February 14 - Monthly Flagship Meeting

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02/14/2019 - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Culver City
Speaker: Christopher Yang
Topic: Risk Analysis and Project Management

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Risk management is Valentine’s for the key in any project. Project managers need to understand and apply advanced tools and techniques for evaluating risk associated with various stages of the project life cycle.

In this presentation, Chris will cover analytical methods for evaluating the selection of projects, the development of project cost estimates, analysis of the financial costs and benefits of projects, and the financial control of the project.


About the Speaker

In a career spanning many years, Christopher Yang has held positions of increasing scope and responsibility. An experienced Technology Executive, Chris currently serves as Vice President of Engineering and Head of North America Loyalty, Leisure and Event Travel Technology at Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD), where he oversees software engineering, business analytics and project management groups to build technology solutions that support 400 M+ of travel business.

Chris previously served as Vice President – NA Loyalty and Leisure Technology, and Senior Director – US Loyalty Technology at Corporate Travel Management, Director – Project Management and Head of PMO at Onestop Internet, Senior Manager – E-Commerce Project Management at Ticketmaster, and as Technical Lead / Technical Program Manager – Software Engineering at DirecTV. During those periods, Chris oversaw a myriad of successful projects and technology initiatives.

In all of his positions, Chris has been involved in all aspects of technology management, and is proven in seeing all products and projects to their successful fruition. Chris has a strong understanding of software development, project and portfolio management, team building and change management and is expert at influencing change by analyzing business needs, working with cross-functional teams, and building effective relationships. He has a reputation for meeting organizational objectives and exceeding productivity and revenue goals while identifying and mitigating possible risks or issues that may side track success.

On the side, Chris teaches at the Department of Engineering and Technology at UCLA Extension. Chris helps develop and deliver curriculum for project management certificate program. Some of the courses include Fundamentals of Agile Methodologies (MGMT X 418.31C) and Risk Analysis and Project Management (MGMT X 443.2).

Chris has four degrees from the University of Southern California – MBA, Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

He also has a wealth of key certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Manager (CPM), Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) and ITIL.


Event Sponsorship

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event?

  • Market your company's products and services to 50-90 Flagship meeting attendees!
  • Display your company’s logo on the PMI-LA website for 3-4 weeks before the event!
  • Your company’s information will be on the PMI-LA event details page!
  • Your company’s information will be included in the weekly PMI-LA eBlast!
  • Your sponsorship includes dinner at the meeting, a table at the event, networking time, and 5 mins speaking time.

Please contact flagship@pmi-la.org



  • 0.5 PDU Strategic and Business Management 
  • 1 PDU Leadership


Event Cost

(PMI-LA members must log into the PMI-LA website prior to registration to receive the member discounts)

Early-Bird Registration through Tuesday, February 12th, 2019; 11:59 pm PST
$30 - PMI-LA Members (or $10 without Dinner) - Must be Logged in to get all applicable discounts
$40 - Non-Members

Beginning Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
$35 - PMI-LA Members (or $15 without Dinner) - Must be Logged in to get all applicable discounts
$45 - Non-Members

To add an Alcoholic drink ($10) make sure to click on the Alcohol checkbox in the Registration form

At the Door
$40 - PMI-LA Members
$50 - Non-Members


Meeting Agenda

5:30 to 6:30 PM - Networking
6:30 to 7:30 PM - Dinner is served
7:00 to 7:30 PM - Chapter Announcement
7:30 to 7:35 PM - Restroom Break/Entree, Sides are removed, except Dessert Coffee/Tea
7:35 to 8:35 PM - Presentation
8:35 to 8:45 PM - Wrap up 


Dinner Menu

  • Caesar Salad
  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Roasted Tri-Tip of Beef in a Demi-Glace Sauce
  • Pasta Primavera
  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives
  • Haircot Vert with Mushroom
  • New York Cheesecake
  • Sliced Fruit
  • Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot and Iced Tea


Location Information

Courtyard by Marriott
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
2nd Floor, Studio Ballroom

Free parking at the Courtyard Marriott. Validate parking ticket at the registration desk.



Registration can be canceled up until the Tuesday before the event with a $1 cancellation fee. You may also allow a friend or colleague to attend the meeting in your place. Because we owe the venue a guaranteed number by that Tuesday, any last minute cancellations are non-refundable. Should there be extenuating circumstances, please contact the board at BoD@pmi-la.org with the request and reason for cancellation.

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


Help Us Improve the Culver City Flagship Meetings

Suggestions for improving the Culver City Flagship Meetings are appreciated. Please let us know if there are topics you would like presented and/or discussed. If you are interested in volunteering for the flagship chapter meetings, please contact us! We have multiple positions available!!


Questions/Suggestions/Volunteer Inquiries

Contact  flagship@pmi-la.org




Chapter Membership

Total Members 2066
New members this year 236
PMP® Members 1153
CAPM® Members 38
PgMP® Members 3
PMI-SP® Members 2
PMI-RMP® Members 8
PMI-ACP® Members 50
PfMP® Members 3
PMI-PBA® Members 8
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 1946
Student Members 107
Other Members 13
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