Monthly Archives: June 2017

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.

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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).

MSPM in the KNOW: June 27, 2017

Top 3 for 27 June

  1. There is still time to register for summer session II classes! Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb is 11 July. Please note, summer semester is the best time to fulfill your electives. To view list of courses available, check out the schedule of classes. Should you need assistance with registering for courses or if you have questions related to what electives would count toward your MSPM degree, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates.


  1. Reminder, PMP Prep Course is available online beginning, 30 June – 15 August. As posted on the blog on 14 June, this virtual PMP Prep Course is intended to help participants prepare for the PMP credentialing exam. This is ideal for distance learners who cannot commit to classroom PMP Prep course. Learn more and register! If you are on campus interested in joining fellow students for a PMP study group, contact your GWPMA Board Member, Phebean Williams at


  1. Thank you to those who responded to our call for volunteers! We have room for two more volunteers for the Fall 2017 Student Orientation scheduled on Saturday, 19 August. Volunteer duties include: running the student panel and assisting with the Bridge Game. Time commitment is approximately 3 hours on Saturday afternoon. This is the best time to meet incoming MSPM students and share your experience in the program. If interested, please email



Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?


Dr. Saya Sone, Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science Virginia International University

Event Date:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location:

The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Room, Room 451

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost:

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

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

About the Event

How did you distribute your 168 hours a week? If you spent more than 42% at work, this is the workshop for you. How often do you check your smartphone? If you check your phone every hour or less, you would be interested in learning how to deal with your stressful life. Do you spend your day of back-to-back meetings, a hundred or so emails, interminable conference calls, dozens of decisions, a contentious conversation or two, and a rough commute? When we are all busy at work or in our life, have you thought about how you could make the impact to gain your happy work life? This workshop is to help you through a mindfulness journey to identify what you can make a difference or any alternative to organize your mindfulness game plan to stay on track with it. For example, how could we manage our time better to get a beautiful mind?

This workshop is based on a book “Overworked and Overwhelmed” by Scott Eblin who introduces the following three steps:

  • Your best: You will organize the characteristics and behaviors that reflect how you are when you are showing up as the best version of yourself
  • Your Routine: If you want to be in the certain way (excellence), you have to do things that reinforce that state.
  • Outcomes: What difference do you want to make in your professional life, working environment, and community?

You will determine your most important goals and sets you on a course to reach them. Get started by clarifying the core characteristic that represents you at your best when you feel most comfortable and productive. The routines in four domains could be physical, spiritual, mental, and relational that will reinforce peak performance. Through the reflection, we hope to care in the three main areas – at your best, what the routines to make you at best, and what outcome would come in team, community, organization.

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:
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

Dr. Saya Sone

Virginia International University
Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science

Dr. Saya Sone is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), an Enterprise Agile Coach, a professor at VIU (Virginia International University), and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

Dr. Sone’s passion is to help her clients such as CTO, CIO, CEO, Individuals, and teams to discover their new beliefs, thoughts, directions, or emotions that strengthen their capabilities to accomplish their priorities. Her happiness is to be a partner when her clients grown in their potentials.

When Dr. Sone enjoys delivering her speeches in schools, conferences, meetups, and organizations, her topics include motivations for behavioral changes, keeping balance for maximum growth, designing Lean Canvas to recognize MVP (Minimal Viable product), setting goals to achieve life potential and a variety of Agile and coaching related topics.

Dr. Sone is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). She wrote two books Business Value of Agile Methods: Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation” and Mapping Agile Practices to Project Management Challenges.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 20, 2017

Top 3 for 20 June

1-  Congratulations Michell Morton and team! MSPM student Michell Morton and team, Connect.DCwere among the finalists for the Cafritz Awards for 2017. Awards were made possible by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in partnership with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees (Read more). Congratulations Michell on your recent achievement!

2-  Elective Options for Fall 2017. MSPM is going to offer one, three-credit elective course in Fall 2017 semester. The following course will fulfill either your Decision Science elective or General elective requirement:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 cr. (Dr. Griffith)

Other elective options that may qualify are below:

DNSC 6209: Forecasting for Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Berea)

DNSC 6201: Introduction to Business Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Grover) *permission from department required to register.

MGT 6290: Leadership and Perspective I and II, 3 cr. (Dr. Bailey)

For more options, review full course listings via the schedule of classes. Unsure what to take for your elective? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

3-  Job opportunities with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. MSPM blog has been updated to reflect new job vacancies with the United Nations and other international organizations this month. Check out several opportunities in Washington DC and other locations through this link.

Job Vancancies with the United Nations and Other International Organizations (Updated, June 2017)

Operations Manager, Supply Chain Solutions, Arlington, VA, United States
Closing date: Friday, 23 June 2017

Manager, Project Finance, Washington DC (no due date indicated)

Associate Director, Programs, Asia, Washington DC
FHI 360 (no due date indicated)

Programme Officer, Statistics, Trends and Policy Programme, Madrid, Spain (P-1)
UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Closing date: Friday, 23 June 2017

Project Manager, Marsa Matrouh, Egypt
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Closing date: Monday, 3 July 2017

Project Manager, Fayoum, Cairo, Egypt
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Closing date: Monday, 3 July 2017

Senior Officer Organizational Development, Jakarta, Indonesia
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Closing date: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Strategic Planning Specialist, Kuwait (Other)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Closing date: Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Manager, Operation Office – Implementation Support, Abidjan
African Development Bank (AfDB)
Closing date: Friday, 23 June 2017



CHOICE Hotels Brand Marketing Position for Recent Graduates

CHOICE Hotels is actively recruiting for a Project Manager, Brand Marketing (Upscale Brands) for their Rockville, MD corporate office. This position will be responsible for the marketing execution of strategic and tactical elements supporting the Cambria and Ascend upscale brands within Choice Hotels. This individual will work in various marketing channels to support the brands and properties including: email, social media, digital media, special events, localized marketing and multi brand initiatives. This candidate will ensure the brands’ key brand attributes are consistently and accurately reflected in all communication and marketing channels. To apply, please visit this website.