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    Realistic Project Management - Heart of Central Illinois Chapter of the “Association for Talent Development” (Formally known as ASTD)

    Date: July 29-30, 2014
    Tuesday, July 29 - Courtyard Marriott 310 Greenbriar Drive, Normal, IL 61761

    Wednesday, July 30 - Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC), Room 2101, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761
    $125.00 ATD-HCI Members / $150.00 Non-Members
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    Realistic Project Management
    with Lou Russell

    Tuesday, July 29 & Wednesday, July 30

    $125.00 ATD-HCI Members

    $150.00 Non-Members

    includes networking event (7/29), lunch, workshop materials

    Click here to register today!

    RSVP by July 22, 2014
    seats are limited to the first 48 registered

     Tuesday, July 29

    4:30 pm – 6 pm

    Courtyard Marriott 310 Greenbriar Drive, Normal, IL 61761

    Expand your network, meet other chapter members and professionals, and learn more about the Realistic Project Management workshop at our pre-workshop event. Light refreshments will be provided - Cash bar available

    Wednesday, July 30

    8 am – 5 pm

    Heartland Community College

    Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC), Room 2101

    1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761

    Let's face it; most people spend their days in chaotic, fast-paced, time- and resource-strained organizations.  This course is designed for today's busy professional who needs advice and guidance on a wide array of tools designed to provide you with the flexible structure necessary to have increased success delivering business results through your training projects.

     Who Should Attend

    Participants attending this session are involved in one or more of the following areas:

    • Accurately estimating project durations
    • Planning, tracking and controlling multiple projects
    • Communicating project status to stakeholders effectively

    What the Session Provides

    This workshop will guide and help the Project Manager or Unofficial Project Manager to plan, organize and control the project effort as well as costs.  You can deliver the results the business demands!

    What Participants Learn

    After attending this session, the participants will be able to:

    • Define the roles of the project manager, the project sponsor and other key people in the project
    • Build a stakeholder communication plan
    • Document business objectives of the project
    • Document project objectives
    • Document the risks and constraints of a project
    • Document the scope of the project
    • Practice resiliency to adapt to the needs of the project
    • Adapt your communication style to others involved with your project to ensure collaboration
    • Build a Project Charter
    • Build a Project Schedule / Plan
    • Choose the appropriate activities for each project
    • Estimate and manage the cost of projects
    • Perform a post project review for every project to ensure that project management competence improves

    Agenda - Wednesday, July 30

    8 a.m. Registration Opens / Networking

    9 a.m. Program begins

    5 p.m. Program concludes


    Bio of Speaker

    Lou Russell is the CEO/Queen of RMA, an executive consultant, speaker, and author whose passion is to create growth in companies by guiding the growth of their people. In her speaking, training, and writing, Lou draws on 30 years of experience helping organizations achieve their full potential. She inspires improvement in leadership, project management, and individual learning.


    Lou is the author of 7 popular and practical books: IT Leadership Alchemy, The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook, Training Triage, Leadership Training, Project Management for Trainers, 10 Steps to Successful Project Management and Managing Projects.

    As a sought-after international speaker, Lou blends her humorous stories with her on-the-ground experience to speak to the real problems of the people in the room. Encouraged by Lou’s upbeat and practical style, every learner leaves with new enthusiasm and tools to improve their bottom line. You will be moving, laughing, participating, inspired and challenged. Most importantly to Lou, you will learn.

    Lou has spoken at over 300 conferences including ASTD International, Society of Information Management (SIM), Training, American Museum Association, Nursing Educators, Project Management Institute, Project World and many corporate events. Lou writes her own monthly e-zine, Learning Flash, with a loyal readership of over 25,000 people. She offers monthly webinars and has authored courses for Villanova University, Nielsen, Elluminate and ASTD.

    Lou serves on the board of directors for Butler University, was elected to “Who’s Who in Indiana Technology” in 1995 and named “Women of the Year” in 2000 by Women & Hi Tech. She has an “expired’” BS from Purdue in Computer Science and an MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana. She started the local “Wine and Whine” group in Indianapolis, and is past president of the local SIM chapter. Her business is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and a Project Management Institute partner.

    In her spare time, she learns from her husband and three daughters, volunteers and plays and coaches soccer.

    Event Contact
    Joseph Meeker at

    More information and online registration: Realistic Project Management with Lou Russell