2013 Professional Development Day

September 21, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204

Keynote: Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP, MBA, MS

Anthony Reed has written 4 books and ran more than 100 marathons including this year’s Boston Marathon. This keynote address is called Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons on All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success.

Preparing for and completing a marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the problems and challenges faced by today’s business leaders. While all certified marathons are the same distance, each one offers unique and varying challenges. However, you quickly learn that hills build character.

  • The 3,600 steps of the Great Wall of China Marathon relates to a 3,600-task project schedule.
  • Dealing with predators on Kenya’s SafriCom Lewa Marathon course was like managing risks on international, multi-million dollar projects.
  • Setting realistic project goals is like running in the frigid Antarctica Marathon.

Whether you’re in a high pressured meeting or encountering predators on Kenya’s high attitude SafriCom Lewa Marathon course, you must be a fast thinker. You won’t have the luxury to conduct research on the internet, call a consultant, or read a book. You must be able to react quickly to make critical decisions with limited information. The manager should weigh the advantages of a short term sprint with finishing in the long run.

You must become a marathoner, who successfully uses their knowledge to mentally and physically push towards new limits. Successful endurance athletes and business managers exhibit the same characteristics to thrive. They manage change by taking calculated risks and gradually expanding their comfort zones. This is how a miler becomes a marathoner and an individual contributor becomes a successful manager.

They must incorporate change, manage risk, and motivate people to go up hill at a time when they want to quit. All of this must be achieved in a stressful, challenging business environment. The author shares his experiences as a 25-year, corporate executive and finisher of over 120 26.2-mile marathons to show you methods to lead people using marathon techniques and strategies. He was one of about 250 people in the world to have completed a marathon on all seven continents, including Antarctica.


Break Out Sessions:

Track 1 - Skill Seeker

Sponsored by Randstad, Queen & Associates, Principle Solutions Group, Mindseeker & Collabera

9:40-12:45—Getting to Aha with Sherre DeMao

1:45-2:45—Skills Expo

2:50-4:20—Employer Sought Skills Panel Discussion


Track 2 - Credential Seeker

Sponsored by CPCC and ITPMI

9:40-12:45 —PMI-SP and Dynamic Scheduling with Michael Wharton, MVP, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCITP, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA, MCC 2012

1:15-2:45—RMP Panel Discussion with George Flanagan, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP & David Terrell, PMP, PMI-RMP. Facilitator is Gary Schmitz, PMP

2:50-4:20—Six Sigma Panel Discussion with Mike Ryan, PMP, SSBB, CPA, CBAP, DTM, CISA; Jennifer Smith, PMP, SSMBB and Mark Cichonski, PMP, PgMP, SSMBB.  


Track 3 - Agile Seeker Track

Sponsored by AXA Equitable, Big Visible and Southern Fried Agile

9:40-12:45—Foundations of Scrum and Agile presented by Priya Sethuraman, CSM, MS of Big Visible

1:15-4:20—Agile Project Management by Roy Schilling, CSM, PMI-ACP, CSPO, CSP 



Track 4 - Advanced Knowledge Seeker Track

Sponsored by NEU and UNCC

9:40-11:10 Stakeholder Management with Cindy Stonesifer, MBA, PMP

11:15-12:45 Risk Mgmt. for Small Projects with Michael Petko, MBA, PMP

1:15-2:45 Implementing Project Management Tools:  Are you Ready for that App? with Andrea Giantelli, MS, PMP

2:50-4:20—Understanding Leadership & Personality with Robert Maiale, MS, PMP






$20.00 Member - Keynote & Breakfast only

$20.00 Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons on All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success

$99.00 Member - Full Day

$50.00 Student & Unemployed Member Registration - Full Day

$25.00 Guest - Keynote & Breakfast only

$129.00 Guest - Full Day

$50.00 Student & Unemployed Guest Registration - Full Day