Public Allies is a national nonprofit on a mission to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Earlier this year, their DC chapter reached out to M Powered Strategies in search of qualified experts to deliver a high impact Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) group leadership workshop. MPS staffers Andrew MacDonald and Jimmy Church, both professionally certified MBTI practitioners, were quick to volunteer. In early May they conducted an intense four-hour workshop for nearly thirty aspiring leaders. The energy in the room was high and the participants were so engaged they skipped the regularly scheduled recess, choosing instead to hunker down with the material. The aim of MBTI workshops is to increase awareness about each individual’s personality type, as well as the full range and variety of types, which in turn fosters patience and understanding.
Public Allies’ Program Manager/Training Lead thrilled with the way the session went.
“The wonderful balance between content and process in your workshop design was engaging and effective. Your knowledge and competency pushed our understanding of ourselves and our group… There wasn’t a question that you were not prepared to answer. I wasn’t sure if our group this year would have an opportunity to participate in such a beneficial workshop. I am thankful [for] your willingness to volunteer your time for our group.”
Jimmy and Andrew were equally enthusiastic about the experience. According to Jimmy, the Public Allies participants were “smart, fun, capable and eager to bring about positive change.”
For more information about how your organization can benefit from M Powered Strategies’ pro bono services, contact Kat McDonald.
As part of M Powered Strategies’ Pro Bono Consulting Program, staff consultant Brian Wenzler is working with Points of Light ServiceWorks to lend his project management expertise in the planning and execution of boot camps, scheduled to take place in cities across the country this summer.
Run by volunteers from the AmeriCorps VISTA Program, along with local leaders, the boot camps provide a day of intense training for 16-24 year-olds. There are workshops and panels focused on critical workforce skills, such as effective communication, resume building, project management, and networking, along with a service project, where participants can put their skills to work for the benefit of the local community.
Brian is working closely with the ServiceWorks team as it prepares for the opening boot camp later this month, helping to develop adaptable project management tools, as well as a guide VISTA volunteers can use to organize and host additional boot camps. “This is a great cause and a great opportunity for me to apply my project management skills in a new context. I feel privileged to be able to help Points of Light ServiceWorks more effectively support underserved youth and young adults.”
Coach2Action Milestone Completion Rate
In June of last year, Points of Light (POL) approached M Powered Strategies about putting together a volunteer recruitment program that would connect nonprofit organizations across the nation with Project Management Professionals (PMPs). MPS President, Kendall Lott, along with fellow M Powered Strategies PMPs, Janet Schwartz, and Jessica Gilles, designed and implemented a pilot program, Coach2Action. They established a volunteer recruitment method with the Project Management Institute (PMI), designed a project management maturity framework, coordinated the training and engagement of the project coaches, and even provided Project Management training to POL staff so they could conduct the pilot.
Thirty nonprofits were paired with sixty Project Management coaches from the PMI community. All the coaches were trained in the project management maturity framework, and received guidance from MPS throughout the process. Each nonprofit received twenty hours of personalized two-on-one virtual (Skype) consulting.
To learn more, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0vo-lmYY2s.
Kendall Lott interviews 8th grader
Towards the end of every school year, the eighth-graders at Julius West School Middle School in Rockville, MD, start thinking about their futures. Under the supervision of Krista Fiabane, the International Baccalaureate/Middle Years Programme (IB/MYP) Coordinator, the students write their resumes and have an opportunity to meet with a real-life professional.
In early June M Powered Strategies President & CEO, Kendall Lott, had the pleasure of conducting one-on-one interviews with some of the students to talk about their interests and plans for the future. Not only was he struck by the maturity of the students, but what impressed him most was their grasp of teamwork and collaboration. “They really have a keen sense of their role in the larger group, and how to interact with others.” He also noted that those who were most comfortable in the interview setting were the ones who had done a dry run with their parents the night before. Never underestimate the value of parental involvement!
MPS has been invited to join the Corporate Service Council (CSC) run by Points of Light’s Corporate Institute. This is in recognition of over $100K of pro bono service provided directly to Points of Light, in addition to hundreds of volunteer hours MPS staff spent working with other non-profit organizations this year.
The CSC is an elite group of Senior Executives from some of the world’s most prominent companies, working together to advance corporate volunteerism and create change in our communities. We are excited to join the CSC and look forward to leveraging industry knowledge to expand our Community Engagement Portfolio and the impact we have on those we serve.
Before joining M Powered Strategies, Josh Forgét completed an internship at The Chertoff Group and provided research assistance to Lieutenant General (Ret.) James M. Dubik at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. He also worked for a time in international education.
Josh holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he focused on security issues in the post-Soviet space and counterterrorism. Last year he completed a Russian language certificate program at Novosibirsk State University in Siberia. Josh did his undergraduate work at Nazareth College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, focusing on composition.
Josh came to MPS in part because of our strong commitment to service. As an apprentice in the PACE program, he hopes to gain insight into the world of consulting.
Velyn Sheets Crosby began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore where she effectively implemented strategies to strengthen student engagement and performance. Her experience working to transform school culture ignited her interest in supporting the efficacy of institutions and organizations in the public sector, and ultimately prompted her decision to join the M Powered Strategies team.
Most recently Velyn worked with IBI, an international development consulting firm, as a Business Development Specialist supporting the design of new projects focused on improving good governance, public financial management, organizational performance, and gender equality around the world. She holds a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where she also earned an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy. She is an Alumna of Spelman College, where she graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in International Studies.