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Jennifer L. Metzler, Director


Creighton Business Institute
Heider College of Business
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

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PMI Heartland ProDev Sponsor

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Creighton Business Institute is proud to sponsor PMI Heartland ProDev this year!

Registration      10/05/2015        7:00 AM
Meeting Start    10/05/2015        8:00 AM
Meeting Finish   10/05/2015        4:00 PM

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jim Weeks -  “Becoming an Outstanding Teammate at Home, Work & Play”
  • Bill Fournet - How to Stop Herding Cats:  Leading Project Teams through the Chaos
  • Spencer Horn - X Factor of Success

Morning Keynote Speaker   Becoming and Outstanding Teammate at Home, Work, and Play - Coach Jim Weeks

Program Description

This presentation demonstrates how to become a great teammate in all aspects of life, including work, home or anytime teams are working together to achieve a common goal.

This presentation will highlight:

  •     Communication and why body language is so important
  •     Problem solving
  •     Committing to working in your strength zone
  •     The value of constant and daily reminders
  •     Avoid focusing on imperfections and instead promoting the strengths of others
  •     Believing in the ability of your coworkers and/or teammates
  •     Obtaining and keeping the right people on board
  •     Genuinely being happy for other people’s success
  •     Dealing with tough conversations that nobody wants to hear, but are critically important to help strengthen “the pack”
  •     Why results are so important
  •     Why people leaving an organization can be a good thing
  •     The power of listening to both sides and making your own decision
  •     The fact that there is a great teammate in all of us, we just have to decide to be one

Jim Weeks is the Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Doane College. Jim currently teaches a leadership seminar during the summers for Doane College, and conducts a Leadership Academy along with Coach Don Meyer, winner of the 2009 ESPY Award. His successful experiences in teaching and coaching have led to a passion for learning and sharing all he can about leadership, and in helping others to explore steps to accomplishing their own personal goals and dreams. Jim has developed his own system of strategies, and teaches people how to implement these strategies as well as develop habits that will help them become higher achievers. Jim bases his strategies on his personal philosophy of NO EXCUSES – DON’T BLAME OTHERS – CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE.

Lunch Keynote Speaker   How to Stop Herding Cats: Leading Project Teams through the Chaos - Bill Fournet

Program Description

This presentation focuses on why this happens, and how project managers have gotten their “cats” under control.Discussions include current project team management trends, team performance opportunities, and applying principled leadership. Participants will learn effective techniques that will address project teams’ challenges, various communication approaches, and project leadership skills that have successfully improved team interaction and results. This informative presentation not only will motivate, but will also help project managers develop the skills to create a focused, disciplined team.

Bill Fournet is the President and CEO of The Persimmon Group, the management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Persimmon consults clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized businesses in various industry verticals. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master`s degree from Oklahoma State University. In 2010, he was named Small Business Person of the Year by Tulsa’s Metro Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as a Member, Board of Directors at Boy Scouts of America, Indian Nations. He is a two-time honoree for “Most Admired CEO” in Oklahoma.

Closing Keynote Speaker   X Factor of Successful Leadership - Spencer Horn

Program Description

This session will help participants create awareness around one thing that will help them improve their results in their business and personal roles. It will help them begin to solve the challenges they face every day and to more successfully achieve their goals. The X-Factor has less to do with skill, education and intelligence and more to do with the ability to think clearly under pressure, manage and motivate people effectively, change approaches and more. It has to do with your emotional intelligence! Session Benefits: unconscious behaviors prevent us from achieving our goals and learn techniques to interrupt those behavior patterns for better outcomes.

Spencer is currently the CEO of Rapport Leadership International. He has been Vice President of a NASDAQ company which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. With passion and enthusiasm, Spencer delivers powerful presentations on topics including Communication to Connect,The Power of Responsibility and The X Factor to Becoming a Successful Leader. Spencer also develops custom presentations for corporate events.  In addition to running a successful leadership development company, Spencer is in demand as a speaker and trainer. He is a co-author of the "Speakers on Life" anthology "The Power of the Platform" along with Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Brian Tracy and more. After moving to Las Vegas in 2006 with his family to be the executive director of a cancer foundation, Spencer was introduced to Rapport Leadership International.

9:30-10:30am    Building Authentic Relationships  -  Todd Darnold, Ph.D.

Program Description
Dr. Darnold will speak on patterns of relationships and how we can evaluate opportunities for personal growth when relating to others.  He instructs on how to grow the number and/or quality of relationships whether in your personal life or business environment.  He walks through using project failures to increase trust and develop relationships. Yes, you read that correctly!  Dr. Darnold will help you better understand how to use internal relationships to improve project experience through simplicity, efficiency and team engagement.

Dr. Darnold is Associate Professor of Management and Director of Leadership Programs for Creighton’s Heider College of Business. Todd received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Todd's academic work has been published in outlets such as The Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Personnel Review, The Journal of Change Management, The APA Handbook of Psychology, and The Oxford Handbook of Recruitment. Todd’s purpose in life is to help people – particularly managers and future leaders – create environments where they can flourish, and in turn, help the people around them flourish.

1:15-2:15pm   Applying LEAN 6 Sigma Principles to Projects  - Nalini Govindarajulu, Ph.D.

Program Description
Can skilled project managers incorporate LEAN Six Sigma principles into their strategic projects, thus achieving both objectives at one time? LEAN techniques eliminate wasteful activities, while Six Sigma is a disciplined method for meeting stakeholders’ expectations and eliminating defects in any process. LEAN Six Sigma offers the unique approach of weaving both LEAN and Six Sigma methodologies into a seamless program that can help you achieve substantial improvements in any project.  Most strategic initiatives include a process as well as a product. Thus, when skilled project managers are delivering strategic initiatives, they can apply the LEAN Six Sigma principles by looking first at where the process fits in the organization.

Dr. Govindarajulu is Associate Professor of Operations Management and Business Intelligence & Analytics for Creighton’s Heider College of Business. Nalini received her undergraduate degree from the University of Madras, India, and her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in Operations Management.  Nalini has completed research in human resource factors in environmental improvement, organizational citizenship behaviors, manufacturing flexibility in supply/demand chains, LEAN manufacturing, and Cross-border logistics.