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College Park, Md. – Wednesday, April 15, is the last day to take advantage of early-bird registration rates for the Second Annual Project Management Symposium, hosted by the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence this June 8-9, at the Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

Building on the success of last year’s sell-out event, the 2015 Project Management Symposium will feature a new line-up of world-class project management professionals, including nearly 60 session speakers and five highly esteemed keynotes covering government, industry and academic perspectives of the field.

Dr. Harold Kerzner of the International Institute for Learning; Jocelyn Davis, President and CEO of Nelson Hart, Chip Hastie, Vice President of Clark Construction Group, LLC; Dr. Ed Hoffman, NASA Chief Knowledge Officer; and Karen Richey, Assistant Director for the Applied Research and Methods Team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office will serve as this year’s keynote speakers, providing symposium participants with a big-picture view of the many ways project management has evolved in recent years.

Kerzner will kick things off with a June 8 morning presentation, “Project Management 2.0: Planning for the Future of Project Management,” during which he will discuss how executives have increasingly recognized the value of project managers in recent years.

Switching gears a bit, Davis will present, “Happiness Works – Rethinking Competitive Advantage,” demonstrating why high morale is key to being sustainably competitive in all sectors. Later that afternoon, Hastie will provide a case study of the first social infrastructure project in the U.S. procured using the Performance Based Infrastructure (PBI) delivery methodology during his presentation, “Long Beach Courthouse: Influence of Performance Based Infrastructure on the Design-Build Process.”

Kicking off day two of the symposium, Hoffman’s presentation, “Creating Knowledge Services for Modern Technical Project Organizations: The REAL Knowledge Approach” will demonstrate how organizations and practitioners can best leverage project knowledge and knowledge services to get things done in the modern complex project environment. Following Hoffman’s presentation, Richey will provide an insider’s look at the inner workings of the U.S. Government Accountability Office during her presentation, “GAO Cost Estimating, Scheduling, and Earned Value Management: Best Practices and Recent Audit Findings.”

This year’s symposium will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for area project managers to learn from and network with each other – as well as project managers and academics from across the globe – right in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. But, those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register by the April 15 early-bird deadline, as this event is on track to top last year’s attendance numbers.

“We are thrilled to welcome some of the brightest minds in project management for the capital region’s second annual symposium,” said John H. Cable, Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence. “More than 250 project management professionals joined us last year, and we anticipate that number will grow thanks, in part, to this year’s line-up and growing interest in the field of project management in the Baltimore-Washington area.”

Those attending this year’s symposium can qualify to earn up to 15 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining a PMI credential.

For more information, or to register, visit the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence website.

This event is made possible, in part, by a media sponsorship from Project Management World Journal.



About the UMD Project Management Center for Excellence

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the university, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.”



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