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FLAGSHIP | Superior Project Manager - What It Takes

Leadership = Power Skills

PMI-LA Social Impact Kickoff Presentation and activity (Snack packs for the Downtown Women's shelter) followed by speaker David Shostak who will provide information on what it takes to go from a fair Project Manager to becoming a genuinely superior Program Manager.  With 40 years of technical Program Management experience, David has strategic business management insights to inspire and improve your leadership capabilities.

Learning Objectives:

The attendees shall gain a deep understanding of the emotional side of program management, not just having PM knowledge but how to use it as a leader.

  • Dealing With People and Going from Fair to Superior Manager
  • Leadership - What You Need to Consider
  • What Distinguishes a Superior Project Manager From a Fair One
  • What Makes a Superior Project Manager Succeed

Speaker: David Shostak


David Shostak is a world-class senior program manager with versatile and dynamic leadership team building, interpersonal, and team motivation skills. He has led every aspect of high technology programs, engineering, marketing management, business development, and system engineering programs. He has over 40 years of experience in many diversified technical fields. A developer of program plans, market strategy, analysis, marketing roadmap development, and documentation for product plans. He has presented to senior business executives, government officials, and three-star generals. Mr. Shostak has focused on worldwide product launches, including interaction with European, Mideast, and Asian counterparts.

Mr. Shostak is one of the fathers of GPS for vehicle navigation. He led a team of people, drove handheld consumer products to market, and made Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things List. Mr. Shostak also led the team for the first one-meter dish antenna for Hughes Aircraft, which later became the Dish TV antenna.

He is a highly accomplished professional and has authority in public speaking. Mr. Shostak wrote a book called "Project Management in the Real World…Explaining all the nonsense about Project Management in Plain English." His book is about real-world Project Management, People Skills, and Leadership.

David holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has been a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006 and an Accredited Training Partner (ATP) from PMI. He is an instructor for Caltech for Project Management, Advanced Communication, and System Engineering courses.


  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Networking
  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Chapter Highlight: Social Impact Initiative
  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM -  Dinner and Chapter Announcements
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Speaker Presentation and Q&A


  • Choice of:
    • Beef
    • Chicken
    • Vegetarian
  • All meals served with rice pilaf and salad
  • Dessert
  • Soft drink



A total of 2 PDUs will be awarded to the attendees, with the following breakdown:

  • 1.0 PDU - Power Skills 
  • 0.5 PDU - Ways of Working
  • 0.5 PDU - Business Acumen 

No further action is required.


EARLY BIRD Pricing for Registrations BEFORE June 1, 2023, 11:59 PM (Deadline)

  • $35 for PMI-LA Members
  • $40 for Non-Members
  • $25 for Students and Military

Registrations AFTER the Early Bird Deadline

  • $45 for PMI-LA Members
  • $50 for Non-Members
  • $25 for Students and Military

Students & Military:

  • Contact vpprograms@pmi-la.org with your school or military ID number to receive a code for special pricing ($25) 


raffis-catering-and-banquet-logo.jpgRaffi's Catering & Banquet

3887 E Sierra Madre Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107

Raffi's Catering & Banquet


Face masks are optional. The Chapter will have some available should you feel more comfortable wearing one.


Free parking is available.

Questions, Suggestions, Volunteer Inquiries

Contact the Flagship Team at vpprograms@pmi-la.org 


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Postponement / Cancellation

Please refer to the Cancellation Policy section of the FAQ page

This event may be canceled or postponed by the Chapter, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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Type of category: Public Events (Programs, Career Dev and Membership Public Events)

Type of activity: Leadership = Power Skills , Technical = Ways of Working, Strategy = Business Acumen

Date: June 8th, 2023

Hour: 5:30PM to 8:00PM

PDUs: 2


Members: $45.00

Non members: $50.00


Raffi's Catering & Banquet

3887 E Sierra Madre Blvd

Pasadena, California, 91107

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