Project Management Skills for the New Normal

Speakers

Speaker Profiles

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Sunil Prashara - Keynote Speaker

President and CEO of PMI

About Sunil Prashara

As President & Chief Executive Officer of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Sunil Prashara is the lead advocate for PMI’s global organization, serving more than three million professionals working in nearly every country of the world. His primary responsibility is to implement PMI’s global strategic plan with a priority on strategic focus, customer centricity and organizational agility. This includes expanding the PMI footprint globally, as well as digitizing PMI’s offerings and platforms to benefit its members and a variety of other stakeholders. The plan will also continue to enhance and advocate for the profession of project management.

Sunil was named CEO of PMI in March of 2019. He brings more than three decades of valuable global leadership to PMI, with a solid track record of setting and delivering strategy, managing large scale transformation agendas, and meeting growth targets for international organizations.

 

Prior to joining PMI, he served as CEO of i1too Ltd in the U.K., a sales accelerator for digital start-ups, which he founded in 2016 and grew internationally. He previously served as CEO of Expereo International, and also held numerous executive leadership positions throughout the information and communications technology and telecommunications industries. His extensive multi-functional, multi-cultural, multi-geography experience includes managing sales, operations and digital transformation for companies such as Vodafone, Nokia, Accenture and Perot Systems (NTT). As a business executive, he has developed an appreciation for project management expertise, and understands from an “outside-in” perspective how PMI can expand its reach globally.

Sunil speaks Punjabi and Hindi. He is a graduate of the University of London and resides in the U.K. with his wife Kavita and two sons Kamran and Raghav. He enjoys golf, boxing, martial arts and traveling.

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Swish Goswami - Keynote Speaker

CEO at Trufan, Investor, 3-Time TEDx Speaker & UN Youth Ambassador

About Swish Goswami

Swish Goswami, 23, is the CEO of Trufan, a social intelligence platform that helps brands of all sizes make smarter marketing decisions. His company has raised over $1.8M to date (from several NBA players and venture firms) and has clients like Samsung, Netflix, NBA, NFL, PUMA and a plethora of small to medium sized businesses. Trufan recently acquired the world's leading audience segmentation platform SocialRank.

Swish has given three TEDx talks, secured a publishing deal with Kogan Page and is an advisor/investor in popular social companies like Upstream, FaZe Clan and 6ixBuzzTV. He has a personal following of over 150,000 and enjoys speaking around the world under North America’s prestigious bureau Speakers Spotlight. For his entrepreneurial and philanthropic achievements, Swish was inducted into Plan Canada's Top 20 under 20, recognized as Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year and awarded the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership award.

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April Callis-Birchmeier PMP, CCMP

President of Springboard Consulting

About April Callis-Birchmeier

April is an internationally known organizational change management expert who has implemented transformational change for clients including the State of Michigan, AAA, and Whirlpool. 
 
As a PMP she became frustrated when projects didn’t include organizational change management principles and techniques, causing people to suffer through unorganized, poorly managed change and resulting negativity. 

April is President of Springboard Consulting and teamed with other change leaders to develop the global Standard for Change Management®. She was one of the first to receive the Certified Change Management Professionals (CCMP™) designation and is a recognized thought leader for the Association of Change Management Professionals.

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Carl Oxholm, CPA, CA

National Leader, Culture & Leadership

About Carl Oxholm

Carl has been with PwC for more than 28 years and has enjoyed a variety of senior leadership roles. As a partner for the last 17 years, Carl has led service teams with an exceptional track record spanning multiple industries. Carl now spends his time as a Lead Partner on some of PwC’s largest national (and global) priority clients. He is PwC Canada’s National Leader of Culture & Leadership and developed PwC’s service offering around enhanced Emotional Intelligence (“EI”) – helping PwC, and its clients, gain a stronger understanding about how to increase one’s capacity to cope and thrive amidst growing demands and expectations. He is a certified performance coach and was PwC’s National Partner Coaching Leader where he led a faculty of professional external coaches, sat on several of PwC’s global steering committees and was a founding member of both the PwC Charitable Foundation and PwC’s Women in Leadership programs. 

Carl’s coaching leadership role afforded him the opportunity to work with some of the Olympic athletes that they sponsor (and in turn, some of their coaches)…all of which led to his compulsion to want to share what he has learned regarding leadership development and EI. Carl is also PwC’s National Client Experience leader and responds, when he can, to the numerous ongoing requests to be a keynote speaker. 

Carl has travelled the world providing talks and facilitating workshops that involve culture change, emotional intelligence and leadership acumen. Having helped numerous global companies, not-for-profit organizations and Professional Associations alike, he has travelled all across Canada and the United States and to Rome, Switzerland, Germany, London, Chile, South Africa and Australia. As he often says, it is his privilege and pleasure to serve wherever needed.

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Cheryl Lee, PMP PMI-PBA CBAP

Business Analysis and Project Management Consultant

About Cheryl Lee

Cheryl is the CEO of Knowledge Adapters, a Toronto-based consulting firm that offers business analysis and project management consulting and training services in the areas of business analysis, project management and change management. Clients include public and private sector organizations across all industries, including financial services, high tech, telecommunications, transportation, construction, entertainment, and all levels of government.
Cheryl is co-author of “Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration” (2015), J. Ross Publishing, and one of four global authors of The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (2017), published by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

She has spoken at conferences, chapter meetings, colleges, and at universities to audiences across the globe.

Cheryl founded the PMI Toronto Chapter Business Analysis Community; the first Business Analysis Community within a PMI Chapter, and has served as a Director at Large for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Toronto.

Cheryl is a certified Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).

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Dean Kulaweera

IT Job Search Coach | IT Recruiter | Speaker | Live Streamer

About Dean Kulaweera

With 8+ years’ experience as an IT Recruiter, Dean Kulaweera has specialized in the Recruitment of IT Professionals in organizations ranging from startups to large-sized, multi-national corporations seeking IT Talent across the Greater Toronto Area. 

Dean is a passionate Speaker who has spoken at a variety of events on topics related to the Job Search, including for: H.O.P.S., PMI (LA Chapter), TOTech Career Fair, Humber College, Fellow International Student, and the TorontoJobs.ca Virtual Career Fair. Also an avid content creator on Social Media where he shares a variety of Job Search content to help Job Seekers. Connect with Dean at www.deankulaweera.com

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Greg Githens, PMP

Executive & Leadership Coach, Consultant, Advisory Board Member,

PMI SeminarsWorld Speaker

About Greg Githens

Greg Githens’ mission is to upskill individuals to make positive impact by delivering useful ideas and new perspectives. His engaging enthusiastic style has earned him the reputation as one of PMI’s most popular speakers.
Greg is the author of How to Think Strategically: Sharpen Your Mind. Develop Your Competency. Contribute to Success. 

This highly rated book explains that strategic thinking is an individual competency composed of 20 microskills. Because strategic thinking is rare and valuable, those who demonstrate it have more value to their organizations and are more promotable.
Greg has been a featured speaker at PMI congresses, PMI chapters, The Management Roundtable, and elsewhere. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University (USA) and a master’s degree from Miami University (USA).

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Marcus Glowasz

Co-Founder and Product Lead at Fortean

About Marcus Glowasz

Marcus Glowasz is a Co-Founder and Product Lead at Fortean, a Swiss technology startup that leverages data analytics and artificial intelligence technology to innovate and redefine the project management practice.
 

Marcus has extensive experience as a Project and Program Manager, with expertise in large scale transformation programs in the Financial Services sector. With over two decades of experience in technology-driven projects, Marcus developed an obsession and passion for the innovation of the project management practice through research and entrepreneurship in future-defining technologies, and the transformation towards more efficient and effective project functions and deliveries.

Marcus holds an Executive MBA from Henley Business School (UK) as well as professional certifications from PMI (Program Management Professional [PgMP]®, Project Management Professional [PMP]®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner [PMI-ACP]®), APM (PRINCE2, MSP) and Stanford University (SCPM).

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Mishirika Scott, MBA-PM, PMP

Project Manager at California State University Los Angeles Student Success Systems | Trailblazer | 360° Mentor Leader

About Mishirika Scott

Mishirika Scott is a certified project management practitioner (PMP® through PMI) from Los Angeles, CA. For over 7 years, I’ve dedicated my purpose work to student success. As a natural communicator and connector, I help people move from mediocrity and into excellence. I’m on a personal mission to put the ‘Leader back into Leadership’, and make meaningful connections along the way.

As the Project Manager at California State University, Los Angeles, I lead the campus-wide efforts of EAB Navigate (a $1.2-$4M technology-based student management system). Beyond managing projects, I teach a CAPM® exam prep course.

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Rain Annie Lim

Social Venture Activist, Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Philanthropist, Mom, Human Being, CEO & Founder WEWorldNetwork

About Rain Annie Lim

Dr. Rain is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and intuitive healer. With a unique blend of entrepreneurship and spirituality, Rain has inspired thousands of individuals from across the globe on how to live a more soulful and purposeful life by stepping into their fullest expression. Rain created SEEDS Leadership Program, Internationally-acclaimed transformational program designed to overcome adversity by breaking free from limiting beliefs and shining a spotlight on our authentic selves to thrive as leaders. 

An internationally sought-after speaker, she has shared the stage with Arianna Huffington, Jack Canfield, HRH Queen of Ghana, Dr. Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Prize winner), and many more.

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Swati D. Doshi

Founder & Managing Director, Human Results | Coach | Speaker | HR Partner at Hypothesis | Partner at Bluemont | Former Google Account Executive and People Operations Leader

About Swati D. Doshi

Swati Doshi is the Founder and Managing Director of Human Results, an HR Consulting and Coaching firm serving tech-forward companies.

Swati’s expertise in stress management comes through intensive research, experiential learning, and Thrive Global’s Coaching Certification.

Prior, Swati spent 8 years at Google in HR. She came to Tech after spending a decade in healthcare managing sales for Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, and a healthcare startup. Swati’s foundational skills were built during her time at Accenture as a management consultant.

Swati earned her BBA at the George Washington University and received Coaching and PM certifications at Columbia & Stanford University.