May Tyson's Corner Luncheon - Kathleen A. Hedges - "Establishing and Maintaining a Sustainable Program Execution Organization"

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Event Date

"Establishing and Maintaining a Sustainable Program Execution Organization"


Kathleen A. Hedges

Senior Vice President and Director
Program Execution Office, SAIC

View the presentation slides (1.55 MB PDF)

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Time and Location:

Tysons Corner monthly Luncheon Meeting at
Tower III Conference Facility
Curie & Drew Conference Rooms
1710 SAIC Drive

McLean, VA 22102
1 PDU will be available for PMPs.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009


  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm:
  • Keynote Speaker: Kathleen A. Hedges


None. This Session is free of charge.
Preregistration is required.

About the Program:

Establishing and Maintaining a Sustainable Program Execution Organization

Kathleen A. Hedges shares observations, how-to guidance, and tips on establishing sustainable project management infrastructure for the future. She describes what it took to establish a world-class project management and controls infrastructure at SAIC, pulling from 16 years of results, observations, lessons learned, and hands-on experience using PMI® project management principles and skills in setting up and trouble-shooting troubled programs and establishing a career path, mentoring programs, and training curricula. Hedges also utilizes proven assessment, planning, tracking, and marketing techniques that can help leaders forge a way forward in their own organizations.

About the Speaker:

Kathleen A. Hedges

Kathleen Hedges is an expert in program management and controls, with over 28 years of experience in a wide range of areas including nuclear weapons targeting, alternative energy systems, information technology, aerospace, proton accelerator medical treatment, range systems, and transportation. Hedges now serves as a SAIC Senior Vice President and Director, Program Execution Office and is focused on facilitating a cooperative, interdisciplinary, and disciplined approach to program execution across SAIC. She leads policy and community of practice for the disciplines of program management, project controls, systems engineering, quality management, and process improvement.

Previously, as Corporate Director of Project Management and Controls, Hedges provided significant value to SAIC through the development and maintenance of the project management and control community, providing visionary leadership resulting in SAIC’s Earned Value Management System credentials, developing SOx implementation procedures, promoting involvement in the Project Management Institute and other professional organizations, and providing leadership to industry and community organizations. Prior to joining SAIC in 1980, Hedges was on the research staff at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.

Hedges is also active in several professional and educational organizations, including the Project Management Institute, Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego (as a member of its Advisory Board), and University of California, San Diego Athena (including a one-year term as President of the Board of Directors). In October 2006, PM Network®, the premier publication of the Project Management Institute, featured Hedges, who was selected as one of 25 women from around the world to profile as "Influential Women in Project Management." In 1997, Hedges received the YMCA Tribute to Women in Industry award. Kathy has committed her knowledge and skills to several key events in the San Diego area, including serving as the project manager for the 1996 Republican National Convention, the 1998 Super Bowl XXXII, and the San Diego 2000 millennial celebration, “Balboa Park Exposition 2000.”

Hedges holds a BA from Pepperdine University, where she was class valedictorian, and an MBA from George Mason University.


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