Meeting/Event Information

September 2017 Monthly Meeting

September 11, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Hilton Garden Inn
26000 American Dr
Southfield, MI 48034
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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 Noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.  Please register in advance to secure your seat and dinner.

Please click here for the Cancellation Policy & Informed Consent Release


Monthly Meeting Topic:  Evolution of the prehistoric sticky note…..

Mind Mapping is an effective way to use in requirements gathering sessions and the construction of the WBS.  When Mind Mapping is coupled with technology it simplifies the process and enhances communication.

Mind mapping theory and how this theory can be applied will be presented during this presentation. Participants will learn how to simplify the project life cycle and improve communication of a project plan.


  • Speak about the Mind Mapping theory so the audience has a strong understanding of it benefits.


  • Demonstrate the benefits of using Mind Mapping to create the WBS.


  • Demostrate how technology will simplify the process of creating the WBS and overal project life cycle.


Demostrate real examples of how this works in different industries


Speaker: Brandon Conrad

Brandon is a Product Manager with MatchWare Inc. and an expert in Mind Mapping Software.  His specialty is bridging the gap between mind mapping and project management.  Over the last 11 years, Brandon has been a key player in the development of project management rules as they relate to mind mapping software.  With degrees in economics and psychology Brandon brings a unique skill set to project mind mapping.

Since 2007, Brandon has spoken at many PMI events through North America, PM and BA conferences through North America and Europe.  Brandon has received high accoclades and have been invited back to speak at PDD events and conferences. 


Monthly Forum Topic:  Building Alliances 

We will explore the value of building a professional network. Further, we will examine why building these strategic alliances should be important components of your career strategy. Ms. Shelef will show you how to recognize and deepen your existing relationships, and suggest ways for you to develop new connections-- organically and naturally. She will illustrate how these alliances and associations will lead to more opportunities. As you grow your sphere of influence, you will become even more confident. You will have a wider domain to highlight your strengths, as well as to broaden your skill set. This forum will provide you with some useful tools that you may put into action easily, comfortably, and immediately.


Speaker:  Elana Shelef

Elana Bussell Shelef, is a third generation native Detroiter. She has a background in quality management, in addition to over 30 years of non-profit organizational management experience. Ms. Shelef is committed to retaining talent in the Michigan region and has a passion for youth leadership training and development. Ms. Shelef currently holds the position of Director of Corporate Relations and Education Outreach at The Engineering Society of Detroit, where she has worked for the past ten years. Ms. Shelef received the Ann O. Fletcher Award for Distinguished Service in 2017.





$40.00 PMI-GLC Member - Full Meeting (Forum speaker, Dinner & Featured speaker)
$35.00 Earlybird rate before September 6

$40.00 Members of National PMI or Other Chapters (not GLC) - Full Meeting (Forum speaker, Dinner & Featured speaker)
$35.00 Earlybird rate before September 6

$50.00 Non-Member - Full Meeting (Forum speaker, Dinner & Featured speaker)
$44.00 Earlybird rate before September 6

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

$20.00 Members of National PMI or Other Chapters (not GLC) - 7:30pm Speaker Only (No Dinner)

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