When Squares Meet Up

Posted in Corporate Events on July 25, 2010

On July 22, the company held its annual Interim All Hands Meeting where we came together to discuss pertinent client information and relevant marketplace opportunities, as they related to our company’s values. We also engaged in fun interactive learning exercises that taught us how to best communicate with different personalities. It’s not all business…so in true style we ended the day with a fabulous happy hour excursion to Taberna del Alabardero where we celebrated and got to know our newest team members.

Mark your calendar for our annual All Hands Meeting on February 21. Attendance is required and you get to use President’s Day as a floating holiday in the future. The meeting is typically packed with corporate information and is also a great opportunity for collaboration and cross contract participation. If there are any topics that you are interested in discussing please feel free to let us know.

AMPed Up!

Posted in AMP Program on July 03, 2010
AMPs on Nina’s Dandy Dinner Cruise

On July 2, the AMPs went on Nina’s Dandy Dinner Cruise. Pictured from left to right: (front row) Angie Schiano, Katie Willoughby, Vicky Chiao, Jamie McAllister, Kerry Kooi, (back row) Kaitlin Welborn, Elizabeth Nurse, Candice Wang, Erin Farr, Jessica Beverwyk.

June 15 marked the kickoff of the 2010 Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program. This year the program has grown substantially to include eight students from four universities, working on seven projects at three separate client organizations. M Powered Strategies has also hired two highly-skilled project managers, Jeremy Nurse and Candice Wang, to oversee the AMPs.

Our own Ed Adelman and Shannon Schreiber have also stepped as project managers for the AMPs. In addition to managing the students’ M Powered Strategies corporate project, Kim Aslen has taken over the role of AMP Program Director.

Many other M Powered Strategies consultants graciously volunteered their time to serve as mentors to the students. Thank you to Mark Antoniewicz, Carl Crampton, Isha Jalloh, Jen Mroczek, Sarah Nurse, Katie Pittman, Andrew Slawter, and Whitney Starring.

With interesting and varied backgrounds, our AMPs are valuable additions to our team this summer.

AMPs at the DOT: Office of the Chief Information Officer

Jeremy Nurse has fourteen years of experience in management, information technology, and marketing, working in a variety of roles in both the public and private sector. He is the Project Manager at the DOT OCIO engagement. Jeremy is originally from Maine and now resides in Washington D.C.

Katie Willoughby has just completed her first year at George Washington University studying for a Master of Public Administration, concentrating in program evaluation and international development. She is originally from Savannah, GA, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Anthropology at the University of Georgia. She has traveled extensively, visiting 23 different countries, and has lived in Budapest and Buenos Aires.

Erin Farr is a graduate student at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. She is concentrating on Budget and Public Finance and is expected to graduate in May 2011. Prior to graduate school, Erin worked for the U.S. Senate and at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah in marketing and events. Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Family Public Policy with a minor in Business Management.

Jamie McAllister is a graduate of the University of Texas—LBJ School of Public Affairs with a focus on Economic Development and Transportation Policy. She has worked on economic and organizational development with public and non-profit entities in Northern Michigan and Austin, TX. Prior to attending graduate school, she spent one year teaching English abroad and two years working as a development officer with a non-profit organization in Northern Virginia. Jamie received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Political Science with a double minor in Public Affairs and Spanish.

Tiffany Slayton is an MBA Candidate at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She has a strong interest in green initiatives, the environment and energy. She has a BA in International Relations with Spanish and Environmental Studies from Mt. Holyoke College, and she owned and operated a professional photography business for ten years. She also owns a 31 year old Paso Fino horse.

AMPs at the DOE: Office of the Chief Information Officer

Candice Wang has returned to the AMP program as a Project Manager for the DOE OCIO team to lead a project on performance metrics reporting. Candice recently graduated from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California-San Diego, with a Master of International Management degree. She has a background in market research and project management with experience working in Government Consulting, the Automotive Industry, and Financial Services.

Kerry Kooi is a Master of Public Policy student at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. She is concentrating in Program Evaluation and Analysis. Kerry is originally from upstate New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Cornell University.

Vicky Chiao grew up in Taiwan and has lived in San Diego for the past four years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from the University of California—San Diego and is working on her Master of International Management from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies next year. Vicky’s professional experience includes human resources assistance, market research, and financial analysis.

AMPs at the DOE: Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Kaitlin Welborn recently finished her first year in the Master of Public Administration program at George Washington University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a major in French and a minor in history. Kaitlin previously held a position at Population Services International.

Angie Schiano is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at George Washington University. She was previously with United Way of the Bay Area in San Francisco and Wider Opportunities for Women in D.C. She has experience as a Program Associate focused on grants administration, program development, and providing technical assistance around working families and economic stability issues. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies at Seattle University.