The chapter organized its seventh annual project management conference on 18 November 2018 in Chennai. Following a contest among members to create a brand name for the conference, the board decided on the name Sangamam.

It was unveiled during the inaugural address by Prasannaa S, chapter president, along with Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, and Girish Kadam, mentor, Region 11.

The member whose entry was chosen for the brand name, Abdullah Riaz Kalan Mohamed, received a prize.

Over 300 delegates – from top management to mid-level managers – attended the conference.

Dr. Santosh Babu, IT Secretary, Tamil Nadu Government, spoke about upskilling of the workforce at a time when digitalization is changing both the government and business. Prasanna Logar, head technology – innovation and architecture, DCB Bank Ltd, spoke about rapid changes in technology and how millennials are coping with them. Nirmala Gopalakrishnan, president, eWIT, gave a presentation on learning in the age of digital disruption and transformation. Sathya Kumar, CEO & founder, Tycoon+ Advisors, focused on the importance of reskilling to transform India.

After lunch, an “energizer” session was conducted by Anil Srinivasan, a western classical pianist and entrepreneur, in which he played music and spoke from his experience as a musician.

Parasuraman K, director, Samrriddhi Leadership Academy, started his session with music and dance, asking delegates to follow his dance steps. He spoke about the importance of moving out of one’s comfort zone.

Raj Kalady spoke about his life-changing experience in Hurghada, Egypt, where he had gone for a deep-sea diving expedition, and the important life lessons that he had learned from that.

V. Shankar, Founder, Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd., presented on guiding principles for upskilling employees.

Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras spoke about electric vehicles in India and the struggles faced during their development. 

(Chapter news contributors are Sujatha Sahu, PMP, Selva Vijay, PMP, Rekha Unni, Akhila Gowri Shankar, PMP, Jayakishore S R, PMP, Nandakumar S., and Priyanka Shah.)

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