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Final Program and Schedule

The conference program contains over 60 sessions and workshops on project management, professional development and documentation and training technologies. All workshops are included in the conference tuition, so you can practice in the afternoon what you learned in the morning.

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New New Keynote Speaker Added

Michael Hecht, the President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., will be our Monday morning Keynote speaker.

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New US Army Corps of Engineers Lunch Address

Robert A. Rowlette Jr., the Senior Program Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), will give an update on the $14.3 billion effort to help protect the city from future storm damage.

Check out the 300+ miles of levies and flood mitigation systems being built or strengthened in this unprecedented civil engineering project.

HSDRRS map

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New Winning Government Contracts and Grants

A pre-conference workshop has been added ot the program:

  • Does your company want to start government contracting?
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  • Does your organization apply for government grants?

Don't miss our Winning Government Contracts and Grants workshop, it's free!.

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New Menus

The menus for this year's program has been finalized. Plan on eating well this year!

Our 2009 menu includes full breakfast buffets all three days, full lunch buffets including amazing New Orleans specialties, and a full dinner at the welcoming reception that includes:

  • Cajun Pirogue (boat) of Gulf Shrimp, Chilled Crab Claws and Oysters on the Half Shell served with Fresh Lemon, Cocktail and Remoulade Sauces
  • Steamship Round of Beef with Creole Mustard and Herbed Mayonnaise Served with Silver Dollar Rolls
  • Grilled veggies served with Marinated Mushrooms, Vinaigrette Dressing and Flatbread
  • Fresh veggies served with Marinated Mushrooms and Hearts of Palm and Asparagus
  • Baked filo pockets stuffed with Spinach and Feta
  • Mini Crawfish Pies
  • Crab Cakes
  • Oysters Rockefeller
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallops
  • And more!

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New Final Program

Download the final Schedule at a Glance in PDF format.

Download the Final Program in PDF format.

 


Program and speakers subject to change without notice.

 
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Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, October 24, 2009

8:00–5:00 

Community Service Day
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8:00–5:00 

NewWinning Government Contracts and Grants Workshop
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7:30–8:00 

Registration
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8:00–8:45 

2009–2010: The Year of Opportunity
New Orleans SBA Office
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8:45–9:45 

Keys to Successfully Accessing Government Opportunities
John W. Matthews, Executive Director, State of Louisiana Office of Small Business Services

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10:00–11:00 

Navigating the Internet to Find Opportunities
Marcia McDowell, Director of the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center

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11:15–12:15 

Beyond the Basics: The Ins and Outs of Writing Government Proposals
Marcia McDowell, Director of the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center

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12:15–1:15 

Lunch Session: The Value of Small Contracts: Don’t Step over a Dollar to Pick up a Dime!
Bob Brunett, Supplier Diversity Program Office, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


 

1:15–2:15 

Success Through Teaming: Partnering with Other Companies
Ludmilla Parnell, Director of Small Business Partnerships, General Dynamics Information Technology

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2:30–3:30 

Breaking the RFP Communication Barrier: How to Gain Access to Prime Contractors
Bob Brunett, Supplier Diversity Program Office, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
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3:45–5:00 

How to Increase Your Contract Win Rate: Q&A with Procurement and Government Contracting Experts
JoAnn Lawrence, Small Business Administration
Marcia McDowell, Director of the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center
Ludmilla Parnell, Director of Small Business Partnerships, General Dynamics Information Technology
Bob Brunett, Supplier Diversity Program Office, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
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5:30– 

New Orleans Annual Halloween Parade
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

8:30–10:15

Welcome and
Keynote Address


 
Leading and Managing
People and Projects
Business and Career Development
Technical Communication and
Training Technologies

10:30–11:45

Transforming a Project Team’s Comm. Model to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service
Darryl Moore, PMP DynMcDermott

Introduction to Strategic Planning
Alexandra Piacenza Northcentral University

New Managing Your Online Brand
Rahel Bailie
Intentional Design

Content Management:
No Mystery!
Mollye Barrett, ClearPath

Adobe AIR Help for Next- Generation Applications   
Dee Elling
Embarcadero Technologies

11:45–1:00

New Lunch Keynote Address
Walter Viali, PMO To Go

 

1:00–2:15

New New Paradigms in Project Mgmt.:
Release Your
Creative BIRD
Lisa DiTullio
Lisa DiTullio & Associates

Balanced Scorecard Methodology for Strategy Execution
Alexandra Piacenza Northcentral University

Marketing and Growing your Consulting Business in a Down Economy
Frank V. Payne, PMP
Wainscott Finch Associates

New Formulating a Content Strategy
Rahel Bailie
Intentional Design

From Huge Wiki to Huge Help System: Mediawiki to H2
Dee Elling
Embarcadero Technologies

2:15–2:30

Break

2:30–5:00
Hands-on Workshops

LEADing the Way to
Project Success
Lisa DiTullio
Lisa DiTullio & Associates

 

Using Riskonomics™ to Mitigate Risk and Increase Project Success
Frank V. Payne, PMP
Wainscott Finch Associates

Promoting Your Business one Tweet at a Time:
A Hands-on Twitter Workshop

Scott Abel
The Content Wrangler


Understanding and Leveraging the
Content Lifecycle

Mollye Barrett, ClearPath
Leigh White, Allscripts-Misys

 

Doc-To-Help 2009: Publishing in a Click
Nicky Bleiel
ComponentOne

 

5:00–6:30

 

Speaker Reception / Networking Event




Monday, October 26, 2009

7:00–8:00  Continental Breakfast
Exhibit Area Open

Small Business
Forum
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Content Strategy
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Forum
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Leading and Managing
People and Projects
Business and Career
Development
Technical Communication and
Training Technologies

9:00–10:15

Expected Behaviors for Team Performance: Road Rules, Not Road Rage
Lisa DiTullio
Lisa DiTullio & Associates

Start Early and Plan for Success: Business Readiness for PMs and Technical Writers
Jamie Wagner & Darren Nerland, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New Throwing The Elephant: Zen and The Art of Managing Up
Emma Hamer
eHamer Associates

NeweBooks and the Future of Publishing  
Scott Abel
The Content Wrangler

Is XML Right for You?
Sarah O'Keefe Scriptorium Publishing Services, Inc.

10:15–10:30

Break

10:30–11:45

NewThe Marriage
of PM and Marketing:
A Scientific Approach in a Creative Industry

Jennie Campbell
Meet Your Market

One Hat, Two Hats or Three…. How Many do you Wear?
Eugenia Schwalm, PMP
Lighthouse Consulting Partners

Strategies for Corporate Career Advancement
Andrea Ames
IBM

NewMoving from Knowledge-Based Training to Competency-Based Training
Emma Hamer
eHamer Associates

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: Strategies for Integrating User-Generated Content
Sarah O'Keefe Scriptorium Publishing Services, Inc.

11:45–1:00

New Lunch Keynote Address
Andrea Ames, IBM

1:00–2:15

NewThe Marriage of PM and Marketing:
A Case Study

Jennie Campbell
Meet Your Market

Are you a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Thinker? Essential Aptitudes for the Digital Future
Eugenia Schwalm, PMP Lighthouse Consulting Partners

Developing the Skills of Influence: Applying the Art of Motivation
Andrea Ames
IBM   

Developing Effective Training for Intangible Productss
Audrey Schmidt &
Aaron Hoge &
Rich Leazer
University of Michigan

 

Using HATs a Content Management System
Neil Perlin
Hyper/Word Services

2:15–2:30

Break

2:30–5:00
Hands-on Workshops

Planning, Optimizing, Baselining and Updating Projects using Primavera
Lee Pearson
PMOLink, LLC

Critical Thinking Skills
for Conflict Resolution

Bonni Graham
Scantron

Overcoming
Resistance to Change

Emma Hamer
E. Hamer Associates

Creating a Professional
Online Portfolio

Mollye Barrett
ClearPath

Developing eLearning without ePain  
Audrey Schmidt,
Aaron Hoge, and
Rich Leazer
University of Michigan

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

8:00–8:45 Continental Breakfast

PM and EVM Forum New
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Documentation Manager
Forum
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8:45–10:00

Using Earned Value Management (EVM) to Measure Project Performance 
Lee Pearson
PMOLink, LLC

Learning the WHYs of the Project You’re Working on and WHY You Should Care
Christopher Reade
Carrollton Technology Partners

How to Build a Business Case: Using Historical Data to Win Purchase Approval
Bonni Graham
Scantron

How to Save Big
Bucks on Translation Proejcts

Panel Discussion

Hey Rocky, Watch Me
Pull DITA Out of My HAT
 
Neil Perlin
Hyper/Word Services

10:15–11:30

Microsoft Project,
Program and Portfolio Management Tools

Sean Pales
ProSymmetry

Managing Management Changes
Jim Smith
Platform Computing

Expand Your Sphere of Influence: Lead an eDiscovery SWAT Team
Johnette Hassell, PhD
Electronic Evidence Retrieval

Designing and Implementing Embedded, Dynamic User Assistance
Nicky Bleiel
ComponentOne

From Rough Notes to
DITA Output in 75
Minutes or Less
Bernard Aschwanden
Publishing Smarter

11:30–12:30

New Lunch Keynote Address
Robert A. Rowlette, Sr. Program Manager
Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS)
US Army Corps of Engineers

12:30–1:45

Microsoft Project,
Program and Portfolio Management Tools
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The People Side of
Change Management
 
Will Lannes
University of New Orleans

The Difference Between Mgmt. and Leadership: How to Do More of the Latter and Have More Fun
Emma Hamer
eHamer Associates

Integrating Usability Testing into Your Product Development Lifecycle
Scott Butler
Ovo Studios

Management Challenges with DITA
Jim Smith,
Platform Computing
Vivian Aschwanden, CAPM
Platform Computing

1:45–2:00

Break

2:00–4:30
Hands-on Workshops

Microsoft Project,
Program and Portfolio Management Tools
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PM, You’re Hired!
John Padgett
Definitive Business Solutions

New Take Control of
Your Career!

Jack Molisani
ProSpring Staffing
Emma Hamer
eHamer Associates

Usability Testing and User-Centered Design Activities
Scott Butler
Ovo Studios

New DITA Open Toolkit Workshop
Robert Anderson, IBM
Leigh White, Allscripts-Misys

4:30–5:30

Closing Session


 

 

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