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May 2019 Professional Development Day

May 18, 2019
9:30 AM PDT to 3:45 PM PDT
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Ayres Lodge & Suites Corona West
1900 W. Frontage Road
Corona, CA 92882

 Please join us May 18th, 2018 at our Annual Professional Development Day in Corona!    Earn PDUs from all sides of the talent triangle in one Saturday! This 5 PDU event is $30 for PMI-CIE Chapter members and registration is limited to the first 50 registered attendees.  Lunch is provided!

Please PRE-REGISTER. There will be no registrations at the door.


• 9:30 am - 10:00 am Chapter Welcome
• 10:00 am - 11:00 am Greta Blash
• 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lisa Anderson
• 12:00 pm- 12:30 pm Lunch
• 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Susan Thompson
• 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lisa Reid
• 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Steve Blash
• 3:30 - 3:45 Closing

10:00 am

Greta Blash, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

PDUS Awarded: 1 - Technical

Abstract: The PMBOK 6th edition has altered the role of the Project Manager and increased responsibilities. Greta and Steve will lead an interactive discussion on the ways the PMBOK 6 has changed the role of the project manager and how to effectively execute project management responsibilities under the new standard.

Speaker Biography: Greta Blash is a certified PMI Project Manager Professional (PMP®) with extensive experience as an executive and consulting IT professional, both domestically and international. Her extensive experience enables her to concurrently manage multiple high-risk, high-tech projects. Her areas of experience include Program Management, Project Management, Agile, Scrum, CRM Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and System Development with emphasis in the areas of System Implementations and Conversions.

Greta is certified as a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ®, and as a PMI Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA)®, and has taught Project Management, Agile and Business Analysis Certification courses worldwide for the last five years. She has also served as V.P. of Education and Programs for at the PMI Southern Nevada Chapter (PMI-SNC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been the Academic Outreach Liaison for PMI Region 7 since 2012.


Lisa Anderson

PDUS Awarded: 1 - Technical

Title: The Amazon Effect: Creating a Customer Service Edge
Abstract: Amazon is changing the business landscape. Unlimited variety is assumed, same-day service is the norm, and 24/7 accessibility with easy returns and exchanges is expected. Businesses must rise to the occasion if they wish to compete and survive – let alone thrive. This presentation will feature an interactive discussion on strategies for positioning your company, your department and your career for success in today’s Amazon-impacted world.
Lisa will present primary research on Amazon-like and how it is impacting businesses as well as the key strategies on where and how to make improvements to stay competitive and relevant to customers. Businesses need to create a ‘sweet spot’ of people, processes, plans, profit drivers and priorities to create a customer service edge.  

Speaker Biography

Lisa Anderson, President of LMA Consulting Group, Inc. is known as The Manufacturing Connector (SM) and is a leading expert in bridging the gap between supply chain strategy and execution to dramatically improve service levels, accelerate cash flow and maximize profits.   Lisa has spoken at several industry conferences such as the Global Supply Chain & Logistics Summit and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, ABC News and Industry Week.   She is Board approved in Supply Chain strategy by SAC, was recognized as the 16th most influential in supply chain management by SAP and recently was named one of the Top 100 Supply Chain bloggers

12:30 PM

Steve Blash, PMP, PMI-ACP

PDUs Awarded: 1 - Strategic

Title: Coping with Change

Abstract: Mark Twain has a very famous quote that applies to what we project managers are often confronted with; ‘I'm in favor of progress; it's change I don't like.’

For today’s project managers, the rapidly accelerating changes in the areas of technology and infrastructure is causing an impact to the organization. Project managers not only need to be concerned with what’s going on in their projects but also, they need to be fully engaged as to how the organization will need to change to accommodate the results of the project. These include new processes, new devices, new technology and of course the impact on personnel in the organization.

This discussion will address:

Where does change begin
Change Triggers
The importance of context of change
Leadership’s role in change
An iterative approach to change
The implementation of change

Speaker Biography: Steve Blash is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) ® and a certified agile practitioner, (PMI-ACP) ®. Steve is a past president (2013) for the PMI® chapter in Las Vegas (PMI-SNC) and he was the project manager and facilitator for the 2014 PMI-Region 7 Summit. He was a volunteer for the PMO Symposium for 2012 and 2013.

Steve has been an instructor for over 10 years and is the co-author of the book: Basic of Good Project Management Book. He has written numerous articles for, and, as well as for the PMI chapter’s newsletter. He has spoken on agile, business analysis, strategic planning and project management for various PMI chapters in Region 7 including the PMI® Congress 2015 - North America Conference.

1:30 PM

Leisa Reid

PDUs Awarded: 1 - Leadership

Title: Communication and Misunderstanding

Abstract: When we communicate we are most often crystal clear with what we mean to say in our head, yet have a lot of unspoken data that supports the content of what we are communicating. This is just as true for the person we are speaking to; they are crystal clear about their intent on the subject, but also have unspoken information that validates their view.
Learning to communicate effectively means learning to give context to your communications that others can understand. Those that are self-aware bring to the conversation a higher ability to effectively communicate their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.

Speaker Biography: Leisa Reid, M.A. is a Professional Speaker & Author who presents to thousands of people on the power of mindset. After 20+ years of Management, Sales and Executive Leadership, Leisa joined Productive Learning, a personal development company specializing in helping people close the gap between what they have and what they truly desire.
In 2013, Leisa spearheaded and founded the highly successful OC Speakers Network, an organization that supports speakers who wish to share their expertise. In 2016, her book, "Manage to Success: A Guide to Cultivating Happy and Productive Employees" was published. Leisa is a mother to Ariana and wife to Mark. She has enjoyed living in Orange County since 1991, after moving from her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.

2:30 PM


PDUS Awarded: 1 - Strategic

Title: Engaging in Change

Abstract: Projects involve change and change has a reputation for being "hard". How is it that the same users who resist changes in the workplace actually invite change into their lives by buying the latest smartphone or other gizmos? Join Sue to find out how to approach change more productively.

Speaker Biography: Susan Thompson, CBAP, IIBA-AAC, CSPO, CSM, PMP, PMI-PBA is an agile business analysis consultant and coach. She has worked as a technical writer, software tester, project manager, and business analyst in a variety of industries, She is also the current president of the Orange County Chapter of IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and is collaborating on a book on organizational change.







$30.00 Member Ticket

$45.00 Non-Member Guest Ticket