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May 2017 Monthly Meeting

May 08, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Livonia Marriott
17100 Laurel Park Drive North
Livonia, MI 48152
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Registration: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Forum Presentation: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dinner Served: 6:30 pm
Speaker Presentation: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Attendees will receive 2.0 PDUs for this event.

Note: There will be a "speaker only" option for those only listening to the speaker (dinner not included). These attendees will receive 1.0 PDU and should arrive by 7:15 pm for announcements. 

REGISTRATION NOTE: Advance, online registration will close at 1pm on Friday, May 5th.

Please click here for the Cancellation Policy & Informed Consent Release

Monthly Meeting Topic:  Expanding Your Horizons into the Energy Utility Industry

There are many project leadership opportunities within the energy utility industies.  If you focus on IT projects used by these business entiries to operate their gas and electric assets, you will discover there are many opportunities but project management resources are in short supply thereby it is a niche domain area with significant high rewards.

Discuss gas and electric utility industry changes that promotes competition and opportunities for new market participants since the late 1980s.

Describe Project/Program Management domain areas within the industry

Degrees of complexities of various projects within gas and electric operations

Basics on how power is generated, transmitted, delivered, and controlled

Basics on how natural gas is extracted, gathered, transmitted, delivered, and controlled


Speaker:  Gerardo R. Abad

Gerry is a highly experienced and successful Project Leader in highly complex and multi-million dollar budget IT projects in the energy utility industry.  Consulting engagements in the last four years have included the following:


 - Leadership of the Energy Management System (EMS) and Outage Management System (OMS) replacements for National Grid USA in the New York and Massachusetts regions; leading the infrastructure and software implementation, re-configuration, and full testing/resolution to meet performance requirements prior to the Site Acceptance Testing


 - Led the EMS replacement program at Xcel Energy to test and commission the new EMS at all three operating regions in Minnesota, Colorado, and northwest Texas


 - Completed the execute phase detail planning and Phase 1 Plan phase deliverables of the EMS upgrade at the Arizona Public Service (APS)


 - Currently leading the Transmission Management System (TMS) replacement project for ITC Transmission Company in Novi, MI


Gerry is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP).  He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics (1996) and Master of Science degree in Electronic Commerce (2000).


Monthly Forum Topic:  MCWT and PMIGLC - Opportunites for PMs 

The MCWT vision is to make MI the number 1 state for Women in Technology.  Many PMIGLC members are in the technology or IT business as project and program managers or have family members that are pursing the technical/engineering path.

Learn more about the activities scheduled for this year, how you can participate and what we can do to make MI the number 1 state or women in technology.

Project managers are needed in volunteer roles in events, robotics programs.  As parents, we can contribute by:

-Changing the perception of women in technology.

-Invite female speakers to class or introduce them to role models in IT that are dynamic, successful and valued community members.

-Encouraging girls to go out and play, “get dirty”, solve their own problems, go to computer camp, trust their own judgments, face fears, embrace curiosity and take risks.

-Champion IT as a career in your school’s Career Day activities.

-Give girls information on IT career benefits (e.g., salary, promotion) accompanied by real-world observations and conversations with people in these careers.


Speaker:  Ann Skinner Doctoral Candidate, PMP, MPA

Ann is a seasoned Project Management Professional (PMP) applying her expertise in a major business system deployment at Ally Financial, in Detroit MI. Ann is pursuing her Business Management PhD in the School of Business and Technology, with focus on Project Management. She specializes in either the Start-up/Organization and Deployment of major initiatives. In almost every assignment, there is a large technology change coupled with business demands for reduced cycle time, costs or process re-engineering. Time after time, her Deployment experience has come into play on large projects on a specific implementation time frame. Ann is active in the community, church and local Project Management Institute (PMI) Great Lakes Chapter where she currently serves as Vice President of Professional Development. Golf, cooking, walking and snow shoeing are favorite activities when time allows.

Specialties Notable specialties include leading the preparation for Sustain operations and deployment of large initiatives, mentoring others as they adapt to Agile work environments, 3rd party relationship building and strong technical experience. 





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$40.00 PMI-GLC Member - Full Meeting
$35.00 Earlybird rate before May 3

$45.00 Non-Member - Full Dinner Meeting
$40.00 Earlybird rate before May 3

$20.00 PMI-GLC Member - 7:30pm Speaker Only (No Dinner)

$25.00 Non-Member - 7:30pm Speaker Only (No Dinner)


Expanding Your Horizons into the Energy Utility Industry

MCWT PMIGLC Relationsip

MI Council of Women in Technology MCWT