Professional Development Day Schedule

07:15 AM - Registration / Check-in
  • Venue: Glen Allen Entrance 
07:30 AM - 8:00 AM - Continental Breakfast & Networking / Opening Remarks
  • Venue: Glen Allen & Cardinal Room
07:30 AM - 8:00 AM - Opening Keynote
  • Speaker: MARK SCHULMAN
  • Venue: Cardinal Room
  • PDU's: 1.5-PDUs

Boost your R.Q. - Rockstar Quotient!

GET READY TO ROCK!!!

Mark will show the attendees how to boost your Rockstar Quotient for real gains in productivity, capacity, performance, innovation, morale... This is a rock show, disguised as a keynote, with measurable results!

FOCUS

  • Innovation, Performance, Communication
  • Sales, Leadership, Team Building
  • Breaking Through Barriers to Success
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Coffee Break / Networking / Exhibits
  • Venue: Glen Allen Room
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - T1-Strategic
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Jacy Imilkowski

What Did My Brain Just Say? The Neuroscience of Successful Project Management Conversations - Part I

You know how sometimes you’re having a key conversation with a customer, and all of a sudden you realize that they’re completely disconnected from you? Do you ever wonder why that happens and how to fix it? Now you can find out! During a conversation, there’s a neurochemical cocktail that’s influencing all parties involved. These influences are unconscious, however, we can learn to recognize the signs of neurochemical impacts. That knowledge is key to building relationships with intention and recovering from disconnection. This session introduces easy-to-use tools for engaging in effective, connected conversation with clients, project teams, and stakeholders. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Navigate difficult and crucial conversations using neuroscience
  • Plan different conversational approaches for successful outcomes
  • Overcome blind spots that negatively impact trust
  • Apply neuroscience to restore positive relationships following a disconnection
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - T2-Leadership
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: John Nepper

The Art of Engaged Conversation...

The Art of Engaged Conversation-Learn How to Create Success in Your Personal and Professional Relationships Through Meaningful, Rich, and Engaged Conversation.

Strong and effective communication skills are crucial in a world where people are more and more disconnected. Everyone has a story to tell. However, many people are dying to be heard. 

In this session, attendees will discover the impact of learning peoples' stories to create connection in conversation, enhance their own communication skills, learn how to ask open-ended questions that encourage further conversation, and explore ways to listen so people will talk, and how to talk so people will listen. 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - T3-Technical
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Jim Blizzard

Doing Agile: An interactive discussion on Enterprise Agility - Part I

Part I - Many companies are on some sort of agile journey and undergoing an 'Agile Transformation.' What does that really mean to be Agile?  What is the desired end state of an Agile transformation? Is it an organization full of release trains, scrum teams, Kanban boards? Does that bring the organization Enterprise Agility?

Enterprise Agility is much more than rolling out Agile or SAFe frameworks into your organization.  While the cadence and ceremonies of SAFe are an important part of DOING Agile, it usually does not, by itself, drive the organization into BEING Agile.  Agility is required to react nimbly to the diverse, and sometimes, turbulent forces that impact your business including market changes, technology changes, compliance constraints, and industry expectations.  Enterprise Agility encompasses your whole company - IT, HR, Marketing, and the primary business operations.  It impacts strategy and accelerates the delivery of your brand to your customers.

Join Jim in this interactive presentation to learn and discuss what to look for as you help drive your company into an age of Enterprise Agility and move from 'doing Agile' into 'Being Agile'. If you can’t make the presentation, follow the Twitter discussion using #HowToBeAgile.

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM - Transition

(5 mins)

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM - T1 - Strategic
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Jacy Imilkowski

What Did My Brain Just Say? The Neuroscience of Successful Project Management Conversations - Part II

You know how sometimes you’re having a key conversation with a customer, and all of a sudden you realize that they’re completely disconnected from you? Do you ever wonder why that happens and how to fix it? Now you can find out! During a conversation, there’s a neurochemical cocktail that’s influencing all parties involved. These influences are unconscious, however, we can learn to recognize the signs of neurochemical impacts. That knowledge is key to building relationships with intention and recovering from disconnection. This session introduces easy-to-use tools for engaging in effective, connected conversation with clients, project teams, and stakeholders. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Navigate difficult and crucial conversations using neuroscience
  • Plan different conversational approaches for successful outcomes
  • Overcome blind spots that negatively impact trust
  • Apply neuroscience to restore positive relationships following a disconnection
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM - T2 - Leadership
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Michael Rust, J.D.

Team Conflict Resolution

Your business, church, school, community organization or other group will gain an understanding of the dynamics of conflict and learn how to deal with it in a positive way through a workshop on conflict management skills. Find out how to implement the team approach to problem solving.

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM - T3 - Technical
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Jim Blizzard

Doing Agile: An interactive discussion on Enterprise Agility - Part II

Part II - Many companies are on some sort of agile journey and undergoing an 'Agile Transformation.' What does that really mean to be Agile?  What is the desired end state of an Agile transformation? Is it an organization full of release trains, scrum teams, Kanban boards? Does that bring the organization Enterprise Agility?

Enterprise Agility is much more than rolling out Agile or SAFe frameworks into your organization.  While the cadence and ceremonies of SAFe are an important part of DOING Agile, it usually does not, by itself, drive the organization into BEING Agile.  Agility is required to react nimbly to the diverse, and sometimes, turbulent forces that impact your business including market changes, technology changes, compliance constraints, and industry expectations.  Enterprise Agility encompasses your whole company - IT, HR, Marketing, and the primary business operations.  It impacts strategy and accelerates the delivery of your brand to your customers.

Join Jim in this interactive presentation to learn and discuss what to look for as you help drive your company into an age of Enterprise Agility and move from 'doing Agile' into 'Being Agile'. If you can’t make the presentation, follow the Twitter discussion using #HowToBeAgile.

12:05 PM - 12:35 PM - Lunch Transition / Exhibits

(20 mins)

12:35 PM - 1:35 PM - Lunch Break w/ Keynote
  • Venue: Cardinal Room
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Teddy Burriss

Networking for Mutual Benefit

Participants will discover the power of Networking for Mutual Benefit and these basics of networking:

  • What is the lifestyle of Networking for Mutual Benefit and why it is important
  • How to network without being uncomfortable or afraid
  • How to find, develop and nurture connections in order to expand your networks
  • To never ask for anything that does not know exists
  • Why asking “How can I help you?” is important in networking
  • The benefits of reconnecting with your Weak Ties
  • The benefits of connecting with people who are unlike us
  • The benefits of making every conversation about the other person
  • How to know when you have permission to ask for help
  • Why “Who should I talk with next?” is the most important question
  • How to incorporate Social Networking into this In Real Life (IRL) Networking
  • How to practice networking
1:35 PM - 1:45 PM - Lunch Transition / Exhibits

(10 mins)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - T1 - Strategic
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Michelle Anderson

From Use-less to Use-full: Transforming the Tools You Already Own - Part I

Part 1: Tools for Strategic Management & Team Building

Do you want to make purposeful use of the wisdom you’ve gained in your own life journey?  That wisdom is what makes you a project manager your team respects and trusts because of the specific ways you choose to lead.

This honest and open talk will reveal simple tools you already possess but may not be fully implementing.  Through reflection and discussion, you’ll learn to maximize the tools and wisdom you currently possess, then apply them to achieve outstanding project outcomes. 

Take aways:

  • Redefine your understanding of the value that comes from challenges
  • Identify with your resources for stronger team connection and productivity
  • Analyze and refine how your strategy for leadership is being projected
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - T2 - Leadership
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Michael Milutis

Finding Your Place in a New, Digital World

Artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, big data and analytics, machine learning, internet of things — all of these tech trends (and more!) are not just accelerating exponentially, they are compounding upon each other in innovative, synergistic ways that very few of us can anticipate.

How do you plot a career path or even a learning strategy in such fast moving and uncertain landscape; how do you prepare yourself for the unknown? This presentation will address the bewilderment than many of you feel when faced with the emergence of new, difficult to understand technologies and will give you the mindset and framework you need to embrace this change and find your place in the new world.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - T3 - Technical
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Emil Phillips

From the Terminator to Alexa

From the Terminator to Alexa, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have been part of popular culture for decades. In this session we will discuss how AI and ML have matured from science fiction to fact, and how these technologies have changed and continue to change our work and the world around us.

  • What do we mean by AI and Machine Learning?
  • How are AI and ML technologies used today?
  • What risks and possibilities are created by the use of AI & ML, and how should we address them?
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM - Coffee Break / Networking / Exhibits
  • Venue: Glen Allen Room

(15 mins)

 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - T1 - Strategic
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Michael Rust, J.D.

Building Negotiation Skills

Negotiation is a skill that we can learn, practice, and become better at.  Yet, we rarely train people on how to perform this essential and required business skill.  In this workshop, you learn the theories of negotiation, how to prepare for a negotiation, and receive feedback on coached role plays.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - T2 - Leadership
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Michelle Anderson

From Use-less to Use-full: Transforming the Tools You Already Own - Part II

Part 2: Tools for Customer Relationships

What business are you in?  Answer: The people business.  Clients and stakeholders are people just like you, and they are looking for someone who makes understanding their unique needs a priority. 

This session examines our personal life adventures to intentionally determine our strengths and challenges in creating customer connection.  You will recognize that you are more equipped to serve your clients than you realize in ways you may not have considered to be an asset previously.

Take aways:

  • Translate your own experiences into a better understanding of your customers
  • Recognize the importance of how you respond in difficult situations
  • Sculpt and deliver more applicable, effective solutions
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - T3 - Technical
  • Venue: TBD
  • PDU's: 1-PDU
  • Speaker: Teddy Burriss

Using LinkedIn as a Project Manager Professional

Participants will discover the potential of using LinkedIn as a Project Manager Professional including:

  • Why use LinkedIn as a Project Manager Professional
  • The benefits of building a Professional LinkedIn Profile
  • The potential rewards of growing a relevant LinkedIn Network
  • The value of developing a professional reputation through Engagement on LinkedIn and beyond
4:00 PM - 4:05 PM Transition

(5 mins)

4:05 PM - 5:20 PM - Closing Keynote
  • Venue: Cardinal Room
  • PDU's: 1.25-Leadership PDU's
  • Speaker: Jacy Imilkowski

The Brilliance of Resilience: Beating Burnout on Our Most Challenging Projects

The burnout crisis is real, and the numbers are staggering. 23% of employees are chronically burned out, and 47% more are headed in that direction. So how do you keep your team functioning when times are tough? You know, when everyone is already at full capacity and the project deadline moves up, increasing the workload. Or a key team member leaves and there’s no one to fill the gap. Answer: Be a strong, adaptable team leader with the knowledge to cultivate resilient teams. Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties. It’s foundational to embracing growth and beating burnout in the face of challenge. This session teaches key skills to create psychologically safe spaces that support resilience in our teams and ourselves. This open, honest, and funny program looks at how to embrace imperfection and choose resilience and growth over burnout and frustration.

Participants will learn to:

  • Explore personal relationships with challenge, resilience, and growth
  • Generate powerful conversations that shatter stigmas around challenge and burnout
  • Build psychologically safe spaces for those experiencing challenges
  • Utilize tools and strategies to stop fighting and start growing from challenges
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM - PMI 50th Anniversary & Networking 
  • Venue: Cardinal Room
  • PDU's: .5-PDU