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Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

2018 PWC National Training Conference

40 Years of emPOWERing Air Traffic Controllers

April 23-26, 2018

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Hilton Alexandria Old Town 

1767 King Street  Alexandria, VA 22314        703-837-0440

Current rate is $232 (subject to change based on government rate)

Registration is now OPEN!! 

Join the Professional Women Controllers, Inc. in Alexandria, VA as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of "emPOWERing air traffic professionals" for their annual training conference.

Hear directly from FAA senior leadership, panels on important topics affecting air traffic control, breakout sessions on personal development and much much more, including the award winning Capitol Steps at our Opening Reception! 

Monday April 23 - Opening Reception featuring a performance by DC's Capitol Steps

We will start the reception in the Grand Ballroom with a performance from the award-winning Capitol Steps. 

Then we will migrate to the hotel's picturesque outdoor courtyard for the remainder of opening reception.

6pm to 7pm - Grand Ballroom, Capitol Steps Performance
7pm to 9pm - Outdoor courtyard (WX permitting, if not Grand Ballroom)

April 24 - 26, General Session

Join us in the Grand Ballroom to hear from distinguished speakers and learn from substantive presentations/panels.

8am to 5pm - April 24 - 25
8am to 11am - April 26 (Afternoon breakout sessions)

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Daniel K. Elwell is the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this capacity, he is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world - a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He oversees a $16.4 billion-dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and is focused on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry. 
Dr. Darden is an American mathematician, data analyst, & aeronautical engineer who devoted much of her 40-year career in aerodynamics at NASA in researching supersonic flight & sonic booms. Dr. Darden is one of the researchers featured in Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016), a history of some of the influential African-American women mathematicians & engineers at NASA in the mid-20th century, by Margo Lee Shetterly.

As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and managing all customer and strategic relations. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business  Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 70 launches, representing more than $10 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors.

Dr. Peggy Chabrian is president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI). The organization was incorporated in 1994 as a result of the success of the annual International Women in Aviation Conference begun in 1990. The conference began with 150 participants in 1990 and had grown to more than 4,800 attendees. WAI represents nearly 12,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry including general, corporate, commercial, and military.

As COO of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Teri L. Bristol is responsible for ensuring safe, efficient and secure air traffic services for approximately 50,000 aircraft operating over nearly 30 million square miles every day. Bristol provides leadership and direction for 32,000 employees providing the organization's core functions of Air Traffic Services, Technical and Systems Operations, Safety Management, Technical Training, Mission Services, Management Services, Program Management, and Flight Program Operations.

Annie B. Andrews is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management, AHR-1. In this role, she is responsible for strategic partnership with FAA leadership and human resource (HR) services for over 46,000 workforce personnel. Ms. Andrews provides executive leadership for HR programs and policies, operations, employee and labor relations, corporate learning and development, employee safety, and workers compensation.

Jessica N. Grounds has devoted her life to empowering women to become leaders in public life. She has founded and led multiple organizations across various sectors to advance women in leadership. Jessica is the Co-Founder of Mine the Gap, a company that equips leaders, industries, and organizations with the strategy and tools needed to create and sustain gender-inclusive work environments. Mine the Gap advises and works with major companies, organizations, and government agencies including Amazon, the National Geographic Society, Facebook, Georgetown University, along with the most influential women's organizations in the United States. 

Other Panels/Presentations Include: 

Runway Safety
- Jim Fee (ATO Manager Rwy Safety Group), 
- Bridget Gee (Nat'l Rwy Safety Rep. NATCA)
Human Factors in Recurrent Training
- Richard Kennington (NATCA Nat'l Recurrent Training Rep.)

Foundations of Professionalism Panel
- Jeffrey Vincent (Acting VP Safety and Tech Training)
- Steve Hansen (NATCA Safety)
- Jason Demagalski (ATO Human Performance Office Manager)
- James Barrett (NATCA Human Performance Liaison
- Ernesto Lasen (Group Manager Safety Programs)
- Christine Padgett (NATCA Partnership for Safety Rep.)
- Robert Stone (Mgmt. Lead RESPECT Campaign)
- Garth Koleszar (NATCA Nat'l Professional Standards Rep.)
Hurricane & other Natural Disasters Preparedness, Response & Recovery Panel
- Tim Arel (Deputy Chief Operating Officer, ATO)
- Jeffrey Planty (Deputy VP Systems Operations Services, ATO)
- Vanessa Shinners (AOV-120)  FEMA Service Fall 2017

Air Traffic Organization Technical Training 
- Abigail Smith (Director Technical Training, ATO)

More panels, speakers and breakout topics still waiting on invitation confirmations.
April 25, Speed Networking

No matter how many hands are shaken at conferences, our speed networking event will allow attendees to meet more people in a short period of time. Join us in the Washington Jefferson Foyer.

7pm to 9pm
April 23 - 26, Sponsor Tables &  Exhibition Hall

Enjoy time between our speakers and break-outs with our wonderful sponsors in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and Potomac rooms

Daily 8am to 5pm
April 25, General Business Meeting

Business in the Grand Ballroom includes electing officers, making decisions regarding the organization, & informing members of activities.

845am to 1045am
April 26, Break-out Sessions

We will be running fantastic breakout sessions in the Jefferson & Washington rooms & the Jefferson/Washington Foyer.  

Thursday afternoon 
April 26, Closing Banquet

Come celebrate and toast to our 40 proud years. Let's dance the night away in the Grand Ballroom at the close of our exceptional conference. 

6pm to 10pm