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Laura Barnard, PMP, Prosci, CAL

Keynote Speaker, Trainer & Consultant

Laura has been instrumental in bringing PMOs and Project Management to the strategy table for 25 years. She knows just how hard it can be to drive effective and sustainable change in organizations, having spent 15 years in the role of PMO leader beginning in 1999. For the last 9 years, she’s been helping organizations drive higher return on investment for their strategy by unleashing the full potential and power of project management and the PMO. She has developed a unique and powerful system for growing organizational project management competency with a deliberate focus on driving high-IMPACT outcomes on every project.

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In 2021, Laura was named the Global PMO influencer of the Year, the only award of its kind, by the PMO Global Alliance for her many accomplishments in shaking up the way the world sees and values the PMO through her popular PMO Strategies Podcast and as a part of the longest running PMO-specific virtual conference, the PMO IMPACT Summit. Laura welcomes you to join her community of IMPACT Drivers on their mobile app the IMPACT Driver Network and learn more about how they can help you at PMOStratetgies.com


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Is the PMO Dead?

With so many advancements in automation, artificial intelligence, Agile, product management, and an emphasis on lean practices that seem to change overnight, one may wonder where the PMO fits into the future of organizational strategy delivery. In this session, we will look at what the future holds for the PMO and project management, what practices will fade away, and how to go from survival mode to thriving in a future that is already upon us. We’ll explore how to position yourself as a strategic business partner as your organization shifts to respond to everything from market changes to a post-pandemic economy and exactly what to do to earn your seat at the table in driving greater IMPACT for every project in your organization. 

The Game-Changing Steps to a High-IMPACT PMO

Whether you’re starting a PMO for the first time, trying to get your PMO back on track, or just want to ensure that your PMO driving as much value as possible, this training will get right to the heart of what really makes a difference in the eyes of your business leaders, where to focus YOUR energy for the best results, and how to accelerate your PMO performance. ‚Äč

You’ll learn the step-by-step system that has been developed through more than 25 years of Laura’s real-world experience as a PMO leader, and then as a consultant, trainer, and coach. We’ll explore why the typical guidance is not serving you or your PMO and what techniques driver greater results with less headache. We have used this system to transform the careers of hundreds of PMO leaders, enabling them to become an invaluable strategic asset that business leaders are fighting over.

Becoming an IMPACT Driver: The Roadmap for PMO and Project Leaders

Chaos is nothing new to PMO and Project Leaders that have been in the center of it all for decades. But managing change is even more challenging when uncertainty is compounded, and directives are switching regularly. From a global pandemic to ever-changing market shifts, and constant instability, the project leader and PMO are key assets business leaders will come to rely on to guide them into an uncertain future while ensuring that the organization's strategy is delivered despite a changing landscape. This demand requires project leaders to shed the traditional project management role and shift gears toward a more agile and nimble operating model that accelerates IMPACT on every project. Get in the driver’s seat with Laura as she shares her roadmap for a professional tune up that will help you lead your projects and teams thrive while driving stronger project outcomes across the organization. 

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