Symposium Offerings

  • 8 PDUs

  • Opening keynote and closing keynote addresses

  • Speaker presentations

  • Networking opportunities

  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments




Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity in a World of Change

Friday, April 20, 2018 • 8 AM - 5 PM 
The Suburban Showcase, Novi, MI

PMI® PMPs Earn 8 PDUs 


We are back with our 17th Annual Spring Symposium! Each year we have grown and improve with our professionals in mind! 

The PMIGLC 2018 Spring Symposium “Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity in a World 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 April 20 from 8 AM to 5 PM at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.  

Opening Keynote - Melanie Spring

"ROCK YOUR PITCH: Storytelling with Numbers"

You have to pitch for money for your business or project.
You have to tell your boss you deserve a raise.
You have to explain why your project is going to be successful.

You have numbers to support your reasons for getting what you want, and you understand that numbers matter. But it's up to you to convince them - using data AND story - that you truly deserve this thing you want. In order to get to X (numbers), you've got to explain Y (why).

This talk speaks to the humans who believe numbers tell the story AND to the humans who believe stories tell the numbers. Looking at both sides to ensure everyone gets the information they need, you'll be able to craft a presentation from the story the numbers tell in a succinct, simple, and manageable way. You'll walk away with things you can change immediately in your current presentation or just what you needed to create the one that's in your head. You've got to make your pitch by making an impact.

In this  keynote  you'll start:
Finding out how the numbers can tell a story
Getting tips on how to tell the story without boring people
Seeing why it matters that you make your audience feel something
Seeing how the story AND the numbers make the impact

It's up to YOU to rock your pitch!

I’m Melanie Spring and my personal brand is Approachable Badass. 
The girl who became your best friend within the first 5 minutes of meeting you. 
The smile you responded to with your own inner glow. 
The badass who tipped you off the edge of the cliff you were scared of jumping off. 
The big personality who entered a room in a big way while making sure you’re comfortable. 
The tough chick who cares more about how you show up than you do. 
The adventurer who does epic shit on the regular. 
The brand strategist who boldly pushes past your boundaries.
The facilitator who pulls out her inner 2nd grade teacher if things get off track. 
The get-shit-done warrior who makes sure you walk away with what you need. 
The woman who knows her superpowers and uses them for good.

Closing Keynote - Cynthia D'Amour, MBA

Leading Successfully in a Constantly Changing World

Innovation, creativity and change can strike fear and paralysis in the hearts of your typical team members. We are wired as humans to resist change. To succeed as a leader in world changing in rates that feel faster than light, new skills are needed.

Join Leadership Strategist, Cynthia D’Amour, MBA, author of The Lazy Leader’s Guide to Outrageous Results to explore how to achieve your outcomes with more ease by helping your team members feel more confident in a constantly shifting world. 

You will learn how to:
· Create a supportive space for innovation
· Remove blocks to creativity
· Boost comfort zone stretching in your team 

Come ready to roll up your sleeves for a fun hands-on experience filled with how-to ideas you’ll be able to use right away!

Cynthia spoke at our Networking Open House in August 2017. Everyone loved her so much we decided to ask her back to wrap up our day on an informative and very fun note!

Cynthia D'Amour, MBA has spent more than 20 years helping thousands of leaders get more members involved in associations. She's the author of seven books including The Lazy Leader's Guide to Outrageous Results. Now Cynthia is helping associations do Future Bending Adventures to be ready for what's coming. She's balancing the future by teaching leaders how to use joy as a shortcut for success.

Registration Pricing

PMI & PMIGLC Members: $250 USD
Non-Members: $290 USD


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 13. Refunds are not available after the cancellation date and time; however, attendee substitutions will be gladly accepted. Please contact Meeting Coordinators for additional information or to submit a cancellation/substitution.