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As a PMO leader, it’s your job to demonstrate the benefits your PMO can bring, above and beyond completing projects on time and on budget. At PMO Symposium you’ll share your experiences, build valuable connections and develop practical solutions with more than 600 PMO leaders from around the world. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the focus areas of the PMO Symposium and a broad view of how other organizations manage their projects. And you’ll come away with approaches you can apply to your own PMO.

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    2018 Keynote Speakers

    Dick Costolo

    dick Costolo

    Monday, November 12 • 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Keynote Topic: From Twitter to a New Economy

    When Twitter began, the founders did not set out to create a new economy, yet the way we do business has changed forever. When consumers are 80% more likely to purchase from a business they follow, there is a real business case for open communication between a brand and its consumers. Open access to information, or creating the feeling of open access to the brand, builds loyalty, identifies new product ideas, and provides another channel for consumer influence. Equal access to information renders entire business models fragile, as consumers become their own sourcers with all of the information. Costolo lays out the implications of an open access economy on innovation process and the future of work.

    About Dick Costolo

    Dick Costolo was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Twitter from October 2010 to June 2015, where he took the company from $0 to $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Prior to Twitter, Dick was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in 2007.

    Mr. Costolo holds a B.S. in Computer and Communication Science from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He spent a number of years after graduating from Michigan and before starting his first company performing around the world with improv comedy groups like Chicago's Annoyance Theater. The former improv comedian has been a consultant on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” he sits on the boards of Patreon and If Only, and he is a Venture Partner at the firm Index Ventures.

    Mr. Costolo resides in Marin County with his family, two dogs, and a shocking number of bees.

    Luke Williams

    Luke Williams

    Wednesday, November 14 • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Keynote Topic: Disruptive Technologies: How to Prepare for What’s Coming Next

    As much as we might desire it, the future we face will not be predictable. We are living in a fast-changing and uncertain time and we are entering this new global order with a way of seeing and thinking, better suited for a world now several centuries behind us. A world that could be explained in simpler terms, when you could expect and carefully plan for gradual shifts in the status quo.

    However, the scale of the challenges we face and the accelerating speed of innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Biotechnology demands a new way of opening minds to unconventional strategies. Winning organizations in the next decade will need to incorporate a steady stream of disruptive technologies to stay ahead of the game—technologies that will force them to rethink the habits that have made them successful in the past, and challenge the conventional wisdom that has defined the competitive dynamics of their industry.

    About Luke Williams

    Luke Williams is a globally recognized authority on innovation leadership. He works with organizations on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming organizational processes and behaviors. He is professor of Innovation and executive director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at New York University's Stern School of Business and a fellow at frog, one of the world's most influential innovation companies. Williams is a sought-after commentator on disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, and cultural change. He is invited to speak worldwide, and his views are regularly featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, GQ, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC. He is the inventor of over fifty United States patents and the best-selling author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.

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    2018 Schedule at a Glance

     

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    • 2:00PM - 7:00PM

      Registration Open, Badge Pick Up

    • 2:00PM - 6:00PM

      Sponsored Lounges

    • 2:30PM - 3:45PM

      Orientation for First Time Attendees | Lightning Talks

    • 4:00PM - 5:30PM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions

    • 6:00PM - 8:00PM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions

    • 6:00PM - 8:00PM

      Welcome Reception

    • 8:00PM - 8:00PM

      End of PMO Symposium - Day 0

    • 6:30AM - 7:30PM

      Registration Open, and Badge Pick Up

    • 6:30AM - 7:30PM

      Sunrise Wellness Activity

    • 7:00AM - 8:00PM

      Sponsored Lounges

    • 7:15AM - 8:30AM

      Networking Breakfast

    • 8:45AM - 10:15AM

      Opening Plenary Session - Intro of PMI Thought Leadership Series 2018 | Executive Panel

    • 10:15AM - 10:45AM

      Networking Break

    • 12:00PM - 1:30PM

      Opening Keynote

    • 12:00PM - 1:30PM

      Networking Lunch

    • 1:30PM - 2:30PM

      Speaker Lightning Talks - A Preview of Sessions

    • 2:30PM - 2:45PM

      Transitional Break

    • 2:45PM - 3:45PM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions & Knowledge Hubs

    • 3:45PM - 4:15PM

      Networking Break

    • 4:15PM - 5:15PM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions & Knowledge Hubs

    • 6:00PM - 8:00PM

      Networking Reception

    • 8:00PM - 8:00PM

      End of PMO Symposium Day 1

    • 6:30AM - 7:30PM

      Registration Open

    • 6:30AM - 7:30PM

      Sunrise Wellness Activity

    • 7:00AM - 8:00PM

      Sponsored Lounges

    • 7:15AM - 8:30AM

      Networking Breakfast

    • 8:15AM - 8:45AM

      Speaker Lightning Talks - A Preview of Sessions

    • 9:00AM - 10:30AM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions & Knowledge Hubs

    • 10:30AM - 11:00AM

      Networking Break

    • 11:00AM - 12:00PM

      Tuesday Morning General Session

    • 12:00PM - 1:30PM

      Networking Lunch

    • 1:00PM - 4:30PM

      Offsite Learning Excursions

    • 1:30PM - 2:45PM

      Speaker Lightning Talks - A Preview of Sessions

    • 2:45PM - 3:00PM

      Transitional Break

    • 3:00PM - 4:00PM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions & Knowledge Hubs

    • 4:00PM - 4:30PM

      Networking Break

    • 4:30PM - 5:30PM

      Tuesday Afternoon General Session

    • 6:00PM - 8:00PM

      Networking Reception

    • 8:00PM - 8:00PM

      End of PMO Symposium Day 2

    • 6:30AM - 11:45AM

      Registration Open

    • 6:30AM - 7:30PM

      Sunrise Wellness Activity

    • 7:00AM - 11:45AM

      Sponsored Lounges

    • 7:15AM - 8:30AM

      Networking Breakfast

    • 8:15AM - 8:45AM

      Speaker Lightning Talks - A Preview of Sessions

    • 9:00AM - 11:15AM

      Open Space & PMO Leader Roundtable Forum

    • 9:00AM - 10:00AM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions

    • 10:00AM - 10:15AM

      Transitional Break

    • 10:15AM - 11:15AM

      Concurrent Educational Sessions

    • 11:15AM - 11:45AM

      Networking Break

    • 11:45AM - 1:00PM

      PMO of the Year Award & Closing Keynote

    • 1:00PM - 2:00PM

      Networking Lunch

    • 2:00PM - 2:00PM

      PMO Symposium Concludes

    2018 Sponsors

     

    Gold Sponsor

    Clarizen  | Kolme Group
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    2018 Learning Excursions

     

    Amtrak

    Amtrak Station

    Learn how Amtrak is transforming to meet the future needs of rail passengers in the United States by visiting an in-progress case study on preparing for the future while remaining viable in the present and honoring the past. See how historic beauty can be incorporated into a future vision and how the Amtrak EPMO is empowering the company to deliver enduring value for American intercity rail travel.

    CARFAX

    carfax

    CARFAX has grown from a small, single-product organization to an 850+ employee entity with a portfolio of products/services that serve a myriad of markets. Delivering solutions for their core product strategy requires significant portfolio/project management expertise. CARFAX’s PMO and various business/technology leaders will provide insight into the collaborative environment that enables their unique culture and ensures project delivery success. They will also offer an overview of CARFAX’s unique and diverse business, overviews and hands-on demonstrations of CARFAX’s products (personalized for each attendee), highlights of CARFAX’s portfolio and project management processes/lifecycle(s)/ artifacts/tools, and insight into how they balance solid portfolio and project management with agile delivery.

    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    Goddard Space Building

    Named after rocketry pioneer Robert H. Goddard, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was established in 1959 as the agency’s first spaceflight complex. Its exhaustive portfolio of research and missions spans the disciplines of astrophysics, Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and engineering and technology. Home to the world’s largest concentration of scientists, engineers and technologists dedicated to the study of space, the center has addressed some of humanity’s greatest questions regarding the nature of the cosmos and the systems of life here at home.

    Join us and hear directly from project leaders and others who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the universe.

    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    National Museum of African American History

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution, opened its doors in September 2016. Understand the challenges of creating a brand new Museum and how they were met successfully through management practices that balanced the aspirational needs of the Museum, the requirements of the facility, and multiple public and private stakeholders, while addressing a restrictive schedule and an uncertain and limited budget.

    2018 PMO of the Year Award Winner and Finalists

     

    Winner

    Telstra: Capital Planning & Delivery

    Telstra

    In 2012, Telstra created the Capital Planning and Delivery (CP&D) function as a dedicated capability within the Finance and Strategy organization. Their purpose was clear – support the annual capital investment allocation, prioritization, and planning processes to better support investment programs & projects. Through strong project management practices and team work, they continue to roadmap and improve, including providing an executive dashboard and adjusting their PM framework to support multiple methodologies including Agile, waterfall, hybrid, and lean. Learn more

    Finalists

    Tacoma Public Schools: Enterprise Project Management Office

    Tacoma Public Schools

    Tacoma Public Schools EPMO serves the third largest school district in Washington State with approximately 30,000 students and 5,000 employees. Established five years ago, the EPMO currently has seven FTEs (PMs, Associate PM, BAs) who focus on continuous improvement within the district, communication of all project efforts, and embedding data-based practices in order to showcase benchmarks. Many public schools nationwide are seeking guidance and advice from Tacoma Public Schools on how to create and sustain an EPMO in public schools. Learn more

    Triglav Group: Project Portfolio and Change Management Department

    Triglav Group

    Ten years in the making, the Triglav PMO has 7 key members, five of whom are PMP certified. Over the past years, they have taken on a key role in managing the strategic projects within the organization, including a change in processes that transformed them from a traditional functional organization to a digital customer-oriented organization. As they look into the future, digital transformation is on their radar, implementing projects that will make current tools and processes friendlier and simpler for their customer. Learn more

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    3-6 November 2019
    Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
    Denver, Colorado, USA