September 2017 Chapter Meeting

September 26, 2017
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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UT J. J. Pickle Research, Commons Building #137
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758

September 26, 2017 Chapter Meeting

The J.J. Pickle Commons Building (#137) 
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
Free parking is located on the east, west and north sides of the building. Please ignore the parking meters.

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner order closes on Thursday, September 21 at 8:00 PMno dinner tickets will be sold after early bird registration closes. Session(s) online registration closes onSeptember 25 at 6:00 PM.Please note: If you have paid for your PMI Austin Chapter Membership within the past 48 hours, register as a guest and self-report the PDUs.

Menu: TBD


New Members Orientation:

Need to know all the ways to earn PDUs?
Join us for our quarterly networking and knowledge sharing sessions on Sept 26, 2017, 7:00-8:00pm. Yes, you do get 1 PDU for attending this session. 

In addition to going over the various opportunities that PMI and this chapter can offer, this is your chance to talk about what you are looking for to advance in your career. Share your goals and knowledge with the chapter leaders and fellow professionals.


7:00 – 8:00 p.m

(1 Leadership PDU)

Unscripted Leadership
Presented by: Rob Milman, MD and Shana Merlin

Session Abstract: 

The skills needed to be a strong leader, effectively manage teams and produce powerful results in today’s business environment have changed dramatically over the last decade.  As knowledge has become widely available to everyone, the ability to build great relationships has become the pivotal point on which decisions are evaluated, sales are closed and leaders are made.  A piece published in Forbes in 2015 on the top ten qualities that make people great leaders listed among them a sense of humor, confidence, commitment, creativity, and the ability to inspire.  We couldn’t agree more!  This workshop will give leaders hands-on experience playing games, laughing, and implementing powerful communication skills to enhance their abilities in management, sales and in building team relationships.  This workshop will consist of three important areas of expertise: Building Relationships, Improving Communication, and Leading Through Change.

8:00 – 9:00 p.m
(1 Technical PDU)

From Disasters to Opportunities – Leveraging Business Risks to Create Technical Innovation

Presented by: Russ Finney

Session Abstract

Andy Groves of Intel famously said, “only the paranoid survive.” He was not only talking about preparing for disasters, he was also talking about creating the business innovations that come from staying in front of the technology curve. Russ Finney, a Partner and CIO for the itmWEB Group LLC and former US VP of IS for Tokyo Electron, one of the world’s largest makers of the machines that make computer chips, talks about his experiences in dealing with tsunamis, cyber-attacks, competitive pressures, and creative innovations—and their unexpected linkage to each other in making IT a strategic differentiator for business.  This presentation discusses these ideas from his CIO perspective derived from seventeen years as an IT executive with a global Japanese high technology company, as well as his current role as both a corporate CIO and as a business advisor to some of the world’s top Fortune 500 technology executives.

Speaker Biographies:

Shana Merlin

The Founder of Merlin Works, Shana Merlin is one of the most experienced and effective improv teachers in Central Texas. Presenting and performing nationwide, some of her clients have included Dell, Goodwill, The Driskill Hotel, Texas A&M University Health Science Center and HP. Shana founded Merlin-Works in 2003 to provide custom training, interactive presentations, and comedy shows to businesses and organizations using improvisation.  Some of her most requested programs are on the topics of team building, communication, sales, persuasion, leadership, medical communications, and creativity. In 2008, she opened the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation now based at ZACH Theatre, offering classes in shortform gameplay and narrative longform improv.  She has also been awarded  “Best Improv Teacher” and “Best Improv Class” by the Austin Improv Collective.

Rob Milman, MD

Dr. Rob Milman is a retired diagnostic radiologist and former partner in the Austin Radiological Association in Austin, Texas.  Dr. Milman has a deep interest in promoting effective communication and is the Senior Clinical Advisor at the Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.  He received advanced communication training at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.  Dr. Milman is the Medical Communication Coordinator for Merlin Works, an applied improv company in Austin, Texas.  Dr. Milman has led numerous communication workshops for medical and advanced practice provider students, medical school faculty, private practice medical groups and their staffs, and hospital systems.  Dr. Milman holds additional academic appointments with the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, the UT Austin School of Nursing, and the UTMB-Galveston School of Medicine.  He presents regularly on diagnostic imaging, clinical decision support, effective communication, medical litigation and risk management. 

Russ Finney

Russ Finney is a well-known business and technology keynote speaker who is an advisor, researcher, and futurist directly serving a wide range of clients. He gives dozens of business and technology topic speeches per year to both large audiences and private company gatherings, and he has become one of the most highly followed daily business and technology commentators on Twitter @rfinney for CIOs, CEOs, and C-Level executives. In 2016, he was named a Top 5 CIO Influencer through social media by Apollo Research and one of the top 10 CIO advisors in the US. Russ draws from his insights working inside the computer chip industry building semiconductor equipment, the defense industry building aircraft carriers and submarines, the financial services industry building advanced trading platforms, and the aerospace industry building advanced VIP and Head-of-State aircraft.

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$25.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Dinner & Presentations
$20.00 Earlybird rate before September 21

$35.00 Non-Member: Dinner & Presentations
$30.00 Earlybird rate before September 21

$15.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Presentations Only
$10.00 Earlybird rate before September 21

$25.00 Non-Member: Presentations Only
$20.00 Earlybird rate before September 21