Gerald Leonard spoke for the PMI Washington DC chapter’s PM Tools event in September 2014. According to the attendee surveys, Gerald’s presentation was very well received. These surveys contained a number of very complimentary comments regarding Gerald’s presentation style and delivery. In his presentation, he demonstrated a deep knowledge of portfolio management and responded with confidence to attendee questions. From my perspective as the event planner, coordinating with Gerald was exceptionally easy. Gerald was very professional and communicated clearly and frequently throughout the entire process.
Lance Holland, PMP
Enterprise Project Manager for ICS Nett, Inc
I first met Gerald in 2013 at the International Legal Technology Association Conference and found his presentation on the "Accidental Portfolio Manager" to be both intriguing and thought-provoking.
Given his extensive work experience in project, program, and portfolio management, I knew he would be an asset as a PMI volunteer within its legal project management community as well as a speaker at our alliance engagement at FOSE 2014.
Specifically, I recruited Gerald to discuss "The Value of Portfolio Management" with a largely government IT audience. His preparation and speaking skills were "top notch" and very well-received by attendees.
Gerald has the unique ability to take a subject such as Portfolio Management and simplify it and make it understandable to a diverse group of professionals in various job fields.
I look forward to working with Gerald in the future on other PMI alliance endeavors
Alliance Programs Administrator at Project Management Institute
Gerald was a consultant on a project to conduct a project management assessment and build a road-map for my engineering firm. When we first discussed our challenges, Gerald approached the challenging issues we were facing from a holistic point of view and focused his attention on asking probing questions so that he and his firm could understand our real issues without trying to provide a cookie cutter solution. During the engagement, Gerald quickly learnt our business processes and adopted his PM assessment process to meet our needs. At the end of the engagement, Gerald presented a professional assessment that directly addressed the issues we are facing and provided a road map which included quick win solutions that we could act on immediately. If your organization is looking to improve its business driven project management capabilities, I would highly recommend that you get in touch Gerald and assure you would be pleased with his services.
Project Manager at EBA Engineering
Gerald had the very challenging task of introducing a program management and governance capability at a large law firm. He approached this challenge with skill and dexterity, delivering a world class capability providing insights and intelligence into the project portfolio. This informed the leadership and management teams' decision making process in a way that was not possible before. On top of this, Gerald is a team player and is ready to go that extra mile to mentor and educate his colleagues. I would stongly reccomend Gerald for any similar role.
Chief Technology Officer at Cobb Systems Group
Gerald has a done a remarkable job building WilmerHale's Program Management Office (PMO). Today there are over 15 full time PMs and a fully functional MS Project Server environment supporting dozens of programs and projects within Wilmer Hale's enterprise.
I remain impressed with how quickly his organization has grown over time (comprising a mix of employees and consultants) and how effective his PMO governance process and platform has made on metric reporting and status to the senior IS management team.
His professional maturity, discipline, and good nature makes him a strong leader and mentor. He actively supports his team's professional development and maintains a level of excellence and dedication which I admire. Gerald can truly build and maintain a cutting edge PMO using best practices from a wide variety of sources.
James Johnson, PMP
Manager, CI Portfolio Services at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Gerald was a consultant on a project to implement an enterprise planning tool in my Federal agency. He was superb at helping us develop procedures that incorporated best practices for this project. I would definitely recommend Gerald as someone who can provide the bridge between tech-speak and English!"
Director at Federal Government
Gerald is an outstanding professional with high integrity who you can count on to get the job done. He produces high quality results and is a great communicator with a great smile and warm personality.
Project Manager/Project Server Expert
I have known Gerald Leonard on a personal and professional level for over 22 years. He is of the highest character.
Gerald is organized, thorough, efficient and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. His communication skills, both written and verbal, are excellent.
In summary, I highly recommend Gerald for any position or endeavor that he would seek and guarantee he will be a valuable asset for any organization.
"Gerald's insight, personal experience and clear explanations helps his audience understand the complex concepts of Portfolio Management and enlighten their understanding that PPM is more about changing organizational culture than a technical implementation"