13th Annual PMIW Symposium

30 Apr 2022 - 8:30am
Becoming the Project Manager of the Future

Technology is continuously evolving. The pandemic has taught us to shift to a new reality and rethink the world on a personal and professional front. However, while the pandemic may have caused an impact unlike any we have known before, the concept of change is not new. Organizations that embrace change are more likely to thrive amidst social, technological, and environmental changes. Project Management is no exception.

This year’s Symposium will look at the changing role of the PM and how project managers can prepare for the future amidst the changes. Change is not simply about acceptance, but about thriving through a combination of preparation, skills and mindset. We will examine how Project Managers can stay relevant by embracing technology and developing the right mindset and skills.

As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic, 2022 brings new possibilities. The objectives of the Symposium include examining the role of the PM as described in the PMBOK 7th edition, overcoming obstacles to change in an organization, embracing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, creating your niche within digital transformation, and moving forward as leaders and change agents by adopting the right mindset and skills

Six presentations, as well as networking breakout opportunities, will take place throughout the day, for a total of 6 PDU's.

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  • 7 Obstacles to Overcome During Organizational Transformation by Abrar Hashmi
  • Not Your Father’s PMBOK! by Joe Ursone
  • Artificial Intelligence / Future of Project Management by Paul J.Clapis
  • Digital Transformations and the role of the Project Manager by Sesha Bhojanapalli
  • AI and ML: How to Future-proof Your PM Career by Michael Roberts
  • Your Role in Making Organizational Transformations Successful by Abrar Hashmi


Topic Descriptions
(Speaker bios follow the topic descriptions)

Keynote session: 7 Obstacles to Overcome During Organizational Transformation
Abrar Hashmi

One of the funniest memes we've come across is “Who led your organizational transformation?”
a) CEO b) CTO c) CIO d) COVID-19.

The reality is that organizations have struggled with their transformation even before the pandemic. Organizational transformation is a strategic initiative to adopt Lean Ways of Working and create a culture of innovation and inclusion empowering employees, helping them build products and services faster!

In this keynote, Abrar shares seven key obstacles organizations face as part of their transformation. A holistic approach to an organizational transformation includes optimizing the full value stream including people, processes and technology. We will learn why organizational transformation is challenging, and how leadership can assist in building high-performing teams. The pandemic forced us to re-think our strategies and our roadmaps, and disrupted our execution deliveries. A people-centric approach to transformation will leave you excited and motivated to accelerate your own transformation journey!

This is a thrilling session where Abrar will share war stories from the trenches and discuss how organizations overcame major obstacles to make their transformation a success.

Not Your Father’s PMBOK!
Joe Ursone

The purpose of this session is to explore the paradigm shift from a process-based document to a principle basis for the structure and content of the latest edition of the PMBOK. We will review the rationale behind the changes in the 7th edition and walk through the contents of the Standard and the Guide. We will also review the contents of the Digital Content Platform. Finally, we will show how the new PMBOK relates to the Current PMP Examination Content Outline, which focuses on the three legs of the PMITalent Triangle.

The Learning Objectives/Outline of the session are:

  • The Paradigm shift – What and Why
  • New PMBoK Structure
  • The Standard for Project Management
    • Intro
    • Value Delivery
    • Principles
    • A Guide to the PMBoK
    • Domains
    • Tailoring
    • Models, Methods & Artifacts
  • Digital Content Platform
  • How does the PMBoK 7th edition relate to the Current PMP Examination Content

Artificial Intelligence / Future of Project Management
Paul J. Clapis

The field of Artificial Intelligence isn’t new, but business interest has grown significantly due to the success of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Chatbots, Natural Language interfaces (think of Alexa and Siri) and automated customer service applications. Recent surveys show that 80% of executives believe AI boosts corporate productivity, and the adoption of AI is expected to grow to a $10 Billion market by the end of 2025. But AI projects aren’t simple, and an experienced project manager (especially one with PMP or similar certification) is more critical than ever for a successful project.

In this presentation we will discuss:

  • What is Artificial Intelligence and why are businesses so interested now?
  • What do you need to know about AI and where can you learn it?
  • How to add AI skills to your career -- the five steps to transformation
  • Where to find your first AI project even if you have no experience

Digital Transformations and the role of the Project Manager
Sesha Bhojanapalli

  1. What is Digital Transformation
  2. Types of Digital Transformations
  3. Role of Project Manager
  4. How to build my niche as PM in digital transformations

AI and ML: How to Future-Proof Your PM Career
Michael Roberts

We all know Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two huge factors in the change in technology and business. But what is their impact on you? What will your job look like five years from now? Will it even exist in five, ten or twenty years? And what will happen to the organization and industry you work for?

All these questions and more can be answered in this 45-to-60-minute talk around AI and ML. We will discuss the definitions of these two terms, how they impact business and workers, and what things project managers can do today to prepare for the future.

Learning areas:

  • What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
  • What is Machine Learning and how does it apply to AI?
  • A review of some real-world AI/ML projects being used today.
  • Roles and skills that PMs can look to in the future

Closing session: Your Role in Making Organizational Transformations Successful
Abrar Hashmi

We have associated project managers with traditional delivery efforts; so what does a project manager do within an organizational transformation initiative?

To succeed in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous landscape, we need to adopt continuous planning and execution and deliver iteratively and incrementally.

Project managers need to embrace a people-first mentality, utilize a growth mindset and perform cadence-based retrospectives to achieve business-focused outcomes. We will end the session by identifying what mindset is imperative for project managers and change agents to thrive in ambiguity and achieve business agility!


Speaker Bios

Photo of Abrar Hashmi Abrar Hashmi is the Chief Agile evangelist and Founder of Agile Brains Consulting Inc. He has assisted in value-based delivery transformations in various Fortune 500 companies, and has spoken at multiple Agile conferences.

Agile Brains was listed as a Top 10 Agile Solution Provider by CIO Applications for their customer-centric focus approach to help achieve business agility. Their award-winning proprietary framework “ABC” starts with an organizational assessment (A) followed by brainstorming (B) solutions with Coaching (C) support to help deliver business value to customers. He has trained thousands of students in over sixty cities, and is focused on having organizations embrace a culture of fearlessness and innovation. Abrar holds numerous Agile certifications (SPC, RTE, CLP, ICP-FDO, ICP-IDO, ICP-EPO, ICP-ATF, ICP-ACC, CSM, TBR) and believes in building the new generation of Agile leaders. Abrar was listed in the Drexel 40 Under 40 list for leaders to look out for in 2021. Agile Brains was listed as an INC 5000 winner for one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States, and by Forbes in the Next 1000 leadership list for 2021.

Photo of Joe Ursone Joe Ursone comes with over 41 years of project & program management experience in Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, Non-profit Organizations and Government Entities. Additional credits include

  • Adjunct Professor for Project Management, University of New Haven, Western New England University
  • PMP/CAPM Exam Preparation Instructor for SNEC-PMI 2009-2020
  • Lecturer; New England School of Banking at Williams College
  • Master Certificate in Project Management; George Washington University
  • Presenter at PMI chapter meetings and PMI Conferences
  • Microsoft Certified Professional: MS Project & MS Project Server
  • Former Board Officer for the CT Down Syndrome Congress
  • Former Board Member: The New England School of Banking

Photo of Paul Clapis Paul J. Clapis has been at the forefront of new and emerging trends in science and AI for more than three decades. Known for his informative, highly engaging style, Paul has delivered over 200 presentations, keynote speeches, workshops, and webinars across the United States and Europe. He provides invaluable insights into the inner workings of Artificial Intelligence and brings clarity to even the most complex topics.

Paul has worked for Perkin-Elmer, NASA and Hughes Aerospace as a research physicist, contributing to several large scientific projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He also directed the Hughes Advanced Computing Lab at Yale Science Park, where he conducted applied research in massively parallel processing, artificial intelligence, expert systems, machine learning, and high-speed real-time distributed processing.

Paul has worked in the financial services industry for 25 years, serving as Vice President of Engineering and Architecture for FIS’ Reconciliation business, responsible for driving product innovation across the suite of solutions including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Prior to his role with FIS, he served as a Director of Professional Services and Director of Development for SunGard. Paul holds a BS, MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Project Management Institute.

Photo of Sesha Bhojanapalli Sesha Bhojanapalli (phonetic: Say-shah) has 25+ years of experience in IT including development, Business Analysis, Project and Product Management skills and certifications. Sesha, an evangelist for Lean-Agile thinking, strongly believes that Agile transformations rock when Lean-Agile values and principles form the basis of the transformation. His work experience scales across various domains like Education, Pharmaceuticals, Finance, Manufacturing, delivery service providers and Avionics.

Sesha has provided over 70 private and public courses. He has also coached and lead digital transformations at many enterprises such as UPS, Morgan Stanley, Atos, Boeing, ADP, American Express, TIAA and many others.

Sesha has extensive experience in Digital transformation and takes a more holistic approach helping enterprises adopt innovation, relentless improvement, improve flow, decrease response time and above all increase the value of the product based on customer needs. Sesha believes “Digital Transformations, Rock!”

Sesha is an avid golfer and doesn’t like to miss an opportunity to play a round.

Photo of Michael Roberts Michael Roberts is an IT industry professional with more than 20 years of experience in project management and taking digital products to market. His industry certifications include those from Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, ICAgile, and the Scaled Agile Framework. With his experience as a technology executive, he’s guided many companies to successful IT and software projects, and has become a skilled strategist who transforms strategic plans into workable solutions, and benchmarks performance against key operational targets/goals.


Event Fees: 

Early Bird Registration (through 31 Mar 2022):

$95 - PMI Westchester and other PMI Chapter Members
$115 - All Others

01 Apr 2022 through Thursday, 28 Apr 2022:

$115 - PMI Westchester and other PMI Chapter Members
$130 - All Others

Students and those in transition, please contact Laxmi Vallury at VP.Career_Prof_Dev@pmiwestchester.org.

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This event will be virtual, held via Zoom.