MSPM in the KNOW: May 22, 2018

Top 3 for 22 May 2018:  

1- Congratulations 2018 graduates! This past Friday, 18 May was quite a momentous day as the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 graduates of the MS in Project Management marched into the culmination of one sweet chapter in their lives and the beginning of another chapter where they can take on a new track of endless possibilities. The GWSB Masteral and Doctoral Celebration was held at the Charles E. Smith Center and fifty-three MSPM students were honored for successfully completing the requirements of the program (check out photos on our facebook page). To the graduates, the journey of life presents challenges and chances. May you beat all the challenges and have the courage to take on the chances that may come ahead! 

2- Reminder, this month’s PMIWDC Washington Circle luncheon will feature “How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change” by Dr. Saya Sone (Professor and Agile Coach, Computer Information Science Virginia International University). Event is free and open to the public, attendees will earn 1.0 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Register here.

About the event. When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.

3- Job postings this week:

US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is hiring two Senior Operations Research Analysts for Cost Estimating, Scheduling and EVM Analysis.

GAO’s work is designed to:  help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people; help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence; help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.  If interested, apply via this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499889900

 Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

This position was shared by an alum. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. We’re looking for people who know how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

The Chertoff Group is Hiring a Senior Associate in Strategic Advisory Services – Shared by an Alumnus

  • This premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management is looking for someone with 3-5 years relevant experience in security risk management, with strong business consulting and communications skills. Application details can be found here.

 Israel & Co is Recuriting a COO, Director of Programs, Program Manager, Executive Assistant, and Development Officer

 

MSPM in the KNOW: May 15, 2018

Top 3 for 15 May 2018:  

1- Capstone Residency Week. We welcome MSPM students enrolled in the distance section of the DNSC 6269 PM Application/Capstone (DE) for the residency week. Capstone is the culmination of students’ academic experience in the MSPM program. Students integrate all they learned from day one in the program and demonstrate their ability to tackle complex projects through intensive presentations of their capstone projects. Previous students have produced handbooks for managing renewable energy ventures, Mars project, UN-assisted elections, and the like for their capstone. All the best to each one of you as you make the final push for your Capstone presentations! 

2- Final reminder for graduating students, the 2018 GWSB Doctoral and Masters Celebration is scheduled on Friday, 18 May. The University commencement at the National Mall is scheduled on Sunday, 20 May. Check out GWSB schedule and University commencement website for full details on the schedule. Graduating students need to wear graduation regalia during both celebrations. Check out regalia information here. Tickets are required for your guests during both ceremonies. If you have not picked up your graduation tickets you may still come to Duquès Hall, Suite 355 to see if tickets are available for you.

3- Job postings this week:

Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

  • This position was shared by an alumn. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. The ideal person knows how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

MilliporeSigma & Merck KGaA – Strategy & HR GOGlobal Rotational Programs

  • These 2 year rotational programs include international assignments, leadership mentoring, formal training and professional development. Click here to learn more about the Strategy rotational program or here for the HR rotational program.

Financial Controller & Product Manager Needed at Groundswell

  • Groundswell is seeking an entrepreneurial manager to serve as our first Financial Controller & Product Manager. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious accounting professional who is ready to work at the frontiers of green technology, e-business, and social justice. Apply here.

EXIM Bank Summer Internship Opportunity – Application Deadline: 5/18

AGENCY DESCRIPTION: The Export-Import Bank of the United States (“EXIM”) is the official export credit agency of the United States.  EXIM’s mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.  EXIM enables U.S. companies, large and small, to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  EXIM’s Office of Policy Analysis and International Relations (OPAIR) is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic student intern for Summer 2018.  This unpaid internship offers an opportunity for students to learn about export finance and development finance, both in the United States and abroad. The internship will be conducted in OPAIR’s International Relations Division and focuses on the activities of OECD member countries’ official financing agencies.  

Primary responsibilities include: 

·       Providing statistical support for EXIM’s annual Competitiveness Report to Congress and other reporting efforts. Advanced Excel skills are highly preferred.

·       Conducting open-source research of foreign export finance and development finance programs and activity to inform international negotiations on export credits

·       Presenting research findings to OPAIR staff and other senior leaders

Interns are also invited to participate in meetings with other EXIM divisions, other federal agencies, and EXIM’s global counterparts. Students should be currently enrolled. 

Application Materials: 

· Cover Letter

· Resume

Please submit all application materials to: Cassie Rowlands at Cassie.Rowlands@exim.gov by Wednesday May 18, 2018.

MSPM in the KNOW: May 8, 2018

Top 3 for 8 May 2018: 

1- Registration now open for the GWPMA-sponsored webinar: Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. Event is free and open to the public. Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | 12:00-1:30PM | Register now.

About the event. “Developing Emotional Intelligence” is the second installment in the webinar series sponsored by the GW Project Management Association for GWU’s Masters of Project Management program. In his first presentation “The Power of Communication,” Alan Zucker presented several important models and best practices for effective project communication. In this webinar, Mr. Zucker dives into the topic of emotional intelligence.  The ability to effectively handle and understand people was cited as an important characteristic for successful project managers. Individuals and teams with high EI are both more productive and more likely to be successful. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review.

2- Earn Professional Development Unit (PDU) by attending the PMIWDC Washingon Circle Luncheon. This month’s luncheon will feature “How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change” by Dr. Saya Sone (Professor and Agile Coach, Computer Information Science Virginia International University). Event is free, attendees will earn 1.0 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Register here.

About the event. When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes. 

3- Job Opportunities.  

Immediate Need for an Accounting Associate at the Center for Civilians in Conflict – Application Deadline – 5/11

  • The Center for Civilians in Conflict is looking to hire a full-time Accounting Associate. The Associate will support all areas relating to financial reporting and accounting. Apply here.

EXIM Bank Summer Internship Opportunity – Application Deadline: 5/18

  • EXIM’s Office of Policy Analysis and International Relations (OPAIR) is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic student intern for Summer 2018. This unpaid internship offers an opportunity for students to learn about export finance and development finance, both in the United States and abroad. Check out application details here

Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

  • This position was shared by an alumn. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. The ideal person knows how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

U.S Department of Defense OIG is Hiring Auditors!

  • The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) seeks high-caliber Auditors from GW to join their team. Applicants with at least 2 years of audit experience can apply here.

Cyber-security Analyst Available Role at CBO

  • CBO’s Budget Analysis Division seeks a cyber-security analyst in its Defense, International Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Cost Estimates Unit. This position requires US citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance. Learn more and apply here.

Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker, Webinar hosted by GWPMA, May 15

Developing Emotional Intelligence featuring Alan Zucker, CEO and Founder, PM Essentials | May 15, 2018 | 12-1:30 PM | Register here

About the Event.  Successful project managers have exceptional communications skills. According to the Project Management Institute, project managers spend 90% of their time communicating. Poor communications are blamed as the primary source of failure for 30% of projects. “Developing Emotional Intelligence” is the second installment in the webinar series for GWU’s Masters of Project Management Program. In his first presentation “The Power of Communication,” Alan Zucker presented several important models and best practices for effective project communication. In this webinar, Mr. Zucker dives into the topic of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a key component of project communication and a critical skill for project managers.

The ability to effectively handle and understand people was cited as an important characteristic for successful project managers. Individuals and teams with high EI are both more productive and more likely to be successful. Emotional intelligence is our ability to understand ourselves and others. People with high emotional intelligence harness this understanding to constructively guide their behaviors and actions. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review. We will review the factors of EI and understand how they affect our projects and teams. Participants will be presented with an action plan and tangible next steps for developing their emotional intelligence skills.

About the Speaker.  Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience working in Fortune 100 companies leading projects and large organizations. He led an Agile transformation that delivered significant, measurable benefits to the enterprise. In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials and provides training and advisory services to his clients. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership. He is a keynote speaker and provides customized training to his clients. He is also an adjunct college instructor. Alan received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s certificate in IT project management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He also holds Agile certifications as a Scrum Master (CSM®) and Scale Agilest (SAFe 4.0 SA®).

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There will be giveaways during the event. George Washington University Project Management t-shirt will be given to 5 lucky winners who will be selected from the webinar attendees! **************************************************************************
This webinar is made possible by the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA), student organization with members from the GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. This webinar is a pilot project of the GWPMA under past president Angela Knight and adopted by current president, Douglas Robertson, designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. This webinar is free and open to the public.

MSPM in the KNOW: May 1, 2018

Top 3 for 1 May 2018:  

1- Commencement Schedule. Reminder for graduating students, the 2018 GWSB Doctoral and Masters Celebration is scheduled on Friday, 18 May. The University commencement at the National Mall is scheduled on Sunday, 20 May. Wear your graduation regalia during both celebrations. Check out website regarding regalia here. Graduating students should check out full list of activities during the commencement week at GWSB schedule and University commencement website.

2- Upcoming Events:

Getting Goal Serious: Starting on the Path to Goal Achievement featuring Natalya Bah | GW School of International Affairs, 6th Floor Lindner Commons 1957 E Street NW Washington, DC 20052| 7 May from 6-8 PM

Do you have a goal you’ve wanted to achieve for a long time? Join MSPM alumna Natalya Bah, ’06 for a workshop where you will be introduced to the Define and Achieve Your Goals™ process utilized when working with her coaching clients. Learn to discuss goal achievement and redirect your focus on making those goals a realization. Completing exercises during the evening, participants will also leave with tips for going forward as well as a 50% off coupon for an online course: Getting Goal Ready.  Register for this event and learn more about the presenter.

Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker | Webinar | 15 May 2018 from 12:00PM-1:30PM

In this webinar, Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials, dives into the topic of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is our ability to understand ourselves and others. People with high emotional intelligence harness this understanding to constructively guide their behaviors and actions. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review.

This webinar is a project adopted by current GWPMA President, Douglas Robertson with the goal of providing professional development opportunities for distance learners and campus students in the MSPM program. Registration link will be made available later this week.

3- Summer 2018 KACIF application, due 1 May. Students who plan to have an unpaid internship in the summer of 2018 are encouraged to apply to the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program. To learn more and apply, click here.