SHOOT FOR THE MOON! An Unusual Eyewitness Account of America’s Premiere Project Management Achievement

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! An Unusual Eyewitness Account of America’s Premiere Project Management Achievement


Terry Schmidt, PMP, MBA, SMP


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Register TODAY to hear inspiring insights about one of the most remarkable project management success stories of the 20th century. In addition, Monthly Dinner meeting attendees will have a chance to win one of our exciting Raffle Prizes: a River Expeditions Vacation Package for 4 ($600 value) OR a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium ($200 value)! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in. The first 100 attendees will receive an additional raffle ticket - increasing your chances to win!

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July 16th marks the 50th anniversary of America’s greatest technology triumph of the 20th century – landing men on the moon. Terry Schmidt’s signature keynote (featuring audience participation) is a powerful, historical, and uplifting story of the Saturn Apollo moon landing project.

Terry Schmidt, PMP and president of, enjoyed a unique vantage point and played an unusual role in that achievement. This colorful presentation blends history, technology, geo-politics, program management, and meeting with inspiring heroes into an entertaining and educational story.

Terry’s desire to be a “Rocket Man” began in grade school when he was inspired by JFK’s moon-landing declaration. As a freshman, he became famous for launching guppies into “inner space”, then pursued an aerospace engineering degree. During a NASA summer internship, he shared a life-changing moment with Dr. Wernher von Braun, the visionary German scientist who lead the American space program.

You’ll be amused by how Terry hitchhiked cross country with a sleeping bag to witness the liftoff of at Cape Canaveral and gained press credentials representing an underground hippie newspaper. His night-before-launch conversation with Walter Cronkite will inspire.

Learn about the role that project management played in this bold undertaking. You’ll recall your own life journey and the path of your profession. The take-away message is to commit to your own Shoot-for-the Moon projects.

Experience the tension, excitement, and drama of this historic launch as everyone counts down aloud with Terry, accompanied by dramatic footage and the roar of the rocket.

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

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: 

About the Speakers

Terry Schmidt, PMP, MBA, SMP

Terry Schmidt is a recognized expert in strategic thinking, planning, project management and leadership development. Terry brings 35 years of global strategic experience as a trusted advisor to public and private sector organizations in 38 countries worldwide. A dynamic thought leader with deep expertise in transforming business through strategic project management, Terry has helped hundreds of organizations – government agencies, national research labs, and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries – achieve their business goals with outstanding results.

Mr. Schmidt began his career as a strategic planner for the Secretary of Transportation in Washington. He then became a management consultant and has assisted virtually every federal agency with project design and evaluation. He is founder of, and his past clients include Boeing, Symantec, eBay, DirecTV, Blizzard Entertainment, Northrop-Grumman, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Federal Reserve Board. He currently works extensively with the U.S. national research laboratories.

A respected thought leader, master seminar leader, and dynamic keynote speaker, he is a PMP and was the fourth person in the world recognized as a Strategic Management Professional (SMP) by the Association for Strategic Planning. Mr. Schmidt is a Logical Framework pioneer and author of Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams (Wiley, 2009), the definitive book on applying the Logical Framework Approach. A dynamic keynote speaker and master seminar leader, he has taught nearly 25,000 professionals in executive programs at UCLA, MIT and elsewhere. The author of seven management books, Terry earned his Aerospace Engineering BS from the University of Washington and his MBA from Harvard.

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 third 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).

Please note: At this time, all PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are virtual due to COVID-19. Please visit the event calendar for upcoming dates and details. 

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