Spring 2022

Professional Development Day (PDD)

Scott Welle

Motivational Expert and Author

Strategy Session: Daily Execution. Extraordinary Results.

Stephen Cabano

Construction and Change Leader

Technical Session: Effective Change Management

Dr. Linda Cureton

Tech Executive and Innovator

Leadership Session: The Odyssey from Technician to Leader

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Our PDD on May 6, 2022 is both an in-person and virtual workshop experience. The in-person event is being streamed live with all interactive elements adapted for virtual attendees. 

The Spring 2022 PDD features three industry thought leaders that focus on what's needed to be a successful project manager in the future. Whether you’re a seasoned or new project professional, this this full day interactive journey provides you with the skills to drive change and broaden your perspective. Each of today's key topics map the Technical, Strategic, and Leadership portions of the PMI Talent Triangle, as outlined below.

PMI Austin is committed to our community and fostering professional growth for our members. We hope you expand your project leader toolkit, connect with the Austin project management community, and have fun during today's PDD!


8:00 am CT

Networking Breakfast

Virtual Facilitator: Winnie Lam

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0.5 PDU Strategic - Use code: C061RY5N3G

8:30 am CT

Opening Remarks

PMI Austin Chapter President, Walter Almon

PMI Austin VP of Professional Development, Wilonda Ieans

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0.5 PDU Leadership - Use code: C0614V4V2F

8:50 am CT

STRATEGIC SESSION: Daily Execution. Extraordinary Results.

Scott Welle

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Scott is a best-selling author and founder of Outperform the Norm, a leading program for business leaders and athletes looking raise to their game and perform at the highest level. He has 15 years’ experience helping people “raise their game” through his books, articles, videos, podcasts, and online programs. He was recently named the 2021 Midwest Motivational Speaker of the Year.

Scott has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and is an adjunct professor at St. Olaf University. He has completed 30 marathons, 5 Ironman triathlons, a 100-mile ultra marathon, and serves others by showing them how to tap into the mindset of challenging their self-limiting beliefs and aspiring to be their best every day.

In his interactive Strategic section based on his latest book, Scott will focus on the strategy of goal setting, the execution of goal achieving, and the psychology of aspiring to big things. You will learn strategies used by elite performers and top project managers to be your best and thrive in this fun, high-energy session.

2.0 PDU Strategic - Use code: C0619GCVT5

11:00 am CT

Networking Energy Break

In-Person Facilitator: Sandra Jackson

0.25 PDU Strategic - Use code: C061SR1291

11:10 am CT

TECHNICAL SESSION: Effective Change Management (part 1)

Stephen Cabano

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Steve is the President of Pathfinder, a project management consulting firm specializing in the planning, development, and execution of domestic and international capital plant construction projects. With 35+ years of project engineering and project management experience in the industrial and commercial facilities industry, he has provided project related services in the Petroleum, Petrochemical, Chemical, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Power, Mining, Renewables, Industrial and Commercial industries in the United States and worldwide.

Steve earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and is a member of AACE International, AIChE, ASTD, SAVE, CII (former Chair), ECC (former Chair), and PMI. He’s authored several articles for Chemical Processing, Cost Engineering Journal, Chemical Engineering, and Refinery Today.

In his Technical workshop, Stephen will start by communicating the change environment and process. Then, he will introduce an interactive series of change issues. You will collaborate in workshop teams to address the issues and present solutions—building your change management and implementation skills.

1.0 PDU Technical - Use code: C061PZ0YBO

12:15 pm CT

Networking Lunch

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1.0 PDU Strategic - Use code: C0618VJVFC

12:50 pm CT

TECHNICAL SESSION: Effective Change Management (part 2)

Stephen Cabano

(Post-lunch continuation of Technical Session; see above.)

1.0 PDU Technical - Use code: C061YHXO9T

1:55 pm CT

Networking Energy Break

In-Person Facilitators: Christyna Carter, Frank Lam

0.25 PDU Strategic - Use code: C061D4ID4U

2:05 pm CT

LEADERSHIP SESSION: The Odyssey from Technician to Leader

Dr. Linda Cureton

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Linda is the former Chief Information Officer of NASA, a cabinet-level position with the US Federal government, and current CEO of Muse Technologies, a transformation and IT consulting firm. She is known as an innovator and change agent with decades of executive IT experience, including positions with the Department of Energy and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

She has received prestigious awards throughout her career, including being honored as Business Insider’s 25 Most Powerful Women Engineers. Linda has a BS in Mathematics from Howard University, an MS in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland with dissertation research on leadership in complex organizations.

In her immersive Leadership section, Linda will explore the role of emotional intelligence in how you can pivot from being a good technician to a great leader. You will form a plan for preparing yourself and create a roadmap for preparing others to navigate this transformation, especially when leading in an environment of uncertainty.

2.0 PDU Leadership - Use code: C061ARY49T

4:20 PM CT

Closing Remarks

PMI Austin Director of Professional Development, Arnie Ramirez

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4:30 pm CT

Networking Happy Hour

Virtual Facilitator: Danielle Ellis

1.0 PDU Strategic - Use code: C061EZR6QD

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit my own PDUs?

We will automatically submit your PDUs for you if you are a PMI Austin member and provided your PMI Member ID when you registered, both for in-person and virtual participants.

If you are not a PMI Austin member or from another chapter, please self-report your PDUs using the claim codes above. Detailed instructions are available here.

A detailed breakdown of PDUs per section is outlined in the agenda above.



Can I access the slides/handouts? How long will I have access?

You can download the respective materials for each section of the agenda using the links above. These will be available to you for 60 days.

Will a recording be available?

We will not be providing a recording of the event to participants afterwards, though the event will be streamed live for virtual participants day-of.

I have a question that wasn't answered here.

Please reach out to our VP of Professional Development at profdev@pmiaustin.org.