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Keynote Speakers

Keynote sessions happen following breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the workshop – MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

Opening Keynote – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Shohreh Ghorbani

The Present Challenges & Future Opportunities
of the Project Controls World

Have you ever wondered what the world of Project Controls looks like and how it is linked to the EVM world?  Did you know that more and more organizations are demanding greater visibility into project performance and predictability utilizing Project Controls?  Yet, Project Controls is often used as a buzzword in the industry without much consideration for its depth, meaning, and application. This has led to a lot of challenges for professionals working in the world of Project Controls. In this keynote, Shohreh Ghorbani will draw on her two decades of experience in Project Controls and shares the top challenges she has faced in implementing Project Controls and the battle-tested lessons she has learned.  Considering the speed of innovation and emerging new technologies, she will also share her perspective on whether new technologies would help in overcoming the current challenges and how the future of Project Controls would look like.  Let’s bridge the Project Controls world with the EVM world so we can overcome the current challenges and benefit from future opportunities that our worlds hold.  

Shohreh Ghorbani is the founder and director of Project Control Academy, the leading global provider of comprehensive online training programs in Project Controls. She has served tens of thousands of professionals enhance their Project Controls knowledge and helped them advance along their career path. In April 2018, AACE International Source Magazine featured Shohreh as the “Woman in Project Controls” honoree.  

She has helped companies like Kentz International, Phillips 66, Waste Management, and Stantec develop Project Controls knowledge and skills in their project team members.  With her impressive track record in teaching and years of hands-on experience on a wide range of project controls technical areas in various industries, clients have acknowledged Shohreh as a passionate trainer who transfers the knowledge of project controls in a simple and understandable manner.

Shohreh is a licensed project management professional (PMP) recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a professional member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE International). Toastmasters International certified her as” Advanced Communicator Silver.” She holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.

To learn more about Shohreh visit www.ProjectControlAcademy.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Day 2 Keynote – Thursday, May 23 

Stacy A. Cummings

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers

Acquisition Enablers Overview which provides the Strategy and Framework for DoD Acquisition

Ms. Stacy Cummings is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers (PDASD(AE)). In this position, she advises the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD(A)) on matters relating to the Department of Defense Acquisition System while advancing innovative, data-driven approaches across the acquisition enterprise.

Previously serving as the Program Executive Officer, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS), Ms. Cummings managed the delivery of healthcare and advance data sharing through a modernized electronic health record for service members, veterans, and their families.

Ms. Cummings previously held senior executive positions at the Department of Transportation, where she established strategic direction, provided executive leadership, and managed daily operations as the Executive Director for the Federal Railroad Administration and the interim Executive Director for the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.
Beginning her career with the Department of the Navy, she held senior positions at the Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Services Command; Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers; Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence; and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

Ms. Cummings holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Master of Science in Management/Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University.  Certified in both Program Management and Acquisition Logistics, Ms. Cummings is a graduate of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Senior Executive Management Development Program and the Defense Senior Leader Development Program. Ms. Cummings received Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards from the Department of the United States Navy, Meritorious Public Service Award from the United States Coast Guard, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Day 3 Keynote – Friday, May 24

Jeff Gravatte

CEO and Founder of CADD Microsystems, Inc 

Robotics in Performance Monitoring and Management

Like many industries, the design, construction and management of building facilities is experiencing a technology transformation.   Building Information Modeling (BIM) or, a buildings “Digital Twin”, or a virtual replica of what will actually be built in the real-world is a major contributor to this transformation.   In this lively fast-paced session you will see and hear how the use of building design or building models (BIM) and construction data is being used by automated machines or in some cases,  robots,  to monitor progress, automated dangerous task and manage the construction and operation of buildings.   This session will focus on state-of-the-art practices for ensuring on-time delivery of construction projects using cutting-edge technology and newly-created industry practices.   If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at the future or technology in design and construction and learning how robots, lasers and drones will be used to deliver more cost efficient projects than this session is for you. 
Even if you are not interested in any of these things, what you will see and hear will certainly amaze you!

Passionate about Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its potential to transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated. Enjoys public speaking and sharing his research and experience in how technology is and will be applied to the built environment. Interested in how selecting, nurturing and developing leaders will progress the tools and processes people use to create exceptional effective buildings.

The EVM World Workshop is a chance to learn about project performance techniques, including earned value management (EVM). The workshop provides training, current topics from practicing professionals, access to world leaders in project performance management, networking, and the latest in software and consulting to make your program successful.

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