The Project Management Institute (PMI) ® is holding their annual PMI Global Conference from Oct 5-7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA. This is a huge event with Chapters from over 66 countries represented. As a global leader in project management this event attracts over 1450 organizations and there are plenty of opportunities to earn PDU’s.
This year, the PMI are celebrating their 50th Anniversary and are partnering with TED to present a series of live TED talks specially designed to inspire project management professionals.
Pennsylvania Convention Center
119 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Access to the PMI Global Conference will be by the Broad Street Entrance.
The format for the PMI Global Conference is educational sessions (arranged around the PMI Talent Triangle™ of Strategic and Business Management, Technical Project Management and Strategic and Business Management.) Keynote Speakers, Networking, Exhibit Hall, SeminarsWorld and the live TED talks.
PMI Global Conference Educational Sessions
The PMI are offering over 80 sessions each run by industry professionals, and we have reviewed a selection of them from each category. The tracks are divided into four categories, representing the different areas of the PMI Talent Triangle. Upon completion delegates can gain PDU’s.
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Joseph Luttrell, PMP is CEO of EQ Leadership Seminars, LLC. Joseph will present a track ‘Unleash Your Decision-Making Genius by Transforming Adverse Childhood Experiences like Alexander Hamilton’. In his neuroscience session Joseph will offer his insights on how to adopt innovative solutions to high-impact project problems. To achieve this requires the higher-thinking brain to control other brain areas to render the strategic, stroke-of-genius ideas, which will jettison projects forward. However cognitive imprints from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) cause gaps, which can comprise this process. Joseph will offer his insights on how to recognize ACEs to close cognitive gaps and become an innovation-driven, strategic delivering leader, like Alexander Hamilton, America’s original genius.
Concepcion Prado, is founder of Greenfield Group and has over 25 years’ experience providing leadership support for her clients so that they deliver excellent service, maximize impacts, and increase efficiencies in their operations using creativity. Concepcion will deliver an interactive workshop ‘Connecting the Dots: Three Must Have Tools for Complex Redesign Projects’. Concepcion will offer her insights on how to map complexities in redesign projects, map workflow to identify problems clearly and redesign them to create efficiencies. Concepcion will also offer her insights on the technical skills which will improve project delivery (Six Sigma workflows, lean change management) and describe how to incorporate change management tools to improve adoption of project outcomes.
Anderson Gordon, PMP is the court Planning Director at the Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where he manages projects ranging from IT to construction to business process reengineering. Anderson is a National Chess Master and has presented research to the PMI North America Chapter on ‘Developing Leadership Using the Sport of Chess’. Anderson will present a track ‘Decision Making for Project Excellence’ and identify common problems that plague project managers at the threshold of decisions. Anderson will offer insights on how to apply concepts from tournament chess and chess psychology to improve decision making in project management.
Dr. Matthys Fourie is Chairman of Thinking Dimensions Global and Thinking Dimensions USA. Dr. Matthys is a professional Problem Solver with over 31 years’ experience and is accredited by the Institute of Professional Problem Solvers (IPPS).With his global network of resources using KEPNERandFOURIE Critical Thinking Tools Dr. Matthys works to ensure individuals, teams and companies are a step ahead.
Christine Aykac PMP is the founder of Wareness Training and Consulting and is a program manager and problem solver. Christine has over 20 years’ experience managing projects and assisting in effective utilization of technologies. Christine recently became a master trainer for the KEPNERandFOURIE Critical Thinking Tools. Both Dr. Matthys and Christine will present a track ‘How to Rescue a Project- Advance Your Problem Solving Skills’. Dr. Matthys and Christine will introduce KEPNERandFOURIE critical thinking tools and engage in an interactive problem solving process. Both Dr. Matthys and Christine will give insights on how to choose the best tool to collect, organize, analyze and resolve the problem on hand.
Communication and Teamwork
Michael Palladino, PMP is Director of the Agile Methods Center of Excellence at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals. Michael is a project management and Agile professional. Michael will present a track ‘Adapt, Adopt and Thrive: The Robot Revolution, Agile and the Impact on Project Management’. In this interactive session Michael discuss past prediction successes and failures and identify the interesting ways in which people make decisions. Michael will offer his insights on new ways of thinking and how to improve working together by demonstrating the value of clear communications and building trust.
Tana Session is CEO and Founder of TanaMSession.com. Tana has over 20 years experience in human resources developing her award winning, WMBE-certified coaching and consulting practice in 2014. Tana was recognized in the ‘Huffingham Post’ as a ‘Top Female Expert to Follow in 2018’. Tana will present a track ‘Blind Spots: Uncovering Unconscious Bias in the workplace’. Tana will offer her insights on unconscious bias and how it impacts the decisions we make in our personal and professional lives. Tana will identify the top five areas where unconscious bias shows up in the workplace. Tana will also offer actionable steps which can be implemented to help shift unconscious bias from the workplace.
Al Zeitoun, PMP is an independent Global Business Strategist. Al has contributed governance, thought leadership, and expertise as a Director of the global PMI Board of Directors, which consists of world-leading organizations. Having worked in just about every corner of the world, Dr. Zeitoun has seen firsthand how challenging it is for organizations to achieve operational excellence in the midst of uncertainty.
Natalya Bah, PMP is CEO of Natalya H. Bah Consulting where she provides clients with team building, training, strategic advice, leadership development and goal setting. Natalya is a certified Birkman consultant. Al and Natalya will present a track ‘Getting the Top Team Right- The Critical Innovation Ingredient”. Al and Natalya will offer their insights on two areas required to prepare leaders in having discussions with team members and critical stakeholder groups. A team-focused self-assessment centered on questions around three capability areas (strategic, process, and critical leadership) and a team-stretching roadmap to establish the foundation of thoughtful discussion and dialogue to guide the team’s evolution.
Analyzing and Process Improvement
Al Gonzalez, PMP is Director of PMO, MetLife and Jody Adams, PMP, is Director of Strategic Portfolio Office, MetLife.
Al has over 20 years of experience managing teams and delivering projects in fast-paced, matrixed environments. Al is an industrial engineer with PMP, SAFe/Agile, and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt certifications.
Jody is a multiple war veteran who led global IT organizations for the U.S. Air Force. With over 20 years’ experience, Jody has managed project portfolios for the U.S. government. Al and Jody will present a track ‘Tailoring Agile and Waterfall Methodologies for Success’. The Waterfall methodology was established over 60 years ago; whereas The Agile methodology is closer to 20 years, because Agile is the younger version many consultants believe that practitioners should move to Agile. Al and Jody will offer insights on how to identify innovative approaches in selecting the right methodology. They will also describe integration strategies to drive successful project implementations.
Mark White, PMP is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Project Performance at Hexagon PPM. Mark has over 30 years’ experience in quantity surveying and project controls. Mark will present a track ‘Pillars of Project Delivery’. Mark will offer his insights on how to better manage project and program complexity. Mark will discuss the framework and requirements for improved enterprise-wide project predictability.
Volodymyr Oros, PMP is Delivery Director at Itera. Volodymyr supervises a portfolio of Ukrainian, Slovakian and distributed projects for Itera. Volodymyr will present a track ‘Effective Retention of Skills and Knowledge in Long Term Projects’. Looking at statistical evidence; a seven person team has an 80% chance of someone leaving every year therefore attrition should be planned upfront and managed proactively instead of waiting for the risk to occur. Volodymyr will offer his insights on how to evaluate and justify efforts required for management in long-term projects. Volodymyr will explain how to plan and perform proactive measures to retain both team members and their skills.
Sat October 5th
Adam Grant is author of three best-selling books which have sold over a million copies and have been translated in 35 different languages. Adam is one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers presenting TED talks which have been viewed over 11 million times. As organizational psychologist Adam will present his keynote ‘How non-conformists move the world’. Based upon his book ‘Originals’ Adam will offer his insights on how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt. Adam will also explore how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent.
Sunday October 6
Roger Martin is the Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Roger advises CEO’s around the world on strategy, design, innovation and integrative thinking. Roger will present a keynote “Join the project Economy”. Roger will offer his insights on how Organizations, complex and adaptable systems that they are, can structure to leverage projects that will better connect strategy, design and delivery, thereby creating value.
Networking is an invaluable tool where colleagues can meet and make new contacts either globally or geographically. There are ample opportunities to network as the PMI have scheduled sessions after the educational tracks and Keynote Speakers.
The PMI have designed the Exhibit Hall as the central hub of their conference, where over 60 vendors will be showcasing their latest products. Many of the vendors will be offering hands-on demonstrations and tips about best practices. This is an opportunity to meet up with friends and network with peers from around the world.
SeminarsWorld offer attendees’ in-depth training on specific topics run by industry professionals. These are both Pre and Post- conference. The Pre-conference SeminarsWorld workshops are a mixture of one-two days or three -four days (crash courses) running from 1-4 October. The Post conference workshops are two days in length running from 8-9 October.
Live Ted Talks Oct 7
This year’s PMI Global Conference with a series of live TED talks, from inspiring Project and Portfolio industry professionals.
PMI Global Conference Registration details
We reviewed two top hotels in close proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, The Independent Hotel and The Windsor Suites.
The Independent Hotel
1234 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Independent is a small 3 star boutique hotel situated 0.5miles from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The hotel is very clean and all beautifully decorated; the lobby and halls have real works of art. The beds are comfortable and the staffs are very friendly. The Independent offers a free breakfast which can be customized to your needs and delivered to the room. A two-night stay costs $443.04.
The Windsor Suites
1700 Ben Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Windsor Suites is a 4 star hotel situated 0.5miles from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, near cafes and restaurants. The rooms are large with comfortable beds and each room offers a spotless kitchen, complete with a refrigerator, range, microwave, dishwasher, Keurig, dishes, glasses, etc. The staffs are friendly and knowledgeable of the local area. A two-night stay costs $547.05.
The PMI Global Conference is a week-long, huge event where delegates can share insights and socialize with thousands of like-minded professionals. With over 80 educational sessions to choose from it is wise to plan your tracks in advance.
If you need a crash course in a workshop prior to the conference you can browse the Pre-Conference SeminarsWorld brochure. There are plenty of PDU’s available, delegates can earn up to 18 for attending the conference which all helps to maintain certification.
The exhibition Hall has over 60 vendors on hand to offer advice and share best practices, if you take a browse you can try out new products and services that may help you do your job better.
As Part of the PMI’s 50th anniversary, you will have access to a unique session of live TED talks which are specially tailored for project, program and portfolio professionals.
PMI and PMP are registered marks and The PMI Talent Triangle is a service mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.