Project Management Institute Chicagoland Chapter Announces Panelists for the Upcoming 13th Annual Leadership Forum

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Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Chapter completes selection of panelists for the 13th Annual Leadership Forum, to be held at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, in Oak Brook, IL, on May 4, 2018, from 7: 30 am to Noon.

13th Annual PMI Chicagoland Leadership Panel

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PMI Chicagoland Chapter is hosting its 13th Annual Leadership Forum - Strengthening the Company Ecosystem, where top-level leaders will be discussing what it takes to lead in this age of transformation and how to impact an organization’s culture. As seen, most value-driven projects and programs require organizational and behavioral change so forward thinking project and program management leaders are rapidly embracing change implementation processes to achieve sustainable organizational

Laszlo S. Gonc, Chair of Leadership Forum 2018; Partner – Security, IT Risk & Compliance Practice will be the Moderator. Laszlo is a recognized senior executive with over twenty-five years of progressive experience in business and information technology. He is responsible for helping organizations, corporate and nonprofit alike, navigate the digital frontier advising on cyber security, IT risk mitigation, and building digital technology strategies that drive performance and business value. He has experience across a number of industries advising senior executives, developing security strategies, evaluating IT risk and spearheading critical security projects for senior leadership.

Alongside of Laszlo Gonc are keynote speakers, Chris Garibaldi discussing the holistic, closed loop view of Project Portfolio Management and Mike Church discussing what it means to be a digital organization today.

The Panelists below in the Panel Discussion will share their real-life experiences and answer questions addressing change implementation processes to achieve sustainable organizational growth.

Brian Donovan
Director, Program Management at Abbot

Brian Donovan is a Program Management Director at Abbott, implementing a PMO for Project, Program and Portfolio Management after strategic global roles in Business Excellence, Finance, Informatics, IT, Procurement and Supply Chain. Before joining Abbott in 2001, he worked in IT consulting after service in the US Army. Brian has a Master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird, an Operations Research degree from The United States Military Academy, and his professional certifications include Abbott’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and PMI’s PMP.

Sarah Burnson
Global PMO Leader, Health & Benefits, Aon

Sarah is the Global PMO Leader for Health and Benefits at Aon. In this position, she has accountability for providing operational leadership for Aon’s Innovation practice to accelerate H&B innovation globally. Her role includes establishing a PMO to provide integrated program management and governance, planning and oversight for strategic programs and establishing best-practices and knowledge sharing across the various teams within the organization.

Paul Haisman
Chief Information Officer for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Paul Haisman has over 20 years of experience as a business thought leader and innovator delivering highly effective results and competitive value by leveraging a results-driven business approach. Paul is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) based in Rosemont, IL. AAOS provides innovative education, practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. In addition, AAOS is a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) managing a national family of registries using data to enhance the quality of care, improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and advance orthopaedic science and bioengineering. Paul has a computer science degree (B.Sc.) from Illinois State University and an MBA from the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University.

Ryan Noel
Managing Director of Client Engagement, Gorilla Group

Ryan Noel has a business development, client relationship, and delivery background grounded in nearly 20 years of service experience. As the Managing Director of Client Engagement at Gorilla Group, he is dedicated to designing strategic eCommerce, Creative and Marketing solutions to digitize leading B2C and B2B companies. Ryan joined Gorilla from Accenture Digital and prior to that he was a Client Partner at Acquity Group. Ryan has an Engineering degree with minors in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

This year attendees will learn how to identify benefits to drive business results, by aligning resources & initiatives strategically, by delivering value realization and by becoming a truly digital organization. Leave the event with new ideas and insights as well as new relationships. So be prepared to learn how to identify benefits to drive business results in order to become a true digital organization. The 13th Annual 2018 PMI Chicagoland Leadership Forum is open to the public and will be held at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, in Oak Brook, IL, on May 4, 2018, from 7:30 am to Noon.

About PMI Chicagoland
With 4600+ members in the Chicago metropolitan area, PMI Chicagoland is one of the largest chapters in the world and one of the most active chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI) - the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

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