M Powered Strategies Welcomes the Summer 2014 AMPs

Posted in AMP Program on June 23, 2014
Colin Doberstein

Colin Doberstein

Colin Doberstein is a graduate student at University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where he studies international politics and international economics, with a focus on China. He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, with a double-major in Political Science and Asian Studies. Colin has worked for two political campaigns, Habitat for Humanity’s Shanghai office, and a business matchmaking group based in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. Outside of the classroom, he serves as a representative to UCSD’s Graduate Student Association and a co-director of the Political Analysis and Strategy Simulations student group. Colin is excited to be back on the East Coast for the summer and looks forward to being a part of the AMP program.

Jessica Gilles

Jessica Gilles

Jessica Gilles graduated from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University this May with a Master of Public Affairs degree in international nonprofit management. She earned a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship through combined coursework at the IU Kelley School of Business and was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow in global studies and Russian. Last summer, Jessica worked at Eli Lilly’s Global Health Programs & Access office in Geneva, Switzerland as a social entrepreneurship intern and, prior to beginning her master’s degree, she worked at a refugee and immigrant services nonprofit in Nashville, TN. Jessica was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2009 to 2011, where she taught English in a small Eastern town and coordinated HIV/AIDS community projects and youth summer camps. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee and is originally from Nashville.

Adam Katt

Adam Katt

Adam Katt is 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 and economics. In addition to working as a market research consultant for a student consulting group, Export Access, he is the Director of Operations of Southeast Asia Link, another student group. He earned his B.A. in Non-Western History as well as a global leadership certificate focused in consulting from Ohio University. His previous work includes analyzing foreign direct investment trends for The Brookings Institutions’ “Metro Foreign Investment Initiative,” consulting for Asia Commercial Bank, and teaching English in Shenzhen, China. Adam loves to travel in Asia; he is currently learning Bahasa Indonesia. He is also passionate about technology and enjoys building computers.

Maria Wahlstrom

Maria Wahlstrom

Maria Wahlstrom is currently a master’s student in Public Administration and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Berkeley, CA, she received her B.A. in Sociology in 2009 and then joined Teach for America to work as a Kindergarten teacher and lead curriculum developer for a start-up elementary school in Chicago. Prior to her graduate work, Maria worked for an NGO, the Map Foundation, in coordination with UNHCR in Thailand, to research and advocate for better working and living conditions for Burmese refugee communities. She is looking forward to working as an Applied Management Professional this summer. During her free time, she enjoys writing music, hiking, local foods, and exploring everything DC has to offer.

MPS Welcomes PACE Apprentice Jessica Nielsen

Posted in PACE Program on June 19, 2014
Jessica Nielsen

Jessica Nielsen

M Powered Strategies is pleased to announce our newest PACE apprentice, Jessica Nielsen, who will be working in a facilitation role at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Records (VLER) Team. Jessica graduated with Honors from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English: Language, Media and Communications, and a minor in Business Administration. As part of her Honors requirements she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Cape Town, South Africa, which resulted in a thesis, “Equalized or Racialized?: The Politics of Youth Mobilization and Development in Cape Town,” about youth development services and disparities in Cape Town.  She comes to MPS with experience in meeting management and facilitation, as well as a background in community engagement and leadership. Jessica’s various experiences helped spark her interest in government consulting. She is excited to begin the PACE program and work with her colleagues at M Powered Strategies to provide effective support to their clients.

Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network Taps M Powered Strategies’ Caitlin Ellsworth

Posted in Facilitation on June 16, 2014
Caitlin Ellsworth

Caitlin Ellsworth elected to MAFN Board of Directors

Caitlin Ellsworth, M Powered Strategies (MPS) Collaboration Service Line Manager, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN), a regional community of professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in facilitation. MAFN focuses on increasing professional development, sharing business opportunities, and building the field. Benefits for its members include monthly seminars and events, a “Find a Facilitator” service, and networking opportunities.

M Powered has experienced significant value from MAFN membership and looks forward to Caitlin helping the organization strengthen the regional and national facilitation community. “I’m honored to have been selected for this role, and am excited about bringing the fresh perspective and focused energy we nurture at MPS to MAFN.

Caitlin also holds other leadership positions in her professional field, including Leadership Council membership for the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Section on Environment and Public Policy (EPP).