University PM Talks - Hosted by Georgetown University

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Event Date
Start At : Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
End At : Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

Individual Registration  Student Registration

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!

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 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management

This event is free for students, costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. This event provides 2 PDUs for certified PMs. If you have any questions about the event, please contact us

Event Details:

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies at 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington. A photo ID is required to attend the event.


Presentation by Kristy Mathena – Strategic and Business Management
Title: “Maximizing the Impact of the PMO”

In this presentation, Kristy Mathena will discuss the influence that business strategy has on PMO execution. Learn how to maximize the influence of the PMO and improve organizational performance by being adaptable to changing business needs. While understanding project management principals and best practice is important, knowing how to support organizational business goals by developing a strategy and driving action while sharing visibility and overall success with the project sponsors can often drive the business forward in a more meaningful manner.

Presentation by Keihan Sedghi – Technical Project Management
Title: “Network Interaction Modeling”

With the growing pressure on organizations to do more with less – and more quickly than ever before – Network Interaction Modeling’s ability to save time and resources through targeted process and business unit improvement is increasingly relevant. NIM allows executives to dynamically view an organization’s interactions, from across the enterprise all the way down to specific, targeted connection. Its intuitive presentation, customizable quantitative analysis capabilities, and unique enterprise approach enable rapid, one-of-a-kind insight, driving change to an agency’s mission.

Presentation by Joseph Launi, PMP – Leadership
Title: “Servant Leadership Principles”

This presentation highlights an ethical perspective toward leadership that was originally developed by Robert K. Greenleaf during the 1960’s and 1970’s and further defined by Larry Spears in 1998. Spears distils Greenleaf’s instrumental means into ten (10) characteristics that all leaders must aspire to obtain: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualism, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building of community.

Each factor will be discussed, followed by case studies where the attendees can apply the concepts of Servant Leadership to their practice of project management.

About The Speakers

About the Speakers

Kristy Mathena

Senior Director, Enterprise PMO Bloomberg BNA

Kristy Mathena has over 15-years of experience managing projects and leading organizations through business transformation and major strategic initiatives. She has extensive knowledge in process improvement, strategy development, project planning and risk management.

Kristy was named Senior Director for Bloomberg BNA in October 2016. In this position, she oversees the Enterprise Project Management Office. Deployed at the Operations level, the team is influencing strategic management and positioned to promote organizational visibility and accountability, create automated and efficient processes and maximize investments in people and technology.

Mathena joined Bloomberg BNA in October 2015 as IT Director, Strategic Operations Support, to transform IT service and operations; including the implementation and management of project management services.

Before joining Bloomberg BNA, she led public and private sector consulting engagements across various industries with a focus on project management. Kristy helped organizations achieve success on key business and technology initiatives through strategy development and executing on that strategy with a team of highly skilled business analysts and project managers.

Keihan Sedghi

DC Specialist Leader

Mr. Sedghi has senior subject matter expertise in strategic planning, business model design, process improvement, organizational development, and performance management to defense, homeland security, and civilian agencies. He has over 17 years of management consulting experience in both the public sector and commercial organizations in the defense, healthcare, finance, energy, and manufacturing sector in the US and globally.

He has an extensive experience in developing go-to-market strategy, strategic program development and deployment and development of framework for creating new growth opportunities for various commercial, not-for-profit, and government agencies and organizations such as; MetLife, KeyCorp, Bank of Bermuda (a subsidiary of HSBC), Merrill Lynch, AARP, FCC, NOAA, US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), USDA, and all US Armed services. His experience includes design and implementation of enterprise-wide business and technology programs with extensive experience in strategic planning, development of multifaceted Business Transformation and organization performance improvement, corporate strategy development, and Lean Six Sigma deployment design and implementation.

Joseph (Joe) D. Launi

Project Management Experts (PME)
President and CEO

For over 30 years, Joseph (Joe) D. Launi, PMP, President & CEO of Project Management Experts has worked tirelessly to develop a solid reputation for delivering successful projects and improving project management processes. Mr. Launi is a proven project management executive with progressive experience encompassing:

  • Project Management Office (PMO) leadership;
  • Development and management of PMO policies, best practices and methodologies;
  • Development and presentation of project management training;
  • Implementation of project management software solutions;
  • Information technology project and program oversight;
  • Research and development into motivation and morale building programs; and
  • Profit and loss management of various consulting practice areas.

He has published numerous works in areas such as software implementation, project planning and team motivation. Project Management Experts specializes in providing organizations with the skills, the knowledge and the experience needed to improve their project management competency.

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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