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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

Topic: Building Relationship to Support Diversity and Inclusion
Speaker: John Jones Jr and Nathan Mellin

Welcome to all attendee!

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Topic: PMI HQ Updates
Speaker: Kristin Callazzo Hodgson & Laura Davidson

Representatives from PMI Global Headquarters will discuss the PMI Message for 2019 and chapter management programs, products and services as it aligns to PMI’s Strategy.

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Topic: Global Communicator Program – Transforming a Diverse Group into a Team
Featured Keynote Speaker: Kimberly Wiefling

Communication skills are among the most powerful tools available to leaders responsible for working across cultures. Study after study reveals that everyday communication skills are one of the top skills required for success in life and on the job.  Cross-cultural influences can greatly complicate the task of communicating effectively. Great communicators are alert to different communication styles, know how to communicate effectively with these various styles, and can continue to communicate effectively even in stressful or challenging situations. Their communication is crisp, clear and concise.  When difficulties arise, they have the ability to make the necessary adjustments to achieve winning solutions.

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Topic: Birds of a Feather - Finance, Presidents & Presidents-Elect
Speaker: Zenaida Alejandrino, Nathan Mellin

Topic: Birds of a Feather - Military & Academic Outreach
Speaker: Sean Williams, Kerry Brooks

Topic: Birds of a Feather - Tech, Ops, Communications, Professional Development & Program
Speaker: Deby Covey, Steve Ostermiller

These invaluable sessions are a great way to meet other volunteer leaders in the region and to share your issues, concerns, experiences, frustrations, trials and tribulations. Help mentor a fellow leader with something your chapter already went through, compile suggestions that the region can assist with, or work as a group to tackle some of the tough issues facing chapters today.

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Topic: Connecting with the military community
Keynote Speaker: Sean Williams 

The PMI-SFBAC has found success in connecting with and supporting the local military community through the Military Outreach program. Our focus on building relationships rather than structured programs, leveraging our chapter members as mentors, and providing a monthly round table for networking and discussion are three key methods to our success. I can elaborate more if this topic is selected for further consideration at R7.

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Topic: Build a Strong PM Community of Practice (CoP)
Keynote Speaker: Kanealii Ng-Osorio

What does it take to build a strong PM CoP at your work or within your PM community? Kāne will examine best practices, lessons learned and will engage the audience on how to best leverage a CoP. We will explore the benefits for professional growth and networking.

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Topic: Empowering Next Gen Volunteer Leaders
Keynote Speaker: Terri Mui & Bhanu Viswanadha

One of the current challenges faced by every PMI Chapter is to recruit and retain volunteer leaders. In an effort to address this problem, the PMISV leadership team identified a team of new volunteer leaders and let them execute a significant project without the fear of failure. The senior leadership team mentored these new leaders throughout the project and utilized the opportunities to make the team excel in collaboration, leadership and decision making. The end result was a very successful 2018 Symposium which was rated by the attendees as the best symposium that the chapter has put together.

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Topic: Diversity in Governing
Keynote Speaker: Tyrone Navarro 

How a chapter harnessed Policy Governance to promote inclusion and diversity in the leading and growing a chapter which being more inclusive and gain diversity in people and prospectives.

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Topic: Make Morning Meetups More Meaningful 
Keynote Speaker: Steve Ostermiller 

Morning Meetings... or afternoon, or evening. Whenever they are, people come to networking and roundtable meetup discussions with skepticism, a little reserved, but thirsting for good interaction. Helping people break the ice quickly and make the most of their hour or two together requires effective facilitation. I’m excited to show you a few simple techniques that help us get 5 out of 5 ratings for return on time invested (ROTI) consistently from participants.

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Topic: Building Social Capital in Your Community 
Keynote Speaker: Sharon Starcher 

This session will share available PMIEF resources to build social capital within you Chapter and discuss how community connections contribute to Chapter branding. By sharing Chapter knowledge with other community groups, including Non-Profit Organizations and Community Service groups, Chapters can grow their own membership.

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Topic: Innovative Marketing & Engagment via Our New Website 
Keynote Speaker: PJ Bowers and Erica L. Grong

In July 2018, the RGC Board voted to switch to a new website platform. The decision to switch was made after thorough consideration of the Chapter’s future marketing progression and alternative options to the website member services. The unanimous vote was based on ease of web management, functionality, plus enhanced marketing features. In September 2018, we fast-tracked the launch of our new website just in time for our largest annual event, International Project Management Day. Join us as we guide you through our journey and show you how easy our new site is to use and manage!

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Topic: PMI Academic Update
Keynote Speaker:
Darryl Hawkings

This session will discuss and provide updates on PMI's Academic Programs.

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Topic: The Ice Breaker Year
Keynote Speaker: Sonali Kimsen

Chapters often face the challenge of retaining the members after the first year. New members might feel the bias of distance(time), bias of expedience. The chapter often does the right things like sending a warm welcome email, greeting members at events, offering volunteer opportunities. And yet, chapters often see the same faces volunteering at hosted events or even participating. Lets learn what we as chapter leaders could do differently to include the new members and build strong relations within the chapter.

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Topic: Diversity and Inclusion in Decision-Making and Leadership
Featured Keynote Speaker: Zachary Wong

Diversity is a vital human factor that makes people unique, distinguished and independent. Fundamentally, diversity means respecting individual differences, accepting others regardless of ethnicity, race, culture, language, education, experience and work styles, and not tolerating discrimination, exclusion or stereotyping of people.  Yet, in most project teams, exclusion occurs by default and due to the lack of knowledge and awareness.  In a diverse project team, the goal is to create an inclusive work environment where everyone feels mutually valued, respected and accepted. For the first time, this presentation will reveal how diversity and inclusion are essential for effective decision-making and leadership.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019

Topic: Strategies for Promoting Diversity: Creating High Performing teams
Featured Keynote Speaker: Nathalie Udo

True diversity cuts across every conceivable boundary used to divide us. Diverse organizations embrace cultural and national diversity; diverse genders, races, and sexual orientations; diverse educational and economic backgrounds, and more. Diverse teams and organizations confront more friction at first, but if we learn how to manage it and keep conflicts healthy, we can all benefit from diversity and the creative friction it brings. Research supports the value of diversity in our workplaces. Harvard Business Review reports, “Working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpen its performance.” Diverse groups generate more and different ideas and approaches. It doesn’t matter if those ideas or approaches work on the first try—just exchanging ideas and talking about them makes us more creative. Diverse, multicultural work environments also increase objectivity, improve information processing, and stimulate creativity. The key is to create a workplace that values and embraces different perspectives. We need to engage with people who are different from us, no matter how unnatural that might feel. Embracing diversity is the only way we can solve the complex problems humanity faces, and our only chance to secure a sustainable future for ourselves, our organizations, and future generations.

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Topic: How to Implement NextGen Program
Keynote Speaker: Dina Tasiou

This session is how SFBAC was able to connect past to future and Servant Leadership to mentorship through working with identified Next Generation Leaders to integrate into key chapter functions. Build basic synergy by setting a goal, developing a process and roles for Next Generation Leaders to grow and thrive. This will be a panel of Chapter leaders and Next Generation leaders about the nuts and bolts of the program, the challenges and what they learned about the needs of the Next Generation leaders and chapters intersect.

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Topic: Hidden Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion
Keynote Speaker: Lydia Liberio

According to Josh Bersin, Deloitte advisor and Forbes journalist, “Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.” Diversity and inclusion are vital to both PMI chapter strategy with respect to planning and member engagement and leadership with respect to succession planning, future planning and chapter growth.
The 4 takeaways participants will immediately gain are: (1) self-awareness of implicit bias; (2) insights into detecting inadvertent bias in chapter media, events, leadership, and materials; (3) innovative ways to cultivate diversity and inclusion while eliminating existing issues; and (4) quantitative research on the benefits of focusing on improved diversity and inclusion.

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Topic: CMAG/ Annual Planning
Keynote Speaker: 
Laura Davidson

Each year, chapter develop specific goals and deliverables that support the chapter's direction. This session will discuss Chapter Annual Planning and the requirement to PMI.

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Topic: Building PDU Attendance App
Keynote Speaker: Brad Mahaney and Viji Gururajan

The Sacramento Valley Chapter partnered with a vendor to create an application for mobile devices that will allow members the ability to easily register for chapter events. The application was designed to be used on both IOS and Android operating systems. The objective of designing the app was to allow members to register for events, have their attendance registered at the event, and to have that information automatically transmitted to the PMI to record their Professional Development Units (PDUs), which are required for credential renewal.

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Topic: Mentor Vs Mentee- Fostering Relationships
Keynote Speaker: Vimpi Pawra

The Mentoring Program at the PMI Orange County has been specifically designed to provide one-on-one mentoring to mentees who want to develop specific project management skills and/or achieve targeted career goals. It also provides an opportunity to both share experiences and develop project management skills in a chosen area or industry. The program promotes experienced, successful and knowledgeable project management professionals, who are willing to accept the responsibility for facilitating the professional growth and support of a colleague, and mentees desiring individuals seeking professional growth in Project Management, will be matched in one-on-one mentoring relationships. The mentor vs Mentee encourages a sense of diversity at multitude of levels. Together, the Mentor and Mentee explore the roles they each envision. Many Mentors help Mentees find information or guide them to find other help they may need. Together the relationship promotes identification of goals to each of the mentor and mentees who would like to gain from the experience. Mentors should seek to understand how the Mentee wants help to propel them in the correct direction.

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Topic: Essential Guide for Chapter Leaders
Keynote Speaker: 
April C. Burto / Laura Benner

In this session, you will learn where to locate and who to ask for information to help manage your chapter and volunteers. We will guide you to key resources; including guides, websites and videos, that are available to help you develop and execute the chapter's annual plan, undestand your volunteer role, and which PMI staff to consult with if you need further support and information.

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Topic: Creating Diverse, Inclusive & Successful Teams
Keynote Speaker: Vijay Ratthinam

An important part of developing a strong team is having a group of individuals who are focused on a collective effort greater than themselves. A compelling purpose is a key element in building a strong team.
Treat your team members like they matter and find ways to foster their self-esteem, ambition, independence, and desire for growth. This will lead to a better understanding of decisions, increased participation in meetings, thoughtful contribution in decision making and a stronger sense of community.

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Topic: Kaizen approach to Diversity & Inclusion
Keynote Speaker: Keith Birch

Talent is diversity, when we start including chapter members of different talents/experiences  to a common cause , is inclusion! 
As a chapter we are looked by many when choosing a new profession, just the same way many of our ancestors looked at the Statue of Liberty as they came to Ellis Island.  With hope, anticipation, a second chance, a chance to re-establish themselves. We get many who come to our chapters with experience other than project management/IT/Construction.With a group of highly talented and experienced professionals, who come from a variety of industries, varied experience, leadership, how come they are not being groomed to be chapter leaders? What a missed opportunity for them and for us and our members and volunteers?
How do we get this diverse talent to be included in our chapters leadership talent pipeline? Let us take a look at Kaizen and incorporate many aspects of it. So what is Kaizen? Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) is a strategy where volunteers at all levels of the chapter work together proactively to achieve regular, incremental improvements to the operational process of the chapter.

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Topic: Financial Management of PMI Chapters
Keynote Speaker: Zenaida Alejandrino

This session will cover everything you always wanted to know about managing your Chapter’s budget. From the selection, appointment and expectations of the role to the nitty gritty of Chapter Financial Reporting, including annual budgeting, quarterly and annual reporting. We’ll also discuss Financial Challenges and chapter resources.

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

Come learn how to set the Virtual Team Vision and Goals - pragmatic insights proven in business, academic and NGO environment.
How do you leverage on the unique personality and strengths of each team member?
You will also learn more about establishing structured communication - Best practice catering for formal & informal, personal & professional aspects?
You will also learn how to establish a Team charter - the "contract" between the team members for using and responding on the vital communication channels.
Finally you will see how to inspire and maintain the Winning spirit and establish the optimal Virtual Culture!