Looking forward to experiencing Neen James at Symposium!

By Carol Rieger, PMP, PG

As a past Symposium Director, this time of year still holds special excitement for me.

It was at this time in the year that we always announced our closing speaker, and identifying that person who faces the daunting task of bringing information and energy at the end of the day is quite a challenge.

With that in mind, you can imagine my pleasant surprise to read that the 2019 Symposium team has chosen Neen James to close the event.

We are all in luck with Neen as the closing keynote speaker for the 2019 Symposium.

From what I saw from Neen at her workshop at the 2018 Symposium, I can assure you that her all-new session for 2019 will re-energize and enlighten you with Neen’s mantra that “attention pays.”

I attended Neen’s session on Folding Time™: Project Managers Can Achieve Twice as Much in Half the Time—at Symposium 2018 and was highly motivated to implement what I learned to be more productive.

At that time, her book Attention Pays: How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, and Accountability had just been published, and I rushed to Amazon to make the purchase. In print or in person, Neen is ebullient, and a positive force to be reckoned with. Her book was just as engaging as she is. I finished within the week and I felt supercharged! Why, you ask?

Neen is the author of several books, and her written works and speaking engagements offer fabulous takeaways for you.  The takeaways for me have included:

  1. Managing time in today’s society is possible without having a breakdown. Busy with younger children, school, volunteer work, and a full-time career, my biggest takeaway was that Neen’s topics and lessons not only apply to my career but to my life as a whole. Starting with “Our Attention Deficit Society” in Chapter 1 through the bonus chapter on building an organization that pays attention, she struck a chord with me on many levels.
  2. Experiences can push you to a life change, but you need to prioritize and make the commitment. Really? A life change since the 2018 Symposium? Yes! Considering the technology-driven, multi-tasking, and snippet-framed lifestyle many people lead, this book pushed me to re-evaluate myself and my world, and reinforced my ability to prioritize at work and at home. As a result, I set a course for positive inner change that has led to better relationships with the people in my life and has improved my emotional and physical health.
  3. The closing speaker slot means that everyone gets to experience Neen at 2019 Symposium.

Considering that workshop rooms do naturally present space limitations, only about one third of the Symposium audience in 2018 got to experience Neen.  Not in 2019! With Neen as the closing speaker, every one of us will be able to enjoy Neen and her very special inspiration and energy.

Once you meet her, you will see why she sometimes is compared to the Energizer bunny, but be prepared for a speaker serious about her work who delivers a message full of strength, energy, and humor. I could go on, but suffice it to say, Neen James is that needed shot of caffeine after you have spent a full day attending sessions, networking, and achieving PM overload. She will keep you engaged, boost your energy level, and provide for a recharge at the end of the day of the 2019 Symposium.  

Registration for the 2019 Symposium is open!

Mark your calendar—April 19, 2019! Hope to see you there!  I wouldn’t miss it!


Carol Rieger, PMP, PG, served as Symposium Director, 2014-2017. She continues as a dedicated Symposium volunteer and champion of PMI Mile Hi’s Signature Annual Event. She is a program hydrologist at Navarro Research & Engineering. Continuing her volunteer service to the community, Rieger serves as Vice President/Board of Directors, Global Village Academy, Aurora, CO.

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