Running the American Odyssey Relay Race on the Legs of Project Human Resources Management

Running the American Odyssey Relay Race on the Legs of Project Human Resources Management


Dr. Eric G. Sikorski

Senior Program Analyst
Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Greensboro Station Conference Center, Curie and Drew Conference Rooms
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:

This session is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.

About the Presentation

The American Odyssey Relay (AOR) is a 200-mile, 2-day, 12-person team relay race that takes place every spring. The race adventure begins in Gettysburg, PA, making its way through beautiful wooded areas and small towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains, across the Mason-Dixon Line, through Antietam Battlefield then along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal before finishing along the harbor in Washington, DC. The race is difficult and often grueling with significant elevation changes, night running, cold temperatures and usually rain; all accomplished on little to no sleep. The most difficult part, however, is forming a team that is willing to endure 30 plus hours together in a van and keeping that team relatively happy, healthy and hungry (to win).

Using Project Human Resources Management as a framework, this presentation will focus on what it takes to get a team across the AOR finish line. The speaker will illustrate how the four Project Human Resource Management processes* can be applied to AOR in terms of defining team member criteria, forming the team, preparing the team for the race, and managing the team from training through the finish line. The speaker will draw upon his professional experience as a project manager, his academic background studying team shared mental models, and his passion for running to provide the audience a unique perspective on human resources management that can be applied in their current jobs as well as the hobbies that drive them.

Develop Human Resource Plan, Acquire Project Team, Develop Project Team, Manage Project Team

Special Instructions: 


In Tysons Corner, entries into parking from Hwy 7, near intersections of Westpark Drive or Greensboro Drive. Photo ID is required. Conference center can be directly and quickly accessed from the Metro's (Silver Line) Greensboro Station stop. Covered garage parking will NOT be validated as before, but parking is free in the above ground parking lot next to the building marked as 'Event Parking.'

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Presentation Archive: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

About the Speaker

Dr. Eric G. Sikorski

Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
Senior Program Analyst

Dr. Eric Sikorski is a Senior Program Analyst with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office in Alexandria, VA. He works with operational end users to identify requirements then oversees the development of training technologies to address those requirements for organizations such as the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State. Recent development efforts have focused on optimizing human performance for Special Operations and Law Enforcement personnel through such means as wearable devices, simulators, and elite athlete training methods. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University and has been PMP certified since April 2012.

About the Tyson's Corner Luncheons

PMIWDC holds free monthly luncheon meetings in Tyson's Corner, hosted by SAIC Corporation.

Bring your lunch, or visit the onsite cafeteria. PDU credits are be available for Project Management Professionals (PMPs).

Membership in PMI is not required, but all guests should pre-register to attend. 

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