2016 INBADD Speakers

Tracy Butz

tracy_butz.jpg   Tracy Butz, Owner of Think Impact Solutions, is an inspirational speaker, captivating author and successful consultant. She has 20 years of experience actively engaging audiences from a wide range of industries, including the US Army, Motorola and Subway Restaurants, just to name a few. Tracy truly delivers the tools for today’s world, propelling her audiences to live more productive, passionate and purposeful lives by discovering and applying results-focused strategies.
The Power of Four:  Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace   For the first time in history, four generations—Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials—have presented new challenges for managers and their employees in the workplace. A definite lack of awareness exists among these four distinct generations, which leads to management challenges and productivity issues. The “Power of Four” program is the perfect tool to bridge the generational gaps, building awareness that will lead to happier employees, enhanced productivity, stronger teams, and healthier organizations. It helps participants understand what makes each generation unique, and how each adds its own perspective and value to the workplace.
Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Enhance Performance   Imagine if you couldn't understand when a co-worker was angry, your supervisor was frustrated, or a friend was feeling sad. The ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others has a crucial impact on professional and personal success. Discover how achieving a greater understanding of and better managing our own emotions—while influencing those of others—can significantly enhance performance, build stronger relationships, and achieve higher levels of success for ourselves and the organizations we work for.

Carla Taylor

carla.jpg   Carla Taylor is an engaging and inspiring speaker and facilitator who brings interactivity to every session. She is the Chief Happiness Officer and author of "Discover U: The Career Happiness Project", with over 25 years of experience helping individuals, teams, and organizations excel and grow. Carla is a Certified Professional Career and Leadership Coach, a Certified DISC and PSI facilitator, and has a Master's Degree in Communications and Training Technology. She uses a strengths-based, positive psychology approach to help maximize each individual's talents, motivators, and energizers.

Carla's experience has spanned continents (across the US as well as Taiwan and Japan) and a wide variety of industries. She has worked with large, medium, and small corporations, entrepreneurs and startups, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and universities. Carla has been an employee, hiring manager, recruiter, project manager, HR consultant, business owner, adjunct professor, and outplacement coach. She has worked with C-suite executives, board members, front-line supervisors and employees, She brings both a breadth and depth of perspective to her work, and knows from experience that everyone has a unique set of gifts, strengths, and perspectives to offer.

The Future of Work:  What You Can Do Today to Prepare For Tomorrow   Change is happening at an ever-increasing pace... what can you do to prepare for the unknown? And what are the critical skills for success in the future (which is much closer than you think)? In this interactive session, you will learn about the changing nature of work, the workforce, and the workplace. How much do you know about the Gig Economy, Disruptive Innovation, Portfolio Careers, Design Thinking, Lean Startups and Intrapreneurs? Don't miss our closing keynote on how to future-proof your career and organization.

Scotty Bevil

scotty_bevill.jpg   Scotty takes the time with individuals, professional, small and large corporations coaching executives and teams in leadership. His focus is with the business process management, customer relationship management, and project and portfolio management. Scotty believes all too often the business forgets it's core mission and turns it's focus on "doing projects better."
In his own words..."The world of work is a by-product of ourselves. If we want a better world of work, we will be a better world of work. For more than 20 years, I have worked with the federal government, the state government, fortune 100 business, and startup entrepreneurs. I find myself coming back to the same 3 focal points for all change and welfare:
Behaviors, Relationships, and Communications

These 3 elements are the foundation of every business in every industry, but... How we nurture them is our culture."

Complex Adaptive Systems   Throughout our lives teams have and will continue to value increases in performance. We’ll try to get it from any number of methodologies, coaches, consultants, and promises we make to ourselves. Over the last 15 years we’ve learned High Performance is not a skill-set to be taught…It is a byproduct of something else…….complex systems interacting on purpose. People are complex adaptive systems and by definition change is inevitable. What if I told you that change is up to you?

When I work with teams or an individual there are 7 things I’ve learned to nurture into every context. These behaviors, relationships, and communications have nothing to do with you methodology. If your process is dictating your behavior or you often feel stuck when building your teams, let’s spend an hour getting to know the people.

Randy Cox

randy_cox.jpg   Randy Cox is a Manager of Business Systems Projects at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Randy received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and is a member of both the IIBA® and PMI. Randy currently manages a cross continent team of Business Analysts supporting new development projects in the commercial property & casualty insurance business sectors. Previously he worked as a Project Manager and IT Manager supporting projects in General Motors, Whittman-Hart Consulting and Liberty Mutual Insurance. Randy is passionate about staff coaching, development and client partnerships.
Bridging the Agile Gap with enhanced Waterfall processes   In an effort to enable the transition to an agile environment a special project team has been developed at Liberty Mutual to create an enhanced requirements process that moves our traditional waterfall process to an agile “feel” environment.  This is outside of our larger SAFe Agile approach being implemented in the commercial insurance space of our company.  This process has taken into account not only the new development team but also all our support and IT teams.  This process enables us to increase collaboration and increase speed to market, reduce documentation and enhance the quality of our work. You will learn our approach, process and see our model for success plus most importantly experience how we have pushed / moved the culture of our company.

Rick O'Brien

rick_obrien.jpg   Rick O’Brien is a Director of Business Systems Projects at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Rick received his B.A. degree from Thomas More College and is a member of both the IIBA® and PMI. Rick has the privilege of leading a team of commercial property & casualty insurance business analysts who partner with information technology professionals, product research & development managers, and actuarial staff who are engaged in new product development and implementation. Rick is passionate about positioning his staff for success and excited to share his experiences.
Extreme Ownership   Based on the book “Extreme Ownership – How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win” by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink.   An in depth exploration of the leadership principles U.S. Navy special forces and officers live by to deliver exceptional results.  The authors contrast and compare how their experiences apply in the business world and our personal lives.   You will learn the 12 principles that can make all the difference to you and your team.
Success Factors Transitioning Your BA Team to Agile

Presented by:
Rick O'Brien & Randy Cox

  Our company has embarked on a long term strategy to migrate from predictive software development methodologies to adaptive, selecting SAFe Agile as our approach. This very large scale effort involves both information technology and business staff. New roles and responsibilities are being introduced, new tools for project management and requirement management, extensive training, and cultural transformation is underway. Our business analysis and project management teams are at the core of this transformation and we're seeing extra-ordinary results in terms of team morale, product delivery, and engagement. You will learn what we have found was necessary to successfully migrate our team to an enterprise wide SAFe Agile approach to software development and the exciting opportunities it presents to your employees.

Moe Glenner

glenner5x_9547.jpeg   .Moe Glenner is a highly acclaimed thought leader on personal and professional leadership, change management and innovation. He is the author of PlusChange: Genesis of Innovation (2016 - LID Publishers) and Selfish Altruism: Managing & Executing Successful Change Initiatives, has been seen on the major networks and has had many articles on communications, leadership, change and innovation published in magazines such as Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, Internet Truckstop and inBusiness. Moe is also a frequent contributor on LinkedIn Pulse.

Moe is also an in-demand corporate consultant and frequent keynote, breakout and workshop speaker. His work is always informative, interesting and communicated in an entertaining and memorable style. Moe holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Northeastern Illinois University, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (Lake Forest, IL), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA) and is a corporate pilot.

Moe has served in a number of senior management and consulting roles for multi-national, multi-billion dollar enterprises as well as mid-range and entrepreneurial ventures. Moe continues to lead and transform management and corporate cultural functions through his innovation initiatives. These initiatives have resulted in multi-million dollar cost reductions, creating and building of profit centers and the start of corporate creativity initiatives.

The Deliberate & Powerful Communicator: Communications that Gets Results!   Head and Shoulders (the dandruff shampoo) famously employed the tagline, “You never get a second chance, to make a first impression”. While they were referring to dandruff mitigation, their tagline universally applies. Furthermore, vision is our primary source of information and 70%+ of all communications are non-verbal. The takeaway: We are always communicating with others, but are we communicating deliberately and powerfully?
This keynote/breakout and expanded program for workshops focuses on the CHA(rt) method for successful communications. Created by Moe Glenner (a fan of mnemonics), CHA(rt) will help everyone in an organization, from the executive level through the entry level, communicate intentionally and effectively.
Audiences will participate and be entertained by the various exercises which will clearly illustrate and demonstrate the importance of the CHA(rt) components as well as how to practically employ them in any situation, professionally and personally. These exercises include What Exactly Did I Hear?, Memo Me, Yes And. . . and more. The net result: Communications across the organization that build strong relationships both internally and externally.
This program is designed for any organizational environment which looks to more effectively communicate, strengthen internal and external relationships, increase engagement and create/maintain a culture of continuous success.

Gary Rush

gary_portrait.jpeg   Gary Rush is Founder and CEO of MGR Consulting, Inc. since 1985 becoming a leading facilitator and facilitator trainer creating his own facilitation techniques, FAST and FoCuSeD™ - a unique approach to structured facilitation transforming the facilitation industry. He has trained over 4000+ people in 16 countries, written numerous “how to” books covering facilitation, collaborative leadership, strategic planning, data modeling, etc. During a hiatus from consulting, Gary owned and was chef at a highly acclaimed restaurant in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico – MG Rush dba Mirácles Restaurant. Gary has facilitated significant workshops including the first strategic plan for the combined EDS/GM organization. He also facilitated the Star Alliance workshop that resulted in identifying in-flight 
WiFi as a product offering. Gary attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and holds a BS in English Literature.
Facilitated Process Modeling   This interactive session is geared to enable Business Analysts to understand the use of Process Modeling along with the steps to build one in a facilitated workshop. This workshop is all about “how to” facilitate Process Modeling.

Topics include:

  • What is a Process Model?
  • How is it used?
  • How do you facilitate building a Process Model with Business Clients?

The Key Learning Points are:

  • Understand what a Process Model is.
  • Understand how a Process Model is used in requirements.
  • Learn how to facilitate building a Process Model with Business Clients.

Gagan Saxena

gagan2013.png   Gagan is an experienced CIO and an expert in implementing Decision Management Systems - automation of high volume operational decisions using Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Business Rules and Optimization Algorithms.

He helps organizations in developing Big Data Strategy, Integrated Consumer Experience Design, Technology Roadmaps and Business Cases that align with current business goals; and with implementation challenges including Business Analysis, Business Process Management, Technology Selection & Acquisition, Project Management, Solution Design, Implementation, Training and Change Management.

Gagan conducts workshops and training on Decision Management Systems. He has spoken at various events including IBM’s IMPACT, SAP’s Blueprint to a Billion, SAP's CFO Conference, Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference, Predictive Analytics Conference, The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) Conference, Cloud Security Alliance, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), CIO Executive Summit, Hospitality Technology Expo (HITEC), CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit. He also lectures at a number of graduate and post graduate classes.

Gagan blogs at StructuredThoughts.com

Decision Management Systems, Analytics and the DMN Standard   This presentation will explore the Modern Business Architecture in a Knowledge Economy - in an age of Robots, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
The audience will learn how to

  • Make room for Analytics, Business Rules and Optimization Algorithms in a Business Architecture
  • Use Decision Management Systems for automating Knowledge (now that Processes are mostly automated)
  • Update Business Modeling and Requirements Gathering tools and techniques for this modern Business Architecture

Align Business, Technology, Data and Project Management groups around delivering and maintaining modern knowledge-based, ’intelligent’ systems

Ron Sukenick

ronpicture.jpg   Ron Sukenick is the president and founder of The Relationship Strategies Institute, a global training and business development company that provides the business community with strategies for developing and effectively utilizing deeper professional relationships.
He is a Best Selling Author with his new book “21 Days to success with LinkedIn” recently becoming an Amazon Best Seller.
Ron Sukenick is a dynamic presenter, an intuitive business coach and a successful author. His presentations on relationship collaboration, Networking and LinkedIn deliver practical information, humor and immediate results. Ron Sukenick’s work consistently focuses on the areas of personal and professional relationship success and he has extensive insight into the processes that connect people to people. He shows his clients how to transcend the standard networking practices to build more authentic and mutually-beneficial relationships that enhance the bottom line.
He has helped countless companies improve their internal relationships, as well as develop and improve critical relationships with clients, vendors and others outside the company.
Understanding the People Puzzle: Built around the DISC model of human behavior   Have you ever... Been frustrated with other people? Wondered what people were thinking? If so, you’re not alone. This program with a DISC assessment, provides a complete understanding of this model of human behavior and helps to bring clarity to the interactions and connections your team is making.

Liz Sundet

liz_sundet.jpg   Liz Sundet worked more than fifteen years in the manufacturing and construction industry before moving to high tech industry and has experience in both COTS and home grown systems. Her work supports business needs through systems design, process engineering, and firm principals in business analysis and project management. Liz’s role as a User Experience manager, enables her to work with all areas of the business in designing systems that will support every department. She uses those real life examples in her role of creating curriculum and teaching classes for the Mayo Clinic and Rochester Community College in Rochester, MN. Liz holds certifications of PMP from Project Management Institute, CBAP from International Institute of Business Analysts, and CSM from Scrum Alliance. Liz uses multiple tools and techniques from all areas to aid in the use of project implementations.
Elevate Your Game: Real World Innovation Games for Facilitation and Collaboration    Are you tired of boring meetings?  Have you tried to run meetings where more people are checking phones and computers than sticking to the agenda?  Stop the madness and break out the games.  Yes, that's right, get more done with higher collaboration in less time by using innovation games. This session is highly interactive and tons of fun.  Come and learn some of the top innovation games and how to use them on requirements, designs or implementations.  You will be ready for your next meeting just by using a few of these simple games and your users will want to attend your next meeting.

Brian Vanderjack

brianvanderjack.jpg   Brian’s full time job is as an Agile Scrum Coach for AT&T, where he develops & delivers training, writes requirements for new processes and assists Agile Scrum teams. Related activities include:

  • Two time presenter at Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day.
  • Two time presenter at PMI/University of Texas Symposium
  • Published several articles and published a how-to book on Agile Scrum (The Agile Edge on Amazon.com).
  • Regular speaker at IBM, AT&T and PMI on Agile Scrum and other topics.
  • Earned Awards for Facilitator of the Year for the University of Phoenix, excellencein Project Management from AT&T, and as a Sr. Scrum Master for AT&T.

Brian can be reached at Brian@PMHighway.com.

Agile Scrum:
Common Issues and Solutions
  The presentation begins with a brief introduction to Agile Scrum so those in attendance have a context to better understand the presentation. Then the presentation will explore:

  • Root causes of issues, that all Agile-Scrum teams face, due to the very nature of Agile
  • The issues Scrum teams typically deal with
  • How Scrum teams can successfully meet these challenges, and still remain Agile.

The core value of this presentation is it will assist Scrum teams to more quickly get past barriers and increase the ability of the Scrum Team to meet organizational expectations.


Interested in speaking at INBADD?  Submit your abstract and renumination requirements to INBADD@central-indiana.iiba.org