education sessions

As of 13 June, the following sessions are planned for this year’s event.

Sessions will cover real-world case studies of completed and ongoing projects, new research and trends, and content designed to build specific competencies such as:

  • analyzing and process improvement
  • communication and teamwork
  • decision making and problem solving
  • enhancing pm skills
  • influencing business strategy

A full schedule of sessions will be released soon.

Analyzing and Process Improvement

Session Titles as of 13 June

A Lean Six Sigma approach to PM Competency Development
Presenter(s): Loredana Abramo, PMP; Senior Quality Program Manager, Nokia
Rich Maltzman, PMP; Competency Development Leader, Nokia

Adaptive Project Management: Leading Complex and Uncertain Projects
Presenter(s): Andy Silber, PMP; Project Management Consultant, Fiat Veritas

Agile & Design Thinking, the Perfect Pairing for a Successful Project
Presenter(s): Bob Tarne, PMI-ACP, PMP; Executive Project Manager/Agile Coach, IBM

Agile and Waterfall: Achieving Organizational Agility by Leveraging the Best of Both
Presenter(s): Francis (Dub) McNamara, PMP; Vice President, PMO, Dimensional Fund Advisors
Anna Levy; Project Manager, Atlassian

Balanced Project Management with Kanban: Maximum Control, Higher Predictability, Less Stress
Presenter(s): Annette Vendelbo, PMI-ACP, PMP; Project Director, Xvoto ApS

Business Requirement Techniques for Delivering Value While Controlling Scope
Presenter(s): Joy Beatty, PMI-PBA; Vice President, Seilevel

Leveraging Automation in Your Project Management Workflow
Presenter(s): Andrew Filev; CEO & Founder, Wrike

Not Your Mama's Acceptance Criteria: A Guide to Writing Excellent User Stories
Presenter(s): Betsy Stockdale, PMI-PBA; Business Architect, Seilevel

Reclaim Your Quality Leadership Role – New Practices for Project Teams
Presenter(s): Robin Hornby, PMP; Director, Tempest Management Inc

Six Agile Experts Go Into A Bar…Hours Later What Emerges?
Presenter(s): Anthony Montgomery, PMI-ACP, PMP; CEO, CUProdigy

The Agile Practice Guide: Advancing the Mindset, Supporting the Practice
Presenter(s): Mike Griffiths, PMI-ACP, PMP; Consultant, Leading Answers & RMCLS
Jesse Fewell, PMP; Agile Coach & Trainer, Fewell Innovation, LLC

The Battle for Hybrid Cloud Computing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab
Presenter(s): Michael Stefanini; Dpty. Manager for IT Engineering and Project Management, Caltech at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Fatal Five - A Case Study In Software Implementation Risks
Presenter(s): Janet Dahmen, PMP; Project Manager III, Brake Parts Inc.

The Future of IT: Agile for IT Infrastructure
Presenter(s): Andrew Stewart, PMI-ACP, PMP; End User Computing Manager, Veterans United Home Loans

Communication and Teamwork

Session Titles as of 13 June

Becoming a Holistic Agent of Change
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Allen, PMP; Manager, Project Management Office, Nemours

Business Chemistry! Using Science to Enhance Leadership Skills and Team Collaboration
Presenter(s): Chris Kaufman, PMP; Consulting Methods & Tools Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tiffany Bell, PMP; Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Curbing My Violent Communications
Presenter(s): Andy Burns, PMI-ACP, PMP; Chief Scrum Master, Siemens PLM

Do You Think You Are a Good Listener? Let Us Surprise You!
Presenter(s): Sandra Sears, PMI-PBA, PMP; Director, Commercial Business Unit, Robbins Gioia

Emotional Intelligence: From Chocolate to Videoconferencing, EI Tools for Smoother Projects
Presenter(s): Kim Wasson; CEO / Consultant, IvyBay Consulting LLC

Evolving Agile Leadership at Riot Games. A Story of Challenging Convention
Presenter(s): Ahmed Sidky, PMI-ACP; Head of Development Management, Riot Games

Fire Prevention 101: Four Traps that Keep You Fighting Fires
Presenter(s): Jeanine Izzo, PMP; Chief Engagement Officer, Viage Partners

I See What You are Saying: How to Communicate Better Visually
Presenter(s): Jim De Piante, PMP; Executive Project Manager, De Piante International, LLC

Leadership Lessons We May Have Learned…But Might Have Forgotten
Presenter(s): Rob Kurtz, PMP; Sr. Program Operations Manager, CenturyLink
Melissa Panagides-Busch, PMP; Senior Manager, Management Advisory Services, BDO USA, LLP

Leading "Near" When Far: Communicating as Leaders of Global and Virtual Teams
Presenter(s): Diana Hong; Managing Director, CRA, Inc.

Leading with Compassion: How YOU Can Be a Compassionate Project Manager
Presenter(s): Margaret Meloni, PMP; President, pmStudent

Leading Without Authority – The Project Manager's Dilemma
Presenter(s): Jeff Kissinger, PMP; Senior Project Manager, Grand Rapids Community College

Learning from Air Crashes: Insights to manage Global Cross-Cultural teams
Presenter(s): Rajeevan Kattil, PMP; Program Manager, T-Systems

Looking Beyond Culture: Success Factors for Collaborative Cross-border Multiparty Projects
Presenter(s): James Hemsath, PMP; Director — Project Development and Asset Management, AIDEA

Millennial Project Managers: Getting Results without Formal Authority
Presenter(s): Justin Fraser, PMP; Senior Project Manager, Infragistics

New Kids on the Workforce Block: Understanding Generation Edge
Presenter(s): Bill Fournet; CEO, The Persimmon Group

New Rules for Building Engaged Teams in a Digital Age
Presenter(s): Agata Czopek, PMP; management consultant, Deloitte Consulting AG

Optimizing Agile Teams with Business Chemistry
Presenter(s): Roni Goldman, PMP; Project Management Coach, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Stephanie Archer, PMP; Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Project Management: Anytime, Anywhere!
Presenter(s): Binu Janardanan, PMP; Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Rahul Khargharia; Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Arpit Aggarwal; Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Respect Culture or Face Failure: Leadership Lessons from Four Continents
Presenter(s): Karthik Ramamurthy, PMP; Founder & Principal Consultant, KeyResultz
Amany Nuseibeh, PMP; Program Manager, Transport for New South Wales

Six Secrets to Stakeholder Management and Project Success
Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Ardolino, PMP; Professor, DePaul University
W. Don Gottwald, PhD, CCP, PMP, PMP; Core Faculty – IT Residency Lead, Capella University

The Language of Leadership: Communication Secrets of Great Leaders
Presenter(s): Dennis Cummins; Professional Speaker, ProSpeaker LLC

The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance
Presenter(s): Karen Chovan, PMP; Principal, Enviro Integration Strategies

Tools of Engagement
Presenter(s): Matthew McCarty, PMP; Owner, M D McCarty & Associates

Use Project Anxieties to Build Emotional Intelligence Like Washington, Lincoln, Churchill
Presenter(s): Joseph R. Luttrell, PMP; President, EQ Leadership Seminars, llc

Will Adderall Become The Next Hottest Project Management Tool?
Presenter(s): Marvin Goldstein, PMP; Program Manager, U.S. Legislative Branch Agency

Winning! Using Improv Games to Improve Facilitation with Teams
Presenter(s): Marah Rosenberg, PMI-ACP, PMP; Agile Program Manager,

You Can Trust Me: Communicating Trust When Nobody Can See Your Face
Presenter(s): Sara Gallagher, PMP; Sr. Consultant, The Persimmon Group

Decision Making and Problem Solving

Session Titles as of 13 June

A Disaster of Titanic Proportion: How the Team Survived
Presenter(s): Lisa Spahr, PMP; Sr. Technical Project Manager, Maritz
Andy Wolfe; Technical Architect, Maritz

Decision making with Risk-based Project Value (RPV) Analysis and Activities’ Value Contributions
Presenter(s): Tomoichi Sato, PMP; Chief Strategic Analyst, JGC Corporation

Help! Together We Will Resolve Three Major Problems With a Troubled Project
Presenter(s): Jennifer Bultman, PMP; Director, Communications Operations and Planning, Medical College of Wisconsin

How NASA/JPL and other FFRDC’s prioritize and Manage their Annual Plan/Portfolios.
Presenter(s): Darryl Hahn; Manager of the IT Project Management Office, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

How to Make Better Choices for You, Your Team, and Your Projects
Presenter(s): Andy Kaufman, PMP; President, Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc.

How to Use Agile Program/Portfolio Tools to Increase Project Health
Presenter(s): Cindricka L. Arrington, PMP; Program Manager, Medtronic

Leading During a Disaster: Lessons learned from the 2016 Louisiana Flood
Presenter(s): Niraj Kumar, PMP; Director Business Engineering, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Responsive Messaging Without Losing Focus
Presenter(s): Michael Bloom; High-Performance Buildings Program Advisor, US General Services Administration

Selection of Right Projects for Portfolio using Optimization and Stochastic Techniques
Presenter(s): Prasad Kodukula, PMP, PgMP; CEO, Kodukula & Associates, Inc.

Waterfall and Agile and Lean, Oh My!
Presenter(s): Sharon Hayward, PMP; Project Manager, University of Notre Dame
Michelle Johnson, PMP; Lead Project Manager, University of Notre Dame
Gina Grear, PMP; Project Manager University of Notre Dame

What Does Your Project Management Style Reveal?
Presenter(s): Alexandra Zouncourides-Lull, PMP; Co-Founder and Principal, Double Masters LLC

Enhancing PM Skills

Session Titles as of 13 June

A Strategic Approach to Project Monitoring & Controlling
Presenter(s): Anderson Gordon, PMP; Lead Consultant, Anderson Gordon & Associates

Adapting Best Practices in Project Leadership to Ensure Your Projects are Successful
Presenter(s): Michael Terrell, PMP; Manager, Nuclear Projects, AREVA NP

Artificial Intelligence and Project Management: Better Together
Presenter(s): Prasanna Adavi, PMP; Director of Project and Portfolio Management, EPMA

Building the (I)IoT Experience of Now, the Future and Beyond:The (I)IoT Experience Center
Presenter(s): Priya Patra, PMP; Ms, Capgemini Technology Services India Limited

Mining for Diamonds - A Global Case Study in Maturing PM Skills
Presenter(s): Lawrence Potts Jr, PMP; Solution Architect, Deltek, Inc.

PM Booster Pack: Bringing "Sully" to Simulation for Hiring and Experience Acceleration
Presenter(s): Andrew Molnar, PMP; Director and Professor, Project Management, Contract Management and Aviation Management, Saint Louis University
Dr. Fred Niederman, CAPM; Professor, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis University

Project Manager Survival Kit for Small Medium Size Organizations
Presenter(s): Claude Scher, PMP; PMO Manager, Charter Manufacturing

Project Managing Agile Development: An IT Services Vendor Perspective
Presenter(s): Jonathan Blake, PMP; Senior Director, Global Project Management Office, NTT DATA Inc.

Proven Techniques to Successfully Integrate Risk Management into Agile Projects
Presenter(s): Laszlo Retfalvi, PMI-RMP, PMP; General Manager, Retfalvi and Associates Incorporated

Red Pill / Blue Pill: Design Thinking Applied to Project Management
Presenter(s): Brian Clausen, PMP; Sr. Project Manager, Stryker

Tailoring Your Delivery Approach - Traditional, Agile, Blended to Ensure Project Success
Presenter(s): Stephen Caseley, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, PMP; Consultant/Trainer, Transatlantic Training

The Project Manager's Need to Analyze Perceived Precursors for Customer Satisfaction
Presenter(s): Michael Malone, PMP; Registration Assistant, University of Delaware - English Language Institute

When the Organization Thinks They’re Running Too Fast to use Project Management
Presenter(s): Jen Pfaff, PMP; Director IS Payment Strategy & Global Support, Domino's

Influencing and Business Strategy

Session Titles as of 13 June

Agile Transformation as a Strategic Program for the Entire Corporation
Presenter(s): Julio Carazo San Jose, PMP; Mr., IE Business School
Maravillas Carazo San José; Consultant on RRHH Development, FREELANCE

Creating an Enterprise Culture of Project Management
Presenter(s): Abbigail Frelich, PMP; Project Manager, Nemours Children's Health System
Elizabeth Allen, PMP; Manager, Project Management Office, Nemours Children's Health System

Crossing the Finish Line: How a New PMO Made History
Presenter(s): Scott Hine, PMP; Director, Project Management Coordination Office, US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Design Thinking & Project Management
Presenter(s): Bruce Gay, PMP; Sr. Program Manager, UPMC Enterprises

From The Group Up, Building PMO Alignment with Mayo Clinic's EPMO
Presenter(s): Wale Elegbede, PMP; Senior Project Manager, Mayo Clinic
Jackie Wright Rasmusson, PMP; Senior Project Manager, Mayo Clinic

Hackathon: How to Kick Start your Organization's Creativity
Presenter(s): Katrine Maguire, PMP; Project Manager, Richardson Consulting Group
Brian Richardson, PMP; CEO, Richardson Consulting Group

Hey! I Got Your Capitalization Right Here!
Presenter(s): Robert Maiale, PMP; Senior Director - PMO, Platform Specialty Products
Andrea Giantelli, PMP; VP, Global IT Portfolio Management and Compliance, Platform Specialty Products

Is the Future of Project Management #noprojects?
Presenter(s): Evan Leybourn; Mr, IBM

Stakeholders – The Ultimate Key To Project Success
Presenter(s): George Jucan, PMP; Principal Consultant, Organizational Performance Enablers Network

The Project Manager's Guide to Managing the Difficult Sponsor
Presenter(s): Dana Brownlee, PMP; Corporate Trainer, Professionalism Matters

Through the Ages - Leveraging Stoic Philosophy for Today's Toughest Project Environment
Presenter(s): Joey Roa, PMP; Manager, PMO, Suncor Energy

Transformational Leadership: The Key to Successful Organizational Change Initiatives
Presenter(s): Steve Mayner, PMI-ACP, PMP; SPCT and Senior Consultant, Scaled Agile, Inc.