Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies For Success

Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies For Success


Valli Swerdlow, MSW

VALLI Associates

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Is it just me or have you ever wondered whether the media’s coverage of these two groups in corporate America, introverts and extroverts, is accurate? It seems to be slanted, portraying extroverts in a more positive light, being sought out as leaders, being included in statements such as the “sky is the limit” and “shoots for the stars”, and being what most people should strive toward. The term introvert has been depicted in more negative terms; someone who wants to close his or her door to the world, use solitude to problem solve, is nerdy and not as promote-able nor eager to attain notoriety. For example, have you ever met an extrovert whose goal was to become an introvert? I haven’t. How about an introvert wishing to become more extroverted? Yes, that I have heard of. Yeah, yeah, it sounds simple and you probably heard it before that the terms “introvert” and “extrovert” describe where a person gets their energy. Introverts re-energize by being alone and extroverts by being with people. But perhaps those descriptions are too simple and don’t tell the whole story. As professionals we say that we want to encourage creativity, innovation, and inspiration. How can this be done unless we understand each other’s strengths and build upon them? How can we encourage communication within these two groups and foster an environment where we can work together and be on the same page? If you answered yes, or agree with any of the statements above, then this workshop is for you! The presentation will cover:
  • Why it is important to identify whether you are an “introvert” or an “extrovert” and how it affects our working relationships with one another and influences your corporate culture
  • How self-awareness can take you to the next level in your profession and feel more confident that your style and strengths will be an asset to you as well as in your career path
  • Techniques for networking, interviewing for a new position, or moving ahead and growing within your current company or organization
Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:


Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting. at 5:30pm.
Special Instructions

Preregistration is required at this PM Tools session. To ensure adequate space for our guests, we began requiring preregistration and a small fee for PM Tools in October 2011. We do accept walk-in registrations at the time of the event if space becomes available.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speakers

Valli Swerdlow, MSW

VALLI Associates
Valli Swerdlow, MSW, is the BABY VOOMER™ Career & Personal Brand Coach. Valli partners with boomer leaders—in the public and private sector—to make both mindful and heartfelt career transitions that will have an enduring impact on their lives and communities. She leverages her entrepreneurial spirit and colorful perspective to inspire her clients to achieve vantage, vitality, and victory. As a Reach-Certified Personal Branding Strategist with certification in Leadership and Executive Coaching from the University of Rochester, Valli’smission is to help her clients make the most of their passions and strengths as well as assist them in increasing their visibility to achieve their goals. Whether her clients are seeking mobility in their current organization or want to pursue their talents elsewhere, she quickly gains trust and creatively empowers them to pursue more rewarding work. She offers her services nationwide by phone and Skype and in her Washington D.C.-area office. With sensitivity to individual differences, Valli draws from her extensive career development "artist's box" including:
  • Proven career development and strategic planning methodologies;
  • A variety of 360° Leadership and reputation assessments; and,
  • Meyers-Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory.
After developing expertise over 11 years in international talent management with small-to-Fortune 500 corporate clients, Valli founded Valli Associates in 2008. Prior to that she enjoyed a career as a visionary designer/entrepreneur before earning her M.S.W. in Clinical and Family Therapy from Boston University and working as a clinical therapist for several years.Valli is a member of the International Coaching Federation and serves as a mentor at Women in Technology.

About the PM Industry Insights

PM Industry Insights is PMIWDC's workshop series that addresses the practical aspects of Project Management.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, etc. 

Both PM Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to certified PMPs. Continued certification as a PMP requires the accumulation of these valuable credits and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to obtain both the important training and the educational credit associated with it.

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