Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2017 - Keynote Sessions


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



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Susan O'Malley

Seven Leadership and Life Lessons

Talent Triangle: Leadership (1.0 PDU)
Subject: Start, Build, Advance

Opening Keynote Abstract:
In an engaging and upbeat presentation, Susan O'Malley outlines the seven seminal 'rules' for leadership and life and shares insider stories about entertainment, hockey, and basketball. Her message is influenced by her family and the management lessons she learned in her successful, unprecedented career. Many life lessons are learned early, from family and familial experience. Sitting around the kitchen table listening to parents and grandparents discuss the struggles and triumphs of life and work is one of the most vital learning experiences for any leader.

By focusing on the lessons of her own childhood and then reinforcing them with her proven business expertise, O'Malley offers vital insights for leaders of all stripes. A trailblazer for herself and others, she is hilarious, brilliant, genuine, and inviting. Her warm sense of humor, self-described "folksy" style, entertaining stories, and sharp wit make her lessons memorable and an instant favorite among audiences. She leaves listeners thoroughly entertained and uplifted and with practical takeaways for their own lives and businesses.


Opening Keynote Speaker Biography:
Susan O'Malley

As the first female president of a professional sports franchise, Susan O'Malley, the former president of Washington Sports and Entertainment, is a pioneer in sports and business. Under her guidance, her company improved its bottom line, as well as its winning percentage, and the Washington Wizards experienced the largest ticket revenue increase and the highest renewal rate in the history of an NBA franchise to date.

O'Malley's illustrious career also included the creation of the MCI Center, which helped revitalize downtown Washington, DC. She addresses management, leadership, and marketing.





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Neal Whitten

Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance

Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1.0 PDU)
Subject: Start, Build, Advance

Afternoon Keynote Abstract:
If you have difficulty juggling the demands of your job and your non-work life, you're not alone. Many people feel like their lives are overbooked and see no relief in sight. Nowadays work-life balance can seem like an unrealistic objective and more elusive than ever.

Neal will present information that can help you not only better understand your work-life balance but will give you ideas that can help you achieve the integration that is most important to you. This session includes a questionnaire for self-assessing your work-life balance. It could change your life!


Afternoon Keynote Speaker Biography:
Neal WhittenNeal Whitten, PMP, is a popular speaker, trainer, consultant, mentor, and best-selling author in the areas of leadership, project management and personal development. He is the author of seven books and has written over 100 articles for professional magazines.

Neal has presented to hundreds of companies, institutions, public organizations and professional conferences.







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Andrew Tarvin

Leading on Your Feet: The Art and Science of Leadership Through Improvisation

Talent Triangle: Leadership (1.0 PDU)
Subject: Start, Build, Advance

Closing Keynote Abstract:
We live in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. Strategies change frequently, businesses rise and fall overnight, and the only constant is change. Today's leaders have to be adept at thinking on their feet, leveraging their team's strengths, and confidently leading through change.

This engaging and interactive program will teach you the principles of what it means to lead in today's VUCA world. Combining the latest in today's thought leadership with advanced techniques from improvisation, attendees not only learn what it means to lead on their feet, they develop the skills to do it.


Closing Keynote Speaker Biography:
Andrew TarvinAndrew Tarvin is a proven project manager, having delivered exceptional results at companies large and small. Prior to starting Humor That Works, Andrew was a global project manager at Procter & Gamble where he successfully led initiatives for a $350 million business, including one project that reduced costs by 23% and another that led to $1.7 million in reinvestment back into the business.

Humor That Works was founded by Andrew in 2009 as a way to teach people about the value of humor in the workplace. Since then, Andrew has worked with 200+ organizations, including P&G, GE, ESPN, and The Ohio State University, and has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, and TEDx.





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Please see the Program Schedule page and the Program Abstracts and Bios page for more detail on the complete program offering at this year's PM Conference!