Keynote

  • Spencer Horn
    Spencer Horn
  • Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa
    Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa
  • Thomas Walenta
    Thomas Walenta
  • Michel Thiry
    Michel Thiry

Special Guests

  • Piotr Sutt
    Piotr Sutt
  • Paweł Gąsowski
    Paweł Gąsowski
  • Marcin Żmigrodzki
    Marcin Żmigrodzki
  • Marek Gmerski
    Marek Gmerski
  • Grzegorz Turniak
    Grzegorz Turniak

Be A Game Changer

  • Shobhna Raghupathy
    Shobhna Raghupathy
  • Ariel Zgórski
    Ariel Zgórski
  • Michael Palladino
    Michael Palladino
  • Maria Parysz
    Maria Parysz

The Enlightened Leader

  • Darryl Booker
    Darryl Booker
  • Roger Carlos Ramirez
    Roger Carlos Ramirez
  • Victoria Kumar
    Victoria Kumar
  • Srinivas Maram
    Srinivas Maram

Moderators

  • Paweł Bochnowski
    Paweł Bochnowski
  • Przemysław Kutnyj
    Przemysław Kutnyj
Spencer Horn

Corporate Speaker, High-Performance Team Whisperer, Executive Leadership Savant, Conflict Advocate, Accountability Evangelist

Businesses across the country look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 26 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 currently the President of Spencer Horn Solutions. He has previously been CEO of 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 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. He has also been the concluding speaker for the yearlong, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) since 2015 and is scheduled to speak again at the 2018 LIMC in Los Angeles.

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.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. He is a certified team coaching facilitator through Team Coaching International and a certified Professional Dynametric Programs trainer and administrator through PDP Global. Spencer has been married to his amazing wife, Jana, for more than 32 years. Together they have five beautiful children and three grandchildren.

Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa

The graduate of INSEAD in Fontainebleau (EMBA), National School of Public Administration in Warsaw and Academy of Music in Katowice. Manager with over 20 years of experience, with the majority of this time in the telecommunications sector. Entrepreneur and investor.
Member of Board of Directors in AR Packaging Group AB.
During her career, she held executive positions such as Executive Director of Strategy, Development and Wholesale in Telekomunikacja Polska (TP SA/Orange), President and CEO in PTK Centertel (Orange), Chief Sales and Logistics Officer in PKN Orlen and President and CEO in PGNiG. She has also run her own investment and consultancy company and was previously a member of the Supervisory Board of i.e. PZU, KDPW,  ABC Data, Orlen Deutschland and PGNiG International.

Thomas Walenta

Thomas Walenta is a retired IBM project and program manager, working occasionally for clients seeking to improve their organizational project management capabilities. Since 2002, he has been teaching project management at the University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany.

Working in projects since 1974 and for IBM since 1983, Mr. Walenta decided to pursue a career in project management in 1988. He led projects, PMOs and programs for a variety of IBM customers in system integration, software, outsourcing and strategy development. From 2002, he started a program for a global electronics company in Europe. His cultural working experience is from government and the utility, insurance, banking, electronics and automotive industries, as well as geographically from most European countries, Russia, Japan, the United States and India.

Mr. Walenta has volunteered with PMI since 1998, serving as PMI Frankfurt Chapter president for almost eight years, a three-year term on PMI’s Board of Directors 2006-2008, and was a member of the PMI Ethics Review Committee since 2011, serving as chair in 2016. In parallel to these leadership roles, Mr. Walenta had global volunteer roles, for example on PMI standards development, PMI Project of the Year Award, R.E.P. application reviews and exam item writing.

His key volunteer professional awards are the PMI Fellow Award he received in 2012 and the first honorary membership of the PMI Frankfurt Chapter in 2006.

Mr. Walenta has spoken at global conferences since 2000, with five speeches delivered in 2015 in Moscow, Panama, Sao Paulo, London and Frankfurt.

He wrote chapters for two project management compendiums in the German language, and several articles for online publications (LinkedIn and projectmanagement.com). He is one of 25 global advisors for the PM World Journal.

Mr. Walenta has a university diploma in mathematics. He received his Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification in 1998 and the Program Management Professional (PgMP) ® in 2014.

Michel Thiry

Michel is recognized worldwide in applications of project, program, portfolio and value management at the organizational level. He supported the development of portfolio frameworks and strategic programs for major corporations in various fields using agile and change concepts. He is a regular Keynote Speaker for major International events since 1996.

Piotr Sutt

Piotr Sutt was born in 1965. He graduated from the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, the Instrumental Department. He continued education with prof. Werner Thärichen in Berlin. He became a Doctor of Music Arts at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, Acknowledged at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, and in 2012 he was granted the title of Professor of Musical Arts by the President of Poland.

He constantly develops as a musician and pedagogue. His many roles include a rich variety of functions: not only a soloist, but also a renowned chamber musician performing inspiring recitals, monographic and symphonic concerts in many famous music festivals throughout Europe and in the Americas. (Among others: International Festival of Contemporary Music in Athens, International Marimba Festival in Villahermosa – Mexico, Festival of New Percussion Music in Hannover, Days of Percussion Italy PAS, International Percussion Festivals in Lithuania, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria and Russia, The Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music)

He has made many recordings of solo and chamber percussion classics and the latest technically daring pieces in the contemporary music for the Polish Radio and Pi Dance Theatre in New York. Having played many premieres, he contributed to the promotion of the world-class percussion music, both in solo and chamber formats. (For example: Concerto for Percussion and Symphony Orchestra by W. Thärichen, Concerto Ostinato by K.H. Köper for Vibraphone and String Orchestra, Samba Classique for two marimbas and string orchestra by K.H. Köper – masterpiece dedicated to duo Katarzyna Myćka and Piotr Sutt, Concerto for Vibraphone and chamber orchestra by Prof. B. Schaeffer – dedicated to the soloist and the Dialogues for two percussionists and chamber orchestra by P.A. Komorowski – composition dedicated to Bartłomiej and Piotr Sutt).

Among others he cooperated with: Z. Mehta, G. Crumb, St. Reich, P. Boulez, J. Tate, E. Séjourné, J. Beck, N. Rosauro, Ch. Mangione, The Israel Symphony Orchestra, J. Wooton, A. Åstrand, J. Nandayapa, J. Hill, W. Rowicki, L. Możdżer, J. Rappe, W. Michniewski, N. Kukulska, M. Urbaniak, R. Przemyk, A. Andrus, A. Rojek, K. Bednarek, Bach Ensemble – Meinz, The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland in Warsaw, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Poznań Philharmonic, Łódź Philharmonic, Szczecin Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, MozART Group, Raz Dwa Trzy and Me Myself And I.

Since 2015 he is an artistic director of the National Percussion Workshops in Gdańsk under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 1999 – 2003 he was the artistic director of the International Percussion Music Festivals in Kalisz.

In the year 1990, as the principal timpanist, he has started his cooperation with Polish Chamber Philharmonic. He is the founder and leader of the actively performing Gdańsk Jeunesses Musicales Percussion Ensemble and The Bacewicz Percussion Ensemble. Since 2016, he is one of the Innovative Percussion artists.

He teaches at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, where he is employed as a full professor – Head of the Percussion Department. Since 1985 he has been teaching percussion and chamber music classes at the High School of Music in Gdańsk and at the National Consultative Centre for Percussion and Percussion Chamber Music in Gdańsk.

His engagement in pedagogical activities has resulted in many excellent graduates, soloists, chamber musicians and winners of famous international competitions i.e.: in the USA, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Lithuania. Every year he is invited to the jury of renowned world festivals, competitions and master workshops and music courses.

Since 2006 he has been an artistic director, originator and conductor of the Children’s Oncology Orchestra at the ISKIERKA Foundation for Children with Cancer.

Piotr Sutt has developed an innovative training project and workshops on creativity, self-presentation, communication, and management – based on many years of artistic and pedagogical experience – and he has worked throughout Europe for the largest companies and corporations. Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, CocaCola, Ikea, Mazda, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Philips, Philips Lighting, GlaxoSmithKline, PKO, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas, EFL, Alstom, Henkel, Orlen, KGHM, Energa, Polkomtel, Centertel and many more.

Paweł Gąsowski

Business trainer and coach. Possesses a certificate of the School of Business Trainer and a certificate of School of Coaching. Coordinator and creator of development programs in corporations. The creator of strategy training games in project management. In the course of his work in the area of change management, he was responsible for developing the competence of 3000 employees in financial institutions. Over the years, he has carried out activities supporting the implementation of change in companies in the field of project management and competence management. Supported the implementation of programs such as Six Sigma quality management. As a coauthor of training games used in the process of change management which have  been awarded four times by the Project Management Institute, USA (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013 years) for the best training on project management.

Marcin Żmigrodzki

Long-time project manager, with experience of being a director of project and process management department in the bank, a vice president of a manufacturing company, an IT company owner.

Author of several dozen articles on management, lecturer at many conferences and seminars in the field of project management and Six Sigma, manager of the six sigma programme, winner of PMI® Awards 2007,2009,2010,2010,2013,2014,2016 for the best project management training courses in the world, PMI Poland Chapter Product Award 2010 and ISAGA 2014 Award for the best interactive workshop in the world, and finally Head of Post-degree Studies in Project Management at WSB University and Kozminski University.

In 2010, the project manager was also a finalist of the Polish Project Excellence Award 2010 and in 2003 the project manager was awarded a prize by Microsoft in the Initiative competition. NET. Author of the book Project management for beginners.

Marek Gmerski

Marek Gmerski has graduated from Wroclaw’s Universtity of Economics with a diploma in computer science and management. After some years in IT-business consulting he developed a strong affection to high risk business projects and projects starving for salvation. He was managing strategic IT projects in telecommunications, financials and public. The latest one took place in a medium size insurance company and resulted in complete alteration of claim process.
Now he has been directly involved in business development of a former start-up in electrical power engineering. The company has reached a second position on the protection relays terminals market in Poland and keeps a constant growth factor at approx. 50% per year since the set-up in 2013.
His professional hobby is teaching and writing. You could meet him at post-diploma studies at Kozminski University or Warsaw School of Economics as well at find some articles in Controlling and Management, Management Acconting and PMI polish chapter’s quarterly Strefa PMI.

Grzegorz Turniak

Grzegorz Turniak is an advocate of networking, mingling, talent, and career management ideas. In February 2006 he founded, and until December 2012 he was the president of the BNI Poland. He founded and ran with his partners the Top Careers Club. Among other functions, previously he was the President of Jobpilot Poland, HR Sector Sales Manager – SAP Polska, Managing Director – Neumann Management
A graduate of the Faculty of Electronics at Warsaw University of Technology, a certified OD Consultant (OD Institute Ohio), an entrepreneurship teacher (Babson College), and a certified ICC coach (International Coaching Community). In the years 2002-2004, he was a Member of the Board of PSZK, founder and President of the Association of Professional Speakers. With Jacek Sandorski, Grzegorz is a co-author of books: “Alchemy of Career,” with Roman Wendt “Professional networking or contacts that pay off” and with Witold Antosiewicz “Practical networking guide.”

Shobhna Raghupathy

Shobhna is a Global Strategy & Project Portfolio Management consultant. She has extensive experience in managing enterprise-wide technical and strategic projects in Telecommunications, Healthcare, Finance and Consulting. Shobhna is a recognized presenter at PMI Global Congresses and Leadership Institute Meetings and invited Speaker at PMI Chapter PDDs and Symposia.

Ariel Zgórski

Ariel Zgórski is a Manager specializing in complex, IT-related projects. In previous experience he worked for different sectors ranging from energy, transportation, and IT industries and for the last 5 years has been working in the banking sector. He possesses expertise in managing a number of teams working on the same initiative in many countries.
He is an MBA graduate at Koźmiński University.
Expertise in: Customer Communication, IT Infrastructure, Software Development, and Business Transformation.
Certified in PMP, AgilePM, Prince2, and ITIL.
Passionate about new technologies, Apple products ecosystem, and Ferrari.

Michael Palladino

Michael Palladino is a Project Management and Agile professional with broad experience across several industries. He is the Head, Agile Methods Center of Excellence at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals. Mike is an adjunct Professor at Villanova University, Past President of PMI-DVC and has presented in several countries for over 15 years.

Maria Parysz

Innovation PM with over 14-year’s experience in effective project, program and change management, complex project leadership and creating management processes. Co-owner of LogicAI – one of the leading AI and Data Science companies in Poland.
UX and UCD Product Manager. Startup founder. Lecturer at Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw School of Economics and Collegium Civitas.

Darryl Booker

Darryl W. Booker, PhD, MBA, PMP

Master instructor and senior consultant with Management Training & Development Center and TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, has worked in the information technology (IT) field since 1983. He is the president and CEO of the consulting firm Booker Incorporated which provides business intelligence capture techniques and methods, competency center management (COE, XMO, KF, and HFI) strategy planning, business analysis, e-learning, e-training, and both project and knowledge management consulting services.

Mr. Booker has first-hand knowledge and experience with direct customer contact/interface and conducts Requirements Workshops for the purpose of gathering business solutions. He has incorporated several IT product and service best-practice taxonomies and techniques for requirements solicitation, gathering, and documenting. His duties include managing the requirements process from “idea-ware” to implementation for successful delivery; performing technical/business consulting with IT/MIS directors to assess, refine, and develop both “as is” and “to be” processes; consulting/recommending various forms of normal, alternative, and exception flows, as well as pre- and post-conditions analysis, in presenting process performance using a variety of different tools and methods such as use case scenarios, storyboard scenarios, process flow diagrams, ERDs, DFDs, and structured analysis flows; capturing “as is” and “to be” process states; and performing gap analyses and recommending solution roadmaps.

Mr. Booker focuses on strategic business intelligence: CRM, PRM, ERP, knowledge management, and project management. He gained his knowledge and experience from years of working at IBM in various capacities, including performance consulting, requirements gathering and analysis, skills analysis and assessment, application design and development, sales and marketing, and process and project management.

Mr. Booker is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), an Oracle® Certified Professional (OCP), and an SAP Certified Technical/Application Consultant (CTC/CAC). He is one of the first to receive an e-commerce certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Booker is an active member of IEEE, ACM, and PMI.

Roger Carlos Ramirez

Planinng and Project Manager in real state development projects, Coach, trainer and consultant for 30+ companies in the construction, oil and gas, services and banking companies. Passionate volunteer for PMI, founding member, vicepresident, president, chapter board advisor and mentor for new members of the Santa Cruz, Bolivia Chapter. I believe that inspiring others to share ideas and knowledge can make us grow our true potential as leaders, teams and individuals.

Victoria Kumar

Victoria Kumar, PMP®, PMI-ACP® served as Director, PMI Board of Directors (2014 – 2016).  She is past president of the PMI North Carolina Chapter where she currently serves as VP Programs. Ms. Kumar’s professional career includes PMO program management for organizations in both the private and public sectors.

Ms. Kumar has served the North Carolina State Government for several years as Project Management Office (PMO) Program Manager / Senior Project Manager. She also served as Sr. Program Manager with AIG United Guaranty leading the EPMO in its Enterprise Agile transformation effort. She currently serves as Principal Project Portfolio Analyst at Red Hat, Inc.

She has travelled worldwide, presenting on leadership development and project management in seminars and conferences.  She published several conference papers as part of PMI global congress proceedings, including

Ms. Kumar holds master’s degrees in pure mathematics and in computer science from University of Waterloo (Canada), where she has also earned PhD credits in management science. She has a master’s certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington University. She is a graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®).

 

Srinivas Maram

Srinivas is a Policy and Program Officer at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) where is responsible for annual review of negotiations, appointment & reappointment of Contract Federal Negotiators and other related processes. In addition, he teaches project management professional (PMP®) certification training courses and a lead organiser for the #Meetup professional group in the National Capital Region (NCR) for project management professionals. Srinivas is an active member of PMI since 2010.

Paweł Bochnowski

Paweł develops his experience and skills on a daily basis in large international organizations from the finance and energy sectors. At the same time, he shares the practical knowledge gained in them by cooperating with local companies and startups. He is strongly involved in the development of the project management community, currently working within the Project Management Institiute and Toastmasters International. In his work he adheres to the principle of Continuous Improvement, which is why he shares current trends during trainings, which he checked in his projects and teams.

Przemysław Kutnyj

Public speaking trainer, consultant, spokesperson of Dwie Doliny Ski Station & Hotel Wierchomla Ski&Spa Resort; PR manager since 2005. He worked for brands as: Air France KLM, Haribo, Sante, Motorola or PKO BP. He graduated from Polish Philology at Warsaw University, Postagraduate Studies of Public Relations (Warsaw School of Economics) and Business Coaching Studies at NOVO.

He has started providing trainings in 2007. His passion is public speaking, photography and history of Poland. He became the vice-champion of Poland in Public Speaking in 2016 and the Champion of Poland in Humorous Speeches in 2017 Toastmasters International.