Military Generals, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence, July 26, 2017

Event Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost: This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend. REGISTER HERE.

Networking 11:30 – 12:00
Presentation 12:00 – 1:00

About the Event

For many years, business schools have looked toward the military and its long leadership legacy to understand successful leadership methods. Senior level officers have always needed to be adept at managing shifting trends. In fact, a current military leadership program promises to foster agile and adaptive officers who can think critically and creatively. How have our military leaders leveraged these to be able leverage non-tangible attributes? This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.

Special Instructions:
  • Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered parking is available
  • Photo ID is required
  • Use 22nd Street entrance
PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:

About the Speaker

Susan Schwartz, PMP

The River Birch Group
Professional Coach and Management Consultant


Susan Schwartz creates collaborative project environments with a strong focus on team communications and milestone achievement. In full-time and consulting roles, she has managed technical systems implementations and documentation projects for public and private sector organizations. She is an adjunct instructor at George Mason University Office of Continuing Professional Education where she facilitates Project Management and Enterprise Leadership courses including an interactive, scenario-based program: Emotional Intelligence for Leaders. Schwartz is certified to facilitate and provide feedback for the EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence assessment tool. In her spare time, Schwartz is an active PMIWDC board member.

PMIWDC’s Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise. This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.


Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

MSPM in the KNOW: July 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 July

1-  Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. We have selected the two students who are awarded the free seats to the Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. For those who did not receive free registration this time, keep an eye for announcement on the blog for the next opportunity. Your student organization is also doing PMP Review study sessions. If interested, contact Phebean Williams at

2-  International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The MSPM Program is in need of a new delegate for the ISAB for FY17-18. This is a volunteer position ideal for an international student on campus. Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. Board members would meet once a month and help guide G&EE with programming and topics of discussion for international students. If interested, email with your resume by 21 July.

3- GW Fowler Career Center Update and opportunities with the United Nations. GW has transitioned from GWorkSB to a new online career platform called Handshake. The new platform allows you to access over 160,000 companies which is much more than GWorkSB offered. You will be able to customize your profile to receive relevant information based on your interest, experience and education.  Review the quick start quide via this link to set-up your profile.  Contact with any questions.

Interested in Career Opportunities with the United Nations? Check out the UN 360 and Young Professionals Programme:

UN 360. The program includes a semester-long series of site visits, roundtables, and workshops in Washington DC and New York City. Through this experience, students will deepen their understanding of the work of the UN and its partners, connect with professionals and alumni in the field, and explore career possibilities within these organizations. Deadline: 1 August. More info here.

United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations as international civil servants. Applications are now open!

MSPM in the KNOW: July 11, 2017

Top 3 for 11 July

1-  Two free registrations to Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course offered by the PMI Washington DC chapter. Registrations are regularly priced at $995. Courses will be offered on two weekends beginning Saturday, 22 July through Sunday, 30 July from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute  2677 Prosperity Ave., Suite 600 Fairfax, VA 22031.

If interested, submit the following by 13 July 2017 to Agnes Socrates (

  • Name, GWid, email and phone number
  • PMIWDC membership number
  • 300 word statement as to why you should receive the free registration

2-  Scholarships and Grants. Students who will be interning in unpaid internships this fall are encouraged to apply for the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program. The KACIF provides grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid. Check out the KACIF website if interested.

As posted last week, George Patton Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications for Fall semester. The scholarship will award a maximum of up to US$2,000 which may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals each time. To apply, go to:

3-  Job Opportunities. This week’s highlighted opportunities are listed below.

KNOWLEDGE IN ACTION FUND (KACIF), Application Due July 15, 2017


Students who will be interning in unpaid internships this fall are encouraged to apply for the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program. KACIF supports GW students in pursuing high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with necessarily-unpaid internships.

Facilitated by the GW’s Career Services Council and funded through the generous support of alumni, parents and members of the Board of Trustees, KACIF provides grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid.

Applications accepted through July 15, 2017. Go to the KACIF website for more information, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, and watch this clip of past KACIF student recipients thanking donors and talking about their internship experiences with their.

Questions? Contact

Volunteering with PMIWDC

Looking to be more involved and visible in the PM Community? Check out volunteer opportunities with PMIWDC! The Project Management Institute Washington DC Chapter is the largest network of PM professionals in the world. Volunteers are regularly needed. See link below for more information:

Benefits of Volunteering 

Contributing to chapter activities not only improves the chapter, it also benefits the chapter member in many ways.

You’ll have the opportunity to make a positive difference by:
  • Earning Professional Development Units (PDUs)
  • Meeting project managers in the local area
  • Learning new project management skills
  • Enhancing your professional skills (writing, presentation, leadership, etc.)
  • Networking with your peers
  • Maintaining connections with those involved in the chapter
  • Helping those in your community
  • Having a great time by contributing to your areas of interest and expertise

MSPM in the KNOW: July 5, 2017

Top 3 for 5 July

1-  Summer Session II begins today, 5 July. Confirm your schedule by logging into GWeb.  Look up your class schedule via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time.   Lecture materials including course syllabus are accessible via Blackboard. Please contact your course instructor if you are unable to see lecture materials on Blackboard.

2-  George Patton Memorial Scholarship. The PMI Washington DC Chapter’s sponsored George Patton Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications for Fall semester. The scholarship will award a maximum of up to US$2,000 which may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals each time. To apply, go to:

3- Job Opportunities. This week’s highlighted career opportunities are listed below. Visit the MSPM’s Job Board under resources page on the blog to view more opportunities.


Senior Analyst, Supply Chain Consulting, Optoro

Young Professionals Program, World Bank (multiple positions)

Project Manager (Contractual), TalentBurst, Inc.

Full-Time Job Opportunity in Supply Chain

Optoro, a fast-growing tech company, is seeking to hire for the following position:

Senior Analyst, Supply Chain Consulting

Please apply directly through their career website by clicking on the link above.

The Senior Analyst will work closely with members of the Solutions team to support business development and to deliver stellar implementation and training services to clients. You will establish credibility internally and externally with your supply chain and consulting knowledge. You will familiarize yourself with Optoro’s solutions and services to create responses for solicited (RFP) and unsolicited opportunities, leading to multi-year contracts with new clients. The Senior Analyst is an integral part of the Solutions team as you will lead the implementation of workstreams, to ensure that solution concepts are seamlessly translated to implementation details for timely and successful launches of reverse logistics projects.

George Patton Memorial Scholarship

The PMI Washington, DC Chapter’s sponsored George Patton Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship intended to assist project managers in funding continuing education coursework. The scholarship will award a maximum of up to US$2,000 twice per year (in the Spring and Fall) which may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals each time.

If interested, go to:


1 September, 1 April, 1 July

World Bank Young Professionals Program is Now Accepting Applications until July 28, 2017

The Young Professionals Program is a premier global recruitment program and is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.  The following are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program:

Citizenship of a member country of the World Bank Group
Be born on or after October 1, 1985
A PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience
Fluency in English
Full proficiency in one or more of the WBG’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required
Specialization in a field relevant to the WBG Technical/Operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources, and others
At least three years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level

Please visit this website to learn more about the application process. Deadline: July 28, 2017.

Project Manager Needed for 4 to 6+ months of contract

Please carefully read the Job Description below, and if you would like to pursue this opportunity please email an updated MS Word version of your resume to at your earliest convenience. 

Job Title: Project Manager
Location: Swiftwater, PA
Duration: 4 to 6+ Months of contract

Job Details:

  • Responsible for stewarding critical enterprise investments and driving the delivery of transformational change by providing leadership and direction to assigned projects. Serve in the role of a Project Performance Manager.
  • Coach project sponsors, project leaders, project managers, and project team members on best project management practices throughout the project lifecycle to enhance project performance.
    Provide support to large-scale, complex projects that involve multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure assigned projects adhere to the project management methodology established by the company.
  • Prepare project management documents.
  • Create project schedules.
  • Monitor the planned and actual spend of project budgets and the progress against the project schedule.
  • Gather, manage, and analyze data to generate useful information and insights for stakeholders.
  • Represent the project in various project governance meetings.
  • Continually update relevant business stakeholders of project status and periodically publish project status reports.



10+ years managing complex, cross-functional projects.
Extensive experience creating project schedules using MS-Project.
Extensive knowledge and experience in the use of project management methodologies and tools.
Experience in working with stakeholders to manage their expectations and engage them to address and resolve issues.
Experience with Planisware or other project portfolio management software (e.g., Planview, CA PPM, Microsoft Project Server).
Experience working in a Project Management Office (PMO) preferred.
Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Strong planning, organizational, and leadership skills, including the ability to mobilize and motivate teams, set direction and approach, resolve conflict, deliver tough messages with grace, and execute with limited information and ambiguity.
Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, including the ability to remove barriers and enable teams to complete their objectives.
Strong coaching and communication (verbal and written) skills, including the ability to communicate at all levels with clarity and precision.
Strong influencing and negotiation skills, including the ability to navigate in a highly-matrixed organization effectively.
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to make effective presentations, and proven ability to quickly earn the trust of sponsors and key stakeholders.
Focused and versatile team player who is comfortable under pressure, ambiguity, frequent change, or unpredictability
Ability to quickly build rapport and strong relationships with others.
Ability to establish a wide and effective peer network across the organization.
Sound business and technical acumen.
Proficient with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, and Outlook).