In January at the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Region 5 Conference in Baltimore, MD Kendall Lott received one of 14 Top Performer awards for the region. Region 5 consists of the leadership of the 14 PMI chapters in 5 neighboring states and the District. The award is for recognition as a “top performer” at the chapter level, and was approved upon nomination by the PMI Washington DC Chapter’s Chairman of the Board for Kendall’s work in Marketing for the chapter over the last two years. Lott now serves in his first of a three-year term as one of the Directors-At-Large for the Governance board.
The Applied Management Professionals Program has been interviewing applicants from coast to coast since January. The recruiting process was as rigorous as ever and has resulted in a high-caliber group of potential AMPs for the 2011 summer. This year we challenged students to develop a PowerPoint on the VA’s Electronic Health Records, and continued with the group interview tradition in addition to individual behavioral interviews. This year’s record number of motivated and energetic graduate student applicants come from UC San Diego, Indiana University, Boston College, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and Virginia Tech.
We have been pursuing placements at the DOE and DOT (among other agencies) where the AMPs work from last summer was greatly valued. Clients are excited to have enthusiastic students arrive and start on important projects. We are looking forward to officially selecting AMPs and securing agency placements as the summer approaches! Alessandra will be reaching out to staff in the coming weeks to discuss mentoring, training, and other AMPP opportunities.
Originally scheduled during the month of January, the First Annual Partners & Pairings event was postponed due to the untimely winter storm of 2011. Fortunately, February 17th proved to be a luckier date for M Powered Strategies friends, corporate partners and team members who were able to break away from delivery and intense proposal writing to brave the normal DC traffic for the opportunity to mix and mingle for several hours at the beautiful 2941 Restaurant located in Fall Church, VA.
With the lighted restaurant waterfall serving as a picturesque backdrop, partners from SRA, Miracle Systems, Integrity One, and Avise tasted a variety of selected wines from around the world and sampled an assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres specifically “partnered” by the establishment’s Sommelier and Head Chef. Not to be overshadowed by the wine and food, the evening proved to serve as a wonderful opportunity for M Powered Strategies team members and guests from Innovative Solutions Group, ActioNet, WBB, Triton Federal Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard to talk with current and future partners outside of the work environment, and allowed our special guests to meet one another, discuss their companies’ capabilities and synergies, and to share in discussions for partnering opportunities in the future.
Because relationships matter to M Powered Strategies, we were happy to hear of the successful connections made during Our First Annual Partners & Pairings event and look forward to expanding our circle of friends and partners in the coming year.
The Interim All Hands Meeting has been tentatively scheduled for July 14 in the Grange Conference Room at headquarters. Keep an eye out for the official schedule.
Thanks to all who attended our 4th annual Refounders Day Celebration! The night commemorated the acquisition and re-founding of M Powered Strategies on April 1, 2008. We celebrated at Dirty Martini, DC’s newest upscale resto-lounge, and marked the beginning of our fourth year of a new direction and renewed dedication to public service. Our President Kendall spoke to share some accomplishments and emphasize the celebration of our M Powered Strategies identity. 2011 Quarter 1 recognitions and bonuses were awarded to: Laurel Wemhoff for her impressive work and relationship building with her prime and clients; Andrew Slawter for his value as an ASD team member; and Jen Mroczek for her strides with the Facilitation Service Line, ITRM project lead work, and new contract support opportunities at HHS. The M Powered Strategies staff also took the time to recognize Kendall for his dedication by presenting him with a photo album. The pictures commemorated years of hard work, fun events, and impressive accomplishments; we are all looking forward to many Refounders Day Celebrations to come!
In the last quarter M Powered Strategies has seen strong growth in the maturation of its business development capacity. With the implementation of the Sugar CRM system, the company has added over $7 million in opportunities. The data collection around this is allowing the company’s business development staff to more effectively track and develop these opportunities. Management is also now using this data to more accurately forecast the company’s revenue growth and staffing requirements.
The result? In the last quarter the company has successfully joined several teaming partnerships for large opportunities, participated in the proposal efforts and is now awaiting word on award. Additionally, thanks to the hard work of Brenda Maynor and Jen Mroczek, the Facilitation Service Line will be supporting SAIC at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, with the anticipated start date of May 1. We look forward to forging a strong relationship with SAIC and the clients at HHS. Congratulations team!
M Powered Strategies launched our new website in February. With a thorough introduction to the company, information about of each of our primary service lines, details on how to contract and partner with us, postings about current job openings, and, naturally, contact information, the new site is already attracting increased traffic from Google.
This launch was no small undertaking. The Marketing and Information Technology Services (ITS) teams worked closely together and coordinated efforts to prepare an infrastructure to host our newest marketing tool. To ensure consistent professionalism, ITS will be converting all of our email addresses to the ‘@mpoweredstrategies.com’ format to match our new domain name. This transition will take place over the summer and should be seamless.
Facilitation service line is now recruiting for all positions ranging from entry level to experienced facilitators. Click here for more information. If you are interested in one of the openings and meet the minimum requirements, email your resume along with a thoughtful cover letter explaining why your experience and interests align with the position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the job title in the subject line and state your availability to start.
As we turn the corner into our season of re-competes for work, we continue to keep our management focus on capture, strong delivery and the complementary corporate structures to support this focus. The M Powered Strategies management team is pleased to announce the following:
Jeremy Nurse (VA) will assume Team Lead responsibilities under Nina Babel for the Architecture Strategy and Design team in support of our SPP/OEAM contract at VA. Jeremy has also recently assumed the Engagement Management role for the Enterprise Architecture support sub-contract under C2SGI.
Sarah Nurse (VA) has initiated relevant contract negotiations with the prime contractor, and following successful contracting, will be promoted to Engagement Manager of the Information Sharing Initiative (ISI) once the shift is complete.
Jen Mroczek (FSL) has assumed part of the management duties of the Facilitation Service Line (FSL) in the capacity of being the FSL Recruiter and in being the lead trainer and coordinator of training for the M Powered Strategies Meeting Management methodologies and techniques.
Andrew MacDonald (Corporate Services) has moved from consulting to the president on human resource practices to the role of Human Resources (HR) Director. The scope of his role has been largely determined and will be posted on the HR SharePoint homepage. We look forward to adding and modifying the role as necessary to fit the needs of the organization and provide service to all of the individuals in the company.
Congratulations to all in their assumption of new roles, and to each Kendall offers the gratitude of a thankful executive.
Exciting times at the Department of Energy! It seems that transition and change are frequently happening and both our CIO and CFO teams are faced with new environments and different requirements on a daily basis. In true M Powered Strategies style, anticipation and agility have persevered and we continue to be successful in supporting our clients and their initiatives including program management, marketing and strategic communications, and cyber security. We would also like to welcome back Shannon Schreiber from maternity leave, new mom extraordinaire.