Welcome, Rob Denaburg!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP on April 22, 2016
Rob Denaburg

Rob Denaburg

Rob Denaburg joins M Powered Strategies from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), where he wrote weekly intelligence summaries of political-military issues and delivered daily briefs to senior ISW staff about U.S. national security interests in Afghanistan. He holds an M.G.A. (Master’s of Global Affairs) from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Law from Carleton University.

Rob has previously worked as a research consultant for government and non-profit sector clients, and managed social media policies and platforms for a professional soccer team. He also launched Canada’s first student-run national security blog. In his spare time, Rob enjoys traveling the globe, playing music and sports, and exploring new technologies. He hails from Toronto, Canada and is excited to join MPS PACE Cohort 10.

Welcome, Mariana Enriquez!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP on April 22, 2016
Mariana Enriquez

Mariana Enriquez

Mariana Enriquez is a 2015 graduate of American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and Kogod School of Business, where she earned her B.S. in International Studies and Business Administration. As an undergrad, she held leadership positions as President of The AU Independent Arts Collective and Vice President of Finance for Partners of Americas: AU Chapter. Mariana’s prior work experience is in business development and project management. She held internships at UBS Financial and American World Services.

Mariana is excited to be joining MPS’ PACE program, as she desires to continuously learn and gain government consulting experience. 

Welcome, Jeremy Faircloth!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP on April 22, 2016
Jeremy Faircloth

Jeremy Faircloth

Jeremy Faircloth comes from the world of technical theatre. He earned his degree from James Madison University, and spent two summers apprenticing at The Santa Fe Opera before moving to Raleigh, NC to become the Production Manager for Atlas Production Lighting, a corporate event lighting company. After helping grow the company from a team of two to a team of 15 and helping with the merger of two companies, he accepted a position as Production Manager at Atmosphere Lighting in Silver Spring, Maryland. There he tracked and managed the deliverables for over 300 events a year and then later all events company wide.

Jeremy recently became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and has now joined the M Powered team as a member of Cohort 10 in the PACE program. He looks forward to learning as much as he can while applying his creative background to this new field.

Welcome, Amy Schwartz!

Posted in Human Resources on April 21, 2016
Amy Schwartz

Amy Schwartz

Amy comes to MPS after four years at LivingSocial, where she contributed to multiple verticals across the organization, including local merchants; lead brands such as JetBlue, Virgin America, and Costco; and global e-commerce products.  Before LivingSocial, Amy worked in Alumni Relations and Event Planning for The George Washington University and in Operations and Game Day Promotions for the St. Paul Saints Minor League Baseball team.

Amy graduated with a BA in Theater from the University of Missouri and moved to the DC area in 2009 from Minneapolis.  She loves discovering new restaurants, mixology, Minnesota Twins, traveling, and independent bookstores.

Welcome, Andrei Necsoi!

Posted in Human Resources on April 21, 2016
Andrei Necsoi

Andrei Necsoi

Prior to joining M Powered Strategies, Andrei Necsoi completed internships with The Chertoff Group and The Hudson Institute. He also did consulting work for a commercial real estate firm.

More recently, Andrei has delved deeply into the study of military operations and strategic planning, conventional weapons, and international security dynamics while pursuing his Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He will be awarded a degree in July.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, with a major in Political Science and a double minor in Spanish and Philosophy. He is fluent in English and Romanian and proficient in Spanish. An avid hockey fan, Andrei is excited to be joining M Powered Strategies.

PM Point of View® Gets Trademarked

Posted in Professional Development / Project Management on April 19, 2016
Kendall Lott

Kendall Lott

PM Point of View® – the podcast that looks at Project Management from all the angles – is officially a registered and recognized trademark.

MPS President, Kendall Lott, started the monthly audio podcast series almost two years ago. The first podcast featured a 13-minute interview with the CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. More than 25 podcasts and 30,000 downloads later, the series has a seriously devoted following. Kendall has interviewed cutting edge thinkers and practitioners in the field of Project Management, as well as professionals in a variety of fields that are not generally associated with Project Management. Past interviews include a Production Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, a campaign manager, a vintner, a wedding planner, and many more.

Available on the Project Management Institute of Washington DC (PMIWDC) website, as well as on iTunes and the MPS website, the podcasts are now one hour long, and are worth one Professional Development Unit (PDU) for Project Management Professionals (PMPs) maintaining their certifications. To use Kendall’s standard closing remark for each PM Point of View® podcast, Until next time, keep it in scope and get it done.

MPS Maintains ANSI Accreditation

Posted in PREP / Professional Development on April 14, 2016

ansiM Powered Strategies is proud to announce that our Professional Readiness and Effectiveness Program (PREP) has been recertified under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the third consecutive year. ANSI is a governing body that issues accreditation to organizations for outstanding programmatic performance across a variety of industries.

MPS cares deeply about professionally developing our staff, and over the years internal trainings have evolved into several formal professional development programs. The ANSI accreditation is a great achievement for MPS as it demonstrates the quality of PREP’s programs, ensuring participants a structured and standardized learning experience. Foremost among them is the Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence (PACE) program. PACE provides recent graduates and transitioning professionals a structured introduction to the world of federal consulting, with trainings, individualized coaching, and business development practice.

The PREP Management Team devotes a significant number of hours each year in preparation for the ANSI audit. Given how rigorous and extensive the audits are, it is an impressive achievement for MPS to continue to maintain this accreditation and we thank our Management Team for their continued excellence and dedication to our company’s professional development.