ECPN is over! Phew.
As many of you know, Alan Briggs and I plan the Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) event at the conference every year. Previously, this event was the IPC and the ECC separately, until we merged them. Students and recent grads apply for attendance and it’s a day long event with presentations, a panel of executives, and a case study/role playing exercise. It’s not a small effort to plan but the attendees always have such great feedback that it’s incredibly rewarding.
The event wouldn’t be possible without the support of many people, and I’d like to name as many as I can. (Please forgive any exclusions)
Planning committee: Heather Moe, Mayur Rajadhyaksha, Nitish Ghosal, Qinglin Duan, Chinmay Dalvi
Presenters/Panelists: Erick Wikum, Kyle Kliewer, Mike Winzeler, Lisa Kart, Jack Levis, Sanjay Saigal & Alan Taber
Sponsors: Lockheed Martin, SAS Ops Research, Decisions Oriented, Inc., INFORMS Analytics, INFORMS Practice Section, INFORMS Roundtable, INFORMS Social Media Analytics Section, and WORMS.
We also couldn’t do it without the help of the INFORMS staff, especially Taryn Lewis, Christy Mulhall, Mary Leszczynski, Bill Griffin and all the the marketing staff that makes our materials polished and much more presentable than the rough drafts we send them..
One of my favorite parts of the day is the Executive Panel. Even though they’re all more advanced in their careers, our panel members always have great insight into what they did well at the beginning, what they wish they’d done better, and what they look for and value in analytics professionals entering the field today.
This year, Kyle and Mike from Lockheed Martin came up with a great case for students. The objective of the case study is to show students that doing analytics in the real world is difficult for reasons that have nothing to do with the analysis itself (that’s the easy part!). Requests are vague, stakeholders don’t know what they want, products that are being developed don’t match what customers want, and the data needed to make a truly informed decision just isn’t there.
The ECPN is always a great event and a lot of fun. The participants are so smart and talented. If you see anyone walking around with the red ECPN ribbon on their badge, please go talk to them! Unless they talk to you first 🙂