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PMPs – self claim your 2 PDUs.  Activity Name: PT-Atl-Spring2019;  course code: 4397FDCX4Q  Provide: Solutions Network #4397

PPT files:
LEYTON – Dancing Inside the Watrerfall
Barrett – The Strategic Mindset
Russell – Hidden Hindrances to Effective Team Performance
Hernandez -Leadership

Call for Presentations – If you are interested in presenting at our next event in Atlanta, please email David Barrett at [email protected] with topic, description, public speaking history with reference and a ideally a video clip URL.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
8:30am – 10:30am
Atlanta John Marshall Law School, Blackburn Center,1405 Spring St NW, Atlanta

$45.00 per person (group rates available for 10 or more)
$40.00 for PMI members – use <PMI> Registration code
$30.00 – Full Time Students – use <student> code

We are really excited to be hosting the first edition of ProjectTalks in Atlanta. These are TedTalk-like sessions from local and international experts. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others from different industries and project structures while hearing innovative ideas affecting your project environment today. Tell your colleagues, share with your local project teams… and don’t forget those PDUs.
See you there!
David Barrett, Director, ProjectTalks


4 Speakers – 20 Minutes Each
Delivering Unique, Cutting-Edge Ideas and Thoughts


This event awards 2 PDU’s: Leadership/Strategy  


Doors open at 7:30am – Registration and Networking
8:20am – Start
8:30am – first speaker
10:20am – close
10:30am – all done

Becoming a Leader – Going from Project Management to Project Leadership
Felix Hernandez, PMP, CISM, All American Technology Solutions Group 

Hidden Hindrances to Effective Team Performance
Monique Russell, MSC, CPC, Clear Communication Solutions, LLC

Dancing Inside the Waterfall – Borrowing Agile Concepts to Benefit Your Waterfall Environment
Ryland Leyton, CBAP, PMP, CSM,

The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd/ProjectTalks 

Program Details

Becoming a Leader – Going from Project Management to Project Leadership
Felix Hernandez, PMP, CISM

Delivering projects that meet customer needs requires creativity, team building, risk-taking and vision. In other words, it requires that you become a project leader rather than just a project manager. This session will cover the differences and commonalities between project management and leadership. The goal is to transform successful project managers into effective leaders.


Hidden Hindrances to Effective Team Performance
Monique Russell, MSC, CPC
Emotional Intelligence is no longer a luxury – it is a requirement. Every day a project leader’s emotional intelligence is put to the test. Teams that produce consistently and effectively are led by those who are able to manage the sleeping giants and grey matter that fall outside of the project checklist but are critical to team success. Be prepared to identify, embrace and lead change as various projects highlight the different attributes of you and your team’s personalities.


Dancing Inside the Waterfall – Borrowing Agile Concepts to Benefit Your Waterfall Environment
Ryland Leyton CBAP, PMP, CSM
You know that agile values, principles, and practices can be helpful to your team, but you’re in a waterfall environment.  In this session we’ll talk about how agile and waterfall processes aren’t at odds, just ways of approaching problems from different perspectives.  We’ll review several key agile concepts and practices that you can apply to benefit any waterfall project – even without mentioning agile while doing it!



The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett
Strategic planning is now a part of the PMI’s Talent Triangle – now identified as a critical component to our current and future roles.   However, reading and hearing is one thing but how many of us are in a position to practice strategic planning and execution?  ALL OF US.   This session will show us how strategic planning is a key to our success at work but, as well, to our careers and our lives.   We will learn how to create a solid plan for any of the three legs and we will leave with the start to our own Professional Strategic Plans.

Speaker Details

Felix Hernandez, PMP, CISM,  All American Technology Solutions Group 
Felix Hernandez is an experienced Information Technology, Information Security and Business Development Professional who collaborates with executives to align their strategic goals with technology. Throughout his 20 year career, Felix has proven to be a dynamic, accomplished, and results-oriented information technology leader with demonstrated success and expert proficiency in overseeing technology improvement initiatives. Through his engaging and thought provoking presentations, Felix brings personal and revealing stories of working in the trenches of enterprise IT as a Project Manager, Director of Information Technology and Information Security Consultant. 


Monique Russell, MSC, CPC, Clear Communication Solutions, LLC
Hailing from the beautiful islands of The Bahamas, Monique Russell, MSC is an International Inspirational Teacher, and Executive Communications Coach based in Atlanta, GA who believes in leadership from the inside out. Monique is the founder and managing partner of Clear Communications Solutions, LLC, where she teaches effective communication strategies to leaders in a variety of business and government sectors. She’s taught thousands of leaders globally in Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Communications, shared the international speaking stage with icons such as Lisa Nichols, and has consulted for government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, OSHA and for fortune 100 companies such as Verizon, Intel, and Equifax.

Monique earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism, and two Masters of Science degrees in Public Relations and Advertising. She is a Certified Life Coach and DiSC facilitator. Monique is married with two boys, loves the beach, sushi, dancing, and reading.
Ryland Leyton, CBAP, PMP, CSM
Ryland Leyton is an agile coach, business analyst, author, speaker, educator, and technology translator. He has worked in the technology sector since 1998, starting off with database and web programming, gradually moving through project management and finding his passion in the fields of agile development and business analysis.  He is Lead Business Analyst and Agile Coach at, is passionate about strong analysis practice and is the well-known author of “The Agile Business Analyst: Moving from Waterfall to Agile”.


David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd., ProjectTalks
David Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author of 5 books and education advisor.   He specializes in helping people and organizations Manage the Uncertainty by creating healthy projects and strategies. 
David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently, ProjectTalks. 

ProjectTalks is owned and operated by Solutions Network Ltd.