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Laura Barnard, is a regular keynote speaker and workshop provider at project management professional development symposiums, global education provider webinars, and corporate functions.

What Do Our Clients Say?

Laura Barnard has been one of Project Management for Today’s most valuable Contributing Authors / Speakers since 2018. In each Speaking Engagement / Article Laura has helped our readers by clearly articulating the ways for Project Managers / PMO leaders to provide an immediate strategic impact on their organizations. As a result of following her recommendations, Laura’s readers will find their services in demand as their skill in collaboration and cultivating immediate strategic results for their organization grows. I would encourage Project Managers / PMO Leaders to seek out Laura’s recommendations as they seek to increase the value they are able to provide for their organizations.

Karl HallgrimssonOperations, Intake, & Portfolio Manager at TTEC

Being deeply competent and a dazzling communicator does not often show up in the same person. Yet Laura Barnard is that person! I had the opportunity to speak at the same conference as Laura recently and I was so impressed with her ability to keep the audience completely engaged throughout the entire keynote. “Impact” is not just clever branding for Laura–it’s who she is. It drives everything she writes and speaks about and that’s why she’s in such demand. If you’re looking for an engaging keynoter for an upcoming chapter or company meeting, give Laura a call!

Andy Kaufman, PMP Project Management & Leadership Keynote Speaker, Author, & Coach

Laura spoke at our PMI Washington D.C. George Washington University local community meeting and we had record attendance. Her presentation was clear and organized and her delivery was warm and engaging. In addition to being an excellent speaker and pulling in the audience with lively antidotes, her content was “spot on” and the attendees left the presentation commenting that their time was well spent and that they would use the various tips in their work as a PM.

Melanie Fiore, PMP, BRMP, Gallup-Certified Strengths CoachProject and Portfolio Manager at The George Washington University Division of Information Technology

We had the privilege of having Laura Barnard as one of our keynote speakers. She did an amazing job and what she brought to us was very enlightening. The tools she is making available to our members will be invaluable and we really appreciate her contribution to the PMI Professional Development Day.

Candi BanghartVP Programs

One thing that stuck with me is a statement she made that as PMs we have a fiduciary responsibility to deliver. We are the owners of delivery.

Pavan GotetiSenior Project Manager

I had the opportunity, at our Professional Development Day, to listen to Laura Barnard both as a breakout session speaker and a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed both sessions. She did a great job of providing a lot of info that I’m anxious to go back and use at work!

Attendee of PMI Central Iowa Professional Development Day

We had the pleasure of seeing Laura, the keynote speaker, and really enjoyed her message about PMOs and the organization and building those out and the value they bring to companies. We will take that back and implement it.

Trevor KookerSenior Project Manager

Recently attended the PMI Symposium at UMD and heard your great presentation. Looking forward to more “sage wisdom” and hearing you at future PMI events.

Mack James

SPEAKING TOPICS ABSTRACTS

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Building a High-IMPACT PMO

Audience: Anyone from the C-suite to Project Managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Do you know what it takes to build a high-IMPACT PMO? 

Whether you are starting a PMO for the first time, trying to get your PMO back on track, or just want to ensure that your PMO is as high-IMPACT as possible, this presentation will get right to the heart of what actually makes a difference, where you should start, and how to accelerate your PMO performance to deliver high-IMPACT outcomes for the organization.

It’s time to stop talking about “PMO survival” and ensure that YOU and your PMO are THRIVING!

This system has been developed leveraging more than 20 years of research and application of the most important techniques that Laura has used to transform the careers of hundreds of project managers, enabling them to become an invaluable strategic asset that business leaders are fighting over.

After watching this presentation, you will be prepared to leverage a set of immediately applicable tools and techniques to help you Get. It. Done.
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From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers          

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming your career from Project Manager to IMPACT Driver. This system has been developed leveraging more than 20 years of research and application of the most important techniques that Laura has used to transform the careers of hundreds of project managers, enabling them to become an invaluable strategic asset business leaders are fighting over. After watching this presentation, you will be prepared to leverage a set of immediately applicable tools and techniques to help you Get. It. Done.

Impact Engine™: The proven six step system to turn your organization into an ROI generator

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Short

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming any organization and any culture into a project-driven organization that becomes an invaluable strategic asset business leaders crave. You will learn each of the six steps that has helped Laura create high-IMPACT organizations and PMOs for 20+ years and walk out with immediately applicable tools and techniques to drive ever-higher IMPACT in your organization the next day.

Long

Is your organization having the positive impact necessary for you and your entire team to thrive, not just survive? Is your team on the verge of extinction because you just aren’t quite delivering the high-impact results necessary for the organization?

Why is your organization or team just struggling to get by while you watch other leaders and teams around you effortlessly meeting their commitments, driving to results, with a team that seems like they wouldn’t rather be anywhere else? What are the secrets they have figured out? What are they doing differently?

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming any organization and any culture into a project-driven organization that becomes an invaluable strategic asset business leaders crave. You will learn each of the six steps that has helped Laura create high-IMPACT organizations and PMOs for 20+ years and walk out with immediately applicable tools and techniques to drive ever-higher IMPACT in your organization the next day.

Impact Engine™: The proven six step system to turn your PMO into an ROI generator

Audience: PMO leaders and project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

I’m done hearing people talk about PMO survival skills!

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving with your PMO? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture both inside and outside of the PMO. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming any organization and any culture into a project-driven organization that becomes an invaluable strategic asset business leaders crave. You will learn each of the six steps that has helped Laura create high-IMPACT organizations and PMOs for 20+ years and walk out with immediately applicable tools and techniques to drive ever-higher IMPACT with your PMO the next day.

Long

I’m done hearing people talk about PMO survival skills! Is your PMO having the positive impact necessary for you and your entire team to thrive, not just survive? Is your PMO on the verge of extinction because you just aren’t quite delivering the high-impact results necessary for the organization?

Why is your PMO or team just struggling to get by while you watch other leaders and teams around you effortlessly meeting their commitments, driving to results, with a team that seems like they wouldn’t rather be anywhere else? What are the secrets they have figured out? What are they doing differently?

Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving with your PMO? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture both inside and outside of the PMO. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming any organization and any culture into a project-driven organization that becomes an invaluable strategic asset business leaders crave. You will learn each of the six steps that has helped Laura create high-IMPACT organizations and PMOs for 20+ years and walk out with immediately applicable tools and techniques to drive ever-higher IMPACT with your PMO the next day.

The Executive Dashboard: Tell them what they need to know…then STOP!

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

Frustrated because your stakeholders aren’t focused on the right information? Are their decisions taking forever? This session shows you a very practical tool and set of techniques for focusing your team (and sponsor) on the information they need to make educated and informed decisions so you can ALL get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done. It IS possible to get that project done right, the first time … and fast!

Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

Long

How many times have you facilitated a meeting and watched executives spend too much time on irrelevant details? Your meeting is over and no decisions were made to keep your project moving! Ugh. Bad news … we do it to ourselves! You gave them MORE information than needed and distracted them from the actions and decisions vital to move the project forward.

Reporting should be simple and information sharing straightforward. This one-page executive dashboard can be used for a single project for an entire portfolio of projects. The key to an effective report is to give executives the information they need to make educated and informed decisions … then STOP! Don’t provide too much information and ensure the information you do share leads to necessary decisions and actions. Tell them what they need to know and do, enabling you and your project to move toward completion. Then you can get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done.

Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

Change Management Simplified: Combining Project Management and Change Management to Get. It. Done.

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management
Project managers know a thing or two about managing projects, but why is it that we are still seeing only about 64% of projects meet their original goals and 52% of strategic initiatives reach their strategic goals, according to the recent PMI Pulse of the Profession survey? We are using the tools, going through the process, yet we just can’t seem to get to the outcomes we planned for or expected. And it’s even worse if you put the word strategy in front of it! Then, you may as well flip a coin! What gives?

You might be missing the right level of change management on your project! We are not talking about the “let HR come in and fix you” kind of change management. No, we mean the kind that brings people with you through the change DURING the project to get to the best outcomes possible kind of change enablement. Yes, you can be successful in meeting your project constraints all while having happy project resources AND happy end users when the work is complete (on time and on budget, by the way).

The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to give yourself and your change initiative the best possible opportunity for success! You will walk away from this presentation with specific techniques you can apply immediately to make your change stick and even get your sponsor engaged in the process (willingly)!

How to Train Your Sponsor

Audience: Project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

Having trouble getting your sponsor to engage? Learn how to leverage the best tools and techniques to turn your sponsor into a rock star champion for your project!

Long

Having trouble getting your sponsor to focus on your project? Did their engagement end when the charter was signed? What!? They didn’t even read the charter?

If you want to improve your sponsor relationship and get exactly what you need from them to keep you project moving forward, this webinar was built for you. Unfortunately, most sponsors don’t understand what is expected of them. Why would they? We haven’t told them, yet!

We start with a sponsor assessment to help you evaluate the kind of sponsor you have for your project. That is key to understanding what comes next. Then, we apply a sponsor management process and various techniques and tools to help you focus your sponsor on precisely what they need to know, help them understand what is expected of them throughout the project lifecycle, and how they can support you through the process of managing a project. Happy and engaged sponsor = happy project manager! Join us if you want to learn the secrets to sponsor engagement and how to master the most critical component of any change success.

Change Management Simplified

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers trying to deliver results
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Having trouble getting changes done in your organization? Struggling to get the team to understand the value or properly motivating those that should already care?

How can you bring people along with this change and arm them with the skills they need to help you along this change journey? Is it really possible to make the change happen even in difficult and change resistant cultures? These questions plague all of us as we begin to take on the daunting challenge of driving real change in an organization. The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to give yourself and your change initiative the best possible opportunity for success! You will walk away from this presentation with specific techniques you can apply immediately to make your change stick!

Risk Management and the PMO

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Most project managers understand the basics of managing project-level risks, using the tried-and-true risk matrix that prioritizes risks according to probability and impact, so that we can then work risk management strategies. If this is done well on each project, it might be tempting to conclude that our risk management job is done. But is it? Are we leaving ourselves open to broader risk exposure by looking at each project on its own?

Applying Laura’s no nonsense approach to risk management, we will traverse the key portfolio- and enterprise-level risk categories that are rarely the responsibility of a single project manager, but which have the potential to cause major failures across projects, programs, portfolios, and the enterprise. You will walk away with some easy to implement ideas on risk management across your projects that won’t have you bogged down in heavy process, while creating a more mature risk culture.

HIGHLY SATISFIED CLIENTS & SPEAKING TOPICS

April 27, 2018

PMI Baltimore

From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management


April 24 & 27, 2018

Free Masterclass: Present Like a Pro


March 15, 2018

Project Management for Today


March 15, 2018

From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management

PMI Washington DC


March 13, 2018

Building a High-IMPACT PMO

PMI Baltimore


March 6, 2018

One Page Executive Dashboard

PMI Palmetto


February 23 & 28, 2018

Masterclass: How to Measure PMO Performance

IMPACTbyLaura


February 22, 2018

Webinar: Building a High-IMPACT PMO

IT Metrics & Productivity Institute (ITMPI)


January 24 & 26, 2018

Masterclass: How to Start a High-IMPACT PMO

IMPACTbyLaura


December 19 & 21, January 1, & 3 2018

Masterclass: Building a High-IMPACT Resume

IMPACTbyLaura


December 7, 2017

From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management

PMI Global Talent Management Conference


November 28 & 30, 2017

Masterclass: Top 10 Mistakes PMO Leaders are Making

IMPACTbyLaura


November 10,2017

From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Accelerating Your Project Management Career

Nokia International Project Management Conference


October 25 & 27, 2017

Masterclass: From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Accelerating Your Project Management Career

IMPACTbyLaura


October 24, 2017

Executive Panel: Project Management Best Practices

PMI Montgomery County Maryland


September 26 & 28, 2017

Masterclass: The Future of PMOs

IMPACTbyLaura


September 14, 2017

Webinar: The Future of PMOs: How to Prepare Your PMO to Evolve

IT Metrics & Productivity Institute (ITMPI)


September 13, 2017

Breakout: IMPACT Engine: The Proven Six Step System to Transform Your Organization into an ROI Generator

Breakout: How to Train Your Sponsor

PMI Central Virginia Chapter


May 12, 2017

Breakout: IMPACT Engine: Transforming your organization into an ROI generator

Breakout: Executive Dashboard Tell them what they need to know..then STOP!

PMI Madison


May 4, 2017

Keynote: IMPACT Engine: Transforming your organization into an ROI generator

Breakout: Executive Dashboard Tell them what they need to know..then STOP!

PMI Northeast Wisconsin

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI


April 22, 2017

Keynote: IMPACT Engine™: Turning your PMO into an ROI generator

PMI Baltimore


April  4, 2017

IMPACT Engine™: Turning your PMO into an ROI generator

IT Metrics & Productivity Institute (ITMPI)

November 2015

Project Management: The Intentional Profession

International Project Management Day, IIL


November 17, 2015

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO
PMI Baltimore, MD Chapter


November 2, 2015

Project Management Seminar Series
National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute 


September 25, 2015

Making a Difference with Project Management
PM Symposium
Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter


October 19-21, 2015

Organizing your Organization
Lessons Learned from the Largest Volunteer ScopeAthon in History
Points of Light – Service Unites Conference on Volunteering and Service
The Impossible PMO
PDC 2015: Identify YOUR Path To Success!

Project Management Institute (PMI) Hampton Roads Chapter


September 15, 2015
Change Management Simplified

Navy Federal Credit Union – PMIWDC Local Community Meeting


September 15, 2015
The Executive Dashboard: Tell them what they need to know (then STOP)!

Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter


June 25, 2015

The Impossible PMO™

Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

Tysons Corner Project Management Luncheon

Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter


June 25, 2015

Northrup Grumman / Virginia Tech

Global Externship Program


June 23, 2015

Change Management Simplified: Combining Project Management and Change Management to Get Things Done

Northern Virginia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


June 16, 2015

The Executive Dashboard: Tell Them What They Need to Know (Then Stop!)

Silver Spring PMI Symposium/2015 Professional Development


June 25, 2015

Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter

The Building Blocks of an Effective & Sustainable PMO


June 15, 2015

SharePoint Project Management Symposium

Protiviti Project Management Conference


June 8, 2015

The Making of PMDoS:

Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

PMO Strategies and PM Day of Service

UMD 2015 Project Management Symposium

University of Maryland


May 14, 2015

Reduce Operating Costs with a Unified Enterprise Business Management

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce


April 24, 2015

Free Webinar – Learn How to Build an Effective and Sustainable PMO


March 20, 2015

Baltimore PMI Symposium/2015 Professional Development Event

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Baltimore, MD Chapter

Project Management Day of Service (PMDOS):

We are Making Project Management the Intentional Profession


March 17, 2015

Region 5 Mid Atlantic PMI Leadership Conference

Responding to Labor Market Demand Shifts in the Northern Virginia Labor Market


February 24, 2015

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Panel

Change and the PMO


February 11, 2015

Acentia

Risk Management and the PMO

December 5, 2014

From Project Manager to Project Leader


December 4, 2014

How to Build an Effective and Sustainable PMO

Computer Aid, Inc.


November 11, 2014

7 Essential Techniques that all High-Performing PMOs Must Master (7 PDUs)

Universities at Shady Grove


October 15, 2014

Project Management Symposium

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Montgomery County, MD Chapter


September 23, 2014

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI)

Webinar Series 2014 Fall Catalog


July 22, 2014

Tysons Corner Luncheon

Project Management Institute (PMI)


June 9-10, 2014

Washington, D.C. Chapter

The Real Deal on PMO Success

Project Management Symposium

University of Maryland, College Park – Project Management Center of Excellence and

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Silver Spring, MD Chapter


September 16, 2014

PMI Local Communities: IRS Location

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Washington, D.C. Chapter


May 7, 2014

PM Tools Workshop

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Washington, D.C. Chapter