You’ll learn to craft a winning strategy for your job search. We’ll work on your plan ABC and your target company list, as well as your pitch and networking strategy. This is part of a series of modules and your participation enhances your chances of having a competitive resume and compelling story for recruiters.* A GWorkSB-approved resume and your complete plan ABC are required to attend this small group session.

Please note that if you RSVP for this session, you are making a commitment to attend. There are limited slots available so you must cancel 24 hours in advance if you can’t make it.

Sep 14, 2016, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Duques Hall Suite 560 – In Person
For GWSB Graduate Specialized Master students only.
Register via GWorkSB> Events > Workshops

2016 Career Management Program, Prospanica DC

Please join Prospanica DC, formerly NSHMBA for their upcoming 2016 Career Management Program.  This annual event will cater to diverse professionals and students in the Washington DC area providing a prime opportunity for their sponsors and universities to recruit top candidates.  Programming will include a career fair, workshops and resume critiques/mock interview clinic.

Friday, September 9, 2016
GWU Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Advanced registration is required. Please register here.

MSPM: In the KNOW, August 23, 2016

Top 3 for 23 Aug

1- The incoming class participated in orientation on campus on Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August 2016. We welcome our new MSPM students to the program. This is an exciting time of the year to join the program as we are now on our 20th year! Visit the GW PMA Facebook page for pictures from the bridge game. The program would like to thank the following MSPM Ambassadors for helping us run the orientation flawlessly:

Current Students: Rahul Rathod, Krishna Tummala and Phebean Williams.

MSPM Alumni: Wilbert Davis (’16), William Davis (’14), Michael Ortiz (’14), Elizabeth Rouse (’16), Graham Sloan (’16) and Chad Wendolek (’16).

2- The Office of the Registrar provides all registration deadlines and refund schedule for students to be aware of. If you are not yet registered for classes, please register now via GWeb. Be reminded that restrictions on most MSPM courses had been removed effective Fall 2016. This resulted to higher number of students registering for MSPM courses. Need help with registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

3- The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) is inviting presenters to their annual meeting next year. If interested, submit your abstract by 31 August through this link:

Cost Analysis Positions with Department of Homeland Security

The job announcements viewable by links below will be open until Monday, August 8th.  The Cost Analysis Division at DHS is responsible for providing objective
cost estimates and analyses that enable DHS acquisition and resource
decision making.  The Division reports to the Department’s Chief Financial
Officer and regularly interact and advise the Deputy Under Secretary
for Management, Component Acquisition Executives and Component
Financial Officers.

In this position, selected candidates will be responsible for
developing Independent Cost Estimates and Assessments for DHS’s major
acquisitions, reviewing program office LCCEs, conducting affordability
analysis, establishing and implementing policy and tool sets to
further cost estimating and advising the Homeland Security Acquisition
Institute (HSAI) on career field certification, training, and
education for the cost estimating and analysis community.  This is a
unique opportunity to join a team that is actively building the DHS
cost analysis function of the future.
GS13 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status:

GS13 Opening for all others:

GS14 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status:

GS14 Opening for all others:

Congratulations Sandra Mejia Villegas, Outstanding Young Professional Awardee, AACE International

MSPM student, Sandra Mejia Villegas is receiving the 2016 AACE International Outstanding Young Professional Award.  This Award was established through the Young Professionals Committee in 2011 to honor the younger generation of professionals in the cost and management field and who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Sandra joined the MS in Project Management Program at the George Washington University in Spring 2015 while working as a Cost Analyst at ConocoPhillips. She currently serves as  the co-chair of the Women in Project Controls Committee (2015-present) and is actively participating in the AACE’s Mentoring Program.

The AACE International is a non-profit association serving the total cost management community since 1956 by providing resources its members and stakeholders need to enhance their performance. The AACE international is the technical authority for program/project cost and schedule management.


MSPM in the KNOW: June 14, 2016

Top 3 for 14 Jun

1- Summer Session II

Summer session II begins 5 July 2016 (Tuesday due to holiday on Monday, 4 July). Review drop deadlines including refund schedule via the registrar’s website to avoid penalty.


Call for Presentation Proposals for 26 September GW DIT PPMO Symposium,  Due 24 June. The GW Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office is accepting presentation proposals for their second Project Management Symposium to be held Monday, 26 September. Proposals are due 24 June. Visit for more details on submission. Contact with any questions.

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 22 June. The June 2016 PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon features Salah Elleighty speaking on “The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility.” Event is free and is held at GWSB, Duques Hall, room 453 on Wednesday, 22 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register today.

3 – Resources

Jobs. The GW MSPM program receives interest from employers looking to hire our students and graduates. The jobs listed below are from direct solicitations of the program/school/university.

Graduate Talent, Colgate-Palmolive (Africa)

Research Manager, Global Integrity

Operations Associate, Global Integrity

Community Relations Coordinator, SmartChef (Summer Job)

Grants. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition for 2017-18 is open for current graduate students and graduate student alumni! (You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible.) The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed Academic Study, Research ProjectsEnglish Teaching Assistant Programs or specialized programs such as the Fulbright Clinton and/or Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

PMIWDC Luncheon Event: The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility featuring Salah Elleithy

Hosted by the GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program, the PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon is a series of free brown-bag luncheons featuring industry experts in project management. The event is free, however pre-registration is preferred.

Agility is a strategic issue. It is essential to any organizations not only to survive but to thrive! The ability to respond to change is becoming more and more important every day. In this session, we will explore the 3 key ingredients to enabling organization agility and how to apply them to enable a more agile organization.Then, we apply a sponsor management process and various techniques and tools to help you focus your sponsor on precisely what they need to know, help them understand what is expected of them throughout the project lifecycle, and how they can support you through the process of managing a project.

Salah Elleithy, gets the most joy out of sparking curiosity in learning and experimentation. Over the years, he worked in business analysis, management, agile coaching and consulting. Salah is passionate about organizational development and enhancing teams capabilities through teaching, training, coaching and facilitation. He views his work as helping organizations design a community (culture) of learning. A couple of years ago, he attended training from the BACK of the room which focus on
accelerated learning and brain based instructional design models and instantly saw the connection between learning and agility. Salah is also the founder and learning facilitator of SparkAgility. He also served as the product manager for ReadyforAgile. Salah organizes and facilitates Agile NOVA meetup.

Date: Wednesday,  22 June 2016                                                                                     Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Event Location: 2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room
453 Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Register here.

MSPM: In the KNOW, June 7, 2016

Top 3 for 7 June

1 – Registration

The last day to withdraw from a Summer Session 1 class with a grade of W using the RTF-EZ is Friday, 10 Jun.  Sunday, 12 June is the last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ using  GWeb. Summer Session II begins Tuesday, 5 July and Monday, 11 July is the last day to add a class via GWeb.

Fall 2016 registration is ongoing. Register now via  GWeb to secure your seat. View the Fall registration schedule here. Registration for DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) requires submission of a Registration Transaction Form (RTF) to Agnes Socrates  ( for approval. Details required in the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes.  MSPM is offering one elective in the fall, DNSC 6290 Project Management and Organizational Context (1.5 credits). More information is available on this link. To ensure you are on track for your target graduation, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

2 – Resources

SmartChef is hiring Business Grad Students this summer who will be engaged with the local restaurant community to educate and sign up restaurants for an application that is designed to save them money. They need at least six students in June to July.  More information is available here.

Reminder, Graduate Ambassadors Program is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017.  Last day to apply is 15 June.  Apply to be a Graduate Ambassador here!

Several job and internship opportunities are posted on our resources page, now is a great time to check it out.

3 – Events

Registration is now open for our upcoming PMI Saturday Program, The Rebirth of Business Relationship Management! Get signed up now to network with project managers. We’ll hear from Steven Plante, Managing Partner of Business Transformation Partners, on the Business Relationship Management (BRM) discipline emerging as a strategic capability

The Rebirth of Business Relationship Management                                                 Date: Saturday, 25 June  from 8:15am10:15am
Location: Jacobs Technology                                                                                            3850 Fettler Park DriveDumfries, Virginia 22025                                                                See map: Google Maps

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

GWUSB GraduationIt was a successful commencement week, yet bittersweet end-of-a-beginning last week as the 2016 graduates embark on a new journey. Sixty-five MSPM students (including author of this blog) joined the ranks of General Colin Powell, M.B.A. (Former US Secretary of State); Jacqueline Kennedy, B.A. (Former First Lady of the United States) and Baroness Joanna Shields, M.B.A. (Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Internet Safety & Security in the United Kingdom), to name a few, as graduates of the George Washington University on May 15, 2016. We celebrated in multiple ways between the residency week for the capstone students, the GWSB Gala, GWSB Commencement Celebration and the GW Commencement at the National Mall. Congratulations fellow 2016 graduates!

US Senator Cory Booker brought enthusiasm during his Commencement address at the National Mall. His words were moving:

“Stay faithful because you have come this far by faith—faith in each other, faith in yourselves, faith in our country. And understand that you may not be called to change the whole world, but to one person, you could make a world of difference.”


Cory Booker GWU Commencement

Photo credit: GW Media

To piggyback on Sen. Booker’s speech, here are some words of wisdom to my fellow graduates:

Sometimes our worst enemy is being afraid of taking risks. We often discount the cost of inaction, and we tend to focus too much on the likelihood of risks occurring when the truth is, the odds of them not happening are higher. So fellow graduates, soar high and welcome all the new challenges ahead of you!

Check out the GW Commencement highlights via:

The Impact of Disruptive Technology: May 9, 2016

The Growth Dialogue & GW-CIBER is hosting a free event open to all students including MSPM students.
How Do Disruptive Technologies Affect Us?

  • Many benefits for consumers as seen in ICT
  • New opportunities for the sharing economy
  • Technical improvement to produce new things more cheaply


  • Significant job losses are possible
  • Firms are reluctant to invest in existing technologies
  • Geographic competitive advantage shifts quickly

Special Guest Speaker: Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Speaker & Moderator: Danny Leipziger, Managing Director, The Growth Dialogue; Professor of Practice of International Business, GW School of Business

Duques Hall, Room 650 – GW School of Business 2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052 – View Map