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PM University Talks, April 19

University PM Talks – Hosted By George Washington University


Alan Zucker, PMP (CEO, Project Management Essentials)

Chris Girolamo, PMP (Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group         STG, Inc.) and David S. Maurer, PMP (Ret. Lieutenant Colonel, USA)

Event Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 5:30pm – Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 7:30pm

Event Location: Duques Hall, Room 453, George Washington University
2201 G Street NW Washington, DC, 20052 See map: Google Maps


This event goes from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with the first 30 minutes devoted to networking.

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

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! 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 (0.5)
  • Leadership (0.5)
  • Strategic and Business Management (0.5)

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


5:30 PM- 6:00 PM Networking / Food & Drinks
6:00 PM -7:00 PM University PM Talks Presentations
Strategic and Business Management (20 Minutes)
Technical Project Management (20 Minutes)
Leadership (20 Minutes)
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Q&A with Speakers


20 Points for Success as a Leader
Presentation by David S. Maurer

This fast-paced presentation will introduce twenty “action points” for success as a leader and a follower. The values of integrity, accountability, sense of urgency and responsiveness are among those addressed – with a fresh spin on their applicability. The “20 Points” session brings clarity to the most typical expectations supervisors have of us and we have of those we supervise. We will discuss their importance and their relevance in the workplace, and more specifically, the project setting.

Lean, Waste, and Knowledge Work
Presentation by Alan Zucker

Lean theory focuses on minimizing waste and maximizing value. Value is defined as products or features that a customer is willing to purchase at a specified price. When creating physical products value and waste are clear and easily measured.
Products that customers are willing to buy have value. Features that enhance the product add value. Waste is scrap along the manufacturing line. It is excess inventory. In knowledge work, value and waste are less apparent. Many knowledge workers are very distant from the end-consumers of the product or service that their enterprise provides. Are they doing work that creates value, or is waste? In this program, we will explore notions of waste and value in knowledge work. Are we creating value? How can we reduce waste? What are opportunities for increasing our individual productive capacity and that of our project teams? It’s easier than you might imagine.

Failure is Success
Presentation by Chris Girolamo

Projects are implemented with two objectives in mind. The first objective is to achieve a product vision and the second is to ensure high quality. There is a management culture that tends to pervade projects to implement quality through inspection and surveillance at various, logical phases of the process. For software development, this is typically at process boundaries between requirements, design, development, testing and deployment phases. However this approach is more viral than healthy. Finding failures at process boundaries is the point where the cost of fixing the failure is most expensive and least effective. As it turns out, failure should be viewed as success. The project management culture should be reinvented and the approach should be geared to finding failures fast. This flash report describes the value proposition of succeeding through failure by the application of Agile and Lean practices and principles.

Special Instructions:

Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue, Silver, Orange)

PDUs Available:

1.50 PDUs for Certified PMs

Talent Triangle Category:

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

About The Speaker

Alan Zucker, PMP

Project Management Essentials

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.

As a leader, Alan has transformed organizations.  He simultaneously improved client satisfaction while reducing the cost of project execution.  He led an Agile transformation that delivered significant, measurable benefits to the enterprise.

In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials to provide training and consulting services. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership.  He is a keynote speaker and provides customized training to his clients.

Alan publishes monthly articles LinkedIn, Planning Planet, and Project Connections.  He is also a frequent contributor on Agile Alliance.

You may connect with Alan on LinkedIn at: or contact him at

Chris Girolamo, PMP

STG, Inc.

Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group

Chris Girolamo is Vice President of the Software and Systems Engineering Group at STG. He is responsible for a portfolio of software development and engineering solution programs for STG’s government customers including the Department of State and USDA. This includes the ongoing development of the US Passport and the CLASS (namecheck) systems. He leads an Agile organizational transformation and is responsible for STG’s Software Engineering Center.

During his 30 year career, his focus has been on software engineering in numerous senior program, project management and organizational change roles. He has led variety of software lifecycle modernizations including the executive sponsor of a successful CMMI ML3 appraisal. He is a Certified Scrum Master; PMP certified; a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA) and holds a Masters of Information Technology from George Washington University.

His industry presentations include:
•    Agile: It’s the Product, Not the Project – PMI WDC 2012 Project Management Symposium; October 2012; PMI WDC 2014 Project Management Symposium July 2014 – PMI WDC;
•    Agile DNA: Why Agile Works – PMI Luncheon Series; March 2012, August 2012; November 2012; October, 2013
•    Using Agile to Harmonize Project Management and Product Development – CSC 2011 Global Technical and Business Solution Conference; July 2011
•    Agile Adoption: Patterns and Anti-Patterns in the Public Sector – Agile Comes to You Conference; June 2011

David S. Maurer, PMP

Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Dave Maurer offers a wealth of experience as both a career military officer and a senior leader within the private sector. His corporate leadership pedigree includes service an Executive Vice President and Director for several firms in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. He leads a global training program spanning all 50 states, 15 countries and 2 U.S. Territories in support of the Labor Department and the U.S. military and has served as a program manager overseeing dozens of initiatives targeted toward improving access to health care for members of the armed forces and their families. In his various leadership capacities, he has supervised thousands of staff members, trainers and soldiers while ensuring quality service and support to all clients and customers.

Dave is a native of Trenton, N.J and earned his bachelors degree in economics from Seton Hall University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army’s Adjutant General Corps and served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas throughout his 22-year military career. His service included tours within the intelligence community and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, and culminated as the 72nd Adjutant General for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He holds a master’s degree in management from Central Michigan University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified trainer through the National Veterans Training Institute. He has always been active in the local community, serving as a director of several civic organizations and as a Hospice volunteer. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the USO of Metropolitan New York City, and Washington, D.C. and Virginia based chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Association of the United States Army and the Military Officers Association of America. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of G.I. Jobs Magazine and is a member of the Seton Hall University Leadership Development Advisory Council.

As a professional speaker, performance consultant, and trainer, Dave offers a variety of relevant topics for diverse groups and organizations. His audiences and clients have included the World Bank, the CIA, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Homeland Security, The U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, several PMI chapters, the Performance Institute, and both large and small enterprises in the private sector. He has presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as well as the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Virginia Tech Executive MBA Program, the University of Maryland’s MBA Program and selected faculty members at West Point. Dave is a member of the National Speakers Association and the co-author of two books. His first book, published in 2008, examined the role of conflict and interpersonal skills in project management and his latest book, Leadership Essentials: How to Lead with Passion, Pride and Purpose, published in 2014, offers a compendium of essays on leadership in the new century.

About The University PM Talks

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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!

MSPM in the KNOW: April 3, 2018

Top 3 for 3 April 2018:  

1-  Fall 2018 Registration begins 13 April. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? E-mail or schedule an advisement session via and include your GWid.

2- Reminder for graduating students, commencement ticket distribution is ongoing until 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link:

3-  Networking and job opportunities:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is Seeking a Part-Time Client Associate! – Apply by 10 April

  • The Client Associate provides administrative support in all phases of client service, client relationship building, and account maintenance to assist the business activities of Financial Advisors (FAs). Apply here.

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is Hiring Interns Now!

HireDC Fair – Open to alumni, recent graduates, and soon-to-be May grads! 26 April

  • Whether you’re looking for a new career in accounting, consulting, education, engineering, finance, health-care, government or non-profit, investment banking, marketing, media, sales or technology, you will find all the best employers at HIREDC. Register here.