Laura Barnard

Session Speaker

Laura Barnard, is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and coach on the topics of Project Management and Change Management. She is the Founder and CEO of PMO Strategies and has spent more than 20 years creating impactful and sustainable change for a broad range of organizations, from nonprofits to global financial institutions. Laura combines her deep project and change management experience and industry knowledge with her passion for helping people get things done to transform how organizations realize business strategy.


Laura shares her experience and stories in her popular blog titled, “I wish I had me when I was you…” Laura believes that project managers are uniquely positioned to assist nonprofit organizations in having a greater impact in the local community. Laura is the Founder and President of Project Management for Change™, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the project management profession by showing the value of project management across the globe as the most effective enabling resource for delivering sustainable change in the nonprofit sector.

Laura is the Founder and CEO of the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)™, the record- setting signature event of Project Management for Change. Laura believes that the future of our world depends greatly upon the work of the nonprofit community and has chosen to focus on and serve the nonprofit community through all of her work. In addition to running a nonprofit organization, she has more than 12 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards in positions including VP of Marketing, Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington, D.C.; VP Education and VP Finance, Montgomery County, PMI; Board Member, Virginia International University; and Board Member Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification.


Impact Engine: The proven six step system to turn your organization into an ROI generator

2:15 PM Session 3 - 1 Strategic Track PDU

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This inspiring, insightful yet practical presentation explores what’s working and what’s not with project organizations. We explore the proven system for a successful project-driven organization, the pitfalls to avoid if you are trying to create change, and what the superstars are doing right. This presentation applies to everyone in a position of leadership whose objective is to lead a team to create change, from project managers to the C-suite. It’s all about instilling the right focus, getting very clear on measurable outcomes, driving for results, knowing what and how to communicate, being flexible, and transforming the mindset and culture to be ROI-driven. Join us as we explore the Impact Engine™ techniques to turn your organization or team into an ROI generator for the company.

Executive Dashboard: Tell them what they need to know…then STOP

3:45 PM Session 4 - 1 Technical Track PDU

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How many times have you facilitated a meeting and watched executives spend too much time on irrelevant details? Your meeting is over and no decisions were made to keep your project moving! Ugh. Bad news … we do it to ourselves! You gave them MORE information than needed and distracted them from the actions and decisions vital to move the project forward. Reporting should be simple and information sharing straightforward. This one-page executive dashboard can be used for a single project for an entire portfolio of projects. The key to an effective report is to give executives the information they need to make educated and informed decisions … then STOP! Don’t provide too much information and ensure the information you do share leads to necessary decisions and actions. Tell them what they need to know and do, enabling you and your project to move toward completion. Then you can get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done. Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

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