PDD Presentations


Beth Partleton

Beth served as Chair of the PMI Board of Directors in 2011, Vice Chair in 2010, and has been involved with PMI since 1991. She’s an experienced consultant who provides project & portfolio management to leading organizations who benefit from her 30-year career with Miller Brewing Co. where she served as the Director of Capital and Risk Management. Beth will speak on “The High Cost of Low Performance: 2013 Trends in Project Management.”

The 2013 Pulse of the Profession™ presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the factors creating complexity in today’s business landscape.  Learn about the real risks of undervaluing project management and the strategies that can mitigate the financial consequences and missed opportunities that occur when project, program and portfolio management are not strategically aligned within an organization.

Mark Rodgers

Mark is an award-winning author, speaker, and sought-after consultant. Holding a Master’s Degree in adult education, Mark has also earned the National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional designation. Mark’s work has attracted clients as diverse as Harley-Davidson Motor Co. to the Executive Education Program at the University of Wisconsin. Mark will speak on “Persuasion Matters: Making Your Good Ideas an Organizational Reality.”

Far too often the best ideas never see the light of day. Territorial issues, personalities and organizational politics often get in the way.  One component of your leadership success is learning the foundational persuasion “rocks” to get others onboard with your ideas. Come learn the single most important rule that will enable you to hear “Yes!” more often.  Mark will share surefire strategies to build better ideas and get organization buy-in.

Marge Combe

Marge is a successful consultant, who after many years growing her experience in project management in roles ranging from IT development to driving strategic organizational change, will share her model for change management focused on the “people side of change.” Marge will speak on “Strategy Realization Through Change Management.”

Discover 6 key goals to change management as related to moving people through change:

• Invite all the information that will insure success.
• Promote responsible, engaged, and rapid adoption
• Minimize disruption and resistance.
• Improve chances for true sustainability
• Improve possibilities for building on opportunities presented
• Make assurances that it is structured into the project plan

Julie Kowalski

Julie, a seasoned thought leader and consultant, has over 25 years of business experience, personally starting and successfully managing thriving companies. She gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of starting and running successful businesses and the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty. Her presentation “Successful Project Management” describes key PM best practices and common mistakes to avoid.

Ever wonder what it takes to consistently manage successful projects? This highly interactive and dynamic presentation will walk you through the keys required to deliver results while having fun at the same time. You will learn:

• Best practices, tips, and tools for success
• Common mistakes and how to avoid them
• How to deal with project derailers

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