Two GW Alumni, Alan Zucker (BA Economics ’84) and Natalya Bah ( MSPM ’06) presented during the University PM Talks on 1 March 2017 held at the Marvin Center. Alan Zucker presented “Delivering Faster: How to Shorten the Project Schedule.” In his presentation, Alan Zucker shared techniques to reduce project duration and improve time-to-market, without compromising quality or scope. Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience managing projects and leading project organizations in Fortune 100 companies. He has delivered thousands of successful projects and managed major strategic initiatives and is currently serving as PM Director with Fannie Mae.
MSPM alumna, Natalya Bah presented “The Project Manager’s Secret Sauce for Increasing Team Member Engagement.” Her topic introduced the “secret sauce” for project managers to increase the engagement of their team members. One of the three ingredient of the secret sauce was focused on knowledge of strengths. Tips were given for identifying and utilizing employee’s strengths even when you don’t have the benefit of having a self-assessment for them. Natalya Bah, created her own consulting company that she now runs (Natalya H. Bah Consulting). She has over ten years of experience consulting in the public and private sectors. With a focus on project management, Natalya helps organizations achieve their strategic focus by providing dynamic project management leadership.
Among other presenters at the event was Dr. Al Zeitoun, President of PM Solutions. Dr. Zeitoun’s topic was “The Power of Business Strategy to Enable Organizational Energy” where he shared tips and tricks to recognizing opportunities for strategic planning. His presentation focused on how business strategy plays an important role in energizing an organization and their people.
Fifty project management professionals and students attended the event. Attendees earned 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs). The event was hosted by the GWPMA (MSPM student association) in coordination with the PMIWDC and is supported by the GW MSPM. Launched in November 2016, the University PM Talks is an expansion of PMIWDC programming. The goal is to bring chapter events to the students and young professionals in the DC area on a quarterly basis. Event is free to students and offers “PM TED talks” style: short, thought provoking topics in all areas of the new talent triangle in all areas of the new talent triangle (Leadership, Technical Project Management and Business Management). GWU is the first to host the University PM Talks with PMIWDC.