University PM Talks at GMU

University PM Talks at GMU


David S. Maurer, PMP

Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Padmini Nidumolu

Lean In Agile

Sandra Fonseca

Northcentral University

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date
Event Location

George Mason University, HUB Meeting Room 5
4477 Aquia Creek Ln
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Agenda and Cost:

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

For the student rate, please email from an .edu email address, with your first and last name and we will register you for this event for free!

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
Strategic and Business Management

Talent Triangle Category
.5 Strategic and Business Management, .5 Technical, .5 Leadership

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

This event provides 1.5 PDUs for certified PMs.

7:00 PM- 7:30 PM Networking / Food & Drinks
7:30 PM -8:30 PM University PM Talks Presentations
Strategic and Business Management (20 Minutes)
Technical Project Management (20 Minutes)
Leadership (20 Minutes)
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Panel Discussion, Q&A with Speakers

Special Instructions
Closest metro stop: Vienna Metro


Watering Rocks: How to Fail and Succeed as a Leader
Presentation by David Maurer

Based on my book of the same title, this presentation offers a chance for new leaders to acquire some insights into their next chapter and experienced leaders a reminder of what’s important and what isn’t. The book is a compilation of short essays on the state of leadership in the world of work today. Originally intended as a guidebook for my sons as they were preparing to enter the workforce, it became more than that over time. As I reflected on my own work life and the failures and successes I have experienced, I found that there were many valuable lessons worth sharing for a larger audience.

Watering rocks is a metaphor for how many leaders often spend – or waste - their time “watering” or otherwise nurturing the relatively few “rocks” in our organizations; often at the expense of the more abundant “flowers” to be properly tended. It’s not unlike the famous Pareto Principle which offers that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In the realm of leadership, I suggest that we spend 80% of our time focused on 20% of our people. Perhaps we do so because we need to generate the greatest impact on overall performance. Perhaps we do it because we gravitate toward the smaller number of people “demanding” our leadership time. I think we tend to embrace the challenge of working with the lower 20%, because that must surely be the role, if not the purpose, of the effective leader. Find problems, solve problems. Identify broken parts and fix them.

This interactive discussion of experiences, warnings and inspirations will resonate with anyone struggling with their job, professional relationships, time management and most significantly, getting the best from themselves and those in their charge.

Technical Debt in Agile Programs and How it Can Derail Your Train
Presentation by Padmini Nidumolu

Technical debt accumulates fast when left unaddressed. The teams spend significant time "paying interest" on the debt that compounds with every passing increment. Inherently, technical debt is not a bad result if it is inserted intentionally. It surfaces as an impediment if it is paid back in time. Many teams and programs crumble under the load. This presentation will take you through some of the causes of technical debt, how teams can alleviate it supported by stories from the field.

Lean Business Re-engineering Projects for Strategic Improvement
Presentation by Sandra Fonseca

PDUs Available: 
PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
1.5 PDUs : .5 - Strategic and Business Management, .5 Technical, .5 Leadership

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

Industry / Sector


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speaker

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.

Padmini Nidumolu

Lean In Agile

Padmini is the Co-founder of Lean In Agile for women in Lean and Agile spaces to amplify the voices of women and celebrate the journeys of thought leaders. She is an Enterprise Agile Coach and a meetup/Spiral organizer in the Washington DC metro area. She is a TEDx speaker and a frequent speaker at various Agile and business transformation conferences. She is a certified Business Agility Strategist and a certified trainer in several Agile and Scaled Agile courses She is a STEM coach for several school teams and is a huge proponent of women in STEM.


Sandra Fonseca

Northcentral University

Sandra Fonseca is Full Professor, and Program Chair of the Cybersecurity and Information Technology program for the School of Technology at Northcentral University (NCU), where she develops and teaches Project Management, Cybersecurity and Information Technology courses. She’s also adjunct professor for the ISOM Dept. at GMU. Before joining Northcentral University, she worked as Data Architect at a federal agency in Washington, DC. In Puerto Rico she worked as Auxiliary Professor in Information Technology and as Project Manager and Systems Security Manager at a financial and savings institution. Dr. Fonseca served for the PMI-Puerto Rico chapter from 2012-2016 as VP Education and Certification.

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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