Interested in applying to speak at our Region 7 Leadership Summit in one of our break out sessions?

Click here for more details and to download the information packet.

Meet our confirmed keynotes for the event:

Keynote Speaker (Friday Morning)


Tom Crea

Tom Crea

Author, Speaker, and Coach
Blackhawk Leader Development

A retired Army officer and former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Tom Crea shares frontline experiences with managers who want to set the example and lead their teams more effectively. Tom served in high-level leadership positions in aviation, information technology, and higher education environments, including four years as an IT project manager and two years in IT program management. He 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."

Session Title:  "On Time, On Target:  Creating a Culture for Winning Teams"



“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.

Project Managers 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


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"


The Alpha Study of project managers and their stakeholders made its mark on the profession and influenced the PMBOK Guide. This keynote address by best-selling project management author Andy Crowe explores lessons that PMI chapters can apply from this landmark study to help maximize their value to chapter members.


Keynote Speaker (Saturday Morning)


Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Founder, CEO
Metcalf & Associates, Inc.

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 meets PMI – Project Managers Creating the Future!"



This Presentation Explores:

  • Understanding the landscape of change in our dynamic world
  • Exploring the Strategist Competency model
  • Explore how you think this model maps to project management? Do we need the same mindsets and behaviors?
  • How do we integrate development into our PMI chapter?
  • Participants review their score and select a development tactic to support their personal development




Deadline for speaker proposal submission:  Friday November 10, 2017
Notification to selected speakers by:  Friday December 8, 2017
Email Proposal to Kane Ng-Osorio at:

Top 10 reasons to become a speaker at this year’s Region 7 Summit:

  1. Showcase your knowledge/expertise in areas of interest to project management professionals.
  2. Connect with chapter leaders across Region 7 resulting in new contacts and networking opportunities.
  3. Gain exposure to experienced project management professionals and executives managing strategic initiatives.
  4. Gain credibility through success with Region 7 and “word of mouth” referrals.
  5. Potential for invitation(s) to speak at other PMI events and PMI affiliates and partners.
  6. Be featured in the conference event guide and the REGION 7 SUMMIT website.
  7. Have access to marketing and networking opportunities through shared exhibit space.
  8. Be seen as a supporter of the project management profession.
  9. Be part of an awesome event that stretches across Region 7.
  10. Complimentary REGION 7 SUMMIT registration that includes access to Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24 REGION 7 SUMMIT breakout sessions, keynotes, continental breakfasts, lunches, and Saturday pau hana reception.  Optional activities on Thursday March 22 including the luau and Friday March 23 Gala dinner are not included.


About our Organization and Expected Attendance

PMI is the leading professional organization for project management professionals worldwide.  The Honolulu chapter was founded in 1997 and now has over 700 members.  More information about the chapter can be found at

Our REGION 7 SUMMIT event continues to grow as there were 120 attendees at the 2017 event in Yosemite, CA.  All PMI members from Region 7 are welcome to attend.

Preliminary Schedule (subject to changes):

Date:            Thursday March 22, 2018
Location:     Ala Moana Hotel (
Schedule:    8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. TBD (optional add on activities)
4:00–10:00p.m.           Optional add on activity: Luau event


Date:             Friday March 23, 2018
Location:     Ala Moana Hotel (
Schedule:    7:00 –8:00a.m.       Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Sponsor-Vendor Opportunities
                       8:15– 9:15a.m.        Keynote
                       9:30a.m.– 5p.m.     12-24 Breakout Sessions
                       6:30 – 9:30p.m.       Optional add on activity: Gala Dinner


Date:             Saturday March 24, 2017
Location:     Ala Moana Hotel (
Schedule:     7:00 –8:00a.m.         Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Sponsor-Vendor Opportunities
                        8:15– 9:15a.m.         Keynote
                        9:30a.m.– 5:00p.m. 12-24 Breakout Sessions
                        6:30 – 9:30p.m.        Pau Hana Mixer/Reception (Networking / Sponsor-Vendor Opportunities)


Sessions and Workshops

There will be a broad mix of professionals who seek continuing education on how to manage projects and stay current on the latest project management skills and tools.  We wish to offer general professional development sessions that will appeal to all our Region 7 chapter members.  We also wish to offer sessions focused on various aspects of improving PMI chapters.  Military outreach will be one of the focus areas this year aligned to the Region 7 Summit theme “Always Ready, Always There”. This is the motto taken from the National Guard of the United States.

The Committee planning the program welcomes all topics that are; Industry-specific, technical project management, change management, leadership, strategic & business management, and “soft skill”.  The key criteria for selection will be relevance, practicality, applicability, and topics with a “real-world” orientation.  We want to provide participants with practical knowledge that may be immediately applied in their daily work and supporting PMI chapters.  We seek speakers that have “been-there / done that” and are willing to share their experience in a meaningful manner.  

Breakout sessions will be 60 minutes (containing time at the end for questions).  Where appropriate, topics/workshop(s) may span more than one session.  

Speaker Benefits

Accepted presenters will receive one complimentary REGION 7 SUMMIT registration including access to Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24 REGION 7 SUMMIT breakout sessions, keynotes, continental breakfasts, lunches, and Saturday pau hana reception.  Optional activities on Thursday March 22 including the luau and Friday March 23 Gala dinner are not included. (Note: Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements, printing expenses, etc. if any.)

Presentations must be made available to all attendees. Upon request, individuals (not organizations) can be provided exhibit space to display their educational material (books, tapes, etc.).

All attendees, speakers, volunteers and sponsors will have access to view the REGION 7 SUMMIT registration attendee list.

Speaker Proposals

Speakers interested in making a presentation during the 2018 Region 7 Summit may email proposals that include the following to Kane Ng-Osorio at:

  • Name, address and contact information (email and phone number) and certifications
  • Employer and/or affiliations
  • A brief bio (100 words or less) including a list of other conferences at which you have spoken.
  • Picture of yourself to be included in the REGION 7 SUMMIT program (high resolution: 300 dpi)
  • Presentation Title/Topic
  • A short description of session(s) or workshop(s) you would like to present (100 words or less)
  • If applicable, other publications or conferences where this material has been or will be published/submitted.
  • If possible send video links of past presentations or make a new short video on what you would like to present (less than 2 minutes)

Session slots are limited and we typically receive more proposals than can be accepted.  We will notify you by Friday December 8, 2017 if you have been selected as a speaker.

For more details on content, guidelines, and what to expect, download the Call for Speakers document here: