February 2014 Crystal City Dinner

February 2014 Crystal City Dinner

Strategic Thinking for Today’s Project Managers


Kris Reynolds, PMP

Project Management Practice Leader
The Persimmon Group

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Today’s project leaders need to dig out from the day-to-day minutia and break free from the conventional ways “we’ve always done it” and spend more time thinking about leading our teams into the future. This session allows PMs to step back from the trees to see the forest and lays the foundation for better strategic thinking within project teams, departments, and overall organizations. Participants will abstract out concepts to develop a long-range strategy to take back to their teams and organization.

This session is designed to help participants change their focus from day-to-day issue management to a long-term, strategic perspective. The session involves the use of case studies and real-world examples that encourage non-linear thinking and help participants “look around the corner.” Furthermore, participants will not only have a chance to implement the strategic thinking tactics, but also develop a collective sense of ownership of the company’s strategic direction.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • How to make strategic decisions amidst uncertainty
  • Understand the symptoms of the Circle of Habit and how to break free
  • Learn techniques for analyzing and justifying strategic decisions at all levels of an organization
Event Location

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA, 22202

Agenda and Cost:
Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $50
Non-members: $60
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
Special Instructions

How to Get There: Metro: The Hyatt Regency is just under a mile walk from the Crystal City Metro. Driving: The Hyatt offers a $13 discounted parking rate on valet parking. There are also several public parking garages in the area.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


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

Team Building

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

About the Speakers

Kris Reynolds, PMP

The Persimmon Group
Project Management Practice Leader

Kris Reynolds is the Project Management Practice Leader for The Persimmon Group and is a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). As part of the leadership team for TPG, he is responsible for the project and program management, business architecture, and analysis services. His areas of client focus include leading large, strategic programs for companies, consulting on project management best practices, developing custom methodologies, providing hands-on coaching to project managers, performing project audits, and conducting tailored learning events in a variety of industries.
Kris has been recognized for his work in setting up Project Management Offices and was listed among the top 25 Outstanding Organizations for his work on TV Guide’s PMO in 2008. He earned two Bachelors degrees (Economics and Business Administration) from Centenary College in Louisiana, and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Oklahoma City University. Kris is an active member of PMI Tulsa’s board, having served as President the past two years. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute’s Region 6 Best Practices Committee and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Kris currently is an Adjunct Professor of Project Management– Masters of Energy Business Program at the University of Tulsa.

Prior to joining TPG, Kris spent the past 6 years at Rovi Corporation (TV Guide) where he led the project management team around the deployment of the company’s Interactive Program Guide. Before his stint with TV Guide, Kris spent 7 years at NDC Health where he served in a myriad of roles for the healthcare company. He is a graduate of the 40th class of Leadership Tulsa and enjoys giving back to the community, most recently through the teaching of the Project Management for Youth Curriculum he created, to Tulsa middle school and high school students. Kris holds a National “C” license coaching certification and coached competitive soccer for many years before spending the last 6 coaching his daughter and son’s recreational teams.

About the Crystal City Dinner Meetings

PMIWDC holds dinner meetings periodically in Crystal City to provide an alternate metro-accessible location for those who can not attend the Fairview Park dinner meetings.

PMIWDC's Monthly Dinner meetings are held monthly in either the Fairview Park Marriott location or the alternate Crystal City location. Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer.

The presentations delivered before (PM Tools) and after (Keynotes) monthly dinner meetings are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. Each event will present specific learning points, 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. Both the PM Tools session and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to certified PMPs.

If this will be your first time attending a dinner meeting, be sure to read about the event schedule, costs, and cancellation policies.

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