Project Management Institute Honors M Powered Strategies President

Posted in Community Involvement / Project Management on November 21, 2014
Kendall Lott receives the 2014 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership

Kendall Lott receives the 2014 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership

TheProject Management Institute (PMI), the world’s largest association for project managers, recently honored Kendall Lott, PMP, with the 2014 PMI Chapter Award for Leadership. Lott, who is currently CEO of the PMI Washington, D.C., Chapter, accepted the award at the PMI Community Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with the PMI Global Congress 2014—North America, in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 22.

When he took over his position as CEO of the largest PMI Chapter last January, Lott had a vision of establishing networks and alliances across the PMI spectrum, as well as with community organizations, corporations and leaders in the Project Management field.  During his tenure he has implemented a number of initiatives and innovations. Key among them are the monthly podcasts he produces, Project Management Point of View, and the PM Day of Service. For the inaugural Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day, 2015, five DC Metro Area PMI chapters will partner with the Taproot Foundation to provide Project Management Subject Matter Experts to nearly 200 charity and nonprofit organizations.

With over 650,000 members and credential holders in more than 185 countries, PMI advances the Project Management profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities, and academic research. Lott has been an enthusiastic proponent of the Project Management Institute for more than a decade. “The standards and processes that PMI espouses are essential to any successful organization. As engines of change, Project Managers lead the way in innovation and transformation.”

PACEr Jessica Nielsen Joins MPS Staff

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program on November 20, 2014
Jessica Nielsen

Jessica Nielsen

Former PACE Apprentice, Jessica Nielsen, recently joined the firm as a full-time consultant.  She started with M Powered Strategies in June, and began the PACE Program with her cohort in August 2014.  She will be continuing the work she did as a PACEr in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), providing facilitation, meeting management, and collaboration services in support of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Records (VLER) Project Management Office (PMO) team.

Jessica credits the PACE Program with challenging her to grow both personally and professionally, and to seek out new opportunities to help create a more effective Federal Government.  The skills she acquired during her apprenticeship have enabled her to deliver quality consulting to her clients, and to conduct effective analysis in order to find solutions to challenging problems. Jessica will continue to participate in training and other activities with her PACE cohort until their graduation in January.  Meanwhile, she is ready to take on the new opportunities that a position as a full time employee will offer her.

Welcome, Mark Brown!

Posted in PACE Program on November 19, 2014
Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Mark Brown comes to the PACE Program with experience in management, project facilitation, and international development. He recently returned from two years of Peace Corps service in the Federated States of Micronesia, where he was a community development worker and English teacher on an outer island in Chuuk (formerly Truk) state. He worked with the local and state governments in Chuuk to streamline their educational processes and to support environmental governance efforts at the local level. Mark holds a Master’s in International Business with a Certificate in Global Management and a B.A. in Economics with a focus on Business Administration from the University of Florida. He looks forward to developing his multi-faceted skillset at M Powered Strategies, working for the Office of Information and Technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).