September Dinner Meeting

6:00-7:00 pm: Check-in and Networking
6:30-8:00 pm: Dinner and Dessert Buffet
7:00-7:30 pm: Chapter Meeting and Announcements
7:30-8:00 pm: Early Show - IGNITE Presentations
8:00-9:00 pm: Main Presentation


Early Show:
The IGNITE presentations are a series of presentations that contain 20 slides each.  The presentation is timed for the slides to automatically advance after 15 seconds.  This makes for a fun, entertaining, and enlightening presentation.  The three presentations for the night are:

Kwema Ledbetter - The Benefits of Being Involved as a Volunteer Leader
Kaloyan Bikov - From Couch to 1/2 Ironman: Lessons in Goal Setting and Risk Management
Ozzie Phillip - Demystifying IT Project Management for Non-IT Project Managers


Main Presentation Information:

Title: How to Resolve Conflicts When You Have No Authority

Speaker: Margarethe DeVeaux

There are various ways to resolve conflicts.  When the employees report to a project manager, that PM has authority over them.  But what happens when the PM has no authority.  What does one do when the client or the project sponsor is creating the conflict?

The speaker will present a tool that will assist project managers in knowing what questions to ask, so they know when and how to apply the following conflict resolution techniques: (1) Withdraw/Avoid, (2) Smooth/Accommodate, (3) Compromise/Reconcile, (4) Force/Direct, and/or (5) Collaborate/Problem Solve. 

As part of the session, the speaker will discuss how the type of organization, (e.g. matrixed, agile) as well as the project methodology, can also impact the technique(s) used.


About the Speaker:

Mahendiran-Periyasamy---PhotoMargarethe DeVeaux is a senior consultant with more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology. Her extensive project and program management experience, including website, mobile application and other systems expertise, combined with excellent communication and leadership skills makes her a sought-after consultant.

For more than 10 years, Margarethe has applied PMI best practices with some common sense tactics in her efforts to help bring value to customers.  She has worked for companies across various industries, such as Financial, Entertainment/Media, and Retail as well as the Non-Profit sector.

Margarethe has a degree in Mathematics with a concentration of Computer Science from Howard University. She obtained an MBA in e-commerce from Georgia State University.  Certifications include the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Margarethe also has a passion for volunteering.  Currently she is a volunteer Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association. She has also served as a Girl Scout Leader (Lifetime Member) and as a business case study facilitator to college interns (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) via INROADS for the past few years.


Meeting Location:

Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910

Free Parking - Park in the garage under the hotel and get your parking ticket validated at the front desk before leaving.


Professional Development Units:
Quantity: 2.0 PDUs

CCR PDU Category:
1.0 - Strategic and Business Management
1.0 - Leadership

Registration Information:
Regular Price: $50 ($30 for students)

*Note: Students must enter the code STUDENT in the Coupon field when registering, and must show their student ID at the registration desk the day of the meeting.

Pre-register and pay online during the early bird registration period to receive a $10 discount on registration.  That is, students will only pay $20; non-students pay only $40. The offered discount is for online payment only and will not apply if you elect to "pay at the door".

Early bird registration ends on Wednesday, September 6. Online registration closes at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 12.

Benefits of registering in advance

  1. You receive a discount on registration if you register early enough
  2. You receive a pre-printed name badge at the meeting (makes networking easier)
  3. You are automatically entered into a drawing for a coupon for a free dinner meeting
  4. You can pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal account (only cash or check accepted at the door)

Cancellation Policy
There are no transfers or refunds for no shows. If you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the Sunday before registration closes, you can receive a full refund. If you contact programs after Sunday and before registration closes on Tuesday, you can request a transfer to another dinner meeting.

Event Properties

Event Date 09-13-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 09-13-2017 9:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-10-2017
Cut off date 09-12-2017 7:30 pm
Individual Price $50 ($40 for early bird registration)
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
8777 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
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