Jenny Weng Receives ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt

Posted in Human Resources on December 31, 2013
Jenny Weng with Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

Jenny Weng, Six Sigma Green Belt

The Certification Board of ASQ just announced that Jenny Weng of M Powered Strategies has completed the requirements to be named an ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, or ASQ SSGB. This means that Jenny has reached a significant level of proficiency in Six Sigma principles and practices.

To sit for the Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB) examination, an individual must have three years of work experience related to the Body of Knowledge. Certified SSGBs have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model (define, measure, analyze, improve and control).

With a presence in 150 countries around the world, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.

MPS Connects

Posted in Corporate Events on December 30, 2013

MPS Connects EventIt was standing room only at M Powered Strategies’ inaugural MPS Connect event on December 16. MPS staff, along with civil servants and government contractors, gathered to hear Captain Tami Ryley, Director of Strategic Planning for the Chief of Navy Reserve, talk about her personal journey from Navy pilot to the chief strategy officer for the Navy Reserve.

Captain Ryley described how, with little training in the art of Strategic Planning, and faced with structured turnover in the department, she employed a mix of traditional and innovative techniques to get input from the field. In addition to interviews, targeted surveys and focus groups, her team engaged stakeholders via crowd-sourcing, using a war game style portal.  This proved effective in producing results that were collaborative, iterative, as well as structured. After her presentation, the audience engaged in a practical and constructive dialogue about the process of Strategic Planning.

M Powered Strategies President and CEO, Kendall Lott, first met Captain Ryley after he spoke at an Institute for Management Consulting National Capital Region chapter meeting in 2012. When he heard of the work she was doing at the Pentagon, he was eager to have her share her experiences with his staff and others working in the area of Strategic Planning. “Her story is fascinating and instructive about how to pull large amounts of information in a structured way, while preserving the creativity of the input.”

MPS Connect is a service of M Powered Strategies that brings federal government practitioners of the management sciences together with private sector counterparts in a “no sales” environment to discuss and share pragmatic ways of executing and enhancing management and service delivery.

MPS is the First Management Consulting Firm to Receive Accreditation from ANSI

Posted in PREP / Professional Development on December 12, 2013

ANSI logoM Powered Strategies, Inc. (MPS) is proud to announce that our Professional Readiness and Effectiveness Program (PREP) has been awarded accreditation by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).  PREP is the only ANSI-accredited consulting certificate program and the first approved behavior-based assessment of learning outcomes.

As the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ANSI accreditation is recognized internationally as a mark of quality and program excellence. The award demonstrates that PREP meets rigorous standards for both program design and professional development methodology, which incorporates market research and ongoing governance by industry leaders in federal government, management consulting, and education. The program offers a combination of practical experience, training and skill evaluation; upon completion, apprentices receive a certificate affirming a level mastery of specific validated learning outcomes.

PREP is an outgrowth of MPS’ Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program, a two-month apprenticeship for graduate students, which started in 2009. In an effort to meet increasing demand from our partners and junior level professionals, M Powered Strategies developed PREP, which addresses a broader spectrum of participants and provides a longer, more robust training curriculum.

“We are proud of the successes we have already seen at the apprentice and partner level with each class. ANSI accreditation translates these achievements into an internationally recognized standard.” said PREP Director, Erin Bankey.

Thank you to all of the PREP subject matter experts, stakeholders, and apprentices for the support, hard work, and passion that made this possible.

To learn more about PREP and MPS Professional Development, visit www.mpoweredstrategies.com or email Erin Bankey, PREP Director.

M Powered Strategies Celebrates the Spirit of Giving

Posted in Community Involvement on December 03, 2013
Grocery shopping cart full of turkeys to donate to DC Central Kitchen

Turkeys for DC Central Kitchen

Every holiday season, M Powered Strategies (MPS) reaches out to help members of our community in need. This Thanksgiving we chose the local nonprofit organization, DC Central Kitchen. By using recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health.

Kat McDonald, Community Engagement Manager at MPS, organized a company turkey drive. Employee donations, bolstered by our corporate matching program, enabled us to purchase more than 200 pounds of turkey, plus donate $500 to the organization to be used as needed. All of us at M Powered Strategies admire the work of DC Central Kitchen, and are thankful for the opportunity to help hundreds of local families enjoy their Thanksgiving dinners this year.