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04Oct/18

PMI La Crosse Event – I’m Not Sure that Word Means What You Think It Means: Talking to Business People About Agile

Introduction/Description:

Agile, like any movement, has its own lexicon – a set of words that are used within the community and help define it.  Unfortunately, as the Agile movement has grown, these words have been distorted, changed and lost their original meaning.

During this session, these words and their original meaning will be examined from a business perspective.  Participants leave with the ability to accurately define and use these terms in way that engages the business in its search for value.

Agile, like any movement, has its own lexicon – a set of words that are used within the community and help define it. Unfortunately, as the Agile movement has grown, these words have been distorted, changed and lost their original meaning.

During this session, these words and their original meaning will be examined from a business perspective. Participants leave with the ability to accurately define and use these terms in way that engages the business in its search for value.

About the Speaker:

Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CST

Mike is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL. In this role, he is responsible for educating, coaching and consulting with his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.

He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.

Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded two other Agile consultancies. Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.

He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will. When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.

Where:

Lunda Center

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

 Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – 1:00pm – Presentation

Menu List:

TBD

04Oct/18

PMI Rochester Event – I’m Not Sure that Word Means What You Think It Means: Talking to Business People About Agile

Introduction/Description:

Agile, like any movement, has its own lexicon – a set of words that are used within the community and help define it.  Unfortunately, as the Agile movement has grown, these words have been distorted, changed and lost their original meaning.

During this session, these words and their original meaning will be examined from a business perspective.  Participants leave with the ability to accurately define and use these terms in way that engages the business in its search for value.

About the Speaker:

Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CST

Mike is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL.  In this role, he is responsible for educating, coaching and consulting with his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.

He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.

Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded two other Agile consultancies.  Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.

He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will.  When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.

Where:

Charter House

Northview Room

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Registration Details:

7:00am – Sign in, Networking

7:15am – Breakfast and President Announcements

7:30am – Ice Breaker, Break, Speaker Introduction

7:45am – Presentation

8:45am – Questions

Menu List:

TBD

03Oct/18

PMI La Crosse Event – What’s Going On Up There? The Neuroscience of Conversation for Project Managers

Introduction/Description:

You know how sometimes you’re having a conversation with a stakeholder or team member, and all of a sudden you realize that they’re completely disconnected from you? Do you ever wonder why that happens and how to fix it? During a conversation, there’s a neurochemical cocktail that’s influencing (and being influenced by) you and the person you are talking to. These influences are unconscious, however, we can learn to recognize the signs of neurochemical impacts and use that information to achieve wildly successful conversations.

This session introduces Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ®), and other easy-to-use tools for engaging in effective, mindful conversation with clients, project teams, and stakeholders. Together we’ll explore different levels of conversation and their:

  • Intention and interaction dynamics
  • Strengths and pitfalls
  • Best situational use
  • Impacts on trust, influence, power, and success
  • Underlying neurochemistry affecting the brain
  • Skills needed to move to the next level up

About the Speaker:

Jacy Imilkowski

Jacy Imilkowski PMP, CPCC, ACC is an energetic speaker, born storyteller, and self-admitted communication nerd. She deftly weaves story, humor, and expertise to share tools and skills that engage participants’ hearts and minds. Her interactive presentations focus on real-world application, and participants leave every session with tools they can immediately apply in their everyday lives.

When not working Jacy is an avid speculative fiction and fantasy reader, food and flower gardener and enjoys spending time in nature with her partner and dogs.

Where:

Lunda Center

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

 Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – 1:00pm – Presentation

Menu List:

TBD

03Oct/18

PMI Rochester Event – What’s Going On Up There? The Neuroscience of Conversation for Project Managers

Introduction/Description:

You know how sometimes you’re having a conversation with a stakeholder or team member, and all of a sudden you realize that they’re completely disconnected from you? Do you ever wonder why that happens and how to fix it? During a conversation, there’s a neurochemical cocktail that’s influencing (and being influenced by) you and the person you are talking to. These influences are unconscious, however, we can learn to recognize the signs of neurochemical impacts and use that information to achieve wildly successful conversations.

This session introduces Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ®), and other easy-to-use tools for engaging in effective, mindful conversation with clients, project teams, and stakeholders. Together we’ll explore different levels of conversation and their:

  • Intention and interaction dynamics
  • Strengths and pitfalls
  • Best situational use
  • Impacts on trust, influence, power, and success
  • Underlying neurochemistry affecting the brain
  • Skills needed to move to the next level up

About the Speaker:

Jacy Imilkowski

Jacy Imilkowski PMP, CPCC, ACC is an energetic speaker, born storyteller, and self-admitted communication nerd. She deftly weaves story, humor, and expertise to share tools and skills that engage participants’ hearts and minds. Her interactive presentations focus on real-world application, and participants leave every session with tools they can immediately apply in their everyday lives.

When not working Jacy is an avid speculative fiction and fantasy reader, food and flower gardener and enjoys spending time in nature with her partner and dogs.

Where:

Charter House

Edwards Hall

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Registration Details:

7:00am – Sign in, Networking

7:15am – Breakfast and President Announcements

7:30am – Ice Breaker, Break, Speaker Introduction

7:45am – Presentation

8:45am – Questions

Menu List:

TBD

16Aug/18

PMI La Crosse Event – It’s All About Networking – Navigating The Networking Concept for Success! & 15th Anniversary Chapter Birthday Party!!!

Introduction/Description:

Networking is all the rage! You hear about it everywhere! More than 80% of jobs are found thru who you know. Networking is also a great way to learn about new industries, elements in business strategies and work cultures in different companies! It can make YOU be the expert on what is happening in the business community! But, how do you find out who you should know and then how do you navigate the process of informational interviews and participating in networking events to make it work for you? Come to this work session and learn the how/why/where’s of networking.   We will cover the components of good networking strategies and apply the ideas in real life exercises.

About the Speaker:

Tom Colosimo

Tom Colosimo is a Career Architect/Coach. He prides himself as being a ‘master connector’ for networking and helping people connect with people for success. Tom is not your typical career coach/advisor. Along the way, Tom has been an accountant within manufacturing, retail and banking compliance for over 20 years. He then went on to be a third party recruiter for 6 years doing ‘match-making’ within the finance, accounting, marketing, engineering and technology areas of focus.

Tom then spent 8 years at the University Of St. Thomas Opus College Of Business as a Graduate Career Coach/Corporate Relations Manager for the business programs on the Minneapolis Campus. In this role, Tom excelled at making many corporate connections for the MBA students, bring hundreds of corporate partners to the campus for internships, and perm placements.

Since leaving ‘UST’ in 2016, Tom has continued to expand his experience in several ‘corporate’ recruiting roles and for the past year, has worked for an ‘on-line’ college; Altierus Career College based in Minneapolis. In this role, Tom has been assisting students and alums all over the country with job searching, resumes, and connecting people with corporate partners for success.

Tom lives in Oakdale with his wife Barb. They have two adult daughters; Anna and Emily.

Where:

Le Chateau

410 Cass Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

 Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – 1:00pm – Presentation

Menu List:

House salad

Mixed greens, confit tomatoes, nuts and vinaigrette

Marinated and seared chicken breast

Demi-glace and broccolini

Lemon Mascarpone cake

Fresh blueberries

16Aug/18

PMI Rochester Event – It’s All About Networking – Navigating The Networking Concept for Success! & 15th Anniversary Chapter Birthday Party!!!

Introduction/Description:

Networking is all the rage! You hear about it everywhere! More than 80% of jobs are found thru who you know. Networking is also a great way to learn about new industries, elements in business strategies and work cultures in different companies! It can make YOU be the expert on what is happening in the business community! But, how do you find out who you should know and then how do you navigate the process of informational interviews and participating in networking events to make it work for you? Come to this work session and learn the how/why/where’s of networking.   We will cover the components of good networking strategies and apply the ideas in real life exercises.

About the Speaker:

Tom Colosimo

Tom Colosimo is a Career Architect/Coach. He prides himself as being a ‘master connector’ for networking and helping people connect with people for success. Tom is not your typical career coach/advisor. Along the way, Tom has been an accountant within manufacturing, retail and banking compliance for over 20 years. He then went on to be a third party recruiter for 6 years doing ‘match-making’ within the finance, accounting, marketing, engineering and technology areas of focus.

Tom then spent 8 years at the University Of St. Thomas Opus College Of Business as a Graduate Career Coach/Corporate Relations Manager for the business programs on the Minneapolis Campus. In this role, Tom excelled at making many corporate connections for the MBA students, bring hundreds of corporate partners to the campus for internships, and perm placements.

Since leaving ‘UST’ in 2016, Tom has continued to expand his experience in several ‘corporate’ recruiting roles and for the past year, has worked for an ‘on-line’ college; Altierus Career College based in Minneapolis. In this role, Tom has been assisting students and alums all over the country with job searching, resumes, and connecting people with corporate partners for success.

Tom lives in Oakdale with his wife Barb. They have two adult daughters; Anna and Emily.

Where:

Forager Brewing Company

1005 6th Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Registration Details:

5:00pm – Sign in, Networking, Appetizers

5:30pm – President Announcements and Speaker Introductions

5:45pm – Presentation

6:45pm – Questions

Menu List:

Appetizer Buffet including:

  • Assorted Veggie Platter with Dill Sauce
  • Pork Nachos
  • Mac N Cheese with Pork
  • Smoked Salmon Bites with Cream Cheese
  • Pizza
  • Forager Burger Sliders
  • Taco Bar
  • Birthday Cake
18Jul/18

Project Conference – Be a Champion of Change

Spread the word! The 2019 Project Conference will be held Friday, March 8th, 2019. Join your peers for a day of learning and networking as you build your skills. Mark your calendars for an exciting day packed with networking and educational sessions that relate directly to your position.

03Mar/18

Virtual PMI La Crosse Event – Successful Leadership Development

Introduction/Description:

Organizations know that the growing skills gap means they can no longer count on hiring applicants who will have the skills they need. Instead, they urgently need to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their current employees. Equally important, organizations need to focus on the unique competencies that comprise leadership skills. Please join us to learn insights about the critical components of talent management and the steps necessary to develop a successful leadership development program.

About the Speaker:

Abbey Hellickson, M.Ed.

Abbey Hellickson is a business growth consultant who works with manufacturers throughout Minnesota to help them engage their workforce, maximize productivity, improve company culture, and strengthen their leadership teams. Drawing on a wealth of experience in talent and leadership development, Abbey enables companies to drive performance at all levels of their organizations and develop the effective leaders they need to build and sustain profitable growth. Prior to joining Enterprise Minnesota, Abbey served as the director of business and workforce education at Rochester Community and Technical College and as a corporate training instructor for Fastenal. She sits on the board of directors for the Preston Area Community Foundation and Fillmore Central Community Education. Abbey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Winona State University and a Master’s of Education in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota.

Where:

GoToMeeting

Registration Details:

10:45am – Sign in

11:00am – 12:00pm Presentation

 

03Mar/18

PMI La Crosse Event – Six Sigma: DMAIC (de-MAY-ick)

Introduction/Description:

Primarily known for a tool to be used within the Six Sigma framework, DMAIC (de-MAY-ick) has many more applications as a solid framework for helping to see projects through from start to finish. Whether you are using Six Sigma, Lean, or any other type of project where the goal is to identify issues, optimize, or to reduce variation to get the most effective results from your processes, the DMAIC framework can help. Learn more about how this acronym and it’s steps (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) can help you to make a difference and ensure the changes or solutions you are implementing are getting to the root of the matter and you aren’t treating a symptom instead of the source.

About the Speaker:

Rob Ronnenberg

Rob started his career in Supply Chain Management and then began his journey down the path of Lean Six Sigma twelve years ago with an online White Belt training, from there he was hooked and kept learning more. After an intensive Kaizen training program in Georgia, he was facilitating Lean and other types of events for distribution operations around the Midwest in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Since then he has earned his Six Sigma Black Belt, spoken at conferences, done consulting work, and is part of a two person team that developed a training program to help a local business learn more about Lean and Six Sigma to begin developing a program with educating leaders in the organization. Working with people and helping them see the potential for how much they can improve their operation and satisfaction by making changes to how they approach their work is what gives Rob a passion for what he does.

Where:

Lunda Center

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

(Attached to the La Crosse Wellness Center)

Registration Details:

05:30pm – Sign in, Network

05:45pm – Dinner and President Announcements

06:15pm – 07:30pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

SOUP & SALAD BUFFET

Build-your-own salad topped with a grilled warm chicken breast. Served with a variety of dressings. Includes your choice of soup.

08Feb/18

PMI Rochester Event – What Happens When You’re Real: Authentic Communication and Trust

Introduction/Description:

Communication is about accountability, responsibility, and transparency. When you are clear, consistent and confident with others, remarkable things happen. You connect, engage, and are more likely to trust. Excellent communication means being present, owning your messages and active listening. Building trust and trusting relationships require courage, vulnerability, and risk. Find out what it’s like to bring your authentic self to everything you do!

About the Speaker:

Roger Wolkoff

Roger Wolkoff, with more than 25 years of corporate experience, has

  • Led many successful teams
  • Driven change — from downsizing to industry-changing initiatives
  • Encountered a wide variety of communication styles (and learning more every day!)
  • Been immersed in many cultures — from the blasé to the super-progressive

He has lived it — the good, the bad, and the exciting. He’s gone through many change initiatives and come out the other side and lived to tell about it!

Roger’s work experience includes project manager, business analyst, training manager, competitive marketing manager, software and programming trainer, tech support lead, network administrator, application developer, editor, and textbook sales representative.

He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, NY, and his M.B.A from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Roger received his Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin — Madison.

He is an author of several print and online articles and is the author of a forthcoming book.

Where:

Charter House

Edwards Hall

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – 1:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD