MSPM in the KNOW: July 25, 2017

Top 3 for 25 July

1- Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Now Available. The Blackboard collaborate session schedule for the Fall 2017 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and students may ask any questions to the professor regarding lecture materials or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.

2- Still needing an elective for Fall 2017? The MSPM program is offering one 3-credit elective in the Fall semester:

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

This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, students in this course will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization. Read more.

Students may consider alternative elective courses by reviewing course offerings listed on the schedule of classes. All students need to schedule an advisement session prior to registering for elective courses to ensure those courses would count toward MSPM. E-mail Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) with any questions or schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Free event on campus tomorrow, 26 July!

Military Generals, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence featuring Susan Schwartz, PMP

**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.

Event Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule

Course Number Title Professor On Campus Class Day of Week Collaborate Day and Time Attendance
DNSC 6254 Risk Management Forman, Ernest Wednesday Monday, 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making Forman, Ernest Thursday Monday, 10 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Management Forman, Ernest Thursday Monday, 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6202 Statistics for Management Khamooshi, Homayoun Tuesday Friday, 8 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation & Control Khamooshi, Homayoun Wednesday Friday, 9 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to Project & Program Mgt Kwak, Young Thursday Wednesday, 8 PM Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) Kwak, Young Tuesday Wednesday, 9 PM Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6247 Organization,Mgt, &Leadership Hoffman, Edward Monday TBA Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Proj Mgt Jain, Sanjay Tuesday Thursday, 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management Griffith, Andrew Monday Thursday 8 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged

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:
Leadership

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 phebeanw@gwu.edu.

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 aesocrates@gwu.edu 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 gwsboci@gwu.edu 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 (aesocrates@gwu.edu):

  • 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: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/george-patton-memorial-scholarship

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 gwkacif@gwu.edu.

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:

https://www.pmiwdc.org/page/volunteer-resources

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: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/george-patton-memorial-scholarship.

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.