Check out the dynamic line-up of Professional Development Day 2018 speakers. Hear from industry leaders and award-winning project management professionals throughout the day in keynote and breakout sessions. Breakout session speakers will be annouced soon.

Zeitoun 2018 photoDr. Al Zeitoun has over 30 years of global experiences in project management and strategic change, leading operational excellence for large corporations. His transformative strategy execution includes roles such as executive director, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), UAE. In this role, Dr. Zeitoun built the internal capabilities to support operational readiness for the complex US$20 billion one-of-a-kind new build of four nuclear power plants. He applied his integration and collaboration skills to lead ENEC’s portfolio governance and program health checks.

Prior to that, as senior portfolio solutions expert for Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Zeitoun co-led the firm-wide development and rollout of advanced innovative PMO practices and re-launched the firm’s portfolio solutions and PMO business in the Middle East/North Africa. He drove strategic initiatives such as Saudi's Contracting Sector 2024 Simulation. Dr. Zeitoun represented the firm on the PMI Global Executive Council.

He has been volunteering for PMI for 20 years. His vision for project management is to see it be the central enabler for organizational and personal excellence.

Dr. Zeitoun has also been a thought leader at leading institutions, including PwC Academy's MBA courses, University of Maryland's PMO courses, as well as leading ITT Technical Institute's Master of PM Curriculum Development and Delivery program. His keynotes covered organizational agility, strategic PMOs, future cities, UAE complex infrastructure programs, Brazil's strategy delivery and execution, and the Changing Face of Project Management. His publishing include congresses, and participation in a PM Network® article on reimagining megacities.

Dr. Zeitoun is a global citizen born in Cairo. He studied in Egypt, Germany, and earned his engineering PhD in the United States. He speaks English, Arabic and German and enjoys family, tennis and reading.

Al Zeitoun, PhD, EVP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP

PMI Board of Directors, 2018-2020

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David Barrett is a National Program Director at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, an author of 5 books; aweekly blogger and the author of "The Weekly One Minute Video Series".  He specializes in helping people and organibarrett 2 meg high res cmykzations Manage the Uncertainty by creating healthy projects and strategies. David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America.

And most importantly for all of us, he is one of us... he has been a member of the PMI since 1995. 


Steve Norton is an internationally recognized trainer, speaker and author. He is masterful at leading people to greater effectiveness in their Steve Norton.1professional and personal lives. Drawing on his 30+ years of project experience, he provides valuable instruction that adheres to the project management body of knowledge and accreditation program as well as a professional code of ethics for project managers. His popular Boot Camps are acclaimed for his upbeat presentation style, real-life examples, efficient use of class time, and successful student outcomes.

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Laura Davidson is an experienced project manager and trainer who has executed technology and business projects for over 16 years. She has completed unlikely projects and mastered difficult relationships while always striving for the quality of the end product on the customer’s behalf.

Laura is conducting two dynamic breakout sessions you will not want to miss!

  • Communication Skills: What is your plan to raise your professional value by 50%? Improving your skills as a public speaker could be the best thing you do for your professional career. A self-proclaimed “master of edu-tainment,” Laura makes you laugh and learn as she shares ways to help you overcome nervousness so you can build your presentation skills and successfully deliver a well-honed message.
  • Unleash Your Super Powers to Build a Great Team: Great teams are the fabric that binds organizational culture and attracts similar talent to keep the productive cycle going. Successful and sustainable teams communicate, collaborate, and coordinate to achieve common goals and exceptional results. This interactive presentation uses discussion and exercises to explore mans to increase and improve team performance through self-awareness and understanding team dynamics.


Jeff Jones is the Superintendent of Schools for Temple Schools and the principal of Temple High School. Temple Schools consists of four distinct schools: Temple Elementary, Temple Middle School, Temple High School, and Temple Home School. As the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jones is responsible for the oversight of all four schools, including portfolio, program, and project management. He is also a volunteer instructor for ETPMI’s Project Management Professional Exam Preparation Course.

Jeff graduated from Ohio Northern University with a BSPHARM degree in pharmacy. While working in retail healthcare, managing pharmacies, he attended Crown Seminary in Powell, TN and earned a Master's of Biblical Studies before going on to Andersonville Theological Seminary to earn his Doctorate in Biblical Counseling.


Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author, and professional development coach who is passionate about leadership and human performance. He earned a degree in engineering from Queen's University.

Alan has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager, developing intellectual property and custom machinery. His true passion is in working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our own lives while making a positive impact in the lives of those around us.


michaelDr. Michael McIntyre is the director of UT’s Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership and an expert in leadership and culture. He works with numerous national and international companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, national defense, automotive, packaging, financial services, and media.

In addition to dozens of academic presentations and publications, Dr. McIntyre has appeared on Fox News, The Early Show, and National Public Radio and has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Dr. McIntyre received his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Tennessee and his BS in Public Policy from Cornell University.


john newcomb

With over 20 years’ experience in industry, John Newcomb has been project, program, portfolio manager, agile coach and consultant in several fields. During this time he has acquired the PMI PMP & ACP certifications, the Scrum Alliance CSM & CSP certifications, and most recently obtained the Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC) 4 certification. Currently John is a senior project manager for PerfectServe in Knoxville where he manages enterprise level projects, coordinates software release management, and works with several agile infrastructure teams.  John has been with PerfectServe since Oct. 2014.

In this session, John will focus on the self-directed nature of high performing work teams, the elements that make up a high performing work team, and the concepts of leading a high performing work team.  He will also cover at a high level, the mechanics of building a high performance work team and why it is essential to any agile environment's success, drawing from his own experience and referencing material from Kimball Fisher and John Spence (two of his favorite authors and industry leaders on the subject). 



joelJoel Reeves is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of Tennessee. In this role, Joel utilizes his extensive experience in higher education, information technology, and excellent leadership skills.

Mr. Reeves is the Chief Executive for a 200+ central IT staff that supports campus infrastructure, enterprise applications, help desk and client support, and instructional technology. He began working at the University in 1986, and has seen a steady progression of growth to his current role. In 2008, he led the Banner Student Information System implementation at three campuses across the state. In 2009, he was named Associate Chief Information Officer for university-wide administration, before being name CIO for the Knoxville campus in 2011. He was selected in 2011 by his statewide peers for the Tennessee Higher Education Information Technology Distinguished Service Award.


Mary Jane Sill is an accomplished project manager. She is currently working on her Agile certification.MaryJaneSill

For every process improvement initiative, there is a project to fix the problem. Every company struggles with process problems, which can be extremely difficult to fix. When they cross business lines, impact job descriptions, “the bottom line” or have just “always been done that way” it can be very challenging to implement a successful and lasting change. Having a good mix of people working through the problem and solution is often key to success, It’s not so much about “who knows what”, as it is about putting the right players together to drive ideas and create innovative solutions. . This class will show you how to build an effective process team. Sit in on Mary Jane’s presentation to learn more.



GlennStrausser has more than 25 years in quality, project, and program management leadership.  He is the Director of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction and as the Director of Quality at Centrus Energy.  He is considered an expert in organizational project, program, and portfolio management.  He has earned extensive Project and Program Management Certifications, including the Project Management Professional (PMP), Management of Risk (MoR), Advanced Practitioner and Instructor in Program Management, and was a certified PMI OPM3 Assessor and Consultant.  He also has certifications from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Quality Manager, Quality Engineer, Software Quality Engineer, Auditor, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.  He has served on several local and state quality boards, and he has presented on project management and quality-related topics to global audiences.  

Mr. Strausser holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix.


Othonas Xixis

Othonas is a Senior Transition Program Manager for DCM/IBM Information Technology & Services and a certified PMP. He has served as a project, program, portfolio and PMO manager for more than 15 years. Othonas has created and worked in many large PMO schemes, such as IBM, Deloitte & Touch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sungard Public Sector - Local Government, Department of Homeland Security, VF Corporation.