PDD 2016

9th Annual PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter
Professional Development Day
Theme: Business Mission in Global Economy.

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Breakfast and Registration begin at 7:15
Program 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Marriott
1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Download our 2016 PDD Flyer to view and print.

View a video from one of the PDD presenters, Matt Morey:


During this one-day program, participants will learn various project management related knowledge. This event includes breakfast and lunch at Cedar Rapids Marriott. We will have 3 different tracks for the participants to attend, late in the morning and early afternoon.

PDU's: 7.00

This year’s PDD focuses on a high quality, exciting speaker lineup that includes:

Gregs-Thomopulos.jpgGregs Thomopulos, P.E., FASCE, FACEC, Chairman of the Board of Stanley Consultants. He has received numerous honors and awards including the University of Kansas School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Service Award, a 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, the Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and most recently, a 2011 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement in Management Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Matt-Morey.jpgMatt Morey, C4 Explosive Leadership Training, LLC, Bronze Star recipient and commissioned officer in the US Army. Has Project Management experience in oil and gas, Information Technology, and US Government. His motto is “To improve leaders through the experiences of one who has been on the front line, once in combat, now in business”.
Joseph-Launi.jpgJoseph Launi, PMP, President of Project Management Experts, LLC, has over 30 years of experience and has developed a solid reputation for delivering successful projects and improving project management processes.
Lou-Kerestesy.jpgLou Kerestesy, Senior level executive with over 25 years of experience in negotiations, coaching, mediation, government innovation, organizational and systems change.
Dr.-Julie-Desot.jpgDr. Julie Desot, PMP, PMI-ACP., is a savvy, results-oriented leader with 20 years of professional experience providing services, leadership, and training for project management, process definition and evaluation. Specialization includes IT project and lifecycle management. She has experience in leading and instructing in Waterfall, SDLC, Agile, and SCRUM.

 Detailed Agenda

PDD Theme Business Mission in Global Economy PDU Hours
7:15 am 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast  
8:00 am 9:30 am Beginning Keynote Speaker Gregs Thomopulos - “Integrity and Ethics in Global Infrastructure” 1.5
      Strategic & Business        
9:30 am 10:00 am Morning Break          
10:00 am 12:00 pm Breakout 1 PME 1 - Introduction to Earned Value Management – 2 hours J. Launi PME 2 - Innovation and Creating a Strategy to Innovate – 2 hours L. Kerestesy PME 3 - Leading through change - 2 hours -Dr. Julie DeSot  Parachute Project Management: Jumping into the Fire and Controlling Costs - 2 hours - M. Morey 2
      Technical Project Management Strategic & Business Management Leadership Leadership  
12:00 pm 1:00 pm Lunch          
1:00 pm 3:00 pm Breakout 2 PME 1 - Agile Certified Practitioner Overview – 2 hours - J. DeSot PME 2 - Innovation and Standing Up an Innovation Center – 2 hours – L. Kerestesy PME 3 - Understanding and Leading Project Team Members – 2 hours  J. Launi   2
      Technical Project Management Strategic & Business Management Leadership    
3:00 pm 3:15 pm Afternoon Break          
3:15 pm 4:45 pm Closing Keynote Speaker  Matt Morey - Morey's laws       1.5
            Total PDUs 7

Please thank our sponsors!

The University of Iowa, Tipple School of Management
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ACT, Inc.
ACT-logo-Blue-rgb.jpg GOLD SPONSOR:  ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated continuum of solutions that help people succeed from elementary school through career, providing insights that unlock potential. To learn more about ACT, go to www.act.org.
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Transamerica works to Transform Tomorrow® for those who entrust its dedicated professionals with their financial needs, helping them take the necessary steps to achieve their long-term goals and aspirations. Transamerica’s 10,000 employees serve nearly every customer segment, providing a broad range of quality life insurance and savings products, individual and group pension plans, as well as asset management services. In 2013, Transamerica fulfilled its promises to customers, paying over $6.5 billion in benefit claims, including return of premiums paid.

Transamerica’s corporate headquarters are based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Baltimore, Maryland. Transamerica employs nearly 150 in its Project Management Office throughout some of our major locations across the country. "

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NextEra Energy
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Modis.jpg SILVER SPONSOR: Every day, Modis helps top project management professionals just like you connect with exceptional companies. By staying right in the center of the ever-changing world of technology, Modis connects you with the very best temporary and permanent opportunities for a variety of roles. By keeping our finger on the pulse of the IT staffing industry, Modis keeps you up to date with the latest workforce trends and information that can help guide your Project Management career. We look forward to being a part of your success!
randstad technologies

BRONZE SPONSOR:  Randstad Technologies creates the talent-driven strategies that help our clients stay competitive in the marketplace.  We understand that every business has a unique set of challenges and opportunities and we leverage our unique industry insights, honed through decades of experience in the technology sector, to deliver the talent and solutions necessary to achieve each client's specific goals.

As the third largest technology and solutions provider in the US, our track record speaks for itself.  From connecting clients to the expert technology talent they need, providing strategic technology consulting services, to jump-starting and completing stalled projects, or allowing them to outsource a fundamental technology function, we help companies become more efficient and reduce millions of dollars' worth of costs.  Backed by our high-impact professionals, we deliver tangible and meaningful results powered by solutions that help create, innovate and lead change.

Our focus on long-term partnerships- with both clients and candidates- helps us see our world at 360 degrees to continually refresh and deepen our industry expertise.  With this deep understanding we generate the solutions that match and surpass business and career objectives.

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St Ambrose University
StAmbrose.jpg BRONZE SPONSOR: St. Ambrose University is known throughout Iowa and the Midwest for the excellence of its educational experience and the quality of its graduates. Professional Development at St. Ambrose University offers non-credit training programs in a variety of topics. Classes include Project Management, Leadership and Supervisory Skills, and Grant Writing. Customized training programs are also available. St. Ambrose University Professional Development is academically based with real world applicability. Graduate education at St. Ambrose University serves students and society by offering dynamic programs where knowledge and professional practice are advanced in a community of learners. St. Ambrose offers a broad range of master's degree programs to meet the growing need for well-trained professionals around the country. Programs include MBA, Organizational Leadership, IT Management, Accounting, and a Doctor of Business Administration.
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Modis.jpg Brochure Printing: Every day, Modis helps top project management professionals just like you connect with exceptional companies. By staying right in the center of the ever-changing world of technology, Modis connects you with the very best temporary and permanent opportunities for a variety of roles. By keeping our finger on the pulse of the IT staffing industry, Modis keeps you up to date with the latest workforce trends and information that can help guide your Project Management career. We look forward to being a part of your success!