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Keynote Speakers

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An award-winning Harvard-trained medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the science of human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the tools people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the key 21st century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.

Dr. Shimi Kang, PhD

A Leader’s Guide to Creating a Motivated Workplace

Skip Weisman, The Workplace Communication Expert, works with small business owners and non-profit organization leaders, plus their employees, providing practical tools to transform workplace communication that create more positive, productive and profitable organizations. Skip, a former professional baseball executive, served as CEO of 5 baseball franchises over a 20-year career beginning at age 26. Skip’s hard learned lessons form the foundation for the engaging, educational, inspiring and practical presentations organizational leaders can apply to their work environments.

Skip Weisman

The 7 Deadliest Project Manager Communication Sins that Kill Collaboration and Innovation Every Time

Agile Track Speakers

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Cynthia Kahn has over 20 years’ experience managing both agile and waterfall projects. She has her MBA, PMP and CSM, and she has been 100% agile since 2010.

Cynthia Kahn, MBA, PMP, CSM

10 Easy Ways to Closing More Stories

Dan Walsh is a founder and principal of nuCognitive, a company offering coaching and training in opportunity management and business agility. As a recognized leader in Lean Startup and Agile, Walsh helps clients to resolve complex, intractable problems.

Dan Walsh, MBA

Agile in Context: How to Improve Agile Development Using the Cynefin Framework

An Agile coach, professor, and business owner, Rebecca Knight wears many hats while pursuing her passion to bring professional Agile Project Management skills to the small business community. Knight has been driving Agile Transformation initiatives as the Enterprise Agile Coach.

Rebecca Knight 

Incognito Risk Management

Jean Richardson is a battle-tested Agile Coach who melds a no-nonsense business approach with workplace character formation to help project managers, functional managers, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and organization leaders tackle difficult Project Management issues.

Jean Richardson

What does an Agile Manager Do?

Leadership Track Speakers

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Mr. Samad Aidane, MSc. PMP, is a cross-cultural leadership development researcher, trainer, and coach. His global industry experience spans telecom, finance, healthcare, and government projects.

Samad  Aidane, MSc. PMP

How Culture Shapes the Brain: Implications for leading across Borders and Cultures

Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, media expert, writer, and speaker. She is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Shimi Kang

Adaptability: The One Skill Needed for Lasting Success

Line is a Global Management Consultant with 10 years experience as a global facilitator and intercultural consultant. She is constantly exploring new methods to engage learners and develop team approaches that empower collaboration.

Line Mørkbak

Let's Collaborate: Engaging techniques to enhance co-creation in your team

Strategy Track Speakers

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Shawn is a passionate educator who wants to harness the power of human creativity to solve the world's greatest problems. He is currently serving as the Executive Vice President for Innovation at Concordia University in Portland.

Shawn Daley

Robotic Telepresence - Coming to a Meeting Near You!

Greg Spehar has 20+ years' experience leading large-scale projects including insurance, government, healthcare, non-profits, and corporate IT security. Greg specializes in international use of offshore development resources for ISVs to achieve critical strategic advantage.

Greg Spehar

Strategic Consequences of a Balanced Corporate Resource Pool 

Kathy Milhauser has over 10 years' teaching experience, most recently as a Professor of Management at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

Kathy Milhauser

Robotic Telepresence - Coming to a Meeting Near You!

Skip Weisman, the Workplace Communication Expert, works with small business owners, non-profit leaders, and their employees, providing practical tools that transform workplace communications, creating more positive, productive, profitable organizations.

Skip Weisman

The 3 Keys to Leading Exceptionally Successful Change in Any Environment

Terry Schmidt, PMP, has earned an international reputation as a management consultant, strategic thinker, and project management expert, with over 30 years experience assisting corporations, governments, and research institutions.

Terry Schmidt, PMP

Bullet Proof Project Design

Technical Track Speakers

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Terri Carbone is a dynamic, forward-thinking manager with more than 25 years of experience delivering successful projects and programs across a range of business sectors, including technology, healthcare, aerospace and defense.

Terri Carbone

Risk Management Made Fun and Highly Effective

Richard (Dick) Sperry, president of Sperry Management Consulting Corporation, and published author, holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Fellow Researcher at Portland State University, as well as a PMP.

Richard Sperry

Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping: A Systems Modeling Approach to Project Stakeholder Analysis

Bert is an accomplished professional with over 17 years of experience in IT. He has expertise in obtaining the optimal value of IT resources by creating IT Governance structures, processes, and controls that effectively align IT with the Business.

Bert Martin, PfMP, PMP, BRMP

Integrating Risk and Issue Reporting from Project to Portfolio Levels

Kevin is a PMP and has a broad background in managing programs, operations, and a wide range of process improvement and system implementation projects. His experience includes executive and project management roles in both the business and non-profit sectors.

Kevin Williamson, PMP

Integrating Risk and Issue Reporting from Project to Portfolio Levels

Ben is an Account Manager and Sr. Technical Recruiter with 10+ years of experience, specializing in IT and software development recruiting in the Northwest region.

Ben Newbill

Job Search & Career Advancement!  Insights on Hiring Process

Business Analysis Track Speakers

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Chris Lattig PMP, CSM, LSS Black Belt, is the Manager of Strategy and Delivery at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, where he provides business intelligence and advanced analytics for the Data and Information Management Enhancement Team.

Chris Lattig PMP, CSM, LSS Black Belt

Delivering Business Analytics in the Health Care Industry

Adam Russell, MA, derives actionable business insights from data. He is the Manager of Operational Analytics at Horizon Air and skilled in developing business intelligence dashboards as well as advanced statistical modeling and analytics.

Adam Russell, MA

Using Data Modeling in Problem Solving - Case Study Presentation

Sabrina Rahn, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA Sabrina has a passion for project management that has led to industry improvements both in process and team relations. She is a Project Manager at Horizon Air in Strategic Management and Execution.

Sabrina Rahn, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA

Using Data Modeling in Problem Solving - Case Study Presentation

Charlie Tang is a Business Intelligence Analyst at Blount International, with experience in continuous improvement in manufacturing, teaching and applying lean concepts.

Charlie Tang, MBA

The Journey into Business Intelligence

 

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