Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference & Workshops 2009 - Workshop Sessions


New Workshop Offerings!!



We’ve listened to your feedback about providing more in depth work sessions and are pleased to announce that we will be offering five different half-day workshops on Thursday, April 30th.  This is the afternoon prior to our popular all-day PM Conference.  You can attend a Workshop by itself or combine with the PM Conference to maximize your learning while minimizing your financial investment.PMP's earn 4.0 PDU for attending a Workshop.

Below is a detail level view of this year's Workshop offerings:

Click here for Fee Information or to Register for one of the five Workshop Sessions *

Click on one of the following to jump directly to that Workshop Description or Speaker Bio:




 Claudia Shelton
Blind Spots: Do You Know Your Blind Spots?

Workshop Abstract:
Blind Spots are things we do that we are not aware of which disturb other people. They can lead to conflicts, interfere with project progress, and block our career goals. Claudia Shelton demonstrates how members of a project team can learn see our blind spots and turn them into strengths for more productive and effective teamwork.

Workshop Objectives/Learning Outcomes:
This forum is based on the new book, Blind Spots: Get Out of the Way of Your Own Success by Claudia M. Shelton (John Wiley & Sons, April, 2007.) It is focused around a project management case where conflict among team members is thwarting project goals and schedule. Participants will learn how to help team members to recognize blind spots that are leading to conflicts—and turn these blind spots into constructive action. The on-line Blind Spots Profile will be distributed, which participants can use to manage similar situations in their own teams.

Participants will 1) learn to recognize blind spots among team member that affect project outcomes; 2) learn an on-line method for clarifying them; and 3) review a case that demonstrates how to turn these blind spots into strengths.


 Speaker Biography:
Claudia M. Shelton, President of The Hopewell Group, is an author, speaker, educator, and executive coach and was previously a senior executive for several Fortune companies. Her presentations for companies from Fortune 500 to small entrepreneurial start-ups have earned her praise from leading executives, and her leadership and high performance seminars have produced measurable performance improvements in numerous organizations. She is the author of the new book Blind Spots: Achieve Success by Seeing What You Can’t See (John Wiley, April, 2007).

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 Gilda Bonanno
Presentation Skills for Project Managers

Workshop Abstract:
As Project Managers, we often need to present in front of groups, including the project team and the stakeholders. This interactive session will provide you with the techniques you need to make your next presentation more powerful, effective and engaging.

Workshop Objectives & Expected Learning Outcomes:
Participants will learn techniques for improving the content and delivery of their presentations, including:

  • Organizing and preparing your presentation
  • How (and whether or not) to use slides
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Using voice and body language
  • Thinking on your toes
  • Delivering your message within the time limit
  • Developing your own speaking style


 Speaker Biography:
Gilda Bonanno is a trainer, speaker and coach, specializing in communication and leadership skills. She designs and delivers high-energy, client-focused training programs and workshops for corporate, academic and community clients, including Praxair, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Hartford, and Southern CT State University.

She is a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP) and a Prince 2 Project Manager. Prior to beginning her speaking and training career, she worked in project management and process reengineering in the pharmaceutical and information technology industries.

Gilda also is qualified in the administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and is an Authorized Distributor of Inscape Publishing instruments, including DiSC® assessments. She is President of the Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and a member of the National Speakers Association.

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 Lee R. Lambert
If You Aren’t “Making a Difference” You’re Taking up Space

Workshop Abstract:
In tough economic times the key to maintaining your employment status will hinge upon how valuable you are to the organization and its ability to continue to thrive and achieve its business objectives. The value you add will be determined by the impact your efforts have on achieving project success and organizational effectiveness. Become an “impact” player.

Learn how to capitalize on the power of the PM tools to provide incredibly insightful decision support information that will earn you the honor of becoming the “go to person” in your organization. Learn how to provide the decision makers with realistic and truthful information about the quality of the project plan, the current status of the project compared to the plan, and potential actions that could be taken. And, perhaps most importantly, you will learn how to uncannily predict the “future status” of the project—thus enabling decision makers to “act” in the timeliest and most beneficial way.

This program will not only empower you to become a true professional in the use of value add tools and techniques of PM, but it will inspire you to reach new heights of personal and professional enthusiasm, enjoyment and satisfaction knowing your are making a substantial positive contribution to the success of your organization. This is a Win-Win-Win proposition. Your project wins, your organization wins and YOU win.

Join Lee R. Lambert, PMP, and benefit from his 42 years of experience and success in PM. Learn how he used the tools of the trade to create “truth” as the foundation for becoming irreplaceable. His refreshing delivery of this critical “survival” message may just change your life forever.

 Speaker Biography:
In the profession of Project Management, Lee R. Lambert, PMP has established the standard against which others in the field are measured. Throughout a fast-paced 18 year corporate career with Chicago Bridge & Iron, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Electric (Nuclear Reactor Division) and Battelle Memorial Institute--where he worked almost exclusively with engineers and scientists--he quickly ascended to senior management positions and was responsible for the development and implementation of ground-breaking, sophisticated Enterprise project management processes for Engineering, Medical Diagnostics and Research & Development. In 1981, as a result of his pragmatic application of the PM methodologies, he was invited to be an integral part of the creation of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Program. He is a recipient of the PMI’s Distinguished Contribution Award and was a member of the PMNetwork/PM Journal Editorial Review team for over a decade. He also contributed as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the PMI’s Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Practice Standard.

Educated as a Mechanical Engineer, he is a holder of a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He most recently has been awarded one of the PMI’s highest honors for his ground breaking applied learning programs: The Professional Development Provider of the Year 2007. As an author of two books and 32 professional papers, no other project management educator/speaker can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing and entertaining delivery—his hard-hitting, but humorous style, has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 22 countries. In May, Wiley Publishing retained Lee as author of PMP Prep A-All-In-One Desk Reference Guide.

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 Chance Reichel
Hands on Experience with Earned Value Management

Workshop Abstract:
You will learn the fundamental tools and techniques for measuring performance, Earned Value Management, how to convey this information to management and stakeholders. This presentation will explain EVM beyond the basics of the formulas used to establish performance indexes and estimates at completion and also include hands-on exercises.

At the completion of this session, the attendee will be able to:

  • Identify the Components, Processes and Techniques of the Earned Value Management methodology
  • Enhanced understanding of the various ways to calculate earned value
  • Application of the principles of earned value to the attendee’s projects back in the office.


 Speaker Biography:
Mr. Chance Reichel serves as a Project Management Consultant for the Corporate Education Group, training and consulting firm. Mr. Reichel has provided project management expertise to more than seventy-five Fortune 500 clients as well as to several branches of the U.S. Government. Chance has also been invited overseas to share his project management expertise. Chance has more than twenty-two years of site-specific project management experience, which he draws upon for course development and instruction. He was granted his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1985 has completed extensive graduate studies in Education and was awarded a Master’s degree in Environmental Project Management from the University of Findlay in 1995. Mr. Reichel also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Boston University’s Metropolitan College. During the last four years Mr. Reichel has presented project management topics more than 350 times.

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 Brian J. Swayne and Timothy Dailey
Six Sigma Overview and Process Simulation (Value-Add Process Modeling and eliminating non-value add steps)

Workshop Abstract:
Six Sigma applies a disciplined approach to efficiently and effectively execute key business concepts. The simulation involving all participants will demonstrate some of the Six Sigma methodology in action and allow participants to come away with some actionable concepts to use.

 Speaker Biography:
Brian J. Swayne, Vice President - Six Sigma, at The Hartford, has over 20 year experience in the public and private sector, including having held leadership positions in Six Sigma at General Electric and was Vice President for Financial and Health Services practices at the Juran Institute.

Tim Dailey, Assistant Vice President and Master Black Belt at the Hartford, brings 20 years of experience from the Manufacturing industry, primarily in the automotive segment. He held roles in both the Operations and Marketing areas and has extensive experience with “Lean Manufacturing”.

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Note: Workshop Events are subject to cancellation if minimum required participation is not achieved.