Kendall Lott, President and CEO of M Powered Strategies, became interested in the Project Management Institute (PMI) back in 2002 when he was studying to become a Project Management Professional (PMP). Once he was officially certified and began putting his new-found knowledge to the test, he appreciated more than ever the value of the PMI framework for standard practices—not just in the delivery of projects, but in the practice of consulting. “With an emphasis on Scope and Schedule, Risks and Costs, Communications and Quality, the consulting connection is very strong,” Kendall notes. “At M Powered Strategies, these practices help us achieve our mission of better delivery and of constructing better consulting responses for our federal clients.”
Kendall began volunteering at the local chapter, in 2005, and worked his way up the volunteer ladder, serving as Assistant Vice President, then Vice President, and later as Director at Large. This year he had the privilege to be called to fill one of the organization’s most influential positions, Chief Operating Officer, which he started in January 2013. With 11,000 members and 190 volunteers, the DC Chapter is now PMI’s largest. “Managing a small company is hard; managing a large volunteer organization is infinitely more difficult,” says Kendall. This year his goal is to intensify PMI’s mission to provide value to its membership and to promote the profession of project management.
From an enormous picture window on the second floor of Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, the Capitol dome could be seen shining brightly in the chilly pre-Sequester night. Inside, luminaries of the consulting world mingled with M Powered Strategies staff, discussing the current consulting environment, past performances, and future possibilities. The occasion: M Powered Strategies’ Third Annual Partners and Pairings soiree.
Kendall Lott welcomed the guests noting that “This is a night to celebrate our partners as we work to bring our services to market. Tonight is not about business, it’s about our relationships, and it is nice to see you over a glass of wine.” The guests were current and potential partners—people whose organizational goals are in alignment with M Powered Strategies, or whose areas of expertise complement the MPS portfolio. Fine wines, cheese pairings and a charcuterie buffet provided the perfect accompaniment to the after-hours gathering, along with special touches, such as gift bottles of wine, which were raffled off, and a video slide show, from MPS’ in-house video producer.
“I am thrilled with the outcome of this year’s Partners and Pairings,” noted Danielle O’Bannon, the event coordinator. “It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with our current partners and to initiate new partnerships.”
The annual Partners and Pairings has become a tradition at M Powered Strategies, one which we look forward to continuing for many years to come.