Category Archives: Training

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®).

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: March 20, 2018

Top 3 for 20 March 2018: 

1- Thank you to those who sent their entries for free registration to the Spring 2018 PMP Review Course. Awardees have been selected last week and were notified via email. Those who have not been selected, please keep an eye on future announcements.

2- NASA Needs Your Help! MSPM student and NASA’s CERES Deputy Project Manager, Bob Estes, extends an invitation to everyone to record cloud observations to validate CERES project data: no experience necessary! From March 15 through April 15, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app. Researchers use, and value, this citizen science cloud data because it helps to validate data from Earth-observing instruments. Scientists at Langley work with a suite of six instruments known as the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES).

Citizen science observations are especially helpful now because scientists are starting to verify data from a new CERES instrument. CERES FM6 launched to orbit on 18 Nov. 2017, and began taking measurements on 5 Jan. 2018. There is also a CERES instrument currently flying on Suomi NPP.

3- Networking, internship and job opportunities. Each week the MSPM program is receiving requests to post information about jobs and networking opportunities. Below is summary of opportunities this week:

Smarter Faster Revolution21 March

Students still seeking are invited to attend this event at Howard University to learn how to prepare for summer internships and spring hiring. There will be an optional recruiting session with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Axios, followed by a conversation on jobs of the future. Register here.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Jobs and Internships Webinar19 April

Designed specifically for students and recent graduates who are interested in beginning a career with FEMA, this virtual event will feature an overview of FEMA’s application and hiring process, highlight exciting entry-level program opportunities, and a panel of FEMA experts will answer live questions from webinar participants. Event is free for participants. To register for the event, visit As space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Partners of the Americas – Hiring Now for their DC Office! Partners of the Americas is recruiting for the Finance & Accounting Traineeship Program. This traineeship is paid and the compensation rate will be determined based on prior experience and education. Application link can be found here.

American Political Science Association (APSA) is seeking a Temporary Accountant. The position will support key accounting projects and various other accounting-related assignments. This is ideal for students pursuing a master’s degree or post graduate in Finance and Accounting. This can potentially to lead to a visa sponsorship. Application link can be found here.

Quinn Fellows Internship Fund. The Quinn Fellows Fund provides financial support for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing international business internships – overseas or within the U.S., in the public or private sector, and in any type of organization. Each individual award will be up to $5,000. The funding can be used to supplement an unpaid and/or under-funded internship, and also travel and living costs associated with overseas internships. The Quinn Fellows program is funded by a generous donation from Mr. Michael Quinn (an alumnus of the Elliott School of International Affairs and a member of the Boards of Advisors of both the Elliott School and the GW School of Business), and administered by GW-CIBER. The application deadline is 22 April 2018. For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

Clayman C. Myers, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, due 1 May

Amount (USD): Up to $2,000

Deadline: 1 May

Apply via:


The Washington, DC Chapter is offering a scholarship valued up to US$2,000. The Scholarship is open to any DC Chapter member pursuing for-credit education in project management at an accredited educational institution in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Application and Notification

To apply for this scholarship, complete the Academic Application for Undergraduates and Graduates.  When you complete this application you will be considered for all academic scholarships for which you meet the criteria, so separate applications are not required for individual scholarships.  The application opens on January 1 and closes on May 1.  All notification of application status will be made to the email address you provide in your scholarship application.

To review the guidelines for Academic Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Guidelines.


The scholarship is open to any DC Chapter member attending or planning to attend any accredited college or university pursuing for-credit education in project management at an accredited educational institution in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

MSPM in the KNOW: October 24, 2017

Top 3 for 24 October 2017

1- Spring 2018 schedule now available. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Questions about classes to sign up for? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via (include your GWID).

Students must clear any outstanding holds to be eligible to register.To view the hold on your account, please visit: GWeb at

  • Choose Student Records
  • Choose Student Records Information Menu
  • Choose View Administrative Holds

2- Internships, Fellowships and Job Opportunities

Congressional Budget Office Seeks a Public & Private Mandates Analyst – Deadline 10/25

  • The Budget Analysis Division is seeking an analyst for its Public and Private Mandates Unit to help CBO carry out its responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. More information can be found here.

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is Hiring Project Manager – Deadline n/a

  • HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Read more here.

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Info Session – 10/25

  • Learn more about the internships and full time career opportunities in Healthcare Consulting, Technology, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Health Policy, and more! More information can be found here. 

American Express Graduate Internships – Accepting Applications Now

  • Opportunities are available in Consulting, Marketing, HR, Strategy, etc. More information can be found here.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

  • Seeking recent and current graduate students. Application opens on 10/23 at noon. More information can be found here.

Johnson & Johnson HR Leadership Development Program Virtual Info Session – 11/1

  • Open to all master students. Ideal for students with +5 years of work experience. Registration can be done here.

AARP – Strategy & Performance Part-Time, Year-Round Internship for Grad Students

  • Need a strong graduate student who is interested in a part-time, year-round internship (in January) with our Community States & National Affairs team.  Intern has to have a keen attention to detail, strong Excel and data mining experience, maintain data and content and project management support.  Students can apply directly to:– Job # 12459229.

3- Events Roundup:

PMI® Global Conference | 28 – 30 October 2017 | McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Stop by the GW MSPM booth (#612) at the Exhibition Hall. Email if you will be there.

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651 | RSVP at

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?


Dr. Saya Sone, Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science Virginia International University

Event Date:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location:

The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Room, Room 451

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost:

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

Networking 11:30 – 12:00
Presentation 12:00 – 1:00

About the Event

How did you distribute your 168 hours a week? If you spent more than 42% at work, this is the workshop for you. How often do you check your smartphone? If you check your phone every hour or less, you would be interested in learning how to deal with your stressful life. Do you spend your day of back-to-back meetings, a hundred or so emails, interminable conference calls, dozens of decisions, a contentious conversation or two, and a rough commute? When we are all busy at work or in our life, have you thought about how you could make the impact to gain your happy work life? This workshop is to help you through a mindfulness journey to identify what you can make a difference or any alternative to organize your mindfulness game plan to stay on track with it. For example, how could we manage our time better to get a beautiful mind?

This workshop is based on a book “Overworked and Overwhelmed” by Scott Eblin who introduces the following three steps:

  • Your best: You will organize the characteristics and behaviors that reflect how you are when you are showing up as the best version of yourself
  • Your Routine: If you want to be in the certain way (excellence), you have to do things that reinforce that state.
  • Outcomes: What difference do you want to make in your professional life, working environment, and community?

You will determine your most important goals and sets you on a course to reach them. Get started by clarifying the core characteristic that represents you at your best when you feel most comfortable and productive. The routines in four domains could be physical, spiritual, mental, and relational that will reinforce peak performance. Through the reflection, we hope to care in the three main areas – at your best, what the routines to make you at best, and what outcome would come in team, community, organization.

Special Instructions:
  • Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered parking is available
  • Photo ID is required
  • Use 22nd Street entrance
PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

Dr. Saya Sone

Virginia International University
Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science

Dr. Saya Sone is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), an Enterprise Agile Coach, a professor at VIU (Virginia International University), and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

Dr. Sone’s passion is to help her clients such as CTO, CIO, CEO, Individuals, and teams to discover their new beliefs, thoughts, directions, or emotions that strengthen their capabilities to accomplish their priorities. Her happiness is to be a partner when her clients grown in their potentials.

When Dr. Sone enjoys delivering her speeches in schools, conferences, meetups, and organizations, her topics include motivations for behavioral changes, keeping balance for maximum growth, designing Lean Canvas to recognize MVP (Minimal Viable product), setting goals to achieve life potential and a variety of Agile and coaching related topics.

Dr. Sone is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). She wrote two books Business Value of Agile Methods: Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation” and Mapping Agile Practices to Project Management Challenges.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 March 2017

1- Trouble registering for Summer 2017? Be sure to remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from registration. To view your holds, log in to GWeb, click “Student Record and Registration” then “Student Records Information Menu.” Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds.”  If you have a financial hold, please direct your questions to student accounts: | 202-994-7350. For administrative holds, email your academic advisor,

 2- New York City Mayor’s Office of Appointments is hiring several positions. Check out the blog for list of job vacancies.  If interested in applying and you want MSPM program to recommend you, email your resume to

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is seeking a Programme and Project Intelligence Analyst Intern. Check out announcement on the blog for more information.

3- Looking to beef up your presentation skills?  Are you currently on your second year of the MSPM program? Join the “Say It with Presentations” by Gene Zelazny:

Thursday, April 13, 2017 Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052 10:30 am – 11:00 am – Check-in  11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Workshop

Registration via GWorkSB > is required for this event. Register in via GWorkSB > > Events > Workshops. 

MSPM in the KNOW: March 21, 2017

Top 3 for 21 March 2017

1- Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule for Summer 2017 now available. Schedule for the weekly live chat sessions via the Blackboard Collaborate for Summer 2017 is now available on the blog. Students enrolled in the summer semester are highly encouraged to participate in the blackboard collaborate sessions.

2- Decision Sciences needs a Grader. The department of Decision Sciences is in need of a part-time Grader for Summer 2017. Eligibility includes current students in good standing who had already taken the DNSC 6238 Project Management Organizational Context (formerly DNSC 6290). If interested, please send your resume to: by 7 April.

3- Resources. Interested to learn about your funding options and professional development opportunities? Review your funding options via MSPM blog under financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships.

PMI Educational Foundation offers academic and professional development scholarships. Learn about eligibility criteria and deadlines via this link.

Veterans may be eligible for GW VALOR Professional Grant, where GW VALOR reimburses the cost (in the form of a grant) to take the examination for designated credentials such as PMP certification exam. Check GW VALOR website if interested to apply.

As announced last week, naisA is offering career development fellowship opportunities. A large career and recruitment fair is coming up on 20 April in CityCenter, Downtown DC from 6 – 9 pm. Check out event web page at MSPM students may be able to waive registration by sending a resume to Angela at before 31 March.