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Professional Development

11th Annual Professional Development Seminar – Effective Management of People and Projects

The chapter is pleased to have hosted more than 125 attendees and speakers at its 11th Annual Professional Development Seminar on Friday, September 21st at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the Domain.  The theme focused on the skills essential for the Effective Management of People and Projects.  We thank our speakers for providing their tremendously valuable insights to those in attendance. 


Master of CeremoniesMarc D. Williams, P.E., Deputy Executive Director, TxDOT

Opening Session: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce

  • Catlin D’Alton, AICP - Senior Planner, Capital Metro
  • Anthony (Tony) Kimmey, P.E. – Texas Infrastructure Practice Lead, Burns & McDonnell
  • Sonya Alexander-Harry - Senior Business Process Consultant, City of Austin

Session II: Succeeding at Project Management

  • Darrin Jensen – Adj. Professor, St. Edward’s University and TxDOT
  • Maureen Melis Wakeland, P.E., PMP – Director, Program and Project Delivery, Information Management Division, TxDOT
  • Michael Rhodes – Waco District Environmental Coordinator, TxDOT

Session III: Creating and Nurturing Strong Client Relationships

  • Dee Anne Heath – Director of External Affairs, CTRMA
  • August Martin, LEED AP, ENV SP - Principal Consultant/Sustainability Strategist, ERM Environmental Resources Management
  • C. Brian Cassidy – Managing Partner, Austin Office, Locke Lord LLP, and Chair-elect of Austin Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Address – Leadership Development: Mary Flanagan, President and CEO, HERdacity


If you would like to review the slides that some of our speakers used in their presentations, click here for a PDF copy of the complete slide deck.


The chapter also thanks the companies who sponsored the event.

Breakfast – Alliance Transportation Group

First Coffee Break – Burns & McDonnell

Second Coffee Break – Cambridge Systematics

Lunch – Garver and SAM

Printing - BGE




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