Speakers & Sessions

 Kendall Lott

Keynote Speaker: Kendall Lott

8:15 -9:45  Opening Keynote: "Managing Motivation:  Lessons from an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike"

Leadership, management, and motivation are not just metaphors, but things that the physicality of an endurance hike can inform…and it comes with beautiful trail pictures. 9 lessons from the trail remind us of how to self-manage and manage teams, all learned from the physicality of the trail.  These lessons lead to a realization of a simple technique to manage personal motivation to take on challenges.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn a technique for managing motivation that empowers success, as well as be reminded of 9 steps that have application directly to the management of projects to help us be better managers and leaders.

PDU Category: Leadership

 PDUs: 1.5


1:45 - 3:15Track 4 Breakout Session: Giving Back with PMI 

Kendall, one of our keynotes, and chairman of the board at PM for Change, will share how he works with PMI to vision, plan and execute the Project Management Day of Service (PMDOS) in cities across the globe.

PDU Category: Giving Back

PDUs: 1.5

3:30 - 4:45  Closing Keynote: "Mind the Gap: Aligning Motivation in Your Organization"

Being motivated at work allows us to succeed.  And yet, often there are barriers, seen and unseen, that frustrate our ability to be persistently motivated. These frustrations, generated by the gap between personal expectations and organizational reality sap our ability to stay on the path of success.  Like a hiker on a long trail, we ask “how can I keep at this?!” In this extension of his “Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike,” Kendall provides a framework for seeing the sources of demotivation and provides insight from management theory on how you can manage your motivation within your environment.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn a method of identifying organizational cultural tendencies that may be sources of demotivation for them or their project teams.  With this information, they will have more confidence in finding ways to manage their motivation to be more successful at work, individually, and as managers and leaders.

PDU Category: Strategic and Business Management

 PDUs: 1.25


With over 20 years of experience in the federal government and as a consultant, Kendall Lott is the CEO/President of M Powered Strategies, Inc, a change management consulting firm in Washington DC that supports organizations in public service.  His professional background includes government service as a Presidential Management Fellow and as a career civil servant at the Departments of Agriculture and Justice, as well as service as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Micronesia).  His government consulting career has included extensive tours in Jordan, India and Malaysia.  His professional interests and experiences are in economic analysis of projects, business process reengineering and design, organizational change management, program design, and coaching.  He likes giving presentations, and is available for birthday parties and weddings…and corporate stuff.


  Alan Mallory

Keynote Speaker: Alan Mallory

12:30 - 1:30  Lunch Keynote: “Project Everest: Hybrid Agile Strategies for Reaching New Heights in Project Management”

Built around the two years of planning and two months of climbing that went into making the project of reaching the summit of Mount Everest a reality for Alan and three other members of his immediate family. It is an engaging visual and educational journey with project management tools, strategies, and examples that attendees can put into action to make positive changes in their professional and personal lives.

PDU Category: Strategic Business/Management

PDUs: 1


Alan is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and project management. A graduate from Queen’s University, he has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager for custom machine design projects. Living and working abroad has given Alan the opportunity to deepen his understanding of individual and team challenges, better appreciate cultural diversity and successfully adapt to different organizational structures.


Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs designed to help individuals, team members and organizations reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take in order to achieve breakthrough performance.


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Amy Yarrington

10:00 - 11:30  Track 1 Breakout Session: Collaborative Project Management with Smartsheet

Join us for an exciting and interactive session exploring how Smartsheet - a SaaS application for
collaboration and work management - can be integrated into your environment to increase collaboration
and automate work. This is not a canned sales presentation - it is a live demonstration designed to be
highly interactive and engaging, so bring your smartphone and/or laptop to get the full experience. Your
presenter is a seasoned project, program,and portfolio manager, so bring your real-world challenges and
let's solve them together!
PDU Category: Technical
PDUs: 1.5


Amy is a highly versatile professional whose experience in information technology and project management is complimented by excellent analytical, communication, and leadership skills. She balances creativity, problem-solving skill, and technical expertise to design effective solutions. She has a natural aptitude for information technology and knowledge of a wide variety of applications and programming languages in addition to practical, hands-on experience in project management, team leadership, and training.

Amy consistently rated very highly by managers in areas of decision-making, critical thinking, communication skills, and customer focus. She is hardworking and reliable team player who enjoys working in a collaborative environment that demands innovative thinking and rewards initiative and actively pursues opportunities for continued education and training.



   Sindy Martin, CEE, CBP, DTM, PDD

Sindy Martin

 10:00 - 11:30  Track 2 Breakout Session: Smartin-Up Your Communication Skills – The Basics

In this one-hour session participants will learn the importance of face-to-face communications and how to avoid electronic miscommunications.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the unique power of and continuing need for, face-to-face communication in an electronic age.
  2. Understand that nonverbal communication is a key part of getting your message across.
  3. Learn how to use sensory perception to create positive relationships and resolve conflicts.
  4. Email and texting protocol – Office rules versus social rules.
  5. Cell phone, tablet and computer protocol  - What is acceptable and unacceptable.

PDU Category: Leadership

PDUs: 1.5


Sindy Martin is the founder of Smartin International, Inc., a premier business professionalism and protocol consulting firm dedicated to helping executives enhance their professionalism, interpersonal skills and cultural awareness. She has provided communication and leadership training programs, keynotes, and executive coaching to Fortune 500 companies, universities and national conferences.

As an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and coach, Sindy is on a mission to revitalize civility helping thousands of people around the world learn to be more confident and courteous in business and social situations. She is the author of Smartin-Up Your Professionalism in 365 Tweets. Sindy has appeared on television including CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates and has written featured articles for newspapers and magazines.



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Dr. Wini Curley

10:00 - 11:30  Track 3 Breakout Session: "5 Qualities of Remarkable Teams"

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results” – Andrew Carnegie

In today’s project oriented gig economy, effective project management is essential for success.  A key project management strategy for success is to have an effective synergistic team to complete the project tasks.  In this engaging workshop, Dr. Wini Curley shares examples and approaches to foster the 5 qualities that set a team up to become remarkable.  Whether you have 3 or 30 team members, this is for you if you want to find out how to:

  • Handle negativity in a productive way.
  • Have difficult conversations with effective outcomes.
  • Show appreciation that engages team members.
  • Use empowering language even when asking for improvement.
  • Deal with different personal styles more effectively.

PDU Category: Strategic Business/Management

PDUs: 1.5

2:00 - 3:15  Track 3 Breakout Session:  "3 Resilience Skills to Reduce Stress and Stay Productive"

“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and it’s true in the boardroom.”  Dean Becker, Adaptive Learning Systems

Stress is an epidemic in the workplace.  The best antidote available is to develop your resilience skills.  Join Dr. Wini Curley, for a fun workshop with practical solutions for how to reduce stress and stay productive by building your resilience skills. This is for you if the following sounds familiar:

  • Disruptions to your work flow stress you out.
  • You know you can overreact, and it isn’t the true you.
  • You feel frustrated and drained more than satisfied.
  • Family/home demands affect your work/focus.
  • Stress levels can feel overwhelming.

PDU Category: Strategic Business/Management

PDUs: 1.25


Dr. Wini Curley. is a Resilience Expert, Inspirational Speaker, and Teamwork Consultant.  Known as the Clarity & Change Catalyst, organizations hire Wini to show stressed leaders and their teams how to deal with challenges and energize their next win, whether they are on a roll or in a hole.  She provides targeted training and coaching that expands the presence of consciousness in business decisions for a happier, healthier, and more sustainable workplace and world.  Wini combines her personal development expertise, deep intuitive skills, and inner science geek in innovative approaches to build team trust, performance, and resilience.  Services include keynotes, breakout sessions, customized workshops, executive board retreats, The Appreciation Experiment™ for team synergy, The Power of Receiving™ for business growth, and private coaching.

Wini’s expertise with teams and resilience comes from over 25 years in environmental consulting.  She led multi-disciplinary teams on high-dollar, high-stakes, data-driven projects to mitigate environmental risks for Fortune 100 companies, federal agencies, and public utilities. After decades of serving corporate clients, holding senior and ownership positions in top tier consulting firms, expert witness testimony, and owning her own firm, Wini is uniquely qualified to guide leaders in business and professional associations. 


 Eleonore Pieper

Eleonore Pieper

10:00 - 11:30  Track 4 Breakout Session:  "Organizational Change Management for Project Managers"

The presentation will familiarize project managers with a hands-on methodology they can use when dealing with the Organizational Change that is an important component of the project work that their companies regularly undertake.

The presentation will introduce project managers to the concept of five strategies that they can easily incorporate into their project plans either as part of risk management or as a component of their WBS. The strategies will allow them to assess the current culture of the organization, perform a gap analysis, and then add specific activities to their project plans in order to anticipate resistance and put in place preventative and mitigation strategies to minimize its impact on the delivery and outcome of the project.

PDU Category: Leadership
PDUs: 1.5

Eleonore Pieper is the co-owner of Olicana Enterprises Inc., a Dallas-based company specializing in Project Management, Facilitation and Organizational Change Management. She has 23 years of experience as a practitioner, trainer and facilitator in the areas of project management and organizational development.

During this time she has partnered with Fortune 500, healthcare, IT, finance, telecommunication, manufacturing and transportation companies. She has leveraged her experience as a specialist for Project Management and PMO methodology development, organization and facilitation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary workshops and meetings, project planning and organizational change management, delivering consulting services and training across the United States and Europe. She also runs the ProjectEcologyOnline.com website that provides resources for project managers, change managers and facilitators.



Mary McLendon

10:00 - 11:30 Track 5 Breakout Session: "Finding Freedom through Failure

Join Marimac (Mary) McLendon as she shares with you how to find freedom through failure.  You will hear candid and transparent stories of professional set backs and how they turned into launch pads of success. 

Learning Objectives

  • Experience the side of successful leadership few ever discuss
  • Learn the 4 keys to creating and maintaining balance
  • Understand how to transform doubt into confidence
  • Develop tools to build resilience

PDU Category: Strategic Business/Management

PDUs: 1.5


Mary McLendon is the Founder & CEO of Learn.Live.Be., a business sustainable results for individuals, teams and organizations through coaching, education & consulting. Mary currently sits on the board for MedPower, a provider of cloud-hosted, custom SaaS e-learning solutions for the healthcare industry. She also sits on the board of Empower Girls, Inc. a non-profit whose mission is enhancing the quality of girls’ lives through programs focused on integrity, respect and self-worth.

Prior to running her own business, Mary served in a series of Senior Executive roles with a concentration in Healthcare IT and Business Performance. Most recently she was a senior executive at McKesson, a top 10 Fortune 500 company, where she lead teams of over 500 employees and $300M in revenue. Mary is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 25 years of success across the healthcare, healthcare IT, and education industries. She is known for her leveraging extensive experience; driving quantitative results with a unique ability to find results by considering multiple angles & a variety of creative options. A strong collaborator, she is a valuable asset for companies in need of expert guidance in business challenges, identifying strong operational investments, navigating the healthcare landscape, or networking. If you want success, you want Mary.










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  Richelieu Richardson, II

1:45 - 3:15  Track 1 Breakout Session : Service Now : Deliver Business Outcomes with Speed and Agility ”

Presentation will include supporting strategic growth drives by delivering improved business outcomes with speed and agility.  Improve delivery by aligning growth with amazing products and brands to include our Program and Portfolio Management (PPM) tool.  Transition from Ideation to product launch while managing and growing the business with continuous planning.

PDU Category: Technical

PDUs: 1.5


Ed Bohm

Helping companies deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity!

Digital transformational leader helping customers optimize and improve the management of business. Making the world of work, work better for people. With the ServiceNow System of Action you can replace unstructured work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future. Now IT, security, HR, and customer service can work at lightspeed.


Richelieu Richardson

Senior Advisory Sales Consultant at ServiceNow

Rich is the consummate sales professional and communicator. He is a 23 year veteran of the software industry having served in global companies as a consultant, strategist, and trainer. In addition, he has published "Throwing the Perfect PItch", a guide to help other sales professionals in the industry.




 Donna Warrick

Donna Warrick

1:45 - 3:15  Track 2 Breakout Session: "Leading for Results"

In today’s business environment, being able to adapt to various situations in imperative for success. This session weaves together various concepts to provide a foundation for leading in different situations with different types of people/teams. It is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of various leadership styles, how to gain influence, and communicate and interact with people who may be different from you.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding styles of others (communication, maturity in the role/org, and culture)
  • Understanding the concept of “level of Readiness” and how it impacts your success as a leader
  • Adapting your leadership to those styles and the situation/environment
  • 4 leadership styles and how/when to use them
  • Understanding the 4 core competencies leaders must demonstrate: Acknowledgement, Alignment, Communication and Influence, and Initiation
  • Qualities of an effective leader

PDU Category: Leadership

PDUs: 1.5


Donna Warrick is President of Jamesson Solutions, Inc. With 20+ years in training and development, she brings solid experience facilitating programs for team development, leadership development, change management, conflict management and presentation skills to name a few. Her dynamic, interactive style makes being in her programs both educational and enjoyable. 

Her desire to help people be their best drives her to continually learn and improver her own craft.  She feels most satisfied when months or years later she sees a past participant who shares what a difference her work has made in their work and personal life. As an independent consultant and facilitator, she has worked with organizations from small, family-owned businesses to Global Fortune 100 companies. Her clients represent most business sectors including the consumer products, heavy manufacturing, telecommunications, chemical, biotechnology, real estate, transportation, and financial industries.












  Donna M. Jones

 Kim Gromko

1:45 - 3:15  Track 4 Breakout Session: Giving Back with PMI

Please join us as we discuss ways that PMI members can and have given back to the community both locally and across the globe. This panel will feature 4 presenters who have used project management skills to assist folks and organizations in need:

Donna Jones will share about the current and future work that our chapter is doing with Leadership Winston-Salem.

Kim Gromko will share her story about her mission project to provide vision assistance to impoverished children in the U.S., Thailand, and Singapore.

Kendall Lott, chairman of the board at PM for Change, will share how he works with PMI to vision, plan and execute the Project Management Day of Service (PMDOS) in cities across the globe.


PDU Category: Leadership

PDUs: 1.5


Donna Jones

Donna is the owner of Donna M. Jones Insurance Agency, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC. As a former change management leader with Merck, she was recognized globally for her transformational change initiatives. Additionally, Donna is an active part of the community serving on the boards of the Women’s Fund of Winston Salem, United Metropolitan Ministries, and affiliated with various business and community organizations in the Triad.


Kim Gromko

Kim has been working at Essilor of America for over 8 years.  She is a Program Manager for Mergers and Acquisitions. Shortly before becoming a Program Manager in 2017, she was a Senior Business Analyst who managed special projects for Finance. Prior to her corporate experience, she taught business classes at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH and Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH for 8 years. She is dedicated to her community and currently serves on 2 non-profit boards.


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Jared Arny

1:45 - 3:15  Track 5 Breakout SessionPractical Implementations of Blockchain in the Enterprise

Blockchain seems to have permeated the enterprise discussion across every industry vertical - so how are businesses capturing its value without falling prey to an empty, buzzword-driven initiative?

This panel discussion will explore adoption and implementation of Blockchain from three perspectives - Fluree, a blockchain vendor, Benekiva, an insurance software company built on top of Fluree, and IBM.  The panel will discuss the benefits of blockchain technology, myths about blockchain, and best practices in ideation and implementation for its practical use. 

PDU Category: Technical

PDUs: 1.5


Lillian Podlog

Lillian Podlog is a software developer at Fluree PBC, where she has helped to develop the company’s core product, a distributed ledger and graph database solution geared towards enterprise deployments of blockchain. FlureeDB is a graph database that makes #blockchain technology accessible, practical, and scalable for everyday business applications.


Bobbie Shrivastav

Bobbie Shrivastav is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, technology and digital transformation expert whose unwavering innovation, customer-centric approach, and continued success has earned her a reputation as an industry leader. Over the course of nearly two decades, she has cultivated extensive knowledge in the information technology space and successfully managed enterprise-level initiatives.

Currently, Shrivastav serves as the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Benekiva, a software company intended to bridge the gap between life insurance companies and their intended beneficiaries, through claims transformation, beneficiary, and policyholder management, and asset retention. Her team has won 2018 NAIC Insurance Summit Innovation Competition and 2019 People's Choice Award at Capital Connects. She has numerous project management certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Scrum Alliance. She is passionate about helping organizations weather the paper storm through digital and process transformation. She writes informative articles about process re-engineering, innovation, digital disruption, and entrepreneurship.


Jared Arny

Jared Arny leads program-level Development & DevOps strategy for IBM Services in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has worked for the past seven years. Previously, he directed IBM’s business-to-business (B2B) blockchain strategy for business partners. He has overseen the implementation of development best practices and industry standards, including automated test suites, and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines to minimize software functional/deployment conflicts across multiple business applications. Senior IBM leaders have recognized him for his success in building effective project teams and in setting the standard for agile project management best practices and value delivery.