Resistance is Futile - Successfully Managing Project-Driven Change

Resistance is Futile - Successfully Managing Project-Driven Change


Colleen McGraw, PMP

Project Manager
Consultant and Performance Coach

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Curie and Drew Conference Rooms – Greensboro Station Conference Facility
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:
  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Program
This session is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.


By definition, projects involve change. Organizations thrive through innovation - otherwise known as change. Many people, on the other hand, don't always embrace change easily. So how can projects and organizations, made up of people, succeed in managing change? Forced assimilation isn't really an option for most of us, so we must find a more nuanced approach. This presentation will discuss understanding and managing resistance to change through communication, collaboration, and building trust.
Special Instructions: 


In Tysons Corner, entries into parking from Hwy 7, near intersections of Westpark Drive or Greensboro Drive. Photo ID is required. SAIC Drive is a roundabout at the end of ‘Solutions Drive.’ Guest parking is free. Easiest to enter at front of building (large glass atrium).
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speaker

Colleen McGraw, PMP

Consultant and Performance Coach
Project Manager

Colleen A. McGraw, PMP, is a project management consultant and performance coach. Her project management career has spanned commercial, non-profit, military, and civilian customers, and has included management of financial, construction, asset management, IT infrastructure, and software development projects. She has also established and managed several PMOs. She provides project and program management, strategic planning, performance improvement, and career coaching services. As an advocate of project management as a profession, she particularly enjoys coaching and mentoring project managers, and is a frequent speaker and trainer in project management topics.

Colleen McGraw, PMP

Rich and meaningful communication can do more than report status – it can smooth resistance, improve decision making, and build trust among stakeholders. But a basic communication plan – who, what, when – is not always enough. This presentation will discuss how to develop a communications strategy designed around a strong project narrative and disciplined messaging, and how to execute the strategy to improve stakeholder relationships and drive successful project outcomes.

About the Tyson's Corner Luncheons

PMIWDC holds free monthly luncheon meetings in Tyson's Corner, hosted by SAIC Corporation.

Bring your lunch, or visit the onsite cafeteria. PDU credits are be available for Project Management Professionals (PMPs).

Membership in PMI is not required, but all guests should pre-register to attend. 

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