MSPM in the KNOW: November 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 November:

1- Spring 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Spring 2018 is ongoing. All students must be enrolled each spring and fall semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses via GWeb. To view available course offerings, check out schedule of classes. For those who need to enroll in capstone, you must send a registration transaction form to Agnes Socrates ( to register. Unsure what to register for or looking to change your degree plan? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via (include your GWID).

2- Scholarships and Fellowships.

Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for AAUW International Fellowships. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts and sciences. Application deadline: 1 December 2017. Read more.

Spark your sustainability career by becoming an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps (EDFFC) fellow! EDFFC Fellows work on innovative projects such as: scaling energy efficiency, setting sustainability goals, accelerating renewable energy, evaluating supply chain sustainability and more. Check out job description here. Compensation is $1,250 per week and reimbursement of travel costs to the training and Energy Solutions Exchange, EDFCC’s annual conference. For early consideration and the best opportunity to be matched with your preferred host organization, apply by 5 December 2017 11:59 pm PT. Final application deadline is 5 January 2018 11:59 pm PT. For more information, visit the EDF Climate Corps website.

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) professional development scholarships help project managers, nonprofit staff, school administrators and teachers fund project management training. These scholarships fund standalone courses, not degree programs. Who can apply: Project management professionals, nonprofit/NGO staff, teachers and school administrators. Application deadlines for 2018: 15 February, 1 April, 1 July, 1 September

3- Events Roundup:

PMIWDC Luncheon Circle | 30 November 2017 | 11:30 AM Networking, 1:00 PM Presentation | 2201 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20052 ***Room changed to Duques 453

JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration | 8 December 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM | 2201 G Street Northwest 1st Floor Lobby Washington, DC 20052 | Event open to public, RSVP by 4 December via

MSPM in the KNOW: November 21, 2017

Top 3 for 21 November 2017: 

1- Spring 2018 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule. The Blackboard Collaborate Session schedule for Spring 2018 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute, real time virtual sessions designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. Students are highly recommended to participate in Collaborate sessions to ask any questions they may have about lectures, readings or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.

2- Certificate completion form for Fall 2017, due December 1. MSPM students who are completing any graduate certificate at GWU and who are completing all certificate requirements by the end of the Fall 2017 semester must apply for certificate completion no later than 1 December. Students do not need to wait until their MSPM degree requirements are completed to apply for certificate completion. Download form via this linkCompleted form must be sent to: Application for certificate completion is subject to verification that all requirements are satisfied in order to be awarded a graduate certificate.

3- Upcoming Events:

PM University Talks | 28 November 2017 | 5:30-7:00 PM | Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies | 640 Massachusetts NW Washington, DC 20001 | Participants will earn 1.5 PDUs | Registration is free for students! Register now

PMIWDC Luncheon Circle | 30 November 2017 | 11:30 AM Networking, 1:00 PM Presentation | 2201 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20052 ***Room changed to Duques 453 | Registration closed now as maximum room capacity is reached.

JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration | 8 December 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM | 2201 G Street Northwest 1st Floor Lobby Washington, DC 20052 | Event open to public, RSVP by 4 December via

JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration, December 8

The GW MSPM Program cordially invites you for an evening of fun, filled with networking and learning opportunities!

JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration | 8 December 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM

2201 G Street Northwest 1st Floor Lobby Washington, DC 20052

The event will highlight the successful launching of the JPSS-1 weather satellite. GW MSPM student, Robert Estes, has been a key member of NASA’s JPSS-1 project from concept to launch. He will be sharing his insights on the practical application of project management in scientific research and development based on his experience.

Light refreshments will be provided. Event open to public, RSVP is required. Please RSVP by 4 December via

Spring 2018 Blackboard Collaborate Sessions

The Spring 2018 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule is listed below. Your course instructor will discuss schedule and expectations during your first day in class.

Department Course Number Course Title Professor On Campus Class Day of Week Blackboard Collaborate Day of Week Time Notes
DNSC 6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Wednesday Thursday 8 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6235 Comm Strat for PM Keleher This is a distance course Wednesday 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6247 Org, Mgt and Leadership Gaarder/Keleher Monday TBD TBD Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6250 PM Finance Kwak Monday Wednesday 8 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Jain Tuesday Thursday 8 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Kettunen Tuesday Monday 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to PM Kettunen Thursday Monday 8 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Wednesday Monday 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 PM Application Khamooshi Tuesday Thursday 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged

Enviromental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Application due December 5

Spark your sustainability career by becoming an EDF Climate Corps fellow! Fellows work on innovative projects such as: scaling energy efficiency, setting sustainability goals, accelerating renewable energy, evaluating supply chain sustainability and more. Please find our job description here.

Our early deadline of December 5th 2017, is approaching fast! We know that you’re busy preparing a stellar application, so let us help with a few tips:

–          Highlight any relevant experience in your cover letter and resume, including academic internships and coursework.

–          Be sure to mention how EDF Climate Corps aligns with your career interests in your cover letter. Reference specific experiences, professional or academic, that have prepared you for the fellowship.

–          Check out our EDF Climate Corps Project Database! You can explore the types of innovative projects our fellows tackle and see which ones align with your individual skillset

With great clean power comes great responsibility. Apply Today!

Be sure to apply by our early deadline of December 5, 2017 for the best chance to be matched with your preferred host organization!  Our final application deadline is January 5th, 2017.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page, read our brochure or email us at You may also watch a recording of our virtual info sessions here.

PM University Talks, Free Registration for Students! November 28

Event Date:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – 5:30pm7:30pm
Event Location:

Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies

640 Massachusetts NW

Washington, District Of Columbia 20001

Agenda and Cost:

This event is free for students, costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

For Regular Registration, click here.


5:30pm- 6:00pm Networking / Pizza / Soda

6:00pm -7:00pm University PM Talks Presentations

7:00pm – 7:30pm Q&A with Speakers

Talent Triangle

The presentations are targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. Our speakers will discuss each element of the PMI Talent Triangle to help further professional development and enhance the following skills all in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management

This event provides 1.5 PDUs for certified PMs. If you have any questions about the event, please contact us.


Unmasking the Secret Agent Behind Strategic Action

Presentation by Dr. Douglas M. Brown – Strategic and Business Management

Strategic planning is essential to every organization with capabilities serving as the essential drivers of strategic actions. Capabilities also are the key drivers for programs and projects. This presentation will explain:

  • Strategy Generation
  • Capabilities: The Essential Drivers of Strategic Action
  • Forming Projects and their Constraints

Redesigning A Tech Project Case Study

Presentation by Candice Stennett – Technical Project Management

SCORE helps Americans start and grow small businesses with their free, confidential business advice. In order to have maximum reach and impact, SCORE teamed up with Phase2 to create a Drupal system that is flexible enough to accommodate 320+ local chapter sites that support their own content production, without eschewing overall brand and design standard of the national site. This presentation will discuss how SCORE reached its goals in this project and share the valuable lessons learned that can be applied to any new project.

Managing the Emotions in Leadership

Presentation by Carla S. Nash – Leadership

In the corporate arena, we are all taught to leave our feelings out of our work and focus on the rational. Many, especially women, are very conscious of this and understand that the slightest show of emotion can foster a stigma. But leaders have learned that it’s not about ensuring the absence of emotion throughout the day. Instead, effective leaders are using emotional intelligence to manage the emotions that come with guiding a team through highs and lows from adversity, excitement, and disappointment.

Special Instructions:

Closest metro stop: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), Mt. Vernon Square (Yellow and Green lines), Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange and Silver)

Public Parking is available at Laz Parking: 901 7th St NW and MarcParc: 500 New York Ave NW.

Talent Triangle Category:
1.5 PDUs : .5 – Strategic and Business Management, .5 Technical, .5 Leadership

About the Speakers

Dr. Douglas M. Brown

Peridot Solutions LLC

Dr. Douglas M. Brown has over 20 years of experience setting up and recovering governance practices in the public and private sector, including financial services, communications, and medical technology companies. Recent assignments include developing business process and knowledge management practices within the Defense Department and setting up Agile-based management of an operating program office. He is also an author in the business management field. His first book, “Let It Simmer: Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Stick in a Skeptical Organization”, addresses creating change without imploding the organization. His second book, “Simmer Down: How to Deliver Successful Projects Despite Impossible Deadlines and Unrealistic Budgets” explains how to maneuver through the organization’s priority-setting processes. Previous professional experience includes managerial and consulting engagements in diverse governance-related activities such as strategy development, program management, enterprise architecture, cost modeling and forecasting, and performance management. He received his Ph.D. degree in Policy Analysis from The American University in Washington DC, and holds the PgMP and PMP certifications from the Project Management Institute. Residents of Alexandria, Virginia, he and his wife enjoy live arts, dining, and their dogs.

Carla S. Nash

Carla Nash LLC

Carla Nash is a Principal & Senior Leadership Advisor with a long history of success as a leader in Management Consulting. Ms. Nash is highly sought after for her practical, commonsense approach to organizational effectiveness. She is a respected strategist with decades of experience in managing highly productive teams, executive level client work and multiple projects in the Federal market. She is often an advisor to senior leaders in the management consulting industry. Leaders work with her as a confidential and objective resource dedicated to building client-facing middle managers with a winning mindset. Ms. Nash has effectively applied over 28 years experience in Management Consulting, organizational effectiveness, capital planning, earned value management (EVM), performance management, executive coaching and multi-level marketing (MLM), to her executive coaching programs. She founded Carla Nash, LLC, which provides in-house advisory and business coaching support to small/medium-sized companies.

Ms. Nash began her consulting career managing a team and supporting the Comptroller’s Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. As one of the leading KPMG Senior Consultants, she became the focal point for developing her team and advocating for better working relationships with the client’s staff. Her unique ability to hone in on what really matters and effectively identify and communicate solutions fosters client support and loyalty. She also served as an Advisor to client-service organizations such as KM Systems Group, IntePros Federal and T. White Parker.

With a deep passion for clarity and helping others, Ms. Nash is committed to teaching and coaching ways to solve problems with strategic communication. She can identify what leaders need to know and show how to build better strategic plans, project charters, business proposals and major client deliverables. Ms. Nash serves on the Advisory Board of Prince George’s County’s Path to Greatness; a nonprofit organization focused on providing resources for the underserved. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and received her ICF approved Executive Coaching certification in 2017. She resides in Bowie, MD with her husband and son.

Candice Stennett

Director of Marketing

Candice Stennett is the Director of Marketing at SCORE. In this role, she manages the organization’s website and content strategy, including the popular SCORE LIVE Webinars and virtual conferences. She also helps support SCORE’s network of 10,000 volunteers across the nation in their goal of helping small businesses start and grow.

Candice’s prior experience includes working as a Branch Manager for Taskforce Staffing, a small business in the staffing industry and Marketing Specialist at KSWT TV in Yuma, AZ.
Candice has her Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor’s of Science in International Business and Marketing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

About the University PM Talks

Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter partners with local universities to bring our chapter events to university students, young professionals, and our members in Washington, DC on a quarterly basis. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer!

PMIEF Scholarships

PMI Educational Foundation – the philanthropic arm of PMI whose is to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge – has scholarship opportunities that may offer financial assistance to students attending as well as professionals employed by The George Washington University.

PMIEF academic scholarships provide financial assistance for degree-seeking students studying project management at accredited academic institutions.

PMIEF professional development scholarships help project managers, nonprofit staff, school administrators and teachers fund project management training. These scholarships fund standalone courses, not degree programs.

In addition to the scholarships, PMIEF also has an award opportunity that could be of interest to students studying PM at The George Washington University called the James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award.  The James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Papers are selected based upon the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project-oriented tasks. More info on the PMIEF website.

Non-profit and Government Fair, November 17

Non-Profit and Government Career Fair
November 17 | 11:30-3pm |
Register Here

11:30-12:45: Organizations Panel Discussion, Room 309
1:15-3:00: Organizations Expo, Continental Ballroom
NOTE: NSA, FBI, CIA will all be there!


Learn more about career paths within non-governmental organizations, the nonprofit community and the government from seasoned professionals in these fields. This half-day event includes a panel discussion and an organization fair featuring dozens of employers, all designed to educate students and help them build their network of contacts in the nonprofit, NGO and government career areas. This fair features dozens of employers who are recruiting for a wide range of roles including communications, engineering, finance, marketing, operations, policy analysis, research, and teaching. Register in Handshake.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 14, 2017

Top 3 for 14 November 2017:

1- Spring 2018 Registration for DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone)! If you are planning to take Capstone in Spring 2018, please send a registration transaction form to Agnes Socrates ( to register. Required information on the form such as CRN, Subject codes, etc. may be viewed from the schedule of classes under Decision Sciences. Capstone requires completion of all core courses. Approved Policy Exception Request is required for students with extenuating circumstances who need to take capstone concurrently with a core course.

2- Volunteers Needed! PMIWDC is working with PM4Change and the SBA to develop pro bono consulting teams to support non-profit organizations. Email your resume if interested. Check out the blog for more information.

3- Events Roundup:

JPSS-1 Launch rescheduled. New projected launch date is 15 November at 4:47 a.m. EST. MSPM program is continuing to communicate with Robert Estes for updates and moral support.  Liftoff can be viewed here:

PMIWDC Luncheon Circle | 30 November 2017 | 11:30 A.M. Networking, 1:00 PM Presentation | GW School of Business 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 651 Washington, DC 20052 | Register here

MSPM in the KNOW: November 7, 2017

Top 3 for 7 November 2017:

1- Update from recently concluded PMP Mega Exam Development Workshop. As posted on the newsletter last week, MSPM alumni, Lawrence Maina (2017), Rahul Rathod (2017), and current student, Angela Knight were selected to participate in the PMP Mega Exam Development Workshop from 3-5 November 2017. We recently learned that another MSPM alumnus, Jiwan Giri (2000) participated in the workshop. Jiwan, Rahul and Angela were selected to write questions for future PMP credentialing exams while Lawrence joined the team of reviewers to edit exam questions during the workshop. According to Angela Knight (GWPMA President), it was a great experience for them to develop and review questions for PMP credentialing exam. They had the opportunity to work with experts from many different industries around the world. They met individuals from Bolivia, South Africa, India, Uruguay and other countries. This is a great achievement for GWMSPM students and alumni!

2- Spring 2018 registration opens on 9 November. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Any student with questions about classes to sign up for should  schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

3- Fellowships and Job Opportunities:

DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Workforce Development Policy Analyst

  • Responsible for leading the organization’s research and advocacy on workforce policies with a focus on issues affecting low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Ideal for someone who can dive into the data, propose and analyze policy solutions that reduce unemployment, strengthen family income supports, and make every business in Washington, DC a better place to work. Full job announcement:

DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Development Director

United Nations Association-National Capital Area Graduate Fellows Program – Deadline extended – 11/16

  • Ideal for students interested in international affairs, development, trade, finance, and related disciplines. Program details and application link can be found here.

Kaiser Permanente Graduate Internship

The Quality & Operations Support department is seeking graduates in public health or business with a focus in health administration. Application details can be found here. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. 

GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund

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 university’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. Application details can be found here.