POSTPONED: Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute

POSTPONED: Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute


James R. Snyder

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

To understand the project management professional of 2015 and beyond, requires an understanding of how we have matured and changed from the project schedulers and planners of the 1960's. Where did we come from and how did PMI play a role in building a new profession? A look back at the people, places, and environment will not only tell us about our history but will help us to understand where project management may be headed and how you can influence that direction.

This presentation aims to put you back in the 1960's, to help you understand the motivation for the founding of PMI and to give you a look at the time and people. With this bit of history as a backdrop, we will then take a look at what the future may hold for the project management profession and PMI.

Please be prepared to ask questions and add your thoughts to the discussion.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:

This event has been postponed until Monday February 1, 2016. If this rescheduled date does not work for you, please contact us at with an alternative month you would like your registration transferred to, or if you would prefer a refund of your registration fee.

Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - PMIWDC Members Only Book Club Meeting
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

James R. Snyder

Mr. Snyder retired from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, now GlaxoSmithKline, in 1997 where his last assignment was Associate Director of Planning & Business Management, Strategic Product Development. Jim has 38 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical Industry in computer sciences, operations research, international marketing, marketing administration and international finance. He has been involved in developing and implementing business systems as well as using project management skill in a wide variety of international projects since 1964. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management form Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1961-1963 in the US and Germany.

He is a Founder of Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute, Volunteer Executive Director (1971-1984), President, Chairman of the Board, and continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He has been awarded the PMI Man of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. He received the 2010 James J O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling. Jim is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of PMI, the Pharmaceuticals Special Interest Group, and the College of Scheduling. As a member of the PMI Global Project Action Team (1999 - 2000) he work to help structure the Institute to meet the challenges of 2000 and beyond. He served as a member of the Publications Board of the Institute. The James R. Snyder Knowledge and Wisdom Center at PMI Headquarters is named in his honor. He has served as a member of the PMI Education Foundation Board of Directors and in January of 2006 he was recognized as Chairman Emeritus of the Educational Foundation. The PMIEF Student Paper Award is name in his honor. He is now serving as advisor and administrator to the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter.

Jim served as PMI’s Project Manager for the construction of the PMI World Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA. The building was completed and occupied on schedule and on budget. He was also the Project Manager for the second office building constructed in mid 2000 and occupied in January 2001. He headed the PMI-DVC education project to teach project management to selected Philadelphia and other area high school students. He has developed, and is leading, programs to implement project management programs in K-12 using project learning techniques to teach 21st Century Skills and Project Management.

In addition to his PMI work, Jim is an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA. He served as manager of the Capital Campaign for $1.2 million Church renovation and expansion and is Chairman of the Endowment Committee. He also serves as Treasurer of the church Nursery School. Jim is currently working as a volunteer with the Bethesda Project, in Philadelphia, planning the development and construction of a multi-story facility for the homeless. He has traveled extensively since the early 1970's expanding his interest in new places, fine restaurants, and great wine.

About the Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the second Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). Members and non-members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington, DC area has to offer.

The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


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