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.

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.

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.

Welcome, Lee Levy!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP on January 05, 2016
Lee Levy

Lee Levy

Lee Levy recently graduated with her MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her research included analyzing the risks of democratization in ethnically divided societies, post-conflict reconstruction, and innovative approaches to promote reconciliation. Lee completed internships with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in DC and the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa Tel-Aviv.

Prior to SAIS, Lee worked as an office and project manager for an international entrepreneur. She obtained her BA in Political Science and Hebrew Literature from Hunter College, City University of New York. Lee enjoys learning new languages; she is fluent in Hebrew, speaks Spanish, limited French, and continues to study Arabic. Lee is excited to join M Powered Strategies PACE Cohort 9.

Welcome, Anya Clifford!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP on September 16, 2015
Anya Clifford

Anya Clifford

Anya Clifford joins M Powered Strategies’ PACE Cohort 9 from Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national nonprofit that partners with major corporations to increase diversity. While at MLT, Anya was the Senior Associate for College Programs, where she managed research, communications, and strategic initiatives. Her previous work experience focused on the pharmaceutical industry, spanning pharmaceutical shareholder engagement, health policy, and life sciences research.

Anya graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Bioethics, and serves on the leadership board for Capital Partners of Education in DC. She enjoys traveling to new cities, and looks forward to contributing to the MPS team.

Congratulations, PACE COHORT 7!

Posted in Human Resources / PACE Program / PREP / Professional Development on August 28, 2015
Cohort 7

Patrick Henderson, Ryne Peterson, Josh Erb, and Ashley Rezai

In the spring of this year, four individuals from very different backgrounds (Peace Corps in Moldova, voter registration in Northwest Alaska, entrepreneurial consulting in the Middle East, and election observation in Tunisia) joined the M Powered Strategies (MPS) PACE Program. After 25 weeks of contract work, coaching, and professional development trainings, Joshua Erb, Patrick Hendrickson, Ryne Peterson, and Ashley Rezai have successfully completed all the PACE requirements.

They received their PREP certificates in a celebration with MPS staff, PACE alumni, executives, and colleagues on August 24, 2015 at The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall. “It was a journey, from start to finish,” said Patrick Hendrickson. Picking up on Patrick’s metaphor, Ashley Rezai added her take on the program: “To be a PACEr is to be a voyager, one who is willing to explore their own professional habits with a critical eye, and expand their horizons to new lands of development.”

As all four PACErs from Cohort 7 transition to full-time staff members at MPS, PACE Cohort 8 is well on its way, having begun in July 2015 and set to end in December. For more information about the ANSI-accredited PACE Program, please email Nicole BaillisPREP Director.

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