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Sept. 19: Ulka Shrikhande to speak on 'Influencing Without Authority'

Speaker is certified project management consultant and scientist.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-6-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Ulka Shrikhande, a certified project management consultant and a biotechnology research and development scientist, will discuss the six steps that enable high success in project outcomes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 in Room 101, Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Shrikhande’s presentation, “Influencing without Authority,” is free and open to the public. At 5:30 p.m., prior to her presentation, there will be a light dinner and an opportunity to network. Please RSVP for the dinner by sending an email in advance to

Shrikhande will address how influencing the right stakeholders at the right time with realistic expectations can create a high success rate. In her presentation, Shrikhande will also describe how collaborating can set the stage for long-term relationships.

Shrikhande has extensive experience in managing academic and corporate projects for new development. She is intrigued by team dynamics and leadership styles and is passionate about helping organizations optimize strategies by methodically identifying success gaps and implementing solutions pertinent to needs. In her career, she has worked with academic institutions, start-up and mid-size companies and non-profit organizations and contributes actively to the Project Management Institute community through volunteerism and various presentations.

The event is sponsored by the Southwest Outreach Program, which is part of the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN). The mission of PMI-MN, according to its website at is to provide value to members and the community through opportunities for career development and to advocate the advancement of the project management profession and its disciplines.

The Southwest Outreach Program began in 2012 with four outreach sessions at Minnesota State Mankato. The Sept. 19 outreach session is the third of four 2013 outreach sessions. The next outreach session event is scheduled for Nov. 14.

For more information on the Southwest Outreach Program, please contact program manager Mohamed Diab, an assistant professor in the Construction Management Department in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Diab can be reached by phone at 507-389-2114 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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