UNH Durham Project Management Conference 2022

2022 UNH Project Management Conference

Keeping up with the latest tools, trends, and strategies is essential for project management professionals to lead effectively and efficiently. Continue to develop the critical technical skills you need to succeed in today's workplace at the 4th Annual UNH Project Management Conference.

Whether you are new to a project or a veteran project leader, this conference will provide value to any manager, stakeholder or team member, regardless of industry or area of expertise. Consisting of multiple presentations from industry experts, this event will give you the confidence and energy to perform better in your role on any project team.

2022 Conference Speakers & Presentations Include:

  • Project Manager as Change Manager | Gina Abudi, MBA, PMP | Abudi Consulting Group  
  • Leading with Gratitude | Star Dargin, PCC, CPCC | Star Leadership
  • The Iron Project | Larry Gagnon, PMP
  • Lean and Project Management: The Same of Different? | Larry Gagnon, PMP
  • Agile Transformations: Doing Agile Right | Lalig Musserian, PMP, CSM, PSM Musserian Consulting Group
  • The Hybrid Project - Utilizing Agile Techniques in Your Waterfall Environment | Jim Stewart, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM | JP Stewart Associates
  • Policies and Procedures for Project Management | John P. Tansey, MBA, PMP | PM Partnership

Your 2022 UNH Project Management Conference registration includes full access to the conference including:

  • Admission to 7 general session presentations
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Free on-site parking
  • All conference materials

Register by August 31 and Save! $299 if registered by August 31, $349 after August 31

Thanks to all those who attended the 2019 UNH Project Management Conference!

Travel & Site Information


2022 UNH Project Management Conference

The 2022 Project Management Conference will take place in the Piscataqua Room in Holloway Commons (75 Main Street, Durham, NH) on the University of New Hampshire.

Free parking will be available for all conference attendees in the UNH Campus Crossings Visitor Lot.  Those registered will receive additional information on the location and parking by email one week prior to the conference.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the conference and is included in the cost of enrollment.

Instructor Bios


2022 UNH Project Management Conference

  • Gina Abudi

    Gina Abudi

    Gina Abudi, MBA has 30+ years’ of experience providing consulting services and training to global organizations with a focus on projects, processes and their people. Gina is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College (NH) teaching in both the Masters of Science in Project Management and Masters of Science in Leadership graduate degree programs. Gina frequently works with project teams, leadership groups and executives to facilitate complex meetings, brainstorming sessions and strategic planning sessions. Gina is the lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success (J Ross Publishing, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach (J Ross Publishing, 2017.) Gina is working on her next series of books focused on providing support and guidance to leaders. Gina received her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.    

  • Star Dargin

    Star Dargin

    Star Dargin has built a diverse resume across multiple industries and leadership positions before founding Star Leadership nearly twenty years ago. Star has lead both domestic and international teams. Her roles have included Director of Engineering, Director of Project Managers, and International Program Manager.  Through her experience in such areas as the software engineering, project management, education, and products, she saw firsthand the negative organizational impact of unprepared leaders. Intelligence and potential are not enough; leaders often lacked the tools and self-knowledge they needed to be effective.  In response, she has developed her unique approach designed to equip leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to sustainably build cohesive, functional, positive, results-oriented teams. Her approach and effectiveness have been honed through over 2000 hours of coaching clients and delivering hundreds of successful training modules.

  • Larry Gagnon

    Larry Gagnon

    Larry Gagnon is a seasoned business professional with many very successful years within advanced and emerging technologies, Larry’s experience throughout the entire project, program or product management lifecycle has directly resulted in a company’s cost savings, increased revenue and operating efficiencies. Working within all levels of the organization (application developer to CEO), Larry’s comfort and confidence ensures objectives are delivered with positive, results-oriented results on all levels.

  • Lalig Musserian

    Lalig Musserian

    Lalig Musserian is Principal at the Agile Collaborative, where she helps clients with Agile transformations, including multi-level governance and methodology establishment, Scrum and Product Owner training and certification and Agile coaching.  Lalig is a PMI certified (PMP) Project Manager, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and SAFe Agilist with certification in Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises.  She has extensive experience leading complex technology and business projects, managing development teams, and designing product platforms in collaboration with business and technical partners in a variety of industries.  Lalig is a Pegaysystems  Certified System Architect (CSA) and Certified Direct Capture of Objectives Architect (CDA).  She is an adjunct Professor at Boston College, where she teaches the Agile Methodologies course, as well as the Applied Software: Tools and Techniques course.  She has been a guest speaker at Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, Boston University, PMI, Mass. Department of Employment and Training, NECON, North Shore APICS and NERT and other venues.  She has also worked on projects in India, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Brazil and France.  

  • Jim Stewart

    Jim Stewart

    As Principal of JP Stewart Associates since 2003, Jim is engaged in multiple endeavors. Jim is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2001.

    With over 20 years’ experience in IT, Jim has managed numerous multi-million dollar international infrastructure and software development programs. As Program Manager for Genuity, Jim spearheaded the implementation of its award-winning $20M Virtual Private Network service.

    At Lotus, he was the senior consultant responsible for the international deployment of a comprehensive Notes-based system for IBM called PartnerInfo. Translated into 11 languages, PartnerInfo was rolled out internationally to many of IBM’s 40,000 business partners.

  • John P. Tansey

    John P. Tansey has a history of guiding technical companies through compliance risk and/or commercial challenges. His Project Leadership approach (to Project Management) was developed after years of delivering strategic initiatives in the most highly regulated industries ranging from $30M Global Programs to $3M Small Businesses; including grenade launchers, aircraft parts, and medical device. John now helps companies control Cost, Quality, and Schedule through the PM Partnership; an outsourced Project Management business for companies who don't retain that expertise in-house. John holds a BSME from UNH in 2004, and an MBA from UNH in 2009; In 2008 he was a Holloway semi-finalist. Additional certifications include Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP, and Spanish Bi-lingual.



2022 UNH Project Management Conference

2022 UNH Project Management Conference Agenda

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome to the 2020 UNH Project Management Conference

The Iron Project
Larry Gagnon, PMP
The UNH Project Management Conference is all about learning how to get things done – right?  Well, many align this thinking with the things we do in our business lives, but what happens in our personal lives when we want to get things done?  Are there PM practices that can help us achieve our goals and dreams?  The “Iron Project” is a presentation about applying project and program management experiences to help achieve any dream.  It is a motivational life story of mixing one’s “business” life with their personal life.

Project Manager as Change Manager: 4 Steps to Successful Change
Gina Abudi, MBA, PMP | President | Abudi Consulting Group 
Every project in the organization is, effectively a change project.  This means that every project manager must also be a change manager.  Learn the effects of change on individuals as well as on the organization, and how to engage stakeholders in change management.  This session will discuss best practices for managing change projects including: A four-step process that enables for more effectively leading complex change projects; a variety of ways to manage expectations of change throughout the project lifecycle while keeping in mind the complexity of the project; and engaging stakeholders early on, identifying those who support change and those who resist it and communicating in ways that work for all.

Agile Transformations: Doing Agile Right
Lalig Musserian, PMP, CSM, PSM | Principal | Musserian Consulting Group
Agile is no longer reserved for software projects - the myth about Agile suitability for software companies only has been completely dispelled.  Agile adoption practices and structures is accelerating faster than ever yet it would be naive to believe Agile is the magic pill for all your project pains. 

Lean and Project Management: The Same or Different
Larry Gagnon, PMP 
Learn from a seasoned project manager on the relationship between Lean and Project Management.  Session takeaways will include becoming knowledgeable on the difference between Lean and Project Management; being able to relate your experiences to Lean and apply them going forward; and a gained awareness of how to apply Lean within Project Management, and vice versa.


Policies and Procedures for Project Management
John P. Tansey, MBA, PMP | Principal | PM Partnership

Utilizing Agile Techniques in Your Waterfall Environment
Jim Stewart, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM | Principal | JP Stewart Associates
Some organizations are not ready to go Agile, some may never be.  Still, Agile has some best practices that can benefit any project.  And adopting them could either make your waterfall projects more productive or help make your organization's eventual transformation to Agile less painful. 

Leading with Gratitude: Solutions to Boost Engagement and Innovation
Star Dargin, PCC, CPCC | CEO | Star Leadership
21st Century Solutions to Boost Engagement and Innovation is presented here for leaders, aspiring leaders, and those who coach leaders and managers. Using gratitude to create a sustainable foundation, one can experience key benefits such as healthier and goal-oriented leaders, motivated teams, and teams that are able to handle difficult and complex situations while learning and changing as needed. Some of the most successful CEO’s create a culture of gratitude. This session is packed with practical tools and tips. You will explore the benefits along with learning how to shift quickly to gratitude when facing a difficult situation. This is a useful workshop for those seeking to improve their leadership skills and obtain better outcomes in their personal and professional lives.

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2022 UNH Project Management Conference

2022 UNH Project Management Conference Speakers:

  • Gina Abudi, MBA, PMP | President | Abudi Consulting Group 
  • Star Dargin, PCC, CPCC | CEO | Star Leadership
  • Larry Gagnon, PMP
  • Lalig Musserian, PMP, CSM, PSM | Principal | Musserian Consulting Group
  • Jim Stewart, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM | Principal | JP Stewart Associates
  • John P. Tansey, MBA, PMP | Principal | PM Partnership

2019 UNH Project Management Conference Speakers:

  • Gina Abudi, MBA, PMP | President | Abudi Consulting Group 
  • Dave Connors, PMP, CSM | Principal | PM Intervention
  • Steve Lundquist, PMP, M.Sc. | Senior Manager of Program Management | Elbit Systems of America
  • Kathleen Koson, PMP | Senior Project Manager
  • Erin Maskwa, PMP | Director of Project Management | Measured Progress
  • Pamela Oberg, PMP | Director, Client Services | Measured Progress
  • Jim Stewart, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM | Principal | JP Stewart Associates

2018 UNH Project Management Conference Speakers:

  • George Cookman, MBA, PMP | Senior Consultant | Lean East
  • Jake Goldsmith | Director | Measured Progress
  • Kathleen Koson, PMP | Senior Project Manager | HighLiner Foods
  • Steve Lundquist, PMP, M.Sc. | Senior Manager of Program Management | Elbit Systems of America
  • Rich Maltzman, PMP | Principal | EarthPM
  • Pamela Oberg, PMP | Portfolio Manager | Measured Progress
  • John P. Tansey, MBA, PMP | Principal PMP | PM Partnership
  • Dagmar Vlahos, Lean Black Belt | Senior Process Engineer | UNH Project Management Office

2017 UNH Project Management Conference Speakers:

  • Gina Abudi, MBA, PMP | President | Abudi Consulting Group 
  • Marie BankutiPCC, CPCC, PMP | Founder | Tether Free Vision
  • Thomas BelangerPMP, MS | President | Sterling Planning Group
  • Rob CiminiPMP | Principal Consultant | Pinnacle Project Source
  • Dave Connors, PMP, CSM | Principal | PM Intervention
  • Steve Lundquist, PMP, M.Sc. | Senior Manager of Program Management | Elbit Systems of America
  • Ben SchmitzPMP, CSM, CSPO | Project Manager | Esri
  • Stephen Stofanak | Founder | Continuous Business Change
08:30am - 03:30pm
Durham Campus - Memorial Union Building
299.00 Early Bird Fee
349.00 Normal Fee