Report from PMI Leadership Institute Meeting in Dublin 2011

Reported by Theofanis Giotis in Athens, Greece

From May the 6th to the 8th, 2011 the Project Management Institute (PMI®) held its PMI Leadership Institute Meeting at the Convention Center Dublin (CCD) in Dublin, Ireland. During this meeting 172 PMI Chapter leaders from all over the world gathered together before the beginning of the Global EMEA Congress 2011. Having attended ten+ Leadership Institute meetings, I would like to report on this one also.

This PMI Leadership Institute Meeting gave the opportunity for old PMI leaders to meet each other and meet also newcomers from PMI Chapters and Virtual Communities all over the world and to exchange experiences and lessons learned.

Three PM Forum International correspondents attended the PMI Leadership meeting in Dublin, including:

  • Theofanis Giotis, CEO of 12PM Consulting and President of PMI-GREECE
  • Olivier Lazar, Global Manager, Project Management Excellence at Altran, Vice President at PMI Switzerland Chapter
  • Alfonso Bucero, CEO of Bucero Consulting, PMI Component Mentor for EMEA Region, and immediate past president of the PMI Madrid, Spain chapter

The Leadership Institute Meeting Opening Session was co-ordinated by PMI President & CEO, Mark Langley and PMI Chair, Beth Partelton, PMP. After that, the keynote speech was delivered by David Taylor (pictured at right) on Friday from 14.00-15.00.
David Taylor is a recognized global authority on leadership and is author of the book "The Naked Leader".

The Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker was Gil Regev who is a Senior Researcher at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Knowledge Manager at Itecor, Switzerland. On Saturday afternoon during the Leader to Leader session, all participants were able to dialogue with PMI's Board of Directors.

On Sunday afternoon, the Leadership Institute Meeting ended with Closing Speaker, Brody Sweeney (pictured left), Entrepreneur and Author. Brody Sweeney founded the O'Brien's Sandwich Bar chain in 1988, and together with his management team built the chain to over 300 outlets in 16 countries. In 2005, he retired from the day-to-day management of the business to pursue a career in politics and in the 2007 General Election, stood for the Irish parliament. He is founder of the Camile Thai Kitchen Group, a small chain of Thai focused hot food delivery businesses.

On Friday and Saturday afternoon PMI has held two Networking Receptions where all PMI leaders has a great networking opportunity. At the following photo 3 out of the 4 PIGS with PMI VP Harry Stefanou.

Jose Pinto, President at PMI Portugal Chapter (Portugal)
Theofanis Giotis, President at PMI Greece Chapter (Greece)
Harry Stefanou, VP, Global Alliances and Decision at PMI
Padhraic Ludden, PMI Component Mentor (Ireland)