Symposium Offerings

  • 8 PDUs

  • Opening keynote and closing keynote addresses

  • Speaker presentations

  • Poster presentations of real projects

  • Networking opportunities

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments



Friday, April 28, 2017 • 8 AM - 5 PM 
The Suburban Showcase, Novi, MI

Mastering Complexity in Project Management

Andrew Tarvin, Opening Keynote

Humor That Works: A Project's Manager's Guide to Using Humor

Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer. He teaches people how to get better results while having more fun.

Andrew graduated from The Ohio State University, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in playing videogames. While at Ohio State, Andrew also started an improv group, despite never having done any theater and being very much an introvert (if you know Meyers Briggs, he’s INTJ; if you know Star Wars, he’s R2D2).

After graduating, Andrew worked as global project manager at Procter & Gamble where he managed million dollar projects for a $350 million business, earning multiple internal awards for his leadership, communication style, and jokes he included at the ends of emails (true story). He also continued performing improv and stand-up comedy until he decided to combine his two lives and proclaimed himself the Corporate Humorist of P&G.

In 2008, Andrew moved to New York City to continue to grow in his role as P&G’s corporate humorist, where he led an award-winning effort to bring more humor to the workplace. In 2009, he started Humor That Works, a consultancy on how to use humor to get better results, and in 2012, he left P&G to lead his company full-time.

Since then, Andrew has helped more than 200 organizations increase productivity through humor—including P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, PepsiCo, and the International Association of Canine Professional (also a true story)—and has performed in over 1,000 shows all around the world.

Michael Hughes, Closing Keynote 

Networking as a Strategic Project Management Resource

Successful project management involves the ability to harness and leverage the power and potential of available resources, knowledge and support. Networking is a required skill in today’s matrix-oriented corporate environment. This session is a complete strategy to accelerate project success, positively impact career advancement and get more done through the corporate network.

  • Two types of corporate networks and how to use each.
  • The ”social” network phenomenon and how it is secretly working for you.
  • Six phases of networking and how to maximize each for optimum results.
  • Three secret relationship drivers that impact and accelerate trust.
  • Four-Step Corporate Networking Action Plan.

During this session, participants will discover how to mine and maximize every networking contact. As a result of participating in this program, they will have the ability to build even more productive and profitable relationships, while accelerating results.

Michael Hughes, North America’s Networking Guru
Michael specializes in helping professionals increase results by improving their ability to develop and leverage relationships. For the last twenty-plus years, he has been coaching business, corporate and sales professionals to achieve better results.

His client list includes Alcatel-Lucent, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Staples, RBC Royal Bank, Sunlife, Ball
State University and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Michael has done extensive research on, and is a specialist in, utilizing networking as a business strategy. His most unique characteristic is that he has built his company from an idea to a six-figure speaking and consulting practice annually using networking as his sole marketing strategy.

Michael Hughes is past president of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and was 2006 Chair of the 750-member Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, one of the oldest and most respected Chambers in Canada.

View the agenda and the speaker abstracts and bios.