Project Management Symposium

The George Washington University Division of Information Technology (IT) Project and Portfolio Management Office (PPMO) is hosting its second Project Management Symposium on Monday, September 26, 2016. This is a one-day event created for the exchanging and sharing of knowledge of project management practices in higher education.

Registration is now closed. 

Professional Development Units (PDUs)
Attendees with Project Management Certifications through the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be able to claim up to 5.25 PDUs for this event. Please consult PMI's website ( for more information on how to calculate the correct number of PDUs to claim.

Hotel Reservations
There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the Foggy Bottom campus. Please visit for more information, including distances from the Marvin Center. Information on discounts can be found here

Marvin Center Garage (access on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets)
Additional Parking Options

Walking directions from the Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue Line) to the Marvin Center


8:30 am Welcome Remarks Brian Ensor, Assistant Vice President, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Division of Information Technology, the George Washington University
8:45 am Opening Keynote Laura Stagner, Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery, General Services Administration
9:45 am Panel Discussion: Departmental portfolio management in higher education

Moderator: Christina Griffin, Director, IT Project and Portfolio Management Office, Division of Information Technology, the George Washington University
Panelists: Dale McLeod, Interim Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, the George Washington University
Bill Jacko, Director of Development Technical Services, the George Washington University
Adam Donaldson, Executive Director, Business Management and Analysis Group and Systems Analytics and Insights Group, the George Washington University
Erika Ogedegbe, the Interim Director of Processing for Offices of Student Financial Assistance & Undergraduate Admissions, the George Washington University

10:45 am Break Out Sessions

Room 301 Room 302 Room 307

Governance Makeover: Transform your project intake process using release models

Starting down the portfolio management path

GW Scholar Space and the making of a more agile library

Hemalatha Manickavinayaham, IT Program and Portfolio Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Adcock, Senior IT Project Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology

Patricia S. Simpson, Project and Portfolio Manager, Strategic Projects and Initiatives, University of Virginia Daniel Kerchner, Senior Software Developer, the George Washington University Libraries
11:30 am Lunch Room 309
1:00 pm Break Out Sessions

Room 301 Room 302 Room 307

Prioritizing the Project Portfolio - An Exercise in IT Governance


Clarifying the differences and relationship between risk informed decision making and risk analysis and management Not So Simple: A nimble project framework for navigating complex change in higher education

John Prette, IT Project Manager, George Mason University

Charles Spann, Executive Director, Strategic Business Operations, Information Technology Services, George Mason University

Ernest Forman, Professor of Decision Science, the George Washington University School of Business

Lyndsay J. Agans, Program Manager, University of Maryland University College

2:00 pm Break Out Sessions

Room 301 Room 302 Room 307
Manhattan College's foray into project management via TeamDynamix Cardwall and desktop dashboards The power of presidents, policies and enterprise portfolios Agile Methodology: Teams are self-organized and adaptive
Cesar Tapia, IT Support Specialist, Manhattan College
Gregory Quaglieni, IT Support Specialist, Manhattan College
Jeff Mitchell, PMO Program Manager, Enterprise Portfolio Management, Virginia Community College System Diana Henderson, Systems Analyst, University of Virginia
3:00 pm Panel Discussion: Risk and compliance in project and portfolio management Moderator: Ed Martin, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Division of Information Technology, the George Washington University
Panelists: Stephanie Baldwin, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, George Washington University
Brian Markham, Assistant Vice President, Information Security and Compliance Services, the George Washington University
Heidi Wachs, Special Counsel, Jenner & Block
4:00 pm Closing Keynote Introduction David Steinour, Chief Information Officer, Division of Information Technology, the George Washington University
4:10 pm Closing Keynote: Motivating and energizing transformation and changes in the higher education environment Marilyn Smith, Vice President of Information Technology, CIO, George Mason University
4:50 pm Closing Remarks Jelena Roljevic, Assistant Vice President, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Information Services, Division of Information Technology, the George Washington University