November 2018 Chapter Meeting

November 14, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Norris Meetings and Events Center
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365
Austin, TX 78757

This month's meeting is on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of November.


Norris Centers 

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

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner orders closed on Friday, November 9 at 6:00 PM. Session(s) online registration closes on Tuesday, October 13 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.

Menu: TBD. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

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

7:00 – 8:00 pm 
(1 Strategic and Business Management PDU)

Speaker: George T. McLaughlin, McLaughlin and McLaughlin

Title: Project Management: The Future of US Capital Projects

Session Abstract: 

The US Capital Project marketplace is on the brink of a massive and historic expansion.  Technology developments in the US energy sector coupled with an increasingly favorable geopolitical climate have started capital project expansion.  Bolstered by recent tax law changes and possible infrastructure investment programs, the US capital project environment is expanding and will continue to be robust over the next three to five plus years.  Technology advances (accelerating beyond historical rates) are creating new opportunities and tools for achieving managerial advances.  Midst current widespread shortages, project management opportunities abound.  Sadly, the project management profession has not advanced at a rate that mirrors technological advances.  Therein resides this major opportunity for existing and new project management professionals.

This presentation characterizes this emerging and expanding market.  The opportunity for project management professional is presented in the context of industry trends and managerial requirements.  Technology advancements that represent managerial development options are identified and the project management challenges are characterized.  Options and opportunities to develop new managerial concepts and options are presented.  Your professional path forward depends on your initiative, aggressiveness and creativity.

Brief Bio:

George McLaughlinGeorge T. McLaughlin is a principal in McLaughlin and McLaughlin, an international project planning and management consulting firm. He provides Program and Project Management as well as Dispute Resolution (Claim Preparation, Litigation Support and Testimony) and other similar services; domestic and international clients with project planning and management services and advice; and training and workshops on a worldwide basis on topics that include planning and management of large and complex projects.

Over recent years, Mr. McLaughlin has been Program or Project Manager on Hydrogen Plant, Sulphur Recovery Plant, Data Center Program, Refinery Retrofit and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. During this same period, he has project managed and technical managed seven major disputes with total value of approximately $400 million. He has provided services in the following project types: Oil Sands Downstream/Upgrading, Carbon Monoxide Plant, Ethanol Production, LNG Terminal, LNG Production, Desulphurization Facilities, Power Generation (gas fired, geothermal), Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Hot Briquetting Iron, Piping Manufacturing and others.

Mr. McLaughlin is an instructor in Austin PMI’s PMP exam preparation course, and he has spoken before the Austin PMI, Houston PMI, AACE, EVM World and other international organizations. He is certified PMP, certified CCM, and a licensed General Contractor in California. He is a member of College of Performance Management; PMI, including COS Community of Practice (and six other COP’s); Society of Construction Law, American Bar Association, and The State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section). Mr. McLaughlin holds a BS (US Naval Academy), MS (Catholic University of America) and MBA (The Wharton School).

8:00 – 9:00 pm 
(1 Leadership PDU)

Speaker: Margaret A. Johnson

Title: Mind-FULL-ness: The Cure for Infobesity

Session Abstract: 

It's no secret we are bombarded daily with an overload of information and expectations from the news, work, social media, project teams, and other sources. Infobesity is the term describing the difficulty in sifting through information overload to make effective decisions. It affects our performance as well as our working relationships. Through Mind-FULL-ness practices - including focus, high performance habits, emotional intelligence, assumption busting, setting boundaries, personal energy management, strategy and meditation time - we find a way to simplify and make sense of the craziness, forming effective strategies for high work performance moving forward. Participants will receive tips and make a personal plan to engage in the activities to reduce ineffectiveness.

Brief Bio:

Margaret Johnson Margaret A. Johnson utilizes her B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA, professional engineering license, and coaching credentials to inspire people and organizations to move from S.O.S. (Same Old Stuff) to W.O.W.! (Well On the Way) to where they want to be. Her experience ranges from engineering and management in power to sales and consulting in the oil and gas industry. As President of Ideal Training, Inc she trains and coaches professionals with a mission to unleash creativity, ignite ideas and remove barriers to success to assist clients in solving problems and opening doors, and to keep her leadership classes engaging. She is a published author (From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure – 2016, SWOW Publishing) and keynote speaker.



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Thanks to our Chapter Meeting Sponsors:

 Norris Centers



$15.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Presentations Only
$10.00 Earlybird rate before November 9

$25.00 Non-Member: Presentations Only
$20.00 Earlybird rate before November 9