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September Corona Saturday 3PDU Lunch Meeting

BA vs PM Who? Why? When? Leverage Roles for Project Success!! Learn How to Motivate and Engage diverse Teams!

September 23, 2017
10:00 AM PDT to 1:30 PM PDT
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Ayres Lodge & Suites Corona West
1900 W. Frontage Road
Corona, CA 92882

Please join us on Saturday, September 23rd at 10am for PMICIE's first ever 3 PDU Advanced Topic Seminar in Corona CA!!

First Presentation - 10am

Presentation Title: An Extraordinary Workplace Is More Than Ping Pong Tables and Bean Bags

Presented by: Kai Dickens

PDU Category: Leadershp

PDUs Awarded: 1


We have all heard the stories about companies putting ping pong tables and video game consoles in the break room. Some companies provide snacks and lunches weekly. Google and Zappos are famous for the extras they provide to boost employee engagement. Often times leaders read these stories and think that just by adding some of these elements to their culture, the team is going to be engaged, bought in and work harder. The truth is this it takes much more than these few perks to create, build and sustain an amazing company culture.

 If you are looking to create the environment where your team is engaged, happy and invested – this is the session for you. 

You will walk away understanding:

-       The top 4 mistakes companies make in regards to company culture
-       Why it is important to promote a culture of failing forward vs fear of failing
-       The difference between leading and managing people and teams
-       Why paying your team to play is one of the best things you can do to improve engagement and profits

 Speaker Biography: 

Kai is an Executive Leadership Coach and Team Building Consultant. He has over 15 years of experience in leadership development and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge in the areas of leadership presence and effectiveness, team building, millennial management, employee engagement and organizational culture. His passion for leadership development and talent for changing cultures lead him to create PLAYOLOGY, a transformational training company.

As the go to millennial and culture expert, he is passionate about bridging the communication and cultural gap between executives, directors, owners and millennials. Using play as the vehicle for change, he has created a unique way of improving understanding, trust and communication between the generations and teams.

Second Presentation - 11:30am

Presentation Title: What a Project Manager (PM) should look for in a Business Analyst (BA) and what a BA should look for in PM

Presented by: Craig Wilson and Susan Thompson

PDU Category: Strategic

PDUs Awarded: 2

Overview: You're a Project Manager (PM) assigned to a project with a Business Analyst (BA) you've never met.

  • What qualities should you seek out in a BA, and what are the red flags to watch out for?
  • Meanwhile, the BA is sizing you up as a PM. What qualities is the BA looking for?


Join us for an interactive session with Craig Wilson (PM) and Susan Thompson (BA), and learn how a PM and a BA can leverage each other's strengths.managers will remember..

 Speaker Biography:

Craig Wilson is an IT management consultant who established his practice 15 years ago based upon experience working for several Fortune 500 companies; the last decade of that experience in senior and executive level management positions. His experience includes strategic planning and financial management, program management, software development, system integration, and infrastructure planning in industries such as banking, brokerage services, entertainment, financial services, and healthcare.

Susan Thompson is a business analyst who helps clients implement change and process improvement initiatives. She has also been a software tester and a project manager. For several years, she worked for a consulting company and picked up the pieces of various clients' challenged projects. She elicits and analyzes by collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, including sponsors, executives, subject matter experts, users, and technical experts for enterprise-wide projects.



  • 9:30-9:55 Check-In
  • 10:00-11:00 First Speaker Presentation
  • 11:00-11:30 Lunch
  • 11:30-1:25 Second Speaker Presentation
  • 1:25-1:30 Wrap-Up


$35.00 PMI CIE Member

$40.00 Non-Member

$25.00 Presentation Only / Student (no meal)

$20.00 Presentation Only