MINDSPARQ®️ PRESENTS

INDOOR RECESS™ SUMMIT

A VIRTUAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR PROJECT MANAGERS
ONLINE: October 4th & 5th, 2023
9:00am - 3:00pm ET (both days)
PLUS a bonus networking POWER HOUR both days

A Virtual Event 

What are the benefits?

Unique learning experience and engaging networking opportunities

Fresh Perspectives

Dive into topics that challenge the status quo and ignite new ways of thinking about project management.

Real-world Relevance

Gain insights that directly apply to your daily work, ensuring you walk away with tangible skills and strategies.

Dynamic Interactivity

Our sessions are more than just lectures; they're engaging dialogues. Get ready to participate, ask questions, and interact with experts.

A Focus on Excellence

We don't do average. Every session is crafted to exceed expectations, ensuring you receive the very best in project management education.

Save the dates for Recess!

Get ready for a transformative experience that will elevate your project management skills to new heights.
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I’m just starting as a new PMP, and this is event was like heaven for people like me! I’ve already connected with amazing individuals with whom I hope to have long-lasting relationships! I learned so much, and most of all, as a PM, I appreciate how Crystal stuck to a schedule and how organized it was. Thank you. I can’t wait until the next one!

DAY ONE

Taking Charge: Conquer Your Role as a PM

Are You An A**Hole Boss?



Dive deep into introspection and understand what it takes to lead with empathy and vision.

The Veteran Advantage:  Strengths of Military Veterans as PMs

A panel discussion highlighting the invaluable skills and perspectives veterans bring to the project management arena.

Trailblazing Talks: A Fireside Chat with a PMP Founder


Journey through the origins, challenges, and triumphs of Project Management Professional (PMP).
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Unconventional Paths to Project Management Experience 

A panel on unconventional paths that provide rich project management experiences.

Techniques for Excelling As A Project Management Team of One

Strategies for shining bright, even when you're a project management team of just one.

Insights from Hiring Managers on What They Really Want in PMs

Discover what top hiring managers really look for in their ideal project manager during an enlightening panel discussion.

DAY TWO

Agile Amplified: Navigating the New Normal

Bright Scrum / Dark Scrum

Understand the potential pitfalls in Scrum and how to uphold its true essence.

Mentor Meet-Up

Meet and network with seasoned professionals in our exclusive Mentor Meet-Up.

Mastering a Kick-A** Kick-Off: Keys to a Successful Project Launch

Key strategies to ensure your projects not only start well but soar high.
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Utilizing Generative AI in Your Project Management Strategy

How artificial intelligence is reshaping project management, and how you can stay ahead.

Mastering the Art of Managing Multiple Projects

The art and science of efficiently managing multiple projects without breaking a sweat.
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OUR ❤️ SPONSORS

MEET YOUR HOST

Crystal Richards, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
I train people to be better project managers

Supporting public and private sector clients for 20+ years in healthcare management and project management has been an exciting challenge. Through it all, I have experienced the highs of success and the lows of stress and overwhelm.

My focus is to help overwhelmed teams improve their project management skills (traditional and agile) so they can lead projects with clarity, courage, and confidence.

The Indoor Recess™️ Summit is designed to help you master your craft and implement more efficient project management techniques so you can spend more time on the things that matter to you.

OUR SPEAKERS

AMBER CHANDLER

I'll see you at my presentation, "Utilizing Generative AI In Your Project Management Strategy", on October 5th.

BARBARA KEPHART

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "BEYOND THE TITLE: Unconventional Paths To Project Management Experience", on October 4th.

CURTIS JBL BROWN

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "THE VETERAN ADVANTAGE: Unveiling The Strengths Of Military Veterans As Project Managers", on October 4th.

ELIZABETH HARRIN

I'll see you at my presentation, "Managing Multiple Projects", on October 5th.

FRANCK J. GÉRARD

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "Insights From Hiring Managers", on October 4th.

GALEN LOW

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "BEYOND THE TITLE: Unconventional Paths To Project Management Experience", on October 4th.

JERMAINE L. MURRAY

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "Insights From Hiring Managers", on October 4th.

JOHN MILLER

I'll see you at my presentation, "DARK SCRUM/BRIGHT SCRUM: How Scrum Is Abused And How To Stop It", on October 5th.

LAMAR SANDERS

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "BEYOND THE TITLE: Unconventional Paths To Project Management Experience", on October 4th.

LEE R. LAMBERT

I'll see you at the Trailblazing Talks: A Fireside Chat with a PMP Founder on October 4th.

TREENA BONNER

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "Insights From Hiring Managers", on October 4th.

MARK DAVENPORT

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "Insights From Hiring Managers", on October 4th.

MATT QUICK

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "THE VETERAN ADVANTAGE: Unveiling The Strengths Of Military Veterans As Project Managers", on October 4th.

OBI AKPARANTA

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "Insights From Hiring Managers", on October 4th.

PEACHE GEORGE

I'll see you at the panel discussion, "THE VETERAN ADVANTAGE: Unveiling The Strengths Of Military Veterans As Project Managers", on October 4th.

TAMICA SEARS

I'll see you at my presentation, "How To Tell If You're An A** Hole Boss", on October 4th.

Mentor's meet-Up Session

Meet Our Mentors

You get the chance to sit at a virtual table with some movers and shakers in the field of project management. 
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The Fall Indoor Recess™ Summit begins in..

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the event start and end? And are there breaks?
Do you have a full schedule of the sessions?

Virtual doors open at 8:30am ET for virtual networking and musical jams. 

  • October 4th: 9:00am ET until 3:00pm ET
  • October 5th: 9:00am ET until 3:00pm ET
  • OPTIONAL Power Hour Networking from 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Breaks are built into the schedule, including a 30-minute lunch break.

Here's the tentative agenda >>> Oct 4th & 5th

What are the learning objectives?

  1. Apply project management best practices to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close projects effectively, based on industry-standard methodologies such as the PMI's PMBOK®️ Guide and agile frameworks.
  2. Identify and use appropriate tools and techniques to manage risks, communication, and stakeholders, and to adapt them to the needs and constraints of different types of projects.
  3. Apply agile principles and practices to increase project flexibility, responsiveness, and value delivery, such as using retrospectives.Enhance their leadership and teamwork skills, by learning how to foster a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

Does the event provide continuing education credits towards professional certifications, such as the PMP?

Yes!  By attending the summit, you can earn 10+ contact hours/PDUs.

Do I need to have a PMP certification to attend the event?

While this event is geared towards advanced learners, having a PMP certification (or any certification for that matter) is not required.  Credential holders get the added benefit of applying the contact hours towards their certifications.

What is the cost of the event?

The current price is $227 and prices will go up on Oct 1 to $247. Even if you can’t stay for both days go ahead and register. Only registered attendees will gain access to the recordings. 

What is the refund policy?

  • The deadline to receive a refund for your registration is 3 business days before the event.

  • Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

  • Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event.

  • Cancellations will be accepted via e-mail to [email protected], and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.
  • All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder.
  • Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number.
  • Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.
  • If the event sponsor (that would be me, Crystal) cancels the event, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Can I register for one day rather than two days?

Unfortunately, that option is not available. But if time is an issue, you will gain access to the recordings (for 6 months) and you can always drop in live for those sessions that matter to you most!

What if I'm in between jobs and I don't see this fitting into my budget?

Translation: "I don't see the value for where I am right now."

Friend, there is soooo much value in you being at the playground during the Indoor Recess Summit:

👉🏿 Being in between jobs is the ideal time to make this investment in yourself--great talking points for that next interview, (i.e., "during my time job searching, I made sure to upskill and attend meaningful events that would make me more marketable for future jobs..." Boom💥
👉🏿 The people who will attend may very well be a connection to your next job
👉🏿 Connection to people who are already doing the work--how cool is that?!

You may very well reap the benefits 10x over by attending the Indoor Recess Summit.

And leaders! Not sure this fits into the budget or the schedule? Check out this McKinsey & Company article on how current trends are accelerating the need to enhance the skills of your employees >>> To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

What if I would like to attend but have a scheduling conflict?

Most of the panel discussions and main stage sessions will be recorded.  Your ticket will allow access to these recordings for up to six (6) months so you may watch at your earliest convenience.

You can always drop in live for those sessions that matter to you most!

Please note: breakout sessions will not be recorded

Will replays be available?

Yes.  Replays will be available for attendees about two weeks after the summit for up to six months.

Please note: breakout sessions will not be recorded.

Do you have a justification letter I can send to my boss to request the time off?

Yes!  Click here for the Dropbox link to a template justification letter >>> HERE

What platform will this summit be held on?

At this time, we are planning to use AirMeet.  It works very similarly to Zoom.  If this changes, we will be sure to communicate the change to you directly.  You do not have to download any software to use AirMeet.  

As such, this AirMeet (Zoom backup) Meeting feature allows audio and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded and shared.

Please be aware that by participating in this activity, you consent to your voice, likeness, and any materials you provide, being recorded for use and dissemination, without payment of any compensation for such use, in any language, format, or media now known or later devised, and you release MindsparQ® from any and all claims, liability, or damages arising from any such use. 

MindsparQ® will proceed in reliance upon such consent and release. If you do not consent to the foregoing, please do not attend the event.

Other Useful Tips.

For the best experience, you will want to:
  • Attend the event on a desktop, preferably with two screens
  • Use Chrome as your browser
  • Have a stable internet connection
  • Attend the summit from a quiet/distraction free location.

At the 2023 Fall Indoor Recess™ Summit, we don't just create better project managers; we shape LEGENDS.  We're on a mission to help project managers like YOU shatter expectations, crush your goals, and lead with authority and vision. 

Are you ready?

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