Category: SP Spotlight

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!

 

 

11
Jul

SP Spotlight: Michael Ares

 

  1. How did you connect with SP Consulting?
    • I was introduced to Paul by my former FH colleague, Karen Kaplan, who now is a Managing Senior Partner at SP.

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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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14
Dec

SP Spotlight: Irakli Alasania

 

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Irakli meeting Georgian military cadets

  1. How did you connect with SP Consulting?
    • I have known Paul Johnson and Lincoln Mitchell from my previous experience in the 2012 election campaign in Georgia.
  1. What drew you to SP versus joining other firms or agencies?
    • Reputation, professionalism based on a firm moral foundation.

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03
Nov

Senior Partner Sue Schram Featured in AAA Photography Contest

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Photo by Sue Schram

We are excited to announce that Senior Partner Dr. Sue Schram is featured in the 2016 AAA World Photo Contest. Her image, titled “Feeling Blue,” is one of five finalists competing in the People category. With nearly 4,000 entries, Sue’s image has stood out with its vibrant blues circling throught the photograph. In Sue’s words:

“This photo was taken while walking through Chefchaouen, Morocco. This hill town has wonderful architecture, but is most famous for the medina walls that are painted a variety of shades of blue and/or white. Local “lore” says that the color was the idea of Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. They also believed that the color blue would repel mosquitoes, which dislike clear and moving water.

It is not difficult to take interesting photos in Chefchaouen. I just happened to turn around and this woman was coming out of her door, seemingly dressed to match the town! Someone was moving toward her to help her down the stairs but I snapped this just in time!”

Please be sure to vote for Sue’s photo by going to the AAA photo website and selecting “Click to Vote.” Then select the image titled, People 5! We encourage you to share with friends and family. Way to go, Sue!

 

26
Jul

SP Spotlight: Meet the Summer Associates

This summer, SP Consulting was lucky to work with 3 rock star summer associates: Kelly, Suzanne, and Anna in our Washington, D.C. office. Through record heatwaves (up to 113 degrees with humidity!), a surge of D.C.’s subway shutdowns, and a fiery political race for the White House, our summer associates made the most of their 3 months with SP. Get to know who they are, what they gained from their experience with SP, and what else they’ve been up to this summer.

 

 

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27
Jun

A Marathon, Not a Sprint: SP’s Nicole Duritz Discusses the Importance of Setting Goals and Teamwork

By Nicole Duritz

 

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I ran my first two marathons in 1999 and 2000, then I got married and had twin boys. My life got a little crazy and as a working mom, I had to fit in my exercise where I could. I woke up at 4:00 AM and rode a stationary bike in my basement. I started distance running again in 2007 when the boys were five but didn’t enter a race until 2010.  My first race was the 2010 GW Parkway Classic 10 miler. I was 44 years old and I set my sights on another marathon. I decided to wait until my boys were a bit older and I decided on 2016 to celebrate my 50th birthday.

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21
Jun

Ken Boughrum: Former Global Communications Guru at Novelis, Atlanta Native and Family Man

  1. How did you connect with SP Consulting?
    • After Karen Kaplan departed FH, I was keen to remain connected with Karen (I am also a fan of alliterations). I had left my role at Novelis and re-launched TUNE Communications. Karen and I made the requisite pledge to keep each other in mind as we independently secured client assignments and might need a partner. In early 2016, we had a conversation that went something like this…“Is your new year off to a good start?” “Yes it is, I signed on with SP Consulting. Maybe you should meet Paul Johnson next time he is in Atlanta.” “Sounds good, let’s set it up.”
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