May 2018 Chapter Meeting Community Spotlight

May 22, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Norris Meetings and Events Center
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365
Austin, TX 78757


Norris Centers

Norris Centers
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365 
Austin, TX 78757

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner order closes on Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 PM. No dinner tickets will be sold after early bird registration closes. Session(s) online registration closes on May 21 at 5:30 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.

Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available.

5:30 – 7:00 pm
(1 Leadership PDU) 
Registration, Business Meeting, Networking and Dinner (Cash Bar)

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(2 Leadership PDUs) 
Community Spotlight Speaker Presentations and Roundtable Discussion

Session Abstract:

Presentations and Roundtable discussion featuring Spencer Cronk, Austin City Manager, Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation at TxDOT, Tamara Fields, Managing Director at Accenture, Rahul Bhandari, Director of Dell Pivotal US Labs, and Michael Wood, Director of Cloud-Native Strategist, Pivotal, Inc.

Brief Bios:

Spenser CronkSpencer Cronk
Austin City Manager

Spenser is the city manager, directly appointed by the City Council and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of an organization of more than 14,000 employees and a budget of $4 billion. City operations range from animal services to zoning to the electric and water utilities. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is also a part of City of Austin operations.



Darran AndersonDarran Anderson, PMP
Director of Strategy and Innovation, Texas Department of Transportation

Darran is a retired military officer and a c-level executive at the Texas Department of Transportation. His duties include leadership and strategic direction for the innovation and continuous improvement of people, processes, and technology of the agency. He oversees the Strategic Planning, Information Management/Technology, and Research and Technology Implementation divisions. Darran is responsible for directing TxDOT's strategies and performance analytics to support its mission, vision, goals, and objectives. He direct planning, analysis, execution, change management and continuous assessment of technology and business process changes, and strategic research and innovation initiatives across TxDOT.


Tamara FieldsTamara Fields, PMP
Managing Director, Accenture

Tamara is Managing Director at Accenture, one of the world’s largest professional services and consulting firms. She has worked in the technology field for 20 years managing large projects. She supported the Defense Organization Financial Systems ACAT 1 Program as the Deputy Program Manager, facilitating a successful rollout of one of the largest ERP SAP Financial transformations in the world, supporting 52,000 users across 200 locations in 71 countries achieving full operational capability in July 2012.


Rahul BhandariRahul Bhandari, PMP, PMI-ACP
The Incubator and Director of Dell Pivotal US Labs

Rahul serves as the Dell Pivotal US Labs Director. He incubated the first Dell Pivotal Lab in Round Rock, Texas, which was launched in 2017.  He believes in empowering individuals and creating opportunities that help them grow and develop in their careers. He values collaboration, empathy, integrity, and shared a sense of purpose. Rahul loves to build cool products and solve complex business problems through an iterative and experimentation model and is constantly learning through his interactions with peers.


Michael WoodMichael Wood
Director, Cloud-Native Strategist, Pivotal, Inc.

Starting out in the US Army, Michael jumped into a career focused on business and market changes through the proper leverage of technology, and, more specifically, software as a competitive differentiator. For the better part of 18 years, he has partnered with companies of all shapes and sizes as they have matured through generations of technical and organizational change.  As a founding member of Pivotal, Michael has become immersed in not only the latest technical approaches to solve company challenges, but also the organizational and psychological incentives that drive innovation and success for the companies that he serves.

Darwin indicates that it is not an organisms speed or strength, but its ability to adapt that better leads to survival across generations. The modern enterprise is being challenged along these lines today as ever more nimble competitors force larger organizations to change or die. The software has become the key enabler to express business value in ever more interesting ways, and this advances the need to change how projects, teams, and companies structure themselves for success. Rahul and Michael will discuss the enterprise journey to become a learning and adapting organization and some of the accelerators and pitfalls that litter that path.

Speed Mentoring by PMPs Career Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities Recruiters are invited
Give-aways Celebrate our Sponsors and other stakeholders
Invite someone, enter to win $50 gift card!       Milestone and achievement recognition
Guest passes available to non-members Students and prospective project managers welcome
Celebrations! Fun! Laughter!  


Thanks to our Sponsors! 

Sistema Technologies

Banyan Group

Norton Centers




$15.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Presentations Only
$10.00 Earlybird rate before May 17

$25.00 Non-Member: Presentations Only
$20.00 Earlybird rate before May 17

$25.00 Late Registration