Annual Professional Development Conference

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Deadline: July 19, 2024

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Join us at the forefront of project management innovation, whether by setting the visionary tone of our conference as a keynote speaker or by leading in-depth educational and practical sessions on key subtopics.

We look forward to your contributions to a transformative experience for all participants.

2024 Theme: Implementing Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Innovation in Project Management

The phrase, "the world is rapidly changing," though sounding cliche, has never been more true than in 2024. As Project Managers, we are expected to be able to drive results, deliver insights, and ensure our teams are meeting the goals and objectives to make the world around us a better place. With ChatGPT, increasing developments in AR/VR technologies, and an uncertain technological future, it is now more than ever we need to arm our fellow PMs with the knowledge, insights, and tools needed to perform in that future. In our 2024 Professional Development Conference (PDC), the Fort Worth Chapter of the Project Management Institute aims to do just that.
To accomplish this objective, the PDC will utilize theoretical learning and hands-on-application workshops. We are looking for speakers with expertise in specific topics relevant to digital innovation in project management and who can develop an engaging workshop for participants. Please navigate to the relevant section for description, objectives, and responsibilities.
Keynote Speaker
We are seeking a visionary leader to deliver the opening keynote at our upcoming Professional Development Conference on Implementing Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Innovation in Project Management. This keynote should address the broad conference theme, inspiring attendees by highlighting the transformative power of emerging technologies in project management and setting the stage for the day's sessions. 
 
Responsibilities of the Keynote Speaker: 
- Deliver the opening address, focusing on the overall theme of the conference. 
- Provide insights on the future of project management and the strategic importance of adopting new technologies. 
 
Options for Additional Engagement: Keynote speakers may opt to apply also as facilitators for specific subtopic sessions, participating in both the educational and interactive portions of the conference. 
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Subtopic 1: Digital Transformation and Agile Methodologies
We invite experts to lead sessions on specific subtopics relevant to digital innovation in project management. Speakers will participate in both morning educational breakout sessions and facilitate corresponding interactive workshops in the afternoon. 
Objective: To explore how digital tools can be integrated with Agile frameworks to enhance project flexibility and delivery speed, preparing professionals to manage and adapt to rapid changes within their industries.   
Morning Sessions (Educational Breakouts): 
Digital Transformation and Agile Methodologies 
 
After Lunch Sessions (Interactive Workshops): 
Following the morning’s theoretical framework, speakers will guide attendees through hands-on simulations and interactive workshops based on the morning session topics. 
These sessions are designed to engage participants in applying the morning's insights through practical, on-the-spot activities, providing feedback and guidance. 

Speaker Responsibilities: 
- Prepare and deliver a morning session focused on a specific subtopic. 
- Facilitate an afternoon interactive workshop that complements the morning’s content. 
- Collaborate with volunteers assigned to help during the interactive sessions to ensure participant engagement and effective learning outcomes. 
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Subtopic 2: Technological Innovations in Project Management
We invite experts to lead sessions on specific subtopics relevant to digital innovation in project management. Speakers will participate in both morning educational breakout sessions and facilitate corresponding interactive workshops in the afternoon. 
Objective: To examine the latest advancements in technology (such as AI, blockchain, IoT, and VR/AR) and their application in project management, focusing on improving decision-making, efficiency, and overall project outcomes. 
Morning Sessions (Educational Breakouts): 
Technological Innovations in Project Management 
After Lunch Sessions (Interactive Workshops): 
Following the morning’s theoretical framework, speakers will guide attendees through hands-on simulations and interactive workshops based on the morning session topics. 
These sessions are designed to engage participants in applying the morning's insights through practical, on-the-spot activities, providing feedback and guidance. 
Speaker Responsibilities: 
- Prepare and deliver a morning session focused on a specific subtopic. 
- Facilitate an afternoon interactive workshop that complements the morning’s content. 
- Collaborate with volunteers assigned to help during the interactive sessions to ensure participant engagement and effective learning outcomes. 
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Subtopic 3: Cybersecurity and Data Management
We invite experts to lead sessions on specific subtopics relevant to digital innovation in project management. Speakers will participate in both morning educational breakout sessions and facilitate corresponding interactive workshops in the afternoon. 
Objective: To address the critical importance of securing project data and managing information with robust cybersecurity strategies, ensuring that project managers are prepared to protect their projects against digital threats. 
Morning Sessions (Educational Breakouts): 
Cybersecurity and Data Management 
After Lunch Sessions (Interactive Workshops): 
Following the morning’s theoretical framework, speakers will guide attendees through hands-on simulations and interactive workshops based on the morning session topics. 
These sessions are designed to engage participants in applying the morning's insights through practical, on-the-spot activities, providing feedback and guidance.
Speaker Responsibilities: 
- Prepare and deliver a morning session focused on a specific subtopic. 
- Facilitate an afternoon interactive workshop that complements the morning’s content. 
- Collaborate with volunteers assigned to help during the interactive sessions to ensure participant engagement and effective learning outcomes. 
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Subtopic 4: Leadership and Change Management in the Digital Era
We invite experts to lead sessions on specific subtopics relevant to digital innovation in project management. Speakers will participate in both morning educational breakout sessions and facilitate corresponding interactive workshops in the afternoon. 
Objective: To discuss the evolving role of project leaders in driving digital transformations and managing change, emphasizing skills in leading diverse teams, fostering innovation, and navigating organizational dynamics. 
Morning Sessions (Educational Breakouts): 
Leadership and Change Management in the Digital Era 
After Lunch Sessions (Interactive Workshops): 
Following the morning’s theoretical framework, speakers will guide attendees through hands-on simulations and interactive workshops based on the morning session topics. 
These sessions are designed to engage participants in applying the morning's insights through practical, on-the-spot activities, providing feedback and guidance. 
Speaker Responsibilities: 
- Prepare and deliver a morning session focused on a specific subtopic. 
- Facilitate an afternoon interactive workshop that complements the morning’s content. 
- Collaborate with volunteers assigned to help during the interactive sessions to ensure participant engagement and effective learning outcomes. 
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Application Requirements
Submission Details for All Speakers:
·       Abstract Submission: Submit an abstract of your presentation or keynote, including how it ties into the conference theme or a specific subtopic.
·       Biography and Experience: Include your biography and a summary of relevant experience.
·       Supporting Materials: Provide any supporting materials such as previous talks, publications, or white papers.
·       Submission Email: Send all materials to: conferences@fwpmi.org
·       Deadline: Submissions must be received by: July 19, 2024
 
Selection Criteria:
·       Relevance to the conference theme or subtopics.
·       Depth of content and expertise in the subject area.
·       Ability to engage and inspire attendees through both speaking and interactive formats.
·       Experience and credentials in the field of project management and technology.
For any questions or concerns, please contact conferences@fwpmi.org
Topic Flexibility Statement: Although we have designated specific subtopics for the conference, we invite speakers to refine the wording of their proposals to align closely with their unique expertise and methods, while still adhering to the intended purpose and central theme of each topic. This flexibility enables speakers to customize their presentations and workshops to effectively highlight their distinct insights and approaches. We welcome and encourage creative and out-of-the-box contributions that enrich the conference content and align with our overarching goals.
Objectives of the Topics: Each subtopic is designed to equip project management professionals with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills, addressing specific challenges and opportunities within the digital transformation landscape.

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