Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Chapter Hosts 15th Annual Strategic Leadership Forum: Building a Culture of Innovation

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Don’t miss this engaging opportunity to meet with fellow project management leaders and gather industry knowledge and inspiration from each other. PMI Chicagoland Chapter will be hosting its 15th Annual Leadership Forum on May 1, 2020, in Wheeling, IL. Come away with insights on how to build a culture of innovation, while reducing cost, improving quality, increasing team motivation and retention, and delivering more value.

Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Chapter is hosting its 15th Annual Leadership Forum: Building a Culture of Innovation at Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL – Friday, May 1, 2020, from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Leaders play a critical role in creating the right culture and the right environment for innovation to flourish. To grow more predictably and survive in today’s digitally disruptive economy, we need to build a culture of innovation. Innovation reduces costs, improves quality, improves team motivation and retention, and delivers more value. Innovation is critical to maintain and grow market presence and requires an agile approach, with in-flight adjustments that keep the program on track amidst changing conditions.

Leadership Forum provides an excellent opportunity to mid-level and senior leaders, providing insights that can be applied to organizations, making them more effective at delivering value. Come and join us to learn the latest concepts, strategies, and experiences on innovation from our keynote speakers and Chicagoland leaders.

The 2020 15th Annual Leadership Forum is open to the public. Any individual looking to gather new ideas and approaches for building a culture of innovation is welcome. Join us on Friday, May 1, 2020, from 7:30 am to Noon, at Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL. Earn 3 Professional Development Units (PDUs), meet peers and senior leaders with similar challenges, and form new relationships.

Engage in high-level strategic discussions at PMI Chicagoland 15th Annual Leadership Forum with Keynote Speakers Scott Ambler and Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler.

Scott Ambler is the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. Scott leads the evolution of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit and is an international keynote speaker. Scott is the (co)-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit as well as the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive’s Guide to the Disciplined Agile Framework, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and The Object Primer 3rd Edition. Scott blogs regularly at and, and he can be contacted via

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871; now the Number 1 ranked university-affiliated tech incubator in the world. Previous to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011 through September 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students. Before Kellogg, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice. Ziegler holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a B.A. in economics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with distinction. She is a member of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry Boards of Directors and an advisor and investor in many young technology companies.

About PMI Chicagoland
With about 5000 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 three million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education, and research.

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