Welcome, Brad McCandless!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program on January 06, 2017
Brad McCandless

Brad McCandless

Brad McCandless, the newest member of MPS’ PACE Cohort 11, got his initial consulting experience at the grassroots consulting firm, 270 Strategies, in Chicago, where he worked on strategy for political and nonprofit groups.

After earning his B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University, Brad came to DC to work at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm, where he specialized in commercial diplomacy, and at the National Democratic Institute, focusing on elections. Previously, he worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, doing research geared toward political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa.

At MPS, Brad is looking forward to developing strategies for clients and partners to bring about meaningful organizational change. Outside the firm, he enjoys playing squash, baseball, and all things outdoors, along with keeping up with contemporary film.

Welcome, Collin Furth!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program on December 29, 2016
Collin Furth

Collin Furth

A world traveler and published writer, Collin Furth recently joined MPS’ PACE Cohort 11 to begin his career in consulting. He hails from an eclectic background in literature, law and sales, that has coalesced into a love of client-facing work in the federal IT space. After earning a B.A. in English and Writing from Gettysburg College in 2014, Collin worked at a real estate law firm in New Jersey.  More recently, he was an account representative at Carahsoft, an IT firm for the Federal Government.

In his spare time he pursues a number of artistic and athletic endeavors, including playing the guitar (mostly blues), doing gymnastics, and traveling to places such as Greece and New Zealand. Collin looks forward to working with the MPS team, to serve, change, and empower.

 

Congratulations, PACE Cohort 10!

Posted in PACE Program / Professional Development on November 17, 2016
Jeremy, Ben, Mariana, Rob, Josh

Jeremy Faircloth, Ben Eden, Mariana Enriquez, Rob Denaburg and Josh Forgét

The lights in the glass lobby of the Shakespeare Theatre’s Harman Hall shone bright last Monday night as MPS staff, PACE alums, and members of the PREP Oversight Group gathered to honor the five graduating members of PACE Cohort 10: Rob Denaburg, Ben Eden, Mariana Enriquez, Jeremy Faircloth and Josh Forgét. PACE, which stands for Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence, now counts 41 certificate holders, who have successfully completed the 25-week program. Designed to bring transitioning professionals and entry-level consultants up to career-ready caliber, PACErs undergo a rigorous training, which includes paid client delivery, weekly professional trainings, career mentoring, and a business case presentation. The winner of this group’s business case presentation was Rob Denaburg. His topic was the Department of Homeland Security, specifically providing program development and support to the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD). Rob’s solution outlined a three-phase approach over five years to meet the goals of maturing ISCD’s programs, increasing efficiency, and securing America’s chemical facilities.

Patti McMullen, the director of the PACE program (and also an alumnus of Cohort 6) had nothing but praise for the group. “This cohort was an exceptional group to work with, providing impressive energy, time, and effort to both the PACE program and their client delivery. I look forward to seeing what they all accomplish.”

For more information about the ANSI-accredited PACE Program, please email Patti McMullen.

Welcome, Ben Eden!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program on July 20, 2016
Ben Eden

Ben Eden

Ben Eden recently earned a Master of Science in Investment Fund Management from the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School. Prior to his year in Scotland, he graduated from American University with a BA in both Economics and History and a minor in Law & Society.

During his time at AU, Ben took advantage of diverse opportunities that were available on campus, within the District of Columbia, as well as internationally. He spent a semester in New Zealand completing coursework at Victoria University of Wellington. Internships in global security and commercial spaceflight public policy rounded out his unique approach to research and data analysis. As a member of PACE Cohort 10, Ben is eager to apply his distinct background and skills to his work in the Federal Government.

Ben enjoys playing piano, getting out into nature, and skiing. He also keeps an eye on the economics, law, and politics of the commercial spaceflight industry and government space agencies.

Welcome, Josh Forgét!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP on June 08, 2016
Josh Forgét

Josh Forgét

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.

Congratulations to PACE Cohort 9!

Posted in PACE Program / PREP on May 09, 2016

 

MPS President, Kendall Lott, and PREP Director, Nicole Baillis, with Cohort 9

MPS President, Kendall Lott, with Lee Levy, Sadie Garcea, Paul Dolmon, Anya Clifford and PREP Director, Nicole Baillis

Another milestone has been passed for the members of MPS’ ninth PACE Cohort. Anya Clifford, Paul Dolmon, Sadie Garcea and Lee Levy were honored at the Closing Certificate Ceremony, held May 6 in Sidney Harman Hall. MPS Staff, as well as business partners and members of the PREP Oversight Group were there to celebrate. Anya Clifford was winner of the group’s Business Case, a capstone project which involves researching an actual issue within a government agency, and then writing a white paper and presenting it to a panel of experts.

Congratulations to all the cohort members for the excellent work they have done over the past 25 weeks.

For more information about the ANSI-accredited PACE Program, please email Nicole Baillis, PREP Director.

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.

Congratulations, PACE Cohort 8!

Posted in PACE Program / PREP on January 27, 2016
Karli Kloss, Bryan Kovalick, and Rima Abouziab

Karli Kloss, Bryan Kovalick, and Rima Abouziab

Eight generations of PACE graduates, along with members of the PREP Oversight Group and MPS staff, gathered in the terrace of the Shakespeare Theatre’s Harmon Hall on January 22 to celebrate PACE Cohort 8. The graduates – Rima Abouziab, Karli Kloss, and Bryan Kovalick – received their PREP certificates, marking the successful completion of all the PACE requirements.

The rigorous PACE curriculum includes weekly trainings which cover skills and knowledge areas that are key to professional consultants; individual and group coaching; practical experience working on government contracts; and a capstone project known as the business case, which involves research of real-life issues in government agencies along with an executive panel presentation. The highest score for the business case for this cohort went to Bryan Kovalick. Congratulations Bryan!

According to PREP Director Nicole Baillis, “Cohort 8 was an impressive group of individuals, both professionally and personally. They made an impact in their delivery and corporate work, while approaching all of it with an admirable sincerity. I could not be prouder of their achievements, and look forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them.”

For more information about the ANSI-accredited PACE Program, please email Nicole Baillis, PREP Director.

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