Your Arrowhead Speakers
Our speakers are industry-leading experts and love what they do!
Kris Reynolds, PMP, MBA
Managing Partner / CEO
Kris Reynolds is an international speaker and trainer, having presented on a myriad of topics to multiple companies and nonprofit organizations in numerous industries both domestically and abroad since 2011. He is the founder of Arrowhead Consulting, a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six-Sigma Black Belt. His training sessions are designed to challenge audiences to move beyond conventional thinking for true innovation and creative problem-solving. Audiences enjoy how Kris weaves his subject matter expertise with his love of pop culture and trivia for the perfect blend of education and entertainment.
Bruce Jordan, PMP
Partner / CIO
Bruce Jordan is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt, and holds a variety of technical certifications from Microsoft, Novell, and Pervasive. Bruce currently works heavily in the Oil and Gas industry as a master scheduler, as well as an engineering and construction project manager and management trainer. He has vast experience creating customized training materials and courses for diverse audiences. He has a passion for taking projects that are at risk of failure, getting them back on track and completed successfully and loves sharing his wisdom in this area with audiences around the world.
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Kuma Roberts, IOM has over 10 years of organizational development experience specializing in the business case for diversity, equity & inclusion, cultural competence, implicit bias, strategies for becoming an equity centered organization, inclusive workplace language as well as other elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, she has spoken to hundreds of businesses, non-profit, and chambers of commerce on the best practices for developing a strategic plan related to DEI.
Kuma is passionate about racial and social justice with an emphasis on shifting policy and practice vs. hearts and minds and speaking to how more companies and organizations can harness the power of DEI to enhance their competitive advantage.
When Kuma isn’t speaking, she loves cooking for her husband, wrestling with her three-year-old son, and arguing with her 16-year-old daughter.
Jon Land, PMP
Jon Land is an energetic leader with a passion for developing solid strategies and solving problems. Proficient at driving ideas from initial concept to successful on-time launches. Proven track record of being a “corporate entrepreneur” resulting in cost reductions and increased team performance. Experience leading large groups of local and remote employees. Focused on keeping the end in mind and executing to deliver that target. IT service management best practices. (ITIL, ISO 20001:2018, etc.)
Diversity In The Workplace, Project Management, Emotional Intelligence, Implicit Bias 101 to name a few. See all the topics we offer below.
Agile may not be new to the IT world, but it has become THE methodology across several industries. Popularity, however, does not always translate to success in business. This workshop will help you better understand the tenets of Agile and how to integrate this cross-functional team methodology into your current project management processes.
As the building block of many childhood imaginations, Lego is one of the most famous and profitable brands in the world. However, not too long ago, Lego was facing bankruptcy. As the fifth-largest toymaker in the world, what was going wrong? This presentation will outline the background of the popular company while providing insight into the turnaround it faced. By learning how to create new value out of what already existed, Lego utilized innovative techniques, strategic partnerships, and the technological revolution to not only retain but grow its already broad customer base. By understanding the lessons Lego faced during their turnaround phase, participants will be able to apply those same principles of success into their own organizations.
Successful projects rely on the upfront gathering of solid requirements. Unfortunately, 60% of projects fail in this process as organizations struggle to get a good foundational foothold on what success looks like. We will prepare you to understand and capture the needs of your business users with tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately back at the office.
This session discusses the various benefits of leveraging diversity, equity, and inclusion when you have a small team. Topics are focused on thinking beyond race, supplier diversity, and getting out of your comfort zone.
2020 shook up our workplace and world in a big way, yet a few things remain the same if you and your organization want to remain relevant, profitable, and equitable now and into the future.
This presentation will focus on defining what equity, inclusion, and ethics are in 2021 as well as specific ways you can build a strategy that includes all three into your strategic plan.
This topic focuses on establishing group norms and providing teams to feel empowered to have difficult conversations in the workplace and beyond.
In today’s competitive professional environment, emotional intelligence (EQ) is often the difference between reaching the top or falling flat. This presentation offers attendees the opportunity to assess their individual self-awareness while enhancing their people skills. Techniques for promoting self-regulation and preventing dreaded “filter fails” help equip participants to be better prepared to tackle the challenge of discerning the motivations of others and navigating professional (and personal) interactions towards more successful outcomes.
Using the magic of movie excerpts and challenging trivia, this presentation breaks down Project Management fundamentals by calling attention to key items that should be considered when undertaking every project but are often taken for granted. This fast-paced session is designed for both intentional and “accidental” project managers from all walks of life. Whether you’re a trivia buff yourself, or just looking for some “A-Ha!” moments to improve your project performance, you’re sure to not only be enlightened but entertained!
Studies show that music moves the brain to pay attention, resulting in better knowledge retention. This presentation uses that basis to teach/reinforce fundamental project management best practices. In this interactive session, popular songs are played to prepare and engage the brain to learn and retain important project management lessons. Feel free to sing along to the classic tunes and then sit back and see how they get applied to PM concepts that can easily be taken back and implemented within your organization. Learning has never been so much fun!
Negotiation is an exhaustive topic with legendary deals and mythic masters. It is viewed as a game that sets apart the intimidators from the intimidated, with the most talented supposedly possessing some superhuman abilities. But it turns out there may be more to negotiating than the hallowed halls of Harvard would have us mere mortals believe possible. In fact, you don’t need to know a BATNA from a ZOPA to become a more successful negotiator. This presentation condenses our popular full-day course into an easily digestible one hour segment that will help both the novice and the savvy achieve better outcomes in any negotiation.
Webster’s defines chaos as “a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.” If this sounds like many of your projects, this talk is for you. By contrast, Google tells us that “Project Controls are the data gathering, data management and analytical processes used to predict, understand, and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of a project." So, while Project Controls means different things to different people, most can agree that, when done properly, it keeps project time, cost, and scope from running off the rails.
How did a 600-year-old man complete one of the world’s largest engineering/construction projects? Was it dumb luck, divine intervention, or something else? This presentation will show how Noah:
- Dealt with the most powerful of project sponsors
- Aligned the right roles and responsibilities with the right resources
- Dealt with the nay-sayers and project derailers from his work area
- Had to be creative in his approach to accomplish his project goals
- Was lucky enough to run one of the most “perfect” projects
While this is a presentation about Noah and the Ark, it is not a religious or spiritual discussion. References will be made to the Bible (The Messenger version) but only as a reference to or support of the tools and techniques of project management Noah used.
This session touches on the recent trends that reinforce the importance of strengthening risk management practices across your organization. While risk is typically a concept organizations seek to avoid or mitigate, organizations committed to identifying and measuring tangible threats have a unique opportunity to capitalize on disruption with the right amount of risk-taking.
This session focuses on the 5 Steps to Soar in the workplace using inclusive language. We myth bust some common workplace phrases that hinder belonging and prohibit staff and teams from experiencing a workplace that acknowledges and values all.
Time is a nonrenewable resource, yet we seem okay with spending up to 40% of our workweek wasting this precious commodity in unproductive meetings. With 11 million meetings a day, companies are also wasting money, to the tune of an estimated $75 million a year. Be the change agent your company needs by attending this session, which will discuss best practices and tips that will help your meetings stay focused, timely, and, most importantly productive.
Innovation: Everybody says you must have it to succeed, but where do you find the time?
Unfortunately, many leaders get so bogged down in day-to-day tactics that they over-focus on implementing conventional solutions to conventional problems. Innovative problem solving takes a backseat to daily firefighting. This session is designed to help participants change their focus from day-to-day issue management to a long-term, strategic perspective. Furthermore, the presentation enables you to understand your ruts or “Circle of Habits” and discuss how to break free and unleash the strategic thinker within.
Based on the quote by Shirley Chisolm, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”.
· Practices for expanding your role and influence in the workplace
· What you can do to better stand out and increase your visibility
· Leadership practices women professionals need to get-ahead
This introductory session introduces concepts of DEI to attendees including, defining diversity, equity, and inclusion, what is the business case for DEI, equity vs. equality and includes a unique activity to demonstrate the value of DEI for your organization.
Five 60 minute sessions for any of the following topics:
- The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( DEI 101)
- The Culturally Competent Leader
- Safe to Soar: Inclusive Language for the Workplace
- Diversity and Inclusion Isn’t Just for Big Business
- Implicit Bias 101
- Equity In the Center
- Head in the Sand? Difficult Conversations in the Workplace
- Ground Your Workplace in Ethics and Inclusion
Do you often find yourself wishing for more hours in the day? Effective time management can help increase productivity and reduce stress. This presentation focuses on mental and physical productivity, providing tools and best practices to help you stay organized, keep a clear mind, and be more productive in both work and life.
Blending typical project management subjects with the importance of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) to the success of any project.
“Kuma, you are fantastic! You are joyous, positive, and beautiful inside and out. Thank you for sharing your story and this wonderful presentation.”