Category: SP Consulting

04
Dec

SP Consulting Attends National Christmas Tree Lighting at White House

 

SP Consulting’s Jason Joseph, Tanya Kirby, and Eric Lee attended the 95th National Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by The White House, National Park Foundation, Hallmark Channel, and GE. The Lighting was held at the White House Eclipse and included performances by the U.S Navy Band, The Beach Boys, Kathy Lee Gifford and Craig Campbell, The Texas Tenors, Us The Duo, Wynonna, Jack Wagner, Boys II Bow Ties, Steve Gibson, and Mannheim Steamroller. The ceremony was led by Kathy Lee Gifford and Dean Cain, with speeches by National Park Foundation’s President, Will Shafroth, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, and President Donald Trump.

The National Christmas Tree is a Colorado blue spruce beautifully situated in President’s Park, one of 25 sites that the National Park Service manages in Washington, D.C. alone! Also in attendance was the First Family, who crossed directly in front of the SP team!

Thank you to the National Park Service and National Park Foundation for presenting this historic and beautiful tradition. Make sure to watch the ceremony on the Hallmark Channel on December 4th, 2017 at 7 pm EST.

 

15
Nov

Paul Johnson Attends Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Jefferson-Lincoln Awards Gala

Written by Paul Johnson, President & CEO, SP Consulting

My wife Lisa and I had the honor of attending the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s 2017 Jefferson-Lincoln Awards Gala at the beautiful Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach this last weekend.

I have known Leon Panetta since my days working with Congressman Gene Chappie (R-CA).  Then-Congressman Panetta (D- CA) was also serving as the representative for California’s 16th Congressional district. While Gene and Leon caucused with different political parties, they had many things in common.  Both were self-made men and sons of Italian immigrants.  They shared a common connection to the soil as farmers and ranchers that instilled a profound respect and love for their country.  They understood and cherished the importance of reaching out and finding common purpose with others to serve the needs and aspirations of all our nation’s citizens.

God bless him but Gene is no longer with us.  However, Leon has always upheld these principals of public service, most importantly respectful engagement and the needs of the many over self-interest.  His career to date is a shining example of the best our country has to offer but also serves as a beacon of hope for the future: Congressman; Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Chief of Staff to President Clinton; Director of the CIA; and Secretary of Defense.   Leon and his wife Sylvia – through the good works of their Institute – are working to ensure that we succeed in passing the torch to a new generation of leaders.  Individuals committed to putting service first and grounded in the ideas that democracy can only be sustained and strengthen by an engaged, supportive and educated citizenry.

Leon and Sylvia – THANK YOU, PJ

 

About The Panetta Institute for Public Policy: Founded in 1997 by Leon and Sylvia Panetta, the Panetta Institute is a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy that helps our communities and our country meet the challenges of the 21stcentury. Under the direction of Secretary and Mrs. Panetta, the Institute provides a variety of study opportunities in government, politics and public policy, and sponsors a range of other programs.

31
Aug

SP Spotlight: Research Associates 2017

This summer, we were joined by two research associates, Asha and Cody. Asha has been with SP Consulting since September 2016 working primarily with the client services team. She has since adopted a dual role also working with Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Cody recently graduated from Auburn University and joins us all the way from Alabama. Get to know Asha and Cody more in the interviews below!

 

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23
Aug

SP Spotlight: Maria Fabiano

  1. How did you connect with Strategic Partnerships?

I was interning at Jobs for Washington’s Graduates Foundation (JWG), the Washington-state affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Due to my past work with JWG and my plans to move to D.C. post-graduation, Leslie Schmitz, executive director of JWG, connected me with Janelle Duray, senior vice president of Strategic Partnerships.


  1. What is your role with Strategic Partnerships?

As the Client Relations Assistant for Strategic Partnerships, I assist Janelle in research and writing assignments related to client work, including drafting agendas, briefing materials, client follow-ups, and more.

 

  1. What drew you to joining SP?

Initially, it was the ability to stay connected to JAG and my passion for workforce development. After learning more about Strategic Partnerships, I was drawn to the opportunity to work with a range of clients and projects that encompass multiple industries and sectors. Plus, I enjoy having variety in my work and felt that was something SP excels at.

 

  1. What skillset or area of expertise are you most looking forward to utilizing and sharing with the SP team and clients?

I have a passion for listening to and helping people with their problems – it’s why I studied journalism and public policy. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the SP team and clients, using my background in communications to help solve their problems.

Also, I’m more than happy to share my baked goods with the SP team!

 

  1. What prior role or professional achievement are you most proud of and want to make the SP community knows about?

I would say I’m most proud of the work I did with Leslie and JWG in the past year. I’m particularly proud of the work we did expanding the Employer Engagement Model, partnering with Washington companies such as Conduent, Nordstrom, and Port of Seattle to provide apprenticeship and employment opportunities to our JWG students.

 

  1. What was the most recent position you held prior to joining SP?

I just graduated in June with a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. During my second year of the program, I interned at Jobs for Washington’s Graduates Foundation, working on fundraising, development, and strategic communications for the nonprofit.

 

  1. Have you been working in the same career field or have you experienced a variety of professional fields?

I have worked in a variety of professional fields, mostly in the food service industry, before going back to school for an MPA.

 

  1. What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Hmm, certainly not unusual as a job but I worked at a bakery for several years and during that time attended a culinary and pastry arts school.

Homemade Bagels

  1. What are three words you would use to describe your personality?

Curious, funny, and compassionate.

 

  1. If you could go back 10 years and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself and why?

I would tell myself to not stress the small stuff in life and to focus on setting aside time for exercise and spending time with family and friends.

  1. What do typical weekends look like for you?

Typically, I like to spend my weekends in the kitchen baking and cooking. I’m going through a big bread making phase right now; I’ve baked homemade bagels every week for a month straight. I’m also a big reader and traveler, which I’m looking forward to having a lot more time for on the weekends now that I’m done with graduate school!

 

 

07
Jul

4th of July with SP Consulting

As I have noted in the past, the 4th of July is a special day for my family – and I think most Americans. It is a holiday that not only marks the birth of our nation but also underscores the best of what our country has contributed to world history – freedom, diversity, optimism, progress and sacrifice to help others reach their full potential too.

Our nation is far from perfect and we have many serious problems and shortcomings. Yet despite our challenges we are truly blessed to be part of the ongoing and unique American experience.

From our family to yours – Happy 4th of July.

– PJ

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28
Jun

SP Spotlight: Annette Larkin

 

(Annette with His Holiness the Dalai Lama)

1. How did you connect with SP Consulting?

I used to work with Paul Johnson when we were both with Fleishman Hillard (FH), I left in 2004 to become a partner in a boutique firm.  One of my former colleagues from FH, the fabulous Samantha Edwards, reconnected me to Cindy Yaworske and Paul this summer – and I’m so happy she did.

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30
Mar

Introducing the SP Consulting Executive Committee

SP Consulting has added a number of extraordinary clients to its roster over the last three months.  One of the most striking features of the most successful companies and organizations on this list is the quality of their people – smart, dedicated and passionate employees always seem to be the foundation of our most outstanding clients.

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11
Jan

Lincoln Mitchell discusses latest book, “Will Big League Baseball Survive?: Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball” in San Francisco

On Friday, January 27 at 7:00pm, SP Consulting Senior Partner and international political development expert Lincoln Mitchell, Ph.D., will discuss his latest book, Will Big League Baseball Survive?: Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball at the SF Baseball Academy (SFBA) at 3010 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118.

Dr. Mitchell’s most recent book analyzes Major League Baseball’s economic, social, and media
structures within the United
States. As the game develops beyond North America and media consumption evolves, will baseball continue in its current form as a growing global empire that offers a monopoly in the United States?

In addition to being a seasoned Senior Partner with SP Consulting and a lifelong devotee to baseball, Dr. Mitchell specializes in global democracy and governance related issues, with a specific emphasis on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Dr. Mitchell most recently served as the national political correspondent for The New York Observer until 2016 and from 2006-2013 was on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP and learn more information about this exciting event, please email Dr. Mitchell directly at Lincoln.Mitchell@spconsulting.com.

 

29
Dec

Bringing Work/Life Balance Into The Workplace

By Rhonda Poirier, Managing Senior Partner

There’s good news this week for the laboring masses, which is just about everyone in my estimation. “Simple pleasures,” defined as socializing, good food, entertainment and romance, to name just a few, facilitate goal achievement and can even negate the effect of those petty annoyances we encounter every day.  It’s true, according to a study reported in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research by researchers from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business and the University of Cologne Social Cognition Center. Of course, the research findings are much more specific and nuanced. There’s a very nice summary of the findings, and the interpretative limitations, at http://www.futurity.org/simple-pleasures-goals-1316722/.

Imagine the possibilities if these research findings were to become widely embraced in the workplace. We might find agility derbies for our canine-buddies in the hallways, weekly open-mic stand-up comedy opportunities, movie afternoons, and virtual reality arcades in every business and industry. Slow adopters might start with bright, comfortable and inviting break rooms designed for socialization and chock full of catered goodies. The early adopters would quickly add shopping to their employee benefits package. This very entertaining and therapeutic pastime would garner paid time off and mental health coverage. I could go on and on. Working remotely could quickly become a thing of the past – who would opt to work from home when the office offers so much?

The ROI for this new investment in “simple pleasures” work environments? Nothing less than hockey stick growth curves for business and industry as employees achieve work objectives at the speed of light. And just think what might be accomplished with the feds working at lightspeed.

Such imaginings far exceed the interpretative limitations of the research to be sure. Though I found them to be quite entertaining and now, suddenly, I have a tremendous urge to get back to work! I think I’m off to a good start for 2017. Happy New Year!

 

 

20
Dec

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of our Senior Partners! We hope you have a lovely, relaxing holiday season and are getting ready to embark on another busy (and prosperous) new year.

I first want to send my sincere thanks to all of you that made 2016 such a success for SP Consulting. I’m pleased to share that 2016 was a banner year for our firm, as SP experienced our largest growth in revenue ever in our 38-year history. We’re pleased with the diversity of truly reputable brands that we on-boarded this year, including athenahealth, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the National Park Foundation, Nugget Markets, Trust for the National Mall, and more.

We also expanded our roster of talented Senior Partners across the country. Our approach to recruitment is to leverage our network – our colleagues have been instrumental in attracting the best and the brightest to our firm. We’re proud to have galvanized such a diverse and strategic team, who possess strong experience across key industries – from healthcare and government to tech and beyond.  As we’ve grown our bench strength over the past 12 months, we’ve been able to deploy cross-functional account teams that can provide smart, thoughtful strategies and then skillfully implement customized campaigns to help each client reach their specific goals.

Our vision for the future is to continue crushing the competition and setting a new standard for high-end consulting services. Now that we have the reach, talent and experience across our service offerings – and the nation – we’re ready to take the next big leap in our evolution. We will continue doing great work for select clients that we’re passionate about serving. We will continue attracting talented, experienced Senior Partners as we expand and strengthen our network across our Centers of Excellence. We will continue collaborating with those who take their work seriously – but not themselves. We love challenges – and this is tough business – but nobody said we can’t have some fun along the way, too.

As our colleagues nationwide know, there’s a special satisfaction that comes from making a measurable difference.  Let’s continue our upward trajectory – the sky’s the limit in the new year.

-PJ