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PMI Leader CJ Walker Waite to address UT Dallas Project Management Symposium on 16 August

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27 July 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Organizers of the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held August 15-16, 2013, in Richardson, Texas, USA have announced that Dr. Cheryl J. (CJ) Walker Waite, member of the Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), will address the conference plenary session on Friday morning, August 16.  Dr. Walker Waite will speak on the topic of “The Value of Project Management for Society, Organizations and the Practitioner.”

The theme for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders.”  The conference is organized each year by the The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Journal.  To register, visit pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The presentation will provide an overview of how project management not only improves integration across silos and organizational learning but also delivers value at every societal level, from the global to the individual, for both emerging and developed economies. It clarifies where and how project management is an agent for managing change, innovation and globalization, and how it provides a structure for leveraging resources. And it clearly illustrates how project management provides a well-paid, rewarding career path for the practitioner.

cheryl-j-cj-walker-waiteCheryl J. (CJ) Walker Waite has been a PMI member since 1991, and most recently served on the PMI Board Volunteer Advisory Committee from 2009–2012, and as Chair of the Committee (2011–2012). She was previously the president of the PMI Washington, DC (WDC) Chapter (2 years), following her tenure as executive vice president (2 years) and vice president for certification and education (8 years). She also served as the first regional advocate for PMI Region Five and has been recognized multiple times by the PMI WDC Chapter for outstanding service.

Dr. Walker Waite has over 20 years of experience in the United States and internationally as an engagement/program management consultant with multi-year, multimillion-dollar global projects, including organizational change and business strategy initiatives. Her global clients include Saab, Nortel, Discovery, Bechtel, Pasteur Merieux Connaught, Astra Zeneca, USAID, ABC/Disney, MTVN, ONCOR and NJDOT. Since 1991, Dr. Walker Waite has been a featured workshop leader/presenter at eight PMI symposiums and at multiple business forums.

Since 2003 up to the present, Dr. Walker Waite has authored numerous publications, including, “Sustainability of Performance for Technology Innovator Firms in Business Environments Exhibiting Turbulence,” “The Cross-Applicability of PM: A Vehicle for Org Transition in the Implementation of Multi-Media Business Communications Platforms” (chapter in The Story of Projects) and, “Changing the Organizational Culture” (chapter in The Strategic Project Office.) Among other endeavors, Dr. Walker Waite is a managing consultant with IBM where she leads global change initiatives, manages international projects, and guides organizations in attaining sustainable performance. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor in project management graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin and City University, Seattle, USA.

Dr. Walker Waite earned her MBA in international business from George Washington University in 1991, and her PhD in organizational behavior and development, strategic innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2006. She received her Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential in 1994 and is a graduate of the 2002 PMI Leadership Institute Inaugural Master Class.

The two-day UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the University’s campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The annual two-day project management conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, public programs, energy, transportation and others.  This symposium has become one of the best regional project management conferences in the United States, and one of the best values for a full two-day professional conference.

The symposium will include an opening ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by 45 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker.   Attendees can receive 15 PDUs for attending.  If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas or anywhere in the Central United States, plan to attend this world-class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).  Registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.), the program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with more than 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org .

The PM World Journal is an online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.