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The Culture of Exceptional Project Management

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The Culture of Exceptional Project Management

Introducing the Chapter's inaugural Spring Conference!

Education and Training: Gain insight from project leaders who have demonstrated successful and unique approaches to ensuring project management complements an organization's culture. Discover the strategies and tactics that make these projects exceptional. Learn about tools and approaches to delivering projects efficiently and effectively. Attend concurrent educational sessions that expand upon the keynote presentation topics. Networking: Capitalize on opportunities to meet and connect with clients, develop new associations, and solidify existing partnerships. Meet with members and associates of the Boston area ISPE chapter. Vendors: Meet industry-leading solution providers and explore how their products and services can help you achieve project success. Student Poster Contest: View the entries to the ISPE Boston Area Chapter Student Poster Contest. Learn about and discuss the research findings of local ISPE students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Chapter Awards Presentation: Join us as we formally recognize and celebrate achievements within the ISPE Boston Area Chapter. 


The Culture of Exceptional Project Management, People Do Make the Difference
Gil Stevens, Senior Director, Engineering, Pfizer

Educational Tracks:
Alignment of Project Management with Organizational Culture

Case Studies from a Small Biotech: How Company Culture & Technology Influence R&D Operations at Jounce Therapeutics
Bill Goode Jounce Therapeutics
The Importance of Strong Project Leadership on a Fast-track IPD Project
Matthew Khair CRB

Strategies and Tactics for Exceptional Project Management

Turboshield™ - A Case Study for Shortest Path to Market
Joyce Chiu, PMP, CPIP Corning Life Sciences
Creating a Project Culture
Dick Priester Strategic Facility Planning LLC

Tools and Techniques for Effective Project Management

Lean is More
Sam Spata, AIA Method Lean
The Story Behind Shire/Takeda's 2018 FOYA Winner: Los Angeles Building 8
Steve Marr, PMP Takeda

Conference Details

Newton Marriott
2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Auburndale, MA 

11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM -  Luncheon Keynote
1:30 - 4:30 PM - Concurrent Educational Sessions
4:30 PM - Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

Attendee Registration Fees:
Early Bird Rates (End 04/03/2019)
Members: $125.00
Young Professional Members: $85.00
Non-Members: $195.00

Rates after 04/03/2019
Members: $135.00
Young Professional Member: $95.00
Non-Member Price: $210.00

Please note that exhibit opportunities are SOLD OUT for this event.



The Culture of Exceptional Project Management, People Do Make the Difference
Gil Stevens, Senior Director, Engineering, Pfizer
Gil Stevens is a member of the Pfizer Global Engineering Leadership Team and is currently overseeing the expansion of Pfizer’s Bio-Manufacturing, Research and Development site in Andover, Massachusetts. With over 25 years’ experience in Biopharmaceuticals, Gil has been directly involved in greater than $2B of facility expansion projects. Over that time, he has held positions of increasing accountability ranging from project-specific roles to leading Engineering functions accountable for the delivery of large project portfolios. Gil has successfully lead teams through a myriad of projects with technical, cost and schedule driven challenges. He fundamentally believes the key to exceptional project management is through the effective engagement of people and the nurturing of an inclusive culture. He holds a B.S. Degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Additional Educational Sessions:

"Turboshield™ - A Case Study for Shortest Path to Market"
Joyce Chiu, PMP, CPIP, Corning Life Sciences
Joyce Chiu, PMP, CPIP has over 15 years of large complex NPI (new product introduction) experience under highly rigorous corporate stage gate development processes.  She has successfully taken products from concept, VOC (voice of customer), CTQ (Critical to Quality), utilizing best practices in PQA (Product Quality Architecture – combining design and manufacturing controls) to achieve both “do it right the first time” and “do it fast”.

Joyce’s project and technical program management experience includes speciality semi-conductor chemicals, single-use Bioprocess disposables, PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), medical and cell culture products for cell therapy and 3D cell culture (ECM, organoid and spheroid) applications.  Joyce has a B.S. Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College.  She has also been actively involved with ISPE Boston chapter for over 10 years and served on ISPE COPs.

"Case Studies from a Small Biotech: How Company Culture & Technology Influence R&D Operations at Jounce Therapeutics"
Bill Goode, VP IT, Informatics, and Operations, Jounce Therapeutics
Bill Goode PMP, has worked within the biopharmaceutical industry for over 20 years operating in a variety of roles.  Bill began his career at Millennium Pharmaceuticals working with laboratory robotics in Research.  His automation career took him to Novartis working in the early days at NIBR building robotic systems for Lead Discovery.  In 2006 Bill pivoted, taking a role at Amgen in IT project & program management.  After 8 years at Amgen Bill joined Jounce Therapeutics in 2014, at that time a fresh, young startup.  He is currently the Vice President of IT, Informatics, and Operations at Jounce, now a public company with 130 staff, where he oversees a number of G&A functions including Lab Operations and Facilities.  Bill is a board member for LRIG New England, a non-profit dedicated to educating industry and students on life science technology.  He holds a passion for working within high performing teams on challenging problems and is dedicated to the mission of serving cancer patients.

"The Story Behind Shire/Takeda's 2018 FOYA Winner: Los Angeles Building 8"
Steve Marr, Head of Capital, Takeda
Steve Marr is the Vice President of Capital within the Global Engineering group at Takeda. Previously, Steve has held positions as Vice President and Head of Capital, Head of Project Delivery and Executive Director of Performance and Reliability Services. Steve has over 30 years of experience leading large organizations, including nine years in key leadership positions on multibillion-dollar engineering/construction projects in both the pharmaceutical as well as nuclear industry.  

Steve is retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain. He served as a Commander of Submarine Squadron ONE and Commanding Officer of the USS SALT LAKE CITY.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

"Lean is More"
Sam Spata, AIA, Principal, Method Lean
Sam Spata is a registered architect with 25 years’ executive experience advising corporate, commercial and institutional Owners on project delivery modes, ranging from Public-Private-Partnerships to Integrated Project Delivery. In 2016 he established Method Lean as an independent consultancy to help Owners, Constructors and Designers use Lean in building High-Performance Teams, capable of delivering projects with reliable cost, schedule and value performance.

A past board member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), Sam promotes Lean Project Delivery, drawing on skills as an architect, speaker, writer and coach. He has mentored a generation of project managers, sharing his passion for client service, as evidenced by his decade-long advocacy for the $1.4bn Javits Convention Center expansion, and multi-project relationship with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Sam is a frequent public speaker. He has delivered a series of Lean webinars for Columbia University; workshops for LCI at their national Design Forum and Congress; and, a seminar at the International Laboratory Design Conference in Madrid, on Lean Science Facilities.

Sam Spata graduated from the City College of New York. He is an Improved Instructor with LCI and a CES Approved Provider with the AIA. He co-founded both the New York City and New York State chapters of the Lean Construction Institute.

"The Importance of Strong Project Leadership on a Fast-track IPD Project"
Matthew Khair, Project Manager, Senior Associate, CRB

Matt is a Project Manager at CRB with fifteen years combined experience within the biotech industry. Matt have actively participated in all phases of a biotechnology project including conceptual design and basis of design reports; cGMP design documentation development; factory acceptance testing; commissioning test plan generation and execution; validation support; and on-site startup support. Matt has also actively participated in project execution planning and scheduling for various stages of a biopharmaceutical project.

He currently manages a multi-discipline architectural and engineering design team focused on serving the Maryland life sciences market. His process engineering background uniquely equips him to understand the priorities and challenges of these complex life science projects.

Matt was a recipient of CSE’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2017.

Dick Priester, Principal, Strategic Facility Planning, LLC

Dick Priester is a Past-President of the Boston Area Chapter, and Past-Chairmen of ISPE, and has made many presentations at ISPE events over the years.  He has spent his entire career in the design and construction of process facilities, the last 30 years of which have been in biopharm.  During the past 20 years he has acted as Owner’s Representative for a large cross-section of clients and projects in the Northeast.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

ACV Enviro



ICQ Consultants


Superior Controls, Inc.

Wise Construction

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Case Studies from a Small Biotech: How Company Culture & Technology Influence R&D Operations at Jounce Therapeutics
Turboshield™ - A Case Study for Shortest Path to Market
Lean is More
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The Importance of Strong Project Leadership on a Fast-track IPD Project
Creating a Project Culture
The Story Behind Shire/Takeda's 2018 FOYA Winner: Los Angeles Building 8
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