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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.

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!

07Nov/17

Save the Date: La Crosse’s Mix, Mingle, and Network Holiday Social

Join the La Crosse/Rochester PMI Chapter for our annual holiday social in La Crosse, WI. The evening will include plenty of networking opportunities with other local Project Management professionals.  In addition we will have games, prizes and FUN!  We look forward to you joining us for a great evening of networking!

Menu:

The La Crosse/Rochester will provide an assortment of appetizers during the networking happy hour. All attendees are responsible for beverages.

24Oct/17

PMI Rochester Event – High Speed Integration – How Whirlpool Acquired and Integrated Maytag in Seven Months

Introduction/Description:

Have you ever heard anything bad in the news about Whirlpool’s acquisition of Maytag? This was a well-run merger that left little to chance. The leadership team coalesced around key priorities, inspired the organization, and worked through meticulous detail to drive success. Learn how you can repeat this performance regardless of the change you are implementing, drive greater value and increase your own leadership success.

About the Speaker:

Steve Salisbury is a global change leadership expert for some of the world’s most recognizable enterprises. He sets the change in motion by creating transformational capacity, galvanizing leaders, and driving accountability to institutionalize the entire transformation. In an industry where projects continue to underperform, Steve holds a remarkable 85% success rate.

Where:

Charter House

Northview

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

24Oct/17

PMI La Crosse Event – High Speed Integration – How Whirlpool Acquired and Integrated Maytag in Seven Months

Introduction/Description:

Have you ever heard anything bad in the news about Whirlpool’s acquisition of Maytag? This was a well-run merger that left little to chance. The leadership team coalesced around key priorities, inspired the organization, and worked through meticulous detail to drive success. Learn how you can repeat this performance regardless of the change you are implementing, drive greater value and increase your own leadership success.

About the Speaker:

Steve Salisbury is a global change leadership expert for some of the world’s most recognizable enterprises. He sets the change in motion by creating transformational capacity, galvanizing leaders, and driving accountability to institutionalize the entire transformation. In an industry where projects continue to underperform, Steve holds a remarkable 85% success rate.

Where:

Lunda Center

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

 

Registration Details:

5:30pm – Sign in, Network

5:45pm – Dinner and President Announcements

6:15pm – 7:30pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

03Oct/17

PMI La Crosse Event – Culture: The Key to Organizational Agility

Introduction/Description:

In the language of sociotechnical organization design, every organization is a composite of the technical system by which it does its work, and the social system by which it governs the conduct of its work. In other words, every organization is the product of its processes and its culture. The degree of an organization’s agility, then, is the product of the agility of its processes and the agility of its culture. In fact, experience teaches us that it is the organization’s culture that is the key to its agility. Yet, while designing and maintaining agile processes is an engineering discipline that is well understood, designing and maintaining an agile culture is a leadership discipline that is not well understood.

This presentation will introduce field-tested models to better understand:

  • What an organizational culture is.
  • How it fits into the organizational ecosystem, diagnose its current state and design a desired state.
  • The forces that, by design or by default, influence the reinforcement of its current state or its movement toward some future state.

About the Speaker:

Jim is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL where he educates, coaches and consults to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility.

Based on his experience creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and re-designing 2 that were not well positioned for the future, Jim shares the pragmatic lessons he has learned for leading cultural change on local, national and international teams. He has also curated those lessons in his book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas.

An accomplished leader in real life, Jim has previously held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 billion business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Where:

People’s Food Coop Community Room

315 5th Street South

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

03Oct/17

PMI Rochester Event – Virtual Team Management: Creating a Culture of Success with Those You Can’t See

Introduction/Description:

Managing project teams is a challenge. Managing teams across geographical locations, time zones and globally can be difficult for even the best managers.  Factor in cultural differences and country-specific lingo, and it’s a miracle some projects are ever successful.  In his 10 years managing virtual teams, Jason has learned how to create a culture of success with and amongst stakeholders and project team members.  He will share his tips and lessons learned, some of them the hard way, including sponsor and stakeholder management, building a cohesive team, developing “right-sized” processes, and effectively communicating with those you can’t see.

About the Speaker:

Jason Orloske has been in project, program and portfolio management for over 17 years in the Healthcare, Retail, and Legal & Regulatory sectors. Jason is currently the Manager of Project Management at Aldevron, a Biologics manufacturer headquartered in Fargo, ND. Before that, Jason worked as a Program Portfolio Manager for WEX in Portland, ME, leading the delivery of global strategic initiatives. Jason has his PMP, Masters of Project Management (MPM), and Scrum certified. He has presented at a number of PMI-MN events, written articles for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) and is an avid blogger.

Where:

Charter House

Northview

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Registration Details:

5:15pm – Sign in, Network

5:15pm – Dinner and President Announcements

5:45pm– 7:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

08Aug/17

PMI Rochester Event – CONFLICT: Making It Easier

Title: CONFLICT: Making It Easier

 

Time:  5:15pm-7:00pm

Introduction/Description:

How do get along with a person who drives us crazy or gets on our last nerve? It can be so hard to do. This month, learn to maintain your power when in conflict and get to a solution that works for everyone.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand what drives difficult behavior.
  2. To define the four intents (or desires) of people.
  3. To define the type of difficult person we are.
  4. To manage conflict more easily.

 

About the Speaker:

Jeannette Grace, owner of Expressive! Communication Consulting & Training, is a communication consultant and training and development expert who has been helping organizations and their employees exceed expectations since 1995. She specializes in removing communication roadblocks for her clients so they can enjoy the benefits of satisfied customers, engaged employees, and strong teams. Jeannette’s work spans corporate training, teaching college level business courses, keynote speaking, professional coaching, and training in business organizations, higher education, and government entities.

 

Where:

Charter House

Northview

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN  55901

 

Registration Details:

 

Dinner

5:15pm – Sign in, Network

5:30pm – Dinner and President Announcements

5:45pm– 7:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD