Monthly Archives: October 2017

MSPM in the KNOW: October 31, 2017

Top 3 for 31 October 2017:

1- Congratulations MSPM alumni, Lawrence Maina, Rahul Rathod, and current student, Angela Knight for having been selected to participate in the PMP Mega Exam Development Workshop hosted by Project Management Institute (PMI). Workshop will be held on 3-5 November 2017 at Ritz Carlton hotel in Pentagon City, Virginia. Lawrence, Rahul and Angela will join selected volunteers from all over the world.  They are tasked to review, edit, and/or write items (questions) that may be used in future PMI credential examinations. Congratulations for being a part of this huge endeavor and we thank you for contributing back to the Project Management profession!

2- Welcome New GWPMA Board Members! The current GWPMA Board under the leadership of Angela Knight received nominations for Board positions and casted their votes last week.  Congratulations to Douglas Robertson, GWPMA President elect, and Ishai Trani, Vice President elect. Douglas and Ishai will be working with the current Board effective November 2017 to transition to the next term which begins March 2018. Congratulations and welcome to you both!

3- Events Roundup:

Women in Global Careers Roundtable11/1

  • Round table discussion with women executives from a range of industries and backgrounds. Tickets are $15, which includes dinner, drinks and the round table discussion. For additional details, click here.

GW Energy Conference11/3

  • Participants will get to hear from and meet with senior executives from U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, SIGMA, AES, Rocky Mountain Institute, and T-Mobile. Participants may also submit their resume to be forwarded to industry professionals by 11/2. Register here.

Presidential Management Fellows ProgramDeadline 11/1 at 12PM EST

  • This is a rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas. Students can apply here. Not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Kaiser Permanente Graduate Internship in Quality & Operations Support

Summer 2018 paid internship, which would be ideal for Healthcare MBA students or MSPM students with an interest in Healthcare. The Quality & Operations Support team is part of the internal consulting and analytical group, supporting over 8500 physicians. Application details can be found here. Not eligible for visa sponsorship.

MSPM in the KNOW: October 24, 2017

Top 3 for 24 October 2017

1- Spring 2018 schedule now available. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Questions about classes to sign up for? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via (include your GWID).

Students must clear any outstanding holds to be eligible to register.To view the hold on your account, please visit: GWeb at

  • Choose Student Records
  • Choose Student Records Information Menu
  • Choose View Administrative Holds

2- Internships, Fellowships and Job Opportunities

Congressional Budget Office Seeks a Public & Private Mandates Analyst – Deadline 10/25

  • The Budget Analysis Division is seeking an analyst for its Public and Private Mandates Unit to help CBO carry out its responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. More information can be found here.

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is Hiring Project Manager – Deadline n/a

  • HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Read more here.

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Info Session – 10/25

  • Learn more about the internships and full time career opportunities in Healthcare Consulting, Technology, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Health Policy, and more! More information can be found here. 

American Express Graduate Internships – Accepting Applications Now

  • Opportunities are available in Consulting, Marketing, HR, Strategy, etc. More information can be found here.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

  • Seeking recent and current graduate students. Application opens on 10/23 at noon. More information can be found here.

Johnson & Johnson HR Leadership Development Program Virtual Info Session – 11/1

  • Open to all master students. Ideal for students with +5 years of work experience. Registration can be done here.

AARP – Strategy & Performance Part-Time, Year-Round Internship for Grad Students

  • Need a strong graduate student who is interested in a part-time, year-round internship (in January) with our Community States & National Affairs team.  Intern has to have a keen attention to detail, strong Excel and data mining experience, maintain data and content and project management support.  Students can apply directly to:– Job # 12459229.

3- Events Roundup:

PMI® Global Conference | 28 – 30 October 2017 | McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Stop by the GW MSPM booth (#612) at the Exhibition Hall. Email if you will be there.

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651 | RSVP at

October 17 Supplemental Edition of MSPM in the KNOW

Below are supplemental items for this week’s edition of MSPM in the KNOW:

1- Networking Foundations Event | Wed 25 October | 1-4 PM | Duques 150

GW School of Business cordially invites you to:
“Networking Foundations”

If you’re a Specialized Master’s degree student, we invite you to attend our professional development workshop, Networking Foundations!

Whether you’re going to Happy Hour with your colleagues or attending a job fair, how you present yourself and interact with other people plays a key role your experience and success.  In the business world, we often refer to this presentation as “personal branding.”  GW School of Business wants to help you cultivate and refine your personal branding skills so that you can stand out at your next event.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
GW School of Business: Crain Center (Duques 150)
Dress code:  Business casual
Dinner will be provided.

Sign up today!
To register, please RSVP HERE by Friday, October 20.
Space is limited (only ten slots are allotted per program) and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2- Doing Business in LATAM: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651


HOPE is Hiring!

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. If you are interested in applying for this position, please click on the following link:

Position Announcement
Project Manager

Want to make a difference?  Join the award winning team at HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union), one of the nation’s leading community development organizations. For more than 20 years, HOPE has been improving lives by helping entrepreneurs, homebuyers, families and communities become more financially secure. Since 1994 HOPE has generated more than $2.4 billion in financing and assisted nearly 1 million people across the Mid South.

Job Summary
HOPE is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South.  Leading a diverse and multi-disciplinary project team, the Project Manager (PM) will draw on stakeholder feedback and synthesize financial data to refine HOPE’s products, human resources and marketing approaches in a culturally relevant manner to meet the financial service needs of the Hispanic community.  The PM will also coordinate HOPE’s Hispanic Associate Advisory Council and work to implement guidance from Coopera, a strategic partner and consulting firm that facilitates credit union growth through outreach and service within the Hispanic market.  Much of the work is performed independently and with minimum guidance and requires considerable judgment and creativity in organization and time management.  Confidentiality is involved, and sensitive situations may be handled. This position is located in the corporate office in Jackson, Mississippi.
Essential Duties and Functions

  *   Lead HOPE’s project team to implement best practices in expanding HOPE’s reach and impact within the Hispanic community
  *   Coordinate HOPE Hispanic Associate Advisory Council
  *   Oversee program service delivery, staffing, budget, reporting, compliance, and closeout
  *   Plan and implement process management systems and tools, workflows, and improvements
  *   Conduct market research to understand financial needs of existing and potential customers
  *   Research data relevant to program impact and financial performance
  *   Provide assistance in evaluating and structuring financial products and services
  *   Create reports to support and communicate research and findings
  *   Build relationships with local employers, nonprofits, faith-based groups and their employees/constituents to connect with HOPE
  *   Establish partnerships with groups that provide financial counseling, homebuyer education, and other related technical assistance services

  *   Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, SharePoint, and OneNote skills
  *   Strong analytical skills – training in statistics a plus
  *   Attention to detail
  *   Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  *   Track record of successfully working with diverse teams to achieve common goals
  *   Excellent written and oral communication skills
  *   Ability to interact professionally with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  *   Ability to plan and execute projects independently
Professional Development Opportunities
The Project Manager will attend national conferences to engage in peer learning and learn best practices in serving the Hispanic community.  The PM will also have opportunities to attend trainings to improve the effectiveness of serving Hispanic members through HOPE’s products, processes and procedures.

Preferred Education and Experience

  *   Master’s degree in business, accounting, public policy, public administration, or the equivalent experience
  *   Five years of related experience
  *   Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

HOPE offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.  Visit<> to learn more about our organization.  HOPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer

MSPM in the KNOW: October 17, 2017

Top 3 for 17 October 2017

1- Reminder, the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. Open positions are announced here. The candidate must be a current MSPM student and be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors. Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017.

2- VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant, applications due 15 November. Thanks to the generosity of former GW Trustee Mark Shenkman, the GW VALOR Professional Credentialing (VPC) Grant is able to reimburse military-affiliated students for the cost of a professional exam required to advance their career. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be used toward professional certification including the PMP exam. Applications due no later than 15 November. Review application details and apply here.

3- PMI® Global Conference, 28-30 October. The GWMSPM is participating at the PMI® Global Conference scheduled from 28-30 October at McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois. MSPM alumnus, William Davis has generously offered his time to volunteer and join us at our exhibit table. We are thrilled to have him represent our program. If you are attending the PMI Global Conference, please come see us at booth #612 at the Exhibition Hall. The PMI Global Conference is not only a place to learn about new project management tools and services, but a place to meet up with colleagues! Let us know if you will be there, email

Conversations with Leaders – Leadership Development & Performance Improvement US Census Bureau

Thursday, October 19
5:00pm – 7:15pm
Le Méridien

Arlington, Virginia


Laura K. Furgione, PMP, Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning, Innovation and Collaboration at the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce
If you have ever wanted to have a chat about leadership with one of the US Census Bureau’s senior executives, please join us for this exciting LDPI series!
In this town hall style session, Laura will share with you her leadership experience, including:
  • Her definition of leadership
  • The defining moments of her career
  • Advice and tips on how to manage work-life balance
Ms. Laura Furgione leads the Census Bureau Office of Strategic Planning, Innovation and Collaboration. This allows her to work across the Census Bureau to further develop and mature the organization’s capacity to innovate and implement new ways of providing the nation with critical demographic and economic information. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Alaska-Southeast, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
You do not want to miss this great opportunity! We hope to see you there!