MSPM in the KNOW: November 5, 2019

Spring 2020 Capstone Registration

Reminder, registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires completion of all coursework or program approval. To register for Capstone, complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to aesocrates@gwu.edu. Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences. Those intending to enroll in the distance section of Capstone are required to attend a one week residency program at Foggy Bottom campus to defend their capstone projects. Tentative schedule for the residency week is from May 11-15, 2020 right before the University Commencement.  Questions about Capstone? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via  calendly.com/agnessocrates and include your GWid.

Executive-in-Residence Sessions

Thinking of changing careers or moving up in your current field? Come to the Executive-In-Sessions on November 7! It is an opportunity for one-on-one informational interviews with executives in several fields. See more information below.

Register now for the Executive-in-Residence Sessions!

Applications for Spring 2020 Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund Grants Accepted through November 15, 2019


Students who will be interning in necessarily-unpaid internships in the Spring of 2020 are encouraged to apply to the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program.

Facilitated by the university’s Career Services Council and funded through the generous support of alumni, parents and other members of the GW community, KACIF grants for domestic internships typically range from $750 to $1500 and grants for international internships typically range from $2000 to $3000.  Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2019. Interested students can go to the KACIF website at http://go.gwu.edu/internfund to review more information, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, and are invited to contact us at gwkacif@gwu.edu with any questions. You are invited to watch the video clip of past KACIF recipients talking about their experiences below.

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Spring 2020 Blackboard Collaborate Session

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule is now available for the Spring 2020 semester (see below). Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and asking any questions to the professor regarding the lecture materials or assignments.

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MSPM in the KNOW: October 29, 2019

There is still time to register for this month’s PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon hosted by the GW MSPM!


“Managing Delivery for Machine Learning Products ” featuring Zorina Alliata,  Program Manager at AI/ML Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services


Event Date Thursday, October 31, 2019 – 11:30am Networking | 12-1pm Presentation

Event Location The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Room 453 2201 G Street NW Washington, DC 20052

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


About the Presentation: The last few years have seen a meteoric rise in disciplines related to using and exploring large quantities of data (Big Data), such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. A part of the Artificial Intelligence domain, Machine Learning took hold in many corporations and started impacting the business outcomes. In turn, Project Managers are suddenly facing a different type of project they are asked to manage: the Machine Learning project. This presentation is addressed to experienced Project Managers who want to understand how to manage Machine Learning projects, what are the specific challenges they will face, and what are some best practices to help them successfully deliver business value.

Register Here! 


If you experience any difficulties registering for this event, please call 703-683-4804 or email info@pmiwdc.org and include the name of the event.


PDUs Available:  1.00 PDU for Certified PMs

Talent Triangle Category:  Strategic and Business Management 

GWSB Graduate Student Engagement Events November-December 2019


Please mark your calendars to attend our graduate student engagement events that are coming up in November and December! All of these events are open to GWSB faculty, staff, and all GWSB graduate students in all programs (MBA, MS, graduate certificates).  This is a great way for us to build community and spend some time with the alumni and industry leaders we have invited to these events.


YOU CAN FIND MORE INFO ABOUT EACH OF THESE EVENTS HERE.


11/5Meet & Greet Breakfast 8:30-9:30am (Grad Student Lounge 5th floor Duques) – WEMBA alumnus, Jeff Davis, Senior Director, Connected Transportation, Blackberry


11/7 Women in Global Business Roundtable 5:00-9:30pm (1957 E Street NW, City View Room) – Co-sponsored with GW’s Center for International Business Education and Research and GW Women’s MBA Association.  You can read the bios of each of the roundtable discussion leaders here.  


11/19Meet & Greet Dinner 6-7pm(Crain Center) – WEMBA alumnus, Shaun Khalfan, Vice President of Information Security, Freddie Mac


12/2 Meet and Greet Breakfast 8:30-9:30am (Grad Student Lounge 5th Floor Duques), GMBA Alumnus, Brian Landau, founder Venly

12/9 Meet & Greet Dinner 6-7pm (Crain Center) – PMBA alumnus Michael Timmons, Director, Technical Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

PDU Value of GW MSPM Classes

Some of you had questions about PDU value of courses you are taking in MSPM to apply for or maintain PMP certification. Here’s what we learned from PMI Global Accreditation Center:

Typically, 3 Academic Credits equal about 40 to 45 actual classroom hours.  Per GWU MSPM’s definition,  “One credit is defined as one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester.”  

Based on this definition:

1 credit hour would equal 15 hours of class time, which equals 15 PDUs

1.5 credit hours would equal 22.5 hours of class time, which equals 22.5 PDUs

3 credit hours would equal 45 hours of class time, which equals 45 PDUs.   

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MSPM in the KNOW: October 22, 2019

Managing Delivery for Machine Learning Products featuring Zorina Alliata,  Program Manager at AI/ML Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services


Event Date Thursday, October 31, 2019 – 11:30am Networking | 12-1pm Presentation
Event Location The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Room 453 2201 G Street NW Washington, DC 20052 See map: Google Maps

REGISTER HERE

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

About the Presentation: The last few years have seen a meteoric rise in disciplines related to using and exploring large quantities of data (Big Data), such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. A part of the Artificial Intelligence domain, Machine Learning took hold in many corporations and started impacting the business outcomes. In turn, Project Managers are suddenly facing a different type of project they are asked to manage: the Machine Learning project. This presentation is addressed to experienced Project Managers who want to understand how to manage Machine Learning projects, what are the specific challenges they will face, and what are some best practices to help them successfully deliver business value.

Presentation Outline:

Short Intro to Machine Learning for Project Managers
Managing the Machine Learning Project: A Unique Challenge
Managing the Machine Learning Portfolio
Delivering Value Fast using Agile and Agile at Scale

If you experience any difficulties registering for this event, please call 703-683-4804 or email info@pmiwdc.org and include the name of the event.

PDUs Available:  1.00 PDU for Certified PMs

Talent Triangle Category:  Strategic and Business Management 

About the Speaker:

Zorina Alliata is Project Management professional who has extensive experience managing software projects, and has spent the last six years working in Machine Learning and Data Science teams and delivering data analytics and predictive modeling projects. Zorina currently works as a Program Manager for the AI/ML Global Public Sector program at Amazon Web Services. You can find Zorina on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/zorinaalliata/

MEET-AND-GREET BREAKFAST

Join us on Tuesday, November 5 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge and enjoy networking, conversation and breakfast with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumns guest Jeff Davis, Senior Director, Connected Transportation, Blackberry.

REGISTER FOR MEET & GREET

Student Holds

Reminder, as Spring 2020 registration approaches, students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Now is a good time to check and work with appropriate office(s) to remove student holds. If not removed, 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 here

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MSPM in the KNOW: October 15, 2019

Meet and Greet Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, October 23 from 6-7 p.m. in the Crain Center and enjoy networking, conversation and dinner with fellow GWSB graduate students, faculty, staff and alumna guest Lynda Peralta, Founder, Pocket Palette. 

RSVP for Meet and Greet Here!

Online Happy Hour

RSVP here!

Join us on Sunday, October 27 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for an online Happy Hour! GWSB Online Happy hours are fun, informal networking events. Participants log in to our online classroom system, Blackboard Collaborate, and interact using webcams and microphones. After an opening toast, participants are placed into virtual small groups for conversation. Following group introductions, our discussion will focus on the question, “What are some of the latest trends/issues in the financial industry that interest you and why?”. About halfway through the event, participants will be placed in a second group and repeat the networking process. The event will end with a short plenary debrief conversation. If you want to learn more about Online Happy Hours, check out the video below!

Fall 2019 PMP Prep Course

As posted last month, the next PMP Prep Course offered by the PMIWDC begins this weekend, October 19 through October 27, 2019. MSPM is pleased to award one free registration to the PMP Prep Course (course valued at $1,195). We thank those who expressed interest in receiving the free registration. Please stay tuned for the next round of application! 

International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)

Thank you to those who expressed interest in the ISAB position to represent MSPM. This position would meet once a month and help guide GWSB in programming and topics of discussion for international students. We have made a selection and will notify everyone in the email today.

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MSPM in the KNOW: October 10, 2019

PMI Global Conference

A team of GWSB staff, faculty, students and alumni participated at the Project Management Institute’s Global Conference held from October 5-7, 2019 at Philadelphia Convention Center. We are very thrilled to have been involved in this amazing conference as this year marks PMI’s 50th anniversary. The conference started off with a Symposium involving Agnes Socrates as panelist during “Conversations with PMI Accredited Programs” followed by our team’s participation in the exhibit hall, led by current MSPM sudent and GWSB staff, Duaa Elzeney, and Natalya Bah’s workshop presentation, “Getting the Top Team Right–The Critical Innovation Ingredient”. More importantly, the highlight of the event includes GWMSPM recieving an award during the Professional Awards Gala for its recent, first time accreditation with PMI. The  Global Conference featured a series of education sessions, exhibits and live TED talks applauding the achievements of professionals in a constantly disrupted world.  Special thanks go out to our alumni for assisting us with the booth or representing the GWMSPM community: William Davis, Rahul Rathod, Mike Steele, and Leke Adetunij. 

Spring 2020 Registration

Registration for Spring 2020 begins on November 14. Review your DegreeMAP and register for courses listed on your degree plan to secure your seats. MSPM classes are offered to non-MSPM students. This often results to seats going away quickly.  Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. List of course offerings are available via the registrar’s website.  Registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires special approval from your academic advisor. Complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to aesocrates@gwu.edu. Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via calendly.com/agnessocrates

Student Holds

Reminder as Spring 2020 registration approaches, students are responsible for reviewing their records in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Holds can prevent you from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as money due to GW, the need to meet with your advisor, placement on probation, or unmet immunization requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

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MSPM in the KNOW: October 1, 2019

Reminder: Fall 2019Graduation Application, Due Today!

Just a friendly reminder that all degree-seeking students who are completing their program requirements in Fall 2019 semester must apply for graduation by close of business today, October 1st via GWeb. Late applications will be assessed a $35 fee which cannot be waived. To apply now, please follow the instructions below: 

  • Log in to GWeb using your GWID and PIN.
  • Click on the Student Records & Registration Menu tab, and select the “Student Records Information” link.
  • Click on the “Apply to Graduate” link to begin your graduation application

Thank you to those who came to this semester’s first social event hosted by the GWPMA!

The Meet and Greet Social Hour held last Friday, September 27 at the Circa Foggy Bottom, was attended by both current students and alumni. Once again, we thank our new GWPMA representatives: Tahirah Dickenson, Amanda Rollins and Marie Chambers for organizing such a great event to bring everyone together. For those who missed it, please keep an eye on future event announcements!

Interested in real-time communication with your fellow MSPM students?

As announced last week, the GWPMA (student organization) would like to create a WhatsApp group for project management students to allow a real-time communication group to interact with everyone within the MSPM program. Please see the link below that provides a survey for anyone interested in joining the WhatsApp group.

Link: https://forms.gle/iWG49A7bkKBiPZNBA

The Goodyear Innovation Challenge

The Goodyear Innovation Challenge is a business design and innovation competition sponsored by Goodyear in collaboration with the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Master’s degree students from across the United States are invited to unleash their creativity while addressing real-world business challenges. The top five teams will compete for prize money in a hackathon at the state-of-the-art maker facility called think[box], and an opportunity to work alongside team members from the Goodyear Innovation Labs.

Who Can Participate

Current students over the age of 18 who are pursuing a master’s degree in any discipline in the United States. Multiple teams from the same university may participate. Undergraduates with significant experience in lean startup, human centered design, data science, or graphic design will be considered. To learn more, visit: https://design.case.edu/

The deadline to submit a proposal is October 14.  If you have any questions, please email designchallenge@case.edu

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Meet and Greet Social Hour: September 27, 2019

Dear Students,

The GW Project Management Association (GWPMA) invites you to a Meet and Greet Social Hour on Friday,September 27 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Foggy Bottom Circa. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your fellow students, connect with the GWPMA representatives and have fun! Please consider attending. More details below.  


Sincerely,

Tahirah Dickenson, Amanda Rollins and Marie Chambers

GWPMA Representatives 2019-2020

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