Welcome, PACE Program Apprentices!

Posted in PACE Program on February 28, 2013
Christina Givey Christina Givey brings five years of experience in international affairs to M Powered Strategies’ PACE program.  During her time at Oxfam in Boston and Latin America, she monitored program quality, developed relationship management strategies, and collaborated on three emergency humanitarian responses.  Christina has also served as an English teacher in Ecuador.  She is new to the DC area and is excited to transition to management consulting in the public sector.  Christina is a graduate of the London School of Economics (MSc Human Rights) and Harvard University (BA magna cum laude with highest honors in Anthropology).
Hoor Jangda M Powered Strategies welcomes Hoor Jangda to our PACE team at the Department of Veteran Affairs, where she will be doing requirements gathering and facilitation for the Veterans Benefits Management System. Hoor developed an interest in government processes working as a research coordinator for a local non-profit in Karachi, Pakistan. A fluent Urdu speaker, Hoor was charged with assessing the impacts of health education in the poorest neighborhoods of Karachi.  She earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, and a Masters in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, Hoor worked as a geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, Inc. in Austin, TX, where she built up her client relations and communication skills, as well as her project management skills. Hoor is excited about moving to DC and working with the M Powered Strategies team.
Bryan Marchefsky Bryan Marchefsky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania as well as a Secondary Education Teaching Certification.  He further honed his skill set while serving in the US Armed forces as an Army Officer Candidate and Combat Engineer.  Bryan looks forward to bringing his unique experience, adaptability, steadfast determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence to the Veteran’s Benefits Administration (VBA) and the M Powered Strategies team.
Sanyog Rai Sanyog Rai joins the M Powered Strategies PACE Program fresh from a two-year stint in Morocco, where he served with the U.S. Peace Corps.  He lived in a small village, working with a carpet-making cooperative. His role involved intense facilitation for a group of intransigent stakeholders, along with planning and business development.  Sanyog graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University. He is excited to bring his experience and energy to the M Powered Strategies team.
Kathleen Schermerhorn As a D.C. native, Kathleen Schermerhorn grew up surrounded by politics and government. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies, Kathleen pursued job opportunities that took her around the world and developed her keen interest in global cultures.  From her travels abroad, she gained an awareness and sensitivity to different approaches in relational situations and business practices. Kathleen is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a specialization in Conflict Resolution and Security. At M Powered Strategies, Kathleen will be doing facilitation and consulting for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She looks forward to putting her theoretical and methodological knowledge to work.

M Powered Strategies Kicks Off The PACE Program

Posted in Corporate Updates / PACE Program on February 22, 2013

PACE Program inaugural class On February 18, 2013, M Powered Strategies welcomed the inaugural class of its new Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence (PACE) Program.  Erin Bankey, the Program Manager, has spent the past year designing and organizing the program, which aims to accelerate the career potential of transitioning professionals interested in management consulting.  At M Powered Strategies, apprentices will gain hands-on client experience, skills training, and networking opportunities. The long-term vision of the program is to pipeline top talent into Federal Government consulting and improve the standard of human capital in service to our clients. 

M Powered Strategies’ Nic Turrentine is the Team Lead for the PACE team, which will be working in partnership with Deloitte on a project for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Veterans Benefits Management Systems (VBMS). They are tasked with facilitating business architecture, business process management, and requirements elicitation and definition. Nic, who acted as Team Lead for the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program last summer, is excited to be working with the PACE team.  “The group we have assembled is top notch,” he remarked.  The new apprentices hail from a range of backgrounds and experience: international work, small business development, think tanks, and military service.  What they share is an energetic and enthusiastic approach to their work for the Federal Government and a commitment to their own professional development in the field of management consulting.