Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2014 - Keynote Sessions


We are pleased to announce our two outstanding Keynote Speaker Sessions for the



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Stephen M. R. Covey

The SPEED of Trust

Opening Keynote Abstract:
Trust is hard, real, and quantifiable. It measurably affects both speed and cost. A function of character and competence, trust can be created and destroyed, effectively taught and learned. In most cases, lost trust can even be restored.

This fast-paced and engaging presentation dramatically reveals TRUST as the hidden variable that will become your most leverageable tool, giving you a distinct strategic advantage. We call it "Leading at the SPEED of TRUST."

  • Trust is soft
  • Trust is slow
  • You can't teach trust
  • Trust is built solely on integrity
  • Once lost, trust cannot be restored
  • You either have trust, or you don't
  • You can learn trust
  • You can quantify trust
  • You can get good at engendering trust
  • Nothing is as fast as the SPEED of TRUST!

Primary Objectives
By framing trust in a new light this presentation will:

  1. Make the business and economic case for trust.
  2. Show how the ability to generate trust is the critical leadership competency in this new, global economy.
  3. Demonstrate how to master the skill of engendering trustboth personally and in your organization.


Opening Keynote Speaker Biography:
Stephen M. R. Covey is a cofounder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. He and business partner Greg Link recently coauthoredSmart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low- Trust World,which shares enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organization that are achieving unprecedented success from high-trust relationships and cultures. Stephen advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world.

Join us to hear more on Stephen's approach and why he advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy.



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Bill Fournet

PM Next Generation: How Minecraft and Gamification are Shaping PM

Closing Keynote Abstract:
How will we manage projects in the future? With the world becoming more collaborative and mobile, project management must continue evolving to meet its demands. PMs must be prepared to "Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before." This session focuses on what the next generation of PMs will face, a glimpse into how project management will change, and what you can do today to prepare upcoming PMs. To understand and ensure project management's future, we must first understand its past and the events that have shaped today's discipline. We will examine the evolution of the PM practice, drawing out the similarities of past projects to the current millennium, as well as understand their differences and lessons.

In order to maintain relevance and importance, project management must adapt to address the needs of the future world. What will that future look like? One approach is to identify and understand the emerging trends. Current constructs of work and privacy, how we measure productivity and success, and how we develop a career are in flux. This session will share the latest research from various thought leaders in the areas of globalization and hyper-connectedness, while looking at the forces shaping our children today - Minecraft, gaming, Facebook, speed of change, and values - that will affect the tools and perspectives of future project managers.

Lastly, we will provide speculative glimpses into what projects will look like in the future and how PMs will work. What new types of projects will emerge? Will project management remain a distinct discipline? What will project teams look like? These "visions" will provoke participants into thinking about what they need to establish or develop today to ensure project management evolves with the times and the generations.


Closing Keynote Speaker Biography:
Bill Fournet is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Persimmon Group. In addition to leading The Persimmon Group since its inception, he also leads the practice areas of leadership development and business consulting to clients in various industry verticals including energy, financial services, aerospace, telecommunications, government, human resources and healthcare.

Over the past two decades, Bill has led strategic programs spanning years, staffed by hundreds of people, sourced globally, and managed budgets in excess of $2 Billion. Bill is in-demand as a speaker and educator from organizations across the globe. He earned a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the State of Oklahoma Governor's Business Roundtable, a member of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, and a member of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metro Chambers of Commerce.



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