Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents


Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP

Consultant, Speaker, and Author
Anthony Reed, CPA PC

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

Event Date


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**Please note that the Industry Insights is a separate registration from the Dinner. To find out more information and to register for the Industry Insights, see here**

Did you know that there’s a direct link between managers and marathoners? They’re both Type T personalities. Managers are “mental” Type T’s. And marathoners are “physical” Type T’s. Type T personalities are thrill seekers.

Managers today are struggling to maintain morale while doing more with work with fewer monetary and human resources. This isn’t an easy task. Preparing for and completing a marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the problems and challenges faced by today’s business leaders. The presenter implemented a $12 million IT project for $2.6 million.
This presentation combines long distance running and racing strategies with business strategies to develop a method for achieving your personal and professional goals. The business strategies include project, change, time, and stress management techniques and business strategic planning. Surprisingly, there are lots of areas of overlap between distance running and business strategies.
While all certified marathons are the same distance, the dangers, terrain, altitude, and weather offer unique and varying challenges. You quickly learn that hills build character.

• Running up and down 3,600 steps during the Great Wall Marathon is like managing a 3,600-task project schedule.
• Fighting through the Antarctica Marathon’s bitter cold relates to setting realistic project goals and self-motivation.
• Encountering predators on Kenya’s Lewa SafriCom Marathon course is like managing project risks and mitigation.

Whether you’re in a high-pressured meeting or encountering predators on Kenya’s high attitude Lewa SafriCom Marathon course, you must be a fast thinker. Your options are limited. You must be able to react quickly to make critical decisions with limited information. The manager should weigh the advantages of a short-term sprint with finishing in the long run. You must become a marathoner, who successfully uses their knowledge to mentally and physically push towards new limits and comfort zones.
This presentation is based on the four components of the Achievement Equation. While we may have heard of these components, they have rarely been combined into a single, simple equation. Initially, it was thought that there wasn’t an equation, but a singular element. However, after examining failures, instead of successes, it became obvious that all four components were required for failure prevention.
This equation is multiplicative. Furthermore, the values assigned to the four components are binary. The values may be either zero or one. There is “no middle ground” or “half stepping.” Due to the multiplicative nature, the solution, called the Achievement Result, is either zero or one. If any of the components is less than 100%, the Achievement Result is never reached. That’s to say that the Achievement Result is either “all or nothing.”

During this presentation you'll learn to:
• Motivate yourself and your team members without a budget.
• Manage stress.
• Manage the negative, victim mentality.
• Embrace fear and risk to move outside your comfort zone.


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Event Location

Sheraton Tysons Hotel
8661 Leesburg Pike
Tysons, VA, 22182

Agenda and Cost:

Early Registration
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55

Late Registration (1 week before event and at the door)
Chapter Members: $50
Non-members: $60


5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - PMIWDC Book Club Meeting
5:15 PM - Networking & Cash Bar (goes until 7:00 pm)
5:30 PM - PM Industry Insights (goes until 6:20 pm)
7:00 PM - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:30 PM - Guest Speaker
8:30 PM - Adjourn

**Please note that the Industry Insights is a separate registration from the Dinner**

Special Instructions

Martha's Table

In keeping with PMIWDC’s mission, High Impact Community Leaders, we will be collecting Non-Perishable Food Donations for Martha’s Table, a local food bank, during this event. See here for additional information on acceptable donation items.

Bring a minimum of 5 pounds(~ 6 regular cans) and get a raffle ticket! 

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.


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

Team Building

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

Industry / Sector

Construction / Infrastructure

Construction, Utilities or other public works, Transportation, or related industries


Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP

Anthony Reed, CPA PC
Consultant, Speaker, and Author

Mr. Reed is an IT professional with over twenty-five years in management and executive posi-tions for various Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and large consulting firms. Some of the firms included Texas Instruments, Siemens, Motel 6, Ernst & Young, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The responsibilities included managing multi-million dollar departmental budgets and staffing blends of international, multi-generational, multi-cultural employees and consultants.

He’s been interviewed on television, radio, and webcast programs and featured in the business, travel, and sports sections of major newspapers and publications across the country. This includes the PMI Today, Dallas Morning News, Runner’s World, Southern Living, Ebony, and the Journal of Accountancy.

He holds two graduate degrees and two undergraduate degrees. He’s also taught collegiate business management, IT, accounting, and project management courses. He’s served on the Board of Directors for the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Thea-tre, the Dallas White Rock Marathon, and various local and international not-for-profit organiza-tions.

He has spoken at over 100 national and international business, leadership, project management, accounting, and IT conferences. He has five books and over fifty articles published. The articles have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation, Career Focus, and Runner’s World magazines. His book, entitled Finding the I in TEAM: Better Team Building Through Individual Building, focuses on building stronger team members. His latest book is Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons On All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success.

He’s completed over 120 marathons (26.2-mile/42.2K) on all seven continents and in 48 States. This included the frigid Antarctica, Kenya’s dangerous Lewa SafriCom, and China’s Great Wall Marathons. Fewer than 225 people in the world had achieved this goal. (By comparison, over 2,500 people have reached Mt. Everest’s summit, including over 500 in one year.) Subsequently, his journeys were chronicled in his book, Running Shoes Are Cheaper Than Insulin: Marathon Adventures On All Seven Continents.

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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