Save the Date: September 29th

Guest Speakers

David Kipling

Sr. Manager Training Technology, Union Pacific Railroad

Brent Peckover

Director of Communications, PMI Canada’s Technology Triangle

Kim Hurst

Training Consultant, Best Care EAP

Amber Sparano

Director of Project Management, Lozier

Event: 2023 Professional Development Day

Date: September 29th at 8AM - 4PM CST

Location: Omaha NE 68179

Pricing: $175 members / $225 non-members


Time: Event:
8:00AM - 8:45AM Registration and Networking
8:45AM - 9:00AM Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Safety Briefing
9:00AM - 10:00AM Organizational Change Management by David Kipling
10:00AM - 11:00AM Self-Introductions and Networking Session
11:00AM - 12:00PM The Power of Appreciation by Kim Hurst
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch at Union Pacific
1:00PM - 2:00PM Strategic Planning by Amber Sparano
2:00PM - 3:00PM Empowering Successful Project Outcomes Through Enhanced Decisions & Adoptions by Brent Peckover
3:00PM - 3:30PM Chapter Updates by Chris Canada
3:30PM 4:00PM Chapter Updates and Closing Remarks by Liliana Petersen

Note: Photos may be taken and shared on social media.


Guest Speaker Bio:

David Kipling, Sr. Manager Training Technology at Union Pacific Railroad


David has enjoyed a more than 25 year career as an instructional designer and instructional technologist, the last 13 of which have been with Union Pacific facilitating user adoption of systems.

He enjoys using video, interaction design and animation techniques in training interventions to help promote successful implementation of any kind of change.

David holds an undergraduate degree in MIS from UNO and graduate degrees in technology management from Creighton University.


Brent Peckover, Director of Communications at PMI Canada’s Technology Triangle


Brent is a passionate innovator developing new product offerings, business models, and leadership practices, is the Director of Communications at PMI-CTT (Canada’s Technology Triangle) chapter in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. With 15+ years of project management experience, he built the Project Management Office and gating system at Christie Digital. For the past three years, he's been a product owner in the UV disinfection field.
Brent is fueled by his passion for innovation, strategy, engineering, leadership, and change management. He firmly believes the world is full of opportunities. The key to success is to remain curious, be eager to learn, and nurture a culture that is open to exploring new paths.

Kim Hurst, Training Consultant / Performance and Leadership Coach at Best Care EAP


Kim Hurst is a training consultant with Best Care Employee Assistance Program. She became interested in training and development in college, when she discovered her true passion for being part of “building something better.” With interests in self-care, mental health awareness and creating mental health-friendly workplaces, Hurst is proud to be on a team that believes in meeting the needs of each client while making them feel valued throughout the process. “I feel like we are an important asset to many organizations and have a substantial influence on our community well-being as a whole,” she said.

She enjoys helping organizations navigate difficult situations while enhancing employee happiness at work and home. Her favorite moments in her career often come when someone tells her of the positive influence she’s had on them. “It doesn’t matter how big or small,” she said. “Being able to know that what I do matters and can make a difference to someone – that’s all I need to find purpose and keep doing what I do.”

Education: BS in Business Administration and Human Resources Management, Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment Facilitator, Integrity Solutions Coach Facilitator


Amber Sparano, Director of Project Management at Lozier


Amber Sparano leads the Project Management Office at Lozier. PMP certified, she’s been with the company for 20 years in a variety of Analyst and Project Management roles.  She recently joined the PMI Heartland leadership team as VP of Membership.

Passionate about organization, Sparano enjoys seeing projects succeed based on timeline, scope and budget. She enjoys learning about projects throughout the organization and working with the individual teams to bring them success.

Sparano holds a Masters of Business Administration from Bellevue University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration.