Beyond Stakeholder Management: The IEAS Stakeholder Relationship Model

Session 4 | Monday, September 28 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Presented by Kathryn Milani, MSEd, PMP and Nila Vaishnav, BA, BS, PMP 

It's commonly known that stakeholder identification and management are key project deliverables, however, what’s not commonly practiced is to build a true stakeholder relationship. The word “relationship” means the way in which two or more people are connected. More often than not, we miss that “connection” and in turn the relationship is superficial and shaky. We need to remind ourselves that connecting or not connecting, directly coincides with our project success or failure respectively. We say this because in our 20 plus years of working for diverse industries, we have been on both sides of this spectrum and that’s why we designed a specific model as a remedy. It provides a systematic approach to build that connection, that chemistry, that rapport with our stakeholders to create a solid and sustainable bond.

In this session, you will learn about that model we have created for you to follow. We are calling this the IEAS model short for Identification, Engagement, Alignment, and Sustainment. So, everyone, let’s all get on the journey with the duo, Kate and Nila to learn, apply and achieve success by having that tight-knit, genuine stakeholder relationship.

PDUs: 1.00
PMI Talent Triangle: 
Strategic and Business Management (.25)
Leadership (.5)
Technical Project Management (.25)

Kathryn Milani, MSEd, PMP, Milani Consulting, LLC

Kathryn is an experienced Project Manager and Instructional Designer who specializes in helping people and organizations get things done. She has more than 15 years of experience in IT Project Management combined with almost 10 years as a consultant and trainer in the project management field.

In addition to being a Senior IT Project Manager for the Liberty Mutual Group, Kathryn served as a Project Manager and Instructional Designer for Department of Labor and Department of Justice funded programs.

Kathryn's credentials include a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, an MS in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, a Master’s Certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington University, and a PMP from the Project Management Institute. Kathryn is currently serving as the VP-Programs for the PMI-NEW Chapter.

Nila Vaishnav, BA, BS, PMP, Vaish-Consulting, LLC

Nila is a talented IT Professional, an experienced Project Manager, and a teacher. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge while also having a thirst for gaining new knowledge.

While working for diverse industries for more than 20 years, Nila has developed subject matter expertise in specific areas of IT and Project Management. She also taught IT courses, at Wisconsin Technical colleges. This expertise combined with her teaching experience positions her well for speaking and coaching. She is excited to share her real-life experience with a firm belief that it will add value to the community she will serve.

Nila’s credentials include a BA in Economics and Psychology from St. Xavier’s college in India, a BS in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin and a PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute. Nila is currently serving as the Director of Speakers and Programs for the PMI-NEW Chapter.