Winter Professional Development Day

13 Jan 2024 - 8:30am
Winter Professional Development Day

Ring in the new year with our speakers as we dive into how to land our dream job, improve our performance and productivity, and learn new skills for setting up a PMO!

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This year our Winter PDD - a virtual event via Zoom - will feature 4 sessions:

  • Ace Your Branding and Land Your Next Job - John Signo

    Why is PIE (Performance, Identity, and Engagement) critical in your personal and career life? Speaker John Signo from the Brand and Land team will engage with us on why PIE is critical in your personal and career life, and share some Golden Nuggets to help us Brand.
  • Managing Distractions to Create a Better Workday - Molly Beran

    Join Molly Beran, PMP, for a workshop on best practices for managing distractions throughout the workday. This workshop is designed to highlight recent research into distractions, and best practices that can be employed to keep your workday focused on the things that matter most.
  • Everything a PM Wants to Know about Flow (But Is Afraid to Ask) - Seth Greenwald

    Everyone performs better in Flow, a.k.a. being in the zone. In Flow, time slows down, your senses sharpen and your decision-making quickens. We hear much from professional athletes on tapping into this transformational state of consciousness to up their game, but nothing much from mere mortals...until now. You're invited to join Seth as we discuss what this crazy little thing called Flow is, where to find it and how to access it to level up your communication and leadership skills.
  • Case Study in Building a PMO from the Ground Up - Huriya Manzar

    Recently, PMI acquired the PMO Global Alliance, highlighting the importance of PMOs to project success. PMO-related topics were also a central theme in the recent Global Summit in Atlanta. Pierre Manh, President and CEO of PMI said "PMOs are essential to raising project success, they are essential to doing it responsibly. They are essential to what PMI wants to accomplish."
    It is safe to say that understanding and maximizing the value of PMOs will continue to be a key theme in 2024. Join Huriya Manzar, who will draw from her extensive experience and expertise and share a case study on creating a PMO from the ground up.

John Signo

Photo of John SignoJohn Signo, Signofied founder and presenter, is currently a Senior Project Manager at Bank of America, managing Data Management Technology projects with the goal of reducing identified risks while protecting the enterprise and its clients. He has previous work experience at J. Walter Thompson, IBM, and BNSF Railway, providing Project Management and Systems Engineering work.

John continues to be an active long-term member of both PMI Dallas and PMI Dallas Toastmasters. He is an advocate for PMI certifications and currently holds the PMI PMP and PMI ACP certifications. In his spare time, he provides sessions on “Branding to Land Your Next Gig” using LinkedIn, resumes, and an online ATS tool. In addition, he continues to mentor PMP and ACP candidates as they prep for their certification exams.

Molly Beran

Photo of Molly BeranMolly Beran is a PMP-certified project manager with over 19 years’ experience, managing projects for clients including Kaiser Permanente, Rush University Medical Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Cerberus Capital Management. Blending her corporate training background with her experience in project management, Molly also teaches project management workshops and PMP preparation courses, and coaches individuals on project management, time management and people management skills.

Molly also speaks at conferences and leads workshops in the US and internationally. Her topics include leadership, project management, performance management and social-emotional intelligence.

Seth B. Greenwald

Photo of Seth GreenwaldSeth B. Greenwald, PMP, also known as Sherpa Seth, is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and communication coach for project managers, engineering leaders and other technical professionals. Having served as a design lead and senior project manager for some of the largest engineering and construction organizations in the U.S., Seth's expertise extends beyond the world of words to the realms of action and strategy.

As the Owner of Creatively Speaking, Inc., Seth has empowered countless individuals to advance their careers through effective communication. His public speaking programs 'Page to Stage' and 'Find Your Flow' have garnered widespread acclaim for their transformative impact on his student’s ability to craft highly memorable messages through the power of storytelling.

Additionally, Seth is the founding member of the PMI-NYC Toastmasters club, a testament to his commitment to fostering communication and leadership skills. A three-time author, his latest book "Answering the Call of Your Creative Warrior" is a practical guide to discovering one's authentic speaking voice to lead teams with confidence, conviction and clarity.

Seth's dedication extends to serving as the Secretary of the NYC chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Learn more about Seth and his work at

Huriya Manzar

Photo of Huriya ManzarHuriya Manzar Is a seasoned PMP with over 10 years of experience. She has built, maintained and automated multimillion-dollar Project Management Offices (PMO) in her career. Her background in Business Intelligence and Application development gives her extra capabilities to focus on automation and reporting while setting up PMO’s. She is a PMP credential holder and certified Scrum Master.

Today she will walk through a case study of setting up a PMO for Cyber Security Team and discuss focus areas and challenges of automation.

Event Fees: 

PMIW Volunteers: $20 (with code)
All Others: $30

Register Here!


Virtual (via Zoom)