Laura Barnard Change Management Consultant

Keynote Speaker, Trainer & Consultant

Owner, IMPACT by Laura

Founder and CEO, PMO Strategies

Founder and President, Project Management for Change, 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Hi, I’m Laura!

I’m passionate about helping individuals and organizations effectively leverage their resources to deliver superior and sustainable IMPACT.

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Great to meet you here! I look forward to learning more about each other!

How did I get here?

I spent more than 20 years working for organizations from nonprofits to global financial institutions, beginning as a computer and web programmer many moons ago. What I realized very quickly is that I LOVED helping pull all the pieces of a project together and helping people figure out the best way to Get. It. Done. So obviously, I became a project manager! No better way to help others succeed, if you ask me!

Project manager quickly turned into PMO leader when I worked for an e-commerce company (back in the dot com days in the late 90s). There, I got my first exposure to building a PMO, from scratch! I had no idea what I was doing that first time, but boy did I learn fast! From there, I went on to work on various fun initiatives, building and run both PMOs to create transformational organization and industry-wide changes. I started my career helping an organization literally transform an industry and ended my “employee” career helping to drive enterprise and industry changes.

That’s what it’s all about…

Many times we talk about the PMO or project management as the outcome and it’s not. The business changes we are creating are the real IMPACT we make when we build a PMO or put in place project management practices. Remembering that is the key to our success!

How I help you grow…

When I was in your shoes, I had a hard time finding the right guidance and support for building and running PMOs and creating internal PM competency. Now that I have the experience I do, I like to share that through my blog, “I wish I had me when I was you… ™”

I  run training and coaching programs that help organizations and individuals deliver high-impact results on their projects and drive organizational change. I’m probably best known as “the PMO lady” for my extensive experience in building and running PMOs that Get. It. Done. while developing a high-performing team of IMPACT Drivers that become an invaluable asset to any organization.

How I give back to the industry…

I truly believe that project managers are uniquely positioned to help organizations have a greater impact. That’s why I founded Project Management for Change, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the project management profession by showing the value of project management across the globe as the most effective enabling resource for delivering sustainable change in the nonprofit sector. Our signature event, the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)®, brings together thousands of project managers with hundreds of nonprofit leaders every year across the globe to change the world, one project at a time.

I have served on nonprofit boards for more than 12 years including multiple Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters, Virginia International University and Goodwill Industries. I continue to support the evolution of Project Management globally in my role as advisory board member for several global firms, as well as continuing to bring high-IMPACT content to project management focused conferences and training programs.