PMI Chicagoland Leadership Expo

Building a Culture of Innovation

The PMI Chicagoland Leadership EXPO 2020 Virtual Thought Leadership Series will provide strategic and business management skills to senior leaders and project management executives from all sectors of the project economy. This 3-part “Lunch Hour” individual sessions is focused on delivering a more strategic view of Building a Culture of Innovation similar to the Annual Leadership Forum. Forward thinking project and program management leaders are in a unique position to tap into the potential of an organization’s people to influence and advance their culture.
This Thought Leadership Series will share what it takes to lead in the age of transformation and how to impact organizations’ innovative culture, the latest concepts, strategies, and experiences on innovation. Innovation is critical to business agility and the ability to respond quickly and be prepared for the always changing conditions. With the constant change of the future, each presentation will address current challenges, and the path forward to create a sustainable environment that promotes innovation.

Meeting Details:

Zoom webinar details will be sent to attendees prior to each session.
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  • Sharpen Your Saw: Return with new ideas and approaches to make you more effective.
  • Meet Experts and Influencers: Make a connection, share business ideas, find your next mentor.
  • Networking: Meet peers and senior leaders with similar challenges, socialize and form new relationships.
  • Develop Greater Focus: Relearn classic techniques with a fresh new perspective.
  • Break Free from Your Comfort Zone: Step outside of your normal routine and learn about greater opportunities.
  • Building a Culture of Innovation: Gain insights and tips to build a culture of innovation within your organization or project team.


Keynote Speakers


Scott Ambler
Vice President,Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute

Session 1: June 16

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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Scott is the Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. Scott leads the evolution of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit and is an international keynote speaker. Scott is the (co)-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit as well as the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive’s Guide to the Disciplined Agile Framework, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and The Object Primer 3rd Edition. Scott blogs regularly at and and he can be contacted via



Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

Session 2: June 30

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, now the Number 1 ranked university affiliated -tech incubator in the worldPrior to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011 through September 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students. Prior to Kellogg, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice. Ziegler holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a B.A. in economics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with distinction. She is a member of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry Boards of Directors and an advisor and investor in many young technology companies.  

Raj Ramesh
Chief AI Officer, DataFoundry AI

Session 3: July 14

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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Raj Ramesh has more than two decades of experience in the fields of software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, business architecture, and enterprise design. He has architected multi-million-dollar digital transformation. While helping companies integrating AI technologies in their transformation, he often faced the reality of considering employees perspectives and how their jobs will change with the introduction of such technology.
His desire to help the employees in the equation resulted in this book, which discusses a general set of tools and modeling methodologies that people can use to understand their own environments and adapt quickly.
Dr. Ramesh, who holds a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence, is a prolific author and speaker. He creates easy to understand videos on the topics of artificial intelligence and architecture, which can be found on YouTube at