2017 August 10th Flagship Chapter Dinner & Transition Meeting

Thursday, Aug 10th, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Culver City
Speaker: Astronaut Rick Searfoss
Colonel, USAF Ret.
Topic: LIFTOFF! Purpose-Powered Leadership

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Human spaceflight demands trustworthy leadership, finely-honed team cohesion, adaptability, and the relentless pursuit of execution perfection. Likewise, mission success in any venture requires the same application of correct principles. Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Rick Searfoss will share these universal teamwork, leadership, and resilience principles in his multimedia keynote presentation Liftoff! Purpose-Powered Leadership.

Rick’s presentation is based on his “4 P Leadership Performance Balance” of Purpose, People, Perspective, and Program from his book Liftoff! An Astronaut Commander’s Countdown for Purpose-Powered Leadership. True leaders balance all these elements to get the job done, build their organizations, and uplift their followers. Rick draws on his extensive experience in fighter aircraft squadrons, flight test, the Astronaut Corps, and in the innovative, leading-edge “New Space” industry to deliver exciting stories and useful real-world lessons. Join the crew as we “get up off the planet” to gain a new perspective on leadership and teamwork for effective, resilient, and future-leaning organizations.



About the Speaker:
Colonel Rick Searfoss shares with only a handful of people in history the sublime joys of actually flying in space.  He commanded the most complex science research space mission ever, the STS-90 Neurolab flight on Columbia.  He also piloted two other space flights, including a joint Russian-American mission to the Mir space station.

Rick is active on the corporate speaking circuit as a high-content expert speaker on the topics of leadership, teamwork, and innovation (www.ricksearfoss.com).  His extensive leadership experience and work with some of the most innovative companies of the new millennium enable him to fulfill his mission of sharing the teamwork lessons of human space flight with business leaders worldwide.

Prior to becoming an astronaut Colonel Searfoss was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Air Force, with over 6200 hours flying time in 84 different types of aircraft.  A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, he also currently instructs Advanced Jet Handling and Upset Recovery for Flight Research Inc. in Impala Jet and Sabreliner aircraft. 

Colonel Searfoss graduated first in his class from the United States Air Force Academy in 1978.  He later earned a master of science degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology on a National Science Foundation Fellowship and completed USAF Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

His numerous awards include the Harmon, Fairchild, Price and Tober Awards as the number one overall, academic, engineering, and aeronautical engineering graduate in his USAF Academy class, Air Force Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit.


Event Cost:
(PMI-LA members must log into the PMI-LA website prior to registration to receive the member discounts)|

Early-Bird Registration through Tuesday, August 8th, 2017; 11:59 pm PST
$30 - PMI-LA Members
$35 - Non-Members

Beginning Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 12:00 am PST
$35 - PMI-LA Members
$40 - Non-Members

At the Door:
$40 - Members and Non-Members


Meeting Agenda:
5:30 PM - Registration Desk, Food Station & Bar Opens
6:15 to 6:45 PM - Chapter Announcements
6:45 to 7:45 PM - Featured Speaker Presentation
7:45 to 8:00 PM - Member Feedback
8:00 to 9:00 PM - Book Signing by Speaker & Networking Hour


Recruiters in Attendance:

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PMPs will receive 1.5 PDUs in Leadership


Location Information:
Courtyard by Marriott
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
2nd Floor, Studio Ballroom
Free parking at the Courtyard Marriot. Validate parking ticket at the registration desk.


Dinner Menu:

There will be vegetarian options.

  • Taco Bar
  • Thai Chicken Skewers
  • Spanakopitas
  • Mini Beef Wellingtons


Dinner Meetings can be canceled up until the Tuesday before the event with a $1 cancellation fee. You may also allow a friend or colleague to attend the meeting in your place. Because we owe the venue a guaranteed number by that Tuesday, any last minute cancellations are non-refundable. Should there be extenuating circumstances, please contact the board at BoD@pmi-la.org with the request and reason for cancellation.


Help Us Improve the Culver City Flagship Dinner Meetings:
Suggestions for improving the Culver City Flagship Dinner Meetings are appreciated. Please let us know if there are topics you would like presented and/or discussed. If you are interested in volunteering for the flagship chapter dinner meetings, please contact us! We have multiple positions available!!


Questions/Suggestions/Volunteer Inquiries:

Contact  Main.Meeting@pmi-la.org


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New Members Added 0
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CAPM® Members 37
PgMP® Members 1
PMI-SP® Members 1
PMI-RMP® Members 7
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PfMP® Members 3
PMI-PBA® Members 7
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