MPS Kicks Off National Volunteer Week with a Painting Project

Posted in Community Involvement on April 28, 2017
MPS Staff at the Garfield Terrace Community Center

MPS Staff working at the Garfield Terrace Community Center

To kick off Points of Light’s National Volunteer Week, on Saturday, April 22, Mara Goldberg, Bryan Kovalick and Lesley McNeish of MPS, volunteered with the Capital Area REACH Program. This small nonprofit focuses on education, mentorship and professional development for low-income students in the Washington, DC area.

Saturday’s event took place in Northwest DC, where volunteers were tasked with painting the interior of Garfield Terrace Community Center to create a more fun and inviting environment for the students who attend the after-school programs. Bryan, Lesley and Mara spent the day painting the walls bright orange and blue; they were also able to engage with members of the community who have benefited from REACH’s services.

According to Bryan, volunteering with the Capital Area REACH Program was a fun experience. “They’re led by an energetic and motivated group, and I sincerely hope that MPS can partner with them in future volunteer or pro bono opportunities.”




Promotions at MPS

Posted in Human Resources on April 21, 2017
Andrew MacDonald

Andrew MacDonald

Sarah Nurse

Sarah Nurse

As MPS matures, expanding its services and outreach, there is an increased need for high-level decision-making. So an extra executive layer was recently established, and two top-notch MPS staffers have stepped in to fill the newly-created positions.

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Nurse and Andrew MacDonald – each with a decade of experience at M Powered Strategies – to the position of Vice President.

Sarah Nurse, Vice President of Client Services, is a senior consultant with fifteen years of management consulting experience, supporting clients such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce and more. Her expertise is in strategic planning, strategic communications, complex stakeholder management, organizational design, facilitation, governance, and performance management. Previously, Sarah served as MPS Account Manager, overseeing the VA contracts for the past several years.

Andrew MacDonald, Vice President of Administration, has an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Master’s in Public International Law from the University of Sydney with a focus in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is a Certified Workplace Mediator and Trainer in Workplace Mediation  and has substantial experience providing client solutions in Human Resource Management, organizational analysis, facilitation, and conflict management. Clients he has worked with include the Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as Director of Human Resources at MPS for many years, and will continue in that role in addition to his new responsibilities.

Congratulations to both Sarah and Andrew!

MPS Awarded for Innovative Solution

M Powered Strategies is proud to have been selected as one of the winning candidates for an innovation award hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Lumina Foundation, and for Closing the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials. The solution proposed by M Powered Strategies was selected as one of the top three winners out of more than 200 submissions.

Digital credentials are a method for verifying an individual’s abilities and accomplishments through accessible and portable digitized certificates. They are similar to traditional certifications (such as PMP or CAE) but narrower and more responsive to evolving skill requirements in any industry. The concept behind these credentials was pioneered by the Mozilla Foundation and Peer 2 Peer University in 2011, but the credentials have not gained much traction outside of the programming and computer science communities since then.

First, MPS identified four essential components of a successful digital credential:

  • A credential must be applicable and provide meaningful information about an individual’s capability.
  • A credential must by adopted by enough individuals who have demonstrated high performance to warrant acknowledgement by others in the field.
  • A credential must be recognized as legitimate and valuable, and issued by a trusted authority.
  • A credential must by portable between organizations,.

Secondly, we stipulated that all of these components need to be addressed simultaneously. Efforts spent addressing only one would be overwhelmed by deficiencies in the other three, which is what has frustrated efforts to develop digital credential programs in other fields.

We proposed to expand the reach and relevance of digital credentials via:

  • A social extranet platform to encourage adoption, through active and continuous engagement, and immediate recognition of credentials.
  • An accreditation system to encourage recognition.
  • A system of federated digital authority to encourage portability, and community building to reinforce applicability.

To develop this solution, the MPS team synthesized our expertise in IT governance, performance management, certification program design, educational program development, and implementation of social extranet solutions. We look forward to developing innovative solutions to industry challenges as we continue to expand our services in the nonprofit sector.

For more information about how MPS can support your organization with creative solutions to challenging integration problems, contact our Account Manager for Association Consulting, Davin Hattaway, CAE.