Meeting/Event Information

North Meeting: The Tao of Everest

May 08, 2012
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Strack Farms - Banquet Hall
5707 Louetta Road
Spring, TX 77379

We have streamlined the registration process. Click on "Register Now", you will have the opportunity to register to the pre-dinner meeting and/or the dinner meeting.

The pre-dinner meeting remains free to attend. 


Meeting Agenda

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm     Pre-dinner Speaker Presentation

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm     Networking, Dinner Opens, Chapter Announcements

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm     Dinner Speaker Presentation


Pre-Meeting Presentation:

In today’s talk, “The Paradox of Planning” Rashid will describe the paradox associated with project planning and will offer an eclectic set of options for coping with this paradox—all ideas originating from the many books he has read.

Speaker: Rashid N Kapadia, PMP is presently a manger of service projects in Wärtsilä North America. He leads a team of project managers.

He started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from a shipyard marine engineering apprentice to becoming a licensed & degreed chief engineer in charge of engine rooms of all kinds of ships.

Born & raised in India, Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency.

In the US, Rashid has worked for 3 organizations providing leadership and managerial roles in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development.







Dinner Presentation:

The Tao of Everest

Triumph, tragedy, storms and summits. Embark on an emotional and uplifting storytelling experience to the top of the world (…..twice!)

As the first rays of dawn crept across the Tibetan plateau Ian Woodall stepped on to the summit of Mount Everest and into history, one of a select few to have climbed the world's highest mountain by both its south and north sides.

During his first ascent from the south Ian's team were trapped at 24 000ft in the worst storm in Everest history which claimed the lives of eight fellow climbers. After the trauma and tragedy of the storm Ian and his team nevertheless chose to try again, finally reaching the summit as the only ones left on the mountain.

Two years later while attempting the north side of Everest Ian stopped only a few hundred metres below the summit to try and help a dying American climber. The woman's first words were, Don't leave me'. Yet ultimately Ian had to leave her to secure the safety of his own team.

Nine years later Ian returned to 26 000ft on the north side of Everest to bury the woman he had been forced to leave behind. After wrapping her in the Stars & Stripes he slid her gently down the North Face to join her beloved husband lying somewhere below.

Now, using the power of emotional storytelling, Ian brings the triumphs and tragedies of climbing Mount Everest directly to his audience in a funny, poignant story of personal inspiration and practical leadership.

The Tao of Everest Feedback

‘Educational, inspirational, passionate, gripping, and enjoyable! Thank you for doing a wonderful job and engaging in great conversations with our attendees.’ Ed Breclaw, President/Owner, Executive Forums, Chicago West

‘Four stars - a remarkable story’ @ The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

‘You were wonderful. I've had more great feedback on this meeting than any other I've been involved in. It was inspiring.’ Susan Barnes, Public Relations Society of America, Nashville

‘Thought provoking, funny, and at some points incredible.’ Bob Davidson, Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

‘Funny, exciting, and truly inspirational’ NHS Trust

‘Incredible job! Thanks for providing my chief executive clients with a true experience.’ Bill McIIwaine, Renaissance Executive Forums, Atlanta

‘Insightful, entertaining, emotional and challenging’. Scottish Institute for Business Leaders

‘Wonderful way of sharing leadership practices.’ Surrey Chamber of Commerce, London, England


Dinner Meeting Speaker: 

Ian Woodall

Ian was born in England, but then spent twenty-two years in South Africa, before returning to the UK. Before embarking on his Everest expeditions Ian worked as a school teacher, an internal auditor, a restaurant owner & head chef, as well as serving as an officer in the British Army. Ian now works as a conference speaker using his Mt Everest experience (The Tao of Everest) to promote the values of personal inspiration and practical leadership.


Professional Development Units (PDU) for PMI certified professionals:

There are no specific PDU codes for events that award up to 2 PDUs. This meeting awards 1 PDU. Below is the procedure for getting credit for this event towards your PMP/PgMP recertification:

• Log in using your Username and Password
• Select Report PDU
• Select PDU category CAT A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component Event
• At Activity Type click Report a 1-2 PDU Event
• Click Next
• Enter Provider Number: C012
• Click Search
• Click on C012
• Answer the questions about the chapter meeting
• Click Next
• Enter the total number of PDUs you earned by attending the chapter meeting.
• Click Next
• Review the data you've entered and if correct, click the box indicating "I agree this claim is accurate"
• Click Submit
• Print a copy for your records

Note: If attended both, pre-meeting and dinner presentations, please submit a claim for 2 PDUs. Enter "PMI Houston Monthly Meeting" as the Activity Title.

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