Meeting/Event Information


August 23, 2013

2013 Professional Development Day
August 23, 2013 7:00 AM to August 24, 2013 6:00 PM
Sheraton Clayton Hotel
7730 Bonhomme Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105
2013 2-Day Professional Development Day (PDD)

$399.00 St. Louis PMI Members (Both Days)
$349.00 Earlybird rate before August 20

$449.00 Non Members (Both Days)
$399.00 Earlybird rate before August 20

$229.00 St. Louis PMI Members (1st Day Only)
$189.00 Earlybird rate before August 20

$279.00 Non Members (1st Day Only)
$239.00 Earlybird rate before August 20

$229.00 St. Louis PMI Members (2nd Day Only)
$189.00 Earlybird rate before August 20

$279.00 Non Members (2nd Day Only)
$239.00 Earlybird rate before August 20

120 seats available.

The registration deadline for this event is August 21, 2013
11:00 PM

Get Switched On to Your Leadership and Agility

The Metro St. Louis PMI 2-Day Professional Development Day (PDD) provides professionals with a unique opportunity to acquire new and leading edge information by selecting the breakout sessions from 3 separate tracks related to Agile, Leadership and Project Management areas.

2-Day PDD will be an exciting event featuring top notch local, national, and keynote speakers and a total number of 24 interesting topics focusing on both hands-on Agile and Project Management and soft skills related to Leadership areas. We have lined up not just one but THREE Keynote Speakers for you.

"Get Switched On!" the first day with Chip Eichelberger. Chip has been an achiever in the only place that counts - the trenches.  After earning his BS from the University of Oregon in 1988, he joined world famous author and motivator Tony Robbins and quickly became the top field sales leader and trainer in his six years there. Formally Tony's international point-man, Chip will bring customized content, contagious energy and motivate all. He has switched on over 930 conventions and his clients include: Hyatt, Project Management Institute (PMI), Jones Lang LaSalle, Ameriprise, Ford, State Farm, Lenovo, Harley Davidson and ADP.

But that is not all. Besides 3 keynote speakers, we have 3 separate tracks on Agile, Leadership, and Project Management topics (Total 24 topics to select from). It's up to you - you can stick to one of your favorite track or choose a topic / speaker of your choice. Download Detailed Agenda here...

List of Keynote Speakers and Their Topics

For the past 22 years, his electrifying speaking style, finely honed on three continents and in nine counrtries, has given him the rare ability to challenge, enlighten and motivate. 

Opening Day Keynote Speaker - Chip Eichelberger

Get Switched On! - One of the top 5 motivational keynote speaker willl focus on how to maximize your abilities as a leader. If you like contagious energy, humor, spontaneity and simple-to-implement strategies that you can use at once, then Chip Eichelberger is for you.

Since 1987, David has developed and implemented career plans for individuals from many different walks of life, fitting their passions, personalities, skills and desired work culture. Come and listen to our own local speaker from the St. Louis. 

2nd Day Keynote Speaker - David Hults

Embrace Change. Create your Future - No matter what your industry or career may be, change is at the center of creating your future. In fact, it's likely you already feel the pressure of economic or industrial change that impacts your future both professionally and personally. David offers practical and results-driven strategies that empower individuals to actively direct, shape, or respond to change. Much like a ringmaster of a circus, individuals can manage the rings of change to create a show-stopping future.

David is a nationally known Career Coach and Speaker, as well as a repeat columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Work Place" series.

Maria has presented to audiences of up to 400 people in many locations including New York, Hawaii, Vancouver, Sweden, Morocco, Minneapolis, Indiana, Nebraska, Dallas, Chicago, and other locations.

Closing Day Speaker - Maria Matarelli

Leadership and Your Agility - Explore essential keys to leadership and elements for increasing your ability to positively influence others in pursuit of a common vision applying lessons learned from around the world and across a blend of cultures. Now that we know how to lead, how do we know what way to lead? Discover specific ways to enhance your agility and walk away with techniques for being intentional about your leadership and better managing your workflow. From leadership development to project initiatives, you will discover ways to enhance your "now" to get you to "there".

With a background in IT Project Management, Maria has consulted management teams, executives and individuals on streamlining processes, increasing efficiencies and organizational change.


2-Day Agenda (Download Detailed Agenda)

Friday, August 23, 2013

7:15 – 8:00am

Registration &   Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15am

PDD Opening Remarks and Word from our Platinum Sponsor

8:15 – 9:45am

Opening Day Keynote – Get Switched On!

Speaker   – Chip Eichelberger

Breakout   Sessions – 3 Tracks (T1, T2, T3)

Agile   (T1), Leadership (T2), and Project Management (T3)




Project Management

10:00 – 11:15am

Understanding Agile

Maria Matarelli

Switch on your Leadership - Part One

Chip Eichelberger

Good Knowledge Mgmt. is Key to Good Project Management

John Adrian

 11:30 - 12:30pm


 Lunch and Learn from Sponsors (John Herlihy and Amy Easterling from Daugherty Business Solutions)

 Customer-Centric Project Management

12:45 – 2:00pm

Agile for Managers

Maria Matarelli

Switch on your Leadership - Part Two

Chip Eichelberger

A Project Manager’s Toolkit

NK Shrivastava

2:15 – 3:30pm

Agile Applied

Maria Matarelli

Project Manager or Project Leader?

Mike Shaner

Risk Management - The True Value of it

Ozzie Lomax

3:45 – 5:00pm

Experiencing Agile

Maria Matarelli

Failing Forward!

Mike Shaner

Project Conflict Resolution

Ozzie Lomax

Saturday, August 24, 2013

7:45 – 8:15am

Registration &   Continental Breakfast



8:15 – 9:45am

2nd Day Keynote – Embrace Change. Create your Future.

Speaker – David Hults

Breakout   Sessions – 3 Tracks (T1, T2, T3)

Agile   (T1), Leadership (T2), and Project Management (T3)




Project   Management

10:00 – 11:15am

Visibility In and Outside a Scrum Team

Brad Sullivan

Mastering Change Like A Star Performer

David Hults

Overcoming the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Julie Kowalski

11:30 - 12:30pm 


 L U N C H 

12:45 – 2:00pm

A Day in the Life of an Iteration

Brad Sullivan

Are We Ready for the Future Workforce – Gen Y?

Shobhna Raghupathy

Effective Negotiation Skills to Negotiate like a Pro!

Julie Kowalski

2:15 – 3:30pm

Kanban Introduction

Brian Button

The Art & Science of Leadership

Bhavani Amirthanlingam

Earned Value Management

NK Srivastava

3:45 – 5:00pm

Retrospectives Introduction

Jason Tice

PMI Roadmap to Ethical Decision Making

Shobhna Raghupathy

How Do You Survive a $34B Merger?

Mike Malek

5:00 – 6:00pm

Closing   Keynote – Leadership and Your Agility

Speaker - Maria Matarelli


The PDD will also include: -

  • Lunch
  • Door Prizes
  • Registration Gift
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Closing Day Presentation
  • Breakout Workshop Sessions
  • Opening Day and 2nd Day Keynote Presentation
  • AND up to 16 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for attending.


We will start registration at 7:15 AM. Come join us!


  • Event Parking Complimentary
  • Overnight Parking reduced to $5 overnight / per car


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