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PASADENA Virtual | Leading Complex Projects Effectively (SOLD OUT)


Leading Complex Projects Effectively  - Maximum Capacity Reached!

Leading a complex project requires a new way of thinking—identifying key variables, anticipating future changes, predicting the results of possible actions. This presentation examines the principles of effective leadership and presents practical methods for decision-making, conflict management, communications, and team development. The focus is on identifying and enhancing your personal skillset, based on systems thinking perspectives.

You will learn to:

  • Identify factors that make a project complex
  • Make effective decisions under uncertain conditions
  • Apply systems thinking principles and tools to project management
  • Communicate decisions to your team and senior management



Rick Hefner, PhD, specializes in systems development and maintenance; project management; and process improvement.  He currently serves as the Program Director for the Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education, which provides customized training for professionals in technology-driven organizations.

Dr. Hefner has over 40 years of experience and has worked with companies in the aerospace, communications, electronics, and health sciences industries. These include AeroVironment, Applied Physics Laboratory, Applied Materials, Ares Management, Boeing, DRS Technologies, Halliburton, Herbalife, Honeywell, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, John Deere, L-3 WESCAM, Maytag, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Pacific Bell, Raytheon, Schlumberger, Southern California Edison, St. Jude Medical, The Aerospace Corporation, Toshiba, TRW, U.S. Navy, and Xerox.

Dr. Hefner is credited with over 200 publications and presentations.  He earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in applied dynamic systems control.  He received his MS and BS from Purdue University in interdisciplinary engineering.





  • 7:30 - 7:45 Networking, and PMI Announcements
  • 7:45 - 8:45 Presentation
  • 8:45 - 9:00 Q&A


  • 1 PDU - Leadership Category


  • FREE

Location & Parking


The Online Meeting participation information will be in the Registration Confirmation email.

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Postponement / Cancellation

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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: Featured

Date: June 18th, 2020

Hour: 7:30AM to 9:00AM

PDUs: 1.0


Members: Free

Non members: Free

Students: Free