One Last Time for PMI – Gedansky Keynotes UT Dallas Project Management Symposium, announces Retirement

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Lewis Gedansky, PhD, Vice President of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) delivered one of two keynotes presentations on Friday morning, 17 August 2012, at the 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas.  At the conclusion of his talk, Dr. Gedansky confirmed that he is retiring from PMI at the end of the month.

Dr. Gedansky delivered a presentation on the topic of “Project Management for Distributed Teams: Building Success Across Borders.”  According to Lew, “Distributed or ‘virtual’ project teams, with members who may be separated by oceans and time zones, are becoming more common and interacting more intensively. They exploit 24/7 mobile communications, Internet-based project management tools, and social networking software to execute projects that would have been difficult or impossible until recently.”

This presentation looked at how project managers can make the most of these trends. As barriers of distance and data sharing are eliminated, others can pose problems: linguistic and cultural differences, leadership styles, even the role of body language and informal ‘hallway conferences’. The audience gained a better understanding of both the promise and the pitfalls of our fast-changing environment.  To see Lew’s presentation, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/som/files/Gedansky_Slides.pdf.

As PMI VP, Governance and Executive Programs and PMIEF Executive Director, Lew Gedansky has been working in recent years with the PMI Board of Directors, the PMI Educational Foundation Board of Directors, executive management, other personnel, other volunteers, and external groups on a variety of programs pertaining to organizational governance, executive operations, and philanthropic endeavors.

His previous roles during his 14 years at PMI have included Director of Governance and Executive Programs; Director of the Center for Operational Excellence; PMI Research Manager, PMI Standards Manager, PMI Educational Foundation Manager, and the primary information resource for the PMI Knowledge & Wisdom Center. Prior to joining PMI, Lew spent 27 years in the paper industry, mostly involved with project and program management after earning academic degrees in chemistry. Lew is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and The Center for Association Leadership, where he served as chair of the Strategic Research Committee.

The second day of the conference kicked off with Lew Gedansky’s presentation at 8:00 a.m.  He was followed on the plenary stage by Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and current president of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm – IPMA USA.  For the sixth year in a row, symposium attendees had the rare occasion to meet and listen to senior leaders from the world’s two largest project management professional organizations.

Other keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  If you live in North Texas, don’t miss this annual opportunity to attend a world class symposium at a very reasonable cost.  More information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at The University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

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 area of the AACSB-accredited 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 an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is 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 academic experience. The Program is 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 over 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

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.