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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 (vp_communications@pmiwic.org) 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 (vp_communications@pmiwic.org) for assistance.

The Schedule

TimeActivity  
11:30amDoors Open  
11:45am-12:15pmNetworking and Lunch  
12:15pm-12:30pmOpening Remarks  
12:30pm-12:45pmBreak  
12:45pm-4:05pm Breakout Sessions  
12:45pm-1:45pmJulie Springer and Ryan Fullmer
Finding the Why for the Work
Jake Blanchard
Creating Strong Relationships with Stakeholders
JoAnna Velez
Modernize Classic Tools to Thrive in Today’s Chaos

1:45pm-1:55pmBreak  
1:55pm-2:55pmDr. Doug Twitchell
Managing Cybersecurity Risks

Lorraine Loury
Broaden Your Skills Palette with Visual Thinking: A Powerful Tool to Encourage Collaboration, Empower, Align… and Much More!

Colleen Sollars and Sheryl Bishop
PMI Impact Strategy: Empowering People to Turn Ideas into Reality
PMI Credentials and Certifications: Level Up
2:55pm-3:05pmBreak  
3:05pm-4:05pmKristine Miller and Wendy Ellestad
Raising the Bar: The City of Boise’s EPMO Journey

Mark Woychick
Ask the Right Questions to Build Your Career

Jim Rowley
The Future of Work in Construction and the Resulting Effects on Project Management
New PMI Certifications for Construction PMs
4:05pm-4:15pmBreak  
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 Past President and PMIWIC VP of Professional Development

PMI Impact Strategy: Empowering People to Turn Ideas into Reality

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 impact 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 30+ 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 27 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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Julie Springer, MPA, and Ryan Fullmer

Julie Springer, Certified Enterprise Business Agility Strategist (AgilityHealth), Mobius Coach and Ryan Fullmer – Certified Enterprise Business Agility Strategist (AgilityHealth), Mobius Coach, Certified Scrum Professional | Conduo

Finding the Why for the Work

Are you making the greatest possible impact for your customers and your stakeholders? Are you achieving your goals?  In this presentation, Ryan Fullmer and Julie Springer will share their expertise with Outcome-Driven Planning to guide you through an experience of reflection, insights and actionable take-aways. Be inspired and see a clear path for how to make your work less about the to-do list and more about measuring impact. Learn the impact of not being clear on the why for the work. See the difference between activities and outcomes, and the value of being outcome-driven—resulting in an actionable approach for how to focus and align your work to the impact you want to make

Julie Springer: Business Agility Coach and co-founder of Conduo. I work with Agile leaders who have a vision for moving past the status quo and finding better ways of working. I’m most passionate about focusing on outcomes (activity does not equal progress!), and creating a healthy working environment where people have a voice and do work they care about. I began my career as a product owner in State government, moving into leadership role and then working as a consultant and coach to help organizations develop business Agility.

Ryan Fullmer: Business Agility Coach and co-founder of Conduo. I have a passion for collaborating with Agile leaders to solve tough challenges. The bigger the better! I love helping leaders get clear on what they want to achieve and develop a strategy to move forward. I excel at using Agile and Lean to transform the way organizations plan, deliver, and improve. I have nearly 20 years of experience leading Agile projects and working with leaders to develop business Agility.

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Lorraine Loury

Founder/Consultant in Change management, Communications & Visual Thinking/Sketchnoting
Collective Pulse · Freelance

Broaden Your Skills Palette with Visual Thinking: A Powerful Tool to Encourage Collaboration, Empower, Align… and Much More!

Can you picture yourself struggling to explain a complex concept? Wishing you were in your manager or client’s brain to check if you’re aligned with their needs? Painfully finetuning the 34th version of a deck with five speakers …hard to align, right? Come learn and experience the power of Visual Thinking! It helps you understand, remember, reformulate, collaborate, be tangible, get alignment… and certainly brings positive dynamics into your organization.

Attendees will learn Visual Thinking 101 Tips & Tricks with hands-on activities, and they will be able to identify opportunities in their daily jobs to implement those tips to facilitate understanding, collaboration and alignment.

For the last 18 years, Lorraine Loury supported deep transformations projects within a variety of global organizations as an independent consultant. She has valuable expertise in Communications, Change management & Visual Thinking. Her focus is to onboard employees to make them into agents of change, encourage cooperation and facilitate co-designed decisions. She believes we have to give people the floor to make change happen. She supports her clients in driving their transformation projects “with” their staff. Lorraine is also a sketchnoting and doodling addict. She likes to turn anything she reads or hears into a visual recap. She tells stories with doodles and a few key words. She believes a visual one-pager of a conference, a vision or a complex topic helps focus in on key ideas and makes the topic understandable and memorable. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorraineloury/ https://www.instagram.com/loloury/

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Kristine Miller, and Wendy Ellestad, PMP

City of Boise Deputy Chief of Staff and Citywide Portfolio Senior Manager, EPMO

Raising the Bar: The City of Boise’s EPMO Journey

Wendy Ellestad (EPMO Leader) and Kristine Miller (Executive Sponsor) will share their experience with establishing an Enterprise Project/Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) at the City of Boise. Hear about their journey and key takeaways over the past 4+ years of establishing and evolving an EPMO within municipal government – strategy, methodology, lessons learned, scars earned, and critical success factors in the City’s EPMO journey.

Although not formally trained as a Project Manager, Kristine’s professional journey has provided her many opportunities to build skills managing people as well as project and program scopes, schedules, and budgets across multiple sectors. From early career experience as a research scientist in micro and molecular biology labs, to administration in Higher Ed, to managing a non-profit, and now overseeing the City of Boise’s day-to-day operations, Kristine has worked with and learned from many talented and impactful PMs. One of her favorite responsibilities in her current role is advancing the City’s project management capacity via a newly established Enterprise Portfolio Management Office.

Wendy Ellestad is a 25+ year veteran within the project management profession. She has spent her career in roles ranging from hands-on project, program & portfolio management, to leading teams of PMs and building PMOs. Her experiences cross over from technology to manufacturing, retail and public sector. She currently is building a new EPMO within the City of Boise.

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Doug Twitchell, PhD

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Information Technology

Managing Cybersecurity Risks

Networked computers now mediate most of our projects and day-to-day work. The accompanying tools are a boon to productivity but come with risks. Viruses, ransomware, outages, and large-scale fraud are now common and represent increasing risk to organizations and the projects they embark on. With their ability to see a project as a whole and how it fits into the business, project managers can be an integral part in managing cybersecurity risk. This session will cover some of the ways project managers can frame, manage, and reduce cybersecurity risk.

Doug Twitchell has been researching and teaching in information security for 15 years. He has been an active researcher in behavioral information security having published 42 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles on topics such as deception detection and teaching security through gaming. As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a member of the Special Interest Group on Security in the Association for Information Systems, he enjoys keeping up with and discussing current advances in information security. He is also involved in research into deception and its detection using text mining methods. His teaching interests include all aspects of information security that focus on protecting data and systems from unauthorized access or theft.

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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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Jim Rowley

Chief Operations Officer, McAlvain Group of Companies

The Future of Work in Construction and the Resulting Effects on Project Management

Jim will be interviewed by the VP of Professional Development, Sheryl Bishop, on the future of work in construction in terms of new trends in construction and the resulting effects on project managers. For example, how remote work has changed the way PMs collaborate with and provide oversight to stakeholders, how construction software and technology has had to change to handle the disruption in the supply chain, as well as the effects on materials management and the iron triangle of scope, schedule and budget (“measure twice, build once”), including how artificial intelligence (AI) may automate and manage repetitive tasks with greater efficiency and quality, which in turn, could reduce the number of FTE needed for certain deliverables. Questions will be taken from the audience as well. Sheryl will wrap up the discussion with a quick presentation of information on the latest PMI ® certifications for project managers.

Jim holds a BS in Building Construction from the University of Washington. He has worked for 34+ years in the industry, mostly in Southern California and Seattle, having held positions of project engineer, cost engineer, superintendent, project manager, project executive, vice president and presently COO.

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