August 2012

Presenter:  Mary Lou Kessler

Location: Temecula City Library

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Start Date: August 16th, 2012
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Price: $ 20.00 – 25.00

Title: Finding Yourself in Transition


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Finding Yourself in Transition


When I worked with IBM as a Principal in IBM Global Services, we presented an “impossible to turn down” proposal to a customer to convert every one of their legacy systems to SAP. The financial proposal was extremely attractive! We proposed to execute all conversions virtually for free. Top executive management was extremely impressed and the fact that it was a proposal from IBM to use exclusively IBM services we thought would seal the deal.  However, we lost the opportunity to complete the project! Come and hear why!
This presentation will address what was called Applications Portfolio Management (APM) and the vital need for converting legacy systems to new, more effective systems. This was in a climate immediately after mergers and acquisitions had flooded the Corporate and IT landscape with numerous platforms and diverse systems. It will also address the Project Management challenges involved in such a large undertaking.  Outsourcing and Offshoring were also vital part of the economic picture and will also be discussed.
So, you may ask: How was it possible that a company could turn down this unbelievably attractive  offer?  Come attend this informative and entertaining presentation and find out!

Mary Lou has selected this relevant topic for anyone who is finding themselves in transition.  She will share some tips, many of which we already know, and perhaps, even some relatively new ideas.  In this economy businesses, both large and small, are doing whatever it takes to keep a float, and that can mean, at times, reducing their Human Capital.  Should you find yourself affected, do you know the steps to take to land your next position?  Let Mary Lou provide you with some guidelines.

Speaker Bio:

Mary Lou Kessler is a veteran of nearly 30 years in the Medical Device Industry, where she has held positions ranging from Global Regulatory Auditor to Manager of Quality Assurance with responsibilities for Quality personnel and integration/divestiture of Quality System elements.  Mary Lou has also done some independent consulting gigs for small companies working on their FDA approvals.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science and a Master of Arts in Managment and is ISO13485 Lead Auditor Trained and holds ASQ certifications in Quality Audit and Mechanical Inspection.  Prior to her long tenure in the Medical Device Industry, Mary Lou held management and individual contributor roles in the Food, Chemical and Consumer Products industries.  Mary Lou is the proud parent of two daughters, each of whom is embarking on their own career in the field of education as a tutor of  children or attending California State University San Marcos and majoring in Psychology.