Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2015 - Keynote Sessions


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



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Dr. Paul Schempp

Achieving the Extraordinary

Opening Keynote Abstract:
Many are identified as having potential for being top performers as athletes, coaches, managers, or leaders. But only a few discover the extra that turns them from ordinary to extraordinary. Recent research into human performance and applied practice has identified several characteristics that consistently differentiate elite from the sub-extraordinary from the ordinary. The good news is that these characteristics are not inherent, but rather learned and applied by almost anyone to elevate their level of performance to extraordinary. In this presentation, the roles of talent, routines, perception and analysis, decision-making, and innovative thinking will be examined to identify how one can consistently achieve the extraordinary.

Topics to be covered in this presentation:

  • The Role of Talent
  • Seeing the world
  • Decision Making
  • Developing Routines
  • Innovative Thinking


Opening Keynote Speaker Biography:
Dr. Paul G. Schempp is known as “The Expert on Expertise”. As a professor, researcher and consultant, Paul has dedicated his professional life to helping people reach their full potential through researching and testing what it takes to achieve greatness.
At the University of Georgia, where Paul is a professor as well as the Director of the Sport Instruction Research Laboratory, he has spent more than two decades studying the characteristics and development of expertise and human performance.
From his study of elite professional coaches and athletes, Paul has developed programs for the business world that helps leaders become business champions.
He is a consultant to coaches in the NBA, the Olympics, and the PGA. He also coaches several champions on the PGA golf tour. In addition to speaking engagements and retreats in business and industry, Paul has designed performance programs for the Swedish Golf Federation and Chinese Taipei Olympic teams by applying research to practice.

He is the author of six books including the award-winning, 5 Steps to Expert: How to Go from Business Novice to Elite Performer. He has served as a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Frankfurt (Germany), a visiting professor at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore, and has delivered lectures at two dozen universities on three continents.



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Lee Lambert

How Did I End Up In Cleveland?

Closing Keynote Abstract:
The PMBOK continues to expand in "epidemic like" proportions in each of its four year improvement cycles. At the heart of the profession remains the fundamental concepts of project management that are realistically not all that complex. The plethora of automated tools used to support those longstanding basic concepts is increasing at an exponential pace providing an endless opportunity for rationalizing why projects are challenged and often times considered failures--it's the system's fault or it's the organization's fault. It seems we often lose sight of where responsibility and accountability rests -- with the people! Good people, many of whom are PMPs and it shows. People who want to be professionals in the world of PM AND successful in life must take it upon themselves to establish and follow a plan for success. In the project world we call this plan a Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB). In the world of personal /professional development I call this a ------ Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)!! Are they the same? Are they mutually exclusive? Remember, if you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.

This presentation will make you think about the PMB like you never have before. You will see how and why you should capitalize on the potential power of the PMB in achieving your professional AND personal life objectives. Real world examples of the role the PMB plays in projects, in the profession of medicine, in the success of athletes, and even the world of vacation travel will confirm value add. Upon completion of this hour you will fully grasp the importance of the PMB and how it can be used to take you to levels of performance and success that you may never have dreamed possible. You will spend an hour in the world of NO fault, NO blame where ownership has the mantra: Git R Dun! You will go forth and reap the rewards! But, if you don't "git it", there's a high probability you could end up in Cleveland!


Closing Keynote Speaker Biography:
Lee R. Lambert, PMI Fellow, has established the standard against which educators and practitioners in the field of Project Management are measured. In 1981 he was invited to join the team that created the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Program. He is a Past President, Central Ohio PMI. Lee has authored two books and more than 30 professional article/whitepapers. He is also PMI SME for the EVMS Practice Guide and the Project Estimating Practice Guide Educated in Engineering Design at Utah Technical College. He is a holder of a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. As the creator of the “Stealth Learning” concept, no other educator/speaker can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, unique material content and refreshingly entertaining delivery. Lee takes the saying; “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt” to the next level as he continues to “make a difference” in his chosen field.



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