Meet our confirmed keynotes for the event:

Keynote Speaker (Friday Morning)

 

Tom Crea

Tom Crea

Author, Speaker, and Coach
Blackhawk Leader Development
 
Bio:

Tom has a B.S. & M.C.S. in Computer Science and a M.A. in Political Science. He became a decorated Army officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot and operated at the highest levels within the Department of Defense.   He was hand selected to run the ROTC officers leadership development program at two colleges, the same program that he completed years earlier.  

“… we transformed college students into Army leaders, ready to lead soldiers successfully into war”  - Tom Crea

He is a strong and engaging speaker with vast experience and insight in working with all levels of military, civilian, and contract staff. Over the years, Tom has directed his skills to the private sector turning diverse, often conflicted staff into focused mission oriented team members. His frontline and “in the trenches” experience in the military, information technology, and higher education enable him to keep audiences on the edge of their seats while they master the simple principles of the Blackhawk leadership way. Tom is the author of “Unleash Your Values: How to Lead and Succeed in Business Today… A Helicopter Pilot’s Spin on Developing the Leader in You” 

Leadership Culture:  His proudest leadership moment came when his Troop was called to war in Iraq after he had rotated out. His replacement was not able to perform, so members in his Troop stepped up to lead; they attribute their success to the leadership Tom instilled in each of them. Today, the Blackhawk training system.  

Session Title:  "Servant Leadership:  Creating a Culture for Winning Teams"

 

Synopsis:

“Only 39% of projects succeed”
A metaphor for achieving organizational goals within budget, every manager wants to “On Time, On Target.”  With so many variables that can derail an effort, managers must inspire team members to keep focused on the overall purpose and work together. Values are like magnets: marketed to attract like-minded people, when lived, you retain your best and brightest, and you create that elusive culture that sets apart the most successful teams. Values are the glue.  On this eventful flight, we will discuss key team building principles fundamental to your success.

 

 

Leaders will:
  1. Recognize that understanding human needs is essential to your ability to influence
  2. Discover why living your values drives organizational success
  3. Determine how to keep teams heading in the right direction

 

Keynote Speaker (Friday Afternoon)

 

Andy Crowe

Andy Crowe, PMP, PgMP, and Six Sigma Black Belt

Bio:

Andy Crowe is the CEO and founder of Velociteach, and author of Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not, and The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, and the PMI-ACP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. His books and resources have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. 

Velociteach was recently recognized as one of the top 100 small businesses in the USA by the US Chamber of Commerce and was named PMI’s provider of the year.

Session Title:  "Alpha Project Study: Lessons for Chapters"

 
Synopsis:

This keynote will site Andy's Alpha Project Study research on how PMI chapter leaders can apply this landmark study back to their chapters providing maximum value to the membership.  Attendees will learn what it takes to be an Alpha Leader and how to develop and lead a high performing team.  

 

Keynote Speaker (Saturday Morning)

 

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Founder, CEO
Metcalf & Associates, Inc.
 
Bio:

Ms. Metcalf – Founder, CEO, and Board Chair of Metcalf & Associates is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations.  She has captured her thirty years of experience and success in an award-winning series of books which are used by public, private and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems and culture with innovative leadership techniques.  As a preeminent change agent, Ms. Metcalf has set strategic direction and then transformed her client organizations to deliver significant business results such as increased profitability, cycle time reduction, improved quality, and increased employee effectiveness.

Session Title:  "Leader 2050: Competencies for High Impact Change Leaders"

 

Synopsis:

Leadership Requirements are Changing

This presentation is grounded in research about the requirements of leaders of the future based on a chapter published in the International Leadership Association Book, Leadership 2050: Critical Challenges, Key Contexts and Emerging Trends applied called: The Strategist Competency Model - The Future of Leadership Development. I am a co-author of this chapter (along with award winning nine book series on leadership and organization transformation)

 This Presentation Explores:

  1. Understanding the landscape of change and talent shortage
  2. Exploring the Strategist Competency model (including participants scoring themselves on the criteria and discuss in small groups)
  3. How does this model impact recruiting and retention for PMI chapters?
  4. Participants review their score and select a development tactic to support their personal development

 



















Additional Break-Out Session by Maureen Metcalf

Innovate How You Lead to Drive Impact (AKA Don’t Be the Flip Phone of Leadership)

 

Program Description:

Today's successful executives need to optimize their performance at individual and organizational within complex business environments. They need to innovate the way they lead at the same pace as they innovate their products, services, and processes to ensure they receive the value they expected for their investment in change. This session is based on the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook – winner of the 2012 International Book Award – Best Business Reference Book.

During this session, we will:

  • Introduce the innovative leadership model
  • Answer assessment questions about each of the five elements of the model
  • Discuss each of the five elements
  • Identify 1-2 goals based on assessment results