Opening Keynote Speaker

Peter Ivanov

Keynote Speaker and Executive Coach

8:15-9:15am - 1 Leadership PDU

Virtual Power Teams

Virtual or dispersed Teams are everywhere – starting with your home office workers through to your sales team and offices in multiple locations and onwards to reach large global Teams.

Often Projects with dispersed teams struggle with delays or even sometimes completely fail. International investments are put at Risk due to intercultural issues or simply because the team members feel isolated and demotivated.

Peter Ivanov is an international Manager and Virtual Teams Expert. His method “The 10 Big Rocks” is proven in practice and has won multiple corporate awards. The method systematically shows how to lead virtual teams, save time and money and develop your organization for the future!”

“Virtual Power Teams” provides a mix of ‘proven in practice’ management methods and powerful and emotive leadership stories that raise incentive for top performance and successful large virtual team management in international organisations.

It outlines the 10 critical success factors for leading Virtual Teams based on the Award winning method: “The 10 Big Rocks”

About Peter Ivanov:

  • Born in Gabrovo in Bulgaria 1970
  • Senior Manager with 20 years international experience
  • Has Led Virtual Teams – 100+ people in Western & Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa
  • Delivered 100+ Keynotes and talks in 18 countries
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • World Champion in Discus
  • Charity – Supporter of Young Talent
  • Lives with his 5 daughters and wife in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Speaks 5 languages – English, German, Bulgarian, Russian, Hungarian

More Information:    LinkedIn

Exert from Peter Ivanov's past presentation on Virtual Power Teams

Closing Keynote Speaker

Micah Kāne

CEO & President - Hawaii Community Foundation

3:15-4:15pm - 1 Leadership PDU

Hope, Resilience, and Room at the Top

Micah Kāne will join for a discussion on how big change can happen when people connect authentically with one another, how to lean on yourself in times of turmoil, and why there’s always room for leaders.

About Micah Kāne:

Micah A. Kāne is the CEO and President of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) – the state’s largest and oldest Foundation that works with individuals, families, foundations, government agencies, and organizations to transform lives and improve our communities.

Prior to taking on the role in July of 2017 as the third CEO & President in HCF’s 100-year history, Micah served as its President and Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for leading the executive team and day-to-day operations. He also served as an HCF Board of Governor for eight years before joining HCF.

His previous work experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Links International responsible for operations and acquisitions of all residential and resort development in Hawai‘i.  He was also the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a 200,000-acre native Hawaiian land trust. Micah also served as the Government Affairs Liaison for the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i. He is raised in Hawai‘i and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, Menlo College, and received his MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Over the years, Kāne has been recognized with various awards including the 2019 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business Hall of Honors award,  the Koa Anvil, Award of Excellence, the Salvation Army Partners in the Community Service Award, the Hawaiian Leader of the Year Award from the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Ho‘oulu Leadership Award for Government, Menlo College Hall of Fame- Football Inductee, Environmental Council Award, Spirit of the Year Award from the Aloha United Way and the Housing Advocate of the Year Award from the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i.

Micah currently serves as a Trustee for the Kamehameha Schools and is a corporate Board of Director with the Hawaiian Electric Industries.

With over 100 years of community service, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. HCF is a steward of more than 950 funds, including more than 280 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2019, HCF distributed more than $63 million in grants and contracts statewide, including more than $7 million in scholarships. HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.

More information on HCF:  LinkedIn              Twitter    

Corey Campbell

CEO and Founder - Akamai Training & Consulting

9:30-10:30am - 1 Leadership PDU

The 7 Ways to Master Your Psychology & Mindset to Dominate Any Problem You Face

As the world adapts to the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond, we’re being encouraged (or forced) to make significant shifts to our business and social lives. It’s easy to focus all our attention on accommodating others and ignore the impact to the person responsible for doing it all: you. If your environment is changing, what needs to change within you to own your future? To deliver your projects with the same effectiveness? What do you need to let go of from who you have been to achieve success moving forward? Crisis creates breakthroughs – if we have the right psychology and mindset to see them. Join Corey Campbell, CEO & Founder of Akamai Training & Consulting as we learn ways to activate a powerful mindset, ignite an inner drive of self-discovery, and establish a practical system to identify, discover, and implement the changes you need to make to maximize your productivity every day and eliminate problems as they come.
  • Primary Take-Aways for Participants
    • Establish a system to overcome mental fatigue and ignite daily with passion and purpose.
    • Understand the importance of mindfulness and self-awareness to dominate problems as they come and own your productivity throughout the day.
About Corey Campbell:
Corey Campbell is the CEO and Founder of Akamai Training & Consulting, a Honolulu-based company specializing in the design and development of custom-programming to enhance organization’s leadership and customer service skills. He has served as a guru in the field of Organizational Psychology as an Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, Corporate Trainer, and Keynote Speaker for the past 20 years, working across the United States and with international groups. His primary focus is connecting people and teams to a deeper purpose and passion to drive engagement and create positive behavioral change that lasts. 
He is a graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows Program (2018), and is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for After-School All-Stars Hawaii and the Waikiki Community Center, the Make-A-Wish Hawaii Young Leader’s Executive Board, and the Hawaii Food & Wine Epicurean Board. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology from Virginia Tech. He is an avid fitness enthusiast and is a Certified CrossFit instructor.
More Information: LinkedIn   Twitter

Ray Ju

Professor and Advisory Council at the University of California Berkeley Project Management Program

9:30-10:30am - 1 Strategic Business PDU

Collaborate to Innovate Through Lean Construction

The commitment to providing health care services in the "Smart Hospital" of the future starts with the design, construction, and implementation of these critical facilities. California Pacific Medical Center and Herrero/BOLDT general contractors partnered to deliver San Francisco the next generation of health care on schedule, on budget of $2.5B, and in scope of over 1M sq ft. Our Integrated Project Delivery Team approach is a collaboration of forerunners in innovative construction concepts, Earth-friendly efficient design and state-of-the-art medicine. Together, our goal was to deliver seismically safe and patient-centered medical facilities.

About Ray Ju:

Ray has been active in the Project Management Institute for over 30 years, certified as PMP #560, and served as the PMI San Francisco President. He has led high performance global teams from Silicon Valley, Siena and Shanghai in the health care, bio pharma, high tech, government, not for profit, finance, and telecom sectors.

He is an adjunct professor and on the Advisory Council at the University of California Berkeley Extension’s, Project Management program. As a life long learner, Ray holds Bachelors in Communication, dual Masters in Business and Leadership, certified as a Scrum Master, and licensed as a General Contractor.

More Information: LinkedIn

Vincent Mirabelli

Business Consultant

9:30-10:30am - 1 Technical PDU

Overcoming Bias for Better Decision Making

So let's start with the good news; if you are human, you have biases.

They are the framework against which we make many of our decisions each day, from the mundane to the complex. But this is a double edged sword. Our cognitive biases can get us into a lot of trouble around the office (even if that office looks a lot like where you live right now) when we rely on them too much, or worse, allow them to run rampant through self-awareness (or lack thereof.) And that trouble often leads to poor decisions, which generally is bad for business.

But there is hope. By understanding some of the common cognitive biases, and recognizing them in our colleagues (and ourselves), we can mitigate their effects.

In "Overcoming Bias for Decision Making", we'll explore some of the common cognitive biases which impact our work and lives, and learn strategies for overcoming (or at least mitigating) their impact.

About Vincent Mirabelli:

Working with clients across industries and sectors, Vincent empowers leaders and organizations to develop cultures of high process performance and continuous improvement. A founding member of the Love the Process Academy, host of "Analysts After Work," and co-host of the podcast, “Business (Not) As Usual”, Vincent is a highly sought after speaker and instructor in the areas of Business Process, Lean Six Sigma, and Operational Excellence, and has been named a top 25 thought leader on Culture, Change, and Business Management by Thinkers360. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP), a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and a trained facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials.

Sherry Menor-McNamara

CEO & President - Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

11:30-12:30pm - 1 Leadership PDU

Moving Forward with Hope and Optimism

The 4 Ps: Personal responsibility, plans, policies and partnerships, are what it will take to lead us through economic recovery.  Hear about the challenges and opportunities businesses face that provide hope and opportunities for our future.

About Sherry Menor-McNamara:

As head of the state’s largest organization serving business in Hawaii, Sherry Menor-McNamara is the youngest and first female President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii in its 165 years history.

She has worked for a wide variety of companies, including ESPN Regional Sports, Sony Corporation, Estee Lauder, Elton John Production and the “60 Minutes” program, as well as for the Hawaii State Legislature, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and the Executive Office of the United States President.

Menor-McNamara serves on numerous boards including as trustee of Queen's Health Systems, Fujitsu's JAIMS Foundation, Center for Tomorrow's Leaders, Girl Scouts Hawaii, East-West Center Foundation and the FilCom Center.

She has JD and MBA degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Menor-McNamara also earned a certificate in Expanding Impact in Advocacy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. 

Steve Palmer

Co-founder - Ever Evolving, Inc.

11:30am-12:30pm - 1 Strategic Business PDU

An Evolving Career in Innovation Management

7 years ago, a study of 300 colleges was conducted to determine who is teaching and preaching the latest best practices to drive innovative companies and solutions. Of those 300, only 6 had any class with the term “Innovation” in the title. Today, when you do a job search on LinkedIn for a Title, Skill, or Company with the term “Innovation” in it, you are swarmed with over 250,000 results. While the need for thinking innovatively and building and managing an innovation pipeline may not have been there 7 years ago, it has clearly arrived today. But, the question remains, where do you go to grow the skills necessary to drive innovative organizations?

This speech will focus on resources and training currently available for those looking to grow their skills and knowledge in the arena of Innovation and Innovation Management. It’ll touch on the new International Standard for Innovation Management (ISO 56000). It’ll touch on various certified training and the value those courses offer. And it’ll touch on some of the important concepts in Innovation Management that will feel so familiar to Project Managers, such as governing an innovation portfolio, driving a culture of innovation and innovative thinking, applying Agile methodologies to avoid continuing to fund bad ideas.

About Steve Palmer:

Steve Palmer is a co-founder with Ever Evolving, Inc. Since its founding, Ever Evolving has been at the forefront of the Innovation Management. It was selected as a delegate for the United Sates in developing the ISO 56000 Series of Standards on Innovation Management.  Ever Evolving provides certificate-based training, coaching, and consulting for individuals and organizations interested in adopting a repeatable and measurable approach to improving business practices, iterating on products and service offerings, and identifying and introducing new corporate revenue streams. As the co-chair of the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Innovation Professionals, Mr. Palmer is driving a new appraisal process where organizations can measure their approach to Innovation Management directly against the ISO 56002 Standard for Innovation Management. He is a resident of Annapolis, MD, where he lives with his wife Erin and daughter Isla Mae.

More information:   LinkedIn     Twitter 

Roger Wolkoff

Motivational Speaker

11:30am-12:30pm - 1 Leadership PDU

New Directions for New Normals in a World with COVID-19

Discover new directions for new normals.

We are immersed in/emerging from an unprecedented situation we never dreamed possible - a global pandemic - COVID-19 or coronavirus. You want and need essential tools to navigate the rocky waters of working with your people gain. Everyone’s normal is new, and it’s not necessarily the same normal from person to person.

Now, more than ever, it is essential to lead the way with authenticity. We examine how to be genuine in a world that values ”not real” by using the C.A.R.E. model. What keeps us from being authentic in today’s world, and how do we solve it?

Reimagine what life and work look like as we emerge and engage with each other again. This program focuses on what you absolutely must have to move forward. We give you laser focus on how leaders and teams have to change, adjust, and adapt.

About Roger Wolkoff:

Roger is a motivational speaker who helps you step outside yourself so your teams, organizations, and communities become the ones people don't leave. He speaks about the power of connecting, gratitude, and appreciation. How does he do it? Roger’s programs are high content and motivational in style and tone. He delivers stories, ideas, and keys to unlock what’s already inside you. 

Roger’s core messages center around trust, communication, and emotional intelligence. He helps leaders and high-performing teams communicate with clarity, conviction, and positive intent. Roger is an expert in emotional intelligence, communication, and building positive relationships.

Roger lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Anne. He loves to travel, bike, and read science fiction. He is a big fan of baseball, pinball, and all things Tesla.  

More Information: LinkedIn    Twitter

Ken Smith

Freelance Consultant

2:00-3:00pm - 1 Technical PDU

Beyond PMBOK -- Insights & Innovations in Earned Value!

This presentation explains the rationale for the Earned Value Methodology; then provides several insights and easy innovations for applying Earned Value to enhance monitoring of Projects, Programs and Portfolios.
Traditional budgeting for integrated schedule planning, budgeting & performance monitoring of projects is prone to error! But formula-driven Earned Value methodology is confusing and cumbersome! This presentation cuts through the formula fog and provides a simpler approach to understanding and applying EV -- with templates to facilitate computation and graphics for display.
About Ken Smith:

Freelance consultant. Formerly Senior Foreign Service Officer, US Agency for International Development (USAID) portfolio, program & project manager, evaluator, trainer & advisor; US Defense Department management systems specialist; Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank & UNDP consultant. Col, USAFR (Retd). Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) monitoring & evaluation, George Mason University (GMU) Virginia; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Systems Analysis Fellow, Center for Advanced Engineering Study); MA & BA (Government & International Relations, University of Connecticut (UCONN). Project Management Professional (PMP®), member International Project Management Association (IPMA), & PMI®-Honolulu & Philippine Chapters.

Phil Acosta

Executive Director - Aloha Harvest

2:00-3:00pm - 1 Strategic PDU

Creating a Sustainable Food System in Hawaii

Even in the midst of natural disasters, civil unrest over racial injustice, the health and economic crisis brought on by a global pandemic, Aloha Harvest continues to push forward and innovate. In fact, this little-known nonprofit has experienced unprecedented growth despite the challenges of 2020. This organization continues to explore and implement ways to create a more sustainable and resilient food system in Hawaii. Learn about their current efforts to support tens of thousands of households through  their `Ohana Pack program, how they are revamping their data systems through the `aiRescue project, and how their vision of creating a Food Resilience Hub and Disaster Preparedness Center is now starting to take shape.

About Phil Acosta:

Phil assumed the position as Executive Director of Aloha Harvest on Sep 2019 and has since modernized their fleet and doubled its staff. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, Phil has led the Aloha Harvest team to step up and meet the community’s growing need for food assistance, nearly tripling the volume of food that they redistribute throughout O’ahu, and quadrupling the organization’s operating budget. Prior to Aloha Harvest, Phil and his family started up their own nonprofit organization in Jan 2016, providing homeless services to under-resourced communities on the North Shore, Central and Leeward Oahu, serving as one of the founding Officers and Executives. He currently volunteers as the Governance Chair for the Waikiki Health Center Board of Directors.

In his previous lives, Phil managed several enterprise-level IT projects with the Hawaii State Department of Human Services, US Pacific Command, USARPAC 9th Mission Command, and Island Pacific Academy. He was also as an educator for over 10 years, working with children from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Phil and his wife Marissa are the proud parents of two 17-year old college students. Karissa is a Sophomore at the University of the Pacific and Brianna is a Freshman at the University of California Los Angeles.

Greta Blash

Program and Project Manager, Business Analyst

2:00-3:00pm - 1 Technical PDU

Future of Agile

Agile has moved from a silver bullet to becoming integrated into most project deliveries. As Disciplined Agile has become more recognized, this moves agile from a project concept to an enterprise-level approach to support Business Agility.


About Greta Blash:

Greta Blash has over 20 years of program/project management, business analysis and management experience with world-class organizations. 

Greta has published articles, blogs and project management and business analysis courses, to help individuals to increase their knowledge in the combined usages of various techniques and on how these techniques can be appropriately applied to ensure delivery of solutions that meet stakeholder expectations.

She was selected by PMI to be part of the review team for the PMBOK and Program Management Guide, as well as a SME for the BA Standard, Benefit Realization Practice Guide, The Standard for Earned Value Management and Estimating Practice Guide. She is a frequent presenter at Project Management, Business Analysis and Agile events. 

More Information: LinkedIn       Twitter 

Ashley Bovey DeGeus

Sr. Account Manager - TEKSystems

10:30-11:15am - Workshop - 0.5 Strategic Business PDUs

The Digital World: Jobs and Trends Nationwide and in the Local Market

What does the PM job market look like during COVID19 and moving forward? TEKsystems is the nation’s leading IT Services company. Hear the challenges and trends we’re hearing from our consultants and clients- both locally and nationwide.  

About Ashley Bovey DeGeus:

Sr. Account Manager experienced in providing the highest level of IT services for clients in the Hawaii market.

Kelsea Yamashita

TEKSystems - Sr. Technical Recruiter

10:30-11:15am - Workshop - 0.5 Strategic Business PDUs

The Digital World: Jobs and Trends Nationwide and in the Local Market

What does the PM job market look like during COVID19 and moving forward? TEKsystems is the nation’s leading IT Services company. Hear the challenges and trends we’re hearing from our consultants and clients- both locally and nationwide.

About Kelsea Yamashita:

Sr. Technical Recruiter in the applications space, experienced and passionate about helping PMs land their next big step.

Nelwyn Yee

Director - Learning & Performance Improvement Solutions

10:30-11:15am - Workshop - 0.5 Technical PDUs

How to energize and engage participants during meetings and training

Looking for ways to create more interaction in your meetings? Unsure of how to transform exercises and discussions you used to perform in a live training into a virtual format? This session will provide you with an overview of how energize and engage participants in a virtual meetings and training.

During this interactive session we will explore:

  • Virtual meeting icebreakers and energizers
  • Ways to use online meeting platform tools like polls, chat, annotations and more to increase participant interaction
  • Delivery techniques to add excitement into sessions

About Nelwyn Yee:

Nelwyn Yee is the owner and Director of Learning & Performance Improvement Solutions. LPI Solutions helps organizations develop custom learning material uniquely tailored to their needs and training in instructional design. LPI Solutions also specializes in knowledge transfer programs to ensure critical knowledge and skills of experienced individuals are retained in the organization.

Prior to starting LPI Solutions Nelwyn served as a Training Manager in hospitality, a Senior Learning Consultant in healthcare, and a Senior Instructional Designer in biotech. She also served as President and Board Advisor for the Hawaii Chapter of Association of Talent Development (ATD).

More Information: LinkedIn

Scot Kleinman

Associate Director of Development - Gemini Observatory

1:15-2:00pm - Workshop - 0.5 Strategic Business PDUs

Getting the RIGHT Things Done

Go beyond task management and learn how to identify what the right things to be doing are and explore why we don't always seem to do the right things, even if we might know what they are. Mastering this content should help attendees remove low return tasks from their plates, focus on getting the most important tasks done, and get more out of colleagues in supporting their work.

About Scot Kleinman:

Scot is the Associate Director of Development at Gemini Observatory, located in HIlo Hawaii, having been involved with instrumentation development there since 2007. Prior to coming to Gemini, Scot served as the instrument Division Chief for the Subaru telescope and previously lead nighttme operations for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, managed the Whole Earth Telescope as its Associate Director of Operations at Iowa State University, and spent some time on the daytime side of things at the Big Bear Solar Observatory. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin where he built an  instrument that now sits in a corner of his office, and completed an MBA from the University of Hawaii Shidler school of business.  He is a board member for the Whole Earth Telescope and his research interests include white dwarf stars and science from large scale surveys.  He maintains a somewhat dusty blog on astronomy management at and has developed a number of short courses on efficient work habits and leadership.   He has a 10 year-old daughter, a couple of German cars, some surfboards, a water ski, and a unicycle, each of which gets varied amounts of use.

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Stephanie Lum

Senior Process Analyst - Servco Pacific, Inc

1:15-2:00pm - Workshop - 0.5 Technical PDUs

Team Building Ideas for Virtual Teams

As our project teams have been sent to work at home and teams become more distributed, it is more important than ever to maintain bonds between team members. Stephanie will share some team bonding ideas and activities that have worked in her organization, including an audience participation exercise, and is looking forward to hearing thoughts and ideas from her fellow PMI Honolulu members.

Note: Please bring a 8x11 blank sheet of paper for this workshop.

About Stephanie Lum:

Stephanie Lum is a Senior Process Analyst at Servco Pacific, Inc and has over fifteen years of business analysis and project management experience in business and non-profits with a focus on software selection, development and implementation, including related process improvement efforts. Stephanie is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Professional Product Owner and Certified Agile Professional Agile Trainer certifications in addition to her PMP, and has been instrumental in setting Servco on an agile path. 

Delo Dayondon

Local Artist


Live Entertainment during Pau Hana & Networking Lounge

About Delo Dayondon:

Delo Dayondon was born in Cebu City, Philippines and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He's a multimedia creative, accomplished triathlete, and aspiring musician. His love for music stems from his childhood memories of waking up to his late father's weekend karaoke jam sessions and is inspired to continue his passion. He credits Curtis Kamiya Music, Miscellaneous Entertainment, Primaphonix Studio, and The WorkPlayers for supporting his musical journey. 

All sessions = 1 PDU / Workshops = 0.5 PDUs

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