ABADD 2021 Speakers

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 Stephen Dowling - Learning to Unlearn – Opening Keynote

Stephen-Dowling.pngStephen is the founder and owner of ETM, a company passionate about delivering high impact learning to help organizations improve engagement and performance.

Stephen is a passionate educator, sense-maker, problem solver and simplifier. In Australia, he is one of the leading educators in the agile, lean and project delivery space.

Stephen has more than 20+ years of experience within the project delivery space. As a Project Leader he has successfully delivered many different types of projects, the largest being a complex upgrade of a US$2bn ERP system for a large US Pharmaceuticals company, across 17 countries in Europe.

Stephen is a regular international speaker at conferences and industry events and a trusted collaborator and colleague of Barry O’Reilly

David Mantica - The Career Insurance Canvas for Business Analysts – Career Track

David-Mantica.pngDavid has 25 years of business-to-business services, consulting, coaching, and training industry experience in roles from operations, service delivery, marketing, product management and executive management. Just recently he successfully sold his business-to-business training firm having taken it from $1.2m to $13m in seven years all done organically. Currently David is current the VP and General Manager for SoftEd US, a leading provider of transformational training services, working to support companies embrace agile methods for achieving business results.

Along with his work at SoftEd, David provides business owner coaching services to several companies in the Raleigh-Durham area through DTM Services. He also provides pro bono career coaching services and presentations to individuals and organizations throughout the US.

Cris Casey - AI: BA Threats and Opportunities – Career Track
Lightning Round: Transformation Stories

Chris-Casey.jpgLeveraging a deep understanding of the functions analysis, communication and information technology play in business, from prior careers as a media producer and bespoke application developer, Cris has been successfully navigating a 20+ year solopreneur career as an independent consultant and contract initiative manager. His major engagements have included standing-up a 500 seat call center for a Fortune 50 company, saving a $1B account for a $3B airline catering company, and rescuing a failing 65- country accounting system upgrade for a major Clinical Research Organization.

New to the Raleigh-Durham area, he is looking for new clients who have complex projects involving diverse groups of people needing servant-leadership, using a unique holistic and agile perspective only he can provide. With CSM, CSPO, ITIL, PMP, and SAFe 5 certifications, he uses a broad swath of methods to achieve positive outcomes for his clients and their employees.

When he is not working for clients, you’ll find Cris flying quad-line stunt kites, cooking gourmet meals with his wife, and delivering presentations on how recent findings in neuroscience can help reduce stress during chaotic and uncertain times.

Gautami Sonty - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories

gautami-sonty_0.pngGautami is a Certified Business Analyst Professional, currently working with CapTech Consulting as a Senior Business Analyst. Her work on the OnBoard Project will help modernize the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Gautami has previously been a Business Analysis professional with The NY Independent System Operator in Rensselaer, NY, and Department of Health and Human Services in Austin, Texas. Her primary strengths are requirements elicitation, documentation, process mapping/ improvement, and client communication.

Gautami holds a Master’s in Public Administration with concentrations in Healthcare Management from the Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from International Technological University. She has recently received the ‘Employee of the Quarter award’ and ‘Tech Terrific’ awards from her employer, Tech Valley Talent for her significant project contributions. She became a Professional Scrum Master- 1 in July 2018; Certified Business Analysis Professional in Nov 2019 and is now actively pursuing Agile related/ PMP Certifications.

Laura Gribbin - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories

laura-gribbin.jpgLaura Gribbin, Forward Market Products - Lead BA, has spent her entire Energy Industry Career working for the New York ISO (NYISO) and its predecessor organization NYPP since 1986.

She has worked in IT, Corporate Product Management, and Market Structures filling roles including Systems Analyst (’86-’99), Tech Lead / Project Manager (1999-2003), IT Supervisor for Web, Oracle, Power Systems Applications (2003-2005), Senior BA (2006-2014), and Lead BA (2014-present). She has served on several Committees, supported Energy Market and Capacity Market Business Owners, and mentored other staff in business knowledge and BA Skills. She is an advocate for continuous process improvement and enterprise best practices. She achieved Advanced Communicatory Bronze in Toastmasters and completed Leadership Academy Foundation Skills in 2020.

Elizabeth Keeling - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories

elizabeth-keeling.jpgElizabeth Keeling, MBA, has worked for the New York ISO (NYISO) as a business analyst for the past four years. She earned her Master’s Degree in 2020 from Clarkson University. Three years ago she joined her company’s Toastmasters program to work on her public speaking abilities and leadership skills. Now, she has advanced her speaking abilities and is leading her corporate club as president. She will discuss some lessons she has learned as a leader and also tips for public speaking.

George Diaz - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories

george_diaz.jpegGeorge has 20+ years of business solutions experience gained while working with Big 5 organizations including IBM, KPMG, PwC and as an independent consultant. He has designed strategic enterprise solutions for large global organizations including Coca-Cola, Comcast, HID Global, Microsoft, PJM Interconnection, South West Airlines, and Johnson Controls.

George is in the process of writing a whitepaper on the “Five Disciplines of Digital Transformation.” which leverages his most recent real-world experiences. It is his belief that in life we have an obligation to give back, and to leave things better than how we found them. It is George’s hope that after reading the concepts outlined within this text that the reader will feel enlightened, and empowered to create their own ideas and take the discipline to the next level. http://www.inspitechnologies.com

In his free time George can be found working out at the gym, playing volleyball or entertaining singing songs accompanied by his guitar. One of his songs was covered by the Idol Winner of Europe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCv9_PTvbJY

Dave Saboe - Product Management and the BA - Practicing BA Track

David-Saboe.jpgDave Saboe is an Enterprise Agile Coach, author, and podcaster. He is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations do the best work of their lives. Dave has been in the Business Analysis and Project Management field for two decades and has led teams of Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, and Coaches. He is a frequent industry speaker and helped create the IIBA’s Agile Analysis certification exam. Dave also hosts a weekly podcast on topics related to business analysis and product ownership.

Sanjay Acharya - Building Trust with Design Thinking – Practicing BA Track

sanjay-acharya_0.pngSanjay Acharya is a Digital Transformation Leader at IBM with broad experience in strategy development and design & delivery of associated IT capabilities. He provides consulting services to IT and business executives responsible for improving the client experience model. He helps them identify the business drivers and leads development to deliver the expected business value. Sanjay also serves on the non-profit boards with focus on foster entrepreneurship and education.

Delvin Fletcher - Trends and Career Opportunities in Business Analysis from the Sources Closing Keynote

Delvin-Fletcher.jpgDelvin Fletcher joined IIBA as its 4th President and Chief Executive Officer in January, 2020.

Prior to joining IIBA, he was with Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario as CIO, leading digital transformation in a large membership and regulated not-for-profit association. He spent his early professional years with KPMG Management Consulting working on strategy, marketing, technology and operations projects in North America and EMEA. He has served in leadership roles and managed global teams at both multinationals and high growth privately held companies, including SAP, Rubbermaid, Shred-it International, Ethoca Limited and Xchange Technology Group.  In addition, his experience includes extensive consulting and interim leadership roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Delvin holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is both a Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).


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