Full Program for 2017 UT Dallas PM Symposium revealed


Five keynotes, 33 professional presentations, 3 panels and networking to highlight 11th annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium

9 August 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The full program can now be viewed for the 11th annual University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) Project Management Symposium taking place during 17-18 August. The two and half day event will feature five keynote presentations, 33 paper presentations, three panels, a half day of Agile discussions and multiple networking opportunities. Attendance this year is expected to exceed 400. To visit the symposium website, click here.

Keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include:

Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Projekt 202, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. A UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. His presentation is titled “The Empathetic Project Manager.” He will show how empathy can help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? Peter will discuss how you can successfully leverage already well-established techniques out of the cognitive science toolbox to develop empathy and have teams perform at a higher level.

Anne Guevara, Director of Program Leadership at Raytheon and the Director of the Maritime & Littoral Systems portfolio in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems where she manages ~$300M of development, production and sustainment & support activities. A 20+ year veteran of Raytheon, Anne has managed a variety of large complex manufacturing & program leadership challenges ‐ including two assignments as an expatriate on an international joint venture where she managed a large complex software development initiative (14M lines of code!). Ms. Guevara will share her reflections regarding large scale change leadership: How does the Platinum Rule apply? What does Cultural Intelligence look like? What to do if your plan does not work? Disruption is the easy part; leading thru the chaos of uncertainty to achieve a noble purpose is the rewarding challenge!

Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, on “Defeating the Status quo…Why leaders matter!” As the speed of business accelerates, organizations must be agile, adaptable and actively engaged in disruptive innovation, and that type of innovation is driven by disruptive leadership. Dr. Thurgood brings a unique perspective on healthcare, operations management and leadership having served at senior level leadership positions in for‐profit and not‐for‐profit organizations. Most recently Dr. Thurgood was President, Spend and Clinical Management, MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement company. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club. He previously served as CEO of The Exchange (formerly the Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the United States Department of Defense’s $10 billion global for‐profit retail enterprise and he has also held executive positions with Frito‐Lay and PepsiCo. In addition to his civilian job, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve. Major General Thurgood served as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve in Washington, D.C. His last assignment prior to his retirement was the Deputy, Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army.

Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors, is academic dean and chief academic officer at the 6,000‐student University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Virginia, USA. He will present PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession® research that reveals for the first time in five years, more projects are meeting original goals and business intent and being completed within budget. Organizations are becoming “champions” of project management by investing in talent, benefits realization management, PMOs and EPMOs, executive sponsors, and agile approaches. He will discuss two case studies, one providing an overview of why a project went wrong and the second illustrating how an organization did a project right.

Dr. Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA – Intentional or Accidental Disruption: Are You Ready to Navigate the Choppy Waters? Meg E. Infiorati is an organizational psychologist with a private practice aiding individuals and organizations as they navigate through choppy waters of their own. With more than 30 years managing projects, programs, portfolios, and product lines, she has always focused on the human consequences for success or failure. Dr. Infiorati introduces the human assessments necessary for ‘what if’’ conversations for individuals and teams as they maneuver though today’s problems and tomorrow’s likely outcomes. Dr. Infiorati is a founding member of the Project Management Association of Nepal (PMAN‐2008) and has designed project planning approaches for international NGOs devoid of project knowledge as well as non‐profit organizations and charitable/volunteer programs in the USA. Dr. Infiorati holds degrees in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Management and Business Management and currently is a professor at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Under the theme “Disruptive Leadership”, the 2017 UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held during 17-19 August 2017 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA. The 2.5-day symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal. Special pricing and group discounts are still available. To access conference website, click here.

The 2.5-day project management conference will include 33 presentations on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications and others. This is a traditional conference with papers and presentations selected through a blind review process offering opportunities for PM practitioners, experts and researchers to get published and for professionals to learn from their peers. Saturday’s half-day will include an interactive Agile workshop. Participants can receive up to 16 PDUs. If you live in the central USA, don’t miss this major regional project management conference. For more or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a MS degree with an emphasis in project management and an MBA degree with project management emphasis. The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is a PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). 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. 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, visit http://www.pmidallas.org/

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN: 2330-4480) and indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. The PMWJ is produced by PM World which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management. To read the latest edition, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.