Keynote Speakers

Friday Morning Keynote Presentation: Big Egos

Joel Epstein started his career in the highly competitive real estate finance industry. He quickly rose to the top of his profession and is recognized nationally for his accomplishments. He then began training and coaching in other industries, nationally and internationally. Joel has been coaching, mentoring, training and delivering motivational presentations for over 20 years. He is truly passionate about helping others achieve their goals and dreams, both personally and professionally.

Joel is also the author of The Little Book on Big Ego and the founder and CEO of Friction Factor. What is Friction Factor? Joel believes that your success in life depends on how you view every single occurrence in your day-to-day life. Joel's Friction Factor presentations and workshops incorporate his theories into real life scenarios that allow the attendees to analyze and view disagreements, stressful situations, rude customers, and aggressive people in a whole new light. Joel's incredible success in the business world allows him to truly understand the day-to-day trials and tribulations of just about every potential scenario.

Spend some time with Joel and he will profoundly change the way you interact with your co-workers, employees, team members, family members, business partners, and the list goes on. Joel has appeared on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S and Canada, including nationally on CNN, Fox, Access Hollywood, NBC, ABC, CW, Sirius Satellite Radio, ABC Radio Network and USA Radio Network discussing ego. Producers, anchors and hosts rave about his ability to connect with the audience. They always say they wish they had more time to talk with Joel and invite him back to their shows. Joel has years of experience dealing with out-of-control egos in stressful situations and has learned that understanding EGO is the key to a successful life.

Saturday Morning Keynote: Resilience

Nominated by President Obama, confirmed unanimously by the US Senate to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration, and later excoriated when she resigned during a scandal, Martha Johnson is now a writer, blogger, leadership coach, and highly appreciated speaker about leadership, risk taking, and resilience.

Her book about that experience, On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation, and Personal Resilience, has been a best seller on Amazon and is assigned reading at a number of colleges and universities.
Johnson is the subject of a Yale Management School case, has been featured repeatedly in the Washington Post, was interviewed for C-SPAN BookTV, and contributes blogs to CNN.

Johnson's career has also spanned the private sector, including senior positions in information technology, architecture, strategic consulting, and the automotive industry where she has been key in critical transformation efforts.

Her current book project, The Upside of Upheaval, will be published in 2015 by Praeger. Her blogs can be found on www.MarthaJohnson.com. Her other credits include a novel, In Our Midst, a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Johnson is a graduate of Oberlin College and Yale University. She resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband, Steve.

Thursday Evening Keynote: Col. Tom Manion, USMC (Ret.)

Col. Tom Manion started his career in the Marine Corps – retiring after 30 years as a Colonel. Besides his military career, Tom joined Johnson & Johnson in 1990 and through the years has held various leadership roles building a reputation for delivering results. Tom is the father of 1stLt. Travis Manion. Travis was a Marine leader who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in April 2007.

After the loss of Travis, the family established the Travis Manion Foundation to support our military, the families of the fallen and to help create the next generation of leaders. Through the foundation, Tom has worked within the community and around the country to galvanize people around him, inspiring them to convey a sense of sacrifice and public service in all they do. Tom’s late wife, founder and visionary of the Travis Manion Foundation, Janet Manion, passed away April 24, 2012, devoting every day to putting service above self.

“Col Manion’s writing is simple and powerful. He tells Travis and Brendan’s stories as a narrator of old, in the third person, and thus is able to make the boys seem alive as he relates them discussing their hopes and dreams and of Looney meeting the woman who would later become his wife. It’s this same visceral writing, however, that will make the reader’s heart ache when the Manions are told on a bright Sunday morning of their son’s death, and how it took Looney’s wife seeing his body in the casket to accept the reality of his death…the American public has been deliberately sheltered from war, and America needs to see its consequences in order to grasp its toll on the few military families.”

— Marine Corps Gazette, Book Review

“Brothers Forever is the story of two warrior brothers-in-arms who are bonded forever by their love of country, their shared need to serve, their selflessness, their courage, and war. This is the story of a deep and lasting friendship that lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved them. A deeply moving, true-to-life tale of two men, two brothers, two American heroes, who now rest with the angels, side-by-side at Arlington cemetery. God bless them both.”

—Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the veterans-supporting Gary Sinise Foundation

“For those who might question America’s character, this account of two remarkable young men will restore confidence. So long as our country breeds committed warriors like Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, we will pass down our freedoms intact to the next generation. Their story is the stuff of legends, yet for them it was very real.”

—General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), former commander of US Central Command

Professional Development Speakers

Paul Boos serves as a Software Leadership Coach and Lead Trainer with Santeon Group. He currently works with two Fortune100 clients in the insurance and construction/mining equipment industries. Prior to that he supported executive leadership at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) supporting their transformation to Agile and Lean software development approaches. Earlier, Paul ran software maintenance at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Program; his responsibilities included ensuring the operations and maintenance, as well as development oversight, on all legacy applications within EPA’s largest office. To improve the service levels, he introduced Lean/Kanban concepts for visually managing these activities, cutting the cycle time by over 80%.

Dr. Victor Carter-Bey joined PMI in April of 2011 and serves as the Director of Certification. In this role he is charged with the overall leadership, strategic planning, marketing and brand positioning for a certification program that includes over 650,000 certificants in over 180 different countries. Prior to joining PMI, he also served for five years as a Director/Team Lead of Client Services with Prometric Inc.

Dr. Carter-Bey has worked in a number of other strategic relationship management and product management roles and has spent time at companies such as CheckFree Investment Services, Credit Suisse First Boston, and T. Rowe Price. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, he also holds a MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Maryland University College.

Happiness at Work Survey

Happiness at Work may sound like an oxymoron to many of us, but it is key to creating and sustaining a workplace that reliably yields great work and a positive work experience for employees at all levels. Jocelyn S. Davis and Nelson Hart LLC have begun a research project to determine the impact of volunteer well-being or happiness on the volunteer experience. Workplace research overwhelmingly supports the strategic value of creating great places to work; this research explores the strategic value of creating great places to volunteer.

Since happiness at work is positively linked to favorable changes in key performance indicators, this presentation is essential for those who manage volunteers and will share results from the survey of Region 5 board members identifying strengths and opportunities in creating a great volunteer experience.

About the Speaker

Jocelyn S. Davis is the president of Nelson Hart LLC, a consulting firm that works with clients in all sectors to help them develop teams and workplaces where individuals flourish and organizations thrive. Jocelyn brings strong, practical experience to her work and presentations, combining hard science with soft skills. She was chief financial officer of AARP, and treasurer and chief financial officer of the ICMA Retirement Corporation and ICMA Retirement Trust which provide defined contribution pension plans to state and local government employees. She has served on several boards both as a member and as committee chair: GAVI Fund (a nonprofit funded by the Gates Foundation serving children in the world’s poorest countries), the American Psychological Association (as an outside financial expert on the audit and investment committees), the Allmerica Investment Trust (a mutual fund).

Jocelyn is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park at the Project Management Center for Excellence. She has developed and teaches two innovative positive psychology courses: Managing Project Teams and Evolving as a Leader.

Erika is a Principal Consultant with Beyond20 (www.beyond20.com). She is an accomplished Program Manager who has led multiple IT Service Management (ITSM) and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) implementation projects for both large and small companies. She is a skilled writer, blogger, and presenter on a variety of technical and business topics and is passionate about Project Management. She has served on the board of directors for the San Diego and Phoenix chapters of PMI and was voted "Volunteer of the Year" by PMI International in 2007 for increasing PMI Phoenix’s volunteer base from 2 to 200 in a single year..


Leadership Techniques, LLC, offers customizable leadership and project management seminars targeted to specific audiences. David B. Newman, PMP, and Lisa Hammer, PMP are the principals of Leadership Techniques, LLC.

David has a diversified background in engineering and product development. With a Master’s degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, he is a certified trainer for leadership seminars and loves to share his experience and extensive background with others. Project teams have excelled under his leadership as he has emphasized that the key to building a high performance team is to integrate management skills with a collaborative philosophy to influence and motivate teams.

Lisa began her career as a classroom teacher and then transitioned into project and program management. Her executive career includes the management of several multi-million dollar programs, highlighted by proven leadership and analytical skills, collaboration with outside groups, along with a reputation for accountability, flexibility, and resourcefulness. Using methods of effective interpersonal skills, ability to establish priorities, and meet deadlines and manage budgets, she has built strong project teams and relationships with clients.

Gerald Leonard attended Central State University for a Bachelor in Music and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for a Master in Music as a classical bassist. After receiving his master, Gerald lived in New York City where he worked as a professional bassist and studied with David Walters (Juilliard / Manhattan School of Music).

Gerald then worked in the ministry for the New York City Church of Christ as a full time minister and musician. After coming out of the ministry to pursue his music career with a family, Gerald was introduced to the world of Network computing and Project Management. During the last 17 years Gerald has worked as a IT Project Management consultant and earned the PMP, MCSE, MCTS, CQIA, COBIT Foundation and ITIL foundation certifications. He has also earned certifications in Project Management and Business Intelligence from University of California, Berkeley as well as an Executive Leadership Certification from Cornell University.

Gerald is has a consulting company, Principles of Execution, LLC

Colleen A. McGraw, PMP, is a project management consultant currently working in the financial sector. Her project management career has spanned commercial, military and civilian customers, and has included management of financial, construction, asset management, IT infrastructure, and software development projects. She provides management and strategic planning consulting services, and has established and managed several PMOs. As an advocate of project management as a profession, she particularly enjoys coaching and mentoring project managers, and is a frequent speaker and trainer in project management topics.

Susan Parente is a project engineer, consultant, speaker, author, and mentor who leads large complex IT software implementation projects, and the establishment of Enterprise PMOs. She has 13+ years experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD. Ms. Parente is also an Associate Professor at Post University in CT. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in NY and has a MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University in DC. She is also PMP, CISSP, PMI-RMP and ITIL certified, and is a CMMI and ISO 9001 Practitioner.
Ms. Parente is Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC.

Her company’s focuses on revitalizing projects through the use of risk management. S3 Technologies does this by teaming with clients, stakeholders and vendors and using risk management to deliver project successes. Ms. Parente trains and mentors project managers in the area of project and risk management. She has developed a methodology which she uses to implement risk management programs for both small and large clients and is currently completing her manuscript for a book on implementing risk management.

As the Principal of Lifetime Leaders Inc., Tina Taylor combines her many years of operational experience and business knowledge to provide effective solutions for the firm’s partners and clients.

Identified as a high potential leader early in her career, Ms. Taylor has considerable executive development experience. Her diverse leadership roles include Operations, Program/Project Management, Quality, Strategy, Marketing and Customer Service among others. Tina’s educational credentials include a MBA and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. She is certified as a Project Management Professional as well.

Ms. Taylor’s problem solving skills and aptitude for building and leading high performing teams have been endorsed repeatedly as she supports organizations through periods of change and growth.

After working for 25 years as a project manager for theater, music, and dance productions, Michael R. Van Dyke established and is Principal of Serengeti Enterprises, LLC. His company provides training, team-building, and coaching services to business teams and individuals. He is a certified coach (NCC) through the Newfield Network and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has been on the faculty at Yale University, Dartmouth College, Smith College, and Amherst College. He presents several popular courses in the PMIWDC-NOVA Educational Alliance at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and at PMIWDC functions, such Luncheon Meetings and PM Tools.

Best Practices Speakers

An active member of PMI since 2009, she has served in various volunteer roles as Director of Programs, VP Programs, Annual Conference Core Team Member, Director at Large and currently VP Professional Development. She is also active in NCPMI Project Leaders Toastmasters, holding the position of VP Public Relations.

Jennifer is a PfMP, PgMP, PMP, MBB and ITIL certified manager with more than 25 years of experience in delivering both complex technical infrastructure projects and strategic business development programs on time and within budget. Her experience includes many business sectors including finance, government, hospitality, education and energy. She is currently an Enterprise Project Portfolio Governance Manager at Duke Energy and an Adjunct Professor at Northeast University in the MSPM Program. She is currently a consultant for both Georgetown University and Wake Forrest University. She is also very active with several non-profit organizations including serving as President on the Board of Directors for PMI Metrolina Chapter. Former roles with the chapter included VP of Programs and PDD Chair.

Erin Bankey is a management consulting professional who believes the best personal and business outcomes result from appropriate career alignment with organizational strategy for people to be engaged and passionate at work. Her background in communications and public policy lead her to lead organizational change initiatives shaping her interest in human capital management and its essential role in empowering individuals to follow their callings and build effective teams. Erin has worked for four years in consulting directly with Federal Government clients and building programs for small businesses.

Prior to entering consulting, she worked in a variety of roles across the private, public, and non-profit sectors, gaining experience in everything from non-profit and sports communications, local credit union banking and customer service, local school district innovation and reform, and non-profit research organization initiation and management. Erin loves new opportunities and challenges and helping others learn about themselves to be better team members and contributors through self-awareness and designing individual pathways for success. She holds numerous certifications with a focus on communication and personal style preferences, including DISC®, Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i).

Laura is the CEO and Founder of PMO Strategies, a management consulting firm specializing in creating effective and sustainable change for organizations with an appetite for success. She brings 20 years of change management experience implementing change for a broad range of organizations, from nonprofits to large financial institutions.

Helping those that help themselves and others is a calling for Laura. She is the Co-Founder of the Project Management Day of Service initiative that is raising the profile of the Project Management profession by bringing together 400+ project managers from the region to scope projects for 100 nonprofit organizations as a pro bono service. For the last 10 years, she served the PMI Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter, as a board member in the roles of VP, Certification and Education and VP, Finance. In 2014, she joined the board of the PMI Washington, DC chapter, serving as AVP, Educational Outreach. In 2015, she became the VP, Marketing for the PMIWDC Chapter. Laura also sits on the board of Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chesapeake, Inc. in Baltimore, MD.
Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute® (PMI), PMP certification (10 years) and a Prosci® Change Management Practitioner certification.

Jay Benigno is Senior Project Manager and Logistics Engineer at Elizabeth Arden's Global Logistics Centre in Roanoke, VA. He is also the current President of the PMI Southwest Virginia Chapter. Officially, he has 13+ years experience leading productivity improvement and business enhancement projects and programs that produce bottom-line impact, achieve organizational objectives, and improve customer satisfaction. If you asked him, though, he would say that he has been doing projects in one form or another all his life.

Mr. Roy Burton, CGFM, PMP, CABM has over 30 years of documented success in financial, compensation, project and human resource management. Proven track record in short and long term planning and leading teams to task completion.

Mr. Burton has supported the Washington, DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute for twelve years. Served as the first Chairperson of Luncheons and as VP, Volunteers and Business Services, currently as the Chief Financial Officer since 2011.

Mr. Burton is a retired U.S. Army Finance Officer. Roy’s military career began as a Private in the Finance Corps, progressed to being the Finance Officer for Joint U.S. Forces supporting operations in Soto Cano, Honduras and later the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Mons, Belgium. In addition to finance assignments, he also served as Commander of Company C, 2nd Battalion, Indianapolis, Indiana and the 127th Finance Support Unit, Mons, Belgium. His career culminated as a member of a Commission appointed by President Clinton to review compensation of the seven uniform services.

Mr. Burton currently is the Assistant Director, Support Services for U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which oversees the Internal Revenue Services. Prior to TIGTA, he was the Project Controls Manager, Health Solutions Business Unit of the Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) for 13 years.

Mr. Burton maintains Certifications as a Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Associate Business Manager (CABM). He earned his Masters of Science, Personnel Management and Administration, Troy State University and a Bachelors of Science, Banking and Finance from the University of Florida.

Ken Halloway, PMP, ITIL is the Vice-President of Education and Certification Programs for PMI’s Hampton Roads, Virginia Chapter. He has spent over 30 years experience in management in the public and private sectors and is currently General Manager for the Virginia Division of Atlas Technologies, Inc., a Federal IT contractor. He lectures on project management at several local colleges and universities and is a member of the Tidewater Government-Industry Council (TGIC) that fosters relationships between the Federal Government and its Industry partners, particularly in the areas of acquisitions and project execution. Mr. Halloway earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and has a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.

Lance Holland, PMP is the VP of Programs for the PMI Washington DC Chapter. During his tenure in PMIWDC’s Programs Operational Area, he has developed a number of processes and worked across operational areas to improve speaker management. Part of those improvements was the design of a Speaker Management Database to track speakers and events for the chapter’s 20+ events. During the day, Lance works for the Department of Justice iLance Holland, PMP is the VP of Programs for the PMI Washington DC Chapter. During his tenure in PMIWDC’s Programs Operational Area, he has developed a number of processes and worked across operational areas to improve speaker management. Part of those improvements was the design of a Speaker Management Database to track speakers and events for the chapter’s 20+ events. During the day, Lance works for the Department of Justice in the FBI’s Network Support section as a Program Manager overseeing a portfolio of global, enterprise-wide projects.n the FBI’s Network Support section as a Program Manager overseeing a portfolio of global, enterprise-wide projects.

Loretta Letke, PMP, RMP, ITILv3 certified is a Program Manager and serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Chapter of PMI as the President. She served for 4 years as the VP of Membership. She has been teaching PMP classes since 2008, and has presented nationally at PMI Leadership Meetings. Loretta is a strong advocate for advancing the project management profession. Ms. Letke is a Senior Program Manager with Lockheed Martin Corporation currently supporting the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn MD. Ms. Letke has been in project and program management for over 20 years and has led IT project teams as small as 5 and as large as 120. She has served in program/project management roles on several Federal contracts, including SSA, IRS, SEC, and FDIC. Ms. Letke has extensive experience in strategic planning and working with customers on cost-effective innovation. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Letke spent 11 years at Unisys Corporation and 33 years in Federal Service, mostly at the Social Security Administration. Ms. Letke also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Baltimore and resides in White Marsh, Maryland.

Kendall Lott is the CEO/President of M Powered Strategies, Inc, a change management consulting firm in Washington DC that supports organizations within the U.S. Government. His professional background includes government service at the Departments of Agriculture and Justice, as well as service as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

A certified Project Management Professional, he has served as a volunteer with Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMIWDC) for over a decade, as an active member of the board for 8 years. His volunteer roles include executive management as he has been the COO and CEO of PMIWDC, and the Executive Director of the Project Management Day of Service. His leadership recognition includes the PMI Region 5 2011 Top Performer Award PMIWDC and PMI International’s Large Chapter Leader of the Year Award in 2014.

Mr. Lott holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Marcus Parker is a Program Manager and Business Process Improvement professional with 15 years of experience. His experience has allowed him to hold engineering and senior project management roles for several world class companies which include Xerox, Ciena, and Camber Corporations. He is currently a Program Manager at the Department of Defense and adjunct Professor at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Marcus is a proud alumnus of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. In 1998 he achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and in 2002 he completed a Master of Science degree with concentrations in Product Development and Technology Management. He has published several articles in Department of Defense publications on Business Process Improvement using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies. Marcus serves as President of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Silver Spring Maryland Chapter which has 600 plus members. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Quality (ASQ), Baltimore Maryland Chapter. He and his wife own The ATEM GROUP where is has also trained over 150 certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®) in the Washington, DC metro area. He and his wife Meta T. Parker, and their son Marcus Seldon Parker Jr. “MJ” live in Severn, MD.

Kevin Roney is a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2005. He is an executive with over 30 years of engineering and management experience. Known for his vision and acuity in advancement of information technological products, systems and services Mr. Roney has spearheaded strategic and operational business creation. He has successfully managed over $400M in complex projects and supervised the performance of 140 person consulting divisions at two Fortune 500 businesses. Kevin was elected and assumed the position of Vice President Professional Development in 2014 with the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute. In 2014, PMIWDC Professional Development committee met the needs of over 2000 members, providing over 6000 PDUs.