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Registration and Continental Breakfast 7 am to 9 am

Keynote - 8 am to 9:30 am
High Performance People
- Vince Lombardi, Jr.
This highly inspirational message answers the question: High Performance People, What Do They Do and How Do They Do It?
Abstract | Bio
Vince Lombardi, Jr.
All high performance people, regardless of their background, share a common outlook in terms of how they perceive themselves and the world around them. We can orchestrate high performance. On Motivation, Commitment and Mental Toughness - Goals without commitment are nothing more than good ideas. In this presentation Vince talks about the qualities, attiributes and habits of a winner. How clear, vivid goals and dreams combined with commitment and mental toughness can take you from where you are to where you want to be. There are no lazy people, just people who don't know what they want or how to get it.
As the son of the late Vincent T. Lombardi, remembered as one of the greatest football coaches in history, Vince Lombardi, Jr.'s early years were spent in an atmosphere full of personal power and achievement. Armed with honesty, integrity and authenticity, virtues he places above all others, Vince earned a law degree and maintained a private practice while serving in the Minnesota legislature. Vince made the jump from law and politics to professional football in 1975 when he joined the fledgling Seattle Seahawks as an assistant to the General Manager. He went on to become Assistant Executive Director of the National Football League Management Council as a labor negotiator and later led two United States Football League teams as President and General Manager.

To each of these organizations Vince brought direction, enthusiasm, and the impetus to succeed. He has the remarkable ability to put people ahead of the organization, allowing each individual to do what he does best without losing sight of team goals. He gained a reputation for being tough, yet fair; uncompromising, yet supportive. The individual qualities and character of Vince Lombardi are exciting to witness.

It is emotionally uplifting to watch and listen to Vince Lombardi as he weaves together his childhood experiences with his father and his adult experiences from law, politics and professional football.
Vince Lombardi's enthusiasm for growth, change and improved performance, blended with his strong personality and first-hand knowledge of his legendary father's leadership techniques makes for a dynamic presentation.

Workshop 9:45 to 12:00
Successful Program Management - Tom Mochal

Tracks - 9:45 am to 10:45 am
Hot Topics
Communication and Organizational Skills
and Processes

Secrets of Successful International Project Leaders
- Lothar Katz

The Bridge to Excellence
- Phyllis Ferguson

Critical Role of Change Agents for Project Success Overview
- Erin McCurry
Leadership and Team Building Skills
Advanced Project
Fundamentals of PM

Boomers to Bloggers -
Challenges of multi-generational teams
- Shobhna Raghupathy

The 4 Week PMO
- Cornelius Fichtner

FEL - The Secret to Succesful Projects
- Dwight Husband

Tracks 11 am to 12 noon
Hot Topics
Communication and Organizational Skills
and Processes

The Top 10 Laws of Project Management
- John Kinser

Crucial Conversations: A Primer for Project Managers
- Don Gould

Effective Requirements Management
- Victoria Kumar
- Doug Haughwaut
Leadership and Team Building Skills
Advanced Project Management
Fundamentals of PM

Positive Leadership in Project Management
- Frank Saladis

Culture Change Challenges
- Frank Polack

IT Risk Management
- Tim Mawhinney

Lunch and Exhibitors 12 noon to 1:30 pm

Tracks 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hot Topics
Communication and Organizational Skills
Methodologies and Processes

Stop Playing Games
- Rick A. Morris

Expected Behaviors: Road Rules, Not Road Rage
- Lisa DiTullio 

What's New in Microsoft Project 2010
- Amy Klein

Leadership andTeam Building Skills
Advanced ProjectManagement
Fundamentals of PM

Power and Influence
- Jan Smid

A Maturity Model for Project Portfolio Management
- Janet Burns

Managing Smarter by Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence
- Kim Freedman

Workshop 1:30 to 3:45
SharePoint for Project Managers - Chuck Magee

Tracks 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Hot Topics
Communication and Organizational Skills
Methodologies and Processes

The Project Manager Versus the Scrum Master
- Lisa Grant

Harnessing the Power of Project Management
- Wes Balakian

Agile Project Management
- Mike Cottmeyer

Leadership andTeam Building Skills
Advanced Project Management
Fundamentals of PM


Encouraging Accountability in Your Meetings
- Dana Brownlee

Strategic Implmentation of PMI's OPM3 Standard
- John Schlicter

Bagging the Evidence: What Project Managers can learn from Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators
- Sandra Hoskins

Endnote 4 pm to 5 pm
You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of The Apprentice
-Bill Rancic

Not slowing down since becoming Donald Trump’s original Apprentice, Bill has thrived in both the business and entertainment world. He recently co-hosted an Emmy nominated television series on A&E titled, “We Mean Business” and you can now see him beginning August 5, 2009 on the Giuliana &Bill show premiering on the Style Network.

Bill completed his second book, titled "Beyond the Lemonade Stand" which was written to help educate and motivate young people around the world about the value of money and how to leverage your skills, talents and abilities at an early age. All proceeds from the sale of this book have gone to charity. "Beyond the Lemonade Stand" is the follow up to the New York Times best-selling book in 2003, titled "You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of The Apprentice," which chronicled Bill's successful life, experience and proven advice.

Bill Rancic founded the successful company, Cigars Around the World 14 years ago in a 400 sq. ft. studio apartment. Today, it is a thriving multi-million dollar national operation. The son of educators, he is a true entrepreneur, who originally earned his way through college by starting a boat wash and wax business in the Chicago area. Bill is involved in many charities and is an active board member for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.