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MSPM: In the Know, February 9, 2016

Top 3 for 9 Feb

Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, 27-28 Feb and 5-6 Mar
The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the PMIWDC Winter 2016 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 27-28 Feb and 5-6 Mar, two consecutive weekends. Course valued at $995. Submit the following to chapp@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST 12 Feb for consideration:
  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration
Summer 2016 Short-Term Study Away Programs, 28 Feb Application Deadline
Interested in earning general elective credits in Brazil, California, or Sweden this summer? Apply for one of the summer 2016 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP) by 28 Feb. Learn more by contacting Lisa Brancheau, G&EE Assistant Director, at sbintl@gwu.edu. STAP course must be approved by MSPM director prior to enrollment.

Audition to Speak or Sing at the GWSB Commencement Celebration, Apply by 26 Feb
Students eligible to participate in the May 2016 commencement are invited to audition to either speak or sing at the GWSB Commencement Celebration. Email gradspkr@gwu.edu by 26 Feb to sign up for an audition time. Please be prepared to deliver a 3-5 minute commencement speech or to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater.

2014 GWSB Graduate Speaker and Singer Competition – 17 Mar Deadline

Prospective graduates interested in being a speaker or in singing the National Anthem and Alma Mater at the GWSB Specialized Masters Celebration on Saturday, 17 May, are encouraged to email gradspkr@gwu.edu to audition.

Be prepared to deliver a 3-5 minute commencement speech or to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater. Include a brief bio and recent photo with your audition request. Submit your request by 17 Mar!

MSPM: In the Know, November 27, 2013

MSPM: In the Know

Hiring Project Managers – UUX and Bering Straits
GW Commencement Student Speaker Competition 2014
5-minute Survey

Dear MSPM students,

Happy Thanksgiving! The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Hiring Project Managers – UUX and Bering Straits

New positions have been posted to our job board. UUX is looking to fill two project management positions in Miami, FL with the option to live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bering Straits is looking for a junior to mid-level project manager for their operations in Washington, DC. Both organizations specifically reached out to our office to hire MSPM students and/or alumni.

GW Commencement Student Speaker Competition 2014

Prospective graduates can audition to be the student speaker at Commencement on the National Mall, on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The deadline to submit entries is Saturday, March 1. Additional information about the competition can be found on the Commencement website.

The 2014 schedule is now available on the Commencement website. Review the Schedule, Tickets, Accommodations, and Students tabs to answer all of your questions surrounding graduation. As of yet, we do not have information on the number of tickets each student will receive for the School of Business Celebration on Saturday, May 17.

5-minute Survey

We need your feedback on program communications. Complete a short survey to share your thoughts on our methods of communication and how we can keep you better informed on program developments.

MSPM: In the Know, October 2, 2013

MSPM: In the Know

Winter 2014 Short-Term Study Abroad Program Deadline, 4 Oct
Teaching Award Nominations, The Teaching & Learning Collaborative
GW PMA Speaker Series, Jeff Toppall, 10 Oct 

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Winter 2014 Short-Term Study Abroad Program Deadline, 4 Oct

Interested in studying abroad during the winter 2014 break? The GW School of Business is offering several courses, one of which may be of particular interest to MSPM students. Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti is leading a group to Sochi, Russia, host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 7-17, 2014. The course will also include 3 on campus sessions in December and January. TSTD 6282 Russia: Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will study how such a major event is organized. As you all are aware, project management is essential to such an event.

The study abroad programs offer a unique opportunity to complete the general elective requirements for the MSPM program. Short-term study abroad program courses must be approved by the MSPM director prior to enrollment. Schedule an advisement session with me to discuss in further detail. October 4 is the deadline to apply for the program. The Global & Experiential Education office is also available to answer questions as the program is administered through their office. Feel free to contact them at 202-994-1212 or sbintl@gwu.edu.

Teaching Award Nominations, The Teaching & Learning Collaborative

Is there a professor or GTA that has made a lasting impact on you as a student? If so, the Teaching & Learning Collaborate is accepting nominations for the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, the Bender Teaching Award, and the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award. Nominations for all awards must be submitted via the TLC website between October 4 and November 29. Supporting materials for nominated faculty and GTAs should then be submitted to the TLC by January 17.

GW PMA Speaker Series, Jeff Toppall, 10 Oct

The GW Project Management Association (PMA) Speaker Series features project management experts and practitioners who share lessons learned from their successes and failures. The GW PMA is proud to host Jeff Toppall, PMP who will present on how critical project management skills can be learned and applied outside of your professional work environment. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 5:45-6:45pm, and will be held in Duques Hall room 453. Register in advance to attend, attendance is free and open to the GW community.

GW PMA Speaker Series – Jeff Toppall, Oct 10

GW PMA Speaker Series – Applying PM skills in your Personal or Academic life

Jeff Toppall, PMP and GW Graduate

Date: October 10, 2013

Time: Begin at 5:45pm and finish by 6:45pm

Location: Duques Hall
2201 G St NW (at 22nd St NW)
Fourth Floor Room 453 (undergraduate student lounge)
Washington, DC 20052

Jeff Toppall, PMP, will give a presentation showing how critical PM skills can be learned and applied outside of your professional work environment.  Mr. Toppall will discuss how events like managing the scope of a birthday party, the mistaken delivery of an iPod, or simply having dinner after coming home from a business trip can provide some of the most profound and memorable lessons for a project manager.  Life is a far better teacher than work and tends to be more interesting than the PMBOK.

Jeff Toppall’s career spans 16 years of program and technical management for public and private clients on projects ranging from consumer and back office software development to infrastructure delivery for both national and international markets. He holds an M.A. in Telecommunications from George Washington University and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.  He is a Manger, Program Management with Sapient in Arlington, VA.

Please register at http://gwpmapmskills.eventbrite.com/.

NextGen Speaker Contest – Speak at Next Generation Training Summit – April 15th Deadline

Are you working on an innovative project at your agency? Got a great idea to revolutionize government?

This is your chance to share your 5-minute story in front of 650+ government leaders and share the stage with Obama appointees, current Mayors, and CEOs as one of our 5 lightening speakers at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit.

Submitting is easy – just email nextgen@govloop.com with subject line “NextGen Contest” with:

  • Name and agency
  • Title of Talk
  • 150-200 word essay on why you should be chosen

The team is accepting submissions through April 15th and finalists will be announced shortly after.

So why should you apply? It’s simple:

  • You love government and have an idea to make it better
  • You get to shine in front of important people and peers
  • You get to go to the best training, hands down, for government for FREE and as a VIP

Deadline to submit is less than a week away!

Alumni Speaker Series – Jeff Colclough

Title: Alumni Speaker Series – Jeff Colclough
Location: Duques Hall, 651 and 6th Fl Lobby
Description: Jeff Colclough, PMP, is the Vice President of the National Security Sector of SAIC. He received his MS in 2001 from the MIS Executive Program and currently sits on the F. David Fowler Career Center’s Corporate Collaborative Council. Jeff not only lives project management every day at SAIC, but also teaches it to SAIC employees. He will speak on “My Top Ten Lessons Learned: Key Activities Every Successful PM Should Implement Now!”  The event is free, however registration is required.
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2013-05-10
End Time: 19:00

A recording of the event is now available. Please note that the recording does not include video, only the audio and slides.

The First Sunday Speaker Series, March 3, 8pm Eastern

Please join us for the launch of our First Sunday Speaker Series on March 3 at 8:00pm. The objective of First Sundays is to provide students, particularly our distance and/or professional graduate students — an opportunity to experience “outside the classroom” learning.  First Sundays will also provide our alumni with a chance to continue their learning and a connection to their alma mater.  Our first presentation is entitled “Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz — A Book Discussion” with Dr. James Bailey followed by Q & A session.

Please register early as there are a limited amount of openings for the event.  To register for the First Sunday event in March, please click here.



8:00pm Introduction by Associate Dean Riddle

8:10pm Presentation by Dr. James Bailey


Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Dean for MBA Programs, is also associate professor of international business and international affairs in the Department of International Business. Dr. Riddle oversees the School’s five MBA programs – the Global MBA, Professional MBA, Accelerated MBA, Online MBA and Healthcare MBA.

Riddle’s areas of expertise include international entrepreneurship and national trade and investment promotion, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. She has written extensively about the roles that diasporas – migrants and their descendants – play in the economic development of emerging markets and is considered a leading expert on the topic.

Riddle played a pivotal role in the establishment and development of two nationally recognized research centers at GW: the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Institute for Middle East Studies. She also co-founded GW’s renowned Diaspora Research Program in the Elliott School for International Affairs. She currently serves as vice president for communications of the American Marketing Association’s Global Special Interest Group. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

“Our students inspire me daily. Together with our faculty and alumni, our students are leading the way in the dynamic, international world of business. As they master essential business principles, they are also seeking to make the world a better place, through ethical business practices, corporate social responsibility and fiscal and environmental sustainability,” said Riddle. “I look forward to continuing to guide the School’s mission to teach students to think globally, lead passionately, and act responsibly.”



Dr. James R. Bailey is the Stacy and Jonathan Hochberg Professor of Leadership Development and Director of the World Executive MBA at the George Washington University School of Business, and a Fellow in the Centre for Management Development, London Business School.  He has been the recipient of many teaching distinctions, including three GWSB Outstanding Educator Awards.  In 2006 was named one of the world’s top ten executive educators by the International Council for Executive Leadership Development.  He has published over 50 academic papers and case studies, and is the author of five books, including the award-winning, best-selling Organizational and Managerial Wisdom and the forthcoming Meditations on Management.  He has designed and delivered hundreds of executive programs for firms like Nestle, UBS, Morgan Stanley, as well as several major law firms and US Congressmen.  Dr. Bailey is a frequent keynote speaker who has appeared on broadcast programs for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and whose work has been cited in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and Business 2.0.  He is a frequent contributor to The Hill, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Harvard Business Review.  He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Management Learning and Education.  Professor Bailey has served as a dean, department chair, and program director during his 20 year academic career.

Areas of expertise include:

Effective leadership

Leadership Development

Organizational and individual change

Strategy formulation and execution

Employee motivation, competence, satisfaction, and performance

Managerial decision making

Business ethics



Industries with experience include:

Law firms

Congressional Offices


Food and beverage

Higher Education