November 2018 PPRC Chapter Meeting - The Annual Unconference!

November 08, 2018
5:00 PM MST to 8:00 PM MST
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Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center
2886 S Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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5:00-6:00pm: Unconference Presentations!
6:00-6:30pm: Dinner
6:30-7:00pm: Business Meeting/Chapter Announcements
7:00-8:00pm: Unconference Presentations!
8:00-8:10pm: Closing/Drawings

Many of our members have said that the Annual PPRC Unconference is the best meeting of the year! Multiple speakers present topics that last about 15 minutes, sharing lessons learned from their life, family, or work experience. Please contact Cheryl Beier, VP Education, for additional information on presenting. 

Sessions 1 & 2 (2 PDUs): TBD

Unconference topics:

Keeping the Team Focused: Tips on keeping the focus, removing distractions, and preserving energy. 
Speaker: Richard McLean's experience includes managing research and development programs, product management, consulting engagements and service deployment.  His first exposure to the PMBOK was through a certificate offered by UNC Chapel Hill in 1987.

The PPRC Military Outreach Program: The PPRC Military Outreach Committee has partnered with multiple organizations to bring PMI principles to transitioning veterans and their families. The  committee conducts quarterly application workshops that help to break down the barriers to PMI certifications by showing participants how to document their project management experience using civilian terminology and enabling them to document their experience using the PMI Process Groups for their PMI application. Since the initial charter was signed in October of 2017, the committee has conducted five application workshops supporting over 150 participants. 
   Greg John is an Air Force Veteran who supports General Dynamics' Air Force and Army customers. He has 18 years' experience leading government projects and earned an MBA and MSPM from Colorado Technical University.  He enjoys traveling and planning house remodels with his wife of 33 years (Colleen).
    Dave Harrison has worked in the private sector for over 30 years, supporting projects in Health Care, Telecommunications, Construction and Defense.  He led construction and defense projects for 15 years for Telecom.  He is a project worldwide manager at Cisco Systems, PMP certified since 2018, and a PPRC member since 2017.  On the Military Outreach Committee, he serves as the primary liaison for LeaderQuest and manages the military membership program.  In his spare time, he likes to plan motorcycles trips with his wife of 35 years, Tricia and their friends.

The Essence of Life Mural: This fall, Corky was tasked with painting a 26' x 7.5' mural on the sidewalk behind the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs.  Her presentation shows the technical project management perspective from inception, through change management and successful implementation. 
Corky Reed-Watt is a project manager at the Colorado Springs Police Department.  Her project management experience spans a 40+ year career.  She has been PMP certified since 2007, earned a BS in Management of Information Systems and an MBA.  Corky and her husband, Steve, have dabbled in local arts most of their lives.  Corky's talents include visual art, music and writing. Currently, she serves on the PPRC Board as the VP of Communications.

IT Service Management: Understanding the importance of Service Management and how it drives all aspects of managing an effective IT organization.  Getting involved and learning how to provide support processes such as Request, Incident, Change and Problem management to ensure high-quality, consistent services are provided to customers.
Speaker: Carolyn Hatcher has been a resident of Colorado Springs for 18 years.  She attended the University of Tulsa and became a PMP in 2005.  She has been with CA Technologies for 13 years. Her career has spanned many disciplines, including IT software development/configuration, project and team management, and service management.

Fighting Lymphoma One Sprint at a TimeA short term project with lifelong benefits, implementing project management through an agile approach to battling lymphoma.
     Keyur Mandrekar is a project manager, certified as a scrum master and PMP. He has a bachelors and MBA in Electronics.
     Sarah Mandrekar is a project manager, certified as a scrum master, PMP, and PMI-ACP. She has bachelor's degrees in Elementary Education and Management Information Systems. Sarah serves on multiple boards, including PPRC, and enjoys giving back to the community.
     Combined, Sarah and Keyur have 20 years of experience in the public sector. They have a 10-year-old son and enjoy travelling to visit family, both domestically and internationally. 

Understanding Veterans Day: History and interesting facts about the United States Veterans Day, as well as a compariston to Memorial Day.  With Veterans Day on November 11, this is an interesting and timely topic.
Speaker: Al Andersen is a project manager at Colorado Springs Utilities.


10 Person/Seat Table Purchase Option:

PPRC is providing to its members the option to purchase a 10-person/seat table at Chapter Meetings. For more information, please visit the Multi-Seat Table Registration informational page.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:

The PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter Refund and Cancellation Policy is under revision. As per the approved revisions, cancellation of registrations for Chapter Meetings will be honored and refunds granted when the cancellation is completed/received by 11:59 PM seven business days before the event. 

You are required to review and accept the current PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter Refund and Cancellation Policy during the registration process.  Please review it here.

Registration Questions:

Please contact the VP Communications for any registration questions or issues.

NOTE: Some presentations are posted on the Presentation Archive page after the meeting if the speaker elects to provide them to PPRC.  


$35.00 Member
$30.00 Earlybird rate before November 2

$40.00 Non-Members/Guest
$35.00 Earlybird rate before November 2

$300.00 10 Person Coupon Purchase. If the table has fewer than 10 people attending then no refunds or reassign to future meetings for the empty seats. A coupon code will be sent to you for distribution to all to use for individual registration.