Washington DC area , Virginia
Laura Barnard, is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and coach on the topics of Project Management and Change Management. She is the Founder and CEO of PMO Strategies and has spent more than 20 years creating impactful and sustainable change for a broad range of organizations, from nonprofits to global financial institutions. She combines her deep project and change management experience and industry knowledge with her passion for helping people get things done to transform how organizations realize business strategy. She shares her experience and stories in her popular blog titled, “I wish I had me when I was you…”
Laura believes that project managers are uniquely positioned to assist nonprofit organizations in having a greater impact in the local community. She is the Founder and President of Project Management for Change™, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the project management profession by showing the value of project management across the globe as the most effective enabling resource for delivering sustainable change in the nonprofit sector. She is the Founder and CEO of the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)™, the record-setting signature event of Project Management for Change.
Laura believes that the future of our world depends greatly upon the work of the nonprofit community and has chosen to focus on and serve the nonprofit community through all of her work. In addition to running a nonprofit organization, she has more than 12 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards in positions including VP of Marketing, Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington, D.C.; VP Education and VP Finance, Montgomery County, PMI; Board Member, Virginia International University; and Board Member Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.
Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification.
Director, Federal Sales at Assured Enterprises, Inc.
Board Member of the Tysons Chamber of Commerce
Laura is a captivating and insightful speaker. At the 2014 Reston B2G Trade Show, she participated on a panel discussing integrated business management systems as a way to assist project managers. Her input gave real awareness to the audience of where the software industry was going detailing the benefits for PM professionals and executive leadership. But it was her engaging personality that won over the room! I witnessed her share her knowledge with the audience through wit and clarity of subject, she naturally engages the audience in a way few can while presenting her information in a sensible manner that the room retains and continues to discuss after the session has ended."
NIH and PMI Programs (Symposiums and Dinner Meetings)
How to build an effective and sustainable PMO? How to make a big change in your organization with a high probability of success? How to make the impossible possible with volunteers? These questions point to the challenges that Laura Barnard has encountered and to the fact she is uniquely equipped to help you or your organization address and resolve similar challenges with her proven strategies and tools that are enriched with lessons learned from years of experience interacting with senior leadership peers. I have had the great opportunity to recruit Laura as a speaker for the PMI Montgomery County Chapter symposium and dinner meeting, as well as the 2015 NIH-NCI Project Management Seminar Series. Her talks are engaging and enlightening, and what I further value in particular is her willingness to answer questions up to the very last person in waiting. She is a highly knowledgeable, insightful, and enthusiastic speaker. I undoubtedly recommend Laura as a speaker and adviser for all things PMO!
Lance Holland, PMP
PMI Programs (Symposiums and Dinner Meetings)
Laura Barnard has spoken for a many PMI PDU generating events in the Washington DC region over the years. While I was the VP of Programs, Laura presented the topic “Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO” at our PM Tools Workshop. The member feedback we received on this event was among the highest for speakers in 2015 and the written comments included quotes such as “Laura was Brilliant”, “Have Laura present all of these. This is the best ever!” From my perspective as a speaker coordinator, working with Laura was an example of flawless execution. She managed the event, worked closely with our team to ensure the event delivered the right content, handled the audience professionally, and responded to member questions with authority and clarity. I would highly recommend Laura for any group’s speaking event.
Enterprise Strategy + New Business Development | Speaker
Laura is a powerhouse of an entrepreneur, a networking super-connector, and a trailblazer within the project management community. She is also the founder and creator of PM for Change, a non profit organization that is growing rapidly around the world. Everybody who meets Laura is impressed by her energy and her vision!
We invited Laura to be the keynote speaker at our Client conference. Her address focused on building an effective PMO organization and was very well received by our audience. I'd recommend Laura for speaking or consulting engagements if your organization is interested in building an effective PMO.
Daniel W. Henkel PMP, CISSP, CISM, FQNV
Senior Cyber Security Analyst at Northrop Grumman Corporation
PMI Programs / Symposium Director
Ms. Laura Barnard, PMP, Founder & CEO, PMO Strategies, Founder & CEO, Project Management for Change and Executive Director, Project Management Day of Service™ is an outstanding speaker. She presented the Impossible PMO™, Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO, at the October 21st 2015 “Chart Your Own Course for Program Manager Career Success" Professional Development Conference sponsored by the Program Management Institute (PMI) Hampton Roads (HR) Chapter’s. Ms Barnard’s presentation on the collective efforts to lead and manage the Project Management Day of Service™ for all 5 DC/MD/NoVA PMI chapters was inspirational to the PMI-HR PDC 2015 audience. All feedback on her session was extremely positive. I highly recommend Laura as a motivational speaker – her story was and continues to be very powerful!