September 12th - (Q3) 2017 Chapter Dinner Meeting - 2 PDUs


September 12, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Dinner keynote: Design Better Projects Faster with Strategic Project Management

Brief Description

  • Looking for a fresh approach to designing better projects faster?  Attend this entertaining and content-rich session to learn a proven step-by-step process that applies to problems, projects, issues, and opportunities of all types.
  • You’ll discover a practical strategic thinking tool that is missing from conventional Project Management. This breakthrough approach helps you to smoothly design projects of all types, including R&D, change management, process improvement, systems development, talent development, and culture change.   This method adds special value at the “fuzzy front end” of projects when making smart decisions is crucial.  
  • You’ll learn the four critical questions you must ask, how to eliminate potential problems in advance, how to get everyone on the same page, and the simple way to ensure your projects align with the big-picture strategic goals.   Enhance your capabilities by adding this unique and value-adding approach to your professional toolkit.  

Speaker's Bio:

Terry Schmidt, PMP, has earned an international reputation as a management consultant, strategic thinker, and project catalyst, with over 30 years experience assisting corporations, governments, and research institutions in 42 countries worldwide.

His work focuses on turning complex strategies into executable projects which reach their goals. He popularized the Logical Framework Approach, a flexible system which permits the rapid design of complex projects using principles drawn from strategic planning, project management, and the scientific method. He wrote Strategic Project Management Made Simple: (Wiley), listed among the top 8 PM books on the market. (

The founder of, his clients include Apple, Activision Blizzard, eBay, Symantec, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sony, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the US Department of Energy.

In addition to consulting, he teaches in executive programs at UCLA and MIT. Terry holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard.


Pre-Dinner keynote: Bottom Up Approach in Project Portfolio Management

Brief Description

  • By examining a case study of Motive Power’s work with a $1B annual capital construction portfolio for a major US utility company, we will explore approaches to development and benefits of a bottom up approach to project portfolio management.

Speaker's Bio:

Nicole Boone is the Vice President of Quality at Motive Power.  An experienced management consultant and project manager, Nicole has overseen project management and controls teams for major capital programs and strategic initiatives with a focus on integrated planning and driving project execution.  Nicole is skilled in portfolio analysis, organizational change management, and stakeholder engagement.  She has successfully overseen projects in construction, utilities, land development, and health care industries. 

Motive Power is a west coast based management consulting firm working with clients to better plan and execute their project work.  Motive Power specializes in project portfolio management; project management, controls, and analysis; and organizational change management.  It works with companies large and small to help them realize all of the intended benefits for their projects and programs.  At Motive Power, we do what we say and say what we do.


PDUs: 1 + 1


  • 5:30 - Mixer - No Host Bar @ Top of the Hilton (10th floor) with appetizer buffet, compliments of Seattle Hilton.
  • 5:30 - Pre-Dinner Keynote by Nicole Boone, Motive Power (1 PDU)
  • 6:30 - Dinner guest seating
  • 6:45 - MC provides chapter announcements and welcomes speaker
  • 7:15 – Dinner Keynote by Terry Schmidt, PMP (1 PDU)
  • 8:15 - Q&A & Raffle
  • 8:30 - Dinner program concludes

Appetizers at 5:30 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm.

Parking: Discounted parking in hotels garage ($5 for the duration of the event). Street parking also available around.

All event sales are final.



$50.00 Member (advance registration)
$55.00 Member (at the door)
$45.00 Earlybird rate before September 9

$60.00 Non-Member (advance registration)
$65.00 Non-Member (at the door)
$55.00 Earlybird rate before September 9