Sharpen Your Skills

Sharpen Your Skills

PMI/NJ Regional Symposium
May 18th, 1998


A fantastic success:

The PMI/NJ Regional Symposium held on May 18, 1998 at the Somerset DoubleTree was a tremendous success. This years attendance including attendees, vendors, speakers, and helpers was 334, an all time high, with representation from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois. The attendees were treated to an outstanding agenda of speakers, poster presentations, and vendor displays / presentations.

Aita Salasoo and her team presented 6 speakers who provided insights to sharpening your project management skills in the following topics:

Reuben McDaniel Managing Complex Organizations in Uncertain Environments
Kathy Hedges Practical Approach to Planning
Carl Pritchard Gearing Up for Risk
Lou Russell Systems Thinking for Project Managers
Bill Shepherd Managing Risk
Bonnie Wasmund Human Factors

Aita's team also was responsible for creating the first poster presentations.  There were a total of 6 posters presented:

Francis Patrick Critical Chain Scheduling
Kathy Collings
Diane Kehrle
Employee Stability is the Key to a Successful Project
Eve Perris To See or Not to See... That is the Investment!
Eugenie Bertus
Ron Levenberg
Aita Salasoo
How Does it Fit into This Project
Nikki Stein Practical Application of PM Skills
Pat Gibbons RLN's and Bellcore - Not Quite Perfect Together

Everyone enjoyed visiting the 20 vendors (another record) arranged by Nancy Saunders and her team. Fourteen of the vendors provided presentations on best practices and demos. The vendors capped the day with a raffle with prizes which delighted the crowd. Our tanks to these vendors:

BIT, Inc
Boston University
Coopers & Lybrand
CorePlan, Inc
Dekker LTD.
ESI International
ICS Group
International Institute for Learning
Management Worlds, Inc
Martin Tate
MicroFrame Technologies, Inc
PMI Publication Division
PlanView, Inc
Process Sciences Laboratory
Project Assistants
Project Control
Robert Andrew Associates
Scitor Corporation
Spectrum Technology Group
Stevens Institute of Technology
Windows Support Group

Materials from the Vendors and Speakers were presented in a Proceedings document arranged by Kim Hinton's team.

Pat Bonanni and Gretchen Pozarycki (you should all recognize their names), and their team did an outstanding job registering the 280 plus attendees and providing the name tags, certificates, assistance and gifts for all (did everyone find the saw).

Annette Quick-Depasquale and team provided the evaluation forms and will be tabulating the results to provide the insights to improve the symposium for next year.

Early in the planning of the symposium, Ron Levenberg's team provided the guidance for the theme and then the advertising materials for the flyers and postcards which were sent to the members and the newspapers. This year we mailed information to the surrounding 6 regional chapters (New Jersey, New York City, Hudson Valley, Delaware Valley, Keystone , and the Southern New England chapters).

The ad information was used by Debbie Cocoziello to arrange advertising in local papers.  We also made it into the PM/NET magazine.

Finally, the activities of the day were made enjoyable by the work of Angela Thomas and her team to assure that the DoubleTree had every detail complete to satisfy the needs of the attendees. No one should have gone away hungry.

Also as part of this report, enjoy the pictures taken by Mike Hall. Hopefully you will see someone you know and will be in the picture yourself next year.

We are already planning for next year's event. The 1999 Regional Symposium will be held on May 17, 1999. The planning team will investigate expanding next year's activities to two days to include the presentation of papers by members with the speaker vendor agenda for the next day. We are reviewing the evaluations to assure that this format will satisfy the needs of the members. An alternate possibility will have a third track during a single day for the presentation of papers. What are your thoughts?

Keep in touch!!

Updated: 09Jun09