Monthly Dinner Meetings - Reset: How To Lead Communication Change On An Inherited Innovation Project


Reset: How To Lead Communication Change On An Inherited Innovation Project

In an ideal world, project managers lead all projects from initiation to close. However, professionals often inherit projects at various stages and states of health. What actions can project managers take, when accepting responsibility for an active project, to ensure it is successful? This presentation will focus on communication on innovation projects, how to assess the current state of communication and change communication to ensure the success of a project.

Attendees can expect the following outcomes at the conclusion:

  1. Resources on communication
  2. Case examples on communication
  3. Check-list of communication concepts introduced in the presentation

About the Speaker

Velvet Basemera-Fitzpatrick

Velvet Basemera-Fitzpatrick, PhD, PMP

Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Senior Program Officer

Velvet is a Senior Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She has 10 years of experience in research, innovation management, new initiative launch and engineering professional development. Velvet is passionate about the people behind new ideas and technologies, and facilitating their success. In her field of transportation, she oversees the development and application of augmented reality (AR), autonomous vehicles (AV), clean energy solutions, drones (UAV), nondestructive testing (NDT) analysis techniques, wayfinding apps and more.

Velvet holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and an MS in Civil Engineering, with a specialization in transportation and infrastructure systems, from Purdue University. She earned her PhD in Engineering Education from the College of Engineering at Purdue University as well. Velvet has served on the Mid-America Transportation Center Advisory Board since 2017. Her areas of interest, and opportunities for collaboration, include business development, technology transfer, startups, incubators and venture capital firms.

About The Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the third Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). 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 educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).

Please note: At this time, all PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are virtual due to COVID-19. Please visit the event calendar for upcoming dates and details.

Event Details

Date & Time

15 September 2020

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST-05:00)


Virtual Meeting


1.00 Leadership for Certified PMs