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We continually contribute to our community when we meet our clients' expectations by delivering the results that help them contribute to our community. In addition, we add value by freely sharing our experience, expertise and insights with others. Examples of how we give back to our community:
February was an active month for us! One of our partners, Jan Schiller, was invited to join Phoenix Business RadioX's Project Management Office Hours radio broadcast to share her insights on how to approach scope definition and management for a project delivering a valuable PMO. Jan also contributed to the success of the Mentoring Lunch at a local high school coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Milwaukee Business Journal's Mentoring Monday event. Her thoughts on the importance of encouraging honesty to monitor project progress so that potential problems can be mitigated were published in the February 2019 issue of PM Network magazine. Finally, Jan continues to volunteer at i.c.stars MKE to mentor graduates.
Berkshire Consulting, LLC has been granted official women-owned business status by the Women‚Äôs Business Enterprise National Council via the Women's Business Development Center! The WBENC has awarded us the Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certification per their standards and procedures to ensure that a private, for-profit company is truly owned and controlled by a woman. WBENC's world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations. We have been 100% women-owned since 1997.
Berkshire Consulting, LLC‚Äôs partner, Jan Schiller, is featured in the November 2018 and February 2019 issues of the Project Management Institute's PM Network magazine. Read about the steps she takes to identify and prioritize all stakeholders at the start of a project.
Berkshire Consulting, LLC is proud to be the only continuous annual sponsor of the Professional Development Day provided by the Southeast Wisconsin/Milwaukee chapter of PMI® since its inception in 2002. That is 16 Gold sponsorships, with no end in sight. Our passion for project management is showing! This year, we joined them in their focus on "building strong projects". The annual Professional Development Day (PDD) was held at the Italian Community Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jan Schiller, a partner with Berkshire Consulting, LLC, has been invited to join a diverse, all-star team of global expert project management professionals at PMWorld360 Magazine, a digital publication focused on increasing project success rates and fast-tracking strategic goal attainment. Jan writes about scope and project portfolio management.
Berkshire Consulting, LLC has received official recognition as a woman-owned business! The NWBOC has awarded us both the Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certifications per their standards and procedures. NWBOC is the first national certifier of women business enterprises and provides national certification for women-owned companies. WBE and WOSB certifications ensure that a private, for-profit company is truly owned and controlled by a woman. We have been 100% women-owned since 1997.
Jean Sekula, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, accepted the invitation to be a panelist at the PMI® Milwaukee chapter's breakfast meeting to illustrate how project management is different for external, paying customers.
Jean Sekula, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, accepted the invitation to be a panelist at the PMI® Milwaukee chapter's breakfast meeting to provide insight into how to deal with situations with two project managers, two teams, and yet one project.
Jean Sekula, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, accepted the invitation to present at the PMI® Milwaukee chapter's March program to share the tricks of the trade on successful communication between project and program managers. Her presentation focused on understanding the requirements of the other role, as well as creating strong teamwork, delivery and integration models.
Jan Schiller, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, was delighted to join the PMI® Southeast Wisconsin/Milwaukee chapter's breakfast panel discussion, where she shared her experience and perspective on how to manage communication across multiple project managers. Many thanks to Aurora Health Care for hosting an informative and well-attended event.
Jan Schiller, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, gladly accepted PMI® Southeast Wisconsin/Milwaukee chapter's invitation to join their monthly breakfast panel discussion to share her insights and advice on how to navigate resource allocation and forecasting. Appreciation goes to MillerCoors for hosting a wonderful event on a topic that challenges many projects.
Jean Sekula, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, was invited to join the PMI® Southeast Wisconsin/Milwaukee chapter's breakfast panel discussion. Jean shared her experience and insights on how to manage and track multiple outsourced partners working on a project.
Jan Schiller, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, LLC, was been invited to join the panel at the Information Technology Executives of Milwaukee's Enterprise PMO Summit as a strategy/enterprise project management office subject matter expert. She shared her insights and experience with Enterprise PMOs, why and how they are formed, and their interaction within organizations.
Michele O'Lochlayne, Sr. Program Manager at Berkshire Consulting, presented at the PMI® Milwaukee chapter's breakfast meeting as "Consultant Extraordinaire".
Michele O'Lochlayne, Sr. Program Manager from Berkshire Consulting, presented at the PMI® Milwaukee chapter's breakfast meeting, where she shared Defining Success Enablers: Initiation, Planning, Communication and Risk Management in an interactive session. Success enablers and lessons learned from experiences leading complex global programs were shared, focusing on four areas: Project Initiation and Planning, Schedule Planning, Communications Management, and Risk Management.
Karren Fabian, Sr. Project Manager at Berkshire Consulting, was a featured panelist for the PMI® Milwaukee chapter's monthly breakfast meeting, where she shared her extensive experience regarding how to prepare a feasibility study and how to stop a project from failure before it starts. The panel fielded questions and engaged the audience in discussion.
Jan Schiller, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, contributed to the Milwaukee Section of the American Society for Quality's Courses in Quality educational series. She provided a full-day course to help participants become more familiar with general project management processes and how the approach to managing solution delivery can improve quality in the context of the basic steps of problem solving. This is the third year that Jan presented this course.
Jan Schiller, Partner at Berkshire Consulting, presented her insights on achieving IT success through project management best practices in a well-attended session at ITEC. She delighted the crowd with an overview that highlighted the importance of having best practices, sharing them, growing stakeholders' ability to apply them confidently, avoiding corporate craziness, having a plan, and prioritizing and killing projects.