The Event

Today’s project managers are changemakers, using their valued skills to transform companies and communities – leading in the project economy and turning ideas into reality.

Join the PMI Western Idaho Chapter in person as we present our annual professional development event for the Treasure Valley’s project management community.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time: 11:30am – 5:30pm
Place: Boise State University, Student Union Building

PMI Western Idaho Chapter events are “open registration” events – non-members, and students are always welcome to attend!

This year attendees can expect to:

  • Learn how to #thrive as a project leader with learning paths that align with PMI’s Talent Triangle® and focus on construction, government, and cyber areas of project management
  • Earn up to 4 PDUs for PMI certifications or education contact hours to meet exam prerequisites.
  • Bonus! Earn an additional 1 PDU – submit a whitepaper on a project management topic of your choice

Tickets are on sale now through September 18th – but don’t wait, seating is limited!

Tickets are non-refundable. But it may be possible to transfer your ticket if you contact PMIWIC by September 18th. Contact Arti Shukla, VP of Communications ( for further information.

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Group Registrations

If your organization has multiple attendees whose registration will be paid by a designated payer, contact Arti Shukla, VP of Communications ( for assistance.

The Schedule

11:30amDoors Open  
11:45am-12:15pmNetworking and Lunch  
12:15pm-12:30pmOpening Remarks  
12:45pm-4:05pm Breakout Sessions  
12:45pm-1:45pmFoster Cronyn
Can an Office Established in 1863 Provide Greenfield Opportunities for IT Professionals?
Jake Blanchard
Creating Strong Relationships with Stakeholders
JoAnna Velez
Modernize Classic Tools to Thrive in Today’s Chaos
1:55pm-2:55pmJosh Stemp
Securing the Blind Box: Supply Chain Security in the Log4j Era

Susan Kueh and Lori Martin
What Matters More Than Purpose?

Colleen Sollars and Sheryl Bishop
PMI 4.0: Empowering Changemakers
PMI Credentials and Certifications: Level Up
3:05pm-4:05pmStephen O’Meara
Building Consensus among Competing IT Needs in Local Government
Mark Woychick
Ask the Right Questions to Build Your Career
Future of Work in Construction Project Management
4:15pm-5:15pmKeynote Address: Dwight Edwards
How to Navigate Challenges and Get Remarkable Results with the 3R’s to Resiliency
5:15pm-5:20pmClosing Remarks  
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The Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dwight Edwards, MBA

Principal Consultant, Reach New Heights, LLC

How to Navigate Challenges and Get Remarkable Results with the 3R’s to Resiliency

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become and stay resilient when working through the challenges of managing a project? What if you had a formula you could rely on to manage these challenges and help you achieve the results you seek? There is a definite process to becoming and staying resilient. In this interactive keynote session, you will learn three proven strategies to help you stay focused on your goals, overcome obstacles, and leverage your support system so that you can thrive.

Dwight is the owner of Reach New Heights, LLC, a small business that provides motivational speaking and business consulting. Previously, Dwight worked at HP for over 20 years in product marketing, program management, facilitation, and training roles. As the training manager, he developed and executed strategies for training HP sales reps and external partners. Dwight is also a facilitator for Diversity and Inclusion workshops where he mixes his training background with inspiring stories to create an inclusive environment where employees thrive. One of Dwight’s most significant accomplishments was achieving a top 20 finish out of 10,000 speakers at the World Championship of Public Speaking. Through his process, he has learned how to become resilient to overcome obstacles and achieve his goals. Now, as a public speaker, Dwight shares his extensive experiences and stories to help businesses and individuals become resilient in reaching their own goals and aspirations. 

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Colleen Sollars, PMP, PMI-ACP, MBA and Sheryl Bishop, PMP, PMI-ACP, MBA 

PMIWIC Chapter President and PMIWIC VP of Professional Development

PMI 4.0: Empowering Changemakers

As the role of project management evolves, so does PMI. Today, when anyone has the ability to be a changemaker, PMI is expanding their focus to help students, volunteers, entrepreneurs, specialists or business leaders of any age or background drive change and make things happen. Learn about PMI’s 4.0 transformation strategy to support the project management needs of their existing community of project professionals and empower a new audience of global changemakers.

PMI Credentials and Certifications: Level Up

PMI has expanded their product portfolio for project managers with new certifications and microcredentials. Learn how you can ‘level up’ your project management skills with PMI’s professional development value proposition.

Colleen and Sheryl will also speak about volunteer opportunities within PMIWIC.

Colleen has 20+ years of experience implementing, managing, and supporting technology solutions in the high tech, entertainment, public transit, retail consumer electronics, food manufacturing, and financial industries. For the past 21 years, Colleen has worked at HP Inc. where she has served in various project and program management roles leading software and infrastructure programs with globally distributed teams.

Sheryl has 35+ years of professional business experience, including 20+ years providing project management and business analysis services. She has also served on the BSU Alumni Association Board and the State Board of Directors for the March of Dimes.

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Jake Blanchard, MBA

Principal Consultant and CEO, Delta Perspective, LLC

Creating Strong Relationships with Stakeholders

In project management, taking the time to develop relationships with stakeholders is a project task that can often be overlooked.  It wasn’t until Jake Blanchard was asked to switch sides of the desk with a project stakeholder that he gained an appreciation for what stakeholders need. This insight helped him rethink his approach to stakeholder relationships and how to help stakeholders understand how to work with his style of project management. This session covers the critical questions and conversations that project managers should be asking and having with their stakeholders and provides ways to strengthen relationships with stakeholders.

Jake is a business consultant and high-performance mindset coach who is determined to live his best life and share his passion with others. His firm, Delta Perspective, LLC, provides strategic planning, program management, and process improvement support to national clients ranging from startups to billion-dollar firms. Through his personal brand, Jake helps individuals dig deep to obtain success in their professional lives. He hosts the Jake Blanchard Podcast and the “Out-Jakes” web-series on YouTube that features businesses. Jake is the former president of APICS Idaho and has achieved certifications in supply chain, health care, IT, and public speaking. He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, a health and fitness enthusiast, and a musician who loves to occasionally “slap-a-da-bass”. 

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Foster Cronyn, MBA

Deputy Secretary of State, Idaho Secretary of State

Can an Office Established in 1863 Provide Greenfield Opportunities for IT Professionals?

The office of Secretary of State was first appointed by Territorial Governor William H. Wallace in 1863. With a history of more than 158 years, can a state government office offer challenging, greenfield assignments to IT professionals looking for a challenge? This presentation will explore the transition of Idaho’s critical infrastructure from a mishmash of legacy computer towers and servers to a state of the art, cloud-based system protected behind multiple firewalls and security perimeters. Learn about the projects and programs available in state government that can provide project managers and technology strategists with challenging and meaningful work.

Foster is the Deputy Secretary of State in Idaho and has a background in engineering, marketing, healthcare, and business. He is currently responsible for IT, operations, cyber and physical security, critical business and elections infrastructure, vendor management, interactions with the Idaho Army and Air Force National Guard units, and staff management for the Secretary of State’s office.

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Susan Kuehl, BS, and Lori Martin, BS

Co-Founders, Consilio Consultants

What Matters More than Purpose?

In a world of purpose-driven organizations, why aren’t people inspired and engaged? This session will cover concrete steps to guarantee employee buy-in, align individuals to organizational purpose, and create long-term impact.

Consilio Consultants are culture transformation specialists. They create new ways of thinking and learning that build extraordinary cultures. They change how work is done and their clients, and the people inside them, thrive as a result. The ability to LOVE YOUR WORK is available to everyone. It takes intention, commitment, and a willingness to do things differently. The payoff is a culture that rises above the competition, produces outstanding work, and takes care of its people, while alleviating employee burnout.

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Stephen O’Meara, BFA

Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Technology, Ada County (State of Idaho)

Building Consensus among Competing IT Needs in Local Government

In a government consisting of seven individual elected offices and sixteen additional non-elected departments, how does a single IT department create success despite competing needs? With transparency and governance. Learn how Ada County IT creates stakeholder success despite competing needs and limited resources.

Stephen oversees all activities regarding technology for the Ada County Government, including enterprise networking and systems, cybersecurity, county level GIS, in-house software development, business intelligence, data center management, and business process management. This includes serving as the technology adviser to nine elected officials and 35 departments heads, assisting with their respective strategic planning activities. Stephen also functions as Director of Information Technology for the Ada County Sheriff as a member of the Office’s Executive Staff Team overseeing all technology projects and delivery in addition to overseeing the Ada County Sheriff’s Public Safety Answering Point (emergency call center) and Dispatch Center technology. As CIO, he also pioneered Ada County’s first Unmanned Aircraft Systems program.

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Joshua C. Stemp

Cybersecurity State Coordinator (Idaho), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency/U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Securing the Blind Box: Supply Chain Security in the Log4j Era

On December 10, 2021, organizations awoke to worldwide panic with the announcement of the Log4j vulnerability, a critical security flaw discovered in the open-source Apache Log4j software module broadly implemented in commercial software solutions. At the mercy of vendors and service providers, many organizations relied on a foundation laid years earlier with purchase, support, and service agreements. In recent years, supply chain impacts and instabilities, like Log4j, have increased and the United State’s leadership has tasked CISA with strengthening supply chain resilience across the public and private sectors. Learn how how to strengthen security and resilience in your organization by building a good cybersecurity foundation during the planning and execution phases of your projects.

Joshua currently serves as a cybersecurity liaison between state and local government officials, infrastructure stakeholders, and the federal government and provides strategic planning, threat awareness, risk management advice, and incident response coordination. Previously, he served as the lead information security engineer for the Idaho Transportation Department for six years, where he specialized in digital forensics, incident response, electronic discovery, and cyber threat intelligence, and developed the largest non-criminal digital forensics laboratory within the state government. Joshua was also the sole statewide information security analyst while serving three years in the State of Idaho’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. He also volunteers as a cybersecurity mentor for the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council.  Josh is GIAC certified as an Incident Handler, Forensic Examiner, and Forensic Analyst , as well, he holds certifications in Advanced Smartphone Forensics and Cyber Threat Intelligence.

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JoAnna Velez, PMP, MBA

Founder, Process Storytelling Enterprises

Modernize Classic Tools to Thrive in Today’s Chaos

In today’s project management world, chaos seems to be lurking around every corner. Too often days start with a solid plan and promise to put blinders on until those critical three tasks are completed….and then chaos skips into the room and disrupts everything. But project managers have the power to fire with fire by using every possible tool at their disposal to not just survive, but THRIVE throughout the day. Learn how to take classic tools from different frameworks and modernize them to be fully utilized in the ‘new ‘normal’ workday. Templates provided!

JoAnna 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. JoAnna has 20+ years of experience in the mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation, technology, retail trade, insurance and  and services industries. She 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 holds ITIL4 Foundations, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and PMP certifications.

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Mark Woychick, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Boise State University College of Innovation and Design

Ask the Right Questions to Build Your Career

To get beyond empty career advice like “follow your passion” or “follow the money,” you need to start with different questions. In this session, learn what questions you should be asking about your career and what others have shared when asked, “What career advice would you give your younger self?”

Mark is the lead instructor for the Data Analyst and Project Management Essentials certificates at Boise State University. He has 25+ years of experience working at Fortune 50 companies across business functions, including customer service, sales and pursuit, managed services, e-commerce IT, and operations. Mark is also the creator and host of “So Called”, a podcast about how and why we work. 

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Panelists – Future of Work in Construction Project Management

Panelists will discuss the importance of understanding differing, and sometimes competing, goals and priorities of each project’s stakeholders, from owners to subcontractors to inspectors. Like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, understanding the goals and priorities of each project stakeholder is key in executing a successful project in the eyes of each of the stakeholders.

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