Interact with Fellow CEOs, C-Suite Executives at PMI CEO Thinking Forum

Designed with the specific challenges facing the plumbing manufacturing industry in mind, the inaugural PMI CEO Thinking Forum will be a two-hour interactive virtual program on April 21, 2021, exploring leadership philosophy, vision and imagination. The forum will offer industry leaders the opportunity to explore how Union and Confederate commanders made decisions amid changing, uncertain conditions that bear some similarities to what our industry is experiencing now.

Target Audience

The CEOs of PMI member companies have been invited to participate. Each CEO who cannot attend is asked to designate a member of their senior executive team to participate in their place.

Led by Leadership Expert Ed Ruggero

Emphasizing timeless leadership lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg, the forum will be facilitated by Ed Ruggero, a West Point graduate and leadership expert. He will lead a workshop that draws lessons from the battle and challenges you as an executive to consider how you function as a leader. By examining the leadership challenges facing commanders in the largest battle ever fought in North America, you will learn practical, usable lessons that will benefit your modern organization.

Ed Ruggero has delivered presentations at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School. He is a senior advisor and subject matter expert for McKinsey and Company. He has assisted clients including the FBI, CIA, New York City Police Department, Forbes, SAS Institute and CitiFinancial.

Educational Objectives

Participants will be provided a copy of Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Killer Angels" to read before the meeting. This dramatic work introduces key characters and lays out important aspects of the battle. The workshop will explore how to:

  • Make good decisions amid murky, ill-defined conditions, incomplete information and high pressure
  • Influence culture to attract and retain top talent
  • Communicate intent to reduce the possibility of misinterpretation
  • Empower teams
  • Support innovation and creativity in yourself and others
  • Develop strong leaders for the future

The PMI CEO Thinking Forum is more than a professional development opportunity – it’s a chance to renew relationships and dialogues with peers. The event will occur during a time when our nation will be emerging from under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic and profound political shifts in our society. Industry leaders will be in a position to lead their companies into a new time of change and healing.

Learn high-level leadership lessons that will be useful and powerful in the months and years ahead. Join us as we relive the Gettysburg experience and learn how to turn chaos into victory.

To learn more, contact PMI Association Manager Jodi Stuhrberg or CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole, or click the link below.