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…


Congratulations, PACE Cohort 11!

On June 29th, staff and friends of MPS celebrated the presentation of certificates to PACE Cohort 11 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in downtown Washington, DC. Both members of the group – Brad McCandless and Collin Furth – will be staying on as fulltime consultants. According to Collin, “The lessons learned in PACE training have allowed me to navigate the world of consulting with confidence, and I have…


MPS Fosters Project Management Professionals

MPS is proud to announce the recent certification of four new Project Management Professionals (PMP®s): Brian Wenzler, Lee Levy, Ashley Rezai and Allison Primack. That makes twelve PMP®s at MPS, and more to come. At MPS, we actively encourage our consultants to avail themselves of the tools of Project Management and to master the rigorous skills and knowledge areas required to attain PMP® certification.

Kendall Lott, President of M Powered…


Consultants Learn From The Bard

Last week four intrepid MPS staffers – Zully Barrientos, Ira Casteel, Davin Hattaway, and Sarah Miles – took part in an unusual class at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC. “Acting for Business Professionals,” taught by Dan Crane, the Resident Teaching Artist, is designed to help participants articulate and deliver their message with maximum effectiveness.

Pauses, gestures, eye contact, physical presence in the room, intonation,…