Monthly Archives: April 2013

PMA/PMAA Speed Networking Event a Success!

The GW Project Management Association (PMA) along with the Project Management Alumni Association (PMAA) hosted an amazing Speed Networking event at the School of Business on Thursday, April 11. Alumni represented many different organizations including:

  • Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • BAE Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Clavis
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Homeland Security
  • Visionary Integration Professionals
  • eGlobalTech
  • Hewlett-Packard Consulting
  • Project Management Institute

The event opened with a welcome by PMAA Vice President Sara Alsaffar and followed by the PMA President, Anna Matsiras, who summarized the events that the PMA had hosted this year.

Then we got down to business. The 30 participants were assigned to tables and the banter began. With some light nudging the conversation began with drafted questions from both the PMA and PMAA. The interactions quickly developed into full fledged conversations. Conversation topics included PMP certification, GW’s integration and accreditation by PMI, industry acceptance of project management as a profession, planning course loads, graduation plans, perceptions of courses and the ever elusive jobs, jobs, jobs!

Everyone had a great time and met new classmates and made strong connections with our alumni community. Again, we want to thank the PMAA for their participation and their co-sponsorship of the event with the MSPM program! Thank you to everyone who came out, and if you missed it, please keep an eye out for notification of the next event on May 10th. We will try to squeeze in a happy hour before semester’s end, too!

–          GW PMA Board

NextGen Speaker Contest – Speak at Next Generation Training Summit – April 15th Deadline

Are you working on an innovative project at your agency? Got a great idea to revolutionize government?

This is your chance to share your 5-minute story in front of 650+ government leaders and share the stage with Obama appointees, current Mayors, and CEOs as one of our 5 lightening speakers at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit.

Submitting is easy – just email with subject line “NextGen Contest” with:

  • Name and agency
  • Title of Talk
  • 150-200 word essay on why you should be chosen

The team is accepting submissions through April 15th and finalists will be announced shortly after.

So why should you apply? It’s simple:

  • You love government and have an idea to make it better
  • You get to shine in front of important people and peers
  • You get to go to the best training, hands down, for government for FREE and as a VIP

Deadline to submit is less than a week away!

The First Sunday Speaker Series, May 5, 8pm Eastern

– “Social Entrepreneurship” with Scott Rechler, Director and CEO, LearnServe International

A Washington DC native, Scott is Director and CEO of LearnServe International, a non-profit organization that prepares high school and middle school students as community leaders, with a focus on global awareness and social entrepreneurship. Scott graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in social anthropology. He wrote his senior thesis on social entrepreneurship and social change in southern Chile, and co-founded Harvard’s Race, Culture, and Diversity Initiative to improve campus inter-cultural relations. Scott worked for five years at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, strengthening Ashoka’s dynamic global community of social entrepreneurs. Scott was selected a 2009 winner of the Linowes Leadership Award of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.  He received his M.B.A. from George Washington University’s School of Business in May 2012.  A fluent Spanish speaker, Scott has lived in Chile and Bolivia.

To register:

The 14th Annual Robert P. Maxon Lecture, April 16, 2013

The 14th Annual Robert P. Maxon Lecture

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 6:00pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052


Join GW alumni, students, faculty and staff for the 14th Annual Robert P. Maxon Lecture. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Washington and Northern Virginia Business leader Hossein Fateh, BBA ’90, MS ‘97.

Mr. Fateh is the Co-Founder, President, CEO and Director of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.  In 2007 he successfully led the company through its initial public offering which resulted in net proceeds of approximately $678 million. Fateh is primarily responsible for managing the acquisition, development, leasing and management of all of the corporation’s properties. Mr. Fateh earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and his Master of Science in Finance from George Washington University.

About DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.

DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of wholesale data centers and a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s data centers are highly specialized, secure facilities used primarily by national and international technology companies to house, power and cool the computer servers that support many of their most critical business processes. DuPont Fabros Technology is headquartered in Washington, DC.

About Robert P. Maxon

The Robert P. Maxon Lectureship was established through Dorothy Maxon’s generous endowment gift to the School of Business in honor of her husband, Robert P. Maxon, B.A. ’48. A distinguished GW alumnus, Robert P. Maxon valiantly served his country in WWII and went on to serve in several executive positions for Mobil, retiring as general manager of worldwide corporate public relations. The annual lecture features prominent executives and academics making presentations on contemporary global management issues. The lectureship is designed to add depth to the understanding of the next generation of global business leaders.

Chief of Cost Estimation, Analysis and Assessment Position with the Census Bureau

Vacancy announcements have been posted for a Chief of Cost Estimation, Analysis and Assessment, GS-1501-15, position in the Office of  Cost Estimation, Analysis and Assessment (OCEAA) under the Office of the Director of the Census Bureau.  The announcement will close on April 11, 2013.

For questions or instructions on applying to this announcement contact Catherine Hayes at 301-763-9632,  Visit to review the announcement in its entirety and to apply.