Holiday Gift Packages for Disadvantaged and Homeless Children
As part of M Powered Strategies® Community Engagement program, staffers stayed late one December eve to put together holiday gift packages for disadvantaged and homeless children in the Washington, DC area. With cookies and holiday tunes to sustain their spirits, they stuffed shoeboxes with toiletries, underwear, scarves, hats and mittens, which were provided by M Powered Strategies®, as well as festive toys and goodies donated by individual staff members. By the end of the evening, the MPS team had filled and wrapped over two dozen holiday boxes.
The packages were distributed by SOME (So Others Might Eat), a community-based organization dedicated to instilling a sense of dignity in the poor and homeless of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1970, SOME meets the immediate daily needs of disadvantaged residents with food, clothing, and health care. Additionally, it seeks to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by offering services such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling to the poor, the elderly, and individuals with mental illness.
We’re proud to have done a little bit to help SOME make the holidays more joyful for disadvantaged residents in the District.
Stephany Perez Cohen
Stephany Perez Cohen has joined the Professional Development team at M Powered Strategies (MPS) as the Program Coordinator for our Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program. In her new role, she will coordinate all AMP-related activities, including apprentice placement and recruitment. A former PACE apprentice (PACE Cohort 3), Stephany brings experience and valuable insight as she prepares for the Summer 2015 AMP Cohort. Her interest and commitment to professional development is inspiring.
In addition to her responsibilities with the AMP Program, she will continue to support the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Technology Strategies, leading the facilitation efforts around meetings for Design Pattern Vendor Engagements and Public Forums.
Consultants at M Powered Strategies (MPS) are gearing up to participate in PMI’s first ever Project Management Day Of Service. On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, all five DC Metro Area PMI chapters, in partnership with the Taproot Foundation, will provide Project Management Subject Matter Experts to nearly 200 charity and nonprofit organizations.
Taproot is a local nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. Among the organizations that will be participating in the PM Day of Service are Points of Light Foundation, Cornerstone Montgomery, Dreaming Out Loud, International Justice Mission, Cultural Academy for Excellence, HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, National Resource Society for Women Veterans, and Ashoka. Over 600 Project Management Professionals will convene with representatives from the nonprofits in a large ballroom in Crystal City to conduct what is being billed as a Scope-A-Thon.
This first-of-a-kind event will provide Project Management as a pro bono service directly to nonprofit organizations on an unprecedented scale. Any organization or member of one of the local DC-Baltimore metro chapters who would like to participate in the PM-DOS, please contact Danni Richards.
Perry Morton, PMP
Congratulations are in order for Perry Morton, M Powered Strategies (MPS) Engagement Manager, who recently completed his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Perry has been working and managing projects for years—in Europe and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, and here in Washington for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other organizations—so it was just a matter of time before he tackled the official certification. “I was aware of, and had actually implemented, many elements of the methodology,” he noted, “but studying for the exam gave me a more global understanding. I can communicate better with my peers now, via shared terms and concepts, and I’m really thankful MPS gave me this opportunity!”
As M Powered Strategies positions itself to do more project work with the government, certification is crucial. PMPs are in increasing demand by MPS partners and clients alike. With more PMPs on staff, MPS is able to take its services to an expanded set of clients.
Tyler Owens comes to M Powered Strategies (MPS) with four years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to arriving at MPS, he worked at the nonprofit, Accion International, where he participated in a global initiative to promote responsible microfinance practices. From 2009-2011, Tyler served in the U.S. Peace Corps in a small village in Peru, designing and implementing community-based projects in the areas of reforestation, organic agriculture, waste management, youth development, as well as teaching English at the local middle school.
A southern California native, Tyler studied government at Claremont McKenna College. Earlier this year he graduated from the MA program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. During graduate school he completed internships at the State Department and the National Defense University. Tyler has a long-standing interest in working to deliver impactful change in the public sector and believes MPS is a wonderful place to achieve this. He looks forward to contributing his analytical skills, cross-cultural communication ability, and driven work ethic to MPS and plans to take full advantage of all the opportunities MPS has to offer.