MSPM In the KNOW: February 11th, 2020

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Dear MSPM Students,
Here are the top things you need to know for February 11, 2020:

February 17 is President’s Day! 

Next Monday, February 17, 2020 is the President’s Day. Please be reminded that this is a holiday, there will be no classes running during this period. All GWU administrative offices will be closed, including our program office. Please check out the Spring 2020 Academic Calendar. This calendar includes key academic dates for the semester, such as holidays, exam periods and modifications to class schedules. Some dates are subject to change.

Join us online Sunday, February 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and enjoy networking and conversation with fellow GWSB students, faculty, staff and alumni from around the world.

GWSB Online Happy hours are fun, informal networking events. Participants log in to our online classroom system, Blackboard Collaborate, and interact using webcams and microphones. After an opening toast, participants are placed into virtual small groups for conversation. Following group introductions, our discussion will focus on the question, “How has marketing changed in your industry in the past 5-10 years?” About halfway through the event, participants will be placed in a second group and repeat the networking process. The event will end with a short plenary debrief conversation.

To learn more about Online Happy Hours, check out the video here!

Register for the Online Happy Hour

DC Cloud and Cybersecurity Forum
Mark Forman
VP, Digital Government

Event Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020- 11:30am Networking |12-1pm Presentation
Event Location: The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Room 453 2201 G Street NW Washington, DC 20052 See map: Google Maps
Agenda and Cost. This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend. About the Presentation: This presentation will cover issues that project teams need to address in order to achieve cost, security, and mission benefits in cloud initiatives. Using an interactive format where issues will be presented and discussed with attendees, the seminar will be broken into three segments. The first segment will illuminate key elements of the U.S. Government Cloud Smart Strategic guidance with survey data on real-world experience in government and commercial cloud computing initiatives. The second segment will cover key elements of cloud computing projects, including a discussion of the key cloud computing project considerations, such as serverless computing, low code/no code, microservices, and cybersecurity. This segment will also discuss implications of convergence in infrastructure modernization and applications modernization. The third segment will cover risk management, including risk register considerations for cloud initiatives and the implications of DevSecOps approaches to projects.

If you experience any difficulties registering for this event, please call 703-683-4804 or email and include the name of the event.
PDUs Available:  1.00 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: Technical 

About the Speaker: Mark Forman is an accomplished Executive with more than 30 years of experience in industry and government, including a Presidential appointment to be the first U.S. Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology, now known as the U.S. Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer.  In his current role, Mr. Forman is leveraging deep domain industry expertise across the entire Unisys portfolio to provide Digital solutions important to U.S. Federal government clients. This includes application of data analytics, applications modernization, cybersecurity, and hybrid cloud services using techniques including low code, containerization, and cloud native.  Before moving into the U.S. Federal team at Unisys, Mr. Forman was the VP and Global Head of the Public Sector, where he led the strategy creation and deployment that repositioned Unisys as a global provider of leading solutions in hybrid cloud, Digital Government, Justice, Law Enforcement and Border Security, and Social Services. During his tenor, the Public Sector teams grew rapidly in both new client acquisition and base business expansion. Prior to joining Unisys, Mr. Forman was Vice President for IT Services and Cloud Solutions at TASC, Inc./Engility Corp., where his group assisted government agencies in transitioning to the cloud by providing advanced systems engineering, integration and decision-support services to the federal government. Mr. Forman has also held executive and leadership positions at KPMG LLP and IBM, as well co-founding two technology companies. Mr. Forman served on the Board of Directors for Corio Inc., and various commercial and corporate government sector Advisory Boards, most recently the Social Security Advisory Board Task Force for IT Modernization. He has been recognized with numerous Government IT awards, is a CIO SAGE at the Partnership for Public Service, and has testified before legislative Committees of the U.S. Congress, Australia Senate, State of Kansas, and State of California.

Register Here!

GWPMA is Hosting a Webinar with Alan Zucker

Join us on Saturday, March 7 from 12-1 PM! The GWPMA (student organization) is hosting a webinar with speaker, Alan Zucker, Founding Principal, Project Management Essentials. The GWPMA Webinar Series will present “Introduction to Agile Project Management.”
About Alan Zucker: Founding Principal, Project Management Essentials. Alan Zucker has over 25 years of experience managing project organizations in Fortune 100 companies. He is currently an instructor and advisor for project management, agile and leadership. He graduated from the George Washington University and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Agile Certified Professional by the Project Management Institute. He writes monthly articles on project management, is a keynote speaker, and is a regular presenter to GWU’s Master of Science Project Management students. 

Please RSVP by February 28. Contact Tahirah Dickenson, GWPMA President if you have any trouble registering for the event (

Register for the Webinar Here


Agnes Socrates, MSPM
Administrative Director
Schedule a meeting via this link

Homayoun Khamooshi, PhD
MSPM Faculty Director
Schedule a Meeting via this link

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