PMI Madison Chapter

Mini PDD 2021

Mini PDD

Tuesday, November 9, 2021


We're excited to announce that we are partnering with the PMI Chapters from Milwaukee, Madison and Northeast Wisconsin to bring you Virtual Professional Development Day on Tuesday, November 9, 2021!

This year's theme is "Step Up Your Game...with PMI". Project managers, agile team leaders, business leaders and team members all need to keep their skills sharp to compete and be successful in their careers. Our mini-PDD will give you an opportunity to Step Up Your Game in the areas of Business Communication, Design Thinking, Social Intelligence and Resilience Through Change. Sessions will be recorded so you can watch/re-watch the presentations after the event.

Networking is a major component of PDD, as our event will bring together members from 3 Wisconsin chapters. The virtual platform provides networking rooms where you can join and engage other attendees in conversations and questions about your challenges, suggestions, or perhaps a story. You can check out the highlights below!

Register Today!

Todd Hunt


Todd Hunt

Funnier than a business speaker; more informative than a comedian, Todd Hunt speaks to organizations that want to add fun to their events and send members back to work smiling—with tips to improve communication and success. As an executive at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, he learned the inner workings of communication. 

Ryan Knoblauch


Ryan Knoblauch

Ryan is an experienced agile practitioner within a variety of industries including consulting, legal technology, intelligence, and financial services.  Currently a Product Owner at PNC Bank, Ryan also has experience as an Agile Coach and Scrum Master.  In all roles he helps individuals and teams make connections and evaluating their given scenario from a different lens. 

Ruth Pearce


Ruth Pearce

Ruth Pearce is CEO of Project Motivator (ALLE LLC) offering project leadership services and training and coaching for project managers. She is a Certified Coach Trainer. With 25 years of project and program management experience in financial services, state government and non-profits, working with teams across the globe, her focus is developing skills in human factors enabling leaders to build empowered and engaged teams that deliver.

Scott Carbonara


Scott Carbonara

Scott Carbonara is an award-winning international keynote speaker, author, and consultant who is passionate about engaging a company’s greatest asset: its people. Scott is known as “The Leadership Therapist” for his diverse background–from serving as an award-winning crisis counselor to executive chief-of-staff of a multi-billion-dollar company. 

Event Schedule


12:00 - 12:15
Roger Wolkoff: Welcome to the Mini PDD

Welcome attendees and overview the sessions for the day. Use your personalized unique link to join this Kickoff Session by 12:00 noon.

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Todd Hunt: Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business

A major challenge in project management today is communication. You said one thing; your sponsor, stakeholder or vendor heard something else. Nobody was wrong, but now everyone’s confused...and you have to deal with it! This informative and entertaining presentation shares funny, true examples from the business world to illustrate how we all miscommunicate (written, in person, email and voice mail)...and how we can improve. PMI Triangle: Leadership or Strategic

1:15 - 1:25 PM
Break 1


1:25 - 2:25 PM
Ryan Knoblauch: The Marriage of Agile & Design Thinking

When we seek to solve a problem or improve a process rarely is our instinct to look outside for inspiration - but design thinking encourages just that.  Come learn how stepping away from agile actually helped me unlock true agility, using inspiration and tools from design thinking.  Starting with understanding the complementary nature of these approaches to problem solving, attendees will be provided a starting set of tangible tools to try and help your team and project be more agile in their approach to customer satisfaction.  These provide fresh thinking and twists on traditional tools, inspired by marrying agile and design thinking.  Attendees will also walk away with a beginning introduction to design thinking.

2:25 - 2:35 PM
Break 2


2:35 - 3:35 PM
Ruth Pearce: Social Intelligence for Project Managers

Project managers and their teams agree that communication and connecting stakeholders to the goals of a project are core to the role of project managers. Connection is a fundamental part of both aspects of our role. Connection is built on social intelligence – the way that we build and maintain relationships with others and elicit co-operation. This session explores social intelligence in project managers and provides tools for building social intelligence from the moment the session starts. PMI Triangle: Business and Strategic

3:35 - 3:45 PM
Break 3


3:45 - 4:45 PM
Scott Carbonara: Engaging Through Change - How Perspective Drives Resilience

Even in normal times, leaders may struggle to keep themselves and others engaged. But since 2020, we need resilience more than ever. Organizations have been operating without a clear picture of the future—while some are serving as the heroes amidst the crisis. While we are far from the early days of the pandemic, it’s easy to experience burnout and fatigue when we still don’t have all the answers for tomorrow—and may still be haunted by the past. Perhaps today more than ever before, leaders need to operate under a growth mindset—facing the reality of the situation, while applying the hope of tomorrow. Learn key lessons found in positive psychology—and even history—about how to continuously engage in times of change, and even crisis. How can you re-engage yourself—and then others—to thrive regardless of any uncertainty around the corner?

4:45 - 5:00 PM
Roger Wolkoff: Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

Summarize our learnings and award door prizes!