SOURCE: Project Management Institute Orange County Chapter

May 20, 2008 12:38 ET

Acclaimed Business Success Coach John M. McKee to Deliver Keynote Address at the Project Management Institute Orange County Chapter's Annual Career Fair and Business Expo on July 8, 2008

Workplace Achievement Guru to Speak on 'Leadership' as It Pertains to Upward Career Mobility for Project Managers Across All Industries

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - The Project Management Institute Orange County, California Chapter (PMI-OC), a widely recognized volunteer organization that promotes the development of project management as a benefit across all industries, today announced that world class business success and career coach John M. McKee, author of "Career Wisdom - 101 Proven Strategies to Ensure Workplace Success" and "21 Ways Women in Management Shoot Themselves in the Foot," has been named to deliver the keynote address at the chapter's Annual Career Fair and Business Expo presented by Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), to be held on July 8th, 2008 at the Wyndham Hotel, located at 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, California 92626, with attendance anticipated in the hundreds.

This is PMI-OC's Third Annual Career Fair and Business Expo, at which attendees may mingle with top executives to discuss career opportunities in information technology, construction, healthcare, financial services and a myriad of other cutting-edge industries. The highly anticipated industry event reaches members and hiring managers at approximately 250 companies, consistently drawing 200 to 300 attendees and 15 to 20 vendor sponsors. In addition to McKee's keynote and socializing and career networking opportunities, the event will feature breakout sessions covering "A Day in the Life of a Project Manager" in various fields.

"Those attending McKee's address will benefit from his unique insights on leadership as it specifically relates to fast tracking one's career in the project management field, which is indelibly a topic of interest," said Derek Barraza, chair of the PMI-OC's speaker committee. "Attendees will leave this keynote address with a new perspective to help them deal more effectively with, and ultimately capitalize on, the numerous demands, challenges and 'hidden opportunities' faced in the work place every day. This is among the many compelling reasons we selected McKee to deliver this all-important keynote."

Widely regarded as one of America's leading career, business and executive coaches, John M. McKee is an articulate and engaging speaker known for his "workplace wisdom" on a litany of personal, career and work/life balance issues. McKee's down-to-earth and energetic demeanor never fails to resonate with audience members.

A 30-year veteran of corporate boardrooms and executive suites, including tenure as a founding senior executive at The DIRECTV Group, Inc., McKee has hired, promoted, laid-off and fired literally thousands of people, allowing him to render career success advice in a way that's meaningful and on point. Now as an industry leading "Business Success Coach," author and motivational public speaker, McKee leverages this experience to provide ambitious professionals at all levels of the corporate ladder with sound, first-hand advice and direction to help them maximize their career potential. His client roster includes industry leading companies across a range of industries, including ESPN, Starz Media, Comcast Corp., NBC Universal and Cablevision, as well as a litany of smaller and startup organizations.

Considered a must read for aspiring junior to mid-level professionals, McKee's "Career Wisdom - 101 Proven Strategies to Ensure Workplace Success" (paperback, ISBN: 9781587368288, $12.95 U.S.) is an advice-oriented "how to" manual for motivated professionals seeking to get ahead in business. Written in a concise, easy-to-read style and tone, the practical insights, advice and strategies imparted in this book can be digested quickly for immediate application on the job -- and can be kept on hand as a quick reference tool.

McKee's "21 Ways Women in Management Shoot Themselves in the Foot" (paperback, ISBN: 1587366185, $15.95 U.S.) is also a tactical advice-oriented business book that makes working women privy to 'Old Boy's Club' secrets heretofore known to and leveraged by successful businessmen. Also challenging commonly accepted notions of management behaviors, this book is intended to help junior to senior level female professionals excel in their careers.

Both books are available for purchase through local booksellers, leading online book retailers such as and, and from McKee's business sites and

Those interested may learn more about the PMI-OC's Annual Career Fair and Business Expo online at

About the Project Management Institute Orange County Chapter (PMI-OC)

The PMI-OC is an award-winning chapter of the Project Management Institute -- a not-for-profit professional organization with over 120,000 members and over 250 components in 140 countries. PMI-OC provides a "network of expertise" throughout Southern California, with nearly 1,700 members, nearly 1,000 certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), a network of over 2,000 business professionals, and a corporate outreach program that includes over 250 corporations doing billions of dollars of business in the region. PMI-OC delivers value to stakeholders and the community at large by promoting the development of project management as a benefit across all industries. The PMI-OC provides services, tools and knowledge to project sponsors, project managers, team members and the community at large, also providing a forum for networking and opportunities for social interaction. The chapter may be reached through its Web site located at

About Author John M. McKee

John M. McKee, author of "Career Wisdom - 101 Proven Strategies to Ensure Workplace Success" and "21 Ways Women in Management Shoot Themselves in the Foot," is the expert and visionary behind both and -- two online destinations for professionals, from small- and large-business owners to entry-level managers to C-level executives and everyone in between, who aspire to maximize their success in the business world. A highly regarded expert source on a global level, McKee serves as a regular editorial contributor with CNET's, has been featured on and has appeared on leading national news programs, including ABC News This Morning and FOX News, among others. Clients from over 40 countries have taken advantage of services offered by his coaching practice For more information on his publications, business success coaching and/or public speaking services, please visit, or

About Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation maximizes the value IT brings to the business by helping CIOs more effectively manage the business of IT. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling CIOs to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Compuware at

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