June 21 - Pasadena Morning Meeting

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06/21/2018 - Thursday, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Parsons Corporation
Speaker: Rick Hefner, PhD
Influencing Without Authority
No registration required!

speaker hefner rickIn many situations, a leader is called upon to exert influence over individuals they do not directly control. For example, a change agent may be asked to gain buy-in from employees over whom they do not have any direct authority (and who do not see the benefit in changing). Or a project manager in a matrix organization may be forced to compete for a team member’s time and attention with other projects. Flatter management structures, outsourcing, and virtual team further compound the issue.

This dynamic presentation will challenge your ideas about leadership and traditional notions of power. Through case studies, participants will learn the principles behind influencing without authority, and gain effective techniques for persuading and negotiating. Understanding the concepts of lateral leadership will lead to new skills everyone can use, no matter what your function or position.

About the Speaker

Rick Hefner specializes in systems development and maintenance, project management, process improvement, risk management, and training. He currently serves as the program director for the Center for Technology and Management Education at the California Institute of Technology, where he develops customized training solutions for high tech companies. Previously, he worked 23 years at Northrop Grumman, where he led a variety of corporate improvement initiatives.

Dr. Hefner has also worked with companies in the aerospace, communications, electronics, and health sciences industries, including AeroVironment, Applied Physics Laboratory, Applied Materials, Ares Management, Boeing, DRS Technologies, Halliburton, Herbalife, Honeywell, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, John Deere, L-3 WESCAM, Maytag, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Pacific Bell, Raytheon, Schlumberger, Southern California Edison, St. Jude Medical, Toshiba, TRW, the U.S. Navy, and Xerox.

Dr. Hefner is credited with over 200 publications and presentations.  He earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in applied dynamic systems control.  He received his MS and BS from Purdue University in interdisciplinary engineering. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Event Cost



7:30am - 7:45am Networking, and PMI Announcements
7:45am - 8:45am Presentation


Parson's Tower
Armstrong Conference Room
100 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91124


  1. Enter the Parsons open lot from either Holly Street or Walnut Street. Take a ticket when you come in.
  2. Park anywhere on the West side of the building in the open parking lot.
  3. Parking ticket will be validated at end of meeting.

Special Instructions

  • Please use the West entrance of the building, there will be a security desk on your right side.
  • Sign in with this information: Parsons Contact: Kevin Fichtner; Building: A2, Ext: 3172
  • You will be assigned a temporary badge – Armstrong conference room is on first floor on left hand side just beyond the elevators and escalators.


1 PDU in Leadership

Postponement / Cancellation

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:
Contact TBD


Chapter Membership

Total Members 1932
New Members Added 5
PMP® Members 1106
CAPM® Members 41
PgMP® Members 2
PMI-SP® Members 1
PMI-RMP® Members 8
PMI-ACP® Members 0
PfMP® Members 2
PMI-PBA® Members 9
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