Your Career – Take Charge

August 9th, 2012

The purpose of this session is to encourage an attendee to review what he/she is doing in their career today and help them determine how they want to shape it in the near future. In today’s changing environment, an attendee needs to be aware of the 4 basic career concepts and how to embody those concepts into their personal life. The presentation takes the attendees through an exercise to illustrate to them the resources that are available to help them on their journey.
Key Note Speaker Bio:

Atul Peres-da-Silva

Atul Peres-da-Silva is a Senior Technical Project Manager atSenior Technical Program Manager with Fujitsu North America. Previously served Senior Technical Program Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Prior to taking on the President position at NCPMI, Atul served for three years on the NCPMI Board in various capacities. Atul has 16 years of professional project management experience spanning a 23 year career in Telecommunications, IT and the Health Care Industry. In addition, Atul is a certified trainer and a senior instructor for the NCPMI Chapter. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and holds a Master of Computer Science from the University of Poona and an MBA from North Carolina State University.


Michael E. Thorn

Abstract of the Presentation / Workshop

A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) comprises the heart of the project planning and execution effort.  It is more than just an element of the project plan – it is the framework on which the project is built and subsequently executed, controlled, and reported.  No realistic project plan is possible without first developing a WBS that is detailed enough to provide meaningful identification of all major project tasks that must be accomplished.  When decomposed to greater levels of detail, it reflects the basic agreement between the Project Manager and the performing Task Manager.  The performing organization is committed to perform the work within the cost and schedule constraints provided by the extension of the basic WBS.  This tools session will examine and discuss a proven process for the development of a meaningful WBS, then review the various ways in which a WBS supports project plan development, project execution, and project control and reporting.


A Senior Project Manager for Information Systems, Mike Thorn has extensive experience in the related areas of program management, information systems, systems integration, business development, and education and training for organizational transformations in a wide variety of arenas, ranging from the federal government to private enterprise.  An adjunct professor in Business Administration, Information Systems, and Project Management for major universities, he has a strong track record in the successful management of life cycle development and implementation of complex management, control, and information systems.  Mike has been a finalist for the IIL Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year Award and speaker at the 2007-11 PMI National Congresses.  He was also the leader of the effort designated a PMI Distinguished Project Award for 2008.  In addition to his academic degrees at the Masters level, he is a PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Distinguished Toastmaster.  Most importantly, he is an actual practitioner of the black magic of project management and enjoys sharing with and learning from others.

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South Florida PMI Dinner Event: Your Career – Take Charge

August 9, 2012 5:30 PM  – 9:00 PM

The Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Dinner Registration
Member  $29.00
Non-Member $39.00
All Walk-ins $39.00

Platinum Level/PM Tools Sponsorship
sponsor $1,500.00

Gold Level Sponsorship
sponsor $750.00

Silver Level Sponsorship
sponsor $250.00

VIP Sponsored Full Table – $400.00 / August Special 25% off ($300.00)

VIP Sponsored Half-Tables – $200.00/ August Special 25% off ($150.00)

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