M Powered Strategies Welcomes the Sixth Class of AMPs

Posted in AMP Program on June 21, 2013

On June 17th, the sixth class of Applied Management Professionals (AMPs) arrived at M Powered Strategies headquarters. For the next ten weeks they will be working at ActioNet for the Department of Energy, developing new protocols.

Besides working on client delivery, the AMPs will attend formal training in key aspects of management consulting. Executive lunches with some of the luminaries and leaders of Washington will take place throughout the summer, along with field trips to some of the regions landmarks and historical sites. In addition, the AMPs are required to work on a corporate project, which they will present to M Powered Strategies president, Kendall Lott, at the end of the summer.

We all look forward to another exciting and rewarding summer with a top-notch group of AMPs.

Jenny Weng

Jenny Weng

Jenny Weng (Team Lead) is pleased to reprise her role as Team Lead for the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program for the third time, and to return to the Department of Energy, where she worked as an AMP in the inaugural AMP class of 2009. Since joining M Powered Strategies in 2011, Jenny has been involved in several projects related to business process design, technical writing, and template design. As Team Lead, she will be guiding the AMPs in the creation of accurate and user-friendly protocols for DOE. She is looking forward to working with another impressive team of AMPs, and to continuing to foster a strong relationship with ActioNet, which has long supported the AMP Program.

Brigid Cafferty

Brigid Cafferty

Brigid Cafferty is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, focusing on education policy. She grew up in Paducah, KY, and attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, as a Xavier Service Fellow. She earned a B.A. in political science and Spanish in 2010 and then spent a year working as a Resource Coordinator in a low-income primary school for AmeriCorps Schools in Phoenix, AZ.  Brigid now lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys the city’s local restaurants, farmers’ markets, soccer games, and cultural events.

David Noel

David Noel

David Noel is currently a master’s student at the University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS), where he specializes in international management, global energy issues, and China. He is the co-director of the IRPS Environmental Policy & Business Forum and director of operations at Export Access Global Consulting, a student-led consulting group. He received his B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to attending graduate school, David created and owned two businesses, served as an associate for a prominent lecture agency in the DC area, and taught English at a Chinese university in the People’s Republic of China. Originally from Pennsylvania, David has lived and worked in six states and two countries. He is excited to work with his fellow AMPs at the DOE this summer. In his free time, he loves traveling the world, camping and going on adventures.

Regan Wedenoja

Regan Wedenoja

Michigan native Regan Wedenoja is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. After graduating from Miami University in Ohio with a B.A. in Public Administration, Regan joined AmeriCorps. As a “Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA)” in Burlington, Vermont, she worked in communications and outreach to merge statewide affordable housing and homeless service providers through the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. She is looking forward to her first summer in a “southern” state and continuing her adventures here in the DC area.

Tom Youmans

Tom Youmans

Originally from Boston, MA, Thomas Youmans received a B.A. in Physics and Economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.  After graduating in 2009, he started a consulting firm for planning and implementing online marketing campaigns. Thomas later joined the Peace Corps and served as a Community & Organizational Development volunteer for two years in North-Central Bulgaria, working with local partners in Bulgaria and Romania on EU Cross-Border projects. He also coached high school basketball and organized basketball tournaments. Thomas is interested in data analysis and modeling dynamic systems, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Mathematics and Statistics at Georgetown University.

Welcome, Caitlin Ellsworth!

Caitlin Ellsworth

Caitlin Ellsworth

Caitlin Connelly Ellsworth comes to M Powered Strategies as an experienced facilitator and conflict engagement specialist.  Her area of expertise is in group collaboration, solution creation, and stakeholder engagement. From 2010 to 2013, she was an Associate Facilitator with The Keystone Center, focusing on a range of multi-stakeholder efforts involving the intersection of science and public policy in the areas of energy, environment and health. Previously, she managed community conflict resolution and mediation programs in Washington, DC, and Ithaca, NY. Caitlin earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she also received a certificate of advanced study in conflict management. While earning her B.A. in Politics from Ithaca College, she spent time in Ireland, where she studied peace and conflict issues. Caitlin will be joining the MPS team with an immediate focus on moving the Facilitation Service Line forward. She enjoys practicing yoga and building her skills in the visual arts, both of which inform her work as a facilitator, helping groups meet challenges and creating innovative solutions.

M Powered Strategies Launches New IT Training Service Offering

Posted in IT Training on June 06, 2013
Andrew Slawter

Andrew Slawter

Coming off the success of a series of comprehensive training contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs, M Powered Strategies has added IT Training as one of its primary Strategic Offerings.  Spearheaded by Andrew Slawter, PMP, the M Powered Strategies team blends the unique skill sets of technical writers, audiovisual production staff, and consultants with experience in complex stakeholder management to design and deliver flexible and effective trainings.

When it comes to technology, successful user adoption can make or break already costly software development projects. M Powered Strategies provides executives with the tools and products they need to bridge the gap between software development and end user adaptation. From years of experience designing and conducting group facilitations, the M Powered Strategies team is able to work with sponsors, software development teams and the end users to create the training materials they need: videos, live demonstrations of new capabilities, updated user manuals, and quick reference materials that are simple, readily adoptable, and maximize the efficiency of the organization.

M Powered Strategies Launches Pro Bono Service Line

Posted in Pro Bono Program on June 04, 2013
Kathryn McDonald

Kat McDonald

After engaging in service to a variety of non-profit and community organizations over the years—Louisiana Public Health Institute, Arts for Peace (AFP), World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows (WAFUNIF), and Project Management Institute (PMI), M Powered Strategies has formally instituted a Pro Bono Program. Under the leadership of Kat McDonald, the mission of the Pro Bono Program is to empower non-profit organizations to achieve their goals, and we encourage community organizations to apply for our services.

Many of the employees at M Powered Strategies have experience in community development and outreach, and feel strongly about continuing their service. By offering our consulting services, such as Facilitation, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Organizational Design, our goal is to improve operational efficiency, drive sustainable solutions, and increase the organizational capacity of our non-profit partners.

For more information, contact Kat McDonald.