January Dinner Meeting

6:00-7:00 pm: Check-in and Networking
6:30-8:00 pm: Dinner and Dessert Buffet
7:00-7:30 pm: Chapter Meeting and Announcements
7:30-8:30 pm: Main Presentation


Main Presentation:

Title: How to Start a Project Off on the Right Foot

Speaker: Afua Bruce

In this presentation, the speaker will discuss the what, why, and how of strategic planning – including gaining buy-in for the project, identifying stakeholders, and gathering requirements. The discussion will focus on setting a vision for a project and bringing project members together for a successful team dynamic. Attendees should come prepared to discuss techniques for team management and starting a project off on the right foot.


About the Speaker:

ABrucecroppedAfua Bruce has performed strategic and program management on science and technology projects throughout the Federal government. Earlier this year, she completed an assignment at the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy where she oversaw approximately 100 Federal inter-agency working groups covering a variety of topics in Science, Technology, Homeland and National Security, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education, Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability. She previously performed strategy and program management throughout the DOJ’s Science and Technology Branch, covering budget and personnel allocation, communication, requirements management, customer engagement, research and development prioritization, and the strategic planning process. Prior to joining the DOJ, Afua was a software engineer in IBM's Systems and Technology Group. Afua has a degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


Meeting Location:

Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910

Free Parking - Park in the garage under the hotel and get your parking ticket validated at the front desk before leaving.


Professional Development Units:
Quantity: 1.5 PDUs

CCR PDU Category:
1.5 - Strategic and Business Management

Registration Information:
Regular Price: $50 ($30 for students)

*Note: Students must enter the code STUDENT in the Coupon field when registering, and must show their student ID at the registration desk the day of the meeting.

Pre-register and pay online during the early bird registration period to receive a $10 discount on registration.  That is, students will only pay $20; non-students pay only $40.

Early bird registration ends at midnight on Wednesday, January 3. Online registration closes at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 9.

Benefits of registering in advance

  1. You receive a discount on registration if you register early enough
  2. You receive a pre-printed name badge at the meeting (makes networking easier)
  3. You are automatically entered into a drawing for a coupon for a free dinner meeting
  4. You can pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal account (only cash or check accepted at the door)

Cancellation Policy
There are no transfers or refunds for no shows. If you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the Sunday before registration closes, you can receive a full refund. If you contact programs after Sunday and before registration closes on Tuesday, you can request a transfer to another dinner meeting.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-10-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 01-10-2018 9:00 pm
Registration Start Date 12-14-2017
Cut off date 01-09-2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price $50 ($40 for early bird registration)
Location Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel
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