February 2019 Chapter Meeting

February 26, 2019
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 orders closed on Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 PM. Session(s) online registration closes on Monday, February 25 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)

6:00 – 6:30 pm 
(.5 Leadership PDU)
**** New Members Orientation ****

Session Abstract: 

Need to know all the ways to earn PDUs? Join us for the first of our quarterly quarterly networking and knowledge sharing session. In addition to going over the various opportunities that PMI and this chapter can offer, this is your chance to tell us 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 pm
(1 Leadership PDUs)

Speaker: Kim Sawyer

Title: Speaking the Unspeakable: How to Have Difficult Conversations Successfully

Session Abstract: 

When you have unresolved or uncommunicated that would best be spoken to someone you work with – for the benefit of you, them, and your company; there is a valuable communications process to apply called a Clearing. It utilizes a powerful tool named 5-Step Communication. By means of this recipe, you can effectively and constructively get your message out and cleared away in a clean, direct, complete, structured conversation.

By applying a Clearing and 5-Step Communication, you: 

  • Handle whatever is inside you that is an obstacle to a solid open working relationship, and reduce everyone’s stress level !!!
  • Give and receive difficult, yet valuable feedback in a way that can be heard, understood, and accepted without defensiveness
  • Facilitate the creative, collaborative resolution of conflicts (your own and others’), and leverage the profitability of diversity !!!
  • Take a strong stand on a boundary or principle in a way that wins admiration, rather than incites hostility and reprisals

In this talk, we will explore the general philosophy and approach; as well as equip you to walk away with a powerful, practical tool you may start using at work tomorrow.

Brief Bio: 

Kim Sawyer has more than twenty years of diverse business experience, starting businesses, leading companies, and being involved in almost every aspect of a business enterprise. Today he owns and manages the Wealth Source®, coaching and facilitating key business people, teams and enterprises to create extraordinary wealth – in all its forms.

They accomplish this primarily by means of individual coaching, Success-Group™ team coaching programs and Enterprise Coaching™ Programs to build a "Coaching Culture" in an organization. In addition, the Wealth Source® facilitates meetings, management retreats and learning events and provides specialty training in coaching and leadership skills.

Kim has been featured in the Houston Chronicle and other news publications, appeared on CNN Business Radio and speaks frequently to companies and professional and industry organizations across the country. He holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and an MS in Organizational Development from the University of Texas. He is an ICF Certified Coach and Certified Birkman Consultant. Kim has a keen interest in philosophy, spirituality, poetry, science and technology. He has traveled broadly and served his country in the US Army.

8:00 – 9:00 pm
(1 Technical PDU)

Speaker: Edward A. Haskin

Title: Let’s Talk About Risk: Mitigating Project Risk for Success

Session Abstract: 

Risk management should be a top priority to every project manager. The Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) shows us the methodology of risk management practices, but what about the things we can do that make a difference? This talk will examine proactive steps a project manager can take to increase their management of risk. Real life lessons learned and examples shared will point project managers in the right direction.

Participants will

  • Learn 3 proactive steps to increase their ability to deal with project risk.
  • Understand that risk analysis calls for action and not just documentation.
  • Learn the top 3 threats to project risk and where to focus attention.
  • Identify risk control management methods that enhance project effectiveness.


Brief Bio:

Edward A. HaskinEdward A. Haskin is an executive leader with an extensive and broad background in risk management, compliance and project management. He is also an author, entrepreneur, speaker, grant writer, and knows the value of a good ear hustle. Edward’s experience and training have given him a unique ability to forge innovative approaches to meet the needs of today’s rapidly changing business environment. He is deeply committed to finding and implementing the tools, processes, and best practices necessary to minimize risk and identify the options that hold the most potential. He strives to give companies the tools and techniques they need to make faster, and less costly decisions so they can move forward efficiently to achieve their objectives.

Edward began his career as a mortgage banking compliance officer and quickly built his expertise to include project management, lean six-sigma, and risk management. He has successfully directed complex projects in government offices and public and private organizations in a variety of complex engagements. In addition to his leadership roles with Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. His accomplishments include directing projects that resulted in $multi-billion in fair lending settlements.



For any issues with registration or questions about claiming PDUs, email VP of Professional Development.

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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 February 21

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