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Val Grubb

"Preparing to Lead: Critical Project Management Skills for the HR Executive"




Learning Objectives:

    1. The essentials of Project Management: In-depth analysis of pre-project planning; identifying goals, deliverables and requirements (even while constantly shifting); creating a work breakdown structure illustrating what needs to be accomplished, in what order and by when; developing comprehensive time and costs estimates that fit within your organization’s financial objectives; and targeting your messages to influence key stakeholders and gain their support for your project.
    2. Defining deliverables in financial terms your senior leaders care about (and will actually pay attention to).
    3. Developing metrics to determine the best employees to include on your project team including how to organize and inventory skills, knowledge, personality and previous experience to meet the goals defined in your project scope document.
    4. Conducting comprehensive risk probability vs. impact analysis to determine the likeliest causes for your project to become derailed and how to plan for and overcome those challenges (and any subsequent delays to your project).
    5. Easy-to-implement Project Management tools to help you plan for and manage your project including Gap and SWOT analyses, Fishbone (Cause & Effect) diagrams, Goal Breakdown Structure diagram, RACI matrix and several types of Gantt charts.
    6. Potential software tools that can help you get organized and track your project including Microsoft Project and/or Excel, Mind-Mapping software, SharePoint, Smartsheet and Basecamp to name a few.


Session Description:


Managing projects can be challenging, especially if they span multiple divisions, time zones and countries. Done wrong, it can destroy careers (and companies!). Done right, it can garner you a “seat at the table.” From global outsourcing to workplace analytics to leading company-wide change management initiatives, the HR executive has the unique opportunity to spearhead projects that can directly impact the company’s bottom line. To do so though requires your Project Management skills to be in peak performance and constantly at the ready. This highly interactive session will prepare you to lead by providing in-depth, step-by-step instructions and tools to 1) Plan for Success, 2) Manage and Execute Projects big or small, 3) Deliver Results all while 4) meeting Budget and Schedule Deadlines.
This session will give you step-by-step instructions and easy-to-implement tools that will set you up for success managing projects big or small.


Speaker Bio:


Valerie Grubb is the principal of Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., which she founded after holding a succession of senior leadership roles within major corporations. She is an innovative and visionary operations leader with an exceptional ability to zero in on the systems, processes, and personnel issues that can hamper a company’s growth. Valerie regularly consults for mid-range companies wishing to expand and larger companies seeking efficiencies in back-office operations. Her expertise and vibrant style are also in constant demand for coaching and training for senior leaders.

A sampling of long-term consulting clients includes: Fuse/MSG Network (6 mos), Gilt Groupe (1 year), Sesame Workshop (3 mos), Game Show Network (9 mos), Dylan’s Candy Bar (9 mos), Physio-Control (6 months) and Natural Resources Defense Council (2+ years on adhoc basis).

In her training and coaching capacity, Valerie focuses on the world of executive leadership and management, and has a special expertise in transposing company vision into strategic training and coaching initiatives that resonate with both senior management and employees. She has taught senior leaders and high-potential employees throughout the USA, Asia, Europe, South America, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Valerie is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith Executive Coaching Stakeholder-Centered Coach and she has experience working in a variety of industries.

A sample of training clients includes: Anheuser-Busch, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, iN Demand, The Children’s Place, WEtv, The Walt Disney Museum, ACCEL Performance Group and CafeMom.

Prior to founding Val Grubb & Associates, Ltd., Valerie served as the vice president of strategic operations and initiatives at NBC Universal, where she oversaw business development opportunities including the purchase of the Weather Channel and sale of several NBCU assets. She also spearheaded quality initiatives in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Valerie played a seminal role in the 1999 formation of Oxygen Media, where she served as vice president of operations and led the HR, risk management, training, facilities, security, travel, and real estate operations for all Oxygen offices in the United States. She led the transition efforts for the operations departments following the sale of Oxygen to NBCU in November 2007.

Before joining Oxygen, Valerie was the vice president of operations for Barry Diller during the inception of InterActiveCorp (IAC), where she contributed significantly to IAC’s aggressive acquisitions strategy and managed the integration of newly acquired companies under the IAC corporate umbrella. She began her career as an engineer with Allison Engine Company, a division of General Motors that was purchased by Rolls-Royce in 1995. During her eleven years with Rolls-Royce, she earned increasingly senior assignments, culminating in her appointment as director of public affairs.

Valerie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) and obtained her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She remains highly involved with the Kelley School as an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Valerie recently published a book on her experiences traveling with her Mom entitled Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel (October 2015).

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