Program Speakers

Evening Event : Similarities and Differences on Project Management in USA and China: How Chinese Cultural Factors Influence the Project Management Environment

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
Where: Infusion Lounge, 140 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Cost: $30-45
Jack Hsieh

Jack Hsieh has over 19 years of experience in planning, executing, managing, and consulting on innovation and related project management. He has worked with Sony Ericsson as head of project management team, led a cross-functional, cross site international team to develop handheld devices which served millions of users worldwide and Logitech as a project manager to lead and manage millions in budget for their own brand 3C development projects in Switzerland, Ireland, China, and Taiwan.

Evening Event: SaaS Software Evaluations for Project Managers

When: April 27, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Agave Grill, 1985 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520
Cost: $30-45
Gregg Plummer

About the speaker: Gregg Plummer

- More than 20 years experience in leading software implementations

- 15 years of consulting experience

- CIO for two global service companies

- Transformation executive responsible for the move to a new SaaS environment


Leadership Dialogue

When: March 8, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Kforce Office, 180 Montgomery St #1860, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $10

About the Speakers

 Joie Seldon

Host: Joie Seldon, M.A

For 15 years, Joie Seldon, M.A. has been coaching and empowering project managers at Fortune 500 companies, CEO’s, and entrepneurs, to identify and quickly solve problems, improve employee engagement and reduce their personal as well as team stress.

As a sought after speaker, coach and trainer, Joie has helped clients avoid crisis and the resulting lost revenue by learning how to manage conflict and challenges, and communicate more effectively.

The results for her clients are increased confidence, sense of authority and likeability among co-workers, and the ability to not only manage stress, but to utilize Emotional Intelligence to reduce the amount of stress they are subject to.

Joie holds a master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Somatic psychology has a scientific foundation that incorporates aspects of neuroscience, molecular biology and the autonomic nervous system with human behavior and motivation. 

Cohost: Malika Malika, PMP, CSM, CPC, SPC

 Malika Malika

Malika has over 20 years of experience in managing successful programs in financial, insurance, and non-profit domains. Throughout her career, she has focused on enhancing quality and compliance within organizations by applying controls and implementing best practices in business, technology, and finance areas. Malika is also passionate about driving organizational efficiency by eliminating waste and implementing result oriented lean processes. Meanwhile she thrives on building motivated and result driven healthy teams. Malika is also a coach and instructor for Project Management and leadership courses.

Virtual Event: PMI Scheduling Conference 2016

Cost: Free

What: PMI Scheduling Conference 2016

When/Where: 30 March 2016 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET | 6 PDUs | Online

The event agenda is packed full of learning and information you can only receive here:

Keynote Address: The Past and Future of CPM Scheduling –  Dr. Dan Patterson, PMP
Dan Patterson

Understanding, Analyzing, and Psenting the Critical Path –  Jonathan Japka, PMP

Using Schedules to Make Projects Pdictable – Rob Newbold

Case Study: Use of Risk Techniques and Graphical Planning Method (GPM) to Identify Probable Completion of a 1.B+ Project – Bruce Stephan, PMP

Bruce Stephan

The Value of Failure – John Riopel, PMP
John Riopel

The Value and Approach to Operational Efficiency Evaluations – Chris Carson, PMP
Chris Carson

Workshop: Leadership+PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) = Success

When: April 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: GGU, 536 mission st., San Francisco, CA
Cost: $130-$165

Joshua Szarek

ABOUT Joshua Szarek:

Joshua Szarek is the VP of Ops in CA for Sound Physicians, the largest Hospitalist organization in the country. Prior to Sound, Joshua served as an executive at DaVita overseeing Ops and Marketing for NoCal/Hawaii. Before DaVita, he entered his civilian career in Oil and Gas with Matheson, where he was afforded the opportunity to see various facets of the organization to include: Project/Program Management, Logistics, Distributions, Operations, IT and finally Sales.

He has been fortunate to travel the world and visit 49 states and 34 countries during his career after college during his military service in Special Operations.

Joshua is a proud Eagle Scout and scout leader. He has earned a Bachelors in Mech Engineering/Business, then completed his cert for PMP and Six Sigma Black Belt. He went onto to receive his MBA in Marketing/Finance.
He believes in his “3-pillars for successful organizations” concept (Leadership, Education and Communication) and PMA, Positive Mental Attitude.

Retrospective: Establishing an Enterprise PMO in a Large Organization

When: June 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Infusion Lounge, 330 Ellis st., San Francisco, CA
Cost: $30-$60


Lauren Krikke

Project Manager – Enterprise Project Management Office, Dignity Health

Lauren work’s for the System Office in San Francisco as a Project Manager with the Enterprise Project Management Office. She has 20 years of corporate experience working in program coordination, project management and process improvement within various disciplines. She has a BS in Business Administration, a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt with which she has utilized in many Continuous Improvement efforts and a PMP. 

This combination of skills has afforded her the opportunity to consult and work on a variety of initiatives and projects across the enterprise.  Most recently she has worked on the development and implementation of Dignity Health’s EPMO, board governance, policy management, implementation of PPM software, and surgical services.

She has worked in both hi-tech and healthcare industries for most of her professional life. Currently, she lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and two sons where they enjoy the beach, mountains and many outdoor activities.

Lacey Newbry

Lacey Newbry, MBA, CSSBB, PMP, RDN/RD, LD

Sr. Director of Tools and Standards, Enterprise Project Management Office, Dignity Health

As the Sr. Director for the Enterprise Project Management Office at Dignity Health, Lacey brings 15 years of experience as a System Director for Performance Excellence (Lean/Six Sigma arm of Dignity Health), a Financial Analyst, and Clinical Nutrition Manager. Recently she has been involved in surgical services, hospital throughput and mergers and acquisitions. Her background blends hands on clinical experience with operations, standards and training, process improvement and project management.

Lacey hold a Master’s degree in Business, PMP, Black Belt certified through the American Society for Quality and is a registered Dietitian. She has been a featured speaker for National Conferences and published posters for the American College of Healthcare Executives.

With a creative and ambitious mindset, she enjoys exploring and creating innovative solutions to solve problems. 

Negotiation Theory: Negotiate to Win!

When: July 30 , 2016 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: GGU, 536 mission street, San Francisco,
Cost: $130-$160


Yan Gelman

Yan Gelman is a seasoned business professional and an accomplished public speaker. Throughout his career, he has headed up Finance, HR and Administration departments for a number of high tech companies. He currently works as a Corporate Controller at Betable, an exciting early stage technology startup. 

Mr. Gelman has been teaching business courses at various local universities for nearly two decades. Additionally, he has conducted over two dozen workshops and seminars for various PMI chapters in California over the course of six years. Yan earned an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

Yan Gelman currently resides in San Francisco, CA. He is a devoted baseball fan, avid traveler, food connoisseur, and a skilled poker player.