Monthly Archives: March 2017

Grader needed for Summer 2017 (10 hours/week)

Grader needed to assist Decision Sciences faculty with grading assignments and posting grades on blackboard. Eligibility includes current students in good standing who had already taken the DNSC 6238 Project Management Organizational Context (formerly DNSC 6290).  Grader will not hold recitation sessions or office hours. Grader interaction with students will only pertain to assignments and/or grading. Time is quite flexible. No special training or preparation required to do the job, other than the approval/recommendation of the faculty member and/or department.  Pay rate is $11.50/hour. Work hours not to exceed 10 hours per week. Course runs from May 22 through July 1. If interested, please send your resume to: by April 7.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 15, 2017

Top 3 for 15 March 2017

1- Thank You for Voting The recipient of the 2017 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award will be announced as soon as the winner is notified. Thank you to those who voted.

 2- Registration for Summer 2017 is ongoing. The following Decision Sciences courses are now closed:

DNSC 6238 PM Organizational Context, Dr. Keleher (1.5), Distance

DNSC 6290 Big Data, Dr. Vaisman (1.5), Campus

Register for summer now to secure your enrollment. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website.

3- Professional Development Fellowship Opportunities at nasiA. A Global, 501 (c)3 nonprofit educational organization, naisA (‘Asian’ spelled backward), is offering career development fellowship opportunities. NasiA’s mission is to help young Asians rise to leadership positions across career fields through guided mentoring by industry leaders.

There are several programs that naisA has developed to support young mentees or protégés, including a large career and recruitment fair on 20 April in CityCenter, Downtown DC from 6 – 9 pm. The event webpage can be found at MSPM students may be able to waive registration by sending a resume to Angela at before 31 March. Alternatively, anyone who’s interested in attending can sign up at with a registration fee via


Curriculum Change: Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Dear Students,

I am attempting to identify all MSPM students who are currently completing the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics or interested in enrolling in the program. There has been a curriculum change and admissions process that I need to review with you.

If you are in the process of completing the certificate, please email I will then review your academic record and send you the next steps.

If you are interested in enrolling in the Business Analytics certificate program, please let me know via and I will get the admissions application to you.


Agnes Socrates, MSPM



MSPM in the KNOW: March 7, 2017

Top 3 for 7 March 2017

1- Your academic advisor. Reminder, your academic advisor is your go to person for any academic or program issues. While your advisor has a significant role in your education at GW, students have an equally significant role. Advising is a two-way street, students must be proactive in bringing forward any issues. Do not hesitate to schedule an advisement session with your advisor, Agnes Socrates via for any specific issues you may be experiencing.

2- Registration for Summer 2017 began on 1 March! Register now before courses close. Continuing students with no holds on their record may register for classes on GWeb. Contact student accounts (202-994-7350 or if you have a hold on your record. Please note, only elective courses are offered during summer semester.

Not sure what to sign up for? Schedule an advisement with your advisor via and include your GWid. Elective requirements for MSPM include:

  • Three credits of electives must be taken within the Decision Sciences (DNSC) Department
  • Three remaining credits may be fulfilled by taking a 6000+ level course within or outside of the School of Business following approval of academic advisor.
  • Elective courses must be taken for a letter grade

3- Thank you to those who attended the GW University PM Talks on 1 March at the Marvin Center. Event was well-attended by at least fifty project management professionals and students. Attendees earned 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs) through the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Guest speakers include MSPM alumna, Natalya Bah. See more details on the blog.  Those who missed the event, there will be other opportunities coming up. Keep an eye on the blog for future events hosted by MSPM, GWPMA and PMI Washington DC chapter.


Two GWU Alumni, presenters at the University PM Talks held on March 1st


Two GW Alumni, Alan Zucker (BA Economics ’84) and  Natalya Bah ( MSPM ’06) presented during the University PM Talks on 1 March 2017 held at the Marvin Center.  Alan Zucker presented “Delivering Faster: How to Shorten the Project Schedule.” In his presentation, Alan Zucker shared techniques to reduce project duration and improve time-to-market, without compromising quality or scope. Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience managing projects and leading project organizations in Fortune 100 companies. He has delivered thousands of successful projects and managed major strategic initiatives and is currently serving as PM Director with Fannie Mae.


MSPM alumna, Natalya Bah presented “The Project Manager’s Secret Sauce for Increasing Team Member Engagement.”  Her topic introduced the “secret sauce” for project managers to increase the engagement of their team members. One of the three ingredient of the secret sauce was focused on knowledge of strengths. Tips were given for identifying and utilizing employee’s strengths even when you don’t have the benefit of having a self-assessment for them. Natalya Bah, created her own consulting company that she now runs (Natalya H. Bah Consulting). She has over ten years of experience consulting in the public and private sectors. With a focus on project management, Natalya helps organizations achieve their strategic focus by providing dynamic project management leadership.


Among other presenters at the event was Dr. Al Zeitoun, President of PM Solutions. Dr. Zeitoun’s topic was “The Power of Business Strategy to Enable Organizational Energy” where he shared tips and tricks to recognizing opportunities for strategic planning. His presentation focused on how business strategy plays an important role in energizing an organization and their people.

GW University PM Talks

Fifty project management professionals and students attended the event. Attendees earned 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs).  The event was hosted by the GWPMA (MSPM student association) in coordination with the PMIWDC and is supported by the GW MSPM. Launched in November 2016, the University PM Talks is an expansion of PMIWDC programming. The goal is to bring chapter events to the students and young professionals in the DC area on a quarterly basis. Event is free to students and offers “PM TED talks” style: short, thought provoking topics in all areas of the new talent triangle in all areas of the new talent triangle (Leadership, Technical Project Management and Business Management). GWU is the first to host the University PM Talks with PMIWDC.

MSPM students