Fall 2017 PDS

September 19, 2017
7:30 AM - 5:15 PM
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UT J. J. Pickle Research, Commons Building #137
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758

Fall 2017 Professional Development Day  

 September 19, 2017


The Commons Learning Center (Bldg. 137)
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
(between U.S. 183 and Braker Lane)

Free parking is located on the east, west and north sides of the building. Please ignore the parking meters. Parking voucher will be sent to all participants on September 18, 2017


Non- Early Bird $359

Non- Early Bird $459

Menu: vegetarian options avaialble

Questions, please reach out to registration@pmiaustin.org.

Schedule - 7 PDUs awarded



Scott Kukowski - Keynote

Owning Your Career


For many of us, the phrase “managing our career” is a foreign topic. Career Management is often a term we hear or read about but not something we practice. My message is that you need to be an active participant in your career management. I call this Owning Your Career. Owning your career means that you are in control of the direction it is headed including the field or industry you want to be in, whether you want to be your own boss or someone else’s boss, and which tasks you want to spend your time on.

In this discussion, I will walk you through some steps that you can take toward Owning Your Career including performing a values assessment, a gap analysis, and documenting your successes. Be prepared to start this journey together.

Darlene Templeton

Is Managing the “Triple Constraints” Enough? The Business of Project Management


"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
~ Michael Jordan

In the competitive business world, the role of the Project Manager continues to evolve! To only manage the basics or the “triple constraints”, scope, cost and time, is no longer enough. To excel and go above and beyond the existing practices, the project manager must understand how the project fits into the overall business plan, how to align with the vision and mission of the organization and the business value delivered to the organization.

With Darlene’s extensive experience in the corporate world, managing very large and extremely complex projects at IBM, cross functions and internationally, she will share with you the key tips, techniques, tools and strategies that she learned during her career. Darlene will also share with you the “missing ingredient”, business acumen, to help you take your project management skills to the next level and continue to excel in your career!

This interactive, fun, fast paced workshop includes experiential learning, individual and group activities, and is designed so that you can:

  •          Improve your business acumen skills
  •          Understand the power of strategic thinking
  •          Engage your stakeholders more effectively
  •          Create more innovation and ownership
  •          Improve your project business value to the organization

At the close of the session, you will be ready to take immediate and decisive actions, and you will walk away with skills, tools, and strategies that will help you to grow and enhance your project management skills!

Nick Errico

Leadership of Tomorrow


We don't need more project managers. We need project leaders! Take a journey as we discover what being a leader truly means! What is the transition to leadership we must all make? How might a magical fairy steal the show? Or a beautiful swan? Why does business need us? What is success? How can you convey your value? Are you a doer, director, or leader? What's the difference? What are hidden moments of truth? Master the Jedi mind trick, the WIFM, and understand the squirrel’s fate. Join me as we take an ironic, humorous, relevant, storybook adventure about the Leadership of Tomorrow.


Nick Errico

The Funny Thing About Metrics


What can a dog and two boys teach you about metrics? Ever wonder if the system is fair? How do swans get more work? Ever feel like you are asked to go left, but paid to go right? Metrics drive behavior, sometimes, in conflict with goals. Let’s explore funny “non-business” metrics gone wrong, and similar issues in services organizations. We will examine corporate home theaters, and SpongeBob, and it will be relevant!


Alan Mallory

Project Everest: Essential Steps for Successful Projects


Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of endurance. The grueling expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a project filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. In 2008, Alan Mallory took on the challenge and set a world record with three other members of his family after an incredible self-guided expedition on the mountain. The expedition challenged the mental, emotional and physical limits of their entire beings and at every stage of the ascent demanded an unwavering commitment to resilience and perseverance.

Alan’s dynamic presentation focuses on developing leaders and strengthening project teams by reinforcing the professional development and project management skills by using the challenge of Everest as a metaphor and example of such a project. Alan’s keynote reinforces the importance of numerous leadership qualities as well as the mentality and passion involved in conquering one’s own Everest, whatever that may be. Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audience by integrating captivating mountaineering and adventure stories with his innovative leadership and project management experience. 


Darlene Templeton

Do Your Stakeholders Run from You? How to Build Strong Customer Relationships


 “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.”
~ H.E. Luccock

With escalating global competition and complex operating environments, the role of the project manager continues to evolve and change! Business executives will increasingly need to call on their project management teams to ensure the success of the projects and the strategic alignment to the vision of the business. To support this changing environment, we must focus on our stakeholders as much as focus on our project tasks and plans.

Darlene will share with the tips, tools, techniques, and strategies that she learned in the corporate world managing very large and complex projects at IBM on how to create trusting and lasting customer/stake holder relationships. This interactive, fun, fast paced workshop includes experiential learning, individual and group activities and is designed so that you can:

  •          Align your projects with the business/organization
  •          Communicate more effectively with your stakeholders
  •          Achieve more project success
  •          Drive additional business value/results
  •          Improve customer satisfaction

At the close of the session, you will be ready to take immediate and decisive actions, and you will walk away with skills, tools, and strategies that will help you to grow and enhance your customer/stakeholder relationships.


Cindy Margules

Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Scheduling—Without Removing the Stickers 


Excellent scheduling is a key to ensuring the realization of your project goals. This entertaining and informative presentation will utilize real-world examples to underscore the application of the critical combination of art and science required for exceptional scheduling. Included topics will be—learning the essential components of risk management, balancing Parkinson’s and Murphy’s Laws, estimating, communication, issue escalation, and teamwork techniques necessary to achieve results. Whether just starting your career or a seasoned PM professional, you will walk away with new insights necessary to implement better scheduling methodology for greater project success.


Shawn Utterback

Think Like Them


Stuck on a problem? Don’t understand your customer? This interactive workshop will give you the tools to have empathy and understanding for your customer and then effectively collaborate with your team to come up with creative ways to solve problems.


Thom Singer

The Paradox of Potential


Potential does not equal results. Having “high potential” does not mean performing at maximum capability. While many believe they are doing all they can, a huge number of professionals are frustrated because they are coming up short of their personal expectations (and in meeting the expectations of others). Beyond excuses and finger pointing, this interactive presentation gets to the heart of how people can accomplish more and enjoy their work. As more organizations focus on the “future of work”, this is session is not about telecommuting and stand up desks, but instead hot to focus individual and team mindsets to enable growth.


Shawn Utterback

Leading at the Speed of Gratitude


Gratitude in leadership is an often overlooked but important practice. In this interactive presentation, you will discover ways in which gratitude can transform your leadership and influence


Thom Singer - Keynote

Connecting with People in a Social Media Crazy World


There is more to creating business relationships than a “like”, “link”, “share”, or “follow”. While the popular social media tools can make it seem like we have countless friends and business associates, it is real human engagement that leads to opportunity. With more than a decade of online networking, do people really feel they have more friends? This program will make you think about how to bring the focus back to the basics when establishing connections that will lead to more success in business, sales, and life. Social media tools are wonderful, but they are not a magic bullet. 



Scott Kukowski

Scott Kukowski has been providing professional career coaching services locally in Austin and remotely across North America, Europe, Asia, and South America for more than eight years and has helped more than 1,000 clients to fine-tune their job and career search strategies. Scott has garnered 40+ stellar reviews on Yelp and LinkedIn, leading the Austin Career Counseling and Coaching industry with the most 5-Star reviews. In addition, Scott has spoken at several professional venues including PMI Austin Chapter Fall PDS and Monthly Chapter Meetings, Hyperion Solutions Global Conferences in Florida and Colorado, APICS Austin Professional Development Meeting, Texas Recruiters Association, and Central Texas Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. He has also been interviewed and quoted by Dice.com.

 For more than 20 years, Scott has led, coached, and mentored hundreds of individuals in multiple industries including High Tech Software and Hardware, IT, Finance, Manufacturing, Services, and Construction. Scott’s areas of expertise include assisting individuals with Career Transition, Brand Development, Resume writing and reviewing, Interview Technique, LinkedIn Tuning, Network Development, Salary Negotiation, and Career Assessment. Scott offers his services through www.wolfgangcareercoaching.com.

Thom Singer 

Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, Law Firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He believes that all opportunities come from people, and when we work together to find “cooperative significance” with others we all discover more success. 

Thom is a professional master of ceremonies, speaker, trainer, consultant, and the author of thirteen books on the power of business relationships, business development, entrepreneurship, sales, legal marketing, and presentation skills. He speaks regularly at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond.

He is also the host of the widely popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. On this show he interviews entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and business leaders from a variety of industries. He encourages his guests to share tips and ideas that can help those with an “entrepreneurial spirit” find their own path toward success.

Thom and his wife, Sara, make their home in Austin, Texas and are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.


Nicholas has an MBA, as well as all 8 PMI certifications. He is a regular speaker at PMI events across the country. His talks take the “from the field”, practical experience approach. Nicholas is known for his blend of ironic humor and storytelling to not only educate but entertain. Who said learning can’t be fun? He has a long history of working for professional services organizations. He is currently in Services Sales, but his extensive background in delivery gives him the full services perspective. Nicholas sits on the Iona College Project Advisory board, and just published his first book, “Off the Beaten Path – A Project Management Field Guide”. Nicholas has three wonderful children, a beautiful wife, and a dog. He is originally from New York, living in the Dallas area. Friends call him the “New York Cowboy.” Find out more at http://www.nicholasjameserrico.com, email: Nicholas.James.Errico@GMail.com


Alan Mallory

Alan Mallory graduated from Queen’s University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager in the field of custom machine design. In this role he designed and implemented many patented solutions primarily in the mining and metallurgical smelting industry. Alan is also an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys many different activities, but his favorites are those spent out in the wilderness and those that involve strategy and problem solving. In the spring of 2008, he and his family set a world record after an incredible self-guided expedition on Mount Everest.


Cindy Margules, PMP

Cindy Margules, PMP has over twenty-five years of experience developing program management strategies and is a highly-rated internationally requested speaker on project management methodologies and techniques. She rose through the ranks of project management and has been a PMO Director for companies in many sectors including Semiconductor, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare. She also successfully launched her own consulting firm, PM Transformations, in 2008 with a focus on improving client business results in profitability and customer satisfaction through the creation and rapid maturing of PMOs. Talent acquisition is critical and her unique process to identify Project Manager top talent is one of the things that sets her apart from others in the field. Cindy is a fearless change agent, a proven leader, and an accomplished subject matter expert in project management and PMOs.



Darlene Templeton

Darlene Templeton is the CEO and founder of Templeton & Associates. She is a professional speaker, certified executive coach, business strategist consultant, trainer, and author. Darlene specializes in leadership and transformation for corporations and professionals, specifically for those who want to make a greater impact personally and professionally. She held multiple management and leadership positions during her career at IBM. She brings her 36 years of experience at IBM to her work and her clients and provides a level of mastery that is extraordinary. Darlene’s unique combination of extensive corporate experience, her own personal career journey, and her successful coaching and speaking business have given her the ability to work with individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 100 companies to help them define their goals, enhance their performance, and put an action plan in place to achieve the results they desire.

Darlene is the founder and Chief Leader of the AMAZING Women Alliance, a group of high achieving women who meet monthly to inspire, motivate and support each other to achieve their goals. The AMAZING Women Leaders program is a six-month results driven leadership development and coaching program designed for professional women who are committed to accelerate, accomplish and achieve their goals both personally and professionally. You can build more confidence, develop business and leadership strategies and implement your action plans to achieve your goals and get the results that you desire. Darlene is the Co-VP of Career Development and established the Mentoring Program for the Austin Human Resource Managers Association (AHRMA). She has co-authored three books, The Unstoppable Women’s Guide to Emotional Well Being, “The Success Guide for The Unstoppable Entrepreneur”, and “Behind Her Brand”.

Shawn Utterback

 Shawn Utterback is the Founder and Chief Experience Officer of the Play Storming Group. His passion and energy for igniting cultural change through the experience of improvisational play becomes immediately apparent when working with him. Shawn has shared his passion through designing and delivering programs for technology companies, advertising agencies, non-profits, government, and education. As a professional speaker, adjunct professor, and facilitator, Shawn designs fun, challenging and engaging experiences to help individuals, businesses, and organizations communicate, collaborate, and adapt to change through the power of applied improvisation. Some of his clients include BB&T, TransferWise Financial Services, Wounded Warrior Project, and the University of Texas School of Law. Find out more at www.play-storming.com.