October 2014 Dinner Meeting 


PMI defines a project as a “temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result.” A missing aspect of this definition is a project always involves change. Managing change is a key success factor, some may argue THE key success factor to project success. Jennifer Austin has managed multiple large acquisitions for 3M Corporation. During this session Jennifer will discuss the tools and processes she has used to successfully integrate thriving organizations. Jennifer will explore the factors that deliver success, such as:

  • Communications Management
  • The Benefits of Cross Functional Teams
  • Using Six Sigma to deliver desired outcomes

Presenter:  Jennifer Austin


Integration Manager , 3M Health Information Systems, Inc.

Jennifer Austin is the Treo Solutions Integration Manager for 3M Health Information Systems, Inc., part of 3M’s Health Care Business.  In the Integration Manager role, Jennifer is responsible for integrating the newly acquired business into 3M.  

Previous to the position working with the Treo Solutions acquisition, Jennifer was responsible for managing product development and delivery, client satisfaction, and business operations for the CodeRyte business unit.  She began her work with the CodeRyte team as the 3M Integration Manager.  Before leading the CodeRyte acquisition, Jennifer was a member of the Emerging Business team where she served as Project Manager for a large Cleveland Clinic pilot.  Prior to joining HIS, Jennifer held a variety of roles in the 3M Commercial Graphics Division, including Services Operations Manager, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and Product Responsibility Team Lead.   

Jennifer holds B.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology from Michigan Technological University, and an M.S. degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.


Dinner includes rolls, coffee and

Salad: Traditional tossed salad: Fresh garden greens with mushroom, tomatoes, crisp herbed croutons, topped with our Simpson's honey mustard vinaigrette

DESSERT : Strawberry Shortcake: Old fashioned buttermilk biscuit, fresh strawberries and whipped cream and Choice of

Chicken:  Chicken Marsala

Herbed chicken breast in a sweet Marsala and mushroom sauce, served with oven roasted fingerling potatoes

Beef: Center-Cut New York Sirloin Steak

char-grilled, finished with a maitre d'butter/garnished with crispy onions and a Scrimshaw potato

Veg: Asian Stir Fry

 Please join us on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at The Desmond Hotel off of Albany Shaker Road, in Colonie (see directions).

Attitude adjustment will begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00pm, followed by the program starting promptly at 7:00pm and adjourning by 8:00pm.

Pricing change for 2014-2015.  To ensure an accurate number of dinners, we have created an early bird discount for those paying in advance. $30.00 for Early Bird, PMI members;  $40.00 for Early Bird, nonmembers; and $20 for Early Bird students. To receive the early bird discount, please pay in advance. Those who do not register by noon on the Monday for the dinner and choose to pay at the door will not get the early bird discount and will be charged the $10 late fee - $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers, and $40 for students.

The early bird deadline for online registration is 12:00 noon on Monday before the dinner (cancellations after 12:00 noon on Monday will be charged the full meeting registration fee). Please note that registrations after the early bird deadline of 12:00 noon on Monday will be charged the full price as indicated above. Walk-ins on the day of the event are on a first come, first served basis with limited availability and will be charged the full price plus a $10 late fee.

For details please contact: 

Carol Fitzgerald - VP, Programs , Tim Sorrentino - 2nd VP, Programs


Kimberly Thomas - Program Director for Chapter Meetings

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