April 20-21, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

The inaugural PMI CEO Thinking Forum Has been rescheduled for April 20-21, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Designed with the specific challenges facing the plumbing manufacturing industry in mind, the forum will be an interactive seminar exploring leadership philosophy, vision and imagination.

You are encouraged to join fellow CEOs and other c-suite executives in open roundtable discussions that will explore strategies to keep your companies and the plumbing manufacturing industry on a continual path to success.

Emphasizing timeless leadership lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle ever fought in North America, the forum will provide new insights about how to lead a productive, innovative and empowered workforce. The experience will challenge you as an executive to consider how you function as a leader and give you the opportunity to write a personal leadership philosophy that will help set expectations for your team.

Target Audience

The forum is open to PMI member organization chief executive officers (CEOs) and other senior executives across departments including, but not limited to, administration, business development, finance, engineering, hardware & home improvement, human resources, manufacturing, operations, quality assurance, sale, and supply chain with the following position titles:

  • President
  • Co-President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Senior Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Managing Director

Educational Objectives

The workshop also will explore how to:

  • Influence culture to attract and retain top talent
  • Communicate intent to reduce the possibility of misinterpretation
  • Empower teams
  • Support innovation and creativity
  • Develop strong leaders for the future

Expert Facilitator – Ed Ruggero

Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg

The seminar will be led by West Point graduate Ed Ruggero, a leadership expert who has delivered leadership presentations at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School. Mr. Ruggero 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. He will lead a workshop that draws lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg, where field commanders made life-or-death decisions amid murky, ill-defined conditions, incomplete information, and high pressure.

Participants will receive a copy of Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Killer Angels” before the meeting. This dramatic work introduces key characters and lays out important aspects of the battle. In addition, participants will receive a copy of “The Leader’s Compass” by Ed Ruggero and Dennis Haley, which is the basis for the workshop.

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