November Dinner Meeting - The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center - Register before 8PM on 2 November to avoid $10 late fee

November 07, 2018
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
4535 Commerce Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Join us for an evening of learning, networking and socializing on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.  Register before 2 November at 8:00 PM to avoid a $10 late registration fee.

Presentation Overview:

Data Science in Business Projects: Get it – Got it – Good?

Like the air we breathe, data is all around us. They hold in common a natural aspect of helping us do the things we need to do. Data science is the process of turning data into actions and supporting decision makers in their roles. This presentation aims to provide project managers with an understanding of what Big Data is, the types of people they can team with to gain insights from data and ways to improve communicating those insights with decision makers and leaders. Anyone seeking to answer questions through data has an opportunity to learn about freely available resources and some techniques for harnessing the insights of data in ways familiar to a project manager.


  • Data: an endless source of information that exists inside and outside the enterprise. A look at Big Data and the reasons it poses such a challenge.
  • Data Science: the techniques and the people. A summary of how data is used in business and a glimpse into the various dimensions of a data science team
  • Data Storytelling: the visual and the verse. Turning data into actionable insights by communicating relevant answers to management questions


  • Understand key characteristics of data science in a business context
  • Describe the range of skills data science professionals provide to projects
  • Appreciate the various ways of using data science for decision making

Jay Gendron 

Jay Gendron, a Data Scientist with USAA, will present “Data Science in Business Projects: Get it – Got it – Good?” at the November Dinner Meeting. Jay is a machine learning and SQL developer, an award-winning speaker, a speaker at George Mason University, and a mentor to data science graduate students. 

Mr. Gendron is a business leader and algorithmic creative on a quest to show how good questions and compelling visualizations make analytics accessible to decision makers. He has served as a data scientist in various industries including software development, management consulting, national defense, and financial services. He also served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years as a program manager, educator, and operations research analyst.

Jay holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, an M.S. in Management of Technology from the National Technological University, a Masters in Operational Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and graduate certificates in Chief Information Officer and IT Program Management from the National Defense University. Jay is the author of the book Introduction to R for Business Intelligence and “Transforming Governmental Data Science Teams in Future” in Federal Data Science.

Meeting Details

  • Parking: Use the parking garage off Market Street, decks 3 and above to avoid a fee, and take the elevator to The Westin lobby on the ground floor.
  • Registration and the cash bar opens at 5:30 PM with time to network with colleagues and learn about one another in our regional professional organization.
  • A plated dinner will begin between 6:15 and 6:30 PM with some brief chapter business and introductions. Menu: chicken entree, starch and vegetable, salad, bread and dessert.  Coffee, tea, and water. ***Vegetarian and special meals due to dietary restrictions will be available upon request by noting your preference in the Special Instructions and Comments block while registering.  These meals cannot be guaranteed if member or guest does not register at least one week prior to the meeting.***
  • At approximately 7 PM we will turn our focus to the featured presentation.

PDUs Available 

  • 1 Category A PDU for Certified PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP or PMI-SP, which the chapter will log for you
  • Up to 1.5 PDUs for networking prior to the start of the meeting that you log yourself
  • Up to 1.5 PDUs if you volunteer to help with registration that you also log yourself

We look forward to seeing you there! Registration will close the Monday before the event at noon.  Late registration begins at 8:00 pm, the Friday before the event. 

*** Due to contracts with hotels and conference centers and the requirement to provide advanced notice on the number of attendees so they can order the correct amount of food, once you have registered, there will be no refunds. ***


$40.00 Non-Member Registration
$50.00 after 08:00 pm November 2

$0.00 Ranzy Gammal Scholarship Donation

$30.00 Member Registration
$40.00 after 08:00 pm November 2