Last weekend I was in the Dominican Republic to speak at the PMI Congress there. I had never been to the D.R. before this trip, and the whole experience was wonderful. The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana was the best conference venue I’ve ever experienced.
There were 10 nations represented, and I was able to reunite with friends from Panama, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, and the USA (Luis, Eunice, Isis, Barbie, Pedro). By the time I left, I had many new friends from the DR, Argentina, Ecuador, and the USA (Angela, Miriam, Edgar, Alejandro, Sabrina, Marc, Andy, Jonathan, Liliana, Ana, Carlos, and many, many others) to add to that list.
My talk was on the Alpha Study of project managers, and during the Q&A session that followed, the PMI Region Mentor from Panama suggested that we replicate that study with a group from Latin America. This is a tantalizing proposition and one that is going to get a lot of consideration in the coming days.
Another note about the D.R. From the moment I landed, it seemed like they really wanted visitors. There was even a live band playing in customs. I have been in many places in Latin America, but I cannot recall any so overtly welcoming and friendly.
Kudos to the Dominican PMI Chapter for a highly successful and well-organized congress. I’m already missing the sand and the sea.