University PM Talks - Georgetown University

University PM Talks - Georgetown University


Dr. Vittal S. Anantatmula

Author, Professor, Global Speaker
Western Carolina University

Sarah Hoban, PMP

Lead Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Winston Gonzalez

Adjunct Lecturer- SCS MPS Project Management Program
Georgetown University

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

This page is from a past PMIWDC event.

If this is not what you were looking for, visit the University PM Talks page to find out about upcoming events, or read more about why PMIWDC does not delete these pages.

Event Date
Event Location

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, SCS Auditorium
640 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC, 20001

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 provides 1.5 PDUs for certified PMs.


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


Business Strategy: Importance of Project Management
Presentation by Dr. Vittal S. Anantatmula

The global economy, due to exponential growth of information and communication technologies (ICT) and ever-increasing market demand and competition, is compelling organizations to offer products and services faster, better, and cheaper. With organizational pressure to bring a product to market within a short time frame, project teams and project management practices play critical role in implementing business strategies.

The interests of all the key stockholders will be served when the organization creates a healthy performance through the achievement of its strategic objectives and projects are the instruments by which an enterprise accomplishes its strategic objectives. The missions of project teams are to create increased operational efficiency, new products, or new markets. A sophisticated enterprise will have a formalized, logical, and consistent, structure for initiating, and for organizing its projects. With a collective view of the current and proposed projects, a sophisticated enterprise will be able to authorize new projects with consistency, with efficiency and effectiveness, and without duplication of projects.

PM 101: Subtle Ways to Improve Efficiency, Boost Productivity, and Foster Creativity
Presentation by Sarah Hoban, PMP

Project managers commonly complain that they lack time to get everything done. What they are really saying is they are not making the most of the time they have to focus on the right things. How do project managers know which are the "right things"? How can we set ourselves up for success tomorrow by improving our productivity, creativity and focus today? This session summarizes tips from productivity gurus and applies them to project management.

How to Increase Agility with Scrum@Scale 
Presentation by Dr. Winston Gonzalez

Agility is not only a strategic differentiator and a core capability of many businesses, but also a continuous survival necessity in today’s competitive markets. Thought leaders in the lean-agile arena recognize business agility as the customer-centric means for an entire organization to learn, adapt, innovate, and ultimately survive its market changing conditions. Today, scrum remains the most popular agile framework helping organizations achieve business agility. The question is: how do organizations increase agility with scrum@scale? This presentation answers this question and helps you understand the strategic process to make it possible. It recognizes the challenges of increasing agility and the magnitude of a real problem impacting an organization’s journey towards agility. It also provides you with a strategy for adopting the scrum@scale framework so that your business can be as successful as those in the computer software and non-computer software industries.

Special Instructions: 

Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom

PDUs Available: 
0.00 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

Dr. Vittal S. Anantatmula

Western Carolina University
Author, Professor, Global Speaker

Dr. Vittal Anantatmula has been with the College of Business of Western Carolina University (WCU) since 2005. He was the program director of MPM for ten years before stepping down in 2018. His recognitions at WCU include University Scholar and Excellence in Research Award, and Graduate Teaching Awards. He is a global guest professor at Keio University, Japan and has been teaching project management courses at Keio University since 2014. He was also chosen as a director of the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center Board in 2016 for a six-year period.

Dr. Anantatmula taught at George Washington University before joining WCU and served in petroleum industry positions before joining academics. On invitation from the Government of Australia, he spent a semester in Melbourne as Endeavor Executive Fellow and worked with the School of Property, Construction, and Project Management, RMIT University in 2018.

Dr. Anantatmula has authored 40 scholarly journal articles, 8 books, 9 book chapters and 30 conference presentations. He received his MS and PhD degrees from The George Washington University and Electrical Engineering degree from Andhra University, India.

Sarah Hoban, PMP

Booz Allen Hamilton
Lead Associate

Sarah is a PMP-certified project/program manager and strategy consultant with 10 years of experience directing complex multi-million dollar projects, leading diverse global teams, collaborating with C-suite executives, mapping cross-functional stakeholder dependencies, and analyzing risk to deliver quality projects on schedule for federal and international clients. Her career has focused on incorporating project management techniques (sometimes stealthily) to advance strategy and improve processes. A project management thought leader, Sarah is the author of a weekly blog and podcast, The Stealthy Project Manager, focused on project management and productivity.

Dr. Winston Gonzalez

Georgetown University
Adjunct Lecturer- SCS MPS Project Management Program

Dr. Winston Gonzalez is a small business owner currently directing the management and administrative support services for Zeenie Enterprises LLC (ZeLLCo) in Annapolis, Maryland. As a certified Program Consultant in Scaled Agile Framework (SPC), Dr. Gonzalez also engages in Training and Coaching.

Prior to joining Georgetown University, Dr. Gonzalez consulted for several federal government agencies in Washington D.C. He served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the Grants Management Line of Business for a leading agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), implementing a government-wide solution. Dr. Gonzalez has over 25 years of Information Engineering experience. He has worked as a Management Consultant, Technical Project Manager, Senior Business Process Engineer, Scrum Product Owner, and Lead Designer/Architect for several customers with different web-based systems and client-server technologies.

He earned his Doctor of Management (DM) degree from the University of Maryland, University College. He has an undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Computer Systems Management. Dr. Gonzalez also completed an Executive program from Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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!

Printer Friendly, PDF & Email

Thank you to Our Partners