PMI Willamette Valley Chapter

2022 Professional Development Conference Details

Presented by PMI Willamette Valley Chapter
of Bend, Salem, Corvallis, and Eugene, Oregon in partnership with the Oregon Project Management Advisory Board (OPMAB).

2022 Professional Development Conference

1 Day . Keynote Speakers . Project Managers and Business Analysts Presenters . Sponsors

Event occurs On:

September 16th.

Countdown to Event

  • Early bird pricing until September 9: $200 for PMIWV & OPMAB members
  • From September 10 onwards: $220 for PMIWV & OPMAB members
  • Students: $120 (email for coupon code)
  • Non PMIWV chapter/OPMAB members: $225
  • Group of 8: $1,400

From the partnership of Project Management Institute Willamette Valley Chapter and Oregon Project Management Advisory Board

Oregon Project Management Advisory Board




About The Event

Announcing the 2022 Project Management Conference presented by the PMI Willamette Valley Chapter (PMIWV) in partnership with the Oregon Project Management Advisory Board (OPMAB). Earn PDUs (educational credits), up to approximately 9. 

This is taking place in Bend, OR at the River House Conference Center on Friday, September 16.  It has been two years since we last had this event in person so we are excited to have the opportunity to meet once again, maybe for the first time or to renew old acquaintances. 

The conference will start at 8:15 AM sharp and is scheduled to end at 5:00 PM.  The conference fee will include lunch. For those wishing to stay at the River House Hotel, please call reservations at 1-541-389-3111 and mention you are attending the PMI Willamette Valley conference to get a 10% discount.

And will this be virtual as well?  We have been through two frustrating years of Covid and the virus is still around.  Therefore, we understand there may be some of you who, for whatever reason, are not really comfortable attending the conference in person.  Well, we do not want to leave you out and encourage you to join us virtually.  For this reason, the organizers are arranging for a professional audio/visual company to provide you a great virtual experience where we intend to make you feel included in what is going on.

River House Conference Center


Day Of Event - September 16, 2022

Keynote Speaker Todd Hunt

A Message from Todd to you-

Keynote Speaker Todd Hunt

Subject: Communication Lessons Wrapped in Laughter 



Todd Hunt looks like a pleasant, buttoned-up corporate type. But when he opens his mouth, audiences reel with laughter. His stories and examples, delivered with the sly wit of a seasoned comedian, stick with you long after his program.

As an executive at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, Todd learned the “inner workings” of communication. Additional jobs with an insurance administrator, direct marketing company and ad department of a major retailer confirmed what he had suspected all along — we all mess up communicating!

Then he started his own successful marketing agency in Chicago. Working with trade associations, retailers, non-profits and financial companies, Todd sold insurance, credit accounts, trade shows, seminars, theater tickets, memberships and other products and services to consumer and business audiences.

One day he discovered that people were hungry to hear his funny stories about sales, customer service, leadership and change, which he gathered during his business career. Now a professional speaker, he inspires hundreds of groups each year to improve communication and success.


National business humorist and PMI keynote speaker Todd Hunt will open our conference on a high note with humor and energy.

A major challenge in project management today is communication. You said one thing; your sponsor, stakeholder or vendor heard something else. Nobody was wrong, but now everyones confused...and you have to deal with it! 

This informative and entertaining presentation shares funny, true examples from the business world to illustrate how we all miscommunicate (written, in person, email and voice mail)…and how we can improve.

Keynote Speaker Tim Runcie

Subject: The Future of Microsoft Project, Program & Portfolio and Scheduling Technologies



Tim Runcie is one of 6 Microsoft Project MVPs in North America and has held that title for 17 years in a row.  A seasoned veteran of complex programs and portfolio management systems, Tim works with companies like Microsoft on the next two generations of their Project, Program, and Portfolio technologies. In addition, Tim is an accomplished speaker, consultant, educator, and PMO expert, supporting PMI chapters for the last 25+ years. 

As the President and CEO of Advisicon, Tim has written over 38 books on PM Methodologies and Technologies, covering topics relevant to a range of industry sectors, including Information Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Government, Construction, and Energy.  Advisicon also has a nonprofit division focused on helping organizations leverage and train on the free software and business solutions available and provide business coaching or process automation with the mission of “Serving those who Serve.”


With the release of additional Project Scheduling tools such as (Project for the Web, M365 Planner and Project Operations) and better collaboration technologies (Like MS Teams) the PM Technology landscape can be confusing.  This session will lay out the direction that Microsoft and other large PM Technology vendors are going.

Learn how you can stay current and align your Project, Program & Portfolio needs based on Office 365, the Power Platform and Microsoft widening options for delivering projects to programs.

In Person Attendees will receive a Microsoft Technology Shortcuts 11” x 17” Flowchart and a Electronic Project Dashboard Templates

Keynote Speaker Spencer Horn

A message from Spencer to you-

Keynote Speaker Spencer Horn

Subject: Grow! from Pain to Gains



Businesses internationally look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer draws upon his 30 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high performing teams and engagement. 

Spencer is the President of Altium Leadership. He has previously been the CEO of a leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company, which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and more. He has been speaking professionally since 2009. He has been speaking and presenting at PMI chapter development conferences since 2010 and has been a regular speaker at the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) North America Conference, since 2014 and the closing keynote speaker of LIM AP & NA 2021. He is consistently one of the highest rated speakers for the yearlong, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) since 2015.

He is a co-author of the "Speakers on Life" anthology "The Power of the Platform" along with Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Brian Tracy and more.


Many business leaders and entrepreneurs are struggling right now. There are supply chain challenges, inflation, economic uncertainty, we are divided on political and social issues. Some are balancing hybrid work, talent shortages, etc. We are facing personal and professional mountains. Some of you may be focused on the challenges you are facing which may also lead to comparing yourself with others. You may see their success and wonder how they are succeeding or are so much further up the trail from you. These challenges and thoughts will lead to frustration, fatigue, and burnout.

Are you, as a business leader, carrying too much of the business weight on your shoulders? Many of you have been doing the work of two and three people to make up for talent shortages. A focus on problems, which can become a habit, influences how you interact with teams. This can add tension and heaviness to the work environment which will negatively impact performance.

We will discuss how to step into a more powerful persona to help you climb the mountains you may be facing and to help manage anxiety, stress, and grief. You will learn techniques that will help you easily reduce anxiety and increase your confidence to help you achieve better business results and breakthrough roadblocks to your success and happiness.

Session Benefits:

1.     Identify self-sabotaging thoughts and actions so you can begin to recognize and minimize their impact.

2.     Learn strategies to “own the new normal” including the “Personal Power Model”

3.     Gain motivation to climb your personal mountains.

4.     Evidence of the power of these principles will be shared in stories.

There are breakout sessions that cover the following subjects:

Networking in the new Now - Spencer Horn

Abstract: The goal of networking is to build relationships. Today, a great deal of networking is done virtually. Most of the principles which apply to live networking apply to virtual networking. Talking to strangers requires small talk which leads to deeper conversations. Eventually, you want to move the conversation to a face to face live or virtual conversation. The purpose of our conversations is to build a relationship where we give and receive. The giving and receiving can be referring contacts to others in your network or getting introductions to contacts in their network. These introductions can lead to new business or employment opportunities. We will share best practices using LinkedIn on how to attract the opportunities that are most suitable to your strengths and how to build the relationships necessary to help you achieve your goals.


Value to participants


Effective remote networking

Develop international business opportunities

Find international job opportunities


Effective Communication for Leaders - Todd Hunt

Abstract: PM professionals spend 70% to 80% of their days engaged in some form of communication. In this follow-up to Todd’s opening keynote we’ll dive deeper into business communication misfires, analyze what went wrong and brainstorm how to improve.

1. Discover ways to repair communication miscues.

2. Tailor messages to all levels within the organization to communicate effectively.

3. Sharpen listening skills to understand other points of view.


Changing the Engagement Paradigm (A look at diversity, equity & inclusion) – Sean Nickerson

Abstract: Project engagement has always included requirements gathering. But in today’s world we need to consider the mindset we are in when we begin that engagement. In this session we will explore ways to engage that make a difference in today’s world of taking diversity, equity, and inclusion into consideration. This requires a shift in mindset when working with stakeholders and setting expectations. Join us as we explore what this journey may look like for you and your teams.  


Demystifying Organizational Change Management – Karis Alstrom

Abstract: Organizational Change Management (OCM) is a framework of best practices to address the people aspect of change. But what exactly does this mean? In this workshop, we will explore the type and level of support employees need to successfully embrace and adopt change. We will discuss resistance to change as well as ways we can help employees move towards acceptance. We will talk about the close relationship organizational change management should have to project management, look at the role executive change sponsors play during change, and address some common misconceptions about OCM. And, perhaps most importantly, we will talk about tangible ways you can start to incorporate organizational change management into your organization today!


Do you have the leadership skills to lead in today's market? – Jennifer Donahue

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Bio: Jenn Donahue PhD is a retired US Navy Captain and Commodore for an 1,800 personnel Regiment.  She is also a civil engineer who works on large scale, high profile geotechnical projects. Over her 27-year military career, Jenn has built a bridge across the Euphrates River in the midst of the Iraq war, commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan, and constructed combat outposts in the middle of deserts filled with insurgents. 

Jenn has led earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance missions in places like Samoa and Japan; designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal; and built roads by blasting and drilling in the coldest climes of Ketchikan. Astonishingly, Jenn has even served as the seismology expert at no fewer than five nuclear power plants.  

Along the way she mentored scores of young leaders. Today Jenn runs JL Donahue Engineering. She also lectures at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Abstract:  Many leaders are trying to be the leader they were pre-pandemic. 

My question to the audience is: How is your leadership style working for you? If you’re trying to be the same leader you were five, or even two years ago, it’s likely not resonating with your team. We are in the midst of the Great Resignation and your people aren't leaving for money. The real reason why employees are leaving is that they no longer have hope or trust in their boss, team, position, or company. 

You don’t have to lead like someone you are not. Instead, you can learn to lead in a way that is authentic to you and empowers your team. So how can leaders bridge the gap between what they think a great leader is and what their team actually needs to be led to greatness? When leaders can understand who they are and how to best communicate with their team, they will build trust, gain loyalty and be able to empower any team to achieve great things. I'll share the huge insights that will transform your audience’s assumptions.


Risk Management Best Practices, Tools & Approaches for any level of Project Maturity – Tim Runcie

Abstract: Risk Management in many times is an afterthought, yet everyone embraces and responds to Risks in our daily lives to running complex projects & programs.

Come learn some of the industry best practices, pitfalls to avoid and tools you can easily leverage regardless of your project maturity

Attendees will receive a Risk/Issues 11” x 17” flowchart as well as an Office 365 Electronic Risk Management Tool


Taking the PgMP certification exam – insights from someone who has done it – Dave Snider

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Bio: A lifelong student of project management, Dave Snider thrives in discovering new and innovative methods to deliver business results.  For over 35 years, he led a diverse portfolio of projects and programs to expand (and sometimes contract) HP’s printing technology and manufacturing capability in North America, Europe, and Asia.  In 2015, in one of the largest company separations in corporate history, Dave co-led a global workstream tasked with separating over 600 site locations that would become the two distinct companies of HP, Inc. and the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Following his successful HP career, he launched his business, Snider Project Solutions, LLC.  As a consultant and trainer to the project and program management community, he continues his passion for helping diverse project and program teams transform strategy into business success.

Abstract:  PMI's Program Management Professional, or PgMP, is an elite certification that recognizes advanced experience, skills, and performance necessary to manage and align a portfolio of projects to realize organizational strategies and objectives.  Only a few thousand professionals have earned their PgMP.  Completion indicates a tremendous depth of knowledge and actionable experience.  In this breakout session, you will learn about the 5 performance domains (Strategy Alignment, Benefits Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Governance, and Life Cycle Management) that comprise PMI's Standard for Program Management, 4th Edition, the Exam Content Outline (ECO) which is a framework for the exam, and insights for efficiently preparing to pass the exam in your first attempt.   

The application for the PgMP requires a rigorous assessment of your program management experience across the performance domains that must be reviewed and approved by a PMI panel prior to sitting for the exam.  As such, this session also gives guidance on completing the application with the highest likelihood of receiving approval. 

Dave Snider, PgMP, PMP, is Principal Consultant and Trainer at Snider Project Solutions, LLC.


How to Facilitate Psychological Safety and Participation – Jeff Oltmann

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Bio: Jeff Oltmann is a seasoned leader with over 30 years of experience advising clients, managing successful technology programs, and developing new products. His specialties include strategy deployment, operational and project excellence, and project portfolio management. As principal consultant at Synergy Professional Services, Jeff advises leaders and teams in diverse sectors including healthcare, research, bioscience, and technology product development.

Jeff is the founder of the Portfolio and Project Leaders Forum.  He is also on the graduate faculty of the Division of Management at Oregon Health and Science University and was previously on executive staff at IBM.    He teaches portfolio, program, and project management and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

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Abstract: When you run a project meeting, you must be able to get full engagement from the people in it, whether your purpose is brainstorming, tackling project challenges, or leading action planning. In this highly interactive session, Jeff will show you how to create psychological safety that leads to confident participation, and he will demonstrate facilitation techniques that you can use to amp up the energy level in your meetings.    You’ll try several techniques and receive tip sheets to take with you.

Jeff Oltmann

Synergy Professional Services, LLC

Specialties: strategy deployment | portfolio, program and project management

| management consulting strategic facilitation | organizational change | mentoring | professional development | knowledge transfer

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Friday September 16th, 2022

8:15 am - 5:00 pm PST