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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 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: April 24, 2018

Top 3 for 24 April 2018:

1- The George Washington University announced the appointment of Dr. Anuj Mehrotra as new GWSB Dean. Dr. Mehrotra will take office at GWSB on 1 July 2018. Dr. Vivek Choudhury, who has been serving as the GWSB Interim Dean for the past year, has done a remarkable job of leading the school following Dr. Linda Livingstone’s departure. Dr. Mehrotra is currently the Senior Vice-Dean for Faculty Development and Research at the University of Miami’s Business School (read more here).

2- The George Washington University will host a slate of France-themed events this week to commemorate Wednesday’s visit by President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron to the Foggy Bottom Campus. Mr. Macron will host a town hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday, 25 April, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tickets will be made available to GW students through a lottery system.

3- Internships and job opportunities:

 St. Mary’s County Needs an Executive Director

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Visit St. Mary’s MD. He/she is responsible for the growth of tourism and convention/meeting business. He/she also interfaces with key community, government, hospitality, media and tourism leaders and demonstrates VSM’s positive impact on St. Mary’s County. Learn more and apply here.

 DLA Piper LLP Wants You to Join Their Pitch & Proposal Team!

  • DLA Piper LLP (US) a leading global business law firm is seeking a Pitch & Proposal Coordinator and a Manager of Pitch & Proposal to join their team. The pitch and proposal team collaborates with lawyers to identify value propositions, determine strategy and develop key messaging when engaging new business.

 Calling All Soon-to-be May ’18 Grads! Integrity Management Consulting is Seeking a Contract Specialist

  • Integrity Management Consulting has an immediate need for a Contract Specialist located at Quantico working with NCIS.  Ideal for students with a degree in Government Contracts (or business degree with a contract management certificate) and 2-3 years experience. Apply here.

Analyst / Intern at Beekman Advisors, Inc.

  • Experience in investment banking, consulting, private equity or business planning/analysis preferred. Knowledge or experience in commercial real estate finance is ideal. Proficiency with Excel is critical. Ability to work in a fast paced and confidential environment is crucial. Position will conduct research and assist staff with client projects, market intelligence, and financial analyses. Apply here.

 GOO-RU is Seeking a Social and Digital Media Marketing Intern!

  • This local tech-based sales consultancy is looking for an intern to grow their social media presence. The intern would also work with the Founder and CEO, as well as the CMO directly to develop and execute social media strategies for GOO-RU as a company as well as the Table event series. Apply here.

Summer 2018 KACIF – General Applications Accepted until May 1, 2018

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. 

MSPM in the KNOW: April 17, 2018

Top 3 for 17 April 2018: 

1- Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 registrations are ongoing. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Holds can prevent students from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as tuition fee due to GW, the need to meet with your advisor, placement on probation, or unmet program requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar site 

2- As announced on the newsletter last week, GW is hosting two events this month (see below). Students are highly encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive Professional Development Units (PDUs). Registration is free for students.  

PM University Talks featuring Alan Zucker, PMP (CEO, Project Management Essentials); Chris Girolamo, PMP (Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group STG, Inc.); and David S. Maurer, PMP (Ret. Lieutenant Colonel, USA). University PM Talks offer certified PMPs 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) in the following categories:

  • Technical Project Management (0.5)
  • Leadership (0.5)
  • Strategic and Business Management (0.5)

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm | George Washington University
2201 G Street NW Washington Duques Room 453, DC, 20052 Register Here

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: Training from the BACK of the Room! 6 Trumps to Shift Your Teaching Stance featuring Kim Braindard (Trainer/Founder of Agile Brain).                                                                                                      

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation                  George Washington University 2201 G Street NW Room: 453 Washington, District of Columbia 20052 Register Here

3- Networking and job opportunities:

 HireDC Fair – Open to alumni and soon-to-be May grads (26 April). Whether you’re looking for a new career in business, education, engineering, health-care, government or non-profit, technology, or other fields you will find all the best employers at HireDC. Event sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Register here.

Gannett/USA Today Needs a Project Coordinator to Start ASAP! GWU recent grads are given priority to apply for this role. You will report to the Head of Consumer Products and will support some of the highest-priority projects and products at the company. Apply here. 

Goodwill Industries International is Seeking a Learning Digital Engagement Intern Goodwill is looking for a student with a background in digital events, event management, marketing, technology based learning, or another related field to join their learning digital engagement team. Apply here. 

K Squared (K2) is Seeking 4 Associates and 1 Analyst to Start ASAP! K2, a private equity fund based in Colorado, is currently looking for four Associates and one Analyst to join their startup. Job descriptions and information can be found on their website here. Watch this video from one of their Senior Associates to learn more about the internship program.  

UNIDOS Position Announcement! UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, is seeking an Event & Meeting Planner to join their Marketing department. The ideal candidate has a minimum of five successful years of professional event and meeting planning experience. Apply here. 

Pitch your business idea to Shark Tank! Register here to pitch your business at the D.C. Casting Call for ABC’s Shark Tank on 4/26.

2018 MSPM Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 MSPM award winners!  Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty. Students vote this year went to Dr. Janne Kettunen for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty award.

The MSPM program selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The 2018 results are now available and the winners are as follows: 

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Bakdaulet Turgarayev

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Angela Knight

Vugar Mammadov

Melody Peppard

Phebean Williams

The award winners will be honored at an invitation-only ceremony on Thursday, May 17, at the Betts Theater and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 18. Congratulations to the winners: Dr. Kettunen, Bakdaulet, Angela, Vugar, Melody and Phebean!

MSPM in the KNOW: April 3, 2018

Top 3 for 3 April 2018:  

1-  Fall 2018 Registration begins 13 April. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? E-mail aesocrates@gwu.edu or schedule an advisement session via  www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

2- Reminder for graduating students, commencement ticket distribution is ongoing until 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link: https://business.gwu.edu/gwsb-commencement/ticket-distribution

3-  Networking and job opportunities:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is Seeking a Part-Time Client Associate! – Apply by 10 April

  • The Client Associate provides administrative support in all phases of client service, client relationship building, and account maintenance to assist the business activities of Financial Advisors (FAs). Apply here.

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is Hiring Interns Now!

HireDC Fair – Open to alumni, recent graduates, and soon-to-be May grads! 26 April

  • Whether you’re looking for a new career in accounting, consulting, education, engineering, finance, health-care, government or non-profit, investment banking, marketing, media, sales or technology, you will find all the best employers at HIREDC. Register here.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 27, 2018

Top 3 for 27 March 2018  

1- Commencement Tickets. Graduating students may pick up tickets for University Commencement and GWSB Doctoral and Masters celebration beginning 2 through 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM, location is in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link: https://business.gwu.edu/gwsb-commencement/ticket-distribution

2- Upcoming Events:

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile’s Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations featuring Mahendiran Periyasamy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation

Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Room: 453 Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Register Here

Agile Transformation has been the proven game-changer towards the positive transformation in building high performing Agile culture embedded teams and the high performing organizations. Agile and live coaching can lead to better methods of continuous improvements in the journey of building and scaling up the teams’ high performance. This will help the organizations to enable high product development speed while maintaining a highly available service.

Study Abroad Project Management Applications: PyeongChang Olympics Project Planning Observations featuring Melody Peppard (MBA-MSPM student)

Friday 6 April 2018 | Duques Hall Room 258 2201 G Street NW Washington DC 20052 | 4:30-5:30 PM 

This event will provide an overview of the Olympic Games planning cycle with experiences learned from attending 2018 PyeongChang winter games. Project management concepts and challenges will be discussed for each stage of the planning phases from a Host City of the Olympic Games perspective and an International Olympic Committee perspective. MSPM students are highly encouraged to attend this presentation. RSVP is required via email invitation sent on 26 March. Contact Agnes Socrates, aesocrates@gwu.edu if you have not received your invite.

3- BNY Mellon is Seeking a Sr. Representative in Mutual Fund/Client Accounting!  The person in this role will serve as a lead for the day-to-day operations of a small- to medium-sized fund accounting support team, providing work direction and technical assistance on complex matters. Application link can be found here.