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Speaker Schedule

2019 Session Guide

Connie S. McGee – Keynote Speaker

Area Director – US East, Healthcare and Life Sciences Microsoft Corporation
Bio
Connie S. McGee

Connie S. McGee – Keynote Speaker

Area Director – US East, Healthcare and Life Sciences Microsoft Corporation

Connie McGee is an experienced healthcare executive with a diverse background in technology sales, business development strategies, consulting, and industry leadership. Her cross industry expertise spans Government/Aerospace, Transportation and specialization in the Healthcare industry of over 25 years. Clients include Global Fortune 500 healthcare corporations in the payer and provider industry where she applies her background and expertise toward increased market share, data/analytics and AI, commercialization and growth and expansion of consumer based business models.

As Microsoft Area Director for US East Healthcare and Life Sciences, she leads account team units and responsibilities of a $350 Mil P&L delivering a digital portfolio for Microsoft HLS. Providing strategic alignment within her customers, she provides cloud-based solutions driving consumerism of healthcare, care deliver models, and convergence of healthcare digital strategies transforming customer business models and revenue streams.

Joining Intel Corporation in 2015, she is an industry lead for Business Development initiatives for Healthcare & Life Sciences with the largest Fortune 500 healthcare providers. Expanding Intel’s go to market strategy, she focuses on growth and expansion of the healthcare vertical by building awareness of Intel’s brand in IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, and HPCC (High Performance Cloud Computing). Working with Intel global strategic partners HP, Dell, Microsoft, Cisco, and Cloudera,
she aligns with client initiatives to deliver secure technology platforms supporting transformation to consumer driven healthcare models.

Prior to Intel, her role as Senior Vice President with PYA Analytics, she expanded her expertise in “Big Data”, and advanced analytics, complimenting her prior work with mobility, “mHealth”. While playing a key role in launching an advanced analytics company within healthcare, her background provided the opportunity to capture extensive data analytic projects with providers and payers. Working with a team of data scientists and statisticians, she provides thought leadership to Fortune
500 healthcare corporations to enable them to utilize internal data repositories.

Projects include: structured/unstructured data, text analysis, modeling, visualizations, data quality that will enable
her clients to move toward consumer driven healthcare. Utilizing her experience in high risk patient monitoring, she applies advanced analytics around the eco-system of healthcare that includes: care pathways, proactive wellness, and patient journeys throughout the continuum of
care.

Her career also includes two of the largest global technology and services companies, Dell and KPMG, where she held key leadership roles as a Director in the Healthcare Advisory Services. She led initiatives within a portfolio of client services to provide strategic vision for growth and expansion within healthcare and information technology. Working with direct sales models and organizational structure of partners & alliances, developed sales teams, and market strategies around business development. Drawing from her consultancy background with one of the Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG), she is able to showcase her expertise in business development, sales and marketing. As a leader, she has established a vast executive
network within her reach to gain support, and connect, on her endeavors. With an entrepreneurial mindset, she brings big picture thinking with an enterprise view toward a long term vision. Her background provides unique insight on best practices and protocols to enable revenue growth while driving out cost.

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Frank Keck – Keynote Speaker

BSC, Certified Speaking Professional, Author
Bio

Frank Keck – Keynote Speaker

BSC, Certified Speaking Professional, Author

Frank’s Driving Force in life is to be a catalyst in the pursuit of Idealness. In other words, helping people move closer to their ideal state in life. His driving force is driven by values of authenticity, curiosity, and adventure.

Frank began his professional speaking career in 1990. Zig Ziglar is among the speakers that inspired him to pursue his passion. Thanks to natural ability and fine-tuning while working at Dale Carnegie, Frank has become an expert at dealing with people. His focus is on behavior change, whether he is delivering content on leadership, teambuilding, or culture shaping. Frank truly is the People Whisperer.

Frank utilizes humor, encouraging audiences to be focused but not to take themselves too seriously, enjoying life while challenging themselves. He leaves audiences energized and enlightened with the skills to produce positive effects in their personal and professional lives.

What makes Frank remarkable is his way with individuals and groups. He is able to connect with people and help them grow with a simple tool: questions. When Frank facilitates content delivery or conversation, he asks questions encouraging the participants to think.

Quotables
Frank Keck has launched our organization into a level of leadership unseen in our history.
– Bill Stockton, Texas A&M Transportation

With Frank, you will leave a presentation, informed, enlightened with different and unique perspectives on even things you may have taken for granted, and making the complex simpler and very practical. There is a strong possibility you will also be entertained. One thing for sure, you will not be disappointed!
– John Watson, PMI

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The Hippo Show with Mark Kenny – Keynote Speaker

An Interactive Leadership Experience
Bio
A woman listening to a man at a table in a discussion called The Hippo Show.

The Hippo Show with Mark Kenny – Keynote Speaker

An Interactive Leadership Experience

The Hippo Show™ leadership experience was created in 2015 after the founders observed certain needs
in 15 years of project and consulting work. Incorporating live theater scenes, interactive audience
participation, and facilitated discussion, this live case study format creates a highly experiential event for
participants to gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of leadership and collaboration for personal
application and impact.

Since its creation, The Hippo Show has been delivered in leadership meetings and workshops for a broad
range of clients and conferences including Mars, Nissan, HCA, Vanderbilt, SHRM, and the State of
Tennessee government.

Mark Kenny, The Hippo Show co-founder, will facilitate the experience for PMI Nashville. Mark is an
expert on leveraging interactive case studies to drive collaboration, alignment, and personal
development. After a career in IT, project management, and consulting, Mark has promoted leader
development for clients in industries such as healthcare, government, engineering, manufacturing, and
technology. He has personally worked with hundreds of organizations and leaders over the past 15+
years. Mark is an avid basketball player, aviation enthusiast, lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, and youth
sports coach.

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Dr. Shannon Alpert

Risk Management: Tools, Techniques, and Challenges
Bio
Shannon Alpert

Dr. Shannon Alpert

Risk Management: Tools, Techniques, and Challenges

Learning Objectives – Risk Management: Tools, Techniques, and Challenges
This interactive presentation will address the entire risk management process: risk planning, identification, qualitative and quantitative analysis, response, and monitoring. Participants will use a risk register tool to document a risk management plan.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Alpert has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences and meetings for over 20 years. As a faculty member in a master of science in project management program, she regularly facilitates learning on project management topics.

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Doug Cothern

Inspirational Project Management – Connecting the Dots (between your dotted line reports)
Bio
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Doug Cothern

Inspirational Project Management – Connecting the Dots (between your dotted line reports)

Learning Objectives – Inspirational Project Management – Connecting the Dots (between your dotted line reports)
As Project Managers, we are most often faced with managing dotted line project resources. Inspiring these resources towards project success requires just the right combination of servant leadership, organization, and humor!

Speaker Bio
Doug Cothern has spoken at numerous industry and software events, served as an adjunct professor in Information Systems at Middle Tennessee State University, and provided soft skills training globally at Cummins Inc.

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Angela Courtney

Leading Transformational Projects
Bio

Angela Courtney

Leading Transformational Projects

Learning Objectives – Leading Transformational Projects

Speaker Bio
Angela Courtney is Senior Director of Strategy and Performance with Ankura Consulting Group, a management consulting firm. She lives and works in the Nashville area and specializes in strategic planning, revenue growth, change leadership, and operations improvement.

Angela is the founder of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Tennessee chapter and volunteers as an Advisor with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. She is the 2019 Winner of Consulting Magazine’s Rising Star in the field of Operations, and is the recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. Angela was also selected for the Nashville Technology Council’s ELITE (Emerging Leaders in Technology) Program in 2018 and leads their Alumni board committee.

The author of the book How to Win in Consulting, she enjoys writing and giving talks on project management, strategy, and change leadership in organizations. She is also a PMP (Project Management Professional), CCMP (Certified Change Management Professional) and CSM (Certified Scrum Master). Angela received her undergraduate degree and MBA from the College of William and Mary, with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt University.

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Robyn Booth

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?
Bio
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Robyn Booth

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?

As Sr. Director of the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) at GEODIS, Robyn oversees the Americas region business portfolios which support new Contract Logistics warehousing business, Transportation Management projects, existing customer/internal US projects, Latin America new business, and Freight Forwarding initiatives. In her role, Robyn drives project governance, ensures process consistency, and benchmarks PMO processes within the industry.

As a PMP, Robyn has a passion for project management and has been instrumental in establishing a Project Learnings Database to promote the stand for a Learning Organization at GEODIS. Prior to working for GEODIS, Robyn
received the PMI Atlanta – Retail Project of the Year award for her work in managing the opening of new online contact center operations for The Home Depot. Robyn holds an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery and BA in Management Information Systems from Auburn University.

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Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking? This is your chance to hear about the current top issues for Project Management Organizations (PMOs) in Nashville. From finding quality PM candidates in a city with low tech unemployment rates to managing portfolios and strategies that are constantly changing, this panel will share their insights on key issues facing PMO Leaders in Nashville. There will be time for questions from the audience – so come prepared with questions.

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Ashley Ewell

Project Risk Management - an In-depth look
Bio
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Ashley Ewell

Project Risk Management - an In-depth look

Learning Objectives – Project Risk Management – an In-depth look
This presentation is a more in-depth look at project risk management. The presentation evokes conversations and strategies around a systematic framework, methodologies, and approach; not only programmatically, but practically.

Speaker Bio
Ms. Ewell is an experienced presenter to professional organizations. Most recently, she has contributed to Authenticity Symposium in 2018, The American Public Health Association in 2016, and Tennessee State University Public Health Symposium in 2017.

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Arlie Haddix

Project Management 101 for Veterans: Explaining Project Management in Military Terms
Bio
Headshot of Arlie Salerno in uniform on an airfield.

Arlie Haddix

Project Management 101 for Veterans: Explaining Project Management in Military Terms

Learning Objectives – Project Management 101 for Veterans: Explaining Project Management in Military Terms
On the one hand, veterans conduct project management on a daily basis and have extensive project management experience; they are just unaware that they are conducting project management. On the other hand, there is a strong demand signal for project managers across the country but especially in Nashville; veterans are a largely untapped source of project management capability and experience; OSDTN knows how to tap into this supply and is willing to help others to learn how to do so.

Speaker Bio
Mr. Haddix is a highly experienced strategist, analyst, human developer, communicator, problem-solver, team-builder, and leader. Confronted with an issue, I use creativity backed by sound data analysis to develop solutions; I actively seek out the opinions of others. When the time does not allow, I am comfortable using my intuition and the facts/opinions at hand to derive a solution. I have learned the major parameters of veteran transitions (networking, education, corporate career searches, start-ups, and the VA) the hard way (by doing them). I definitely know what does not work. My focus is to help other veterans learn from my decisions and revamp how veterans transition into their civilian careers. I am glad to be part of the Operation Stand Down Tennessee team that will create a better way for veterans to transition. You can contact me at arlie.haddix@osdtn.org.

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Alex Harris

Innovations & disruptive technology – Will it enhance or replace project and program managers? How are we tracking against last years forecast?
Bio
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Alex Harris

Innovations & disruptive technology – Will it enhance or replace project and program managers? How are we tracking against last years forecast?

Learning Objectives – Innovations & disruptive technology – Will it enhance or replace project and program managers? How are we tracking against last years forecast?
Last year we presented on the future of Project and Program Management and how it might change.
Over the course of the last 18 months, we have continued to monitor the progress of developments disruptive technology is having on society and our industry.

Speaker Bio
Mr. Harris presented at the PMI Nashville Symposium in April 2018. He is an accomplished speaker and has presented to several corporate events which include: Senior Management Directors Forum – Turner & Townsend in June 2018, Tampa, FL; Cornet Presentation in September 2018, Houston, TX

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Dennis Houchin

Attitudes of Achievement for Tomorrow’s Project Managers
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Dennis Houchin

Attitudes of Achievement for Tomorrow’s Project Managers

Learning Objectives – Attitudes of Achievement for Tomorrow’s Project Managers
Project Managers are increasingly required to achieve more demanding results in the most fluid business environment we’ve ever seen. Learn the critical “Attitudes of Achievement” that are needed in our changing world.

Speaker Bio
Mr. Houchin is an active contributor at PMI events both local chapters and PMI Global. Some of his presentation events include: Toastmasters International District Conference – 2019; PMI Nashville Symposium – 2016; PMI Global Congress – 2016; RSA Global Security Conference 2010; HFTP Annual Global Conference 2009

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Holly Gerald and Olivia Kollnig

The Top Ten Reasons Why Projects Fail and the Remedy to Cure It! How to apply your lessons learned to evolve and adapt for the future
Bio
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Holly Gerald and Olivia Kollnig

The Top Ten Reasons Why Projects Fail and the Remedy to Cure It! How to apply your lessons learned to evolve and adapt for the future

Learning Objectives – The Top Ten Reasons Why Projects Fail and the Remedy to Cure It! How to apply your lessons learned to evolve and adapt for the future
This session will focus on stepping through the top ten reasons why projects fail and what you, as a PM, can do about it. Participants will learn how to identify the symptoms and develop the medicine in the right dosage to remedy the problem.

Speaker Bios
Ms. Gerald and Ms. Kollnig have presented numerous times for COP events and as Symposium speakers. Their Symposium presentations include: “How to wash, rinse, and repeat a repeatable project” in 2013; “A Dash of Flexibility, a Pinch of Compromise, and a Sprinkle of Reality: a Recipe for Meeting Project Requirements and Keeping Project Teams Satisfied” in 2014

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Niel Magsombol

My Agile Journey Through 2 Waterfall Worlds
Bio
Niel Kuya

Niel Magsombol

My Agile Journey Through 2 Waterfall Worlds

Learning Objectives – My Agile Journey Through 2 Waterfall Worlds
This session will focus on key insights learned from agile transformations that occurred at 2 traditional Global Fortune 100 companies in 2 different Industries. It is from the perspective of a traditional PMP who became an Agile Transformation Coach

Speaker Bio
Mr. Magsombol has been selected to speak at PMI Global Conference Oct ’19; He has co-authored Material for ’17 PMO Symposium; he has presented at PMI Nashville meetings in Aug ’18 & Sep ’18; and to the Military in February ’19 – Onward to Opportunity – Military Vets to Civilian Work

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Laura H. McAlister

Communicators Improv Toolbox
Bio
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Laura H. McAlister

Communicators Improv Toolbox

Learning Objectives – Communicators Improv Toolbox
Strong communication skills are essential to effective project management. In this session, you will acquire new tools, be inspired, and find the confidence to work more collaboratively in teams. Areas of focus include being in the moment, thinking quickly on your feet, verbal and non-verbal communications, active listening, and emotional intelligence.

Speaker Bio
Laura H. McAlister, M.Ed., PMP is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Paralegal Assistant with over 25 years’ experience within law firms and multiple corporate settings. She served as Regional Vice President for Kyruus, and as Program Director for HCA, leading patient access and electronic health record implementations. Laura holds expertise in law, healthcare, compliance, insurance, internal audit, and trial litigation. Having personally led diverse project teams within both law firm and corporate environments she provides strong leadership and facilitation skills creating high-performance teams. Laura holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Organizational Leadership/Communication both from Belmont University.

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Jenny Monohan

The Project Hub Case Study
Bio
Jenny Monohan

Jenny Monohan

The Project Hub Case Study

Learning Objectives – The Project Hub Case Study
Bring people, processes, and tools together and increase team productivity. Use Case on how LBMC Technology Solutions works smarter across a geographically distributed and diverse workforce. See the A-Team simplify collaboration within a centralized workspace

Speaker Bio
Ms. Monohan, a long-time member of the PMI Nashville Chapter, has presented various topics including Project Management Best Practices, Requirements Management, Microsoft Teams, and SmartSheet. She is also an active certified fitness instructor since 2009.

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Dana LaRieal Morales

Brand You - Version 2.0 (BUV2) - Changing the trajectory of your career and life through rebranding
Bio
Dana LaRieal Morales headshot

Dana LaRieal Morales

Brand You - Version 2.0 (BUV2) - Changing the trajectory of your career and life through rebranding

Learning Objectives – Brand You – Version 2.0 (BUV2) – Changing the trajectory of your career and life through rebranding
This session will teach participants how to identify their personal career goals and develop their personal brand. It will teach how to start the process of advertising their brand inside their organization among the C-suite, team members, and stakeholders. It will also teach participants how to further elevate their brand outside of the organization

Speaker Bio
As the owner of The Happiness Bucket, Dana LaRieal Morales coaches individuals and businesses to develop, implement and streamline processes for a better work-life balance. She is a certified project manager for a corporate law firm in Nashville, where she focuses on internal implementation and process improvement projects. She is the Director of Communications for Global Sisters in Project Management and regularly volunteers at the Nashville Rescue Mission.

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Dana LaRieal Morales

Turn A Volatile Team Into A Collaborative Team
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Dana LaRieal Morales

Turn A Volatile Team Into A Collaborative Team

Learning Objectives – Turn A Volatile Team Into A Collaborative Team
The participants will learn how to acknowledge the fears of their team members and shine a light on their strengths as individuals. They will learn how to indirectly teach their peers and team members how each person can be of service to the rest. They will encourage self-accountability through direction and transparency and will show through example how teamwork makes them all better together.

Speaker Bio
As the owner of The Happiness Bucket, Dana LaRieal Morales coaches individuals and businesses to develop, implement and streamline processes for a better work-life balance. She is a certified project manager for a corporate law firm in Nashville, where she focuses on internal implementation and process improvement projects. She is the Director of Communications for Global Sisters in Project Management and regularly volunteers at the Nashville Rescue Mission.

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Brian Loy & Bob Murry

Revamping PMO training and onboarding program
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Brian Loy & Bob Murry

Revamping PMO training and onboarding program

Learning Objectives – Revamping PMO training and onboarding program
How effective is your PMO training and onboarding program? Learn tools and tricks into shortening the ramp to proficiency for new team members. During the presentation, you will learn more about the common pitfalls and a real-world business case on how

Speaker Bio
Mr. Loy and Mr. Murry are experienced presenters, speaking to professional groups. Their most recent contributions include: College graduate readiness forum, Cumberland University; How project management can help facility managers, International Facility Management Association Conference; Finance ERP module deep dives for multiple Infor LN/Baan user group meetings

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Rodger Oren

How to Become a Mentoring Project Manager (MPM)
Bio
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Rodger Oren

How to Become a Mentoring Project Manager (MPM)

Learning Objectives – How to Become a Mentoring Project Manager (MPM)
Competition, the global environment and new techniques are changing the role of the project manager from a task master to an expert in collaboration. In this new environment, the project manager becomes a consultant, confidant and guide for stakeholders.

Speaker Bio
Competition, the global environment and new techniques are changing the role of the project manager from a task master to an expert in collaboration. In this new environment, the project manager becomes a consultant, confidant and guide for stakeholders.

 

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Christine Parker-Wood

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?
Bio
Headshot- Christine Parker-Wood

Christine Parker-Wood

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?

Christine Parker-Wood has an extensive background of over 20 years in Project Management involving:  IT infrastructure and software as well as strategic business initiatives.  Her career spans military, corporate, and state government work and she is currently IT Program Director for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Human Services’ One DHS strategic initiative involving both IT modernization and Business transformation.

Christine holds an Associate’s degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Masters in Management, and is PMP certified.

Panel

Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking? This is your chance to hear about the current top issues for Project Management Organizations (PMOs) in Nashville. From finding quality PM candidates in a city with low tech unemployment rates to managing portfolios and strategies that are constantly changing, this panel will share their insights on key issues facing PMO Leaders in Nashville. There will be time for questions from the audience – so come prepared with questions.

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Joe Roddy

Critical Thinking for Project Managers
Bio
Speaker Joe Roddy

Joe Roddy

Critical Thinking for Project Managers

Learning Objectives – Critical Thinking for Project Managers
There is not just one way that Project Managers need to think when managing their projects. Each project brings it’s own unique challenges and may require the use of multiple thinking skills in order for their project to be successful. This presentation

Speaker Bio
Joe Roddy serves as executive vice president and chief project officer for Parallon. He is responsible for building on-time delivery of mission-critical systems in Parallon’s strategic project and implementation project portfolios, as well as spearheading change and project management standards, methodologies, tools and processes across Parallon. A frequent contributor, Mr. Roddy has spoken at multiple PMI Nashville events including previous Symposiums and COP meetings.

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Frank Saladis

The Indispensable Project Manager
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Frank Saladis

The Indispensable Project Manager

Learning Objectives – The Indispensable Project Manager
This presentation addresses the importance of the professional project manager in today’s business environment and the need for the project manager to continually enhance existing skills, adapt to a changing environment, and become a “go to” person

Speaker Bio
Mr. Saladis is an accomplished presenter to numerous PMI events. His contribution to PMI includes presentations at PMI NJ Chapter, PMI Central Va Chapter, PMI Space Coast Chapter, plus 60 more chapters. PMI Seminars World Trainer, Keynote speaker at many PMI and Project Management Conferences, Past speaker at PMI Nashville Events, Seminars at Sea, 20+ World Congresses

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Jenny Holt and David Smith

The Role of a Project Manager in a Scaled Agile (SAFe) World
Bio

Jenny Holt and David Smith

The Role of a Project Manager in a Scaled Agile (SAFe) World

Learning Objectives – The Role of a Project Manager in a Scaled Agile (SAFe) World
Project Managers will gain an understanding of the implications of a Scaled Agile Framework from a project management perspective, and learn about ways to position project management for value creation in a SAFe world. They will learn more about the process of adoption of SAFe and will gain insight from the real-world case examples discussed.

Speaker Bio

Ms. Holt is an Engagement Manager (Deloitte Application Studio) for Deloitte Services LP for four years. She has 10+ years in client facing solution roles in healthcare and the financial industry along with 15+ years in IT. She is certified as a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Mr. Smith is a Member of PMI since 2003 and is a PMP, in addition to being a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and is certified in SAFe. He has an extensive background of over 25 years in engineering and project management involving hardware, software and business strategy/process improvement. His experience spans Fortune 200 consulting, federal and state government IT contracting and international consulting work in Asia and South America. His experience includes 14 years in the Big 4 including the past five years with Deloitte focused on Information Technology project management. His current work involves managing a portfolio of projects employing virtual teams distributed across the U.S. and various international locations. He also has active involvement over the past two years in the planning and implementation of SAFe.

Mr. Smith and family reside in Chattanooga, TN. Interests include fly fishing, motorcycling, golf, and charitable activities.

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Betsy Vernon

Using Smartsheet to Drive Project Delivery
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Betsy Vernon

Using Smartsheet to Drive Project Delivery

Learning Objectives – Using Smartsheet to Drive Project Delivery
‘How Smartsheet can help your PMO succeed’. As a PMO leader, I have used Smartsheet to develop Project Portfolio reporting, Project Management Lifecycle phases, and Project Delivery artifacts. I will demonstrate how to stand-up Smartsheet for your business

Speaker Bio
Ms. Vernon states: “As a Career Coach and Consultant, my job is to help people and companies achieve their dream goals. I have a passion for working with my clients to understand their strategic goals and crafting a tactical plan to make them a reality. I am highly gifted at translating a vision into an actual plan, and have nearly 20 years of experience in delivering real value for my customers.”

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Jonathan Walsh

Veteran PM - A Transition Success Story
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Jonathan Walsh

Veteran PM - A Transition Success Story

Learning Objectives – Veteran PM – A Transition Success Story
Veterans make excellent Project Managers! However, there are several problems associated with making the transition for the member as well as the employer. The veteran may ask: how do my skills meet your requirements? How do I translate my experience into a resume an employer will understand and be interested in?

The employer may also have questions. Are all veterans gruff, blunt, and Type As? Will they fit into our culture? Will they know how to run a project and communicate with executives?

Both groups have valid questions. I plan to help break down the stereotypes, describe my transition experience, and encourage both sides of the equation to consider the possibility of a match made in camouflage.

 

Speaker Bio
Jon is a Sr. PM I with Parallon Project Services who was assigned to support the Integration Management Office (IMO) in Dec 2018. Jon joined the HCA/Parallon team in 2016 as a PM II supporting multiple projects within HCA Clinical Services Group (CSG) to include Nursing, Living Kidney Donor Program, Ventilator Integration, and others. In 2017, he moved to the Physicians Services Group to primarily support Urgent Care with the building of their Salesforce platform used to manage all of their construction projects of DeNovo clinics throughout the country. Prior to working for HCA, Jon worked in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and the Air National Guard where he retired in November 2017.

Jon received his certificate as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2016. He has an MBA from Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University and a BA from the University of Alabama.

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Kevin Major

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?
Bio
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Kevin Major

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?

Kevin Major is a 20+ year management professional and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of the Program Management Office (PMO) at The General in Nashville, Tennessee. The PMO supports both the business and IT by offering portfolio management, program / project management, business analysis, and agile delivery services to the company. He has a diverse background that includes experience in the entertainment, licensing, technology, insurance, and banking industries. Plus, he has a unique set of skills that span all the way from traditional portfolio and project management concepts to more contemporary agile practices including Scrum, Kanban, and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). He likes to describe his team’s mission as working hard, having fun, and helping The General deliver high value projects to make life easier! Mr. Major has his MBA and is a PMP, CSM, CSP, and SAFe 4.0 Agilist. He has presented on one previous PMO panel at the PMI Nashville Symposium.

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Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking? This is your chance to hear about the current top issues for Project Management Organizations (PMOs) in Nashville. From finding quality PM candidates in a city with low tech unemployment rates to managing portfolios and strategies that are constantly changing, this panel will share their insights on key issues facing PMO Leaders in Nashville. There will be time for questions from the audience – so come prepared with questions.

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Elise Hudson

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?
Bio
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Elise Hudson

CIO Panel - Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking?

Elise Hudson has been an IT Professional for over 25 years and has been in Project Management for over 15 years. She has led the PMO at multiple companies, and has managed teams on 6 continents – including Antarctica. Elise has her PMP, CSP, and TOGAF certifications and has implemented governance for Project Management, Business Analysis, and Quality Assurance. In her spare time, she loves to travel, volunteer, watch movies, cook, and play video games.

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Have you ever wanted to know what PMO Leaders were thinking? This is your chance to hear about the current top issues for Project Management Organizations (PMOs) in Nashville. From finding quality PM candidates in a city with low tech unemployment rates to managing portfolios and strategies that are constantly changing, this panel will share their insights on key issues facing PMO Leaders in Nashville. There will be time for questions from the audience – so come prepared with questions.

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