Keynote Speakers


Project Management Symposium

Kari Mirabal

Kari Mirabal

The Connection Coach

N.A.K.E.D Networking

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Abstract

Welcome to N.A.K.E.D NETWORKING, a new way to “expose” yourself to new business (and life) possibilities. Today’s competitive marketplace demands results and a powerful circle of influence can help you achieve your objectives. However, it’s easy to make excuses not to network or let yourself be fearful of the vulnerability-first attitude necessary to reach your goals. The easy-to-remember N.A.K.E.D. acronym explores this fear, how to overcome it, and how you can build and maintain professional networks to experience huge breakthroughs.

Explore how N.A.K.E.D NETWORKING can help you shift your intention of getting ahead into real-world action. Get ready to interact with Kari through real world success stories, in-presentation polls, and have some fun along the way with this high-energy presentation that’s guaranteed to leave an impression!

Biography

Kari Mirabal, The Connection Coach, leads you to people, opportunity, ad profit. She is a Former IT recruiting company owner who challenges audiences to leverage the power of connection to build and maintain powerful professional networks. Kari has coached individuals and teams in several Fortune 500 companies, has appeared on multiple television networks sharing her knowledge, and has even given a TEDx presentation in early 2018.

With her signature humor, bold approach, and unmistakable gumption, Kari keeps audiences engaged and encourages people to think differently. With decades of professional networking experience, and managing large teams this former IT recruiter shares her many successes and failures to give audiences a new perspective on taking risks, connectiion innovations, and the power of positive thinking.

For audiences that are brave enough to accept the challenge, Kari gives them actionable tactics to employ in their daily life.

Travis Kelly

Travis Kelly

Vice President, External Affairs
Texas Central Partners, LLC

Riding the Rails to Success

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Abstract

The design, construction, finance and operation of the state’s new high-speed passenger train line connecting Dallas and greater Houston is being overseen by Texas Central. The train, once fully operational, will connect these two great urban areas in just 90 minutes of travel time, with one stop in the Brazos Valley area.
Using the safest and most efficient mass transportation technology in the world, Texas Central will deploy the Shinkansen N700-I Bullet Train. This train has operated for more than 50 years in Japan with a perfect record of no crashes and zero passenger fatalities or injuries from train accidents. This project will not rely on taxpayer grants and may serve as the model for future infrastructure projects.

Biography

A native Texan and graduate of Baylor University, Mr. Kelly is engaged in a number of transportation policy initiatives on behalf of the public and private sector clients of Dean International, Inc. Serving as the lead consultant to the Boards of Directors of both the Texas High-Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation and the South Central High-Speed Rail and Transportation Authority, Inc., Mr. Kelly is actively involved in monitoring and impacting emerging high-speed rail policies at the federal and state levels.

Mike Wheeler

Mike Wheeler

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer
Fluor Corporation

Project Management from Consulting to Construction

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Abstract

Risk and unknowable’s are part of every project, whether it’s managing a business process re-engineering project or a multi billion-dollar capital project. Getting your project successfully through the volatility, complexity and ambiguity requires clarity and purpose. We’ll talk about the tools and skills needed for you to deliver excellence.

Biography

Mike W. Wheeler is the Chief Procurement Officer for Fluor’s Supply Chain organization. He is responsible for procurement, contract management, material management, sourcing, travel services, logistics and export control for all Fluor business lines globally. He also has oversight of Fluor’s supply chain entity which is dedicated to selling quality, cost‐effective, stand‐ alone procurement services to midstream‐market clients. A key aspect of this includes Supply Chain’s sourcing solutions, which utilizes strategic supplier relationships in various emerging markets, including China and India.

Wheeler has over thirty-five years of professional experience, including significant time spent in executive management consulting roles for the energy, construction and telecommunication industries. A portion of this time includes running his own consulting business, MW Wheeler & Associates located out of Dallas, Texas, which served the energy industry for supply chain management, operations and maintenance, capital optimization and business process reengineering. In business, Wheeler values driving tangible and sustainable results that influence improved operation capabilities and enhanced performance.

In a previous role, Wheeler successfully led the procurement and contracting transformation for Reliance Industries Ltd., executed out of Mumbai, India. His portfolio includes leadership experience from various international companies that represent a wide range of industries – including A.T. Kearney, Gemini, CSC and Boeing – allowing Wheeler to bestow a wealth of industry knowledge and a global mindset to Fluor’s Supply Chain organization.

Wheeler earned his bachelor’s degree in business and computer science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wheeler was a board member and chairperson for the Dallas Arts District Friends for over 6 years, where he promoted the arts in downtown Dallas. He has chaired fundraising committees for United Way and Boys and Girls Club of America. Wheeler is a Boys and Girls Club of America National Trustee for the Southwest Region and a member of the University of Texas at Dallas Dean’s Advisory Council for the Jindal School of Management.

Stacey Cellier

Stacey Cellier

Vice President, Project Management Operations
Solis Mammography

Legos and Mousetraps – Avoiding Common PM Pitfalls

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Abstract

Take an amusing journey through some cringe-worthy moments and lessons learned the hard way on the path to becoming a project management leader in a VUCA world. You will learn how to recognize the flypaper practices that will hold you back as a project manager and PMO leader through true stories and experiences, understand how to be the “in demand” service in your organization, and hear the keys to developing relationships with your stakeholders that will last. Stacey will cover topics such as:

  • How to Wreck a Client Relationship in 3 Easy Steps
  • I Solved the Wrong Problem – Yay Me!
  • And, I have 49 Process Areas and I’m not Afraid to Use Them!

Stacey is currently leading a new EPMO in a healthcare system, overseeing all areas of project management in the organization, including joint venture partnership integrations, opening dozens of new facilities per year, and execution of the organizational strategic plan. With a background in both hands-on project management and PMO leadership, her project management experience ranges from eight-figure process and technology system change initiatives to construction and real estate projects to global product security projects. Her session will have a little something for everyone, especially if you have stepped on any of the same Legos or mousetraps in your career.

Biography

With over 20 years of experience in project management, operations, and business development, Stacey is a passionate leader and advocate for the impact a strong project management culture can have on an organization – especially in the rapidly changing world of healthcare. Armed with expertise in stabilizing start-up organizations and establishing PMOs, in her current role as Vice President, Project Management Operations at Solis Mammography, she is responsible for execution of the company’s strategic growth plan.

Stacey’s leadership positions have included serving as Executive Committee member of the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO), where she directed a sub-committee on developing evaluation standards for anti-counterfeiting technologies, as well as numerous local non-profit board positions. She also founded the project management office for Invitation Homes, an $8B real estate and property management company, and established and led project management offices for companies in brand security and Fortune 200 healthcare.

Stacey holds a PMP credential from the Project Management Institute, a Master Certification in Applied Project Management from Villanova University, a BS in Business Management from Western Governors University, and is currently pursuing an MBA through the UT Dallas Project Management Program.

Carl Youngberg

Carl Youngberg

Talent America

Make Yourself Matter Building Trust

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Abstract

Trust lies at the heart of a functioning, cohesive team. No matter the task they face, there must be two factors as determined by Patrick Lencioni.

  1. A willingness to be completely vulnerable with one another
  2. Confidence among team members that their peers’ intentions are good and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around the team

A good example of trust within a team is knowing that a big team task will not be dumped on your desk late on Friday. Team trust is about thinking of others.

As Project Managers, where is our trust? And how can we build a network of trust within our team.

Biography

Carl Youngberg was born on a farm in Missouri, worked in a prison while in graduate school and served in the Peace Corps where he taught at the University of Honduras. He then began twenty-five years in luxury retail first at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and across the country before joining Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

Today, as a professional speaker, published author, and executive coach, Carl regularly presents programs and workshops to help business people make their ideas matter. He has found that all his life experiences have helped in his professional work and as a coach.

Carl believes that nothing we have done in our lives is wasted. Everything has a purpose. His book “Make Yourself Matter” pulls on the experiences in the session and focuses them on where to go next. This newest chapter, “Building Trust” continues that theme.

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