David is the National Program Director for the Project Management Centre of Excellence at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto and has been a member of the PMI since 1997. He is a professional speaker on leadership and strategy execution, a weekly blogger, the author of "The Weekly One Minute Video Series” and a serial entrepreneur. David has published four books: The Power of The Plan, The Keys to Our Success, the Business Analyst Book of Mentors and Leadership Perspectives. He has one more in production due out in 2016 – From Strategy to Execution – Bridging the Gap. Previously, he was the Group Conference Director at Diversified Business Communications where he ran project management and business analysis events (ProjectWorld Canada, ProjectSummit and BusinessAnalystWorld) around the world and he was the Executive Editor and founder of ProjectTimes.com and BATimes.com.
Dr. James T. Brown
The Speaker Dr. Brown has spoken to audiences from Anchorage Alaska to Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) by the National Speakers Association. Less than 10% of professional speakers have the Certified Speaking Professional designation. It is the highest earned designation in the speaking industry. Participants say his use of stories and humor bring critical truths to light, in an entertaining way that leaves them motivated to take action. He provides brilliant bluntness on real world, common sense practices for project management and leadership.
The Author Dr. Brown is the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill. His online video based training courses have been used by companies large and small, providing actionable takeaways with a minimum time investment for participants.
The Professional Dr. Brown has run his own company, SEBA® Solutions, for over fifteen years. He had a career at NASA that included "hands on" experience as a team member, project manager and serving in executive level organizational leadership roles. He has a patent for a project scheduling methodology, and has received numerous awards including "Engineer of the Year" from the Cape Canaveral Technical Societies and is a recipient of the "NASA Public Service Medal" for exceptional contributions to NASA’s mission. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, a MS in Engineering Management and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
The Person James is the son of a career Marine and was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He grew up under strong discipline and believes in the values of hard work, preparation and persistence. James is married, the proud father of two sons and resides in Florida with his wife Vanessa. An avid surf fisherman, his favorite activity is catch and release fishing for Roosterfish on the beaches of Mexico.
Rachel Burger is a project management software expert. She writes a regular column on project management for Capterra and has been featured in CIO, PCMag, and Forbes. She's also one of the most viewed writers in project management on Quora.com. Previously, Rachel worked at a speaking center for four years and directed it for one year.
Anne M. Hunnex, PMP Anne has spent the last 14 years building Project Management teams and PMOs in major financial services, insurance, and manufacturing organizations. Anne gains her energy from making change happen and working with people who have the vision and leadership to move an organization forward. Her passion is to build a structure that focuses on business results and at the same time allows for flexibility, ensuring each process step adds value. Her focus on leadership and teamwork is the glue that holds it all together. Wherever she goes, Anne emphasizes learning and has developed training programs on scheduling, leadership, change management, and avoiding organization drama. She has managed teams of 40 project managers and portfolios up to $250M and has led executive teams through strategic and portfolio planning. Anne originally comes from Minnesota, but spent the bulk of her career in New York City and Northern New Jersey. Six years ago she headed back to the Midwest to settle in Madison where she worked at QBE and is currently the Director of the Project Management Office at Dean Health Plan.
Robbins #1 Bestselling Author Performance Coach & Lifestyle Entrepreneur Jairek Robbins is a man dedicated to helping professionals like you Achieve Success by Living With Purpose in your life and business. At only 23 years old, Jairek was awarded the Congressional Award (Gold Medal) from the United States Congress. He has conducted trainings for a variety of companies & organizations including... The United States Marines & Air Force, BMW, REMAX, UBS and members of the U.S. Olympic team. He is a trusted advisor and board member to a variety of different companies and has founded 2 of his own. Today, the 31-year old with over a decade of performance coaching experience continues to unlock secrets for maximizing performance and organizational success (and he’s just getting started).
Andy Kaufman, PMP works with organizations around the world, helping them improve their ability to deliver projects and lead teams. Andy is an international speaker, author, executive coach, and President of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc. Andy’s keynotes, workshops, e-learning programs, and executive coaching services have reached tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies over the years, helping them deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, take focused action, and deliver results. Andy is a certified trainer and author of Navigating the Winds of Change: Staying on Course in Business & in Life, Shining the Light on The Secret, and an e-book entitled How to Organize Your Inbox & Get Rid of E-Mail Clutter, all published by Zurich Press. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Andy is the host of The People and Projects Podcast, which provides interviews and insights to help listeners lead people and deliver projects. The podcast focuses on the intersection of People and Projects--where work is done in the real world. The podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, or any podcast app, and on the web at http://www.PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com.
Amy Martin, PMP, MBA, MHRM leads the Global Enterprise Program Management Office at Aon Hewitt which is the world’s pre-eminent human resources consulting and outsourcing firm. As a division of Aon, Aon Hewitt handles more than 70 million HR-related customer interactions each year for nearly 20 million employees, retirees and their families. Amy is responsible for setting the strategic direction for project, program and portfolio management standards across all of Aon Hewitt. Her focus is to ensure colleagues have the tools, training and talent to consistently deliver on commitments to our customers and clients. In her role Amy is responsible for influencing PMO leaders across the business to consistently deliver on complex, global and cross-division projects in support of strategic growth. Amy has invested over 15 years to the art and science of project management. Her drive is to build the discipline within Aon to serve as a market differentiator and enhancement of the Aon brand. Amy has an MBA and Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and is the past Chair for the PMI Chicagoland Chapter’s Executive Council. Currently, Amy is part of a global team with PMI writing the standards for Organizational Project Management. Amy’s personal mission is to inspire people to adopt practices and behaviors that will allow them to effectively deliver on commitments with excellence.
Gina Schreck is the president of SocialKNX, a content marketing and social media management company. SocialKNX helps manage online brands for associations, hotels, retail and franchise organizations. Gina is an international speaker, author of several books including Getting’ Geeky with Twitter, and was the technical editor on the latest Complete Idiots Guide to Social Media! Gina was ranked as one of the top 50 women influencers on-line in FastCompany’s Influence project, and as one of the top 20 online social media coaches.