Chapter Meeting: Cross-Functional Collaboration

14 May 2024 - 6:15pm
PDU Category: 
Power Skills
Virtual, via Zoom

6:15 | Sign-in, Networking
6:45 | Announcements
7:00 | Guest Speaker (1 PDU)
8:15 | Communities of Practice programs (1 PDU)
            (PM & Quality CoP's)

Cross-Functional Collaboration:

  Maximizing relationships to ensure project success

Effective cross-functional collaboration is a critical driver of project success in the modern workplace. This presentation explores the nuanced dynamics of cross-functional teams and the strategies project managers can employ to harness their full potential. Through a blend of theoretical frameworks and real-world applications, we'll dive into the mechanisms of building strong, resilient relationships across different organizational functions. Attendees will learn how to identify and overcome the common barriers to cross-functional collaboration, such as siloed working cultures and misaligned objectives.

Key topics will include:

  • Principles of Cross-Functional Teamwork: Understanding the foundational elements that foster a collaborative environment.
  • Strategic Alignment and Vision: Techniques for aligning diverse team goals with the overarching strategic vision of the project and organization.
  • Communication and Trust: Strategies for enhancing transparency and trust among team members, crucial for navigating the complexities of cross-functional work.
  • Agile Methodologies: How agile principles can be applied to enhance collaboration across various functions, emphasizing flexibility, rapid iteration, and shared accountability.
  • Case Studies: Real-life examples of successful cross-functional collaboration, highlighting actionable insights and lessons learned.

By the end of this session, participants will be equipped with practical tools and strategies to optimize their cross-functional teams, ensuring that projects are not only completed efficiently but also deliver maximum value to the organization.

Lauri Accardi

Photo of Lauri AccardiLauri Accardi, founder of CataPoint Consulting, LLC, brings over twenty years of experience in project management and agile methodologies to her role as a leadership and project management coach.

Transitioning from Director of Program Management at Comcast to founding her consultancy, Lauri blends strategic leadership with a passion for people development. An MBA candidate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State World Campus, she is also pursuing a Masters in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership. An award-winning leader with 26 professional certifications, Lauri is a member of Phi Sigma Pi and Sigma Nu Tau honor societies while also being the President of the Board of Directors for a local non-profit Montessori school. Lauri is an advocate for a growth mindset and psychological safety through all of her endeavors.

Outside of her professional life, she is a dedicated mother of four, loves to cook and bake for her family and friends, and practices daily mindfulness.


This will be a virtual meeting.

$15 for PMI Westchester Chapter Members
$20 for non-members

Pre-registration is required; registration closes Monday, 13 May 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
Registration fee is non-refundable.

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Location (Address): 

Virtual, via Zoom - Zoom meeting link will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.