RESCHEDULED: How to Stop Herding Cats

RESCHEDULED: How to Stop Herding Cats

Leading Project Teams through the Chaos


Bill Fournet

President and CEO
The Persimmon Group

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Do you feel that managing your project team is like managing a herd of cats? Do you have people going every direction? Do you have accountability and control of the process and the team to ensure a successful project? Most project managers feel that they spend more time herding cats than actually leading the project. This presentation focuses on why this happens, and how project managers have gotten their “cats” under control.

Discussions include the impact of generational trends on project team management, team performance opportunities, and applying principled leadership and outcome-based techniques. Participants will learn effective techniques that will address project teams’ challenges, various communication approaches, and project leadership skills that have successfully improved team interaction and results. This informative presentation not only will motivate, but will also help project managers develop the skills to create a focused, disciplined team.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Identify and understand best practices for project team performance challenges—including work habits, drivers, and performance incentives
  • Apply Principled Leadership techniques to project teams
  • Develop Project Principles for your current project team
  • Understand effective collaboration techniques to improve team interaction and results
  • Bring focus to your team during crises
Corporate Registrations and Sponsorships: 
Event Location

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

Agenda and Cost:

Due to today's inclement weather, the Chapter dinner meeting has now been rescheduled for Thursday, January 30th. All registrations will be automatically transferred to this new date. Please notify us at either 703-683-4804 or if this new date does not work for you so that we can either transfer or cancel your registration.

Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet (Read More)
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


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

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.

Team Building

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

About the Speakers

Bill Fournet

The Persimmon Group
President and CEO

Bill Fournet is the President and CEO of The Persimmon Group, the management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Bill consults clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-sized businesses in various industry verticals, including energy, financial services, aerospace, telecommunications, government and human resources. Bill has helped enhance numerous Fortune 1000 organizations, including AT&T, IBM, Boeing, and The NORDAM Group.

Bill has been a project manager for 25 years in the IT, engineering, manufacturing, and business change areas.  He has led teams of more than 150 people and budgets totaling more than $2 billion dollars.

Bill is a sought-after speaker on Generational Diversity, Leadership and Project Management, who believes “we are in the midst of a great transformation.” From technology to generational issues, Bill analyzes where we have been and where we are now to help businesses understand the future of work. 

Bill, a member of the National Speakers Association, is a highly professional yet personable speaker whose youthful energy coupled with a matter-of-fact style has demanded repeat engagements from leading corporations and associations. His sought-after presentations feature a high-level of audience participation, and his shoot-straight-from-the-hip, no-nonsense approach to business is guaranteed to keep the crowd motivated and engaged.

Bill’s experience in managing high-performance teams has directly influenced the unique business philosophy and atmosphere that has created one of the leading small businesses today.  In 2011, The Persimmon Group was awarded the Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its success as one of the leading small businesses in America. The Persimmon Group was also named in 2011 to the Inc. 500/5000 list for the U.S. Fastest Growing Companies.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master`s degree from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the State of Oklahoma Governor’s Business Roundtable, a member of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, and member of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Metro Chambers of Commerce.  In 2010, he was named Small Business Person of the Year by Tulsa’s Metro Chamber of Commerce.  He currently serves as a Member, Board of Directors at Boy Scouts of America, Indian Nations. He is a two-time honoree for “Most Admired CEO” in Oklahoma. He currently resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife and three sons.

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).


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