Chapter Meeting

Chapter Meeting - March 19, 2019


Keynote Presentation - Shelly Ridder

Conversational Ballgames: How You Speak and Listen Unknowingly Impacts Project Teams

Everyone knows that good communication on project teams is key to results. What they don't realize is how culture and “cultural layering” impacts the way they think this communication should happen. Most also overlook that culture can include not only country and language, but also the region, family, gender, age, and conversational style.
This interactive presentation addresses 4 “Conversational Ballgames” that determine the “game style” people use to speak and listen, as well as the “rules of the game” they unknowingly apply when interacting with others. The presentation illuminates how differing games can impact the expectations and assumptions that result in conflict and a loss of trust. In turn, it can undermine the success of project teams, particularly those with other cross-cultural factors.

Educational Presentation - Erik Gradine

Personal Time Management - Maximizing Your Effectiveness at the Office… So You Can Maximize Your Time at Home

Do more with less is the mantra on the day, making finding a work/life balance all but impossible. Explore the biggest causes of lost productivity at work and simple, but effective, ways to overcome them. Discover ways as a Project Leader you can set a Rock Star example for your teams and improve their efficiency while being labeled a Magician by your peers for all the work you get done during without putting in extra hours and losing your mind!





Doubletree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
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Chapter Meeting includes Educational presentation, Keynote presentation and meal. 

Regular Pricing: 2/26/2019 – 3/14/2019

  • Non-members    $45
  • Chapter Members   $25
  • Chapter Student Members    $10

Late Fee Pricing:  Starts 3/15/2019

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Event Date 03-19-2019 4:00 pm
Event End Date 03-19-2019 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 02-26-2019
Cut off date 03-19-2019 10:00 pm
Individual Price $45.00
Late Fee $15.00 (From 03-15-2019 00:00)
Location DoubleTree Hotel



Registration Table Opens


Educational Presentation

Personal Time Management - Maximizing Your Effectiveness at the Office… So You Can Maximize Your Time at Home




New Member Welcome Meeting


Dinner & Announcements


Keynote Presentation

Conversational Ballgames: How You Speak and Listen Unknowingly Impacts Project Teams




Erik Gradine

Erik Gradine has worked for over 18 years at technology field, holding roles from Software Engineer, Software Architect, Team Lead, and now Program Manager. He currently manages several internationally distributed hardware development teams for Handheld Group, AB. He is a Certified SCRUM Master and Certified SCRUM Product Owner, along with training in Lean and TPS. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2000 with dual degrees in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. A proud proponent of Agile software development, Erik relishes in living on the knife's edge between a smoothly working Agile team and complete chaos. As a father of twins, he has learned, if he could survive twin toddlers, he could manage any project.

Shelly Ridder

After living and working for 14 years in Germany, Japan, Turkey, Mexico, and India, as well as in all 4 corners of the United States, Shelly Ridder has a rare ability to see culture from both the outside in and the inside out. She has learned that effective teams have self-awareness and understanding of diverse styles, even when they speak the same language. With 30 years of creating training and cross-cultural programs, she helps individuals and teams reach new insights and appreciation of their own and their teammates’ unique viewpoints and gifts.


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