Agility & Leadership Mentor & Coach
She specializes in enabling product teams to focus on customer centricity and arrive at shared understanding towards a common purpose. As an Innovation Catalyst, she coaches teams on how to take an idea from concept to life. She has been a sought-after mentor from various parts of the organisation. In her last role, she enabled collaboration, idea generation, and Innovation in various departments for accelerating Organisation’s growth. Rashmi Fernandes is the first woman Agile Leadership Journey (ALJ)Guide for the Asia-Pacific Region. She is focused on creating psychologically safe spaces, interested in enabling Women for Agile Leadership and her passion for her community brought together a platform for over 1000 underprivileged children to play sports (www.therejuventors.co.in). Some of her key accomplishments are – she received the prestigious Brandon Hall Award for co-designing and executing an Agile Excellence Program for a MNC. She also designed and implemented a four-credit course for part-time MBA students on Business Agility at a prestigious university in India. She has led many enterprise-wide initiatives like Product Conferences, Product & Scrum Master CoPs, Diversity events and initiatives, Toastmaster’s Club, Leadership Development Programs, Hackathons, Career Development programs, Communication & Quest for Quality programs & Served as Editor for a Corporate Newsletter.
Founder & CEO
Unstuck: Leadership Training & Development
Christina Carlson is the Founder + CEO of Unstuck: Leadership Training & Development, and creates a unique pace to guide you to become unstuck through collaboration, creativity, and how to apply inspired agility research. She finds personal success and purpose through creative and collaborative projects that help people achieve their dreams. Her ability to actively connect peoples’ complex ideas to their values in order to broaden their perspectives makes her a sought after commodity for billion dollar companies and independent entrepreneurs. By applying research and scientific practice through a creative mindset, she is able to unstick people from their current perspective and help them move to the next evolution of their leadership growth.
Enterprise Agile Coach
Katharine has over 15 years of experience in lean manufacturing, consulting and software leadership — including CTO and VP roles — and brings a practical approach to organizational agility. The people-first coaching she provides for team members and executives helps businesses sustain their growth by elevating the company’s collective intelligence. Her engagements include various industries such as consumer retail, health insurance, professional certification, manufacturing, travel, and automotive.
Apriel Biggs, CSP, CSM, CSPO, PMP
Apriel Biggs is a dynamic executive with more than 15 years of success in technical training, consulting. She is skilled at strategic planning for nationwide implementations, cross-functional leadership, and development of high-functional personnel. She holds the Scrum Alliance CSP-SM and CSP-PO certifications as well as the PMP and has served as an Agile Coach and has held an Executive Leader position at Yale University as Process Transformation Advocate.
Principal Sales Engineer
A Principal Sales Engineer with Clarizen, offering technical and strategic support towards Clarizen’s sales initiatives. With 13 years of experience, Bryan has predominantly worked in the mobile industry supporting customers in large enterprises such as Ford, Cisco, Verizon, Carnival Cruise Lines as well as small startups and individual developers.
Christopher Lewis, PCC
Agile and Executive Transformation Coach
Chris Lewis has over 700+ accredited coaching hours experience for over 100+ clients including C-level leaders, senior managers, and high-performing teams within IT and Agile. The senior-level leadership and high-performing teams have come from companies such as T-Mobile, Amazon, Uber, Fidelity Investments, and Anthem Health, to name a few. Chris’s coaching approach is person-centered and solution-focused. His style as a coach is to be a client's partner in a dialogue. He believes the coaching relationship is a model for meaningful dialogue where the aims are resolution and action points, while trying to find a balance between free-flowing creativity and benchmarks for progress. Chris has a Bachelor's Degree in General Business (BS), a Master's Degree in Business (MBA), and various coaching and Agile-specific certifications (ICF- PCC, CSP, and SPC).
Henny Portman is partner of HWP Consulting. He has 40 years of experience in project management. He was the thought leader within NN Group of the PMO domain and responsible for the introduction and application of the PMO methodologies (portfolio, programme and project management) across Europe and Asia. He trains, coaches and directs (senior) programme, project and portfolio managers and project sponsors and built several professional (PM(O) communities. Henny is accredited in a variety of qualifications, including P3O, PRINCE2, MSP, MoP, PRINCE2 Agile, AgilePM, AgilePgM and AgileSHIFT trainer and a SPC4 SAFe consultant and trainer. He is a P3M3 trainer and assessor and PMO Value Ring Certified Consultant (PMO Global Alliance). On behave of IPMA, he assesses mega and large projects for the IPMA Project Excellence Award. In addition to this, he is an international speaker and author of many articles and books in the PM(O) field and blogger (hennyportman.wordpress.com).
Douglas M. Brown, PhD
Dr. Douglas M. Brown, the founder of DecisionIntegration.com, provides workshops and coaching to help managers experiencing challenges in bringing needed practices into their organizations. His Simmer SystemSM book series addresses how to work through culture and pragmatic issues to achieve the intended outcome. In 20+ years managing and consulting, he saved millions of dollars recovering failing programs and hundreds of millions through new program concepts. He has been a keynote speaker and provided interactive workshops at numerous PMI venues, ProjectWorld, and PM Summit. Residents of Williamsburg, Virginia, he and his wife enjoy live arts, dogs, history, books and travel.
Eduardo Martins is an Agile leader with more than 15 years of consulting experience delivering projects/programs to all kinds of companies worldwide. Agilist by heart, he is passionate about empowering and improving teams. Eduardo holds a bachelor and posts graduations in Information Technology, and is certified in a series of Agile methods, holding certifications like PMP, Scrum Master, Six Sigma Black Belt, and more recently he was recognized as the first PMI Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master in Nova Scotia, and within the firsts in the world. An Agility writer, he publishes in specialized publications as Projectmanagement.com, PMLINK.com and Medium. He also holds AgilityTalks on YouTube where he invites industry leaders to talk about Agility.
Edward J Leydon
Director for PMO and Strategy
Edward J. Leydon is a successful international business leader with over 20 years of Engineering, Program Management and Strategy Development experience including key accomplishments as Staff Systems Engineer and Engineering Program Manager at Lockheed Martin, PMO Director at Honeywell Aerospace and Director of PMO and Strategy at Beacon Red-EDGE. Currently, Edward is Head of PMO with Computercraft at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIH). Edward possesses strong leadership skills including ability to influence team by managing critical initiatives to deliver consistent results on time, within budget and meeting specifications. He has a proven history of quickly understanding complex technical applications and developing innovative solutions to critical challenges. He has led successful enterprise-level $100M+ annual budget transformational business initiatives working with leadership teams and executive (C-Level) leadership managing program performance budget, schedule, scope, resources and critical deliverables.