2019 Region 7 Speakers

Keynote Biographies

 

FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
9:30 – 10:45 am

KIMBERLY WIEFLING

Co-founder, Silicon Valley Alliances
Kimberly Wiefling helps organizations achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult. She's led product development teams involving over 100 people to launch complex products that were a combination of hardware, software, firmware. I know what it takes to get things done in teams in the real business world. 


She's been a keynote for other PMI chapters and other fantastic organizations, as well as providing coaching & facilitation. She leads intensive behavior-changing workshops called “workSHOCKS(TM)” that directly translate into business results.

Topic: Global Communicator Program – Transforming a Diverse Group into a Team

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
4:30 – 5:30 pm

ZACH WONG

Professor and Management Consultant
Zachary A. Wong, Ph.D. is a highly acclaimed author and instructor in project management, personal effectiveness, human factors, team dynamics and leadership at the University of California Berkeley Extension and Adjunct Professor at the University of California Davis.

Dr. Wong has over thirty years of managerial and project management experience at Chevron. He has held senior positions in research and technology, strategic planning, business analysis, mergers and acquisitions and risk assessment.
Dr. Wong is currently an “Honored Instructor” at the University of California at Berkeley Extension and actively gives team and leadership workshops and presentations in the Bay Area. 

Topic: Diversity and Inclusion in Decision-Making and Leadership

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
9:00 – 10:15 am

nathalie udo

Business Strategy Consultant
Nathalie founded InDepth Strategies to provide business consulting that raises social consciousness and ignites change. She helps organizations dream big, shatters silos, and builds high-performing teams that are self-motivated and equipped to make their company better. Her extensive experience in international business helps create lasting, positive change using executive coaching, strategic planning, leadership training, and an agile mindset. 

Nathalie has managed complex international projects for companies like Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, AT&T, and Allianz Fireman’s Fund. And recently she has been helping organizations transform to thrive in the digital age. She also speaks at international conferences on topics like global team effectiveness, Agile implementations, and how to integrate sustainability into your organizational strategy. People say her enthusiasm is infectious and inspires them to achieve things they thought were impossible.
She co-wrote Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future (McGraw-Hill, 2013) with Gregory Balestrero that explains how building sustainability into one's core business strategy can improve the bottom line as well as our community and our planet. 
She has a MBA from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC®), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM). She resides in San Francisco, despite traveling often to see the wonders on Spaceship Earth as a scuba diver, motorcyclist, or skier.

Topic: Strategies for Promoting Diversity: Creating High Performing teams

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
3:15 – 4:15 pm

Peter Ivanov

CEO & Founder - Virtual Power Teams
Peter Ivanov has lead international virtual teams across Europe, Asia and Africa, and through his leadership, his teams have been honoured with multiple prestigious corporate awards, among which are the "Best of the Best" in 2007 and the Global "IT Connect Award" in 2012. 

In his dynamic keynote speeches, Peter uses the experience he has gained as Manager, Athletic Champion and, yes, the father of five little girls, to show you how to organise, build up and lead your own Virtual Power Teams.

Topic: Virtual Power Teams – how to deliver projects quicker, reduce cost and develop your Organization for the Future!

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Session Speaker Biographies

FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
8:15 - 8:45 am

 

 

JOHN JONES JR

PMP, CGCIO, ITIL

John Jones is an “Army brat” who spent his formative years in Germany, moving to California at 21. He has developed a specialized skillset for technology-related projects in the public sector which include networking, data center expansions, application development, migration, integration and adoption, business intelligence infrastructure implementation and (broadband) Fiber to the Home (FTTH) design and business planning. Jones has served on various technology, leadership and project management boards. He is the IT Director for the City of Belmont, and aside from speaking engagements, also teaches and conducts workshops on leadership & teambuilding, project management and organizational change management. He obtained his BA in Digital Graphics from CSU-East Bay. Jones graduated from PMI’s Leadership Institute Master’s Class (LIMC) in 2015 and is currently the Region 7 Mentor. In addition to his PMP, Jones also has an ITIL certificate and is a graduate of the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his spare time, he is an adjunct professor for USC-Bovard College developing curriculum and teaching courses in Project Management.

Topic: Opening Remarks - Building Relationship to Support Diversity and Inclusion

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
8:15 - 8:45 am

nathan mellin

PMP, CSM, CSP

♦ PM & Vendor Manager ♦ Implementation Manager
♦ Technology Manager ♦ DR & Risk Management

Nathan Mellin is a fun energetic cosmonaut who spent 10 years in Europe learning languages and cultures, and came back to the US in 2001 to continue working as a highly experienced professional focusing in project management for banks and their vendors. He has an impressive track record of hands-on experience in managing implementation projects and partner relationships. He has proven his ability to communicate with both clients and engineers, ensuring that product solutions meet client requirements. He enjoys building and leading teams to support local communities and the companies he is entrusted to grow.

Topic: Building Relationship to Support Diversity and Inclusion

Topic: Birds of a Feather – Presidents & Presidents-Elect 

Topic: How to implement NextGen Program

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
8:45 - 9:30 am

 

 

Kristin Callazzo Hodgson

Kristin Callazzo Hodgson is Chapter Development Manager for the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Newtown Square, PA. In this role she is responsible for leading staff and volunteers for over 160 PMI chapters in North America. With over 20 years of experience, Kristin has held management positions in associations and foundations leading membership, marketing, chapters, volunteer, and fundraising programs. In 2004 she received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, the highest honor in the association management industry, from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and remains an active member and volunteer.

Kristin is an active volunteer leader serving on various committees including the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives (MASAE). She currently serves the ASAE as Vice Chair, Component Relations & Volunteer Management Section Council and has spoken nationally on innovative membership and volunteer management strategies. In 2011 she authored a chapter for The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success, 2nd Edition. Kristin received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington College in Maryland and currently lives in Wilmington Delaware.

Topic: PMI HQ Updates

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
8:45 - 9:30 am

SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
10:45 - 11:45 am

Laura Davidson

Global Volunteer, PMI
Laura Davidson has an eclectic work history of being motivated by opportunities that teach her new skills and grant her chances to elevate her teams (morale and productivity).   

For longer than she likes to admit Laura has executed projects in the Supply Chain, Technology, and Consumer industries. She has completed unlikely projects; and mastered difficult relationships while always striving to deliver a quality end product.  Laura is a self-proclaimed serial volunteer. She is currently a global volunteer for PMI (Project Management Institute) serving the Chapter Member Advisory Group. She is a Past President of PMI Atlanta and serves as a leader in the local National Speakers Association in Georgia.  Laura is an effective and entertaining communicator with a genuine desire for helping others improve both their personal and professional situation.

Topic: PMI HQ Updates

Topic: CMAG/Annual Planning

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
1:15 – 2:15 pm

 

sean williams

PMP, Director of Military Outreach, PMI San Francisco Bay Area ChapterSean Williams served on active duty in the Army for 20 years and is now an advocate for military veterans in the workforce.  Sean believes in the strong project management skills possessed by military veterans and he is an enthusiastic supporter of veteran transition into the corporate world. 

Through the inspiration and support of fellow chapter members, Sean founded the Military Outreach program in May 2016, in which he served as the program director until March 2019.  Sean is proud of the success of the Military Outreach program, which boasts an average of 10 participants in the monthly Military Round Tables.


Sean is a Bay Area resident and works as a Senior Program Director on the Presales team at a prominent software company.  Sean also volunteers as a member of the company’s Military Veterans Employee Belonging Council (EBC). 

Topic: Birds of a Feather – Military & Academic Outreach

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Kerry Brooks

Membership Specialist, PMI
Kerry Brooks is with PMI’s Global Membership Team.  She has over 21 years of strategic marketing, new product development, and management experience.  Kerry supports the North America Region and the respective members of the NA Chapter Team.  She also manages several programs including: leading PMI’s military initiative and overseeing the Chapter Guest Pass Program.

Kerry has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Marist College and her Master’s in Business Administration from Wilmington University. She also holds her Level VI certifications in Pragmatic Marketing and her Certified Scrum Master Certification. 

Topic: Birds of a Feather – Military & Academic Outreach

 

 

FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
1:15 – 2:15 pm

DEBY COVEY

Previous PMI R7 Mentor

From a start in Engineering, I moved into the Customer Support with the ability to work well with Engineers as well as interface with clients. My prior position enabled me to help set up processes for handoffs between the Production Services team, T1 client interface team, T2 client interface team, Tier 2 Technical support, Tier 3 Engineering, Solutions Implementations, Solutions Management teams, and Marketing (support of new products). My ability to cohesively bring these teams to agreement and advanced knowledge of the entire corporate product base enables me to continue moving the company forward towards the new structure and apply best practices from each team that I am included. This knowledge has prepared me for my current role as a Technical Programs Manager for Certificates Management. My team currently handles over 50,000 private and public certificate renewals on a proactive basis to ensure the smooth, safe exchange of data for our customers and their trading partners.

Specialties: organization, solutions building, standardization techniques, network, Project Management, Agile methodology, ITIL methodology.

Topic: Tech, Ops, Communications, Professional Development & Programs

 

 

FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
1:15 – 2:15 pm

 

KANEALII NG-OSORIO

PMP,
Chapter President, PMI Honolulu
Kanealii is a Portfolio Manager at Kamehameha Schools in their Educational Systems and Strategies Division. He supports 3 K- 12 campuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i islands along with 30 preschools across the State of Hawai‘i.
He has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University. He received his PMP certification in 2013. Active in the community, he is a volunteer of the University of Oregon Alumni Association (Past Chapter President), and Mary Star of the Sea Church. In his spare time, he completed 19 Marathons and over 100 road races from 5K to 30K.

Topic: Build a Strong PM Community of Practice (CoP)

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
1:15 – 2:15 pm

 

terrie mui

PMP, VP Strategy PMISV (Co-presenter),
PMI Silicon Valley
Terrie Mui, PMP, SAPM is a Program Manager at SSL, a global leader in spacecraft and space-related systems. She has held program manager positions at PMO level in high technology industries in both start-up ad mature company cultures. At SSL, she implemented a company- wide project management collaboration event, that mentored and motivated project managers through shared best practices. An experienced PMI volunteer, past President, and Board member, she has initiated new member events such as the Women's Forum and Belmont Breakfast meetings, creating opportunities for volunteers to practice their leadership skills. As VP Strategy of the Silicon Valley chapter, she has created and implemented the chapter's Leadership Training Program for future leaders, and mentored the Symposium Event teams. Her other responsibilities is the management of the yearly board transition activities and long term strategic planning efforts. Terrie has a MS in Systems Engineering from USC, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola
Marymount University.

Topic: Empowering Next Gen Volunteer Leaders.

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
1:15 – 2:15 pm

 

bhanu Viswanadha

PMP. PMI-ACP, CSM. SASM,
President PMISV, PMI Silicon Valley
Bhanu Viswanadha, PMP,CSM,PMI-ACP, SAM is the IT Architect at NetApp. Previous positions include Program Manager at a major retail and healthcare company and Technical Leader at APL Ltd. While he was the PMO manager at Safeway Inc., he implemented a process for recruiting, mentoring, and motivating the Safeway project management community.
Mr. Viswanadha’s other projects include delivering a training program for project manager coaching/mentoring in both waterfall and Agile methodologies. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University and he is a Past President at PMI Silicon Valley.
Bhanu has Masters in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India and Master of Technology in Mathematical Modeling and Simulation from University of Pune, India.

Topic: Empowering Next Gen Volunteer Leaders.

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
2:15 – 3:15 pm

 

tyrone navarro

MBA, PMP Board Member Past-President PMI San Francisco Bay
Area
Tyrone Navarro has served on a number bay area non-profit boards and currently serves on the Board for Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. He is the immediate Past President and Chief Governance Officer. He has received training and implemented Policy Governance for the Chapter. Also Tyrone serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of American Canyon.
He is the President of the Board of Directors of IFR. He joined the board in 2005, during which he has served in various capacities including Treasurer. Tyrone has been employed in the public sector since 1995, currently, he serves the Port of San Francisco as the Principal Administrative Analyst for the Real Estate Department. He oversees revenues of approx. $75M from the Commercial and parking rents from the 500 various tenants along the 7 ½ miles of the San Francisco Waterfront. Prior to his work at the Port, Tyrone was the Operations Manager for the Department of Public Health, Ambulatory Care / Community Programs. In this capacity, he managed the real estate portfolio for community-based mental health clinics, where he was responsible for approx. $25M budget; managed facilities and capital improvement project as and oversaw a centralized procurement project.
Additionally, Tyrone was responsible for security infrastructure, vocational training programs, emergency and disaster preparedness and response.
He enjoys an active lifestyle of running, biking and swimming and is a self-confessed geek. He lives in American Canyon with his wife, where they enjoy independent films, dining, gardening, volunteering and large family gatherings. He attended UC Berkeley and then obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from University of San Francisco.

Topic: Diversity in Governing

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
2:15 – 3:15 pm

steve ostermiller

PMP, PMI-ACP Agile Trainer & Coach PMI Southern Nevada
Steve Ostermiller is an author, agile trainer and coach with Platinum Edge. He is co-author of Agile Project Management For Dummies, and technical editor of Scrum For Dummies and Pearson’s Agile Foundations Complete Video Course. He developed and taught a business college's agile project management curriculum and serves on their advisory board. He is also founder and director of Utah Agile, a professional community committed to increasing awareness and quality of agile project and product management practices.
Steve has worked with executive leadership and individual teams in finance, healthcare, media, entertainment, defense, energy, government, logistics, e-commerce, travel, manufacturing, ERP, PMO, startups, and nonprofits. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer, PMP, PMI-ACP, and holds a B.S. in Business Management/Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

Topic: Make Morning Meetups More Meaningful

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
2:15 – 3:15 pm

Sharon Starcher

DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration)
PMIEF CEC Representative / Faculty Chair, Professor
PMIEF
Dr. Sharon L. Starcher has over forty years’ of experience in diverse business and leadership positions. Dr. Starcher has extensive experience in business and non-profit administration, grant administration, corporate training, and project development and implementation. Dr. Starcher is currently a professor at DeVry University Fresno campus and serves as the Faculty Chair for the Fresno campus.
Dr. Starcher has served on the local Project Management Institute chapter board as Academic forum chair, president elect, president, and past president and currently serves on an international, twelve-member Community Engagement Committee with the PMIef. As part of her consulting role Dr. Starcher has provided administrative services to boards and businesses, including grant writing, grant oversight, and reporting, and has served as a liaison between board members and legal and financial consultants.
Dr. Starcher has provided multiple development workshops and team building events for faculty and corporate employees in addition to presenting at multiple national faculty symposiums, and other professional conferences. Dr. Starcher completed her Bachelors of Arts in Management and Organizational Development, and her Masters of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies at Fresno Pacific University and received her Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in leadership, from Walden University.

Topic: Building Social Capital in Your Community

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
3:30 – 4:30 pm

pj bowers

PMP
President, PMI Rio Grande Chapter
PJ Bowers is a PMP-certified strategic, skilled project manager with 15 years’ project management experience. She effectively led project teams at the international, national, state and local project levels, which resulted in successful on-time and under-budget project completion. Her expert knowledge of Lean process concepts drove in-house improvement processes and helped to create training tools.

A member of the Rio Grande Chapter since January 2014, PJ has been an active chapter officer and volunteer in professional development, the mentorship program, and the scholarship program.

Topic: Innovative Marketing & Engagement via Our New Website

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Erica L. Grong

PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSM®, ITILv3® PMI-RGC VP for Communication
After earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Erica earned over 20+ years’ combined experience in varying roles in Information Technology in the higher education industry (computer/network troubleshooting, mainframe programming, ERP Application Support, Database Migration, Web Application Development, and, most recently, IT Project Management). She is currently employed as a Project Manager for the University of New Mexico, and holds a PMP, a PMI-ACP, and is also ITIL Foundation Certified. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal studies, an Online Instructor Certificate, and
certificate in Digital Photography. In 2016, Erica won the $2,500 scholarship from the PMI Rio Grande Chapter, and was also named Volunteer of the Year. She has her own web development company, and in her spare time she enjoys swimming, traveling, photography, and playing drums!

Topic: Innovative Marketing & Engagement via Our New Website

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Daryl Hawkins

Daryl Hawkins is an academic programs specialist in the Academic Programs department. In this role, he supports PMI chapters establishing and sustaining academic outreach initiatives. He also engages academia to advance the teaching of project management.

Prior to joining PMI in 2018, Daryl worked at a faith-based liberal arts university in the Philadelphia, PA area.  He served the last 13 years as the Dean of Students of the university. Daryl holds a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and doctorate from Regent University.


Topic: PMI’s Academic Updates

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
3:30 – 4:30 pm

SOnali KImsen 

PMP, CSM, ITIL
VP of Marketing
PMI Sacramento Valley
Senior technology leader with proven success in creating value driven diverse high-performing global teams. 
Community leader serving as a motivational speaker, mentor, instructor and diversity advocate. Deep understanding of organizational behavior honed with significant program management experience across multiple business domains.

Service management, Organization Management, Portfolio, Management, Problem Solving, Vendor Management, Instructor, Agile Development, Business Intelligence

Topic: The Ice Breaker Year

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
10:45 – 11:45 am

dina tasiou

MBA, PMP, CSM, Senior Program Manager, PMI SFBAC Board Secretary
Dina is a seasoned program manager and leader in the project management community.  She was a co-founder and Board member of an innovative telecommunications company in Europe, has managed large scale, high visibility technology programs and projects in the industries of Finance, Education, Culture, Commerce and served several years as principal of the European programs Committee. After moving back to SF Bay Area, she has been working as a senior program management consultant, designs and runs programs for companies in renewable energy, e-commerce, AI, SaaS and cloud services, working with teams and executives across the globe. She applies most effective solutions that serve companies in today’s disruptive business environment, uses best practices of agile and waterfall project management and drives change as authentic, high impact leader. She holds a bachelor of Science in Physics, Master in Business Administration, she is a certified PMP and CSM. She has served as Secretary of the Board at PMI SF Bay Area Chapter for the last two years and as a Leader of the Chapter’s Academic Outreach program.  

Topic: How to implement NextGen Program

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
10:45 – 11:45 am

lydia liberio

PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-OC Finance VP/PM Professor, PMI Orange County
As an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator, Lydia brings over 15 years of experience advising companies on risk management (Pfizer, MCA/Universal Studios, & JM Eagle) & non-profit groups (PMI Orange County VP of Finance; IALA 2017 President, NIABA Board, MCBA Co-Treasurer) regarding trade group, non-profit and corporate governance and risk management, employment matters, contracts, audits, compliance and conflicts resolution. She litigates and mediates including employment, insurance construction defect/earthquake class actions, securities fraud, probate
and family law/dependency court matters, in private practice and on ADR panels, such as the US EEOC, Cal. Lawyers for the Arts, LACBA Daily Settlement Officer program for Family Law, SCMA, and judge pro tem for Los Angeles Superior Court (presiding over 3000 bench trials in traffic, small claims, and unlawful detainers). As a professor, she teaches law, business and project management, designing 12 law school course curricula, vetting and editing business law textbooks for SRM, and serving as a subject matter expert reviewer contributor to 4 Project Management Institute (the ABA of business) global standards on risk management, scheduling project, programs and organizational project management. A Region 7 advisor for project management on veteran transitions, non-profit best practices, mentoring and diversity/inclusion initiatives, her hobbies include scoring ABA employment law and CRF student mock trials, mentoring (from IALA, APAWLA, WLALA, Diversity in the Profession panels for LACBA, LLS, USC LLM), the Los Angeles Lawyer editorial board, and the LACBA JEEC (judicial candidate vetting). 

Topic: Hidden Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
1:00 – 2:00 pm

brad mahaney

PMP,
Chief Financial Officer,
PMI Sacramento Valley
Brad is a strategic member of the Project Management Institute, volunteering and supporting the Sacramento Valley Chapter. He holds the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), serves as the Chairman of the Chapter’s PMO Forum, sponsored the initiation and launch of a new Agile Forum, acts as a trainer for PMP preparation courses and sits on the Board of Directors.
Additionally, he is credentialed by the PMI as a Certified Project Manager (PMP), is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA), holds a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt (LBBP) and has obtained a certification in Change Management (CMS). He has also earned a certification in project management from California State University, CCE.

Topic: Building PDU/ Attendance App

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
1:00 – 2:00 pm

VIJI Gururajan

PMP, CSM

Vice President - Member Relations
Project Management Institute - Sacramento Valley Chapter
Viji is currently the Vice President Member Relations for PMI Sacramento Valley Chapter.  She is a Certified Project Manager (PMP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).  In her role with the PMI-SVC, she helps with membership enrollment, membership retention and organization of networking and career fairs for the local PM community. She is also an instructor with PMI-SVC’s PMP prep class and has been an active volunteer for the chapter since 2012.  Viji holds a Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from the University of Memphis.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling and quilting.  She is currently working on her healthy vegetarian cooking blog. 

Topic: Building PDU/ Attendance App

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
1:00 – 2:00 pm

vimpi pawra

PMP
VP of IT - PMI OC Chapter
PMI Orange County
Strategic Information Technology leader with over 15 years of experience managing large complex IT implementations in the areas of global Oracle ERP / CRM, Web Development and Client Server applications. Over ten years’ experience in Practice Management in areas of Oracle R12, Fusion and Salesforce Applications. Specialist in Mergers and Acquisition Program management.

Topic: Mentor Vs Mentee- Fostering Relationships

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
1:00 – 2:00 pm

april burton 

April C. Burton, IOM is a Chapter Partner at the Global Headquarters of PMI and serves as a resource to 34 chapters by developing strong relationships to effectively support key chapter business functions.
April has been in association management for 8 years and a member of American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) since 2010. She has continued her development by completing the Institute for Organization Management at Villanova University (sponsored by the U.S. Chapter of Commerce) in 2014 and leverages several mentors in the profession to gain new insights. April received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
April believes “the size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire”; and is pleased to partner with dedicated, passionate, and successful PMI volunteers.

Topic: Essential guide for Chapter Leaders

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
1:00 – 2:00 pm

laura benner

Laura Benner, SHRM-CP is a Chapter Administrator at the Global Headquarters of PMI and serves as a resource to Region 1 and Region 7 by developing and maintaining relationships to support Chapter leaders, assisting in Chapter inquiries, and resolving complex support queries. Laura has been in the Human Resources industry for over 8 years and has recently transitioned into Association Management. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Laura believes “Weather you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right”- Henry Ford.

Topic: Essential Guide for Chapter Leaders

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Grand BC
2:00 – 3:00 pm

vijay ratthinam

PMP
CEO, PMI San Francisco Bay Area
Vijay Ratthinam is the Co-founder and CEO of BigFish Social, a platform specializing in mentoring students and young professionals. Prior to BigFish, he launched Freshbuyz.com, an online retail company based out of Bangalore, India and successfully managed it for 5 years before selling it out in 2014. He has held various high tech project and program managerial positions with Fortune 500 companies like Target, StateFarm, Williams-Sonoma, Infosys and is currently working as a Program Manager at Salesforce. He is an author and public speaker who enjoys speaking regularly at toastmaster events and UC Berkeley student forums.
Vijay holds SAPM from Stanford University, MBA from the ICFAI University, Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Bharathiar University. He serves on his daughter’s School Board and volunteers at various mentoring organizations including Genesys Works, HackBright Academy, dev/mission
and SNHU. He is PMP and CSM certified. Vijay loves reading books, playing cricket, watching movies and spending time with his family and friends. He lives in Dublin, California with his lovely wife, Rashmi and their daughter, Iha.

Topic: Creating Diverse, Inclusive and Successful Teams

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SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Keith Birch

Trustee
PMI Los Angeles
Keith Birch is a Information Technology Project Manager who specializes in Infrastructure Projects, within the Enterprise Infrastructure Services of a Long Beach.CA based Healthcare Company ranked in the low 200 in the Fortune 500 index.
Keith, has helped bring up Healthcare Plans in South Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Michigan to name a few. As well as relocations, expansions and infrastructure upgrades. After spending nearly two decades working in Americas largest Casual Dining company, moving from
Operations to Project Management, he had a hands on opportunity to work with a very diverse set of peers and colleagues.
Keith believes it’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them, has helped him excel as a Project Manager.
Keith currently serves as Trustee at PMI Los Angeles Chapter , and was the Chapter President in 2016. Keith has spoken to the San Diego, Orange County, Inland Empire, California Central Coast as well as Region 7 in Honolulu.
Keith is assisting with Agile Transformation - Building Lean High Performance Teams. He is also on the Project Management Advisory Council for DeVry University, the Hart Union School District and AAA Institute.

Topic: Kaizen approach to Diversity & Inclusion

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FRIDAY
March 15th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff A
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

SATURDAY
March 16th, 2019
Hotel Hyatt Regency
Seacliff B
2:00 – 3:00 pm

zenaida alejandrino

MPA,PMP
Chief Financial Officer, PMI San Francisco Bay Area
I am small business owner of ZAN Project Management and Consulting for over 5 years. I have more than 25 years of experience in both accounting and project management. During my career I have worked in different departments for the City and County of San Francisco (SF) such as Department of Public Health, Port of SF and SF Public Utilities Commission.
My clients and colleagues know me as a highly creative and effective who can always be trusted to come up with new efficient processes. I have a Master Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from San Francisco State University and a certificate in project management from UC Berkeley. I am a registered Project Management Professional (PMP).
I am currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Topic: Birds of a Feather – Finance, Presidents & President-Elect
Topic: Financial Management of PMI Chapters