Morning Keynote Presentation

You Know Your IQ, But What’s Your CQ®? 

Develop Your Change Intelligence® for Project Success

Barbara Trautlein Photo 150Speaker: Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD

Time: 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)


Are you frustrated that no matter what you try, your change projects seem to either fail outright or produce gains that don’t last? The reality is that many project fall short of expectations. As a Project Management Professional, your career progress hinges on your ability to lead successful and sustainable change. Every project is a change – so every Project, Program, and Portfolio Manager is a “change leader!” In this interactive presentation, you’ll get introduced to how to get beyond the buzzwords and leverage a proven formula for change. The CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence® is based on decades of change leadership in the workplace, years of conducting global research on managing change, and study into the psychology and neuroscience of change. Through real-life examples you’ll discover how to reframe resistance from enemy to ally, so you can build relationships that get results, by learning how to “engage the Heart,” “enlighten the Head,” and equip the Hands” to lead people in positive, new directions so change sticks. You will emerge as a more competent and confident – and more agile and effective – Project Management Professional.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover tactics to engage for change with your stakeholders including sponsors, team members, and those on the front lines impacted by your projects.

  • Diagnose your own CQ®, learn the strengths and struggles of your Change Leadership Style, and walk-away with action steps to be more effective in your project leadership role.

  • Develop your Change Intelligence® to lead successful and sustainable change for your organization, team, and career.


Barbara A. Trautlein, PhD is author of the best-selling book Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks, principal and founder of Change Catalysts, and originator of the CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence®. For over 30 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical change management initiatives - achieving bottom-line business and powerful leadership results for clients. In 2015 she had the honor of being awarded Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Midwest Chapter. She is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable. Her blend of research and real-world expertise makes her an in-demand speaker at conferences around the world. Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, from C-level executives in Fortune 500 organizations to front line employees, and across industries, from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech. Clients served include Abbott Laboratories, BP, Cisco, Deloitte, the National Institutes of Health, and Northwestern University.  Barbara holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Presentations Round 1: Track 1 – Technical

Managing Troubled Projects

JE Dennis

Speaker: Jacqueline E. Dennis

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical (1 PDU)


Are all of your projects being delivered on time, in budget, with a fully completed scope meetingAre all of your projects being delivered on time, in budget, with a fully completed scope meetingquality expectation – and most importantly adding value? If you answered no, this webinar willhelp by distinguishing “troubled” vs. “successful” projects, pointing out early warning signs andproviding a roadmap for recovery and beyond.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what is a troubled project

  • Develop a checklist of specific causes leading to troubled projects
  • Formulate plans for mitigation and/or elimination of root causes

  • Provide the basis for prevention and recovery actions and plans.


A Project Management Professional with experience that encompasses technical, instructional, and soft science skill sets. Technical experience spans across multiple industries, i.e., education, software, technology, and telecommunications, which includes research and development, as well as managing projects, programs in an Information Technology (IT) project portfolio for a state government authority.

Presentations Round 1: Track 2 – Leadership

Business Agility: How to Create an Agile Organization

Cynthia Kahn Photo 80Speaker: Cynthia Kahn

Time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)


In this ever-changing business climate, the Agile Mindset is more important than ever. Agile leaders focus on what's important to the customer, so their business stays relevant and competitive. They organize teams who can move forward with limited information. Their companies provide product features that customers actually want (not what they think they want), because they act based on customer feedback.

How is this possible? We'll show you how to transition from the way you've always done it to think like an Agile Business Leader.

Learning Objectives

  • Think like an Agile Manager.

  • What is an MVP and why is it so important?

  • Business Agility Management Techniques.

  • How Business Agility works at Startups.


Wouldn't it be awesome if we could take the essence of the agile practices we apply to software development and change our approach to business and life in general? Cynthia Kahn knows it's possible. For over 20 years, she's been helping software companies apply agile concepts to set goals, create action plans, and achieve the results they want. Now, she applies the same agile techniques as she coaches businesses on how to focus on what's important, reduce overwhelm, and remain competitive.

In 2016, Cynthia co-founded GSD Mindset, an agile consultancy. GSD stands for Get Stuff Done. She helps businesses clarify their objectives, then plan and build products customers love. Cynthia also co-authored the GSD Scrum Handbook and created the popular Scrum in 1 Day workshop.

Cynthia has been an active member of her local PMI chapter since becoming PMP certified in 2005. She gives back to her agile community by advising to the Scrum Alliance. She speaks about all things agile to international audiences. If you’re interested in learning how she applies agile principles in her personal life to become happier, check out Cynthia’s TED talk on the TED YouTube channel.

Presentations Round 1: Track 3 – Strategic and Business Management

Managing Change as a Project Manager

Nincy Tighe   Speaker: Nancy Tighe

   Time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

   PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management(1 PDU)


Change happens – and as project managers, we are considered the change agents. Project managers need to understand it and manage it as an integral part of their projects. Without appropriate change management, projects may produce the specified product, service, or result within the constraints of cost, schedule, and quality – but not the expected business results. The true success of a project is not only measured at the end of the project, but also at the end of its life cycle when the business case can be validated. This webinar will provide you with a quick overview of some of the key elements of organizational and people change management. Understanding change management will provide you with the following benefits:

  • Knowing when and to what degree to include change management in your project

  • The ability to communicate its urgency and need – and have sponsors include it in the project budget

  • Finding and assigning competent change management experts on your projects

  • Creating an environment that will be more receptive to the coming change
  • Ensuring impactful communication strategies are in place that address all areas at risk

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the size and impact of change

  • Understand the phases of change

  • Identify the six risk factors of change

  • Earn the commitment of change sponsor

  • Identify the model for communication for effective change


Nancy (PMP, MBA) has more than 25 years of experience in Project and Program Management with an extensive background in process improvement, IT project management, integration management and building successful teams. Nancy is a very successful trainer and has worked with multiple industries around the globe.

Presentations Round 2: Track 1 – Technical

Project Management "Oh sh*t! I am the Project Manager”

Bill Dow 150Speaker: Bill Dow

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical (1 PDU)


How many times have you been randomly assigned a project with no idea how to start? You were just tapped on the shoulder by a senior leader, and you have no clue where to begin. Well, it happens all the time, so sit in on this interactive presentation with Bill Dow, PMP who will take you through the 10 steps of what to do when randomly assigned a project.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the immediate questions to ask when assigned a project.

  • Learn the key 10 steps when setting up your project.

  • Learn the top project management tools you will need to setup and run your projects. 


Bill Dow, PMP has been in IT for the last 30 years with 29 of those years focusing on Project Management. Bill has built 10 Project Management Offices from the ground up using the best practices and core principals of PMI and have been a tactical project manager since 1991. Bill is a 4 X author on PMO and Project Management books and in 2020 and 2021 has been nominated Top 15 PMO Manager and PMO Influencer across the world by PMO Global Awards.

Presentations Round 2: Track 2 – Leadership

Project Leadership Skills

   Speaker: PaPaul Nichols New 96ul Nichols

   Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

   PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU) 


If you want to advance your career as a project professional, you need to pay at least as much attention to your relationships as you do to your performance. The wide variety of skills and abilities that today’s PMs need to cultivate include:

  • Creating and executing on a vision

  • Motivating others

  • Influencing without authority

  • Networking

  • Communicating up, down, and laterally

  • Managing stakeholder relationships

  • Dealing with conflict

This presentation addresses each of the skills mentioned above, exploring them in relation to the project environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the importance of a project “vision”

  • Identify three elements that drive motivation

  • List a variety of tactics and strategies for influencing others

  • Explain the four fundamental rules of principled negotiation

  • Recognize the physiological components of a conflict reaction


Paul is a training consultant with extensive experience in designing and facilitating a wide variety of programs including those focused on leadership development, communications, performance improvement, presentation skills, and change management. He has worked with leaders to improve their individual and group effectiveness through his executive coaching efforts. Paul is skilled at providing valuable feedback to individuals and is familiar with many forms of self-assessment and 360-degree tools.

Presentations Round 2: Track 3 – Strategic and Business Management

Mind The Pre-HistorEQ Gap™

Joe LuttrellSpeaker: Joseph Luttrell

Time:11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1 PDU)


A Revolutionary Way to Elevate Your Intellect When You Need It Most!

You are leading a very tough, multi-million-dollar project that has encountered a show-stopping problem. After all of this time and money, this project may never go in. You start to have near-term visions of your career ending and living under a bridge somewhere. To lead the resolution of these types of colossally difficult situations, you will need to lead the extensive facilitation of root cause problem identification, negotiate solutions, stop infighting, and build everyone’s confidence while facing a steady inflow of volatile emotions.

Leading in moments of crisis requires the higher-thinking part of your brain, your frontal cortex, to orchestrate all of your other brain components to find those stroke-of-genius thoughts that allow things to move forward instead of spiraling into an outright catastrophe. Yet this level of adversity shifts your thinking to the more primitive, survival, component of your brain, your amygdala. At your moment of existential crisis, your intellect is autonomically cut in half. What if you could instead double or triple your available intellect at these times?

With the Mind The Pre-HistorEQ Gap™ Strategy, you can do just that. By practicing the strategy daily, you can learn how to visualize the innerworkings of key parts of your brain to keep the highest-thinking part of your brain, your frontal context, in control. With this level of control over your full intellect, you, can identify and develop profound, stroke-of-genius thoughts that will enable your endeavors to safely move forward in the face of extreme adversity and crisis. When you learn how to pull the levers and elevate your own intellect, when you need it the most, you can lead the others involved in the crisis to do the same. You can lead the unleashing of a torrent of primordial intellect to solve the most vexing and recurrent of problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Find the Gap - Map the ACEs in Your Amygdala: Familiarize with and track the subconscious scripts that autonomically switch your intellect to the most primitive parts of your brain during times of crisis.

  • Bridge the Gap - Map Your Alarming Behaviors: Rescript your reactions by tracking the silent neural alarms generated by your Amygdala during times of adversity.

  • Rule the Gap -Shore Up Your Frontal Cortex: Subordinate the primitive components of your brain to your all-powerful Frontal Cortex to build Executive-level control of your intellect (and others') to lead the resolution of the most vexing of problems on your projects. 


Joseph Luttrell is the CEO of EQSeminars, Managing Director at TAC4 Solutions, and Past President of the Kentuckiana PMI Chapter. He is the author of HistorEQ Emotional Accountability™ and the curriculum author for Northeastern University’s Transformative Leader Course. Joe has presented at PMI Global and Regional Conferences since 2011, including the 2019 50th anniversary PMI Global conference where HistorEQ Emotional Accountability sold out at the Conference bookstore.

Presentations Round 3: Track 1 – Technical

Using Overt and Organic Risk Management to Avoid Project Failure

   SPrattpeaker: Dave Pratt

   Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

   PMI Talent Triangle: Technical (1 PDU)


What Goes Up Sometimes Comes Down Hard

Risk Management (RM) has been defined as the art and science of identifying, assessing and responding to project risk throughout the life of a project and in the best interests of its objectives.  The goal of risk management is to look forward, to identify the need to respond to potential risks before they manifest and bring a project to its knees.

Some authors suggest that a project team just discussing risks for a project will significantly increase their project’s probability for success.  The same authors suggest that applying risk management in its “full-up” mode will have an even greater positive impact on project success. So why do so many project managers simply pay lip service to RM rather than invest the minimal amount of time necessary to leverage its potential positive impact on their projects? Perhaps they are not aware of all their options.

The seminar will leverage several real-life cases and walk through the development of simple, effective RM tools.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify what it takes to implement both “overt” and “organic” risk management

  • Realize the tools involved in RM

  • Understand the time it takes to apply RM to significantly increase the odds for project success


Experienced project manager, program manager, business analyst, consultant, leader, group facilitator, and instructor in both the business and academic, and public and private sectors. Senior level executive, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) experienced in project management, project rescue, external project quality assurance, business analysis, organizational assessment, training, business development, electronic government, group facilitation, marketing, logistics and hospital administration. PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner with experience in delivering projects using Agile, Hybrid and Blended (Agile-Traditional) approaches. Has led multi-cultural work teams in multi-million dollar projects within numerous industries.

Dave is an experienced presenter at project management and writers' conferences. As a writer, published three project management books, two novels and a short non-fiction book addressing adult male cancer. Numerous nonfiction articles and short stories in print.

Presentations Round 3: Track 2 – Leadership

Effective Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Ed Lively 96Speaker: Ed Lively

Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)


This presentation is designed to help you better manage your interactions with project stakeholders and enhance your communications effectiveness on your projects. By exploring critical leadership and cross-functional team topics, you will gain a detailed understanding of:

  • The journey of stakeholder engagement

  • The role and competencies required to excel in building high performing teams

  • How to build the relationships required for clear communications

  • How to develop your emotional intelligence to support building effective stakeholder relationships

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to align and manage your stakeholder engagement efforts and investment

  • Understand the stakeholder engagement life cycle phases and supporting activities to ensure a dynamic stakeholder register

  • Structure, organize, plan, and manage the level of communications on an ongoing basis to respond to changing stakeholder roles and expectations in a given project lifecycle

  • Articulate the role that managing conflict and building trust has in creating high performing teams capable of better stakeholder engagement 


Ed is a highly skilled trainer and consultant with extensive project management experience and interpersonal skills across several industries. His broad level of experience includes operations, information technology, corporate finance, and process improvement. He excels in team building, budgeting, scheduling, and training team members. Ed is enthusiastic with exceptional organizational and communication skills.

Presentations Round 3: Track 3 – Strategic and Business Management

Applying an equity lens to capital project selection, planning, and delivery

Samad   Speaker: Samad Aidane

   Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

   PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1 PDU)


The session provides a framework and a process for how to integrate racial equity considerations in capital projects selection, planning, and delivery. The session will introduce the Racial Equity in Project Management Toolkit, which lays out a process and a set of questions specifically designed to address the unique challenges and complexity of advancing racial equity in project work.  The framework and the toolkit help participants embed an explicit racial equity focus at each of the 7 key racial equity decision points in the project lifecycle, to maximize long-term benefits for historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. The session is a great first step to introduce your organization to how racial equity can be operationalized in capital projects, particularly in preparation for the proposed unprecedented federal funding from the infrastructure bill.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand equity integration considerations

  • Equity decision points in the project lifecycle

  • Introduce your organization to racial equity in Project Management


Samad Aidane is a project management and cross-cultural leadership development researcher, trainer, consultant, and coach. He is a lecturer in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Northeastern University and the College of Business at Oregon State University. He has presented at international conferences such as Project Management Institute Global Congress, Dubai International Project Management Forum, and Oracle OpenWorld. Samad holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research is on applying an equity lens to stakeholder engagement in projects that impact historically marginalized and disadvantaged local communities. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.

Afternoon Keynote

Purple Cow Leadership: Stand Out As An Effective Leader

Saby 2021Speaker: Saby Waraich, PMP CSM, CIO | CISO, CCC

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)


What does it take to be a Stand Out leader? Leadership isn’t the easiest path, but it is a meaningful and potentially rewarding one. How can you lead through your actions - with or without an authority? What makes some leaders stand out from the crowd? The Purple Cow Leader has willing followers. Create positive morale, energy, and successful projects. Learn how to become the best leader you can be. It’s not good enough these days to be a great leader, be a stand-out leader.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of mastering soft skills—especially if you want to stand out as an effective leader.

  • Define what make you unique, and why everything else revolves around this fact.

  • Learn some key leadership and marketing skills to differentiate yourself from the herd.


Energetic … engaging … lively … enthusiastic … inspiring … words that are often used to describe Saby. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different. Saby shares his life stories and have a fun way to look at life as well as live life. You are guaranteed to learn a thing or two on your journey from his unique perspective. He is a Technology Leader, Angel Investor, Professor, Mentor, Coach, Project & Program Management Expert, Change Leader and Volunteer Leader with a diverse experience of over 20 years in both public and private sector. An internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and coach, Saby has assisted multiple diverse clients in their business transformation through project successes, bolstering communications across various departments, and assisted customers in creating effective solutions to complex problems. Saby is currently working as Chief Information Officer at Clackamas Community College, and as an adjunct professor at Portland Community of College. He speaks 4 languages, enjoys working with people and brings enthusiasm, inspiration & leadership qualities.