Chicago

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
8:20am – 10:30am
120 S. Riverside, 15th Floor, Chicago

$45.00 per person
PMI members – $40.00
(group rates available for 10 or more)  

4 Speakers – 20 Minutes Each
Delivering Unique, Cutting-Edge Ideas and Thoughts

We are really excited to be hosting the second edition of ProjectTalks in Chicago. Ted Talk-like sessions from local and international experts.

This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others from different industries and project structures while hearing innovative ideas affecting your project environment today. Tell your colleagues, share with your local project teams… and don’t forget those PDUs.

See you there!

Gwen Nichols-White (PMI Chicagoland VP) and David Barrett (Director, ProjectTalks)

Program-at-a-Glance 

Doors open at 7:30am – Registration and Networking
8:20am – Start
8:30am – first speaker
10:20am – close
10:30am – all done
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Improve Communication and Teamwork By Understanding Behavioral Styles
Zbig Skiba, Skiba Associates

Stakeholder Stalemate… How can the project be a winner?
Connie Wyatt, PMP®, PMI-PBA®, S.A.I.D. Strategy Group, Inc

Did You Get The Message?
Tiffany Bernard, M.A., CLC, Anew Life to Live

The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett,Solutions Network Ltd, ProjectTalks

Program Details

Improve Communication and Teamwork By Understanding Behavioral Styles
Zbig Skiba, Skiba Associates

Professionals and Managers can struggle with the soft skills needed to advance in their careers.  Their customer-facing and leadership roles require the ability to put themselves in the other person’s shoes, and to demonstrate empathy.  Understanding behavioral and communication styles is a critical skill in developing into new roles.  This presentation is based on the DISC behavioral assessment methodology.  Registrants will receive a complimentary DISC Behavioral and Motivators Profile and a free coaching session.

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Stakeholder Stalemate… How can the project be a winner?
Connie Wyatt, PMP®, PMI-PBA®, S.A.I.D. Strategy Group, Inc.

Is your stakeholder holding out?  Or maybe even derailing the project?  We’ve all experienced it… “Stakeholder Stalemate”.  The stakeholder who just doesn’t seem to be engaged or supportive of the project’s goals and objectives.  The project team is striving for success, but the stakeholder is not on board.  What can be done?  What’s the blocker?  How can we enlist stakeholder support to successfully complete the project on time and on budget?  In this Project Talk, we’ll dissect the dilemma created by “Stakeholder Stalemate” and explore strategies and best practices to reach stakeholders and overcome the challenges and obstacles that may derail the project if not approached with a mindset of success as the ultimate win for the project.

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Did You Get The Message?
Tiffany Bernard, M.A., CLC, Anew Life to Live

Miscommunication can lead to unintentional complications. Who needs that in project management? Discover common workplace communication barriers. Learn more effective communication tools to improve project success.

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The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett

Strategic planning is now a part of the PMI’s Talent Triangle – now identified as a critical component to our current and future roles.   However, reading and hearing is one thing but how many of us are in a position to practice strategic planning and execution?  ALL OF US.  This session will show us how strategic planning is a key to our success at work but, as well, to our careers and our lives.   We will learn how to create a solid plan for any of the three legs and we will leave with the start to our own Professional Strategic Plans.

Speaker Details

Zbig Skiba, Skiba Associatesç
Zbig Skiba is deeply committed to helping his clients achieve professional and personal growth through skills development, education, and coaching. In his first management role, Zbig struggled with soft skills and lacked the support he needed to improve them. That experience remains vivid—and drives his commitment to helping others.  Zbig first used the DISC profiles when facilitating business peer groups, in order to improve interactions between group members and support coaching.  Zbig has an MBA from Kellogg and a degree in engineering.

Connie Wyatt, PMP®, PMI-PBA®, S.A.I.D. Strategy Group, Inc.
As the President and CEO of S.A.I.D. Strategy Group, Inc., Connie Wyatt leads a rapidly growing, woman and minority-owned professional services firm offering core services in project management, business process design, and value engineering implementations.  Connie has 20 years of experience in banking, higher education, and philanthropy, She is a certified Project Management Professional and Professional in Business Analysis who works collaboratively to build relationships working with clients helps her drive projects forward.  Her communications expertise extends to include senior leadership, executive sponsor, and stakeholder communications addressing organizational change to achieve strategic business initiatives.

Tiffany Bernard, M.A., CLC, Anew Life to Live
“Dynamic” is the essence of Tiffany Bernard, M.A.. Tiffany is a certified Life & Career Coach, Success Strategist, Corporate Trainer and Consultant, an Author, and Transformational Speaker. As CEO of Anew Life to Live, she is a master at designing programs to drive real, tangible transformation.
With 15-years of experience, Tiffany is dedicated to helping personal clients, as well as entire organizations, accomplish “Power Moves”; taking dynamic goals, and transforming them into reality.

David Barrett David Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author of 5 books and education advisor.   He specializes in helping people and organizations Manage the Uncertainty by creating healthy projects and strategies. David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America.

ProjectTalks is owned and operated by Solutions Network Ltd.