T. Boone Pickens to Speak at Project Management Institute Global Congress 2009 - North America

    NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project
Management Institute (PMI), the leading association for project management,
announces T. Boone Pickens will be featured as the keynote speaker for PMI(R)
Global Congress 2009 - North America to be held 10-13 October in Orlando,

    T. Boone Pickens is one of the nation's most successful businessmen. He
founded the nation's largest independent oil company, Mesa Petroleum, and
later reinvented himself in his 70s as one of the most successful investment
fund operators with BP Capital.

    As North American dependency on foreign oil imports continue to rise,
gasoline prices further stress a sluggish economy, forcing the search for
alternative energy.  In his keynote address, Pickens plans to deliver a
comprehensive solution for what North America should do to decrease its
increasing reliance on foreign oil, which he calls a looming threat to
national security and the economy. He will offer open and candid responses to
audience questions about the country's dependence on imported oil while
providing details on how to dramatically enhance energy security.

    "Reducing our dependency on fossil fuel is not only the smart thing to do
from a North American cost standpoint.   Moreover, it's the right thing to do
from a global sustainability perspective," remarked Gregory Balestrero,
president and CEO of PMI. "This is especially critical to managers of all
types of projects.  The project manager of tomorrow must manage in an
environmentally and socially responsible way. T. Boone Pickens, who is never
shy about expressing his opinions on this subject, is sure to be an
enlightening and intriguing speaker at our annual North American event,"
Balestrero continued.

    CNBC has dubbed Pickens "Oracle of Oil" for his uncanny knack of
predicting oil price movements. His many professional honors include
membership in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the
Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In 1998, Oil & Gas
Investor listed him as one of the "100 Most Influential People of the
Petroleum Century." He was named one of world's 100 most influential people in
2009 by TIME.

    PMI(R) Global Congress 2009 - North America will take place at the
Gaylord Palms on 10-13 October.  Registration for the event is now available
online at
http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2009/TheCongress/Registration/.  In
addition to being a venue for project management education and networking,
PMI's Global Congress is a meeting point for experts and project practitioners
at all levels to discuss the most challenging project management trends. This
year's educational topics include: advanced project management skills,
communications, consulting skills, general business skills, government,
industry specific issues, new project management trends, professional
development, project management foundation skills, project management issues,
project management tools, research, sales/marketing skills and teaming.

    About PMI
    The world's leading project management organization, PMI shares knowledge
with nearly 500,000 members and credential holders in 180+ countries. Since
its founding 40 years ago, PMI has impacted more than one million
practitioners, businesses, governments, students and training organizations.
Today, PMI's products and services range from world-class standards for
project, program and portfolio management to five professional credentials,
including the gold standard Project Management Professional (PMP)(R). PMI's
exclusive Global Corporate Council and European Corporate Networking Group
engage large multinationals and government organizations in endorsing the
value of project management. The only project management association with an
established academic research program, PMI has invested more than US$14
million in support of dozens of research projects since 1997. Learn more at


For further information:

For further information: Pamela Green of the Project Management
Institute, +1-610-356-4600 x7030, Pamela.Green@PMI.org; or Kaycee Holmes,
Edelman, +1-214-443-7597, Kaycee.Holmes@Edelman.com, for the Project
Management Institute Web Site: http://www.pmi.org

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