June 4 - North LA Meeting

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06/04/2019 - Tuesday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Stratasys, Valencia
Speaker: Maria Simpson, Ph.D.
Topic: Getting the Best from Your Team: Expanding the Definition of Expertise

speaker simpson mariaTeams go through stages of development and activity, especially when beginning a project or facing significant change. At each stage, different areas of expertise are needed, and they are not necessarily the technical expertise we all look for first.

The PM BoK lists developing competencies to enhance team performance as one of the three significant areas of Human Resource Management, but what are these competencies and how do you know if you have them when you need them?

This session will address these questions by expanding the definition of “expertise” and demonstrating how they are related to team development. Topics covered include:

  • the four stages of team development and what particular skills are needed at each stage;
  • the roles people take in teams and how to identify and balance them at each developmental stage; and
  • how to call on these different areas of expertise when they are needed.

Both the work on the four stages of team development and the system of roles in teams, developed by Glen Parker, are in wide use today.


About the Speaker

Maria Simpson, Ph.D. is an executive coach and organizational conflict consultant working with senior executives and leadership teams in government agencies, arts organizations, nonprofits and universities. In New York she held management positions at the City University of New York, New School University, The Conference Board, the New York Academy of Sciences, and TIAA-CREF. She received her mediation training from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was a volunteer mediator for the LA County Superior Court for over 10 years. She applies her mediation training to organizational conflict resolution.

Dr. Simpson has served on several boards of directors including Empathia Pacific, provider of employee assistance programs; the Southern CA Mediation Association; and Kids Managing Conflict, a nonprofit that supports teaching middle and high school students mediation skills.

Throughout her career Dr. Simpson has taught communications, conflict resolution and mediation at the New School, Antioch University LA and Santa Barbara, and in the program on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at CSU Dominguez Hills. She speaks often at conferences on organizational conflict resolution and leadership communications. This is her third presentation to PMI. She also writes a column on management communications and conflict resolution, and is the author of “Leading Unstoppable Teams!” a collection of her columns.

Dr. Simpson has twice received the President’s Award from the Southern CA Mediation Association for dedication to the organization and for the advancement of mediation. In 2018 she was given the Educational Leadership Award by the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center for “Exemplifying Conversity Through Her Work to Achieve Positive Human Relations.”


Event Cost

Registration fee is to cover the cost of the meal

  • $15.00 - PMI-LA Members
  • $17.50 - PMI-LA Non-Members

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Meeting Agenda

5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration, Networking, Dinner Served
6:00 - 6:30 PM Conclude Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 PM Featured Speaker
7:30 - 7:45 PM Meeting Adjourned with Closing Statement & Raffle



1.0 PDU in Leadership



Stratasys Direct Manufacturing's Training Center
28309 Ave Crocker
Valencia, CA 91355



Free Parking



This event may be canceled or postponed, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so. If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


Questions or Comments

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