PMI MIle Hi's 20th Annual Symposium: Meet The Speakers!

PMI Mile Hi's 20th Annual Symposium is almost here! Scheduled for April 20, 2018, it's the largest annual gathering of the PM community of the Rocky Mountain West. 

As the Mile Hi Chapter celebrates our 40th anniversary, we are excited to bring you a powerful line up of speakers and programming that is sure to have a big impact on your professional development.

Why Should You Attend?

Professional development & credentials from PMI will take you where you want to go. PMI Mile Hi's 20th Annual Symposium is the perfect way to get going. This year's conference will also give you the opportunity to connect and learn with 1,500 leaders and colleagues. 

Give your career a boost

• Workshops & breakouts

• Topics: PM technical skills & tools, leadership, communications & more

• PDUs!

Refresh & re-energize

• Networking & re-connecting

• Continental breakfast & delish hot lunch

• Social hour

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Meet Your Keynotes and Speakers!

Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Marcus Buckingham is the world’s foremost authority on helping people to engage the best of themselves at work.



To say that Dawnna St Louis’ life started off rocky would be an understatement. But instead of letting these challenges hinder her success, they are a core part of what’s fueled her to become a top-selling author, wealthy entrepreneur, coach to top performing sales pros and business leaders, and keynote speaker to the likes of Microsoft, US Federal Courts, Merck, and many others.



Award-winning keynote speaker and bestselling author of seven books, Laura Stack is a noted expert in employee and team productivity. She is best known by her moniker, “The Productivity Pro®.” Her engaging personality, combined with nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations achieve RESULTS, have made her one of the most sought-after experts and keynote speakers in her field.   


Neen James is a motivational keynote speaker who teaches employees how paying attention and leveraging focus can accelerate profits, productivity and accountability in the workplace. Her signature program, Folding Time®, provides time management skills, activities, techniques and strategies that lead to higher employee engagement, customer service and satisfaction.  


Inbar Oren has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech market, working in small and large enterprises, as well as a range of roles from development and architecture to executive positions. For over a decade, Inbar has been helping development organizations—in both software and integrated systems—improve results by adopting Lean-Agile best practices. 


Michelle Buchanan actively maintains her PMP and CSM credentials. She is working towards solidifying her PgMP credential to round out her expertise. She currently provides portfolio-level support to integrate enterprise-wide projects, ensuring programs meet portfolio-level integration requirements.    



Andy Kaufman is a recognized expert on leadership and project management. He is the President of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development Inc., which helps organizations around the world improve their ability to lead and deliver. In addition to running the Institute, Andy works with leaders at the United Nations to improve their ability to deliver on their initiatives.



Lora Polowczuk is global speaker and certified high performance coach. She catapults overwhelmed high achievers from stressed out and unfulfilled into vibrant, efficient, and engaged superstars in work, life, and play. She teaches clients how to preserve their precious commodity of time and energy to lead an impactful life through 1:1 and group coaching programs, VIP days, training programs, speaking engagements, and outdoor retreats. 


Nathaniel J. Quintana is a certified Professional Project Coach and Scrum Master; he has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2004 and has a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology. Mr. Quintana brings over 20 years of portfolio, program, project management and training experience to his role as a Management Coach & Sr. Manager at Kaiser Permanente. 



David Spungin is a Corporate Trainer, Executive Coach, and Professional Speaker focused on transforming managers into high-performing leaders. A West Point graduate, he earned his degree in Leadership Development/Systems Engineering and led combat soldiers in the U.S. Army for nearly a decade. 



Driven by a desire to impact positive action in lives, Robert “Fireman Rob” Verhelst delivers an engaging presentation built on overcoming adversity, validated under fire, and challenges each person to discover their purpose. His approach to purpose driven success pushes the uncomfortable, unknown limits of you and reveals simple, effective strategies that anyone can use to build mental strength, lead an “action based” lifestyle and become a better personal leader. 


Steve Wille is an experienced information technology executive at several large corporations. Steve is author of “Colorful Leadership,” which looks at multiple dimensional leadership focusing in people, process, and innovation. He has written and taught workshops on project management, business analysis, and high-performance project teams.



Belinda Fremouw is an internationally recognized public speaker, author, educator, business professional with over three decades of project management and leadership experience, and the first woman in the world to achieve the original five PMI credentials. Belinda dedicates her time and skills to enabling other professionals to successfully completing their project management certification exam.



Jill Christensen is Founder & President of Jill Christensen International, and has served as the head of Global Internal Communications at both Avaya and Western Union. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker, holds a Six Sigma Green Belt, and was named a Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer for 2017. She works with the best and brightest leaders around the world to re-engage employees, improve productivity, retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. 


Lida Citroën is an international branding and reputation management expert who designs and enhances the identities of companies, executives, and professionals globally. As CEO and founder of LIDA360, LLC, she is sought-after for her knowledge of personal branding, reputation management and online positioning  


Somnath Ghosh is an Enterprise Agile and DevOps Transformation Consultant, with over 18 years of strategic consulting experience in software development, Agile enablement, and change management. As a thought leader, he guides organizations to achieve dramatic improvement and efficiency of their product delivery.  



Drew Jemilo is co-founder of Scaled Agile, Inc., SAFe Fellow, and Principal Consultant. He has worked with companies ranging from lean startups to Fortune 50 companies to implement Lean and Agile for faster time to market, higher employee engagement, and increased quality. 



Cortney Brand has over 22 years of diverse experience in the water industry, including 18 years in consulting and four years with a water utility. He has managed more than 75 projects over his career, some in excess of $250 million in size. He specializes in the implementation of large water infrastructure programs, serving as either a client’s Program Manager or Owner’s Advisor. Cortney has an MBA degree, B.S.Eds. M.S. degrees in Geology, PMP certification, and is a licensed professional in three states. 


Paul Krois is the manager of the NextGen Human Factors Division at the Federal Aviation Administration. He leads the staff of scientific and technical advisors in the applications of human factors science through programs and projects that address NextGen and near term human performance issues. He has over 29 total years of experience in addressing aviation human factors issues in acquisition programs.  


Jason Kolaczkowski carries a Master's Degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland, where he focused on econometric analysis of social policy issues and where he also taught graduate-level econometrics. Jason is currently Director of Analytics for Kaiser Permanente. Working with both the resources and constraints of a $64 billion company, Jason has come to appreciate the nuances of being influential in what is becoming an increasingly data-driven world.


Michelle Malloy wears many hats at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Michelle is the Program Manager for Change Management Services, a Lean Leader, the Change Agent Network Statewide Lead for CDOT’s Change Agent Network and she spends a great deal of time working on internal strategy. Michelle facilitates multiple projects and teams whose goal is to save lives along with making people’s lives better.  


Angie Rhyne joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in April 2013 where she is currently part of a team responsible for developing strategy and implementing the objectives for the lab’s institutional investment portfolio of $35M in annual funding. Her current role is focused on enhancing the lab’s efforts around data-driven, strategic decision-making, including the use of Microsoft Project Server as a part of that solution. 


Catherine Roy has 20 years of successful business experience in project management within IT, biotech, media, medical, marketing and academic environments. She is currently Director of Hosting’s PMO where she leads over 200 cloud projects a year. She has personally worked on over 100 Disaster Recovery solutions in the last few years and specializes in Cloud Migrations. She holds a PMP, CSPO and ITIL certifications.


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