Symposium Offerings

  • 8 PDUs

  • Opening keynote and closing keynote addresses

  • Speaker presentations

  • Networking opportunities

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments




Project Managers as Champions of Change

Friday, April 26, 2019 • 8 AM - 5 PM 
The Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI

PMI® PMPs Earn 8 PDUs

We are back with our 18th Annual Spring Symposium! Each year we have grown and improved with our professionals in mind! 

The PMIGLC 2019 Spring Symposium “Project Managers as Champions of Change” is an educational and networking forum that provides a platform for the best minds in academia and industry to share the latest developments and advancements in the field of project management. The offerings this year include keynote speakers and a choice of presentations covering various topics. Previous Symposiums have been highly successful sold out events with management practitioners attending from numerous Midwestern states and Canada.

The Spring Symposium will be held on April 26, 2019 from 8 AM to 5 PM at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.


Presentation: Three Power Communication Traits of Change Champions

Leading change is about exerting positive influence and there is one communication style proven to be most effective, yet there are seven
common communication mistakes most project leaders make that undermine their ability to communicate like a champion.
This keynote address will provide project leaders with a framework and model to begin building their championship communication style, while
offering specific communication strategies, tips, tools, and techniques to overcome the seven communication mistakes so that they can exert the
positive influence they need when it comes to being champion change leader.

Skip Weisman, a former professional baseball executive and a professional speaker, business coach and author, works with organizations who want to create championship teams and work environments that increases productivity, performance and profits.

Skip's presentations provide inspiring stories with lessons from his early leadership career with practical, state-of-the-art tips, tools, and techniques, to transform workplace communication that leads to championship caliber performance.

Skip served 5 baseball franchises as CEO staring at age 26. The teams Skip led were affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers.

Since 2012 Skip has spoken on main stages as a keynote speaker to audiences as large as 1,500 at corporate and association conferences across North America. Some client’s include; The Project Management Institute, Society for Human Resource Management, Pink Elephant IT Service Management, HDI, the Medical Group Management Association, and George Mason University.


Presentation: Leading Successful Change

We know change is inevitable - but do you know how to help your team, organization and stakeholders to prepare?  Billie Jean King once said “Champions keep playing until they get it right”.

Discover the tools, techniques and champion mindset needed to design and foster innovative, lasting, and transformational change within your organization.

April Callis-Birchmeier is a recognized Change Management expert, author and strategic consultant to organizations that are planning and implementing change.

As a Certified Change Management Professional she works with organizations such as the State of Michigan, Whirlpool and University of Michigan to prepare and support their people during process and technology change.

She has been featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times and her organization, Springboard Consulting is instrumental in driving change and thought leadership throughout the industry. 

April’s three daughters and three stepkids have created a Brady Bunch family and provide the M.O.M credential, of which she is most proud.

She lives in Lansing, Michigan with her husband, children and 12 chickens. 

Event Pricing:

PMI Members: $275
Non-Members: $345


Group discounts are available for groups of 6+ attendees from the same company.  Please contact for registration details.

Spring Symposium Cancellation Policy
ALL CANCELLATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A 10% ADMINISTRATIVE FEE WITH A $5 MINIMUM FEE. Cancellations MUST be received no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, April 19. Refunds are not available after the cancellation date and time; however, attendee substitutions will be gladly accepted. Please contact for additional information or to submit a cancellation/substitution.