Tech Entrepreneur Channels Empathy


Projekt202 Co-Founder Peter Eckert to keynote 11th UT Dallas PM Symposium with presentation on “The Empathetic Project Manager”

20 June 2017 – Richardson, Texas, USA – The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) has announced that Peter Eckert, co-founder of the successful tech company Projekt202 will deliver a keynote presentation at the 11th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. Eckert is the Chief Experience Officer for projekt202, a software design and development company that provides digital transformation solutions for some of America’s top corporations. Named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc., projekt202’s revenue has grown 214% over the past three years. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Seattle, projekt202 harnesses the strengths and talents of more than 160 researchers, designers, developers and digital marketing strategists.

How can empathy help turn you into a power PM, make your projects go smoother and make your project teams love you? What is empathy and how can it be leveraged to make sense of project teams, motivate members of your teams, deliver better results and disrupt the way how things are done today? 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.

Peter Eckert is a UX design visionary and one of the best UX design leaders in the world. As Chief Experience Officer and Co‐Founder of projekt202, Peter is responsible for helping businesses develop and establish meaningful company‐wide experience strategies through understanding audiences and customers better than ever before. Under Peter’s guidance, projekt202 builds emotionally rich and intuitive solutions that enable customers and end‐users to access the full potential of technology in today’s connected world.

Peter has helped Fortune 500 companies implement user experience strategies, changing the way products are envisioned, designed and built. He has directed projekt202’s efforts for SAP, Charles Schwab, PayPal, Sabre, Motorola, Dell, Samsung, Crossmark, Microsoft, Agresso, Thomson Financials, The Tribune Company, LeGrand, Logitech, Deloitte, Mercedes, Capital One, Amazon, Expedia, AT&T, Cognizant, eBay, Southwest Airlines, Kronos, Teleflora, TicketNetwork and more. A graduate of Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany, Peter also studied design at Arizona State University and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He has authored articles featured in Fast Company, UX Magazine, E‐Commerce Times and other publications.

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 University of Texas at Dallas (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. Early registration pricing is available until July 16; Group discounts also available. To access conference website, click here.

Other keynote speakers for this year’s symposium will include: J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow Director, 2017 PMI Board of Directors; Anne M. Guevara, Proposal Director JSTARS Campaign, Raytheon Company; Keith Thurgood, PhD, Clinical Professor of Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas; and Meg Infiorati, Vice President, IPMA USA.

The 2.5-day project management conference will focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including energy, healthcare, IT, software, telecommunications, local government and others. This is a traditional PM 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. All 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/.