March 2018 Lunch & Learn

March 06, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
4800 Manor Rd, Bldg K
Austin, TX 78723

When: March 6, 2018
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM (1 hour, 1 Leadership PDU, Self-Report)

Location:  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, 4800 Manor Rd, Bldg K, Austin, TX 78723

Parking: Parking is often tight. Please do not park in therapist spots in front of our neighbor, The Rise School, designated with cones. You will also be unable to park behind the gates at the Children’s Shelter next door.

PMI Austin Chapter is always looking for new local charities to host our Lunch & Learn sessions. If you know of any charities to highlight, please email our Lunch & Learn Committee Chair, Renee Adair, at

Registration:  $15 (Price includes lunch and your PDU credit) 
Lunch will be provided. Online registration and payment only; no payments will be accepted at the event. 


Presentation Title: Conflict Resolution: A Strategy of Respect and Empathy—with Examples from History

Given the imperfections of man, and the limits of reason, human conflict is inevitable.  In this talk Rashid will video-review how world leaders, giants of history, harnessed—and failed to harness—respect and empathy to prevent inevitable conflict from escalating to war. The presentation will focus on two options available to all leaders, project leaders, project managers and citizens.

  1. Respect your—d
  2. Empathize with your enemy.

Some world leaders routinely and skillfully harness these powers to do the world and their countries a great service. Similarly, project leaders can routinely and skillfully harness the power of respect and empathy to do their project teams & stakeholders a great service.

Public Speakers routinely use the “Tell a Story: Make a Point” communication technique. Today Rashid will alter this formula to “Show a Video Story: Reveal a Point.”

From this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Appreciate anew the idea / concept of “Respect Your Enemy”.
  2. Appreciate the strategic advantage of “Empathize With Your Enemy”.


About the Speaker: Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP

Rashid N Kapadia, PMP

Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers”. 

Born and raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer. 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, over 14 years, he worked for three organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering and operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development. In 2014 he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills. In 2015, along with his wife Anahita, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc.

Rashid is an evangelist for “Public Speaking, & Storytelling” and for “Regular & Disciplined Reading”.  Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader—committed to reading 50 non-fiction books every year—and is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professions and solve problems. 


About the Charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Antonio

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas helps children succeed in life by providing them with caring adult mentors who offer guidance, friendship and support to each child. In 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters provided 60,000 hours of mentoring to approximately 1,000 children in Central Texas. More than 98% of our Little Brothers and Sisters stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting last year. Children enrolled in our program also attend college at rates that are higher than the national average for their peers. Visit our website.


About the Food: Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery CafeFood is being provided by Corner Bakery Cafe in the Arboretum, 9761 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759, 512.777.4250. Learn more at:






$15.00 Attendee