PMIWDC Volunteer Opportunity (2017-2018)

Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter is looking for a volunteer to chair the University PM Talks- Evening Meetings for the term 2017-2018. If interested, please email your application to no later than 9/30/2017.


University PM Talks (UPMT) is a 2-hour quarterly evening meeting event, held at a University or College in the District. It begins with a 30-minute networking event in which light food (pizza) and beverages (soda/water) is served prior to the presentations. This networking event offers great opportunities to meet current PMIWDC board members and other seasoned project management professionals already established in the area.

The presentation usually consists of three 20-minute presentations, (from three different speakers), who each focus on one of the three PMI’s Talent Triangle topics (Leadership, Business & Strategy, and Technology). This is followed by a 30-minute panel discussion or Q&A afterwards, totaling 90 minutes (1.5 PDU’s) of PM content.

The University PM Talks (UPMT) series will continue to offer low cost fees to University students and feature cutting-edge speakers, light food and beverages, with great opportunities for connecting with other students and professionals interested in project management, all in a no-nonsense format designed especially for a busy PM’s midweek schedule.  

Duties: Manage UPMT team and day-of volunteers, identify and vet speakers for UPMT events, oversee event logistics, coordinate with event contractor, venue and speakers, market and advertise with PMIWDC‘s Marketing Team and coordinate with PMIWDC’s Educational Alliances team.  Duties include but not limited to:

  • Identify and vet speakers for each quarterly event
  • Speaker management – get bio, picture, abstract and presentation from speaker and post into the speaker database, order the honorarium for speaker
  • Act as speaker liaison before, during and after event
  • Get final registration list from PMR to use on event day
  • Ensure there are enough PMIWDC brochures, swag and other giveaways
  • Manage the cash box for walk-ins and deposit any monies received
  • Introduce speaker and giveaway honorarium if VP not present
  • Work closely with venue vendor for contract fulfillment
  • Email speaker survey results and update the speaker database too.
  • Work with University and Student groups to socialize events
  • Work closely with Marketing and post events to Social Media
  • Work closely with Educational Alliances to reserve meeting space
  • Works closely with and reports status to Programs AVP 

Deliverables: Identify and vet speakers & be on site for quarterly events and participate in program OA planning meetings 

Desired Skill sets:

1. Current student (graduate (or undergraduate) attending a local University or College and specializing (or interested) in project management.

2. Coordination and organizational skills desired 3. Experience with Social Media and the ability to post upcoming UPMT events 4. Team player 5. Flexibility to attend the UPMT evening events (approx. 5pm to 7pm) on a quarterly basis. 

Estimated time commitment by hours/week over the course of the position:

9.0 Hours/quarter – (3 hours per month) 

Start date of opportunity (mm/dd/yyyy): 9/30/2017

End date of opportunity (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/31/2018 

Application open date: Now

Application close date : 9/30/2017 

Number of openings: 1

MSPM in the KNOW: August 29, 2017

Top 3 for 29 August 2017:

1-  Welcome back returning students and welcome to GW for our new MSPM students!  I hope you all had a relaxing summer and are ready to begin the fall semester. This is an exciting time to be in the program as GWSB has launched several graduate certificate programs that you may combine with your masters, effective Fall 2017.

Get to know the incoming Fall 2017 class via the latest Bio Book.  Interested in learning about current students in the program?  You can view previous Bio Books under the Resources tab at

2-  Confirm your Fall 2017 schedule by logging into GWeb.  Look up your class schedule via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time.  Blackboard is not the place to go to confirm your registration. Remember that Blackboard portal will not be available until your instructor turns it on. Blackboard for DNSC 6261 Intro to Project Management and DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) will be available on the first day of the class. Blackboard portal for DNSC 6247 Organization Management and Leadership for campus students will likely be open on first day of class as well. Contact your course instructor if you are unable to view Blackboard on first day of class.

3-  Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Reminder. The Blackboard Collaborate Session schedule for Fall 2017 is posted on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute virtual sessions designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. Joining the Blackboard Collaborate sessions gives student an opportunity to ask questions related to previous lecture, readings, assignments or logistics of the class. Check out schedule via this link. Note that instructor may change the schedule at any time. Students will be notified by instructor if changes occur.



MSPM in the KNOW: August 22, 2017

Top 3 for 22 August 2017

1-  Continuous Enrollment Fall 2017. Reminder, all current students must be either enrolled in coursework or on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) no later than 5 pm on Friday, 25 August. If you have not registered for courses in the fall term or applied for a Leave of Absence, contact our office immediately to discuss your plans (202-994-6145).  

2-  Capstone Residency Week. Students in the distance section of DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) are required to participate in the residency week to complete the course requirements. We anticipate residency week in Fall 2017 to run from Monday, 11 December through Wednesday, 13 December. Final details will be discussed with instructor in class. If you have any issues meeting this requirement, contact Agnes Socrates ( to discuss options.

3-  Thank you MSPM Volunteers! Thank you to our recent graduates (MSPM ’17) Robert Endler, Shabnam Javid, Ahmed Mahdi, Taghreed Mahdi and current students Lisa Samuel Hamilton, Samantha Macinnis and Misrak Negatu for helping us welcome our new MSPM students. The Fall 2017 Orientation held on Saturday, 19 August was a success because of your continued support to our program!

Welcome Incoming Fall 2017 Students

Orientation for incoming students was held on GWU Campus on Saturday, 19 August. This year’s orientation was optional for students to attend, yet, we are fortunate to have many of them come to the orientation. Welcome to GWU, Fall 2017 students!

Please check out the event photos on our facebook page.


Posted by GW Project Management Program on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Alumni Virtual Networking Hour

Alumni Industry Networks: Virtual Networking Hour

Wednesday, August 23 | 12-1pm ET (Online)

GW alumni all over the world can connect to share experiences, exchange career tips, and build their professional networks over a series of eight minute text-based chats. Online networking enables you to speed-network from wherever you are: home, office, library, even on the road. You’ll be able to pick an industry cluster (from our current Alumni Industry Networks) that you’d like to network with throughout the hour (you can choose more than one!).

MSPM in the KNOW: August 15, 2017

Top 3 for 15 August

1-    Review summer grades, academic policies and requirements. Students should review their grades for courses taken in summer 2017 semester. Contact your instructor for any missing grades. Now is also a good time to go over the academic policies. GW’s general requirements, including information on grades appears under University Regulations in the Bulletin. Details on academic probation, grades of F, suspension, and incompletes are available under the GWSB Graduate Programs website. Each student is required to know these requirements and regulations. If you have questions about your academic standing, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

2-     Fall 2017 Textbooks. List of fall 2017 textbooks is now available on the blog. Please check list via this link. Email your course instructor with any questions regarding textbooks. Note that the GW bookstore has moved all course materials, including ALL required and recommended textbooks, to only be available online at Therefore, students will NOT be able to purchase books on campus, the day of classes as it was done before. Please consider this change as you plan to purchase your books for the fall 2017 semester.

3-    Registering for DNSC 6254 Risk Management (1.5) or DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation and Control (1.5) in the fall semester? Some of you are unable to self-register for DNSC 6254 and DNSC 6257 even though you have completed the prerequisites for these courses. If you are one of these students, you must register via a Registration Transaction Form (RTF), not via GWeb. Submit a completed RTF to Agnes Socrates by email ( Details for the form, such as the course CRN and section are found on the Schedule of Classes under Decision Sciences.

Fall 2017 Textbooks

Course Title Required Textbook Author(s) ISBN
DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making Decision by Objectives, 2001; Download via:   Predictably Irrational, 2010 or any edition Forman and Selly    Ariely 9810241429 9780061353246
DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Mgt Project Portfolio Mgt: A Practical Guide to Selecting Projects, Managing Portfolio, and Maximizing Benefits, 2005, 1st edition Mastering Project Portfolio Mgt: A Systems Approach to Achieving Strategic Objectives, 2011 Levine   Bible and Bivins 9780787977542 9781604270662
DNSC 6254 Risk Management Identifying Project Risk, 2015, 3rd edition Kendrick 9780814436080
DNSC 6236: Project Quality Management Project Quality Management: Why, What and How Second Edition Managing for Quality and Performance Excellence 10th Edition Kenneth H. Rose James R. Evans and William M. Lindsay 9781604271027 9781305662544
DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Proj Mgt No Required Textbook
DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation and Control Total Cost Mgt Framework: An Integrated Approach to Portfolio, Program, and Project Mgt, 2015, 2nd edition Stephenson 9781508804765
DNSC 6202 Statistics for Managers Essentials of Modern Business Statistics (with Microsoft Excel), 2016, 6th edition Anderson, Sweeney and Williams 9781285867045
DNSC 6261 Introduction to Project Mgt Project Mgt: A Managerial Approach, 2014, 9th edition, binder ready version or Project Mgt: A Managerial Approach, 2014, 9th edition, e-text version Meredith, Mantel, and Shafer 9781118947029  or  9781119031970
DNSC 6269: PM Application (Capstone) None
DNSC 6247 Organization, Management, and Leadership Developing Management Skills, 2016, 9th edition (for Dr. Keleher’s class, distance section)

For Dr. Gaardner’s course (campus section, no required textbook but there will be Harvard Business Review packet of materials required)

Cameron and Whetten 9780133254228

MSPM in the KNOW: August 8, 2017

Top 3 for 8 August

1-    Congratulations Yuxin Hu! Yuxin is now the new MSPM delegate for the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) for School Year 2017-2018. Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. We are fortunate to have Yuxin represent the MSPM program. Congratulations Yuxin!

2-    Taking Capstone in Fall 2017? Reminder, the DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) course is taken in the final semester of the program.  All core courses must be completed prior to enrollment in capstone. An exception is made for fulltime students who may be required to enroll in Capstone and outstanding core courses simultaneously or for students with extenuating circumstances. Approved Policy Exception is required if you are not on your final term in the program and you are planning to take Capstone. Please submit your completed Policy Exception request to Agnes Socrates, no later than 23 August 2017 for consideration.

3-    The US-Philippines Society and the GWU-MSPM are pleased to invite you to a Forum with Development Academy President, Dr. Elba S. Cruz. Event is free and lunch will be provided. Details are as follows:

Monday, 14 August 12-2pm  | GW School of Business 2201 G Street NW          Washington DC 20052 | Register Here

About the Speaker: Dr. Cruz, President and CEO of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), will discuss issues of Philippine governance focusing on the reform agenda of the Duterte Administration. She will highlight the role of the DAP in capacity building and its Center of Excellence for Public Sector Productivity, and describe how effective project management can be a catalyst for improved public sector productivity, good governance, and national development.