15th Annual PMIW Symposium

Date: 
4 May 2024 - 8:00am
Topic: 
Elevating PM Skills through Generative AI and Leadership Excellence

 

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Join us for PMI Westchester Chapter's 15th Annual Symposium -
in person at the Westchester Marriott, or remotely via Zoom!


Register here!



This year's Symposium features

  • an opening keynote session by Paul Nichols on Project Leadership Skills
  • a workshop by Dr. Paul Clapis on unlocking the power of generative AI to help you gain a competitive edge in managing projects
  • Ruchi Gupta will explore new technical capabilities and skills that we need to adopt to remain relevant in the coming years

The Symposium will take place on Saturday, 04 May 2024 at the Westchester Marriott at 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, from 08:00 through 4:00 p.m.

Photo of Paul NicholsOur opening keynote session will be Strong Leadership Skills by Paul Nichols. If you want to advance your career as a project professional, you need to pay at least as much attention to your relationships as you do to your performance. The wide variety of skills and abilities that today’s project managers need to cultivate include:

  • creating and executing on a vision;
  • motivating others;
  • influencing without authority;
  • networking;
  • communicating up, down and laterally;
  • managing stakeholder relationships; and
  • dealing with conflict.

This presentation by Paul Nichols touches briefly on each of the skills mentioned above, exploring them in relation to the project environment. Paul Nichols is a training consultant with extensive experience in designing and facilitating a wide variety of programs including those focused on leadership development, communications, performance improvement, presentation skills and change management. He has worked with leaders to improve their individual and group effectiveness through his executive coaching efforts. Paul is skilled at providing valuable feedback to individuals and is familiar with many forms of self-assessment and 360-degree tools.

Photo of Paul ClapisNext, Dr. Paul J. Clapis will lead us in a workshop to unlock the power of Generative AI for real-world project success. This workshop, "Supercharge Your Projects with Generative AI & ChatGPT: A Hands-On Workshop for Project Managers", dives into the practical applications of ChatGPT and other leading tools, empowering you to streamline workflows, improve efficiency, and gain a competitive edge. In this workshop we will gain experience with:

  • OpenAI ChatGPT, Microsoft Bing, and Google Gemini: Master popular platforms to create, edit, summarize, and organize project documentation with ease.
  • Crafting powerful prompts: Learn best practices for concise, accurate prompts that unlock ChatGPT's full potential.
  • Human-in-the-loop approach: Discover strategies to minimize errors and enhance quality through human oversight.
  • Ethical considerations: Navigate the responsible use of AI in project management.

Supercharge your skills with concrete skills to apply ChatGPT across your projects, practical methods for boosting adaptability and efficiency, and strategies for achieving superior results in a digital world.
Advance your career and gain a competitive advantage!

Photo of Ruchi GuptaFinally, Ruchi Gupta will lead us in a session on the Project Manager of Tomorrow. The project management skills we have utilized to manage projects successfully are no longer sufficient. The business landscape is changing rapidly and as project managers, we have to respond accordingly. The future calls for new ways of approaching our work along with enhanced interpersonal skills for supporting our teams.

The Project Manager of Tomorrow session will explore new technical capabilities and skills that project managers need to adopt to remain relevant in the coming years. Because the ways of working are shifting and the speed of change is accelerating, you will learn ways to empower your team and adapt to the ongoing environment of rapid change.

After this one-hour session, you will be able to:

  • Summarize artificial intelligence capabilities that project managers can use to improve productivity
  • Describe different ways to introduce hybrid practices into their projects
  • Employ methods to empower virtual teams
  • Adopt techniques to increase resilience

Ruchi Gupta is a Project, Program and Risk Management Professional, Trainer and Consultant with a track record of over fifteen years in delivering solutions at leading financial institutions. She has extensive experience with the entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) using both Waterfall- and Agile-based development practices. Ruchi is a self-motivated professional who adds value to organizations' innovation and business transformation by handling large scale delivery assignments.

Event Fees: 

PMI Members:

  Regular Pricing:
    In person: $150 (In-person registration ends 15 Apr 2024)
    Remote: $105 (through 02 May 2024)

Non-PMI Members:
  $150

PMI Westchester Chapter Volunteers (Remote pricing only):
  $65 (through 02 May 2024)

Register here!

Location: 

Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591