Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM PDT
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM PDT

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The Portofino Hotel & Marina 
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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Ron Veronese 
Encore Analytics, LLC 
866.890.4331 Ext. 109 
First Annual Empower Users' Group Workshop - "The Event Formerly Known as the WUG"

Encore Analytics is pleased to announce the first annual Empower Users' Group Workshop, "The Event Formerly Known as the WUG". Join us at the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, CA July 18th-19th for an informative and fun event. The agenda is still evolving, but we have already lined up a number of great speakers from government organizations and industry who use Empower for program analytics, data-driven audit support, VAR collection and Corrective Action tracking. There will also be a number of technical sessions hosted by the Encore Analytics staff to cover advanced topics. The final day will culminate with what we consider to be the most important session, an open feedback session with our customers to prioritize future software enhancements. The currently-scheduled sessions include:

Topics and Speakers

  • Panel Discussion: Experience with Data-Driven Audits & Surveillance
    DOE - Mel Frank, Director, Project Controls Division (PM-30)
    DCMA- Russ Rodewall, Acting Director EVMS Center 
    NASA - Jerald Kerby, EVM Program Executive
    NRO - Ivan Bembers, Chief Earned Value Management Center of Excellence
    PARCA - Karen Kostelnik, Senior Acquisition Analyst/Policy Advisor
    Moderator - Gary Humphreys
  • Weekly Management of a Shipyard Using Empower
    Philip Norris - Austal Shipyard
  • Enterprise Deployment and Use of Empower at NASA
    Jerald Kerby - EVM Program Executive, NASA
    David Warren - MTS
  • Hurdles and Solutions from the First Six Months of Empower Deployment
    Ivan Bembers - Chief, Earned Value Management Center of Excellence NRO
  • Use of Empower on a DoE Project
    Lisa Cazalet - EVM Senior Program Manager, Los Alamos National Lab (LANL)
  • Empower - Program Performance Assessment and Data-Driven Audits
    Bob Harbaugh - PP&C / EVM Manager, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • My Data said WHAT??
    Brian Valenti - Principle Integrated Program Specialist, Rockwell Collins
    Angie Tubbs - Senior Program, Planning & Control (PP&C) Analyst, Rockwell Collins
  • Earned Value Analysis Using the FAIR Model and Empower
    Matt Gonzales - Senior Business Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Using Empower to Prep for DCMA's Data-Driven Audits (EVAS)
    Robert Jennings - Director EVM Compliance, General Atomics Aeronautical
  • DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject - DCMA 14 Point Analysis, EVAS Metrics and MS Project Export for Empower
    Glenn Gallop - President/CEO, ForProject
  • Using CloudEVM and Empower in an Enterprise Environment
    Mark Tillema - President/CEO, Decision Edge
  • Meeting Empower's EVAS Data Requirements with EVMAX's New IPMR2 JSON File Export
    Tom Shanahan - President/CEO, ProjStream
Speakers from Encore Analytics Staff
  • Creating Charts and Reports in Empower Using External Data
  • Brittany Hayes - Support Analyst, Encore Analytics
  • Variance Analysis Report (VAR) Collection and Workflow
    Roland Atencio - Principle Consultant, Encore Analytics
  • Enterprise User Authentication and Provisioning
    Brittany Hayes - Support Analyst, Encore Analytics
  • Configuring Empower for DCMA's EVAS Data-Driven Audits
    Roland Atencio - Principle Consultant, Encore Analytics
And Much More - 
  • Keynote Address - State of the Union: Integrated Program Management
    Gary Humphreys - President/CEO, Humphreys & Associates
  • Empower: Now and in the Future
    Gary Troop - President, Encore Analytics
In addition to the great workshops listed above, attendees will have the opportunity to influence the future direction of the software via an open feedback session with the founders of Encore Analytics, Gary Troop and Jim Price. Attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule One-on-One technical support sessions to discuss any software-related topics. It's a great opportunity to meet the technical staff and exchange lessons learned.

There is a two-day Empower Training event just prior to the Workshop. Click here to register for Empower training.

For hotel reservations click here or call the hotel directly at (310) 379-8481 to book your room reservation. Ask for the Encore Analytics room rate (Discount Code 1SW50A).

The Workshop also includes opportunities to socialize with other Empower users and, in keeping with tradition, we have a number of fun evening events planned. We hope to see you at the Portofino Hotel July 18th-19th for "The Conference Formerly Known as the WUG".