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Past Events

Panel Discussion: Project Management Practices
October 12, 2021
 

Project Management Practices come in all shapes and sizes, some are big and complex and some are succinct and simple. Every company (and every project manager) operates a bit differently. Some companies have strict guidelines that must be followed and some encourage adjusting processes to fit the situation.

PMI is an organization where we can learn from our peers. And this is a perfect opportunity! At our October chapter meeting, three members of our chapter, each working for a different local company, will answer questions and share information about the processes applied in their companies related to project management support of strategic efforts, change management, onboarding of new Project Managers and other activities. Our session will be moderated by another member of our PMI-NEW chapter who will share perspectives from her experience.

Our panel members will answer questions proposed to them by the moderator. We will take additional questions from the meeting attendees, time permitting.

The past several Panel Discussions have proven very popular and we expect this Panel Discussion to be equally well received! Please join us.

Cost: $15.00

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Webcast Opens
6:40 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Speaker Presents
8:00 PM -Closing

PDUs: 1.0

Panel Members:

Ruth WiegardRuth Wiegand
Project Manager IV (Consultant) - Kimberly Clark

Rue Wiegand is a multi-talented business professional whose career has included management; project management; scrum/agile; EPM administrator; analysis; business ownership; user interface designer/development; graphic design; art direction; software training; and photography. She holds a Master of Science in Project Management and a Master of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from UW-Milwaukee and is she is a certified scrum master. Rue excels in idea generation, organization, strategic planning, and solutions that meet and exceed desired business goals. Rue values relationship building with work teams and in her off-time you can find her camping, snowmobiling, or riding her Spyder across the Midwest.

 

 

Matthew KirchmanMatthew Kirchman
Director, Digital Technology Program Management and Vendor Management - Oshkosh Corporation

Matt Kirchman has been building, launching, and leading PMOs for over 20 years in a variety of industries including financial services, securities exchange, construction, and manufacturing. Though project management has been his primary focus, he’s also had the opportunity to lead security, facilities, fleet management, and procurement organizations. Matt is currently the Director of Digital Technology Program Management and Vendor & Asset Management at Oshkosh Corporation, where his teams support a variety of initiatives that are driving the Company’s digital transformation.

 

 

 

Heather AckeretHeather Ackeret
Sr. Manager – Program Management, Kitchen Fixtures & Faucets - Kohler Co.

Heather Ackeret is an experienced global manager with a demonstrated history of building teams and managing change and holds a BS in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering from UW-Milwaukee. Skilled in Prosci Change Management, Manufacturing Operations, Supplier and Quality Management; she currently leads a team of New Product Development Program Managers at Kohler Co. A Wisconsin native, she loves spending time with her family while camping, running, and exploring the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator:

Monica ClaussMonica Clauss
Senior Project Manager - Associated Bank

Monica started her career in banking in college as a teller, then loan assistant and ultimately landed a role in commercial lending after college as a credit analyst and portfolio manager. After earning her MBA, she began exploring career options and became interested in project management. A significant project involving a new commercial lending application was the gateway to her project management career. Since then, Monica has earned her PMP and has led projects of all sizes and complexities at Associated Bank including large upgrades and implementations spanning lines of business.

 

 

9/11 and Beyond
September 14, 2021
 

September 11th, 2001 was a gorgeous day in Washington, DC. Within 2 hours of getting to work and meeting with my team, everything changed. Not only for us but for everyone in America. On that day and the months that followed, I learned a lot about myself and the people around me about courage, commitment, and the ingenuity of Americans that have a purpose and want to make a difference. They are lessons any leader can use to lead better, get more done, and leave a legacy

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply strategies to decrease conflict within teams
  • Break down barriers to communication in order to increase effectiveness
  • Understand and apply the underpinnings of leadership and human relations

Cost: $15.00

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Webcast Opens
6:40 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Speaker Presents
8:00 PM -Closing

PDUs: 1.0

 

Speaker Biography/Credentials:

Charles "Chip" Lutz

Chip Lutz is a retired Naval Officer and under his command as Commanding Officer of two different Naval facilities, both his teams received national recognition for setting new standards of service while maintaining high morale and high retention among team members. He also knows about meeting critical objectives during stressful conditions – having served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th, 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25 thousand people on 6 different Naval installations in the National Capital Region.

Chip is the author of 5 books and adjunct faculty for two colleges. He has earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation (CSP) from the National Speaker's Association and the Certified Humor Professional Designation (CHP) from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

 

Speaker Website: http://www.unconventionalleader.com/

 

 

Build Trusting and Engaging Teams
April 13, 2021
 

Sponsored by PMI-NEW & PMI Madison/South Central Wisconsin

TeamworkTeams function best when the people on the team trust each other. When you trust each other, real work gets done.

Learn how to: get the right people on your team, lead them to trust early, and engage them sooner and more effectively. In this interactive session, we’ll go beyond traditional “ice-breakers” and have you prepped with tools for your toolkit you can start using immediately!

After attending this webinar you will be able to:

  • Use the 7 Rs of communicating in uncertain times
  • Employ the 3 Steps to Get to Trust Quickly
  • Learn the value of Reap, Deep, and Keep -- a model for high-performing teams

View/Download the presentation slide deck 

Cost: $10.00

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Webcast Opens
6:45 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Speaker Presents
8:00 PM -Closing
 

PDUs: 1.0

Speaker Biography/Credentials:

Roger WolkoffRoger Wolkoff

Roger is a motivational speaker who helps you tap into your strengths and potential so you can get out of your way and get more done. He speaks about the power of connecting, gratitude, and appreciation. He delivers stories, ideas, and keys to unlock what’s already inside you. Roger has over 20 years of expert interpersonal communication and team-building experience.

His core messages center around trust, communication, and emotional intelligence. He helps leaders and high-performing teams communicate with clarity, conviction, and positive intent. He is an avid believer in Clifton’s Strength Finder and everything surrounding positivity. Roger is an expert in emotional intelligence, communication, and building positive relationships.

Roger lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Anne. He loves to travel, bike, and read science fiction. He is a big fan of baseball, pinball, and all things Tesla.

 

Speaker Website: https://www.rogerwolkoff.com/

 

 

Complaint Free Business - Complaining is costing your business money!
March 9, 2021

 

78% of employees report wasting 4.5 hours every week listening to coworkers complain. Not only that, 1 out of every 10 employees quit their job due to complaining coworkers. When businesses talk about employee retention, complaining plays a huge role. Complaining keeps employees focused on the problem instead of working towards solutions. It also has the potential to create a toxic work environment. I bet you can think of at least ONE coworker right now that is a chronic complainer who can find a problem with every solution!

Project Managers, their teams, and other stakeholders deal with hundreds of complaints on a daily basis — complaining coworkers, complaining customers, and don't forget family and friends too! Becoming complaint-free has been proven to make us all happier people! And happier people = happier, more productive employees. Everyone will leave inspired, mindful of their own complaints, and motivated to approach complaining customers and co-workers with new, simple, and effective strategies. To help keep everyone accountable, you will also be introduced to the 21 Day Complaint Free Challenge. This will last long after your conference is over and everyone will start to see changes in both their personal and professional lives!

Download the presentation here

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Logon/Arrival
6:45 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Networking Sessions Begin
8:00 PM -Closing
 

PDUs: 1.0

Speaker Biography/Credentials:

Wendy BabcockWendy Babcock

In 2006 Wendy left an abusive marriage and set out on a new journey to discover who she was. Along her path, she found her passion for speaking and teamed up with Will Bowen to help share his vision of A Complaint Free World. As the only active Certified Complaint Free Trainer in the world, Wendy loves to bring humor to everyday examples of complaining. She has since been appointed the Director of Certified Complaint Free Trainers.

 

Speaker Website: https://www.wendybabcock.com/

 

 
 

Vendor Management: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
February 9, 2021

 

Vendor ManagementVendors, whether they provide contractors, code, or construction material, make or break your project. It starts by creating a good relationship, contract, and statement of work. It requires constant communication, clarification, change orders, and follow-up. You need trust, but you also a good dose of pessimism—always confirming your vendors are on track.

This session covers:

  • How to set up a good relationship with a vendor with contracts and SOWs
  • Overcoming challenges that will inevitably arise
  • What happens when you don’t address issues promptly and have to go to court

We will explore international and domestic examples from dealing with staff augmentation to sub-component delivery. Come and learn how to make vendor management easier.

 Click here to see the presentation deck!

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Logon/Arrival
6:45 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Networking Sessions Begin
8:00 PM -Closing
 

PDUs: 1.0

Speaker Biography/Credentials:

Todd Williams

Todd Williams. A strong comprehensive strategic foundation coupled with operational excellence allows companies to build the capabilities to thrive. Todd Williams brings this foundation to your organization. His goal is to improve how companies implement their strategic plans. Utilizing nearly thirty years of experience, he helps companies turn their vision into value. By following the mantra “Strategy, People, Process, and then Technology,” he specializes in building success-focused, project-delivery cultures, rescuing projects, and helping organizations drive business value from their strategic plans. He has worked with all sizes of companies from start-ups to multi-billion enterprises in the US, Far East, and the Middle East with experience in manufacturing, sales, electronics, healthcare, and automotive. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker and trainer doing over 40 presentations, workshops, and custom classes a year throughout the United States, Canada, and the European Union. As an expert witness and the author of two books—Filling Execution Gaps: How Executives and Project Managers turn Strategy into Successful Projects (2017) and Rescue the Problem Project, A Complete Guide to Managing, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (2010) he has helped set the standard for how organizations can run projects successfully.

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Speed Networking
January 12, 2021

 

NetworkingLast year’s PMI-NEW Networking Event was a huge success. So we are doing it again! PMI-NEW is holding a virtual “Speed Networking” event on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The activities will start at 6:45pm and end at 8:00pm. Breakout networking sessions will begin at 7:00pm.

Speed Networking is designed to breakout attendees into smaller groups multiple times during the event to share their thoughts and discuss topics presented for each breakout session. Attendees can share wisdom and experiences, as well as ask questions of the others in their breakout session. The topics will be varied, from lessons learned and new tools & techniques to continuing education and the value of certifications. Each breakout session will be a random mix of different participants. Something for everyone!

Feel free to enjoy a beverage of choice (optional) while you participate in this fun and interactive session!

 

Cost: FREE

 Registration 

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Logon/Arrival
6:45 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Networking Sessions Begin
8:00 PM -Closing
 

PDUs: 1.0

 Registration 

 
 

Introduction to the PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition
PMI-NEW December Monthly Event

 

Didn't get a chance to join us for this event?  Check out the link to the recorded session here! https://youtu.be/QexwgKSwLm8

1.0 Technical PDU - PDU Claim Code: C281J4A7I7 for self-reporting. If you attended the live event, we will report your PDU if you included your PMI number.

 

 

PMBOK-7th-EditionFor years, the PMBOK® Guide has been the go-to resource for helping practitioners use best practices to deliver value on the job. With the next edition in development now, we invite you to join us for an overview of the draft content planned for the seventh edition which is planned to be released in early 2021.

 

We will discuss:

  • How the development team is working to make sure the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition remains relevant
  • The changes in structure and where to find information
  • The intent to ensure the next edition helps you get the job done and deliver value no matter the type of delivery approach (predictive, adaptive, or hybrid)

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: FREE

 Webcast Registration 

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Webcast Opens
6:40 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Speaker Presents
8:00 PM -Closing
 

PDUs: 1.0

 

Speaker Biography/Credentials:

Steve Blais

Dr. Marvin Nelson. Marvin is known for his passionate pursuit of operational excellence and strategic growth. He is currently a product specialist for PMI standards. In his time with PMI, Marvin has led strategic initiatives exploring and operationalizing new focus areas of practice related to project, program, and portfolio management. Marvin has been on staff with PMI since 2013. Prior to joining PMI, Marvin served as SVP, Strategic Initiatives at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. Marvin holds a BA in organizational management, an MBA from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and DBA from Wilmington University.

 

 

 

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Digital Transformation in Organizations
PMI-NEW November Monthly Event

Digital Transformation

Many organizations throughout the world are undergoing what is being called a "digital transformation". Many are being forced to take this rather disruptive step because of circumstances that exist in the workplace today. As project managers, faced with an Agile Transformation as well as a Digital Transformation, perhaps at the same time, how are we going to deal with all the ramifications of transformation and still have successful projects? What are the basic elements of a digital transformation, and what are the primary challenges and obstacles to overcome to achieve success? This webinar will look at Digital Transformation from project managers' perspective.

 

 Learning Objectives:

  • Technologies of digital transformation
  • The driving forces behind digital transformation 
  • What's different about a digital transformation project
  • Some practices to follow to increase the chances of a digital transformation project success

 

View/Download the presentation here

 

Cost: FREE

 Webcast Registration

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Webcast Schedule:

6:30 PM -Webcast Opens
6:40 PM -Business Meeting
7:00 PM -Speaker Presents
8:00 PM -Closing
 

PDUs: 1.0

 

Speaker Biography/Credentials:

Steve Blais

Steve Blais, PMP, PMI-PBA, is an author, consultant, teacher and coach who has over 50 years’ experience in Information Technologies working as a programmer, project manager, business analyst, system analyst, general manager, and quality assurance analyst (AKA tester). He has also been in an executive position for several start-up companies. He has consulted on digital transformation efforts in Singapore, Dubai, and the US. He is a regular contributor to Business Analysis Times. Modern Analyst, and other publications, He has presented the keynote addresses at business analyst conferences (2019), PMI PacRim Conference in Tokyo (2012), PMI South America in Sao Paolo (2011), IPMA European Conference (2013) and other conferences around the world. He is the author of Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success (John Wiley, 2011) and co-author of Business Analysis for Practitioners: a Practice Guide (PMI, 2014) and a member of the core team for the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge, V3 (IIBA, 2015). His new book on the future of business analysis will be coming out next year.

 

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Chapter Membership

Total Members 490
New Members This Year 35
PMP® Members 346
CAPM® Members 7
PgMP® Members 1
PMI-SP® Members 0
PMI-RMP® Members 0
PMI-ACP® Members 19
PfMP® Members 0
PMI-PBA® Members 1
Members with no Certification 135
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 484
Student Members 5
Other Members 1
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