Chapter Events

The San Diego Chapter holds regularly scheduled events. These events offer the opportunity for members and guests to learn about the latest in project management, share and exchange information, network, find job opportunities, and enjoy some refreshments.

2019 PMI San Diego Conference

August 08, 2019 7:00 AM to August 09, 2019 5:00 PM

University of San Diego - Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Attention All PMI-SD Chapter Members

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PMI-San Diego Conference August 8-9, 2019


Keynote Thursday 8/8/19: Invention + Integration = Innovation: the Secret of FANG’s Success and BBEN’s Failure

Presented by: Jimmy Thai

Abstract: Once upon a time… Blackberry, Blockbuster, Ericson, Nokia (BBEN) dominated our world of technology and entertainment. Meanwhile Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google (FANG) were nowhere to be found beside someone’s garage.

Then what happened to BBEN, and where are they now? Contrary, can we function without FANG today? How does Apple continue to add value our world of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics?

We Project Managers need to be ready for change or be changed. We need to create value for our customers and corporate sponsors. We need to connect with our core members, cultures, and community.

Bring your head, heart, and humor to this interactive keynote! We’ll share 3-C secrets that you can integrate FANG’s formula for success and reduce the risks of BBEN’s failure. Through in-depth research and powerful personal stories, we will inform, entertain, and inspire you to seek innovation in any projects that you manage, and deliver integrated value to change the world.

Jimmy escaped Vietnam 15 times, imprisoned twice, and witnessed police killed his brother. Through determination, he eventually arrived in America as a “Boat People” refugee. With no English, money or education, he started as a janitor at Miramar College.

5 years later, he graduated from UCSD with a BSEE degree. He went on to earn his MSEE and MBA degrees, then attended Executive Leadership training at the world-class Harvard University, and Federal Executive Institute. In 2011, he's cracked the “Bamboo Ceiling” as a Vice President for Technology with SAIC – a Fortune500 company with $11Bil in revenue and 47K employees. His journey illustrates the American Dream is alive.

A frequent speaker on TED Talks, PMI Conferences, Las Vegas, Washington DC, and International stage, Jimmy’s speaking provokes your mind, heart, and humor! His 501.c.3 Build a School Foundation has built 49 schools and bridges in Vietnam in less than 4 years.

Sessions - some offered multiple times, see Conference Schedule

  • Coaching, The Secret Sauce to Building a Culture of Accountability - Alicia R. McLain
  • Deliver the Ultimate Value by Delivering Respect: Why Bullies Act That Way & How to Make Them Stop - Catherine Mattice Zundel
  • Diversity and Innovation as a Competitive Advantage - Kimberly Wiefling
  • Engaging and motivating your team members – a key ingredient for fostering innovation and success - Dr. Ward Fleri
  • Innovation Integration: Delivering Value through Dual Role of BA and PM - Greta Blash
  • Innovation through Collaboration - Nicole Bowe-Rahming
  • Managing the Stress of Innovation: The Key to Integration - J.T. Bailey
  • People, Power, and Culture: Leading Change in a Dynamic World - Lisa Gordon
  • PMO Field of Dreams: Integrated Teams, Technology and Training - Linda Paulson
  • Project Management and Systems Engineering, Teammates in Delivering Value - John Wood
  • Project Management at a Local Health Department: Simple, Speedy, and Scalable - Jackie Werth
  • Projects that serve to protect: Safety and security in a dangerously dynamic world - Paul Morris
  • Risk: Friend or Foe (Risk Management - Game of Thrones edition) - Karla Chinn
  • Strengthening Organizational Teams - Chris Diem
  • The Power of Cognitive Diversity in Innovation - Barbara Gunning
  • Two Key Interpersonal Skills for Leaders - Cath DeStefano


Refund Policy



$210.00 Member Ticket - Thu Aug 8 - Fri Aug 9
$230.00 after 12:00 am July 22
$190.00 Earlybird rate before June 29

$210.00 Guest Ticket - Thu Aug 8 - Fri Aug 9
$230.00 after 12:00 am July 22
$190.00 Earlybird rate before June 29