Call for Presentations

2017 Annual Symposium

Creating Business Value through Project Leadership

October 2-3, 2017

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA


Call for Presentations

Last Date for Submissions - July 10, 2017




The PMI Silicon Valley Chapter is pleased to announce its 2017 Annual Symposium for October 2-3 in in the heart of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Are you an experienced Project or Program Manager with leadership experience (and the scars to show for it)? Would you like to share your knowledge with like-minded professionals and participate in an event where you will learn from others who have led successful projects and faced similar challenges?

We would love to have you as a session speaker at the upcoming 2017 PMI Silicon Valley Annual Symposium, held at Santa Clara Conventions Center. This year's theme is: Creating Business Value through Project Leadership.  See more at:overview-symposium



We are now inviting submissions from speakers who wish to participate in this year's event.  The program will include approximately twenty presentations in two tracks.  Presentations will be scheduled for 55 minute time slots (including time at the end for questions).



Proposed topics must be aligned with the symposium theme of "Creating Business Value through Project Leadership" and should be compelling to the attendees.   Presentations should be practical and applicable to individuals and organizations.  Interpretation of this theme is welcome, and presenters from any industry, discipline, or project environment are encouraged.    Possible topic categories include:

  • Skills and techniques – What leadership ideas have you (or your colleagues) applied running successful projects and programs? What tips and practical advice do you have in areas such as: Building high-performing teams, Dealing with global or distributed contributors, Securing reliable support from stakeholders, customers and sponsors, Defusing conflicts, Motivating project staff members, Achieving collaborative results, Recognizing and rewarding team performance, Communicating effectively, and other aspects of effective project leadership.
  • Case studies – Have you lived through situations where project leadership has made a measurable difference to an organization (either for better or for worse)?  What was learned from the experience?
  • Methodology – What leadership methods have you seen applied to successful projects and programs?  How do agile methods contribute to leading complex, evolving project goals?  What concepts and processes do you find work best in your organizational environment?
  • Success Stories or valuable lesson learned – How have you seen good leadership contribute to successful project results that have lasting value?  What “war stories” can you share to help others achieve better outcomes?


Preference will be given to presentations that:

·      Reflect leadership best practices in program and project management

·      Illustrate effective, evolving project management techniques or developments

·      Provide practical value for our audience comprised largely of seasoned project leaders of the Silicon Valley industries here in the San Francisco Bay Area

·      Have not previously been delivered at other conferences.



Speaker Credentials

Speaker selection will also be based on proven presentation skills and good project management credentials, reputation, and credibility.

Preference is given to speakers with extensive project leadership experience.   Case studies and concrete examples are very desirable.


Your Submission

If you wish to propose a presentation for consideration, please provide the following information:

1 - Presenter details

Your name, organization, job title, contact details (email, telephone, mailing address), and a short (100 word) biography.

2 - Presentation abstract

A short (100 word) description of your main message

3 - Presentation details

A detailed (1000 words or less) summary or outline of your proposed presentation (or poster session)

4 - Learning outcomes

Three to five bullet points detailing the main learning outcomes from your presentation. (Following this presentation, attendees will: …)

Please provide your submission information in an MS Word or Plain Text format, and submit it as an attachment by email to .


Key dates

·       July 10, 2017—Due date for proposal submissions.

·       July 28, 2017—Presenter decisions will be finalized.  All submitters will be contacted.

·       September 8, 2017— Due date for final presentations.

·       October 2-3, 2017—Event held in Santa Clara.


Speaker Participant Benefits

Accepted presenters will receive one complimentary symposium registration, including access to all conference presentations and keynotes, refreshments and meals provided during the conference, and entry into all other scheduled conference activities.  (Any additional presenters may either register and participate in the full symposium, or, at no cost, plan to attend only the portion of the symposium around their scheduled presentation.)

Note:  Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements, if any.

All presentations will be made available in PDF format to all attendees, with summary abstracts for each presentation printed in the symposium program.

Individuals (not organizations) can be provided exhibit space to display their educational material (books or other materials) upon request.


For Further Details on this Call for Presentations

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Sponsorship Inquiries

If your organization is interested in becoming a Sponsor for this event, please contact the Sponsorship Office at .


Registration Inquiries

If you are interested in attending this event, please visit the symposium page on the PMI-SV web site.  Early bird registration will open soon, and as we get closer to the event you will find additional information linked from the symposium calendar entry.

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