MPS HR Director gives Keynote at Mediation Training Institute (MTI) Annual Conference

MPS’ HR Director, Andrew MacDonald, SHRM-SCP, recently returned from St. Petersburg, FL, where he was a keynote speaker at the 17th annual Conflict Resolution & Mediation Conference, hosted by the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College.  

This year’s conference,
“Elevate the Conversation,” was attended by an international audience of lawyers,
HR professionals, coaches, mediators and leaders from the World Bank,…


PM Point of View® to Feature Highlights from the 2018 Project Management Symposium: Turning Knowledge into Practice

MPS President, Kendall Lott, was wearing his podcast hat recently, when he attended the annual Project Management Symposium, hosted by the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. With him was a team of M Powered Strategies consultants and PMP®s, armed with audio recorders. While Kendall conducted “man on the street” interviews with speakers and attendees at the symposium, his team fanned out to record three key…


What is Vendor Engagement?

In big-volume acquisitions, procurement is fraught with challenges. If you are the buyer, you want to be as knowledgeable as possible. That’s why vendor engagement is key. The more knowledgeable the buyer, the better the deal. Category Management, a systematic and disciplined approach to procurement that was originally developed for the packaging industry, has been adopted by Federal Government agencies.  In Category Management, buyer and…


What is the Category Plan? The video.

This is the third in a series of videos produced by Final Milestone Productions of MPS, about Category Management – a procurement process that leads to lower costs and improved quality. Learn about the role of the Category Plan from one of the founders of Category Management, Gordon Wade.



M Powered Strategies – Committed to Professional Development

At MPS, we take a proactive approach to developing the “complete consultant” – a professional blend of sound consulting experience and technical subject matter expertise. Professional development is an ongoing process, and we are constantly learning from and sharing with each other.

MPS’ PACE training (Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence), which is part of our Professional Readiness and Effectiveness Program (PREP),…


PMPs in Action

It seems like 2017 was the Year of Empowerment for women. At M Powered Strategies, five female staffers – Ira Casteel, Hoor Jangda, Lesley McNiesh, Sarah Miller, and Maria Perez – were certified as Project Management Professionals (PMP).

“Why PMP?” you might ask. What is the purpose? According to Maria, it’s “because I want to ensure that we are always providing the best services to our clients. I hope what I learned will help me…