Employees Rack Up More Professional Certifications

Posted in Facilitation / Professional Development on March 30, 2012

Erin Bankey and Nic Turrentine

Workplace Conflict Management and DiSC Assessment were at the top of M Powered Strategies’ March Spring Training agenda.

At the Workplace Mediation Training, offered by the Mediation Training Institute, Wes Cronkite, Alessandra Colia, and Erin Bankey studied a variety of techniques drawn from legal and counseling methodologies.  The M Powered Strategies group was a noted force in the class, made up mostly of government mediators, as they brought their client delivery and professional backgrounds to bear in role playing and theoretical discussions. At the end of the two-day session, they were certified as Professionals in Managing Workplace Conflict.

The primary focus at the Everything DiSC (Dominance, influencing, Steadiness, andConscientiousness) Trainers workshop in Minneapolis was personality assessment. Along with human resources professionals, independent consultants, and executive coaches, Erin Bankey and Nic Turrentine were there to learn the fine points of DiSC assessment, and the art of training others to use the tool. It’s all about understanding your own personality (each attendee received a series of detailed personality assessments related to workplace, management, and leadership styles) as well as the work styles of your colleagues. The more you understand, the better you can listen, and the more effectively you can respond. Congratulations to Erin and Nic for becoming certified DiSC Trainers.

Second Annual Partners and Pairings Event a Success

Posted in Business Development on March 19, 2012

 Partners and Pairings reception

The weather was warm, the mood was convivial, and feedback from the second annual Partners and Pairings reception was positively effusive.

Great idea…great venue…wonderful turnout.  D.M. –  CenturyLink

I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and making many new contacts as well as seeing old friends.  A first class event!  B.M. – DAI Solutions

It was a wonderful event and I found it to be very helpful in the networking process.  S.T. – Radius

On March 1st, M Powered Strategies hosted representatives of 19 companies from around the Beltway to an evening of networking and wine tasting. The event, organized by Selena Hunn of M Powered Strategies, took place at the Lorien Hotel and Spa in Old Town, Alexandria. Renowned DC chef Robert Weidmaier provided the catering. After a brief wine-pairing presentation, the guests indulged in scrumptious hors d’oeuvres while mingling in the elegant living room and library, and around the fire pit on the terrace.

The general consensus was that M Powered Strategies’ annual gathering proved once again to be a great way for consultants to forge new business relationships and to further develop existing ones.

Welcome, Shanthi Philips!

Posted in Human Resources on March 12, 2012
Shanthi Philips

Shanthi Philips

Shanthi Philips started on Thursday and will be joining Marcy and Nic supporting the ISG ORMS effort with the Forest Service at the USDA, completing a trifecta of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers supporting a client who happens to be a RPCV.  Shanthi grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended college at the University of Richmond. She graduated with a BA in mathematics and economics, and started working at Mercer as an actuarial analyst.  Over the next four years, her actuarial consulting career moved her from Richmond to Chicago, and from Mercer to Hewitt.  She enjoyed working with large data sets to calculate her clients’ pension risk, and meeting with them to plan for their employees’ future.  She also passed five actuarial exams to attain her Associate of the Society of Actuaries.  In 2009, Shanthi decided that she wanted to look for something more fulfilling in her work, and joined the Peace Corps.  For two years, she lived and worked in Lesotho, a small country landlocked by South Africa that has the 3rd highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world.  Shanthi taught mathematics to high school students and worked to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in the country through education and empowerment. Shanthi just returned from her Peace Corps service at the end of 2011 and moved to Washington DC last month. In her spare time, she enjoys running and exploring the city.  Welcome Shanthi!

Welcome, Marcy Shrader-Lauinger!

Posted in Human Resources on March 12, 2012
Marcy Shrader-Lauinger

Marcy Shrader-Lauinger

Marcy Shrader-Lauinger grew up in Montana and caught the travel bug early on in life. She started as an exchange student in New Zealand during high school and has now lived in over five countries and on both coasts of the United States. She attended Colby College in Maine, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Development. While in university, Marcy dedicated time to international public health research in Ecuador and political development studies in Kampala, Uganda. She recently returned from serving three years in the Peace Corps, where she worked in Paraguay and Colombia on beekeeping, agriculture, education and economic development programs. In the Peace Corps, she was responsible for small economic development activities from planning and material creation to facilitation and program evaluation. Marcy is excited to join the M Powered Strategies team and hopes to contribute to more effective and responsible government policy. Marcy will be joining Nic and Brenda Maynor over at Brenda’s new home at ISG working on the ORMS support project within the Forest Service at the USDA. In her spare time, Marcy is trying to catch up on the technology and culture of the past three years in addition to running and practicing Bikram Yoga.