Washington Circle Luncheons

PMIWDC's Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Relax, It’s Just Communication!

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    In this workshop participants will receive a brief overview of the science of how stories affect the human brain. Participants will learn the seven elements of a story that are essential for the story to be memorable. We will talk about the importance of choosing the story for the audience. Not every story is for every audience. Finally, we will provide tips on delivering a story because how you say it matters.

    Relax, It’s Just Communication!

  • Virtual Agile is Reality: Agile Project Management to Manage Distributed Teams

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    Sasan will share his experience and insights for managing distributed teams. With today's technology, Sasan feels that virtual teams can reproduce the same dynamic, efficient, and effective results as co-located teams’ face-to-face communication. Sasan will present how he transforms high-functioning, healthy teamwork, value-driven distributed teams. He not only shares his viewpoint of coaching distributed teams but also find a great way to increase the likelihood of success with distributed teams.

    Virtual Agile is Reality: Agile Project Management to Manage Distributed Teams

  • Leverage Design Thinking and Lean Agile to Maximize Enterprise Value

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    About the Event

    As companies continue to adopt agile and lean, they also need to use design thinking to help them build the right problem and connection to their users, not just the sponsors or customers. Developing the product to meet enterprise needs is the only way to sustain the business to gain marketing comparative. In this workshop, we will engage the audience to learn design thinking, lean’s test and learn, and review agile iterative and incremental development. Audiences will learn why we must marry lean, lean, and agile. They will take away all benefits statements. During the workshop, we present some case studies. We also encourage the audience to explore what problems they want to tackle by using the concepts.

    Leverage Design Thinking and Lean Agile to Maximize Enterprise Value

  • How Telling a Story can Persuade, Inspire, and Train Professionals

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    In this workshop participants will receive a brief overview of the science of how stories affect the human brain. Participants will learn the seven elements of a story that are essential for the story to be memorable. We will talk about the importance of choosing the story for the audience. Not every story is for every audience. Finally, we will provide tips on delivering a story because how you say it matters.

    How Telling a Story can Persuade, Inspire, and Train Professionals

  • Reinventing and Managing the Vibrant You

    If you experience any difficulties registering for this event, please call us at 703-683-4804 or email us at info@pmiwdc.org and include the name of the event.

    About the Event

    There’s a definite process for living life on the track of your own choice. In this interactive session, you will pick up the simple and practical formula to adjust and align the personal mindset to customize your own life. The regular practice of this approach will help you to lead a consistently higher quality of life; personally and professionally while feeling like your own “B.O.S.S.”.
    Outcomes:

    Reinventing and Managing the Vibrant You

  • How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

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    About the Event

    When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice on how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.
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    How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

  • Training from the BACK of the Room! 6 Trumps to Shift Your Teaching Stance

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    About the Event

    Take your training skills to a more advanced level as you discover how the human brain really learns which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. Explore the most current "cognitive neuroscience" about effective instruction - how the brain takes in, stores, retrieves and uses knowledge. Discover six powerful learning principles based on the best of brain science, then apply these principles every time you train, teach, or coach others. These Accelerated Learning principles go hand-in-hand with team-based Agile and Scrum processes and principles.

    Training from the BACK of the Room! 6 Trumps to Shift Your Teaching Stance

  • Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile's Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations

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    About the Event

    Agile Transformation has been the proven game-changer towards the positive transformation in building high performing Agile culture embedded teams and the high performing organizations. Agile and live coaching can lead to better methods of continuous improvements in the journey of building and scaling up the teams’ high performance. This will help the organizations to enable high product development speed while maintaining a highly available service. Through right Agile ingredients and best proven practices and methodologies we can have the motivated people to build valuable quality products with ‘the speed to market’ mind set.

    Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile's Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations

  • CANCELED: How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

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    Please note, this event has been canceled.

    About the Event

    When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice on how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.
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    CANCELED: How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

  • Using Dharma to Supercharge Your Leadership and Life

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    About the Event

    Dr. Saxena has spent his career understanding what allows individuals and organizations to achieve peak performance. He’s all about helping others achieve their high-level goals, whether they are relatively modest or as Jim Collins calls them BHAG’s (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). In this presentation, he will show you how to use your Dharma to Supercharge Your Leadership and Life.

    Have you achieved a lot in your life but know you have more to offer? Would you like to be a more effective leader? Does leadership feel like an uphill battle? Like you, Dr. Saxena has struggled with a lot of the same issues. Sunil will help you understand the concept of Dharma and how it is critical to effective leadership.

    Using Dharma to Supercharge Your Leadership and Life

  • The Science of Effective Training and Learning

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    About the Event

    For too long, traditional classroom instructions have been created on the assumptions that they should be fact based. In the corporate world too, most of the training and lecture content is printed on power point slides. Some might not know that this is not the most effective way to teach or learn. The problems we face with this approach are, learners lose interest during the training or lecturing session and/or they can not retain the information given to them. Various researchers have shown brain based learning techniques are most helpful. Brains normal process is to learn new information or enhance any information. As long as our brains are not prohibited from fulfilling its normal process, learning will occur.

    The Science of Effective Training and Learning

  • How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

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    About the Event

    When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice on how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.

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    How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

  • Scaling Agile within the Federal Government

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    About the Event

    The Federal Government is increasingly mandating the application of Agile software development across its technical acquisition programs. This trend comes from the realization that iterative and incremental development and delivery of software-intensive systems lowers costs, compresses schedules, improves quality, and delivers capabilities better aligned to the needs of system stakeholders and end users. However, two factors typically cripple Federal Agile development projects: the application of traditional program management, IT governance, acquisition, and contracting practices incompatible with Agile; and difficulty scaling Agile practices to deliver large-scale, highly complex systems.

    Scaling Agile within the Federal Government

  • Military Generals, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence

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    About the Event

    For many years, business schools have looked toward the military and its long leadership legacy to understand successful leadership methods. Senior level officers have always needed to be adept at managing shifting trends. In fact, a current military leadership program promises to foster agile and adaptive officers who can think critically and creatively. How have our military leaders leveraged these to be able leverage non-tangible attributes? This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.

    Military Generals, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence

  • Overworked and Overwhelmed, What Can You Do About It

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    About the Event

    How did you distribute your 168 hours a week? If you spent more than 42% at work, this is the workshop for you. How often do you check your smartphone? If you check your phone every hour or less, you would be interested in learning how to deal with your stressful life. Do you spend your day of back-to-back meetings, a hundred or so emails, interminable conference calls, dozens of decisions, a contentious conversation or two, and a rough commute? When we are all busy at work or in our life, have you thought about how you could make the impact to gain your happy work life? This workshop is to help you through a mindfulness journey to identify what you can make a difference or any alternative to organize your mindfulness game plan to stay on track with it. For example, how could we manage our time better to get a beautiful mind?

    Overworked and Overwhelmed, What Can You Do About It

  • PMIAA Impacts on Federal Acquisition

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    About the Event

    John Driessnack will discuss the potential impacts the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) law passed in Dec 2016 will have on the federal acquisition process. He will do this through the lens of his two PMI White Papers, "Using PMI Standards Framework to improve US Federal Government Capital Investment Outcomes" (2015), and "Update OMB Circular A-11 and Capital Programming Guide" (to be published in early 2017). The second white paper addresses specific recommendations for the new administration to implement PMIAA. The audience will be encouraged to note what they are observing within federal agencies.

    PMIAA Impacts on Federal Acquisition

  • Traditional Project Management Methods Do Not Support Knowledge Work

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    About the Event

    There is little new in project management since the 1950s. Yet the subjects of PM have grown to include projects whose work products are invisible (e.g., designs, ideas, discoveries, software, novels, movies, works of art, organizational culture change).

    What of traditional PM can be applied to the creation of invisible products? What else is needed?

    Traditional Project Management Methods Do Not Support Knowledge Work

  • Six Sigma Green Belt Training

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    About the Event

    The Six Sigma Introductory training will help practitioners, consultants, business leaders, project managers and anyone working or living in a global environment to gain a thorough understanding of Lean as It applies to removing waste, increasing productivity and accelerating the flow of products through the system. Lean can be considered a sub set of Six Sigma in many cases as removing waste is an essential component of any process improvement. The course is well balanced with the concepts of Lean Management and Principles along with the DMAIC Methodology. A must for anyone consulting in the O&G, Manufacturing, Consulting or Service Industry.

    Six Sigma Green Belt Training

  • It’s a Leadership Thing: Promoting PM Leadership through Volunteerism

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    About the Event

    Project Managers and Non-Profit Organization (NPO) managers face a daily environment of “insufficiency.” There is always insufficient funds, insufficient time, insufficient staff resources to meet mission need – and who needs the overhead of PM anyway? In this environment PMs have so much to offer, so many ways to be agents of change. The value is enormous, from the altruism of helping others, to problem solving where others couldn’t, to helping some desperate need be met. But as a PM, volunteering offers tremendous opportunity for engaging in your own professional development – it’s a leadership thing. The benefits to the PM Volunteer are manifested in learning new ideas and professional environments, practicing skills and authorities not always found in their paid work, and of networking, meeting other leaders with passion for the service they provide.

    It’s a Leadership Thing: Promoting PM Leadership through Volunteerism

  • The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility

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    About the Event

    Agility is a strategic issue. It is essential to any organizations not only to survive but to thrive! The ability to respond to change is becoming more and more important every day. In this session, we will explore the 3 key ingredients to enabling organization agility and how to apply them to enable a more agile organization.

    The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility

  • How to Train Your Sponsor

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    About the Event

    Having trouble getting your sponsor to focus on your project? Did their engagement end when the charter was signed? What!? They didn’t even read the charter? If you want to improve your sponsor relationship and get exactly what you need from them to keep you project moving forward, this presentation was built for you.

    How to Train Your Sponsor

  • The Rise of Public-Private Partnerships

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    About the Event

    Increasingly, governments turn to public-private partnerships to execute multi-million dollar missions and achieve public goals. Learn about this changing landscape that presents project managers in both the public and private sectors with new challenges ranging from standing up new models of organization and shared governance to performance metrics, accountability, and risk.

    The Rise of Public-Private Partnerships

  • Developing a Comprehensive Social Media Management Strategy

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    About the Event

    This presentation will focus key elements for developing a comprehensive social media management strategy for individual or business purposes. Defining goals for social media engagement and client/staff communication protocols will be the initial focus. Brand monitoring and content calendar development will be covered along with tools for organizing these processes. Theme development, use of hashtags and monthly analysis of key metrics will complete the presentation with a focus on continuous quality improvement.

    Developing a Comprehensive Social Media Management Strategy

  • How to Change Minds

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    About the Event

    There’s no sugarcoating it: The most challenging part of the job of a salesperson, is to ask the more difficult questions. These are the questions that are sometimes referred to as “pain” questions. If you spend two weeks in a sales training class, you know that it frequently comes down to one thing: Can you create pain without creating conflict? When you can do this, and learn an ethical approach to Changing Minds, the impact is astonishing.

    In this keynote Rob Jolles not only defines the problems associated with not being able to be Change Minds, he teaches repeatable, predictable process to make anyone not only more persuasive, but more believable. It’s about turning knowledge, and prepared statements, into instinctive behavior.

    How to Change Minds

  • Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management

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    About the Event

    Project Managers become more successful by learning to manage stakeholder relationships in a productive and collaborative way. This interactive presentation highlights several important keys that will help transform stakeholder relationships.

    Learning Objectives for Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management:

    1. Make the decision to be proactive in your approach
    2. Be aware of your surroundings
    3. Know the scope of your responsibilities
    4. Build your team both virtually & in-person
    5. Communication

    Participants will gain valuable insights on:

    • The roles stakeholders and team member splay in the larger organizational dynamic
    • How to apply principles of effective leadership and team-building
    • Applying negotiation skills to requirements

    Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management

  • 8.5 Key Principles to Manage Life's Biggest Project: Your Future!

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    About the Event

    Project managers get wrapped up in:

    • becoming a certified PMP
    • managing the stress of the job
    • pleasing their home lives (spouse, kids, well-being)
    • leveraging their credentials (making more $)

    That happened to using this to live better? Listen to the lessons learned from an author and PMP who recently presented to eskimos in Anchorage Alaska, as well as Cubans in South Florida on strategies to deal with it all.

    8.5 Key Principles to Manage Life's Biggest Project: Your Future!

  • Driving Better Business Outcomes

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    Driving Better Business Outcomes

  • Agile Resiliency - Scaling Agile so that It Thrives & Survives

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    Agile Resiliency is about strengthening and reinforcing Agile values, methods, and techniques so that it can scale and thrive in this conflicted environment by integrating with the architectural strengths of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a proven and widely adopted framework used to deploy a continuous improvement infrastructure. While the CMMI has been successfully deployed for years in support of more "traditional" engineering projects, it is methodology agnostic, so its strength can also be leveraged to strengthen Agile methods. Why not embrace both?

    Agile Resiliency - Scaling Agile so that It Thrives & Survives

  • IT Management: How Evolving Technology is Driving Change

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    Information Technology is rapidly changing, with cloud computing, big data, and the internet of things offering massive new benefits to organizations. However, outdated IT management practices can severely hinder agencies’ ability to adopt new technologies. Join us as Ms. Ward outlines the challenges CIOs and other IT managers face, and discusses approaches for leveraging emerging technologies.
     

    IT Management: How Evolving Technology is Driving Change

  • Bring Home the Bacon

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    The Mission of the Orals Team in the Proposal Process.
    This essay evolves from my November 4, 2010 PMTools presentation at the Crystal City Sheraton in Arlington, Virginia. In this first part, I want to explain (a) why proposal managers/writers and project managers must work in concert, not separately as is often the case. Then (b) I’ll provide advice to enable project managers to improve their presentation skills. This advice will be based on the methodology that is the heart of my executive workshops. In Part two, I will outline an integrated four phase process by which writers and presenters can develop contract-winning synergy.

    Bring Home the Bacon

  • DoD Program Cancellation

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    DoD Program Cancellation

  • Organizational Readiness - Are we there yet?

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    About the Program

    Organizational Readiness is a critical success factor for Information Technology (IT) deployment projects. This is an area that is frequently overlooked and generally not formally managed by Project Managers. Ensuring that an organization is “ready” to use, operate, manage, administer, and support a new IT system prior to its deployment will result in a smoother transition to the new system.

    Organizations that are “ready” will more easily and promptly adopt the newly deployed system fully realizing its intended benefits. This presentation explores the idea of Organizational Readiness as it relates to IT system deployments and the importance of formally planning and managing it to ensure project success.

    Organizational Readiness - Are we there yet?

  • Diversity in the Workplace

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    About the Program

    As Project Management Professionals in the Baltimore-Washington area, we are working at a crossroads of cultural and generational diversity. Our unique national location provides a rich tapestry of backgrounds while our workforce spans four generations!

    Opportunities afforded by this specific situation can often be overlooked as a result, not of negativity, but a lack of positivity. The advantages available to us can be offset by a passive acceptance of our differences.

    Join Lisa and Dave as we discuss the benefits that a culture of diversity can bring to your projects and to your teams and ask if we, as Project Managers, are being proactive enough in our pursuit of high performance teams.

    Diversity in the Workplace

  • Using Earned Value to Track Progress

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    About the Program

    Earned Value (EV) is a project metric that integrates the work scope of a project with the schedule and cost elements of the project to optimize control of the planned work. When implemented correctly, it is used as a project management warning system, enabling managers to identify problems early, thus allowing management redirection to prevent cost overruns or schedule delays.

    So… What is the “The PB&J Project”? Did you ever consider that you can actually track the progress of constructing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Yes, you read that correctly. This light-hearted introduction to the concepts of earned value tracking walks through the PB&J project lifecycle from planning –to– baseline –to– tracking and reporting status –to– product delivery.

    Using Earned Value to Track Progress

  • Portfolio Alignment Wall

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    About the Program

    The major challenge of effective Agile portfolio management is the organization’s ability to continually monitor projects in the portfolio while making decisions affecting other projects in the organization. In this interactive workshop, we will teach agile portfolio management using portfolio alignment wall to track progress and visualize dependencies.

    Portfolio Alignment Wall

  • Organizational Change Management for Project Managers

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    About the Program

    The rate of change in our society today is phenomenal. The projects we lead and the products and systems we implement almost always lead to change for the end users. As Project Managers in this competitive environment it’s becoming increasingly important to raise our awareness and skill beyond how to manage budgets and schedules; the most effective Project Managers understand the impact of projects on people and process, as well as technology. This workshop will introduce you to some organizational change management models that can help you understand the impact of your projects, as well as some tools and techniques to help individuals and teams navigate through that change.

    Organizational Change Management for Project Managers

  • Practical Answers to Business Questions About Post-Award Bid Protests

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    About the Program

    This presentation is important for project managers involved in federal contracts from either the government or contractor perspectives. It covers information available in post-award debriefings, deciding whether to protest the award of a contract, and the legal forums for doing so, as well as the practical pros and cons of each forum. It provides a mixture of legal and practical considerations regarding this critical issue in federal procurement and how it can impact project issues.

    Practical Answers to Business Questions About Post-Award Bid Protests

  • How to Manage an Impossible Project

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    When we say “nothing’s impossible,” we usually mean that given unlimited time, unlimited resources, and really flexible performance standards, we can do anything. “Give me a lever long enough and a platform to rest it on, and I will move the world,” said Archimedes, but he was obviously not a project manager. Our projects are constrained: the iron triangle of resources, time, and mandatory scope are only three of the dimensions that restrict our options. In project management, the question is whether the project is operationally possible, able to be done within the envelope of our constraints. As project managers, we know the importance of realistic budgets, schedules, and performance criteria, but let’s face it — we don’t always get the final word. Sometimes we get what we get and have to make do…somehow. Worse, we don’t always know what we’re really going to need.

    How to Manage an Impossible Project

  • Managing Big Data and Hadoop Projects

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    The presentation covers how managing a Hadoop project differs from managing other type projects. The presentation will also cover considerations for Project Managers to manage Big Data and Hadoop projects.

    Managing Big Data and Hadoop Projects

  • Follow Me…Leading Other Leaders

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    Harmonization is a force multiplier.  We all know this fact but just how do we go about achieving it within our teams?  Maturing as a leader means that more of our time will be spent leading and developing others who are leaders themselves.  Creating and growing excellent teams requires that we are equipped to lead other leaders.  

    Are you ready to scale to the next level of the leadership pyramid and fine tune your teams? We will examine topics such as the leadership dance, developing leadership skills, inventorying the skill sets of your leads and leadership myths. Creating and maintaining a success oriented environment that cultivates creativity and promotes shared success is a worthwhile endeavor that will make your projects more enjoyable for both you and your employees.  

    Follow Me…Leading Other Leaders

  • Having Difficult Conversations

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    These are the discussions we all dread. Delivering bad news, dealing with inappropriate team member behavior, and addressing conflict and misinformation can be stressful and distracting. But as project managers, these difficult conversations come with the job - and how we manage these encounters contributes to the overall success of our projects. When handled calmly and respectfully, even the most challenging situations can be successfully overcome.  This presentation will examine how to approach these discussions and provide tips and techniques for the next time you are faced with a difficult conversation.

    Having Difficult Conversations

  • Agile DNA: Why Agile Works

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    About the Program

    There is a large and mature body of knowledge that describes, explains and documents agile practices, processes, training and lessons learned. But one question we should also ask is, “Why does agile work?” What is it about agile practices that makes them so effective especially when compared with more traditional methodologies?

    This presentation will explore the underlying product development principles that are the basis of, or the DNA of agile. These include: working in small batches; effective queue management; distinguishing project management from product development; building in quality; and self organizing teams. For agile adoption and transformations to be effective, teams and organizations need a perspective which is steeped beyond what agile is, they need to understand why agile works.

    Agile DNA: Why Agile Works

  • Change Orders and Claims on Federal Contracts

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    This presentation covers recognizing changes and the types of changes, both formal and informal, sometimes encountered on federal contracts.  It addresses notice requirements, the duty to proceed, and requests for equitable adjustment.  It concludes with an introduction to claims under the Contract Disputes Act and alternate dispute resolution options.
     

    Change Orders and Claims on Federal Contracts

  • Arlington National Cemetery

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    This presentation is an exploration into the history and across the various eras of Arlington, and it illustrates that Arlington is much more than a cemetery.  You will learn how, over the years, it has developed into a full-scale operation serving a host of stakeholders, and it is befitting of its mantra, “Honor. Remember. Explore.”

    Arlington National Cemetery

  • The one Key to PM Success?

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    David Leigh will discuss his premise that communications is the fundamental key to enabling successful projects and rescuing failing projects. In his experience, the lack of adequate status information and unfulfilled expectations are leading causes of project failures. David will discuss new solutions available to Project Teams resulting from the mobile and social communication IT revolution that have the potential to eliminate these issues.

    The one Key to PM Success?

  • Applying PM Skills in Your Personal Life

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    Jeff Toppall, PMP, will give a presentation showing how critical PM skills can be learned and applied outside of your professional work environment. Mr. Toppall will discuss how events like managing the scope of a birthday party, the mistaken delivery of an iPod, or simply having dinner after coming home from a business trip can provide some of the most profound and memorable lessons for a project manager. Life is a far better teacher than work and tends to be more interesting than the PMBOK.

    Applying PM Skills in Your Personal Life

  • Fast Track Project Management Success with Project Online

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    In today’s project-centric work environment, the ability to coordinate multiple projects with distributed teams, and making high-level strategic decisions based upon consolidated project progress, risk and resource usage information is critical. Project Online is a cloud based, enterprise-wide project management platform designed to meet these challenges. Join Dux Raymond Sy as he shares how you can best leverage Project Online to manage enterprise projects. You’ll learn how to:

    Fast Track Project Management Success with Project Online

  • Program Management: Your Path to Nirvana

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    Program Management is an approach of achieving benefits of investment in alignment with strategy. Program Management involves aligning multiple projects to achieve the program goals and allows for optimized or integrated cost, schedule and effort. Program focuses on project inter dependencies and helps to determine the optimal approach for managing them.

    Program Management: Your Path to Nirvana

  • Establishing Positive Stakeholder Roles in Your Project

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    Your stakeholders can make or break your project, make work pleasant or a nightmare. Matthew Weaver will discuss strategies to identify and engage stakeholders in positive roles with the achievable goal of making them part of your project, rather than observers, potentially at odds with the project.

    Establishing Positive Stakeholder Roles in Your Project

  • Leveraging the Power of PRINCE2 and PMI’s PMBOK Guide

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    For Project Managers working in the U.S., we know that PMI's PMBOK serves as a framework for successfully managing projects. However, did you know that PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is an effective project management methodology used by thousands of project managers worldwide? This interactive session will provide an overview of PRINCE 2, how PRINCE2 compliments PMI's PMBOK, as well as ways to incorporate PRINCE2 concepts for increased project success.

    Leveraging the Power of PRINCE2 and PMI’s PMBOK Guide

  • Games and Team Building – Good for Business!

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    There is a sense that playing games on company time is not productive. Quite the opposite is true. Game play opens up right-brain opportunities to build high-powered teams of people who leverage their differences. Appropriate teambuilding activities motivate people and contribute to high efficiency teams. In her consulting practice, Darcie Davis, our presenter, has seen morbidly stressed people trying hard to get things done. She presents the case that even small but strategic ice breakers or games can increase team productivity and improve morale. Darcie has used games and ice breakers to build teams, revive teams, solve problems, improve morale, and develop business.

    Games and Team Building – Good for Business!

  • Behavior-Based Decision Making and Its Impact on Your Project

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    Knowing how to manage a project goes well beyond understanding and controlling the “triple constraint.” Ultimately, it’s people who perform the tasks for your project or program. Unfortunately, most of us humans are irrational and often act against our own self-interest, as well as the best interest of our projects. By developing a general understanding of behavior-based decision making, we can start to mitigate some of these “hidden” risks. How? Come by on July 25 and find out for yourself.

    Behavior-Based Decision Making and Its Impact on Your Project

  • Using Ethnographic User Research to Drive KM and Intranet Strategy

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    The leadership at a major pharmaceutical firm knew that its scientists were constantly recreating experiments that had already failed – but were never effectively documented. Bruns led a user research team that that shadowed research scientists to learn why researchers refused to share knowledge with their peers using their knowledge management portal. This presentation covers:

    • Lessons learned from this study
    • Recommendations for how to create winning knowledge management portal experiences
    • Best practices on conducting ethnographic user research to guide the success of your organization's intranet

    Using Ethnographic User Research to Drive KM and Intranet Strategy

  • The Agile PMO: From Process Police to Adaptive Leadership

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    How can managers play a value-adding role when their organizations go agile? How can PMOs avoid being process police and instead truly support Scrum and Agile teams, enable the enterprise rollout of Agile methods, and sustain long-term agile adoption? Learn how industry leaders are scaling Scrum with Agile PMOs that:
    • Bring lean discipline to project prioritization and selection
    • Track and monitor the delivery of value across multiple projects
    • Implement humane resource management through stable teams
    • Mature process adoption through the careful application of metrics, tools and high-level standardization
    Sanjiv will share principles and techniques for the Agile PMO, and discuss how those concepts are being applied in the industry to scale Agile methods to programs and portfolios of multiple agile and non-agile projects.

    The Agile PMO: From Process Police to Adaptive Leadership

  • Why EVM is a valuable project management tool

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    Ask anyone who has just finished their first introduction to Earned Value Management (EVM) class, “Why would you want to use earned value?” The answer is invariably, “Because it is required on my contract.” This leads to the follow up question, “Why do you think it is required?” The answer will be, “I don’t know.” Not understanding why earned value exists is a major impediment to using EVM on projects, compliance with EIA 748, or convincing others to use it. At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to describe in 15 minutes or less who created EVM, when, where, how and why. This presentation answers why EVM is a valuable project management tool that is easy to use and appropriate for any size project from minor home renovations to massive Government contracts.

    Why EVM is a valuable project management tool

  • Maximizing ITIL and the PMBOK for Results

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    Today's IT Service integration transitions require layers of organizational functional and process asset integration to meet client service performance objective for increased operational efficiencies and improved End User experience. Programs require integration of employees, clients, technical leads and back office support staff. Success is about working smarter utilizing the tools from both frameworks to plan, monitor, improve and most importantly communicate results. This session will cover ITIL and PMBOK criteria for team success.

    Maximizing ITIL and the PMBOK for Results

  • Program Management

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    It seems common trend in the industry to consider project dependencies and yet organizations find themselves having kicked-off projects simultaneously, which otherwise should have been sequenced for the execution.  Organizations typically have adequate project management processes and infrastructure but when it comes to execution it is the project inter dependencies and hand-offs that challenge the organizations and become “talk of the town” at the steering committee and executive level. 

    Program Management

  • A “Sure Fire” Way to Ensure Schedule Performance

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    Project Managers are usually confronted with situations and events that have a negative effect on the established schedule and they are still expected to bring the project in on time. One proven method to improve schedule compliance is to employ process mapping methodology and other Lean – Six Sigma tools to selected processes. 

    This analytical improvement technique provides project teams with an avenue to reduce the time required for a selected process without reducing quality. Assessing Project Risks and Business Continuity Planning will also be discussed.

    A “Sure Fire” Way to Ensure Schedule Performance

  • Managing in Difficult Environments

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    Great project management is far more complex than simply using best practices deliver a successful project. A project manager must be able to successfully adapt in situations where the delivery environment is the biggest obstacle. Learn from real-world examples on how to thrive in these complex client environments. Leveraging nearly 50 combined years of experience, Mr. Meyer and Mr. Toppall will demonstrate how great project managers can respond and lead, mitigate risk, deliver a quality product, and even turn the disadvantages imposed by an organization into an advantage for the delivery team. They will also discuss recognizing when new ideas and creative leadership are necessary for a successful project and a happy customer.

    Managing in Difficult Environments

  • The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Framework and Award

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    The Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Award is the first and only Presidential Award for organizational performance excellence. But the Baldrige criteria are also an integrated framework for managing an organization, and are used in thousands of organizations of all sizes. They can help an organization align resources; improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness; and achieve strategic goals. The presentation will cover the proven improvement and innovation framework for an organization in an integrated approach to management areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. This helps organizations evaluate performance, assess where improvements and innovation are most needed, and get results to effectively meet their missions and achieve their visions.

    The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Framework and Award

  • Trust and Influence: What Every Successful PM Needs to Know

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    Trust and Influence: What Every Successful PM Needs to Know

    Featuring

    Andrea Howe

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit will be available for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Trust and Influence: What Every Successful PM Needs to Know

  • Dealing with Matrixed Personnel: Turning Challenges into Triumphs

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    Dealing with Matrixed Personnel: Turning Challenges into Triumphs

    Featuring

    Regina L. Smith, PMP, ITIL

    Date and Agenda:

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit will be available for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Dealing with Matrixed Personnel: Turning Challenges into Triumphs

  • Creating a Meaningful Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

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    Creating a Meaningful Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

    Featuring

    Matthew J. Weaver

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Creating a Meaningful Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  • The Nation’s Leadership Laboratory: What Are They Teaching at West Point and Why?

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    The Nation’s Leadership Laboratory: What Are They Teaching at West Point and Why?

    Featuring

    David S. Maurer

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    The Nation’s Leadership Laboratory: What Are They Teaching at West Point and Why?

  • Pentagon Renovation Program

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    Pentagon Renovation Program

    Featuring

    Walker Lee Evey

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

    Pentagon Renovation Program

  • Improve Your Communications

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    Improve Your Communications

    Featuring

    Christine MacNulty

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

    Improve Your Communications

  • Networking at its Best

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    Networking at its Best

    Featuring

    Jim Wylde

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

    Networking at its Best

  • Essential Networking Skills for Project Managers

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    Essential Networking Skills for Project Managers

    Featuring

    Erika Flora, MS, PMP, ITIL Expert®

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Essential Networking Skills for Project Managers

  • Project Management, Quality Management, and Domain Knowledge

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    Project Management,  Quality Management, and Domain Knowledge: A Crowning Achievement in a Dental Office

    Featuring

    Kathleen Eaves, PMP, CMQ/OE, CQA

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Project Management, Quality Management, and Domain Knowledge

  • Leveraging Your Project Team’s Strengths

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    Leveraging Your Project Team’s Strengths

    Featuring

    Michael R. Van Dyke

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

    Leveraging Your Project Team’s Strengths

  • Program Control Developments and the Evolution of Earned Value Management

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    Program Control Developments and the Evolution of Earned Value Management

    Featuring

    Blair Alan Knapp

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to Attend

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Program Control Developments and the Evolution of Earned Value Management

  • Best Practices in Leveraging Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010

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    Best Practices in Leveraging Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 for Project Management

    featuring

    Dux Raymond Sy
    Innovative-e, Inc.

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

    RTKL Associates Inc.
    2101 L Street NW
    Suite 200
    Washington DC, 20037

    Best Practices in Leveraging Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010

  • Washington Circle Luncheon - Leading by Example: Exemplifying the Behavior You Want to See in Others

    "Leading by Example: Exemplifying the Behavior You Want to See in Others"

    featuring

    Alan A. Malinchak
    ManTech International (ManTech)

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

    RTKL Associates Inc.
    2101 L Street NW
    Suite 200
    Washington DC, 20037

    About the Speaker

    Alan A. Malinchak

    Washington Circle Luncheon - Leading by Example: Exemplifying the Behavior You Want to See in Others

  • Washington Circle Luncheon - The Future of EVM

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    "The Future of EVM"

    featuring

    Wayne F. Abba
    Abba Consulting

    Date and Agenda:

    Wednesday March 24, 2010

    11:30am - Networking
    12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

    1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    This luncheon is free and open to the public.

    Advance registration is required to attend.

      RTKL Associates Inc.
      2101 L Street NW
      Suite 200
      Washington DC, 20037

      About the Speaker

      Wayne F. Abba

      Washington Circle Luncheon - The Future of EVM

    • Washington Circle Luncheon - What Management and Sponsors Expect from Project Managers

      "What Management and Sponsors Expect from Project Managers"

      featuring

      Dave Montagne, CBM, PMP

      Date and Agenda:

      Wednesday February 24, 2010

      11:30am - Networking
      12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

      1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

      Location and Cost

      This luncheon is free and open to the public.

      Advance registration is required to attend.

        RTKL Associates Inc.
        2101 L Street NW
        Suite 200
        Washington DC, 20037

        Washington Circle Luncheon - What Management and Sponsors Expect from Project Managers

      • Washington Circle Luncheon - The Power of Mindful Leadership

        "The Power of Mindful Leadership"

        featuring

        Sheila Savar

        CEO, The Savar Institute

        Date and Agenda:

        Wednesday January 27, 2010

        11:30am - Networking
        12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

        1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

        Location and Cost

        This luncheon is free and open to the public.

        Advance registration is required to attend.

          RTKL Associates Inc.
          2101 L Street NW
          Suite 200
          Washington DC, 20037

          Washington Circle Luncheon - The Power of Mindful Leadership

        • June McPherson Square Luncheon - Alan Feinberg - "The FAA Safety Management System"

          "The FAA Air Traffic Organization's Safety Management System "

          featuring

          Alan Feinberg

          Date and Agenda:

          Wednesday June 24, 2009
          11:30am - Networking
          12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
          1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

          Costs:

          • The there is no cost to attend the luncheon. PMI membership not required. Pre-registration is not required.

          Location:

          1120 Vermont Ave NW
          Suite 300, Conf Rm 307
          Washington, DC 20005

          About the Speaker

          Alan Feinberg

          June McPherson Square Luncheon - Alan Feinberg - "The FAA Safety Management System"

        • May McPherson Square Luncheon - Christine MacNulty - "The Importance of Effect-based Thinking"

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          "The Importance of Effect-based Thinking"

          featuring

          Christine MacNulty

          View the presentation slides (1.55 MB PDF)

          Date and Agenda:

          Wednesday May 27, 2009
          11:30am - Networking
          12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
          1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

          Costs:

          • No fee, PMI membership not required

          Location:

          1120 Vermont Ave NW
          Suite 300, Conf Rm 307
          Washington, DC 20005

          About the Speaker

          Christine MacNulty

          May McPherson Square Luncheon - Christine MacNulty - "The Importance of Effect-based Thinking"

        • April McPherson Square Luncheon - Valerie Carter - "The Value of PM to Organizations”

          “The Value of Project Management to Organizations”

          featuring

          Valerie Carter

          Project Management Institute

          Date and Agenda:

          Tuesday April 21, 2009
          11:30am - Networking
          12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
          1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

          April McPherson Square Luncheon - Valerie Carter - "The Value of PM to Organizations”

        • March McPherson Square Luncheon - Douglas Clark - "PMI's Practice Standard for Scheduling”

          “PMI's Practice Standard for Scheduling”

          featuring

          Douglas Clark

          Métier

          Date and Agenda:

          Wednesday March 25, 2009
          11:30am - Networking
          12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
          1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

          March McPherson Square Luncheon - Douglas Clark - "PMI's Practice Standard for Scheduling”

        • February McPherson Square Luncheon - Fred Manzer - "Fear and Project Management”

          “Fear and Project Management”

          featuring

          Fred Manzer

          Strategy Bridge International

          Date and Agenda:

          Wednesday February 25, 2009
          11:30am - Networking
          12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
          1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

          February McPherson Square Luncheon - Fred Manzer - "Fear and Project Management”

        • September McPherson Square Luncheon - Melissa Davies - "Leveraging Diversity"

          "Leveraging Diversity for Interaction and Creativity"

          featuring

          Melissa Davies, B. Ed.

          President
          Wise Ways Consulting, Inc.

          Date and Agenda:

          September 24, 2008
          11:30am - Networking
          12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
          1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs

          September McPherson Square Luncheon - Melissa Davies - "Leveraging Diversity"

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