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GAME ON Strategies for Keeping Projects on Track

  • January 19, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Northwoods, 1301 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
  • 25


  • This is for Bay Colonies Chapter Members who register in advance.
  • Members of other local ATD Chapters (other than Bay Colonies) are welcome to join us for the member rate.
  • This is for individuals who are not ATD Chapter Members who register in advance.
  • This rate is for full-time students who register in advance of the session.

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Timelines and project challenges are not all created equal. Learn the most important variables on each project and how to influence outcomes. When challenges arise on your projects, be prepared with new techniques, approaches and best practices!


Game style panel discussion. The panel will represent perspectives from the following roles: Instructional Designer, Project Manager, and Sponsor (end-client).


The panel will discuss their viewpoints on the benefits (and shortcomings) of a well defined project plan.

Then, the game begins…. No scripting here.

Each panel member will pick from categories and be presented with various project challenges. See how they respond! Do the PM and Sponsors see eye to eye? What tricks does the Instructional Designer have up his sleeve that the sponsor never saw coming?

Each question is targeted to explore how they have successfully (and unsuccessfully) managed challenges to keep projects on track such as unexpected subject matter complexities, conflicting SME priorities, endless feedback loops, balancing go-live with shifting functionality, and other elusive variables contributing to scope creep.

The audience will also be encouraged to challenge the panel with scenarios that have impacted their projects. Learn how they would tackle your challenge. Can you stump them? Do they all agree? Let’s have some fun while we find out….

Key Takeaways:

Timelines and project challenges are not all created equal. Learn the most important variables on each project and how to influence outcomes. When challenges arise on your projects, be prepared with new techniques, approaches and best practices!

Panel Members:

Lauren Prisco, Executive VP

A Boston native with over 20 years of L&D experience, Lauren is known as a mentor, problem solver, and survivor. An overly aggressive timeline? A bottle of wine without a corkscrew? Even cancer. There’s not a challenge Lauren can’t tackle and overcome.

Lauren joined Navis in 2009 after transitioning from her position at Momenta Global to charter the expansion of operations into the US. As Executive VP at Navis Learning, Lauren wears multiple hats with the primary responsibility of leading the company’s Custom Training Solutions practice. Over her 20-year career in Learning and Development, she has held numerous management positions including establishing the global VAR channel at, expanding services for custom learning solutions at ePartners, and managing the direction of training services at Price Waterhouse Coopers (FKA Coopers & Lybrand).

Lauren currently resides in Medway MA, is a loving wife and mother of 2 beautiful adopted boys.

Tina Dufour, Vice President, PMO and Systems

Tina’s learning and development expertise spans over 20 years, helping companies improve their talent, processes and efficiencies. Her passion is being hands-on with clients and projects; managing timelines, resource plans, and deliverables – all while balancing quality and efficiency.

Tina has quickly risen to the top at Navis since her hire in 2012; she is now Vice President of PMO and Systems. An instructional designer and project manager by trade, prior to joining Navis, Tina held positions at SumTotal Systems, Fidelity Investments and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

How does she keep projects on track under extenuating circumstances such as shifting design plans, timelines and resource availability? What lengths will she go? Tina will share her insights from her tenure as a highly effective project manager.

A mother of 2 high school girls, Tina and her husband enjoy fine cooking, boating with the girls and their black Labrador Retriever.

Natalie Begin, VP of Instructional Design & Development

Natalie sets the bar high. She architected the Navis Master Instructional Designer role during a high profile, complex project with Marsh and McLennan in 2011. It effectively combines traditional Instructional Design responsibilities with creating and managing a control layer to ensure cohesiveness across numerous deliverables.

This role, along with the traditional PM role, has built Navis the reputation for being both PM oriented and Client-Centric. Not a balance that is easily attainable.

Natalie has been an integral member of the Navis family since 2008. Her dedication to clients is evident by the relationships that she develops and the confidence that she gains. Her expertise is often sought out by recurring clients, peers, and the Navis management team. She is also responsible for some of Navis’ most complex and high-profile projects contributing at all level including creating Curriculum Roadmaps, writing eLearning Storyboards, managing our eLearning Development Process, and defining Program Designs.

Prior to joining Navis, Natalie led Learning & Leadership Development for the Global Consumer and Small Business Banking division at Bank of America. Natalie is the proud wife of a US military veteran and a dedicated mother of her children Bryce and Amelia.

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