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The PMI Chapters from Milwaukee, Madison and Northeast Wisconsin are excited to announce the Virtual Professional Development Day (PDD) on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. This year’s theme is "Experience: A Key to Growth".  Attendees have the opportunity to customize their development track while earning up to 10 PDUs for only $99.  ($79 for PMI members.)

Imagine designing a schedule of seminars in a single day that champions career growth, enhances your knowledge, assists you in the use of PM tools, and grows you in new areas of project management to solidify your skill set.
Sessions will be recorded (except for Keynote) so you can watch the seminars in both tracks after the event.

In addition to the informative breakout sessions, we will also be joined by many of our valued corporate, institution, and organization sponsors.

Networking is a major component of PDD, as our event will bring together members from 3 Wisconsin chapters.  The virtual platform provides networking rooms where you can join and engage other attendees in conversations and questions about your challenges, suggestions, or perhaps a story.

Are you ready to learn new skills, expand your existing knowledge, and network with your PM peers?  Don’t miss out on this exciting event, register today!

Continue reading to learn about the sessions, the speakers, and our sponsors!

Payment is through PayPal or you can choose to pay as a guest by selecting "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" on the PayPal login screen.  Please have your PalPal account or Credit/Debit card information ready before you begin registration.


Email “wi3pmipdd@gmail.com” if you have registration or payment questions.

Speakers
Keynote & Endnote Speakers
Session Speakers
CEO Panel Members
Agenda
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Gather / Welcome / Kickoff
Gather / Welcome / Kickoff
Log into your PDD account before 7:45 and be ready to learn about the day's educational and networking opportunities during this Kickoff session for our Professional Development Day event
Main Stage
Roger Wolkoff
Start
7:45 AM
End
8:00 AM
Keynote Address: Jeff Skiles - "The Miracle on the Hudson"
Keynote Address: Jeff Skiles - "The Miracle on the Hudson"

The Miracle on the Hudson
 
Speaker: Jeff Skiles
 
Presentation Summary
When you’re a pilot and both your engines fail over the largest city in America, you must act quickly and independently, but you must also trust in the system that has trained you and prepared you to handle such crisis moments. Jeff Skiles’ story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” would not have the perfect ending if not for years of training and preparation that allowed the two pilots to understand exactly what the other was doing – thus maximizing their time, communication, and effectiveness. Having only met each other three days earlier, Skiles and Sullenberger were able to work together as a team because they trusted in their system and training and the professionalism of everyone involved, from the air-traffic controllers to their crew. As he takes audiences through the nearly catastrophic events leading up to US Airways Flight 1549’s emergency landing on the Hudson River, Skiles delivers the key lessons and principles that made the flight crew prepared, calm, and confident so they could successfully land the plane. If such lessons can save 155 lives when time is tight and every move must be perfect, imagine what these lessons can do for your organization.

Presenter Biography
Jeff Skiles served as the First Officer on US Airways Flight 1549 with Captain Chesley Sellenberger when a formation of Canada Geese impacted the aircraft.  Skiles is the son of two pilots and started flying at the age of 16.  With more than 25,000 hours logged in the sky and 30 years experience as a U.S. Airways pilot, Skiles' ability to bring the plane to safety wasn't just in his training, it was in his blood.

Main Stage
Emcee Roger Wolkoff
Jeff Skiles
Start
8:00 AM
End
9:15 AM
CEO Panel: Leading with Influence
CEO Panel: Leading with Influence

CEO Panel: Leading with Influence

Panel Members: Charlie Zanayed, Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Larry Weyers
Panel Moderator: Patti Habeck


Presentation Summary:
Hear from our CEO Panel about Project Execution at their companies. Our panel will respond to the following topics as well as questions from our attendees.

*Does every project within your organization perform flawlessly?
*What lessons have you learned throughout your career?
*Does your organization have a PMO or organized Project Delivery process?
*What does Agility mean in your organization?

Panel Members:

  Charlie Zanayed
  President & Chief Executive Officer, CoVantage Credit Union

  Coreen Dicus-Johnson 
  President & Chief Executive Officer, Network Health

  Larry Weyers
  President & Chief Operating Officer, AriensCo

Panel Moderator:

  Patti Habeck
  President & Chief Executive Officer, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin


Main Stage
Charlie Zanayed
Coreen Dicus-Johnson
Larry Weyers
Patti Habeck
Start
9:30 AM
End
11:00 AM
Learning from Mistakes & Building Resilience while Creating Collaborative Connections
Learning from Mistakes & Building Resilience while Creating Collaborative Connections

Learning from Mistakes and Building Resilience while Creating Collaborative Connections 
 
Presenter: Julie Ostrow
 
Presentation Summary
In this interactive and fun presentation, participants will learn skills that can be used in any interaction. Effective communication skills and collaboration lay the groundwork for cohesive business relationships and effective project management. 
 

Learn how to use improvisation skills to connect, collaborate, and work effectively with your project team members. Improv skills allow us to be in the present moment to practice reflective listening, while learning from accomplishments, challenges, and mistakes. Join the fun and learn the skills and tools that can be applied to your professional, business, and personal relationships. 

Learn the fundamental rules of improv and apply them to diverse business settings—internally and externally. 

*Apply reflective listening (also known as “Yes, and”) to eliminate any assumptions. 
*Acquire the art of being in the moment through improv skills. 
*Learn to have fun while collaborating in a fun and interactive way. 
*Learn how to view failures as opportunities for improvement while still maintaining a sense of humour

Presenter Biography

As the Humorous Speaker and Communication Coach, Julie Ostrow teaches organizations to use improv skills to improve Creativity, Communication, Team Building, Problem Solving, and Productivity with their clients and within their organizations. Trained at The Second City in Chicago, Julie teaches the benefits of using humor, laughter, and improv in all aspects of our lives, including in the workplace. 

Through Julie's interactive, one-of-a-kind programs, participants learn unique skills for improving Creativity, Communication, Team Building, Problem Solving, and Productivity. They become better equipped to connect with clients, staff members, and the community. 

Having more than 20 years of corporate marketing communications experience, Julie is able to identify the trigger points of miscommunication and low morale in the corporate culture. By infusing her corporate experience with her unique set of tools, Julie is able to guide organizations to becoming more cohesive, resulting in a more positive environment, re-inspired team members, and increased productivity.  

And, having won The First-Ever American Laughing Championship (2013) ensures that there will always be some laughter in Julie’s presentations!

Main Stage
Emcee Roger Wolkoff
Julie Ostrow
Start
11:15 AM
End
12:15 PM
Strategic Track 1: Appreciation Intelligence: The New AI
Strategic Track 1: Appreciation Intelligence: The New AI

Appreciation Intelligence: The New AI
 
Presenter: Roger Wolkoff

 

Presentation Summary
You know great leaders when you see them. Have you ever wondered what makes them stand out from the others? We will examine seven key traits you need to have to be an authentic leader. Leadership is more than knowing what to say and when to say it. It's about having your finger on the pulse of the people in your organization and paying attention to what others often don't see. 

 

Learning Objectives 

After attending this session participants will be able to: 

*Understand why being affirmed, validated, and appreciated are necessary to gain maximum productivity from your team.  

*Identify which of the four appreciation languages (words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, tangible gifts) resonates with you and how to be aware of other’s preferences. 

*Increase team performance, reduce turnover, get to work outcomes faster. 

 

Category:  Business and Strategic 

Presenter Biography  

 Roger Wolkoff is a motivational speaker who helps you tap into your strengths and potential so you can get out of your way and get more done. He speaks about the power of connecting, gratitude, and appreciation. He delivers stories, ideas, and keys to unlock what’s already inside you. Roger has over 20 years of expert interpersonal communication and team-building experience. 

 

His core messages center around trust, communication, and emotional intelligence. He helps leaders and high-performing teams communicate with clarity, conviction, and positive intent. He is an avid believer in Clifton’s Strength Finder and everything surrounding positivity. Roger is an expert in emotional intelligence, communication, and building positive relationships. 

 

Roger lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Anne. He loves to travel, bike, and read science fiction. He is a big fan of baseball, pinball, and all things Tesla. 

Technical Track
Roger Wolkoff
Start
12:30 PM
End
1:45 PM
Strategic Track 2: Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
Strategic Track 2: Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
 
Presenter:
Sarah J. Gibson
 
Presentation Summary
Most of us realize, we can train technical skills, but that it’s much harder to train people and team building skills. This session will explore the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and demonstrate how these behaviors impact business effectiveness.  
 

 

The Five Behaviors Model is used to help team members learn to work together more efficiently and effectively and become a more cohesive team. A productive, high-functioning team: 
*Makes better, faster
decisions 
 

*Taps into the skills and opinions of all members  

*Avoids wasting time and energy on politics, confusion, and destructive conflict  

*Avoids wasting time talking about the wrong issues and revisiting the same topics over and over again because of a lack of buy-in  

*Creates a competitive advantage 

*Is more fun to be on! 


Presenter Biography  

Sarah J. Gibson, Certified Speaking Professional, has been speaking, training and consulting with Fortune 500 companies since 2004. Sarah’s work enables teams to have conversations that matter. These conversations in turn, translate to increased employee engagement, effectiveness and bottom-line return, along with greater community impact.  
 
Sarah’s unique ability to articulate the underlying patterns and concerns holding teams back, make her a much sought-after speaker and leadership consultant. Sarah’s specialty is giving audiences tools and language to move forward and thrive.  
 
Sarah has worked with hundreds of organizations, leaders and individual team members across a variety of industries throughout the world.  
 
Sarah holds a master’s degree from North Dakota State University. 

Strategic Track
Sarah Gibson
Start
12:30 PM
End
1:45 PM
Technical Track 1: Managing Risks Rather than Firefighting Crises
Technical Track 1: Managing Risks Rather than Firefighting Crises
Managing Risks Rather than Firefighting Crises
 
Presenter:
Dr. Angela Trego
 
Presentation Summary
 
Many entities struggle when risks are manifested and they turn to firefighting modes. This burns, and it burns hot! Sometimes they didn’t even know the risk was a possibility. Improperly managed risks can derail a project quickly adding significant costs, time and stress to a project. Learn fundamental techniques to create a robust risk management system which allows your entity to be proactive towards risks rather than always reacting to risks. 

Learning Objectives
After attending this session participants will be able to:
* Identify the need for risk management

* Understand the critical steps necessary for risk management.
*
Review case studies of risk management. 

Category – Technical

Presenter Biography  
Dr. Angela Trego, PE, PMP provides training, consulting and speaking focused in the areas of project management, leadership, and women in business. She held technical and senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies and has in-depth experience with government and regulatory agencies. Dr. Trego is an award-winning teacher having taught at four universities. She serves on several technical society advisory boards and non-profit executive boards. She has two patents and over 80 publications. Applying a strong technical background with leadership experiences around the globe and across multiple industries gives Angela a unique perspective on project management, leadership and women in business. Above all, Angela is passionate about empowering others and teaching skills which will allow others to reach their full potential. Additional information can be found on her website: www.angelatrego.com

Technical Track
Dr. Angela Trego
Start
2:00 PM
End
3:15 PM
Technical Track 2: User Story Splitting
Technical Track 2: User Story Splitting
User Story Splitting
 

Presenter: Rachael Wilterdink
 
Presentation Summary
Have you ever struggled with getting your stories to the right size (like Goldilocks - not too big, not too small, but just right)? User stories appear deceptively easy, but trust me - they're not. Writing user stories, just like Scrum, is simple to learn, but difficult to master. I have been writing user stories for a decade, and in that time I have learned (the hard way) that there are many ways to split user stories, and that there are also some wrong ways to split stories. Join me in this session to improve your user story splitting skills! 
Learning Objectives 
After attending this session participants will be able to: 
*Identify common user story-splitting patterns 
*Apply patterns to split user stories 
*Recognize incorrect methods of splitting user stories 
Category – Technical
Presenter Biography  
Rachael Wilterdink is a Senior Business Analyst consultant and an Agile enthusiast, coach, and trainer for Skyline Technologies. She has 15 years of BA experience and 10 years of agile experience. Rachael holds multiple business analysis and agile certifications including: Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) from the IIBA®, Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA®) from PMI®, Professional Scrum Master (PSM®) from scrum.org, and Certified Scrum Master (CSM®) from Scrum Alliance.  
As a consultant, Rachael has served clients in a variety of industries including financial, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and insurance.  She gives back to the educational community, serving as first chair on the advisory committee for the Business Analysis program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Rachael is also a member of the advisory committee for the Software Development Program at Lakeshore Technical College.  
Rachael has been speaking and sharing her knowledge and passion for many years at conferences and user groups in the region, including: WIBADD, Northeast Wisconsin Agile, SEW and NEW IIBA Chapters, BAWorld Chicago, Madison PMI, Fox Valley Business Intelligence meet-up, and others.
Strategic Track
Rachael Wilterdink
Start
2:00 PM
End
3:15 PM
Endnote: Winston Churchill: CEO - 20th Century Leadership for 21st Century Leaders
Endnote: Winston Churchill: CEO - 20th Century Leadership for 21st Century Leaders
Winston Churchill: CEO - 20th Century Leadership for 21st Century Leaders
 
Presenter: Randy Otto as Winston Churchill
 
Presentation Summary
Inspirational leadership drives “Winston Churchill: CEO” with uncommon energy and excitement. At the core of the speech are Churchill’s EIGHT TIMELESS LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES, conveyed of course by Winston himself.  Churchill’s Singular Vision, Organizational Detail Genius, Written, Verbal & Interpersonal Communication Mastery, Technical Innovation Techniques, Unique Magnanimous Management Style & the Singular Thought Processes are presented clearly and interactively. “Ask Winston”, an in-character interactive Q&A, rounds out the Endnote.
Learning Objectives 
After attending this session participants will be able to: 
*Marry 20th Century Leadership with 21st Century sensibilities 
*Use Winston Churchill as a trusted resource day-to-day 
Presenter Biography
Randy Otto’s University British History Professor encouraged Randy to dream beyond the classroom, giving a clear mission: keep the memory of Winston Churchill alive for future generations. Today, with over 4 decades of formidable academic and performance passion, we experience Churchill the British Lion: an astonishingly nuanced, humorous, witty, REAL Winston Churchill with gravitas and grit. Randy as Winston shatters the imaginary 4th wall, transporting audiences of all ages from tears to laughter and back again. Mission accomplished. 
Main Stage
Emcee Roger Wolkoff
Randy Otto as Winston Churchill
Start
3:30 PM
End
4:45 PM
Conference Wrap Up
Conference Wrap Up
Recap the activities from the day
Main Stage
Roger Wolkoff
Start
4:45 PM
End
5:00 PM
Happy Hour / Networking
Happy Hour / Networking
An opportunity to network with other PDD attendees, speakers and sponsors while enjoying an optional beverage and/or snacks of your choice (BYO).

Watch for Networking topics...
Main Stage
Roger Wolkoff
Start
5:00 PM
End
6:00 PM
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