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


September Dinner Meeting - Sept15 2020 - 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 Headshot

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 PMI Washington DC Chapter's Monthly Dinner events are held in the Washington DC area, on the third Tuesday of each month (subject to change). Chapter members and non-members seeking to advance their careers by beginning their journey with a PMI certification are welcome to join. These events host the best speakers and networking experiences held in the Washington, DC area for your professional development.

The Chapter's Monthly Dinner events offer informative industrial trends for people in the field of Project Management & Discipline Agile within a variety of industry and government agencies. Each event will present specific learning areas that focus on the PMI talent triangle of technical, leadership, strategic, and business management skills or Agile. Each Monthly Chapter Event offers 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


Event Details

Date & Time

15 September 2020

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


Virtual Meeting


1.00 Leadership for Certified PMs