The Event

PMI Western Idaho Chapter is proud to present the Treasure Valley’s annual Professional Development Day Event for Project Management Professionals.  This event is going virtual for the first time since we started four years ago.  We are excited to bring you a dynamic lineup of speakers and breakout sessions for this half day event which will be jam packed with the most up to date information, insights, and best practices for Project Managers to add to their toolboxes.  Don’t miss out on this chance to earn up to 4 PDUs in one afternoon towards the maintenance of your certification or use them as education contact hours to help meet exam pre-requisites. Or simply attend for the opportunity to meet other Project Managers and expand your professional network.  Either way, you will come away from this event with a renewed energy for your career and new knowledge and skills that will help you stay relevant in our ever changing global economy.  Non-Members and Students welcome!

Join us virtually on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Earn a 5th PDU!  CLICK for information on how to submit a whitepaper for 1.0 additional PDU related to this year’s Professional Development Day conference.

Group Registrations  If your organization has multiple attendees whose registration will be paid by a designated payer, please contact Sheryl Bishop, VP of Communications via email: for further instructions. Thank you! 

Tickets are non-refundable!

However, it may possible to transfer your ticket If you notify us at least 48 hrs prior.   Please contact Sheryl Bishop, VP of Communications via email: for further instructions. Thank you! 

Donate!  PMIWIC is sponsoring an online fund drive for the Idaho Foodbank.  Even a $10 donation can make a measurable difference for families in need in Idaho.   Thank you!

The Sponsors

Don’t miss the sponsored raffles at the event! And, be sure to visit the Expo to check out their booths!

The Schedule

11:20A – 11:45A11:20A – 11:30A Doors are open! Use this time to sign in, take look around and get ready for the Pre-Conference Bonus session

11:30A – 11:45A Pre-Conference Bonus Session: Future Cities Student Presentation
11:50 – 1:00P11:50A – 12:00P Opening Remarks

12:00P – 1:00P Keynote Speaker: Brian Fretwell
1:00P – 1:15PExperis Raffle | Break
1:15P – 4:45PBreakout Sessions
1:15P – 2:15PRoya Camp
Coming to Grips: Communications post-COVID
Mark Lines
Disciplined Agile Tool Kit and Guided Continuous Improvement
Networking Session
Meet project management professionals and others
2:15P – 2:30PTEKsystems Raffle | Break
2:30P – 3:30PJeff Jensen
Implementing Multiple Best Practice Frameworks – Adopt and Adapt
Julie Springer
Ryan Fullmer

Creating Agility with a New Way of Planning  
Lorraine Loury
Diana Fenicottero
Amber Johnson

Engaging Stakeholders:  Developing Relationships to Drive Project Success
3:30P – 3:45PPMIWIC Raffle | Break
3:45P – 4:45PLori Martin
Susan Kuehl

The Truth About Employee Engagement
 Cammas Freeman
How to Stay Relevant in the Future of Work
JoAnna Velez
Using Lean Methodologies to Transform your Project Deliverables 
4:45P – 5:00PClosing Remarks

The Speakers

Brian Fretwell | Author, Keynote Speaker

Stronger Together The surprising science behind the human need for connection and how simple changes in conversations can save relationships, teams, and lives.

Most people have experienced increased feelings of isolation and disconnection since the start of the pandemic. But what if these common experiences are part of a much bigger issue that, started well before the pandemic, and impacts the very sustainability of our businesses, effectiveness of our teams, and sustainability of all our relationships? Through the course of this eye opening keynote, Brian Fretwell is going to change the way you think about engaging with the people around you by sharing research on the neuroscience of connection, insights from teaching emotional intelligence in the most remote places in the world, and the outcomes of an 8 month engagement experiment that started the day COVID lock downs began. And, while the challenges we face in our disconnected and isolated world will seem overwhelming, you might just leave with the inspired notion that there is nothing we can’t do, when we learn to leverage our natural desire to be Stronger Together

About the Speaker… Brian Fretwell is the founder of Finding the FIRES, the world’s first Emotional Intelligence “Gym”, where people come together to practice their people skills with members from around the world. They believe, just like you can’t finish a marathon by reading about running, improving your ability to listen, ask questions, and manage emotions in ourselves and others takes practice. Brian has spent the last twenty years teaching, coaching, and speaking on Leadership, Culture Change, and Personal Development. He’s run Emotional Intelligence workshops in mining camps in the Outback of Australia and the Arctic Circle in Northern Canada, he’s taught leadership on Oil Drilling Pads and the Gettysburg Battlefield, and he’s delivered keynotes from Istanbul, Turkey to inside his home office, exactly 35 steps from the kitchen. He is the author of the book “Experts of Our Potential” a book focused on changing how we view our own value. His Tedx Talk “What a Fifteen Year Old Meth Addict Taught Me About Leadership” has been seen by over 2.3 million people around the world. You can find him on social media sharing analogies and inspiration, or you can even sign up for a free Emotional Intelligence workshop on his Finding the FIRES website. He lives in Boise with his Wife Jamie, who just happens to be a Transpersonal Counselor. They spend their time taking walks and doing behavioral experiments on their dog Hank.”  

Roya Camp | Director of Content and Communications, St. Luke’s Health System

Coming to Grips: Communications post-COVID COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, including most of our communications. It’s time to re-think how to build trust and relationships to work on a purely digital plane. Communications principles that cement trust, build bonds and deliver for you. Let’s talk about how to create a new normal.

About the Speaker Roya Camp has worked as a writer and content expert for more than three decades. Earlier in her career, she was a newspaper reporter and editor, primarily for Gannett-owned newspapers in the western United States and on Guam. She served as assigning editor for Hearst’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has worked for a variety of other newspapers in California, the Chicago area, the Intermountain West and, in Idaho as the Boise and metro editor for The Statesman. She has worked for magazines and book publishers, and directed content development for Healthwise, an international nonprofit health information company based in Boise, Idaho. She currently serves as director of content and communications for St. Luke’s Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. She has lectured extensively on journalism, conducted workshops and classes on writing, editing and media, and continues to train, mentor and coach writers and editors, in addition to her editing and communications work. She has served as senior editor and advisory board member to various publications, run blogs and social media programs, speaks professionally and has taught communications and business communications as an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho. She holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communication and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Mark Lines | Vice President, Disciplined Agile Inc., Project Management Institute (PMI)®

Disciplined Agile Tool Kit and Guided Continuous Improvement In your organization you are very likely using a variety of approaches to deliver solutions to your stakeholders.  You might be using traditional waterfall, agile, or hybrid approaches.  If you are applying agile methods or frameworks you might be using Scrum, SAFe, Lean Kanban, or “roll your own” techniques.  Regardless of what methods you are using, the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit can help you to be more effective.  It is an agnostic, comprehensive library of strategies and practices, with practical advice for which ones work for in different contexts. Many organizations struggle to evolve an agile way of working (WoW) that makes sense for their unique situations.  The good news is that you don’t need to figure it out on your own.  The DA tool kit leverages the experiences of thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our teams currently face. By referencing these strategies, you can accelerate your journey to project delivery success using a technique we call Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI). 

About the Speaker Mark Lines is Vice President, Disciplined Agile, Inc. at the Project Management Institute (PMI).  He is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile toolkit with Scott W. Ambler and co-author of several books on Disciplined Agile (DA).   Mark has over 25 years of experience helping organizations around the world to be successful with project delivery using Agile, Lean, Traditional, and Hybrid approaches.  He has a record of successfully transforming entire organizations to business agility so that they can rapidly and continuously deliver value to their customers and other stakeholders.   Mark is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences worldwide. You can follow him on Twitter via @mark_lines

Networking Session

Network with Project Management Professionals Join this session if you would like a virtual, interactive opportunity to meet fellow project management professionals and others. This session allows up to 20 attendees to concurrently share audio/video. Chat window is unlimited. This session will not be recorded.

Jeff Jensen, ITIL 4 Managing Professional, ITIL v3 Expert, DevOps Leader, PMP | Founder, I Train IT Leaders LLC

Implementing Multiple Best Practice Frameworks – Adopt and Adapt In today’s world of rapid and ever increasing change, Project Managers must capable of facilitating the delivery of business and customer value across multiple cross functional teams, which may utilize different best practice frameworks and ways of working.  Fortunately, opportunities exist for the PM, and the Project Management Office, to enable the organization to align these frameworks and break down the silos that create waste and hinder the velocity of value delivery.  The more you know about the various aspects of Lean, Agile, DevOps, and ITIL 4, along with increasing your ability to “adopt and adapt”, the better your chances of designing and implementing a solution that is fit for purpose in the most effective and efficient way possible. 

About the Speaker An experienced and recognized thought leader across multiple best practice frameworks, Jeff Jensen drives continual improvement and strategic alignment across both technical IT teams and customer organizations, resulting in higher performance and improved efficiencies. Jeff is certified as an ITIL 4 Strategic Leader, ITIL 4 Managing Professional, Certified Agile Process Owner, DevOps Leader, and has been a PMP and a member of PMIWIC since 2008.  He started his career as a systems engineer in the IT organization supporting design, engineering, and manufacturing business units for a large semiconductor company.  Jeff quickly moved into a leadership role managing IT Operations at the largest site for the company, and then directing cross-functional teams located in multiple sites and global geographies.  In addition to well over a decade of the semi-conductor industry experience, Jeff has worked in the retail, engineering, and managed services industries as a PMO Coach and Leader, Application Support Manager, Process Improvement Architect, Service Management Office Lead, and a Customer Success Manager.  Since starting his own company, I Train IT Leaders LLC, in 2017, Jeff has led digital transformation efforts for a large multinational company, and architected and chaired a multi-million dollar program designed to bring together Agile, ITSM and DevOps practices to align ways of working across cross-functional global product and technology organizations.  Jeff is also the Co-Founder and President of the Boise ITSM local interest group, and he enjoys mentoring, coaching, and collaborating with his peers in PMIWIC, the Treasure Valley Agile Community, and in Toastmasters International.  He has delivered multiple training classes and presentations in ITIL, Agile, Value Stream Mapping and DevOps practices to audiences both locally in the Boise area, as well as to audiences across the USA and globally.  Most recently, Jeff was recognized for his work authoring content and providing review and feedback for the newly released ITIL 4 – Digital and IT Strategy publication, and was highlighted as a featured speaker at the 2020 Service Management World conference this past November.

Julie Springer, ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Agility Foundations | Ryan Fullmer, ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Agility Foundations | co-Founders, Empowered Agility

Creating Agility with a New Way of Planning  As Business Agility Strategists, we work with leaders to develop a strategy and plan to apply lean and agile practices to create a new way of working. In this session, we will share what we have learned about the power of planning in a new way to kick-start the path toward organizational agility. The New Way of Planning is outcome-driven, collaborative, and highly transparent, creating alignment, focus and trust. You will leave our session with ideas for how to get started with experimenting with this approach in the work that you do. 

About the Speakers (Julie Springer | Ryan Fulmer) Julie Springer and Ryan Fullmer are co-founders of Empowered Agility, creating business agility through a new way of working. Julie has 13 years of experience with Agility and loves working with leaders who have a vision for what is possible and a passion for making an impact in the work they do. Julie is ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Agility Foundations and is a certified Enterprise Business Agility Coach/Strategist, AgilityHealth Coach, and  AgilityHealth Facilitator | Ryan has 26 years of professional experience with more than ten years of experience as an Agile Coach implementing, scaling and maturing Agile and Lean practices in both private and public-sector organizations. Ryan helps the organization nurture empowerment, increase collaboration, build accountability and deliver great results through the new ways of working and leading. Ryan is ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Agility Foundations and is a certified Enterprise Business Agility Coach/Strategist, AgilityHealth Coach, and  AgilityHealth Facilitator. He is also a certified Scrum Master.

Lorraine Loury, co-Founder| Amber Johnson, co-Founder | Diana Fenicottero, co-Founder | Boise Change Management Exchange

Engaging Stakeholders:  Developing Relationships to Drive Project Success If the last year has taught us anything, it is perhaps the lesson that ‘in a together-ness frame of mind’, we will find our success.  So how do we, Project and Change Managers, add value to a project?  We posit that by identifying practical and predictable methods of building durable relationships with stakeholders, we can add measurable value to any project and be a vital part of the positive results. The topic of this session will provide tools for you and your team to foster meaningful engagement with invested stakeholders. We would like you to join us as we put these tools to the test.

About the Speakers This session is led by the founders of Boise Change Management Exchange (BCME).  Started in May 2019, BCME is a grassroots organization that brings together the Boise change management community to learn from each other’s experiences and share best practices. Loury, Johnson and Fenicottero are co-Founders of Boise Change Management Exchange, and hold different individual leadership roles as well. Lorraine Loury, Founder, Collective Pulse, is a change management and communications consultant. Moving from France 2.5 years ago with her husband and 3 kids, Lorraine developed her own business, Collective Pulse. Firstly, for some of her French clients she didn’t want to leave but also for local needs. She supports her clients in driving their transformation projects with their employees: get commitment, encourage cooperation to trigger the transformation, give meaning to the change… Because she is convinced that we have to give employees the floor, get them on board and on the same page to make change happen. Lorraine also loves doodling or sketchnoting whether the project is personal (a trip or a home story, a thematic doodle…) or professional (visual synthesis, meeting wrap-up…).  Amber Johnson, Founder & Culture Strategist, amberland, helps businesses intentionally create their unique company culture to inspire both business and individual success, this includes how a company’s culture influences how they approach change. She has over 25 years of experience as a human performance strategist with large corporations, start-ups, and private equity companies. Before returning to her hometown Boise and launching amberland, the majority of her career was at Starbucks Coffee Company corporate where she led employee engagement, learning, change management, process and internal communication strategies. Diana Fenicottero, Director Talent Development, Iliad Media,  is a training and employee development professional, who has worked for large corporations and small organizations. Her expertise lies in creating custom and innovative learning tools for each organization. These tools are customized to drive the individual results required by each organization, yet keep the integrity of learning in high esteem. Diana has supported organizations such as UPS, Verizon, GoWireless, and Iliad Media. 

Lori Martin | Susan Kuehl | Consilio Consultants

The Truth About Employee Engagement (Lori Martin | Susan Kuehl)  Employee Engagement is defined as an emotional state where people feel passionate, energetic, and committed to their work. When people are engaged, they invest more of themselves in their work. But where is it too much or not enough?  How can you create just enough tension in the workplace to trigger healthy competition and intrinsic motivation? This talk will show you how to approach employee engagement in an innovative and healthy way. Consilio Consultants is a training and development consultancy committed to defining success in human terms. They believe business begins and ends with people.  When teams are able to communicate with authenticity and trust, high performance is a byproduct.

Cammas Freeman | Founder, Stackrock Talent

How to Stay Relevant in the Future of Work We’ve seen change in the workplace at an accelerated rate the last year.  It’s more critical than ever to be proactive and intentional in your professional development.  Let’s understand what’s happening in the Future of Work and identify what skills we’ll need to learn today in order to stay relevant in the next 5-10 years.  

About the Speaker As Stackrock Talent’s Founder and Talent Strategist, Cammas draws from over 17 years of recruiting, HR, marketing and technology experience to help companies modernize their talent strategy.   Formerly the Global Head of Talent Strategy for a $3.2B loyalty company, Cammas led recruitment efforts to hire over 1,800 people annually.  She’s a leader in employer branding and recruitment marketing with a passion for the human experience at work. 


JoAnna Velez, MBA, LSSBB, PMP, ITIL4 Foundations | Founder, Process Storytelling Enterprises

Using Lean Methodologies to Transform your Project Deliverables Founder of Process Storytelling Enterprises, JoAnna Velez, is dedicated to helping businesses identify and improve value creation processes for their customers and employees through a tailored application of Continuous Improvement Tools and Methodologies. 

About the Speaker JoAnna has 20+ years of experience and has built her career to be industry agnostic by focusing on true root cause issues and providing unbiased, objective recommendations to improve performance and measure outcomes. She has had the pleasure of increasing her cognitive agility by working in great primary industries like: Mining, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Retail Trade, Insurance, and Services. She received her MBA from Colorado Technical University with a focus on Organizational Behavior, Magna Cum Laude and has her BS in Finance. She holds ITIL4 Foundations, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), and PMP certifications.