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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.

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

 

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

23Jan/18

2018 Project Conference ( People, Processes and Outcomes)

Our Annual Professional Development Day (PDD)  is finally here and FAST approaching!

To view a sneak peek video message from our keynote speaker, Andy Kaufman, click on the following link: https://vimeo.com/245419029.
 Join Us on March 9th, 2018 for this great event!
The 2018 Project Conference is a collaboration between your La Crosse – Rochester PMI Chapter and RCTC. This year’s conference theme is  people, processes  and outcomes and focuses on three tracks:
  • Leadership
  • Technical Project Management Skills
  • Strategic and Business Management.

We have motivating keynotes and excellent breakout sessions to make it worth your while as well as a great benefit to your organization . The knowledge you gain from this conference will provide value and help your projects and respective work teams.

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This day is designed to re-energize you while providing an opportunity to network and learn from others!

  • TOP NOTCH keynote speakers.
  • Expert breakout sessions.
  • 6 PDUs ( 1 per speaker session)
  • Networking with TOP project management professionals and stakeholders from the entire region.
  • Improve your PM knowledge
  • Great value to your organization
  • $150 per person (includes lunch)
  • $25 discount for PMI La Crosse- Rochester chapter members
18Jan/18

PMI Rochester 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:

Charter House – Northview Room

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:

Fresh Fruit, Tossed Garden Salad, Spiced Salmon w/ Peach Kiwi Salsa, Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs, Broccoli Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Dinner Rolls and Dessert.

18Jan/18

PMI La Crosse Event – Project Spotlight – Northwestern University: Common Space Program

Introduction/Description:

Gensler partnered with Northwestern University for its Common Spaces Project. The project put into motion a program that stitches together all of Northwestern’s interior common spaces into a cohesive story.

Northwestern University realized the value in common spaces as an opportunity to strengthen and showcase its new brand and create a cohesive experience. With 110 buildings in varying degrees of condition and usage spanning two campuses, the challenge lay in prioritizing improvement investments.

To address this, Gensler’s analytics team assessed, quantified and prioritized high impact areas for improvement efforts over time. IT data was combined with detailed condition assessments in digital floor plans.  Also, brand, interior, and architectural designers collaborated to develop standards to cover the physical elements factoring in physical condition, brand, and user experience.

Managing the moving parts of the project was a challenge in itself. Gensler’s web application, Profection, was used to clearly communicate status and progress, allowing all teams to view a single source of information to communicate and keep all of the projects on track.

 The result of the program is a strategic recommendation for the prioritization of branded elements across the two campuses to integrate and showcase the Northwestern University story.

About the Speakers:

Mark Thole

Mark’s passion resides in working with people to get things done. Developing ERP and web applications for the past 19 years, he has deep experience in all facets of technology design, development, delivery, testing and support. Throughout his career at Gensler, Mark has played instrumental roles in Wisp and Program Services as the lead developer of Nissan, Infiniti, CSI, GM applications and most recently Profection™, a web-based Project Information Management solution. Mark is a natural project manager, facilitator, communicator and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). After 19 years of working with clients on and off site, Mark is excited to lead new programs and projects into the next decade.

Meghan Webster

Meghan is a licensed architect with a broad range of experience across the country and overseas in every phase of the architecture and construction process. After receiving her B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Architecture from M.I.T., she joined Behnisch Architekten, working out of offices in Boston and Stuttgart, Germany.

As one of Gensler’s Firmwide Education Practice Area Leaders, Meghan co-leads a global team of thought leaders immersed in the design of innovative learning environments. Meghan is a frequent blogger and speaker, founding and facilitating Gensler’s internal panel discussion series, Dialogues.

In addition to academic projects, her range of work extends to projects in health and wellness, including those with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and currently is a vice chair on ULI’s Chicago Product Council on Mixed Use & Urban Development. She approaches every project and client relationship with diligence and dedication that is apparent in her work

Where:

Cabin Coffee – North Location

2843 Darling Court

La Crosse, WI 54601

(Attached to the La Crosse Wellness Center)

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – 1:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

Assorted sandwiches, chips, coffee and water.

18Jan/18

PMI Rochester Event – Project Spotlight – Northwestern University: Common Space Program

Introduction/Description:

Gensler partnered with Northwestern University for its Common Spaces Project. The project put into motion a program that stitches together all of Northwestern’s interior common spaces into a cohesive story.

Northwestern University realized the value in common spaces as an opportunity to strengthen and showcase its new brand and create a cohesive experience. With 110 buildings in varying degrees of condition and usage spanning two campuses, the challenge lay in prioritizing improvement investments.

To address this, Gensler’s analytics team assessed, quantified and prioritized high impact areas for improvement efforts over time. IT data was combined with detailed condition assessments in digital floor plans.  Also, brand, interior, and architectural designers collaborated to develop standards to cover the physical elements factoring in physical condition, brand, and user experience.

Managing the moving parts of the project was a challenge in itself. Gensler’s web application, Profection, was used to clearly communicate status and progress, allowing all teams to view a single source of information to communicate and keep all of the projects on track.

 The result of the program is a strategic recommendation for the prioritization of branded elements across the two campuses to integrate and showcase the Northwestern University story.

About the Speakers:

Mark Thole

Mark’s passion resides in working with people to get things done. Developing ERP and web applications for the past 19 years, he has deep experience in all facets of technology design, development, delivery, testing and support. Throughout his career at Gensler, Mark has played instrumental roles in Wisp and Program Services as the lead developer of Nissan, Infiniti, CSI, GM applications and most recently Profection™, a web-based Project Information Management solution. Mark is a natural project manager, facilitator, communicator and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). After 19 years of working with clients on and off site, Mark is excited to lead new programs and projects into the next decade.

Meghan Webster

Meghan is a licensed architect with a broad range of experience across the country and overseas in every phase of the architecture and construction process. After receiving her B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Architecture from M.I.T., she joined Behnisch Architekten, working out of offices in Boston and Stuttgart, Germany.

As one of Gensler’s Firmwide Education Practice Area Leaders, Meghan co-leads a global team of thought leaders immersed in the design of innovative learning environments. Meghan is a frequent blogger and speaker, founding and facilitating Gensler’s internal panel discussion series, Dialogues.

In addition to academic projects, her range of work extends to projects in health and wellness, including those with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and currently is a vice chair on ULI’s Chicago Product Council on Mixed Use & Urban Development. She approaches every project and client relationship with diligence and dedication that is apparent in her work

Where:

Charter House

Northview

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

 

Registration Details:

5:30pm – Sign in, Network

5:45pm – Dinner and President Announcements

6:15pm – 7:30pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

18Jan/18

PMI Rochester 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:

New Location: Rochester Art Center

40 Civic Center Drive

Rochester, MN 55904

 

Registration Details:

7:00am – Sign in, Network

7:15am – Breakfast and President Announcements

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

7:45am – Presentation

8:45am – 9:00am – Questions

 

Menu List:

Scrambled Eggs or Denver Scramble

With Bacon & Sausage Patties, American Fries, Fresh Fruit, Croissants & Muffins, Orange Juice and Coffee

11Dec/17

PMI La Crosse 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:

Mark’s passion resides in working with people to get things done. Developing ERP and web applications for the past 19 years, he has deep experience in all facets of technology design, development, delivery, testing and support. Throughout his career at Gensler, Mark has played instrumental roles in Wisp and Program Services as the lead developer of Nissan, Infiniti, CSI, GM applications and most recently Profection™, a web-based Project Information Management solution. Mark is a natural project manager, facilitator, communicator and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

After 19 years of working with clients on and off site, Mark is excited to lead new programs and projects into the next decade.

Meghan is a licensed architect with a broad range of experience across the country and overseas in every phase of the architecture and construction process. After receiving her B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Architecture from M.I.T., she joined Behnisch Architekten, working out of offices in Boston and Stuttgart, Germany.

As one of Gensler’s Firmwide Education Practice Area Leaders, Meghan co-leads a global team of thought leaders immersed in the design of innovative learning environments. Meghan is a frequent blogger and speaker, founding and facilitating Gensler’s internal panel discussion series, Dialogues.

In addition to academic projects, her range of work extends to projects in health and wellness, including those with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and currently is a vice chair on ULI’s Chicago Product Council on Mixed Use & Urban Development. She approaches every project and client relationship with diligence and dedication that is apparent in her work.

Where:

Cabin Coffee – North Location

2843 Darling Court

La Crosse, WI 54601

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – 1:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

08Nov/17

Save the Date: La Crosse Mix, Mingle, and Network

La Crosse Event – Sloopy’s Alma Mater (Mix, Mingle, and Network)

Assortment of appetizers will be provided throughout the networking happy hour. The attendees will be responsible for their beverages.  Join us for games and networking!