Holiday Dinner and Annual Membership Meeting featuring Gregory Balestrero

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Event Date
Start At : Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 7:00pm
End At : Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 9:00pm

PMIWDC's Holiday Dinner and Annual Membership Meeting

What Does Hope Look Like? The Next 40 Years


Gregory Balestrero

President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Management Institute


Location and Cost


5:30 PM - PM Tools
6:00 PM - Cash Bar & Networking
6:15 PM - New Member Meet & Greet
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Guest Speaker
9:00 PM - Adjourn


Sheraton Premiere at
Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA


Corporate table for 10: $500
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60

About the Presentation:

In the worst of times, we sometimes look around us and see only problems. This slows our progress as a profession, as a nation, and as a global community. Instead, let us ask ourselves “If we could visualize hope, what would that look like?” Certainly confidence is abundant today for our profession, when we look at the progress we have made in the last 40 years. Though the world is not a perfect place, great prosperity has been brought to many corners of the world.

There is no doubt that the maturity and growth of project, program and portfolio management has been instrumental in helping the world achieve this prosperity. However, does this confidence translate to HOPE, in light of the challenges that our global community will face over the next 40 years?

When we look around us today, do we have hope that our profession can bring us to a new level of prosperity and sustainability?

About the Speaker:

Gregory Balestrero, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Management InstituteGregory Balestrero

Gregory Balestrero spends more than 200 days a year traveling around the world as the chief ambassador for advancing the profession of project management on behalf of PMI. A featured speaker at international CEO events such as Economist, Business Week and Forbes forums and the Bo’Ao economic summit, Mr. Balestrero delivers powerful messages about the importance of project management in achieving success in today’s global business environment. Mr. Balestrero has represented PMI at special events in more than 30 countries throughout the world. He is quoted frequently in national and international media and has appeared as a guest on news and business television, including CNBC, BBC World and Sky News.

Mr. Balestrero joined PMI in 2002 with nearly 30 years experience in executive-level association management. An industrial engineer by training, Mr. Balestrero has extensive experience overseeing administrative, financial and internal affairs for and more professional associations. Under his leadership, PMI membership has tripled, and holders of project management credentials has increased from 50,000 to more than 370,000.

From 1994-2002, he served as executive director of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), an organization or construction professionals in non-residential building construction, based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. He previously held the position of executive director at the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Mr. Balestrero served as the 2003-2004 Board Chairman of the Greater Washington (District of Columbia, USA) Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) and an active member and former president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). Mr. Balestrero also is a member of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a current member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), where he served on the Board of Directors for ASAE’s Center for Association Leadership (CAL) through 2006; the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also a member of The Thought Leadership Advisory Council for the CAL.

Mr. Balestrero was honored with a fellowship in the World Academy of Productivity Scientists and was inducted into Alpha Pi Mu, an industrial engineering honor society, as an honorary member. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and he is a U. S. Army veteran.

His recreational interests include sailing, motorcycling and backpacking. Mr. Balestrero has been married to his wife, Frances Higgins, for 30 years.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)
The world’s leading project management organization, PMI shares knowledge with nearly 500,000 members and credential holders in 185+ countries. Since its founding 40 years ago, PMI has impacted more than one million practitioners, businesses, governments, students and training organizations. Today, PMI’s products and services range from world-class standards for project, program and portfolio management to five professional credentials, including the gold standard Project Management Professional (PMP®). PMI’s exclusive Global Corporate Council and European Corporate Networking Group engage large multinationals and government organizations in endorsing the value of project management. The only project management association with an established academic research program, PMI has invested more than US$14 million in support of dozens of research projects since 1997. Learn more at

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