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December Chapter Meeting and Dinner Keynote by Joseph Gildner - Sound Transit. PMI Project of the Year 2017 Finalist

December 07, 2017
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main St.

Please join us for Puget Sound PMI's year-end (Q4 - 2017) Chapter Dinner Meeting and the featured keynote for the evening presented by Joseph Gildner, Executive Project Director, Sound Transit. Joe heads the University Link Light Rail Extension project for Sound Transit, a PMI Project of the Year 2017 Finalist.

The pre-dinner keynote by Rachel Theriot and the team of PSPMI CARES program. Rachel will talk about Project Management in the Not-for-profit Sector.

Dinner keynote

PMI Project of the Year 2017 Finalist:

University Link Light Rail Extension (Sound Transit)

by Joseph Gildner, Executive Project Director, Sound Transit

According to TomTom, a navigation and mapping company, Seattle is the fourth-worst city in the United States in terms of time commuters are stuck in traffic. As a result, the city needed to expand its light rail system to reduce rising traffic congestions. The project would require tunneling for 3.2 miles (5 kilometers) under a densely populated city without disturbing life above ground. Crews needed to carefully calculate how much stress, weight and vibration surrounding buildings and roadways could handle – or risk watching them collapse.

The project team managed risks by prioritizing them based on their potential impact to cost and schedule. Monthly reviews helped keep the project on track. The rail line opened six months ahead of schedule and US$200 million under the budget of a total budget of $1.8 billion.

View a video about the project here.

Find out more about PMI Project of the Year Award here.


Pre-dinner keynote

Rachel Theriot has worked as a project manager since 2004 across industries including finance, advertising, government, and travel. She has volunteered with PMI Cares since summer 2017 working closely with ARC of King County, a local non-profit providing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her work with them has included process mapping and project management training in order to create clear roles and lines of communication across all departments and reduce overhead costs.

Rachel is currently Assistant Director of Special Projects at GCG, a legal services company. She lives in southeast Seattle with her husband and aging parents and spends her free time running, gardening, and cooking.


“Project Management in the Not-for-profit Sector”

 by Rachel Theriot and PSPMI CARES team

Rachel and team of PSPMI CARES will present an engaging talk about the challenges and opportunities for project management within the tremendous, Puget Sound Not-for-profit community of organizations. The CARES organization of PSPMI builds skills, structure, disciplines, and productivity in this community. The resulting benefits for the Not-for-profit organizations, the Puget Sound PMI organization, and the CARES volunteers will be explained.


Tentative Agenda:

  • 5:30 - Mixer - No Host Bar with an appetizer buffet.
  • 5:30 - Pre-Dinner Keynote (1 PDU)
  • 6:30 - Dinner guest seating
  • 6:45 - MC provides chapter announcements and welcomes speaker
  • 7:15 – Dinner Keynote (1 PDU)
  • 8:15 - Q&A & Raffle. Other details coming soon!
  • 9:00 - Dinner program concludes


  • Appetizers at 5:30 pm
  • Dinner at 7:00 pm.

Parking: Free parking at Red Lion, Bellevue

PDUs 1 + 1

Notice of Photography and Liability Waiver:

Notice of Photography and Liability Waiver: By signing up or entering a Project Management Institute, Puget Sound Chapter (PSPMI) event or program, you agree to a Photography and Liability Waiver.  Read the full Notice here.


$40.00 Member General Admission (advance registration)
$45.00 Member General Admission (at the door)
$35.00 Earlybird rate before December 1

$50.00 Non-member General Admission (advance registration)
$55.00 Non-member General Admission (at the door)
$45.00 Earlybird rate before December 1