2018 Holiday Party


Holiday Party – December 4th at 6PM

PMI NNV is inviting you and a guest to join us for our annual holiday party. This year we will be at Napa Sonoma Plumgate. Registration is required for this event; walk-ins are not accepted. Registration is open until 11/26 at midnight, so hurry now to register since seats are limited.

Please choose an entree from these three entrees when registering:

  1. Stuffed Chicken Breast – Artichoke hearts – cherry tomatoes – fresh mozzarella
  2. Cabernet Braised Short Ribs – Pan Jus – Humboldt Fog Fondue
  3. Vegetarian

If you are bringing a guest you will need to register them separately using an email address other than the one with which you registered.

Location: Napa Sonoma Plumgate
550 W. Plumb Lane, Suite E
Reno, NV 89509


October 23, 2018 Dinner Meeting

Eileen_Webb2.pngTitle:  So, You Want to be a Consultant!

Speaker: Eileen Webb

Many people wonder what it would be like to be a consultant either full-time or as a part time work after they retire.  In 2005, after working for large and small corporations including Procter and Gamble, Texas Instruments, Nortel Networks, Weyerhaeuser, and Greatbatch Sierra, Eileen Webb started her first consulting company – Streamline Consulting - Industrial Engineering working with manufacturers, casinos, and governments.  In 2012, she started her second consulting company, Accreditation Preparation - ABET accreditation with universities around the world.  Eileen was well prepared to do the work with clients since she had expertise gained as an internal consultant and project manager for many years, but she had a lot to learn about the other parts of running a consulting business.  She will talk about the pros and cons of consulting as well as the resources available to someone

Location: Twisted Fork - 1191 Steamboat Pkwy Reno NV, 89521


August 28, 2018 Dinner Meeting

Nancy.jpgCyber Security for your Home Office

Are your home office and personal data secure? Every day we see stories of hacking and cyber security breaches that happen to other people. Could this happen to you? What would be the impact if your home office system was hacked? In this dinner presentation, Nancy Thompson will describe actions you can take to improve the security of your home office data. Here are some of the topics she will discuss:

  • How do you identify your home office cyber security risks?
  • How can you avoid these risks?
  • How can you realistically mitigate and reduce the risks?
  • Where can you transfer cyber security risks? What is the cost?
  • Which cyber security risks should you just accept?
  • What should you do if all else fails and you are hacked

Attend this dinner meeting and find out how you can improve your peace of mind by addressing your home office cyber security risks!

Nancy Thompson, PMP, CISM, CGEIT, CISA

Location: Twisted Fork - 1191 Steamboat Pkwy Reno NV, 89521


September 25, 2018 Dinner Meeting


Cellular Networks, Net Neutrality, and FirstNet: How this all works.

David Fein is the guest speaker for the September NNV-PMI Dinner meeting, the topic is Cellular Networks, Net Neutrality, and FirstNet.  Anyone who uses a cellular device for business or pleasure should attend to get some insight on how all this pulls together. 


Location: Twisted Fork - 1191 Steamboat Pkwy Reno NV, 89521


July 24 2018 Dinner Meeting

Carla.pngThe Resonant Project Manager

As project managers, we are taught to focus on scope, schedule, and budget. However, studies have shown the main reasons for project failure is almost never purely technical. When we dig deeper into the common sources of project failure, we find it’s rarely a shortfall in technical expertise, but rather a shortcoming in the project leadership’s interpersonal, communication, and self-management behaviors. Leadership is the key to project success and the path to effective and sustainable leadership is through resonance.

The resonant leader style was introduced in the book Primal Leadership by Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee and Daniel Goleman. The resonant leader manages their emotions, knowing the impact it can have on performance by influencing the mood of those around them. Every project manager needs to have supportive and productive relationships with the project team and key stakeholders. In this session, you'll learn how leadership renewal experiences create sustainable and resilient productivity and high team performance. For more information on the subject of Resonance, checkout Sneak Peek into EMEA Congress - Leadership on www.projectmanagement.com (requires PMI membership to access)

Carla Fair-Wright, PMP
Optimal Consulting LLC

Location: Twisted Fork - 1191 Steamboat Pkwy Reno NV, 89521

pdf The Resonant Project Manager (PMI NNV) (1.91 MB)

June 26, 2018 Dinner Meeting


What Can Lean Do For You? 

As project managers we are often involved in projects to improve our organization’s operational activities. An organization’s operational excellence journey can also be called its journey to LEAN. This journey is never-ending, but it is not difficult. The hard part is deciding to start. In this short talk Rishi Malhotra will share some ideas:




  • When do you need Lean?
  • What is Lean?
  • What is the difference between Lean and Six Sigma?
  • Value Added v/s Non-Value Added
  • The Eight Lean Wastes
  • Benefits of Lean
  • Visual Workplace
  • What is a Kaizen event?
  • Results from Kaizen events

Attend this dinner event and learn about how you can use Lean principles to move your organization towards operational excellence.

Location: Twisted Fork 1191 Steamboat Pkwy Reno NV, 89521


May 22, 2018 Dinner Meeting

What People Really Need From Leaders

One of the primary responsibilities of a leader is to provide their people with the resources and support they need to succeed. But do you know what they really need? What if I told you that most of what you think you know about your people is wrong?
In “What People Really Need From Leaders,” Kevin Ciccotti offers cutting-edge insights and strategies for developing world-class leadership skills, building more resonant relationships, and getting teams to commit and work together more effectively from the outset. These tools are on the leading edge of human behavior and leadership strategy, and are essential to creating sustainable success for yourself and your organization.

Participants will learn tools and strategies that they can begin to implement immediately in order to develop a deeper understanding of the people they work with, and create an environment that allows them and their team to achieve their full potential.

Location: Twisted Fork 1191 Steamboat Pkwy, Reno, NV 89521


February 27, 2018 Dinner Meeting



Teamwork has a huge impact on the success of a project. Think back to the most successful projects you have ever worked on and likely you will remember that the teamwork was top notch. Yet our checklist of what we need to do as a Project Manager doesn’t always include working on the teamwork. In this dinner session, we will talk about the traits of highly effective teams and explore ways to improve teamwork in any environment. Feel free to bring your horror and/or success stories.

At the February dinner meeting we are also doing our yearly Chapter review.

LocationCourtyard Marriott


April 24, 2018 Dinner Meeting

cathynorris.jpgCrunch Time: Communicate Effectively in Times of Stress

When you’re stressed to the max, how effectively do you communicate with your stakeholders and project team members? If you’re anything like most leaders, not always so well. As a project manager, you can use your conversations to build trust and choose words to match the impact you intend, even when you’re stressed. The key is recognizing your stress response, stopping yourself when you find yourself in it, and having the mindset and skillset to communicate in a way that increases your team’s engagement, innovation, and productivity. In this interactive presentation, you will:

• Learn how to use your conversations to keep stress levels down, as well as boost your work satisfaction and productivity
• Understand what happens in the body’s neurochemistry when using statements that increase trust versus statements that decrease trust
• Learn a neuroscience-based conversational model, Conversational Intelligence®, that defines 3 Levels of Conversation, how each Level impacts other people, and when to use each Level to accomplish your goals and build trust

Location: Twisted Fork 1191 Steamboat Pkwy Reno NV, 89521


January 23, 2018 Dinner Meeting

cheryl_2.jpgPMBOK® Guide 6th Edition: What’s in it for you?
The 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide has been available since fall 2017. This somewhat dense book is the “bible” for project managers, so it is important that we keep up with the latest changes. What is new in the latest PMBOK® Guide? Any momentous changes? If you are a practicing project manager, how does this version of the PMBOK® Guide affect you? If you are planning to take the PMP exam in 2018, how does the new PMBOK® Guide affect you? Ms. Allen will answer these questions and more; and will lead a discussion on how you can most effectively make use of this valuable guide along with the Agile Practice Guide, both of which are downloadable to PMI Members. Come join us and learn about the latest PMBOK® Guide!

Location: Twisted Fork - 1191 Steamboat Pkwy, Reno, NV 89521



March 27, 2018 Dinner Meeting

 Kit_Prendergast.pngColorful Personalities: Navigating the Differences

& Bringing Out the Best!

As an experienced professional program manager, are you sometimes puzzled by the personality differences among your own team or even between you and your boss? If so, you are not alone.

Personality styles are just one kind of diversity in today’s work world, but they can make or break your team’s success. As we know, we all have our own personality style and that style directly impacts how we connect, communicate and collaborate with others. Often these working relationships go smoothly but they also can easily derail with misunderstandings that seriously effect productivity.

Join Katherine (Kit) Prendergast, certified Executive Leadership Development Coach, in this fast paced, dynamic presentation to learn how to identify and navigate these differences while bringing out the best of each of your team members.

Come ready to laugh, learn and walk away with a wealth of ideas, strategies and concrete tools to apply immediately to your own unique program manager role and responsibilities.

Location: Courtyard Marriott 6855 South Virginia Street Reno, Nevada 8951