TOPIC: Achieving Work-Life Balance in the Project Management Space

Ernest Hicks, retired Manager of Corporate Diversity for Xerox Corporation, had over 30 years of management experience in Marketing, Sales, Quality, Change Management, Leadership and Human Resources. He was adjunct faculty for nine years at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He has presented internationally, lectured at The Wharton School, University of Buffalo, Harvard University, Cornell University and Simon School.

Mr. Hicks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas is a trained Practitioner of Hypnotherapy a Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is a Master Black Belt in Taekwondo.



TOPIC: A View From Inside (The Sponsor’s Head)

Kim Browning has 30+ years of industry experience in multiple verticals with 20+ years at the executive level and wide experience at the project manager and sponsor level.  Kim’s acumen and discipline have contributed to the successful execution of projects and delayed or halted initiatives.

At Excellus, she created a Sponsor Training Program and led their first project managers through the Project Management Certification program.  Kim also is a guest lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY Geneseo.

Kim earned a BA/BS from SUNY Buffalo.  Certifications include Health Consultant, Project Management Consultant and Health Reform Specialist.



TOPIC: Beyond Brainstorming: Tools to Spark Creativity in Your Project Team

Stacy Munechika; PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO; is an Engineering Program Manager with over 15 years of experience leading multi-functional, dispersed teams to deliver innovative technology solutions from concept through commercialization.

A presenter at numerous PMI Rochester and Ithaca chapter events, Stacy is a credentialed Master Trainer from the Association for Talent Development and teaches Project Management Professional (PMP) preparation classes.  He previously served on the PMI Rochester chapter board as the Vice President of Outreach.

Stacy’s varied background in product development, project management, and training provides a perfect foundation for this informative and engaging PDD session.



TOPIC: A Maturity Model for Project Portfolio Mgmt.

Janet Burns, PMP, president of JB Worldwide a project management consulting and training firm specializing in PMO development and maturity improvement, currently serves as President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of PMI.

Janet, involved in project management for over 20 years, has implemented and led PMO maturity improvement programs for over 30 public and private organizations including the New York Times, Viacom and Cigna.

Janet, a frequent speaker at industry events, was listed on PMI Power 50 – prolific leaders in project management.

Janet holds a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



TOPIC: Swindlers, Con-Artists, and Project Managers

Jim De Piante joined IBM as a software engineer.  Before it was cool, he became a project manager managing hardware, software, microprocessors, e-business, and natural language processing projects.

Jim’s last project at IBM was the IBM Research Jeopardy Challenge project in which the computer Watson defeated the two best players of the quiz show Jeopardy.

Jim, a consistent favorite and a keynote speaker at the PMI Global Conference in North American and at PMI Conferences in EMEA, runs De Piante International, LLC, specializing in the effective use of soft skills to improve project and business results.



TOPIC: Behaviors that Lead to Exceptional Performance

Neal Whitten, PMP, is a popular speaker, trainer, consultant, mentor and best-selling author in the areas of leadership and soft skills, project management and personal development. He has over 35 years of front-line leadership, project management, and human resource experience. He has authored seven books and written over 150 articles for professional magazines. Neal has developed and instructed hundreds of workshops, webinars, and online learning courses; and presented to hundreds of thousands of people from across hundreds of companies, institutions, public organizations and professional conferences.



TOPIC: How to Make Any Project High-Performing and Agile Using Flow

As an Enterprise Agile Coach, Ted Kallman helps organizations in the adoption of lean-agile Flow to increase project and organization effectiveness and value.  Ted has co-authored “The Nehemiah Effect: Ancient Wisdom from the World’s First Agile Projects”, “Flow: Getting Everyone Moving in the Same Direction … and Loving It” and. “Coloring Outside the Lines”. 

Ted is a PMI-ACP, PMP, CSM, CSPO, CSP, founder of Agile West MI and currently president of WMPMI.

At companies including Whirlpool, ZF/TRWGM, OnStar, Steelcase and Ericsson Ted’s projects have included Manufacturing, Telecom, Software Development, Marketing, CRM, and PMO creation.



TOPIC: "No Bull” Project Management

Dave Po-Chedley, PMP engaged in project management for over 30 years, has helped others manage projects effectively through consulting and training. He is a Principal at Cambridge Consulting and a Board Member at Pioneer Aerospace.

Organizations including General Dynamics, Hasbro, Boeing, General Motors, United Airlines, IBM, Staples, Motorola, Oppenheimer Funds, AT&T, Google and General Electric have benefited from Dave’s workshops and services. 

Dave’s books address e- projects, coaching, customer service, managing problems/decisions, quality improvement, and leadership. His book, “Client Relationship Management” is included in the workshop he delivered as part of the PMI Seminars World Program.


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