CPS DISTINGUISHED ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (July 28, 2018)

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Welcome

Welcome to the 2018 Annual Cameroon Professional Society Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center  in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The 2018 conference theme is: Professional Hacking: Innovative Career Collaborations. Professional Hacking speaks to maximizing the return on your professional efforts by going beyond the conventional. It involves deploying creative solutions to everyday professional challenges which in turn deliver disproportionate returns for your efforts.

It is a well-researched fact that career success is determined more by reputation, image, connections and exposure than it is by performance alone.  According to the very popular PIE Model, performance accounts for only 10% of professional success, while image and exposure makeup for 60% and 30%, respectively.  At this year’s conference, our mandate is to creatively unlock more tools that will allow us as Cameroonian professionals to masterfully maximize the return on our professional efforts.

We are excited about the exceptional line-up of panelists and the keynote speaker being curated to lead the conversations on best practices designed to show how to creatively hack through the professional landscape.

We firmly believe that the insights from these conversations will empower and connect attendees across all professional spectrums. We are bringing speakers who are passionate about professional development to meaningfully engage with each other and to foster partnerships that will lead to both personal, professional and ultimately national growth.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s CPS conference. In the meantime, continue to check back for updates and look out for more conference details such as speakers and look out for our local CPS events.

Sincerely,

2018 CPS Conference Planning Committee.

OUR 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DR. ACHA LEKE

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company (Johannesburg)

PAST PANELISTS

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company (Johannesburg)
Professor, University of GA
Senior Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Ethics and Compliance Director, GSK Africa
CEO of ACCEL
Health Economist, Cancer Prevention and Control, CDC
VP of Customer Experience & Marketing Technologies at Fidelity Charitable
Lead for Global Telecoms Contracts and Vendor Management & Secretary of The World Bank - IMF African Society
Senior Associate, ScottMadden, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
CEO, African Media Initiative
Aerospace engineer, Harris Corp

Panel Discussions

Debunking Cultural Norms and Confines

Like every country, tribe, association or group, cultural norms define and shape value systems; how success is measured in the African context flows from this order. This panel seeks to expose and analyze the cultural norms, practices, value tenets, social cues, verbal and nonverbal communication cues e.t.c. and how these affect and shape our understanding of professional success. Further, this panel questions some norms as we understand them to be and explores which should be further adopted, enhanced or abandoned within different professional practice areas.

Ignite Your Career-Be Your Town Crier

It is a well researched fact that career success is determined more by reputation, image, connections and exposure than it is by performance alone. According to the very popular PIE Model, performance accounts for only 10% of professional success, while image and exposure makeup for 60% and 30%, respectively. This panel will discuss how to ignite your career by being your best and most effective town crier and/or advocate. It aims to highlight necessary strategies to building your personal brand while growing diverse formal and informal networks.

Leadership Panel

These panelists will speak to how they were able to leverage the fact that they were “different” to be successful in their professions, despite the odds being being stacked against them. This panel will comprise of current and former executives who will discuss their experiences, how they creatively climbed up the professional landscape, and lessons learned to ease the ascent for the next generation.

African Success 2.0

From the advent/introduction of western education, success in the African context has typically been limited to careers such as medicine, law, engineering, nursing and accounting. With immigrant families, the pressure to succeed is even greater. This panel seeks to explore the opportunities that lie outside the confines of traditional success by discussing with people who defied the norms by taking the leap of faith and attained success outside the box.

Conference Planning Committee

Asst Brand Mgr, Procter & Gamble
SR. DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Years of Experience: 10
Associate Attorney at Doyle & Hassman, LLC
Years of Experience: 2
Consultant, Accenture LLP
Years of Experience: 3
Special Education Teacher
Years of Experience: 6
HSE Engineer, Fluor Corporation
Years of Experience: 7
R&D Design Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
Years of Experience: 1

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