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Learn. Share. Boost Your PM Career.

Join us on August 15 at Hampton Roads' premier professional development conference.


An initiative of the Project Management Institute – Hampton Roads Chapter, PDC 2019: Convergence offers a full day of networking, skill-building, and idea-sharing at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Featuring energizing keynote speakers, national-level project managers, and local industry sponsors, this one-day multi-track conference is designed to help you stay current on project management tools, trends, and techniques.


Check out our preliminary schedule, and register today to ensure your seat is reserved. We look forward to seeing you at this memorable event.


Be one of the 100+ project management professionals attending this year's Professional Development Conference!

PDC 2019: Convergence will bring together an impressive array of industry leaders and influencers to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Speakers will be covering a wide range of topics, which means there’s really something for everyone to discover.

We are thrilled to be expecting a large, excited audience for this conference. With an exceptional group of speakers featuring key influencers throughout the industry, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear directly from the pros.



Mayor, Virginia Beach

Mayor Dyer will be kicking off the conference with his Breakfast Keynote. Stay tuned for more details about his presentation topic.

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Raymond J. Mattes, III 

CEO/President, Retail Alliance

Mr. Mattes will be presenting as our Lunch Keynote Speaker during the conference. Stay tuned for more details about his presentation topic.

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Jeremy Niedzwiecki

Vice President of Professional Services, ABS

SESSION TOPIC: Technical Application of Project Management Methodologies in the SMB Arena

Michael Price

Sr. IT Director, Strategy Project Planning, Sentara

SESSION TOPIC: IT will be a differentiator for healthcare organizations to achieve strategic goals and grow market position.  

Ashley Cadwallader

Manager, Critical Chain Project Scheduling,   Huntington Ingalls Industries

SESSION TOPIC: Critical Chain Project Scheduling: How to Use Methodology to Create and Align Project Schedules to the Master Schedules for Success



Stay tuned for more details as the event draws near!


7:30 AM


8:30 AM

"Extreme Leadership: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize" presented by Bobby Dyer (Mayor of Virginia Beach)         


9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

  • "Challenges of Executing Projects with SMBs" presented by Jeremy Niedzwiecki (ABS)

  • "Leadership, Entropy, and Alignment" presented by BGen Eric Austin (Deputy Director, Joint Training, J7)

  • "Anomaly, How to Finally Stand Out in a Crowd" presented by Zack Miller (Author)


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • "Shifting organizational culture through process maturity" presented by Michael Price (Sentara)

  • "Bringing Mindfulness into Your Leadership Practice: Tips, Tools, and Take-Aways" presented by James Van Auken (Atlantic University)

  • "The Fitness of a Leader" presented by Robert Pizzini (CEO of iFLY)


12:15 PM

"116 Years of Evolution" presented by Raymond Mattes, III (CEO/President of Retail Alliance)


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • "Critical Chain Project Scheduling: How to Use Methodology to Create and Align Project Schedules to the Master Schedules for Success" presented by Ashley Cadwallader (Newport News Shipbuilding, HII)

  • "How Chaos Theory Can Help Understand Managing Convergent Projects" presented by Ken Boxer (CEO of Boxer Advisors)

  • "Overcoming Perceptions: The Need for the Strategic Project Manager" presented by Jeffrey Epstein (Boxer Advisors)


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

  • "How to Build a State of the Art Public Safety Operations Center: A Project in Municipal Government" presented by Chuck Williams (City of Chesapeake)

  • "Military to Corporate--Top Leadership/Management Insights Over 30 Years" presented by Mark F. Riedy (Owner of MARCAM)

  • "Small Business Start-Ups, Leveraging Your Experience" presented by Bert Ortiz (CEO of AVMAC)


4:25 PM

Networking and Closing Reception



Special thanks to the following sponsor partners for their support

Annual Sponsor

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