PMI Chicagoland Chapter Hosts 8th Annual Leadership Event on May 16, 2013

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Keynote and Panel discussion on "How to Build High Performance Teams". Keynote address by Willie Anderson II, Sr. Vice President, Business Executive - Technology, Bank of America. Great opportunity to breakfast and network with fellow PMO Executives and Industry Leaders.

Willie Anderson II, Sr. Vice President, Bank of America

Come and join fellow PMO Executives and Industry leaders at the 2013 PMI Leadership Event!

The 8th Annual Leadership Event will be held on May 16, 2013 from 8 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CST at Hamburger University in McDonald's Corporate campus at 2715 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Registration is $40.

This Forum is for executives and leaders, who strive to build high performance teams.

Participants can share techniques and real-world examples on how organizations have aligned best practices to maximize team performance. Project Manager’s can earn 1.5 PDU's towards their PMP certification. Breakfast is included. With only two weeks to go, places are filling up fast. Final date for registration is May 12, 2013.

PMI-Chicagoland's Annual Leadership event is an opportunity for Chicago area Executives and PMO Management to network. Attendance for the event is limited to the first 200 people registering, which promotes an intimate learning environment.

Visit the PMI Chicagoland website Upcoming events section or visit to register now.

The theme for this year is "How to Build High Performance Teams" featuring Keynote and Panel Discussions from Chicago area industry leaders.

Speaker Information:
Keynote speaker is Willie Anderson II who serves as a Senior Vice President, Business Executive - Technology at Bank of America. With 23 years of IT leadership experience, Mr. Anderson II has had the opportunity to lead several company-wide transformation initiatives involving Infrastructure Architecture, Engineering, and Operations disciplines. He has a strong desire to lead honestly and encourages strong leaders. Mr. Anderson will share his personal recipe for building high performing organizations.
Following the keynote, a panel discussion will represent executive views across multiple industries including consulting, distribution, electronics, energy, financial services, government, healthcare, information technology, and telecom industries on the topic of "How to Build High Performance Teams".

This year’s panel is comprised of the following:
Amy J. Martin, Chair, PMI Chicagoland Executive Council – Moderator
Elena Yatzeck, VP and Chief Agilist, Treasury Services, JPMorgan Chase
Judson Laabs, Director, Program Management R&D, Baxter
Sherri Adame, Global Planning – Governance and Quality Director, Premier Farnell
Bernard Kuempel, Director, Technical Training, AT&T Learning Services
Stephen Sawle – CEO, Consultants to Management

Amy J. Martin, Chair of the PMI Chicagoland Executive Council will be the moderator for the panelist discussion.

  •      Amy J. Martin - PMP, MBA, MHRM Director, Enterprise PMO Aon Hewitt

Ms. Martin is the Director of Aon Hewitt's Enterprise PMO, and is responsible for client delivery and directing program managers and business leaders on large, complex, global and cross-division projects in support of strategic growth. She has been very successful in pioneering efforts to institutionalize project management at Aon Hewitt to include designing PMOs, roles, tools and techniques to provide for a consistent client experience and to deliver profitable growth. Ms. Martin has an MBA and a Masters in Human Resources Management and is the current Chair for the Chicagoland Executive Council. Amy lives in the NW suburbs with her husband Bryan and 4 month old son Jayden.

  •     Elena Yatzeck - VP and Chief Agilist, Treasury Services, JPMorgan Chase.

Ms. Yatzeck's 25 years in IT includes a decade of hands-on applications development in C with embedded SQL, followed by a move towards consulting, team leadership, and change management roles. She has developed and led cross-functional and international software development teams for Nokia, and has provided professional consulting services on behalf of ThoughtWorks for Global 500 clients in Asia-Pacific, EMEA, and the Americas. Ms.Yatzeck has been blogging as the "Pragmatic Agilist" since 2010 ( Today she is Chief Agilist for the Corporate and Investment Bank at JP Morgan Chase. She is excited to enable and channel corporate enthusiasm for effective software delivery practices around the globe.

  •     Judson Laabs - Director, Program Management R&D, Baxter

Mr. Laabs has 15 years experience in the development and life cycle management of various medical device platforms. His product design experience includes leadership roles in system design, product validation, software development, and system integration. He joined Baxter Healthcare in 2005 and is currently the Program Director for peritoneal dialysis device development. Mr. Laabs' broad experience affords him unique perspective on building effective teams and expanding the capabilities of development organizations. He is an avid proponent of early investment in requirements collection, voice of the customer translation and the value of leveraging requirements management during the entire product lifecycle.

  •     Sherri Adame - Global Planning - Governance and Quality Director, Premier Farnell                                    

Ms. Adame has over 11 years of experience building high performance teams in the Finance, Healthcare and more recently, Distribution industry. Ms. Adame has led teams from the ground up with a vision to formalize operational processes for data and service modeling and architecture. She uses strong communication, team and relationship building skills to inspire and help teams realize strategic initiatives to reduce cost and enable asset reuse. She was named one of the 25 Top Information Managers in 2011, by Information Management Magazine and has spoken at MDM and Data Governance Summits. Ms. Adame's favorite quote about teams is: “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth.

  •     Bernard Kuempel - Director, Technical Training, AT&T Learning Services

Mr. Kuempel is currently responsible for all operational activity associated with the design, development & delivery of formal training provided to AT&T’s network field personnel across the business' Construction and Engineering; Core Installation & Maintenance; and U-verse Field Operations organizations. He leads a national staff of over 250 professionals responsible for providing a variety of job specific learning solutions to over 80,000 AT&T employees. Before, joining AT&T he held a variety of managerial positions in Network Services and Human Resources organizations. Mr. Kuempel actively volunteers as a member of AT&T Pioneers, serving as AT&T Pioneer Illinois Chapter President from 2007 to 2012. He received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the past 2 years.

About PMI Chicagoland:
The Chicagoland Chapter was chartered in 1977 and today has over 4,200 members in the Chicago Metropolitan area. It is one of the largest chapters in the world and one of the most active chapters in the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The Chicagoland Chapter provides the opportunity to network with other Project Management professionals and practitioners in a diverse range of industries in the Chicago metropolitan area. Members benefit from the valuable lessons learned in sharing project experiences and effective project management techniques and tools. The chapter also offers various opportunities for project managers to earn PDU’s towards their PMI certification. Visit for more details.

This event is organized by PMI Chicagoland Business Outreach team of volunteers working in concert with PMI Chicagoland Executive Council. The PMI Chicagoland Business Outreach teams’ objective is to reach out to Business Leaders and Executives in and around Chicagoland area and promote the value of Project Management, the Profession, PMI, and the Chicagoland Chapter. The PMI Chicagoland Executive Council is a group of invited executives from various Chicago-area industries who share ideas, perspectives, and best practices for improving the management of projects in organizations and the role of the project management profession.

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