PM Point of View® Podcast Series

PM in All the Right Places

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Here we bundle four previous podcasts that tell a greater narrative about PM tools and techniques in activities you might not have thought of—and you can submit a PDU claim when get to the end.

In four segments, this podcast covers PM roles in theatre, wedding planning, winemaking and campaign management.

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PM Point of View® is a podcast series produced by Final Milestone Productions and PMIWDC. PMIWDC members and the public at large are invited to listen to brief and informative conversations with practitioners and executives from all over the world as they discuss various perspectives on project management – its uses, its shortcomings, its changes, and its future.

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About the Speakers

Stephen Barnard

Keswick Vineyards
Wine Maker/Vineyard Manager

Stephen started working in the wine industry at Groot Constantia Winery, the oldest winery in South Africa, as a pourer and tour guide. Through various courses of events he managed to find a position in the cellar as a cellar worker and then eventually became the assistant winemaker there. He studied Enology and Viticulture at Elsenburg Agricultural College. Upon completion of his studies Stephen became the assistant winemaker at Flagstone Winery where he worked exclusively with red wines.

Through the Ohio State Internship program he came to Virginia in 2002 and joined Keswick Vineyards as an intern and held that position until May 2004 when he took the position of Winemaker at Rappahannock Cellars. In June of 2006 he re-joined Keswick Vineyards as the Winemaker and General Manager.

Stephen’s philosophy for winemaking is minimal intervention. He prefers to focus on the vineyard to produce optimal fruit for wine making.. Keswick Vineyards is one of the few wineries that ferments most of its wines without the addition of yeast and do not fine or filter any of their reds since the 2006 harvest. Keswick Vineyards is committed to producing world class wines and are now seeing the potential Virginia, as well as Keswick Vineyards, has to offer.

Thomas C. Bowen

New Chicago Consulting, LLC
Political Communications and Management Professional

Thomas C. Bowen is a political communications and management professional with a decade of experience in some of the most interesting and exciting organizations in the country.

He has managed six campaigns ranging from Chicago City Council to U.S. Senate, and has worked and consulted on dozens of federal and local races across the country, including the 2008 presidential campaign for Barack Obama. He was most recently the deputy campaign manager for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s first new mayor in 22 years and later established and managed his leadership Political Action Committee.

He regularly provides commentary as an expert source on political issues for Chicago-based media organizations and is often quoted in national publications for his expertise on politics. He has provided commentary and analysis for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the National Journal, POLITICO, and the NY Daily News.

Bowen launched his career in politics as a press aide to then State Senator Barack Obama working under communications director Robert Gibbs. He previously worked in Washington, D.C as a staff assistant to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and as a reporter for the National Journal under Senior Hotline Editor Chuck Todd.

Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University and currently lives in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Aviva.

Deborah Vandergrift

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Chief Production Officer

Ms. Vandergrift has worked in production management at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company for the past seven seasons. At STC, she helped develop new approaches and standards necessary in operating the institution’s expanded programming and venues. She has been instrumental in facilitating the presentation of several remarkable productions from abroad, and she is a key member of senior staff, participating in strategic planning, season planning, and budgeting.

Prior to her tenure at STC, Ms. Vandergrift was the production manager for Hartford Stage. She has project managed for various music and arts festivals throughout the US. Ms. Vandergrift’s early career was fifteen years as a professional stage manager, working with a rich variety of artists at both domestic and foreign venues. She earned her MFA in Stage Management from the University of California, San Diego and a double major in English and Theatre from Oberlin College.

Tara Melvin

Perfect Planning

Tara Melvin, a southern girl at heart was born and raised in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and in 1996 transitioned to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Before making DC her new home, she began carving her future with her education. Tara, a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration. Since graduation, her professional career has spanned in the field of Sales & Marketing within the pharmaceutical, industrial, and hospitality industry. During her professional career she learned and maintained valuable traits in regards to organizational skills, people management, negotiation skills, management skills, and attention to detail, while maintaining grace under pressure. Several years later, Tara discovered her passion for wedding and event planning after planning numerous affairs at her home and for her friends. It was only after planning a spectacular New Year’s Eve event at her home that one of her friends suggested that she should go into business for herself because they felt as if she had the gift and talent to be a successful wedding and event planner. In 2004, Tara created Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts, LLC, an event planning and management company that offers a complete array of services to cover all facets of event planning for luxurious weddings, social and corporate events, from start to finish. Services include but not limited to event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, event itinerary creation, and risk and issue management. It is her philosophy to deliver exceptional service, a peace of mind, and a memorable celebration for her Clients and their guests. And to be “the key resource” for her Clients, as she designs, plans, manages, and produces their celebration. Since the creation of Perfect Planning, the company has organized numerous lavish events from weddings to retirement celebrations, birthday celebrations to family reunions, corporate events and beyond. Tara is also active within the wedding community serving as President of the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC, 2014 WeddingWire Ambassador, and former member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. As the creative engine and leader of Perfect Planning, Tara is excited to offer her clients a highly personalized experience resulting in an extraordinary memorable and stress free affair. Her remarkable attention to detail and exceptional ability to capture the vision of her Clients has made Tara a valuable asset within the industry. With her expertise, creativeness, passion, managerial aptitude, compassion for her work, and bodacious style-her weddings and special events are those of flawless distinction.