Executive Symposium
The Project Management Office: A Necessity for Today's Complex Projects

The Project Management Institute Upstate NY Chapter and The NYS Forum's Project Management Community of Practice Committee hosted an Executive Symposium Panel and Luncheon on the importance of the Project Management Office.


In today's competitive environment, managing projects effectively is critical to the success of all organizations. Chief Executive, Operating, Financial and Information Officers and Agency Executives and Senior Managers are being held accountable to manage complex projects, bring them in "on time and on budget," and deliver repeatable successes.

In order to meet these challenges, many organizations are establishing Project Management Offices (PMO). This session provided an overview of:

  • What is a PMO?
  • What are the benefits of a PMO?
  • How do I implement an effective PMO?
  • What are the critical success factors?


Photo of Dr. Ginger Levin, Project Management Consultant, presenting at the Executive SymposiumDr. Ginger Levin, nationally known project management consultant and author of The Advanced Project Management Office: A Comprehensive Look at Function and Implementation, delivered the keynote, followed by a panel of area executives who shared their experiences establishing PMOs in their organizations.

Keynote Presentation:

Panel Members:

  • Robert Fleury, First Deputy Commissioner, Office of General Services
  • Nancy Mulholland, Deputy Executive Director, Workers' Compensation Board
  • Diana Jones Ritter, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Office of the State Comptroller
  • Kate Van Buren, Division Manager, Enterprise Project Management, KeyBank NA