Friday, May 27, 2011

Five Conversations that Can Improve Your Organizations' Ability to Execute on High Stake Projects

Project managers from across the Commonwealth will gather to learn five conversations leaders should have that will impact an organization’s ability to execute on high-stake projects and initiatives during PM Partners

Harrisburg, PA, May 23, 2011 - Project managers from across the Commonwealth will gather to learn five conversations leaders should have that will impact an organization’s ability to execute on high-stake projects and initiatives during PM Partners’, a free semi-structured professional development program that leverages the knowledge and experience of colleagues in project management through peer-to-peer learning.

The free event has the theme of Organizational Silence. It is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., June 24 at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, which is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg.

"Senior executives frequently bet their companies or organizations on high-stakes efforts like major product releases, strategic IT projects, or organizational restructurings. And these bets rarely pay off as anticipated. We’re devoting this session to the five crucial conversations leaders should have to significantly increase their organization’s ability to execute on high-stake projects and initiatives," says Albert Sarvis, Director of Project Management Master of Science program at Harrisburg University.

Join other project managers from government and the private sector in facilitated small group discussions. Attendees can earn 2.5 PMI PDUs.

PM Partners meets quarterly to explore advanced PM topics using case studies to explore real life situations and discover solutions to challenging problems. Pick up best practices and lessons learned through these engaging and insightful conversations with other project management experts.

PM Partners is put forth in collaboration between Harrisburg University, the Keystone Chapter of PMI® and The Pennsylvania Office of Administration.

The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP on line at or via email at

For additional information academic programs in project management at the University, call 717.901.5101 or email

You can literally take planes, trains and automobiles to the event. The University’s location in downtown Harrisburg is near Interstates 83 and 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it an easy drive to the University from any of Pennsylvania’s major cities. And it’s only a two-hour drive from the University to Baltimore, Washington, DC or Philadelphia. The Amtrak Passenger Train Station and Greyhound Bus Station are one block from our location. And the Harrisburg International Airport is only nine miles from the University.

Harrisburg University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. Parking is available in the Harrisburg Parking Authority operated garage accessible via Fourth Street. Cost for parking in the garage is $5.00 for 0-2 hours. Kiosk for parking accepts cash only. More information on parking rates and directions to the University are found online at

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email

Steven Infanti
Harrisburg University
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Award-Winning Business Book, 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd, is a Real "Tweet Deal"

Social media is the front-runner strategy for SEO and branding today, leaving leaders, salespeople and entrepreneurs anxious about just WHAT to post. Connie Podesta's new book, 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd, (with co-author Jean Gatz) gives them just what they're looking for - 140 characters at a time!

Dallas, TX, May 23, 2011 (Straight Line PR) -- Connie Podesta is a change expert with a sense of humor. And an even stronger sense of what people need to succeed in today's world. From managing relationships and difficult people to pushing the productivity envelope, she's got answers. Her client list proudly includes some of the most powerful companies, organizations and associations around the world. Looking for team cohesiveness? Innovation? Motivation? Connie successfully blends it all for real-world results in her now book, 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd.

"This unique book communicates the changes, shifts, and strategies needed to compete and succeed in extraordinary ways. It makes you think, laugh, and most importantly, act in such a way that you truly can stand out from the crowd! Kudos, Connie and Jean!" says Robb Clouse, President of Triple Nickel Press.

10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd ( ) is not like any other business book you've read. From the eye-catching colors to the "tweet-ready" captions it's a page turner. It takes on ten critical elements of success, including change, leadership, relationships and attitudes. There is a chapter for each, making it easy-to-read and easy-to-reference. That way, the reader can decide what to focus on. Need CHANGE? Chapter One. BALANCE? Chapter Eight. It's that simple. And that powerful. And that's why it's an out-front favorite for company leaders, sales professionals, entrepreneurs and of course - Twitter users! Stand Out Strategies, life lessons and balancing-act skill-builders, all rolled into one. A short YouTube video which explores one of these success strategies can be seen online at

"The way we communicate is changing at lightning speed," explains Connie. "If you want to out-think and out-perform the competition, and be VALUED, you've got to change with it. This book outlines how. With humor, 'ah-ha' moments and real-life solutions."

Podesta's book asks readers, "What are you 'tweeting'?"

* POSITIVE affirmations & quotes?
* Surviving CHANGE?
* Dealing with PEOPLE?
* TIPS for a better life?
* Attracting SUCCESS?

10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd ( ) delivers fresh, innovative ideas, some 'I wish I'd thought of that sooner' head-slappers, and real forward-momentum tools. With keys for better relationships, better productivity and life balance, it's a must read.

About Connie Podesta:
Connie Podesta ( ) is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career / life coach and one of the industry's leading experts. Her seasoned approach applies to sales strategies, leadership development, relationships, and change. Connie leverages her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV / radio personality. She delivers customized high-energy presentations - performances that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight, with real-world strategies and solutions.

Need to increase sales? Attract and keep more customers? Build longer-lasting, healthier relationships? Strengthen your leadership skills? Increase the bottom line? Call Connie.

For more information on Podesta's schedule and availability or to learn more about her award winning book 10 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd, contact her team today at 972-596-5501, via email at or visit her website online at

Press Contact: Teresa Biehl, Vice President Marketing, Connie Podesta Seminars, 3308 Preston Road Ste. 350-119, Plano, TX 75093, 972.596.5501

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Teresa Biehl
Vice President Marketing
Connie Podesta Seminars
3308 Preston Road
Ste. 350-119
Plano, TX 75093