Seattle’s Museum of Flight provided an exciting backdrop for the 2023 Inspiring Leaders Program, which took place on the first day of the Oct. 23-26 PMI23 Manufacturing Success Conference. Facilitated by Nicole Bianchi, the program, “Leading with Clarity and Tough Conversations,” explored being intentional as leaders and clear on leadership philosophy, setting expectations, building relationships, and having conversations that matter. The author of “The Five Tough Talks: How to Lead Brave Conversations for Exceptional Results,” Bianchi discussed how to build working relationships of accountability and engagement, thereby increasing productivity and results.

Now in its fourth year, this program draws from art, sports and other fields of endeavor to inspire participants to cultivate the creative skills we all have to become better leaders, innovators and teammates. This event has previously been held at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

Museum provided an inspiring backdrop

The museum features special aircraft and spacecraft exhibits, stories of courage, and beautiful views of Mt. Rainier. PMI Inspiring Leaders Program participants enjoyed the museum’s collection of more than 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences, and a world-class library. Attendees had access to an outside pavilion that features 20 rare and unique commercial and military aircraft from the 1930s to the present.

General questions about the program can be directed to PMI Director of Programs and Administration Jodi Stuhrberg at, 847-481-5500 ext. 107.