionate about impacting and improving the government and nonprofit sectors. He is the co-author of Case In Point: Government and Nonprofit with best-selling author Marc Cosentino and this recently released guide provides insights for those entering the public sector consulting industry.


About the PM Industry Insights

PM Industry Insights is PMIWDC's workshop series that addresses the practical aspects of Project Management.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, etc. 

Both PM Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to certified PMPs. Continued certification as a PMP requires the accumulation of these valuable credits and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to obtain both the important training and the educational credit associated with it.

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