Nov 8 | Relationship Building for Project Managers: Presence, Essence, and Authenticity

November 8, 2018 | 3:00–4:30 p.m.

September 5, 2018 Duke Project Management Community of Practice

Speakers: John R. Nocero, PhD, MBA
QA & Regulatory Compliance Associate; Clinical Quality Management Program

Christie Milleson, BA, CCRP
Research Practice Manager, Duke Office of Clinical Research


The power of building quality relationships is vital for project managers. Project managers and leading thinkers emphasize that a good manager is not someone who is good at keeping a task list, but who can balance stakeholder needs and interests, and ensure that all parties pull together and support the project in delivering a valuable outcome. This comes down to two words: Presence and Essence.  In this engaging talk, John and Christie discuss the importance of communication and how to develop presence, essence and exude authenticity.

The presentation will explain relationship building concepts and teach project managers how to develop presence, essence, and exude authenticity in their work.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will get a better understanding for the following:

  1. Why is building quality relationships vital for project managers?
  2. Presence and Essence
  3. The factors that enable one to exude authenticity

About the Speakers:  John Nocero & Christie Milleson

John R. Nocero is a QA & Regulatory Compliance Associate in the Clinical Quality Management Program. John earned a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, a master’s degree from American Intercontinental University and doctoral degree in public service leadership from Capella University.  He has worked in various roles in clinical research since 2003 and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.

Christie Milleson is a Research Practice Manager in the Duke Office of Clinical Research.  In this role, she leads a team of clinical research coordinators serving investigators across the institution.  Prior to this, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Duke on trials ranging in focus from pediatric cardiac arrest to rare genetic diseases.  The cutting-edge nature of clinical research is what keeps her intrigued and engaged, always seeking to learn and discover more.  She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Event details

November 8, 2018 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location:  Hock Plaza Auditorium

1.0 PDU (Technical 0.25, Strategy 0.25, Leadership 0. 5) will be submitted for persons attending the entire seminar.

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Meeting Agenda

3:00 – 3:30 PM   Networking

3:30 – 4:30 PM Featured Presentation:  Relationship Building for Project Managers: Presence, Essence, and Authenticity