PMI Madison Chapter

PDD 2018 Speakers

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Michael Veltri

Morning Keynote Address: The Mushin Way: Fresh Decision-Making Practices to Evolve as PMI Leaders

A battle-hardened entrepreneur, bestselling author, decorated Marine veteran, cancer survivor, and business transformation keynote expert. Recognizing that our successes, both organizationally and personally, are the culmination of our daily decisions, Veltri elevates organizations and improves lives through better decision-making practices. From ancient Japanese warriors to brain science, from business titans to academic research, Michael tapped wide-ranging sources to develop a groundbreaking model for better decision-making. Surprisingly simple and eminently effective, Veltri's approach has impacted some of the most prolific organizations and leaders in the world.

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Mark Schulman

Lunch Keynote Address: Boost Your RQ- ROCKSTAR QUOTIENT!

Mark Schulman has performed for more than a billion people in his 28-year career as the drummer for some of the greatest musical artists in history, including Pink, Foreigner, Cher, Billy Idol, Stevie Nicks, Simple Minds, Beyonce, Tina Turner, Velvet Revolver, Dave Koz, and many more. 

Mark Schulman will empower, inspire and elevate your mindset to a new level of peak performance. Mark will embolden you with the essence of a rockstar by incorporating his powerful business philosophy and innovative strategic content with engaging multimedia and drum performances. Through Mark’s high-energy speaking style, strategic business expertise, and dynamic, interactive musical activities, you will get to express your own rhythms, fortify individual strengths and enhance emotional connections with your colleagues and families. With the excitement of a rock show, you’ll learn how to break the boundaries of possibility and performance.



Skip Wiesman

Topic: The 7 Deadliest Communication SINs of Project Managers

Topic: Mastering the 3 Levels of Leadership Communication: How the Best Project Managers Become the Best Leaders

Skip Weisman, The Workplace Communication Expert, works with small business owners and non-profit organization leaders, PLUS their employees, providing inspiring, practical, state-of-the-art tips, tools, and techniques to transform workplace communication that leads to more positive, more productive, and even more profitable organizations.



Shawn Belling

Topic: Rapid Value Creation Using Agile

Shawn Belling is a globally-experienced project management practitioner and instructor. Shawn is a Senior Consultant for Farwell Project Advisors of Madison, WI, and has held executive and management roles in software, consulting, bio-pharma, manufacturing, and regulatory compliance sectors. Shawn is adjunct faculty at UW-Madison and UW-Platteville. In addition to 25 years of project and program management leadership experience, Shawn teaches, speaks and consults for businesses, universities and professional organizations on various project management topics and practices.



Jeff Butler

Topic: Win the Battle Before It Begins: How to Maximize the First 21 days of Any Project

Topic: You Can Trust Me: Communicating When No One Can See Your Face

Jeff Butler is a speaker, author and passionate millennial who helps organizations improve their retention of millennial employees. A native Californian and raised in Silicon Valley, Jeff has spent his entire life during the highest pattern of employee turnover in recorded history. Graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science, Jeff experienced the competition and challenges of recruiting, attracting, and retaining top talent first hand.

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Roger Wolkoff

Topic: Emotional Intelligence: Talk, Teams, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Emotions hit you every day. How you react to your emotions is critical to your success! What kind of self-talk goes on in your head? How do you manage your internal and external talk? Do you want to have better conversations with your team and stakeholders? Join us for a session of strategies and tips you can use to build your emotional intelligence, increase your self-awareness, and build dynamic relationships. Come experience how to rock with emotional intelligence and jam with your teams!

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Sara Gallagher

Topic: Win the Battle Before It Begins: How to Maximize the First 21 days of Any Project

Topic: You Can Trust Me: Communicating When No One Can See Your Face

Sara Gallagher engages audiences with her unique speaking style: blending evidence-based management insights with humorous storytelling. Sara draws from her own experiences in the fields of project management and organizational effectiveness to test what we think we know about effective leadership.


Kit Welchlin

Topic: Chaos & Change Management

Kit Welchlin began public speaking at age 9 in 4-H.  Purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21, and by 26 was CEO of three manufacturing companies in three states. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.  Kit has B.S. and M.A. Degrees in Speech Communication and Business Administration. He has delivered more than 3,000 presentations to more than 500,000 people over the past 24 years. In 2014, Kit was inducted into the Minnesota Speaker Hall of Fame.

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Jacy Imilkowski

Topic: Core Values-Based Project Team Leadership

Topic: What's Going On Up There? The Neuroscience of Conversation for Project Managers

Jacy is a skilled, energetic speaker. Using story, humor, and expertise she invites participants to connect real-world experiences to session content in order to create new perspectives and memorable learning experiences.


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Jess Ekstrom

Topic: The Real Story : What's behind our highlight reels

Topic: Grow your roots : How your employees can build a deeper connection to their work

Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they've donated over 200,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and 15 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.