PM University Talks, Free Registration for Students! November 28

Event Date:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – 5:30pm7:30pm
Event Location:

Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies

640 Massachusetts NW

Washington, District Of Columbia 20001

Agenda and Cost:

This event is free for students, costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

For Regular Registration, click here.


5:30pm- 6:00pm Networking / Pizza / Soda

6:00pm -7:00pm University PM Talks Presentations

7:00pm – 7:30pm Q&A with Speakers

Talent Triangle

The presentations are targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. Our speakers will discuss each element of the PMI Talent Triangle to help further professional development and enhance the following skills all in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management

This event provides 1.5 PDUs for certified PMs. If you have any questions about the event, please contact us.


Unmasking the Secret Agent Behind Strategic Action

Presentation by Dr. Douglas M. Brown – Strategic and Business Management

Strategic planning is essential to every organization with capabilities serving as the essential drivers of strategic actions. Capabilities also are the key drivers for programs and projects. This presentation will explain:

  • Strategy Generation
  • Capabilities: The Essential Drivers of Strategic Action
  • Forming Projects and their Constraints

Redesigning A Tech Project Case Study

Presentation by Candice Stennett – Technical Project Management

SCORE helps Americans start and grow small businesses with their free, confidential business advice. In order to have maximum reach and impact, SCORE teamed up with Phase2 to create a Drupal system that is flexible enough to accommodate 320+ local chapter sites that support their own content production, without eschewing overall brand and design standard of the national site. This presentation will discuss how SCORE reached its goals in this project and share the valuable lessons learned that can be applied to any new project.

Managing the Emotions in Leadership

Presentation by Carla S. Nash – Leadership

In the corporate arena, we are all taught to leave our feelings out of our work and focus on the rational. Many, especially women, are very conscious of this and understand that the slightest show of emotion can foster a stigma. But leaders have learned that it’s not about ensuring the absence of emotion throughout the day. Instead, effective leaders are using emotional intelligence to manage the emotions that come with guiding a team through highs and lows from adversity, excitement, and disappointment.

Special Instructions:

Closest metro stop: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), Mt. Vernon Square (Yellow and Green lines), Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange and Silver)

Public Parking is available at Laz Parking: 901 7th St NW and MarcParc: 500 New York Ave NW.

Talent Triangle Category:
1.5 PDUs : .5 – Strategic and Business Management, .5 Technical, .5 Leadership

About the Speakers

Dr. Douglas M. Brown

Peridot Solutions LLC

Dr. Douglas M. Brown has over 20 years of experience setting up and recovering governance practices in the public and private sector, including financial services, communications, and medical technology companies. Recent assignments include developing business process and knowledge management practices within the Defense Department and setting up Agile-based management of an operating program office. He is also an author in the business management field. His first book, “Let It Simmer: Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Stick in a Skeptical Organization”, addresses creating change without imploding the organization. His second book, “Simmer Down: How to Deliver Successful Projects Despite Impossible Deadlines and Unrealistic Budgets” explains how to maneuver through the organization’s priority-setting processes. Previous professional experience includes managerial and consulting engagements in diverse governance-related activities such as strategy development, program management, enterprise architecture, cost modeling and forecasting, and performance management. He received his Ph.D. degree in Policy Analysis from The American University in Washington DC, and holds the PgMP and PMP certifications from the Project Management Institute. Residents of Alexandria, Virginia, he and his wife enjoy live arts, dining, and their dogs.

Carla S. Nash

Carla Nash LLC

Carla Nash is a Principal & Senior Leadership Advisor with a long history of success as a leader in Management Consulting. Ms. Nash is highly sought after for her practical, commonsense approach to organizational effectiveness. She is a respected strategist with decades of experience in managing highly productive teams, executive level client work and multiple projects in the Federal market. She is often an advisor to senior leaders in the management consulting industry. Leaders work with her as a confidential and objective resource dedicated to building client-facing middle managers with a winning mindset. Ms. Nash has effectively applied over 28 years experience in Management Consulting, organizational effectiveness, capital planning, earned value management (EVM), performance management, executive coaching and multi-level marketing (MLM), to her executive coaching programs. She founded Carla Nash, LLC, which provides in-house advisory and business coaching support to small/medium-sized companies.

Ms. Nash began her consulting career managing a team and supporting the Comptroller’s Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. As one of the leading KPMG Senior Consultants, she became the focal point for developing her team and advocating for better working relationships with the client’s staff. Her unique ability to hone in on what really matters and effectively identify and communicate solutions fosters client support and loyalty. She also served as an Advisor to client-service organizations such as KM Systems Group, IntePros Federal and T. White Parker.

With a deep passion for clarity and helping others, Ms. Nash is committed to teaching and coaching ways to solve problems with strategic communication. She can identify what leaders need to know and show how to build better strategic plans, project charters, business proposals and major client deliverables. Ms. Nash serves on the Advisory Board of Prince George’s County’s Path to Greatness; a nonprofit organization focused on providing resources for the underserved. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and received her ICF approved Executive Coaching certification in 2017. She resides in Bowie, MD with her husband and son.

Candice Stennett

Director of Marketing

Candice Stennett is the Director of Marketing at SCORE. In this role, she manages the organization’s website and content strategy, including the popular SCORE LIVE Webinars and virtual conferences. She also helps support SCORE’s network of 10,000 volunteers across the nation in their goal of helping small businesses start and grow.

Candice’s prior experience includes working as a Branch Manager for Taskforce Staffing, a small business in the staffing industry and Marketing Specialist at KSWT TV in Yuma, AZ.
Candice has her Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor’s of Science in International Business and Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

About the University PM Talks

Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter partners with local universities to bring our chapter events to university students, young professionals, and our members in Washington, DC on a quarterly basis. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer!

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