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Tampa - Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday

South University (on the corner of MLK & N Himes)
4401 N Himes Ave #175
Tampa, FL 33614 

Gainesville - Site meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday

Santa Fe CIED - Imagination Room
530 West University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601


Time/Event Topic/Speaker

8:30 AM - Morning Keynote

"Finding your BEST Future through Failure"

V. Lee Henson CST, PMP - Agile Dad - CEO

10:30 AM - Leadership Track

“Art of Ethical Influence”

Rick Morris - PMP, CHBC, PMI-ACP

10:30 AM – Strategic Track

“How do we prepare for cyber attacks?”

Harumi Urata-Thompson

10:30 AM - Technical Track

“What are the Top 5 Critical Ingredients in Making a Large IT Program Successful?”

Marc Moskowitz, PMP

10:30 AM – Technical Track

"Understanding Agile for Leadership"

Ken Cordova

12:30 PM - Lunch Keynote

“Agile Career Development: Finding Your Place in a Rapidly Changing World”

Michael Milutis

1:45 PM - Leadership Track Speaker

“Everything You Need to Know About Career Transition…and May Be Afraid to Ask!”

Sheila Solomon Rudd, Co-Executive Director/Director of Client Services – TBJL

Robyn Winters, M.A., Career Coach & Networking Expert - TBJL

1:45 PM - Technical Track

“Agile 3.0 - The 5 Agile Secrets That Advanced Agile Companies are Doing”

V. Lee Henson CST, PMP - Agile Dad - CEO

3:30 PM - Leadership Track

“Don’t just be a PM be Project Leader”

Wayne Brantley

3:30 PM - Technical Track

“Artificial Intelligence in Project Management” 

Sundara Moorthi

3:30 PM – Strategic Track

“Mission to Mars: An Agile Adventure”
Michael Roberts


Symposium Speaker Details

8:30 AM - Morning Keynote

Speaker: V. Lee Henson CST, PMP - Agile Dad - CEO

Topic: Finding your BEST Future through Failure

Many of the greatest success stories all began with a hard flat failure. Come and be energized to learn how to turn the hardest times into the best times and leverage the best ideas to succeed. 


Lee’s 16 years of experience spans a broad array of roles and responsibilities. He is currently one of just over 230 Certified Scrum Trainers worldwide. He is also a SAFe Scaled Agile Program Consultant, Project Management Professional, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and a Certified Lean Agile Professional. His personal experience includes web development, quality assurance, test engineering, sr. product manager, sr. project manager, ScrumMaster, agile coach, consultant, & ADDIE training professional. His client list includes over 44 Fortune 100 companies, government projects, software production facilities, and many successful large-scale agile implementations.

His unique blend of real-world experience in various roles combined with the ability to drive home complex concepts in an easy to understand manner make him an amazing coach to get any team best focused on project related initiatives. Unlike other trainers or coaches, Lee has personally assisted in the organizational transformation of companies sized from start up to enterprise intercontinental.

When not coaching or training, Lee enjoys doing motivational, inspirational, and keynote speaking sessions at various conferences, churches, & universities. He has been recognized multiple times for excellence in public speaking and does all he can to help others get the most out of both work & home life.

Lee is a graduate of the Disney Management Institute and has served as Chairperson for the Scrum Alliance Certification Advisory Board. He is the inventor of Rapid Release Planning and is continually looking for ways to advance the Agile & Scrum community.

10:30 AM - Leadership Track

Speaker: Rick Morris - PMP, CHBC, PMI-ACP

Topic: Art of Ethical Influence

One of the greatest misconceptions in project management is that the project manager “owns” the project.  However, what does the project manager own?  The resources?  The budget?  The scope?  The reality is that the project manager does not own these decisions; rather the project manager influences the decisions.  John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”  Rick Morris will explore how to influence key areas of project management ethically and responsibly.  How do you influence dates?  How do you get the resources you deserve?  How do you handle the typical conflict that dooms projects before they even start?  Rick will review time tested techniques and reveal the art of ethical influence in a keynote presentation that you do not want to miss!


Rick A. Morris, PMP, is a certified Scrum Agile Master, Human Behavior Consultant, best-selling author, mentor, and evangelist for project management. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him an internationally sought-after speaker delivering keynote presentations for large conferences and PMI events around the world.  He holds the PMP (Project Management Professional), MPM (Masters of Project Management), Scrum Agile Master, sAFE, PMI-ACP, Six Sigma Green Belt, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, TQM, ATM-S, ITIL, ISO certifications, and is on the President’s Advisory Council and an Executive Director for the John Maxwell Team. 

Rick is the Owner of R2 Consulting, LLC and has worked for organizations such as GE, Xerox, and CA and has consulted to numerous clients in a wide variety of industries including financial services, entertainment, construction, non-profit, hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing. Rick has over 100 implementations of Project and Portfolio Management and Agile systems including Clarity, Project Server, Planview, Primavera, Daptiv, Agile Central, Workfront, and many others. Rick has three previous books The Everything Project Management Book, 2nd Edition, Project Management That Works! and Stop Playing Games!  His latest book No Day But Today! is an Amazon #1 best seller.  Rick has collaborated with some of the best in the business contributing chapters and insight to several publications including the Amazon #1 best seller Agile Almanac – Book 2. Rick also appears weekly on his live radio show “The Work/Life Balance” on the Voice America Business Network Fridays at 5 PM EST/ 2 PM PST and is a featured contributor to the “Transformational Leader Podcast” for the John Maxwell Team.  Rick was recently named one of the most influential project managers on social media and a Top 10 CEO of 2018. 

Rick was also a subject of an unsolicited Forbes article titled, “How an Author Amassed over 200 Quality Recommendations on Linked In.” An active member of the Project Management Institute, graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class (LIMC), and Mentor to the 2012 PMI LIMC, Rick is no stranger to being center stage in front of large groups of people. At the early age of 11, Rick was a Walt Disney World Performer in their seasonal shows. In high school, he worked at MGM Studios on various projects including the New Mickey Mouse Club. Rick is also an Executive Producer of the Official Mickey Mouse Club Reunion.  Taking the experience of his youth and blending it with the knowledge he attained throughout his career, Rick has been able to inspire and mentor many project managers. His blend of real world experience and down to earth delivery style makes his passion for the profession contagious.

10:30 AM – Strategic Track

Speaker: Harumi Urata-Thompson

Topic: How do we prepare for cyber attacks?

Lately, we have been hearing a new company reporting some type of breach every week although the causes and affect are all different.  Some are large organizations and some are small businesses but each incident leaves people in a vulnerable position all the same.  What should we, in the digital economy, be aware of so we may prevent a breach or if we do get compromised, we need to be prepared so we can keep damages minimal for the organization while keeping the customers feel safe?

You will learn during this presentation:

  • What is cyber security?
  • Cyber security framework
  • What can we do to prevent?
  • Post attack follow up and recover
  • Associated costs

Join Harumi Urata-Thompson, an emerging technology influencer and business leader to walk through the subject to allow us be the best project manager we can be in this digital era.


Harumi Urata-Thompson is a CEO of HUT Consulting.  She specializes in leading and advising companies on taking innovative paths to achieve strategic, operational, and marketing success in their businesses.  Currently, she is consulting to and serving on the board of directors of several companies.  In addition, she acts as mentor to a number of people and speaks at numerous events.  Subject’s expertise includes Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto currency, Cyber security, Outerspace, Cross-border Business, and Diversity and Inclusion.  She is also a Co-Founder and CEO of Celestial data.

Prior to starting HUT Consulting, Harumi was the Chief Operating Officer for CFA Society New York (previously New York Society of Security Analysts), a nonprofit affiliate of the CFA Institute with 10,000 financial professionals.  As COO, she was responsible for operating all aspects of the organization, and successfully improved its performance through offering better value to its members, instituting significantly better operating processes, developing corporate partnerships, and establishing a new business model for attracting revenues from sponsors.  Before CFA Society New York, Harumi spent 14 years at Thomson Reuters where she held various positions including: Director at the corporate level overseeing innovation and managing a portfolio of mobile products across divisions; Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Healthcare and Science business, where she oversaw all management activities of five business units, including acquisitions, business and product management, and planning for an annual $900M budget covering 4,300 employees; and Product Manager looking after the company’s fixed income business, while launching the most significant product in this division’s history. Harumi began her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, working in fixed income sales and mergers & acquisitions.

Harumi has an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BA, magna cum laude, in business from Sophia University in Japan. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Project Management Professional certified, an Advanced Communicator and Leader of Toastmasters, and bilingual in English and Japanese.  Harumi has traveled extensively, plays piano, and keenly follows performing arts.

10:30 AM - Technical Track

Speaker: Marc Moskowitz, PMP

Topic: “What are the Top 5 Critical Ingredients in Making a Large IT Program Successful?”

  • Explore Project Failure Trends Across the Industry
  • Why is Repeatable Success So Difficult to Achieve
  • Top 5 Ingredients in Making an IT Project Successful
  • What Will Make You a Repeat Champion
  • Open Discussion & Exercise

Mr. Moskowitz has over twenty-two years of experience in the Information Technology and Consulting industries with a focus on Global Program Management, Operational Excellence, Digital Transformation, People Management, Innovation, and Software Development. He is the author of The Question Series on LinkedIn and has been published within various industry e-magazines. Mr. Moskowitz is currently an Operational Excellence & Transformation Leader at Fiserv (the world’s largest FinTech Company) and has held senior level positions at The Nielsen Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global Signal (now Crown Castle International), GoldMind Consulting, and several local start-up companies. Mr. Moskowitz holds Bachelor Degrees in both Management Information Systems and Finance from The Florida State University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.     

10:30 AM – Technical Track

Speaker: Ken Cordova

Topic: Understanding Agile for Leadership

Learn how to get the most out of your Agile Implementation


Ken Cordova has over 20 years of project and organizational management, including result oriented planning, integration, and deployment expertise combined with deep business acumen, risk, and financial industry experience. He has primarily focused on the Information Technology space with engagements with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and start-ups businesses. He is currently serving as the Vice President of Public Relations and Sponsorship for the Northern Utah Chapter.

Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an emphasis on Marriage and Relationships from Brigham Young University and is bilingual in Spanish.  He is currently the PMO Director of Boral North America, a 12bn dollar construction materials manufacturing company. When Ken is not managing projects, he is usually traveling or catching up on home improvement projects.

12:30 - Lunch Keynote

Speaker: Michael Milutis

Topic: Agile Career Development: Finding Your Place in a Rapidly Changing World

In this presentation, Michael Milutis will address the many career challenges we face in a rapidly shifting world of digital transformation, where multiple new technologies are coming to maturity at the same time, and changing the way business value is created. Attendees will walk away with a simple, 6 step heuristic for preparing themselves for the future of work and readjusting their career direction.


Michael Milutis is an INFP committed to human capital development, continuous workplace learning, and corporate mindfulness. He works with technology organizations to develop innovative learning cultures and he coaches individuals and teams so that they can develop continuously, grow personally, and realize their highest potential.

1:45 PM - Leadership Track Speakers

Speakers: Sheila Solomon Rudd, Co-Executive Director/Director of Client Services – TBJL & Robyn Winters, M.A., Career Coach, & Networking Expert - TBJL

Topic:  “Everything You Need to Know About Career Transition…and May Be Afraid to Ask!”

Based on recent research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majorities of workers - including project managers - spend an average of 1-5 years in a job, and most change jobs 12-15 times over the life of their career. So it’s important to invest both time and energy to learn effective tools to transition from one job to another, regardless of where you may be on the career continuum. In this session, you will learn 5 major elements necessary to launch a job search and place you firmly on the path to your next success.


Sheila Solomon Rudd, TampaBay-Job-Links Executive Director

Sheila has experience as a volunteer and a professional leader for community organizations. As a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a BA in anthropology and linguistics and additional coursework in graduate level non-profit management at Gratz College, Sheila has worked professionally as a non-profit director, program administrator, and a seminar planner and instructor.

Sheila takes pride in her ability to capture a vision and make it into a reality, and she has a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. Since 2011, as the founding executive director of TampaBay-Job-Links, Sheila has worked in partnership with Job-Links board members to grow the non-profit organization from a staff of one to seven, and since 2014, TampaBay-Job-Links has maintained a job landed rate of 85%.   

Robyn Winters, M.A., TampaBay-Job-Links (TBJL) Career Strategist

Robyn is a Professional Career Strategist, seminar leader, and professional speaker who has been a member of the TampaBay-Job-Links team for more than 7 years. She works with a broad cross section of individuals in career transition across a multitude of industries and job functions, preparing them with professional skills that include résumé writing, networking, interviewing, and negotiating.

Her extensive experience includes working with three major career management firms, where she developed and facilitated hundreds of workshops, training more than 3,500 people.    

Robyn holds a Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University and for 15 years was an adjunct faculty instructor at Cornell University’s School of Management. She is highly enthusiastic about helping people transition to the next steps in their career.

1:45 PM - Technical Track

Speaker:  V. Lee Henson CST, PMP - Agile Dad - CEO

Topic: “Agile 3.0 - The 5 Agile Secrets That Advanced Agile Companies are Doing”

Learn the TOP 5 ADVANCED Agile practices that over 40 of the Fortune 100 Companies have embraced, that you have yet to learn! 

Now that many organizations have selected to morph Agile into their own homegrown Agile Center of Excellence, many have missed out on simple advanced practices that would allow them to be even more aligned and ready to embrace a more practical Agile application. In this session / workshop, I intend to cover each of the following 5 topics that will help bring organizations back on the more direct Agile Path: 

1) Building Internal & External Agile Service Level Agreements
2) The Art of the Agile Press Release - Say more with Less
3) The ONLY and BEST way to estimate Stories, Releases, and Projects
4) The Concept of Team John - What is it and How does it work? 
5) What is the POBAFATA and how do I leverage this? 

3:30 PM - Leadership Track

Speaker: Wayne Brantley

Topic: “Don’t just be a PM be a Project Leader”

Project Management is a challenging job. Project Managers do not have formal authority, and they do not hire and fire their team, they compete with other projects for resources, and they also come from differentbackgrounds. Yet as a project manager we are supposed to get the work done on time and within budget. How?  Do you want to be an impacting project manager? Do you wantto be one that leads, inspires, and motivates teams?  In this presentation you will identify skills and techniques that you can use to improve your project management efforts.

Topics covered include:

  • Better project manager communication skills 
  • Servant leadership 
  • Leadership styles 
  • Personality types 
  • Handling conflicts 
  • Develop presentation skills 
  • And more! 


Wayne is the President and Chief Evangelist Officer for 360 Training Solutions (a service-disabled veteran owned small business) providing training, speaking, and coaching services.  Wayne was the 2017 PMI Tamp Bay President and a content contributor to the PMBOK® Sixth edition.  Wayne has taught and consulted project management, change management, quality management, leadership, curriculum development, Internet course development, and return on investment (ROI) around the world to Fortune 500 companies and is an often requested dynamic and entertaining speaker. 

Wayne is currently an adjunct professor for The Florida Institute of Technology. Wayne is also a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, and coach and is the Senior Practice Leader for PM ROI for the ROI Institute. Wayne co-authored “Project Management ROI: A Step-by-Step Guide for Measuring the Impact and ROI for Projects”.

3:30 PM - Technical Track

Speaker: Sundara Moorthi

Topic: “Artificial Intelligence in Project Management”

Radical technological advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Automation, Business Intelligence that provide greater Insights, 3D Printing, and many others are leading to another industrial revolution which will impact in our lives and careers. Organizations are expected to do more with less resources and it’s highly essential to know how we can increase the productivity leveraging these technological advancements. Moorthi will share his thoughts on how to exploit the AI and Automation in Project Management and explore currently available industry solutions. Using case studies, he will illustrate how AI is affecting Project Managers.                               


Sundara Moorthi is a senior consultant at BST Global where he currently leads the Application Performance Engineering practice areas, since 1995 he is working in multiple capacities at BST Global such as Product Manager, Project Manager, Business Intelligence Solutions Architect, and Senior Software Engineer. BST Global is a leader in providing Enterprise Resource and Project Management solutions for Professional Services Industry worldwide since 1971. Moorthi is also a passionate instructor, speaker, and mentor in Project Management areas. He is teaching at various organizations including PMI Tampa Bay since 2008. He led the PMI Tampa Bay Chapter and the Board as President during 2014 and served in the Executive Board since 2010.

3:30 PM – Strategic Track

Speaker: Michael Roberts

Topic: Mission to Mars: An Agile Adventure

Work Together to Launch a Rocket to Mars!

This innovative board game challenges players to build and launch a rocket to Mars. Players form Agile teams, collaborating through “Sprints” to complete important tasks. The game tracks each team's score, along with other metrics used in Agile, such as “Velocity”. In order to win the game and successfully launch your rocket, your team will have to demonstrate characteristics of actual successful Agile teams.


ASPE’s Michael Roberts is an IT industry professional with more than 20 years of experience in project management, application management, business analysis, IT operations management, and more. Cisco, ComTIA, Microsoft, ICAgile and SAFe certified with extensive scope of responsibility, Michael has a proven track record of delivering optimal results in high growth environments through initiatives that exceed operational performance targets and yield measurable outcomes. Michael has spoken publically at many events and user groups on various subjects including organizational change management, project management, Agile development process, and DevOps transformations. Michael has delivered the Mission to Mars: An Agile Adventure game to 500+ professionals in places like New York, St. Louis, Raleigh, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

Chapter Membership

Total Members 2168
New members this year 512
PMP® Members 1384
CAPM® Members 34
PgMP® Members 3
PMI-SP® Members 2
PMI-RMP® Members 3
PMI-ACP® Members 92
PfMP® Members 1
PMI-PBA® Members 6
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 2097
Student Members 59
Other Members 12
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We will be moving our October 2019 Chapter Meeting to Thursday, October 10th. This meeting will also be our Annual Business Meeting required of all Florida corporations. We are moving our meeting up one week in October due to the Symposium being held on Friday October 18th.   

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