Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2017 - Program Abstracts & Speaker Bios

2017 PM Conference - Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Biographies


Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Bios - Arranged by Session/Time:

Opening Keynote - Ballroom A/B

Seven Leadership and Life Lessons - Susan O'Malley

8:30am - 9:30am

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


Session A

9:45am - 10:45am


Topic: Change Management in support of Risk Management Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Leadership
SBA Category: Build
Presenter: Donarine Collins Room: 11-12 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
Is your Risk Management Process immature? Does your risk management process start with initiation and end with planning? Has your risk register become a stagnant checklist? Is your culture accepting of a "once and done" project risk process? Achieving critical deeper thinking risk analysis, quantification, and prioritization of risk does not develop by implementing new standards and goals alone. This presentation will walk through one energy company's journey to the next level of risk management. Donarine Collins will highlight the risk management process itself that was undertaken to implement this risk management change.

Donarine CollinsAbout Donarine Collins:
Donarine Collins has worked within the United Illuminating Company and UIL Holdings Corporation for over 20 years, holding multiple positions including Process Manager – Regulatory & Supplier Relations, and most recently Sr. Project Manager Electric Systems, PM Strategy. Her current responsibilities include management of the UIL Capital Portfolio Risk process and Risk Register, implementation PM Risk initiative. Collins holds a MBA from Southern Connecticut State University, PMP from PMI, and is a certified Process Master from Hammer & Company.



Topic: Integrated Program Management (IPM) for Service Contracts Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Technical (PMP, PgMP)
SBA Category: Advance
Presenters: Jasmine Alcantara and Patrick Moylan Room: 14-15 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
In order to manage a 24/7 operations and maintenance (O&M) organization in a fiscally constrained environment, leaders at the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) sought creative means to manage cost risks while still sustaining operational excellence. PIADC moved quickly to implement a blend of industry standard practices such as earned value management and ISO 9001 with more contemporary (sometimes innovative) approaches to help identify not only areas for potential risk reduction but cost containment strategies. Jasmine Alcantara and Patrick Moylan will share their approach to integrating baseline performance management in contract award fee processes to both qualitatively and quantitatively measure and reward desired performance.

Jasmine AlcantaraAbout Jasmine Alcantara and Patrick Moylan:
As owner of the JLA Group (www.jlausa.com), Jasmine Alcantara has 20 years of experience providing program management services to commercial and Government clients, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Along with her PMP certification, Jasmine holds B.S and MBA degrees from the University of Connecticut.

Jasmine AlcantaraPatrick Moylan, PMP is the Program Manager for Operations and Maintenance at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, owned by the Department of Homeland Security. He has more than 26 years of experience in the Operations and Maintenance Management of large research facilities. Moylan has a BS in Mechanical Design and an MBA.



Topic: New Member Orientation - Getting the Most Value Out of Your Membership! Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Strategic and Business Management
SBA Categories: Start, Build, Advance
Presenters: Genevieve Guilmette and Carin Salonia Room: 21-22 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
Whatever your reason. Whatever your goals. Come and make it happen.

Now that you've joined SNEC-PMI – determine what's next! We all join a professional association for a reason – discuss why you have joined, what some of your biggest challenges are, and what you'd like to accomplish in the next 6-12 months to personalize and customize your experience in our SNEC Chapter. We offer opportunities to start, grow and advance your career in project management. There are opportunities to learn and prepare for a certification, build connections to people and resources critical to building your career and to advance the profession through collaboration in communities of practice, expert panels, networking and mentoring.

Meet other new members, the volunteer leadership, and some of our committee members as you explore the opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

Genevieve GuilmetteAbout Genevieve Guilmette and Carin Salonia:
Genevieve Guilmette, SNEC President
Genevieve has thirteen years' experience in the financial services and has been a volunteer for SNEC for the past 9 years. Genevieve held several roles with SNEC, including VP for the SNEC Conference (2013 and 2014), BOD member for Membership in 2015, and is currently COO. Genevieve's aspiration for SNEC Conference was to create a Tradition of Excellence, where project managers and project management enthusiasts share their experiences and learn from thoughts leaders. She has worked closely with several Board members to better the Member Experience and differentiating the Southern New England Chapter.

Carin SaloniaCarin Salonia, SNEC Past President
Carin has been a PMI member and PMP since 2003 and on the SNEC Board of Directors since 2009. She has served as COO and VP (2012), BOD member for Membership and Elections, Chairperson for the 2008 SNEC Conference and 2011 Local Leadership Institute. She has facilitated and implemented a "voice of the member" continuous improvement program for SNEC in 2010 that focused on membership survey input, facilitated dialogue and brainstorming continuous improvement opportunities across the chapter's operations and service offering.



Topic: Cyber-WHAA? Talent Triangle: 0.25 PDU - Leadership, 0.5 PDU - Strategic and Business Management, 0.25 - Technical (PMP, PgMP, PBA, ACP, RMP)
SBA Categories: Start, Build, Advance
Presenter: Sandra Sears Room: 24-25 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
Do you think that, as a program / project manager, you can leave all that cybersecurity stuff to the geek-noids? After all, cyber is all about security, firewalls, encryption, data scanning, and all things highly technical, right?? WRONG! Cybersecurity considerations must be an integral part of a company's DNA and within the scope of every project a company undertakes.

Sandy Sears will reveal ten cybersecurity secrets to consider for every project. She will guide you in thinking about cybersecurity before a project begins, during execution, and after delivery. She will also discuss how cybersecurity fits into the PMBOK framework, how to think about cybersecurity as a project manager, and how to get your project team to think about cybersecurity. Sears will explore the concept of Intelligent Cybersecurity, and provide some cybersecurity hygiene tips that you can use to be cyber safe in your personal life.

Sandra SearsAbout Sandra Sears:
Sandra Sears, PMP, CBAP, SA, PMI-PBA, is Director, Commercial Business Unit, Robbins Gioia. She is a thought leader in program/project management, business analysis, and financial management, with a keen interest in the impact of cybersecurity in all of these areas. She was featured in Breakthrough Business Analysis by Kathleen Hass.



Session B

11:00am - 12:00pm


Topic: The Secret Ingredient to Success:  Feedback – The Give & Take of It Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Leadership
SBA Categories: Build, Advance
Presenter: Marie Bankuti Room: 11-12 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
It may seem counter intuitive to think about feedback as being a gift. And yet, when we're unaware of our impact, whether it's relational or productivity based, how else are we truly able to assess, recalibrate and grow ourselves? Knowing how to deliver feedback in a manner that grows vs. alienates, and how to receive feedback gracefully and gratefully are critical skills to develop. This is true whether you are a young professional or a seasoned executive. When we learn how to receive feedback well, we model to others how to do the same, and we create a culture of sharing and growing each other.

Marie BankutiAbout Marie Bankuti:
Marie Bankuti is an accomplished, certified leadership and team coach, trainer, speaker, consultant and Project Management Professional who has built her 35+ year career on a commitment to excellence, integrity, and continuous learning. Her passion is helping leaders and teams bring their very best to their work, while creating engaged and productive working relationships.



Topic: Will Lean Six Sigma and Project Management ever really mesh? Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Technical
SBA Category: Build
Presenter: Brigid Carney Room: 14-15 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
Lean and Six Sigma with Project Management have often been at odds with each other but in today's world we can find harmony. Learn how Lean Six Sigma can work together by eliminating waste throughout your value stream. You can save time, effort and money and create "perfection" in your world by combining Lean Six Sigma with Project Management.

Brigid CarneyAbout Brigid Carney:
Brigid Carney brings more than 20 years of Project and Program Management experience in the Health Care field and is currently a Change Agent in transforming her entire organization with the integration of LEAN and project management company-wide. As part of this exciting initiative, she has developed a program to train the entire organization on LEAN and Project Management principles.

Carney has a Bachelor's degree from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO and is both a PMP and a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt.



Topic: The Psychology, Art, and Science of Gathering Business Requirements Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Strategy and Business Management
SBA Categories: Start, Build, Advance
Presenter: Anthony Reed Room: 21-22 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
If you've ever worked on a project that failed, then you're not alone.

  • "PMI's 2014 Pulse of the Profession" found that 44% of strategic initiatives are unsuccessful.
  • "Standish Chaos Reports" showed that 68% of software projects were unsuccessful.
  • When business executives were surveyed, over 25% attributed project failures to incomplete requirements and lack of user involvement.
  • 98% of large IT projects were not successful.

Gathering business requirements is the litmus test for a project's success. Success is defined as being on time, within scope, and at or below budget. If the requirements are wrong or incomplete, the project will be unsuccessful. Unfortunately, while the methodologies work "on paper" and "in theory," they generally fail once people are added to the mix. This seminar focuses on the psychology, art, and science of gathering business requirements.

Anthony ReedAbout Anthony Reed:
Anthony Reed is an international IT executive with over 25 years of experience an international, history-making, 128-time marathoner. He has written for Computer World and Runner's World. He served on the board of directors for the Oracle Applications Users Group and Running USA.

Anthony's running clothes and other artifacts are with Washington DC's Smithsonian Institute and a four-hour video recording of his life story is in the U.S. Library of Congress.



Topic: Transforming Workplaces into Communities: Project Manage to Energize & Engage Talent Triangle: 0.5 PDU - Leadership, 0.5 PDU - Strategic and Business Management
SBA Categories: Start, Build, Advance
Presenter: Ruth Pearce Room: 24-25 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
Research shows that only 13% of employees are engaged worldwide. Engagement is directly related to safety, error-rates, health, absenteeism, productivity and profitability, so that is a worrying statistic. Further, managers are the greatest contributors to the level of engagement in employees.

Traditionally, project managers organize resources to accomplish tasks. We are often regarded as "task trackers" and the "doers" may see us as just overhead. PMs can be catalysts in a team, not just organizing, measuring and reporting progress, and removing obstacles. A PM is well positioned to energize and engage team members. A PM who highlights what is working, develops team members' awareness of their strengths, and builds the team's sense of community and interdependence builds synergy and elevates the team.

Starting with character strengths, this session will show project managers how to not just organize but energize and engage.

Ruth PearceAbout Ruth Pearce:
Ruth Pearce has twenty years of experience in project management. Pearce has been described as "an enroller", and an "inspired leader" and her teams as "more upbeat". Her mission is to transform PMs from organizers into energizers. She coaches managers and team to transform their workplace into thriving communities.



Afternoon Keynote - Ballroom A/B

Achieving the Elusive Work-Life Balance - Neal Whitten

1:15pm - 2:15pm

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


Session C

2:30pm - 3:30pm


Topic: Driving Project Results Through Engagement Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU - Leadership
SBA Categories: Start, Build, Advance
Presenter: Jon Haverly Room: 11-12 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
According to the 2015 CHAOS report, the percentage of successful software development projects is at an abysmally low level of 29%. More disturbing is the fact that this is the same exact percentage from 2004 - eleven years prior. How can this be? Over this period of time, in addition to project managers being inundated with more project management books, standards and methodologies, the number of PMI certified PMPs has jumped by over 640% - from 102K to 665K. That is an enormous increase in the number of certified PMPs achieving the same lousy project success rate.

What are we missing here? In an attempt to answer this question Jon Haverly stepped away from the project world and studied what is happening within our organizations. The conclusion – our teams are not engaged in projects to the extent needed to be successful. Engagement is a major concern across organizations, but efforts to improve employee engagement rates over the same eleven years have been about as successful as efforts to improve project success rates.

Jon HaverlyAbout Jon Haverly:
Jon Haverly, PMP is a leadership development specialist and accomplished speaker, trainer, and consultant with 19 years' experience as a project/program manager. His training sessions allow project managers to accomplish more with fewer resources and cultivate new ideas to drive innovation and project results through engagement.



Topic: Project Everest: Essential Steps for Successful Projects Talent Triangle: 1.0 PDU Technical (PMP, PgMP, RMP, SP)
SBA Category: Build
Presenter: Alan Mallory Room: 14-15 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind's greatest feats of human endurance. The gruelling expedition to the top of the world's highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. In 2008, Alan Mallory and his family took on the challenge and set a world record after an incredible self-guided expedition that challenged the mental, emotional and physical limits of their entire beings.

Alan MalloryAbout Alan Mallory:
Alan is an international speaker, author and professional development coach who is passionate about leadership and living life to the absolute fullest! He graduated from Queen's University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager in the field of custom machine design. His love for innovation is complimented by his true passion: Working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

Alan is also an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys many different activities. In the spring of 2008, he and his family set a world record after an incredible self-guided expedition on Mount Everest.



Topic: Ramp it up!  Effective Scaling of (Agile) IT Teams Talent Triangle: 0.25 PDU - Leadership, 0.75 PDU - Technical (PMP, PgMP, PfMP, ACP)
SBA Categories: Build, Advance
Presenter: Jason Beverly Room: 21-22 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
Change is inevitable. When change involves the introduction of new priority IT work on a team without the benefit of taking in process work off the table, expanding or spinning up a new team or program becomes necessary. This session will explore how Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and other Agile concepts and structures can be applied to help increase the size of teams and programs quickly and effectively and include a comparison of how similar situations would likely be handled in a waterfall context. Concepts of Agile budgeting to determine the cost of change will be discussed and compared to waterfall style estimation techniques.

Jason BeverlyAbout Jason Beverly:
Jason has established a record of IT delivery excellence over a 20 year career using both waterfall and Agile techniques. Given changes in stakeholder needs he has successfully ramped teams of IT professionals into Agile Programs while maintaining excellent deliverable quality on multiple occasions for three different organizations.



Topic: The Kick Awesome Project Manager - Elevating your skills from ordinary to extraordinary Talent Triangle: 0.5 - Leadership, 0.5 - Technical (PMP, PgMP)
SBA Category: Build
Presenter: Belinda Fremouw Room: 24-25 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
There are project managers and there are kick awesome project managers. Most people don't grow up wanting to be a project manager. Take your role from an "accidental" project manager to an "awesome" project manager. In this engaging and interactive session, participants learn the skills that will bring their project management from ordinary to extraordinary.

Belina FreemouwAbout Belinda Fremouw:
A globally recognized expert in project management and PMI certifications, Belinda Fremouw is an in-demand keynote speaker, author and educator on all topics project management. She is the founder of Passionate Project Management and the first woman in the world to achieve the original five PMI credentials.



Closing Keynote - Ballroom A/B

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

3:45pm - 4:45pm

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


Talent Triangle Key to Presentations:

Technical Project Management
Strategic and Business Management
(Meets multiple legs of Talent Triangle)
PMI Talent Triangle


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Program Subject to Change (last revised 2-March-2017)