PMI Palmetto Symposium 2018

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The 2018 PMI Palmetto Symposium is scheduled for March 6, 2018 in the TD Convention Center.

Register now and earn 7 PDUs on March 6th!

We have a phenomenal agenda this year and some awesome topics to help you “Make the Right Impression!”


Start Times & Topic            

7:15 a.m.   Symposium Registration & Breakfast      

8:00 a.m.   Opening Remarks & Sponsor Acknowledgments

8:15 a.m.   Andy Kaufman - That’s Not What I Meant! How to Improve Your Ability to Understand & Be Understood

9:45 a.m.     Break   

10:00 a.m.   Laura Barnard - The Executive Dashboard: Tell them what they need to know…then STOP!

11:00 a.m.   Eric Bloom – Conflict Resolution

12:00 p.m.     Lunch   

1:00 p.m.     Rachel Keck – 60 Second Awareness

2:00 p.m.     Christina Tankersley – Soft skills? Why can’t I just do my job?

3:00 p.m.       Break   

3:15 p.m.     Door prizes and final announcements    

3:30 p.m.     Frank Keck - "Wholistic Intelligence Making the Most of Who We Are and What We Learn"

5:00 p.m.       Event concludes                                                                 


Want to know more about the speakers?  Continue reading below for a summary!

   Andy Kaufman, PMP helps organizations around the world improve their ability to deliver projects and lead teams. He helps people & organizations get focused, take action, and deliver results. His keynotes, workshops, and executive coaching services have reached tens of thousands of people from hundreds of companies, helping them deliver their projects, become more confident leaders, and deliver results. Andy is a certified trainer and author of Navigating the Winds of Change: Staying on Course in Business & in Life, Shining the Light on The Secret, and an e-book entitled How to Organize Your Inbox & Get Rid of E-Mail Clutter. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). In addition, he is the host of The People and Projects Podcast which provides interviews and insights to help listeners lead people and deliver projects.


   Laura Barnard, is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and coach on the topics of Project Management and Change Management. She is the Founder and CEO of PMO Strategies and has spent more than 20 years creating impactful and sustainable change for a broad range of organizations, from nonprofits to global financial institutions. She combines her deep project and change management experience and industry knowledge with her passion for helping people get things done to transform how organizations realize business strategy. She shares her experience and stories in her popular blog titled, “I wish I had me when I was you…” Laura believes that project managers are uniquely positioned to assist nonprofit organizations in having a greater impact in the local community. She is the Founder and President of Project Management for Change™, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the project management profession by showing the value of project management across the globe as the most effective enabling resource for delivering sustainable change in the nonprofit sector. She is the Founder and CEO of the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)™, the record-setting signature event of Project Management for Change. Laura believes that the future of our world depends greatly upon the work of the nonprofit community and has chosen to focus on and serve the nonprofit community through all of her work. In addition to running a nonprofit organization, she has more than 12 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards in positions including VP of Marketing, Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington, D.C.; VP Education and VP Finance, Montgomery County, PMI; Board Member, Virginia International University; and Board Member Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification.


   A former CIO, today Eric P. Bloom is an Amazon #1 bestselling author, TEDx Speaker and the President of Manager Mechanics LLC, a company specializing in IT leadership, business skills and productivity training. He is also the past President of National Speakers Association (NSA) New England, former nationally syndicated columnist, contributor to,, certified executive coach, and an Adjunct Research Advisor for IDC. He is also the author of various books, including “The CIO’s Guide to Staff Needs, Growth, and Productivity”, “Manager Mechanics: Tips and Advice for First-Time Managers” and “Productivity Driven Success: Hidden Secrets of Organizational Efficiency.” Eric began his career as a Software Developer, Business Analyst and Project Manager, then moved up through the IT leadership ranks. Therefore, he understands his topic through a lifetime of professional experience. As they say, "He walks the walk."


   Rachel’s driving force in life is to create opportunities for raw faith.  In other words, making time and space for learning, unlearning, questions, shifts in understanding and perspective. That driving force is driven by values of family, mindfulness and meaningful work. All that was ignited in a Psychology class in high school, then fuled in college, studying both Psychology and Sociology.  She has always been drawn to what connects people both to themselves and to others, as well as what disconnects.  Her mission is to integrate more and more of herself each day and invite others to do the same. Rachel has been both a trainer and salesperson for training.  She has worked in the training industry for 10 years.  For the last three years, she’s been fortunate enough to study the art of listening through a program in Atchison, Sansa.  IT has been incredibly transformative and helped her listen and understand in fresh ways. Rachel brings a strong curiosity and the ability to listen in a way that deepens understanding and grows awareness.


   Christina Tankersley was made a project manager kicking and screaming.  Now she wouldn’t have it any other way.  She is one part problem solver, one part relationship builder, and 2 parts project manager, in that order (Is that too many parts?).  Her client list includes Stevens Aviation, Milliken, Augusta National Golf Club and Novartis to name a few.  She grew up in software development, but has branched into manufacturing and operations projects, anywhere that needs an infusion of PMI reality!


   Frank’s driving force in life is to be a catalyst in the pursuit of idealness.  In other words, helping people move closer to their ideal state in life.  His driving force is driven by values of authenticity , curiosity and adventure.  Frank began his professional speaking career in 1990.  Zig Ziglar is among the speakers that inspired him to pursue his passion.  Thanks to the natural ability and fine-tuning while working at Dale Carnegie, Frank has become an expert at dealing with people.  His focus is on behavior change, where he is delivering content on leadership, team-building or culture shaping.  Frank truly is the People Whisperer.  Frank utilizes humor, encouraging audiences to be focused but not to take themselves too seriously, enjoying life while challenging themselves.  He leaves audiences energized and enlightened with the skills to produce effects in their personal and professional lives. What makes Frank remarkable is his way with individuals and groups.  He is able to connect with people and help them grow with a simple tool: questions.  When Frank facilitates content delivery or conversation, he asks questions encouraging the participants to think.

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