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PASADENA | Getting the Best from Your Team

Getting the Best from Your Team:

  Expanding the Definition of Expertise

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Teams go through stages of development and activity, especially when beginning a project or facing significant change. At each stage, different types of expertise are needed, and they are not necessarily the technical expertise we all look for first. The PM BoK lists developing competencies to enhance team performance as one of the three significant areas of Human Resource Management, but what are these competencies and how do you know if you have them when you need them?

This session will address these questions by expanding the definition of “expertise” and demonstrating how different skills are related to team development. Topics covered include:

  • the four stages of team development and what particular skills are needed at each stage;
  • the roles people take in teams and how to identify and balance them at each developmental stage; and
  • how to call on these different areas of expertise when they are needed.

Both the work on the four stages of team development and the system of roles in teams, developed by Glen Parker, are in wide use today.

Speaker: Maria Simpson, Ph.D.

speaker-simpson-maria.jpgMaria Simpson, Ph.D. is an executive coach and organizational conflict consultant working with senior executives and leadership teams in government agencies, arts organizations, nonprofits, and universities. In New York, she held management positions at the City University of New York, New School University, The Conference Board, the New York Academy of Sciences, and TIAA-CREF. She received her mediation training from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was a volunteer mediator for the LA County Superior Court for over 10 years. She applies her mediation training to organizational conflict resolution.

Dr. Simpson has served on several boards of directors including Empathia Pacific, provider of employee assistance programs; the Southern CA Mediation Association; and Kids Managing Conflict, a nonprofit that supports teaching middle and high school students mediation skills.

Throughout her career, Dr. Simpson has taught communications, conflict resolution and mediation at the New School, Antioch University LA and Santa Barbara, and in the program on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at CSU Dominguez Hills. She speaks often at conferences on organizational conflict resolution and leadership communications such as the Association for Conflict Resolution and the SoCal Mediation Association. She has also presented three times to the N LA PMI Chapter. She also writes a column on management communications and conflict resolution called “Two Minute Training,” and is the author of “Leading Unstoppable Teams!” a collection of her columns focusing on team leadership.

Dr. Simpson has twice received the President’s Award from the Southern CA Mediation Association for dedication to the organization and for the advancement of mediation. In 2018 she was given the Educational Leadership Award by the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center for “Exemplifying Conversity Through Her Work to Achieve Positive Human Relations.” She can be reached at msimpson.coach@gmail.com  and a library of her columns can be found at www.mariasimpson.net.


  • 7:30 - 7:45 Networking, and PMI Announcements
  • 7:45 - 8:45 Presentation


  • 1 PDU - Leadership


  • Bring Your Own Breakfast
  • Café in Parson’s building, on the right side of the lobby as you enter on the first floor east side.  Coffee, Soda, Snacks available for sale.  


  • FREE

Location & Parking

Parsons Corporation

100 W Walnut St

Pasadena, CA 91124

  1. You can enter the Parsons open lot from the far west entrance on Walnut Street.  Take a ticket when you come in. 
  2. Park anywhere on the WEST side of the building in the open parking lot.
  3. When you go through the WEST entrance, there will be a security desk on your right side.

Sign in with this information: Parsons Manager: Kevin Fichtner; Building: A2, Ext: 3172

  1. You will be assigned a temporary badge.  Armstrong conference room is on the first floor on the east side of the lobby.  

Kevin Fichtner number 626.319.5662 or desk, 626.440.3172

Questions, Suggestions, Volunteer Inquiries

Contact the Pasadena Team at pasadena@pmi-la.org



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Postponement / Cancellation

Please refer to the Cancellation Policy section of the FAQ page

This event may be canceled or postponed by the Chapter, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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Type of activity: Programs

Date: February 20th, 2020

Hour: 7:30AM to 8:45AM

PDUs: 1.0


Members: Free

Non members: Free

Students: Free


Parson's Tower - Armstrong Conference Room

100 West Walnut St

Pasadena, CA, 91124

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