5/9/19 Professional Development Day

Global to Local: PMINEO Professional Development Day

Date:  May 9, 20192019 PDD Logo
Time:  8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Independence, 6001 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131

Description:  Professional Development Day – all day event – Join your colleagues for a full day of learning at our annual Professional Development Day. The day will include a keynote who was chosen by readers of Convention & Meetings Magazine as one of the top 15 speakers in North America, as well as additional sessions with local experts. You’ll come away with 7 PDUs in total. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. After all of the learning is done, join us for a networking happy hour with a cash bar and snacks.


  • 7:15 – 8:00 AM  Registration and Light Breakfast
  • 8:00 – 8:15 AM  Opening Remarks and Announcements
  • 8:15 – 10:00 AM  Keynote Speaker: Jeff Tobe Coloring Outside the Lines – Creating a new Project Management Experience
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM Morning Break
  • 10:15 – 11:55 AM Keynote Speaker: Jeff Tobe Coloring Outside the Lines – Creating a new Project Management Experience (Con’t)
  • 11:55 – 12:00 PM Morning Raffle (You must be present to win)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:15 PM Session 1: Sean L Ward Rebuilding East Cleveland 
  • 2:15 – 2:30 PM Afternoon Break
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Session 2: Ace Gayhart Find Your Voice: A Techies Guide to Public Speaking
  • 4:00 – 4:10 PM Afternoon Raffle (You must be present to win)
  • 4:10 – 5:30 PM Networking Happy Hour 

Event PDU’s: 7 Total: Leadership 4, Strategic & Business 1.5, Technical 1.5

Keynote: Jeff Tobe , M.Ed., CSP
1st afternoon: Sean L Ward, Founder-The East Cleveland Growth Association
2nd afternoon: Ace Gayhart, Director, Application Development Services, ITS-Tri-C


Keynote: Jeff Tobe: Coloring Outside the Lines - Creating a new Project Management Experience
Presentation: When Jeff was 10 years old and expecting a lecture about a school assignment, his dad—a man of few words but full of wisdom—shared a poem with him instead. That poem is the catalyst behind Jeff’s books and keynotes of the same name, AND his inspiration to help drive businesses forward by fostering the innovation and creativity already present in their employees. He shares the poem with audiences worldwide in hopes that they too will strive for greatness by coloring outside the lines.

Tobe-JeffBio: Certified Speaking Professional Jeff Tobe, M.Ed., CSP, was chosen by readers of Convention & Meetings Magazine as one of the top 15 speakers in North America. He is one of the most dynamic speakers in the PM world, as attested to by clients including PMI chapters in Trinidad, Singapore, Panama and 22 other chapters across the U.S. and Canada. He prides himself on presenting up-to-the-minute, cutting-edge material as it relates to designing the ideal customer EXPERIENCE by getting your people more ENGAGED at what they do every day. Jeff is the author of the wildly popular book, “Project Management Professionals ARE Coloring Outside the Lines” and co-author of the best-selling book, "ANTICIPATE: Knowing What Customers Need Before They Do!".

Over 20 years as a speaker, trainer, and business consultant has given Jeff the experience to apply best practices from leading companies to improve the customer experience across a wide range of industries. Whether you’re a project manager or business analyst, you share ONE imperative: If you truly want to focus on your customer (internal and/or external), you must see what you do as your customer sees it. Jeff helps employees and employers put on their “customer glasses” to create meaningful change.

4 PDU’s - Leadership


1st Afternoon Session: Sean L WardSean Ward 1

Rebuilding East Cleveland

Presentation: Rebuilding East Cleveland:  The foundation and mission of The East Cleveland Growth Association. The East Cleveland Growth Association strives to help build a solid and sustainable tax base in East Cleveland by stimulating the movement of money within the city limits through new and renovated commercial and residential development, new business development, and commerce. Sean will discuss his experiences with identifying achievable goals, gaining community and governmental support and the challenges of getting the organization up and running. The presentation will cover structuring of projects, building teams and training the community to be a partner in making positive change.

Bio: Sean Ward is a life-long resident of East Cleveland and a 1983 graduate of Shaw High School. Sean received his computer training at Fort Valley State College (now University) and received his project management training, as well as a BS degree in Computer Information Systems from Baldwin-Wallace College (now University). Sean has been in IT since 1987 initially working as an application developer in the beginning of his career. Sean moved from programming to network engineering, and then transitioned into project manager. After spending a number of years as an IT Manager and Director, Sean moved into IT consulting working as a PM contractor or consultant for the next 10 years. Sean Ward has been at his current position as a Sr. Project Manager for a global law firm based here in Cleveland were he’s been for the past 5 years.

The East Cleveland Growth Association was founded in early 2018. ECGA was chartered in April and approved as a 501c3 charitable organization in May of the same year. We want to turn East Cleveland back into a community that can sustain itself, and provide its residence with a "middle-class", or better, lifestyle. The residents of East Cleveland deserve to have a community where they can work, play, and live.

1.5 PDU’s Strategic & Business 


2nd Afternoon Session: Ace GayhartAce Gayhart

Find Your Voice: A Techies Guide to Public Speaking

Presentation: A 2017 survey of American Fears by Chapman University cites that 20% of Americans are Afraid/Very Afraid of Public Speaking. However, to be a leader and advance your career, one needs to become a competent communicator. As a software developer, Ace preferred spending most of his time working with computers than with people. To move out of his dimly lit office and onto the stage, Ace had to get over his fears of public speaking. In this session, Ace will share his story about how he found his voice through Toastmasters. This session gives the audience a chance to practice speaking and provides an introduction to Toastmasters: a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. 

Bio:  Ace Gayhart is the Director of Application Development Services at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and has over 25 years’ experience writing software professionally. In his current role, he leads the application development team in software development and application maintenance. Ace also uses his passion for technology and education to teach Tri-C students about software development.

Outside of Tri-C, Ace is an active Toastmaster. He achieved the Dynamic Leadership Level 2, Advanced Communicator Gold, and Advanced Leader Silver educational awards. He served as the District 10 Finance Manager for Toastmasters International, and Club President, Vice President of Education, and Secretary for the Lorain County Toastmasters.  Ace holds a Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology Management from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Kaplan University.

1.5 PDU Technical



Registration Open Date: 3/13/19 (early bird pricing ends 3/31/19)

Registration Close Date: 5/3/19

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Event Properties

Event Date 05-09-2019 8:00 am
Event End Date 05-09-2019 6:30 pm
Registration Start Date 03-13-2019
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 94
Cut off date 05-05-2019 11:55 pm
Individual Price $235.00
Location Holiday Inn – Independence


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