2012 Professional Development Day Speakers
David Bieg, Chief Operating Officer - IIBA International
In February 2010, Dave Bieg became International Institute of Business Analysis’s Chief Operating Officer after having held the role as a volunteer since June 2006. IIBA, a professional association for Business Analysts, focuses on defining and enhancing the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) and implementing a certification program for qualified practitioners. With 28 years of experience in business and information technology, Dave has held many roles including, operating his own consulting and facilitation business where his team provided on learning, process and knowledge transfer strategies and solutions to achieve their client’s business objectives. Dave holds a MS in Business Administration and Information Systems Management from Johns Hopkins University and is active in the learning & consulting community including the greater Atlanta chapter of IIBA.
Matt Block, Owner - Development Block LLC
Through his experience as a developer, development manager, and product manager, Matt has learned what practices are critical to the success of Agile projects from both a technical and business perspective. Both a Certified ScrumMaster and a Certified Scrum Product Owner, Matt is passionate about agile software development and the improved partnership between business and technology that agile practices can create.
Diana and Stephen Burgan Enterprise Consulting
Diana and Stephen Burgan are principal owners of Enterprise Consulting. They provide consulting services and training courses on project management. In addition to their professional careers, Diana and Stephen are in the final phase of completing their doctorate degrees in Organizational Leadership. Diana’s research is on project leadership and emotional intelligence. Stephen’s research is on the adoption of project management practices within organizations. Diana and Stephen are both certified MSCEIT™ EI facilitators from Yale University.
Kate Gwynne, Business Analysis Practice Lead - State Auto Financial
Kate Gwynne is a certified business analyst, with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations successfully align and implement their business and IT initiatives. From 1990 – 2011, Kate successfully completed initiatives in the Insurance, Web Development, Retail, Utilities, Government, Financial, Telecommunications, Engineering, and Software Manufacturing industries. In her current role as Business Analysis Practice Lead for State Auto Insurance Companies, Kate is working towards the growth and development of the State Auto Analyst Community.
Aaron Kopel- President - Project Brilliant
Aaron Kopel is a Managing Partner at Project Brilliant. As a speaker, mentor, and consultant he is focused on enabling clients to seize opportunities through the use of Innovation Games, and the implementation of Agile Business principles and Lean-Startup methods across their organizations. Prior to joining Project Brilliant, Aaron led two tech-startup, winning several awards for innovation and entrepreneurship, and spent 10 years in IT and Business Consulting. His entrepreneurial background and wide range of consulting experience across large and mid-size organizations ranging from 50-85,000 people has given him a unique perspective on how organization innovate and adapt. Mr. Kopel holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and a BA (double major-Business and Computer Information Systems) from Wartburg College. He is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Professional ScrumMaster (PSM), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP). Scrum Certified professional (CSP), and an Innovation Games Trained Facilitator.
Kathleen B. (Kitty) Hass, President and Principal Consultant - Kathleen Hass and Associates
Kitty is a member of the IIBA Board of Directors and Chair of their Nominating Committee. She is a prominent keynote presenter at industry and corporate conferences, author, consultant, and workshop facilitator. She has over 25 years experience providing professional services to Federal agencies, the intelligence community, and various Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise includes IT strategic planning, implementing and managing PMOs and BACOEs, leading portfolio prioritization sessions, leading technology and software-intensive projects, executive and program team coaching, building and sustaining high-performing teams, managing large complex programs, and leading groundbreaking PM and BA assessments.
Kupe Kupersmith: Kuper Kupersmith, President, B2T Training
Kuper Kupersmith possesses over 14 years of experience in the business analysis profession. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the utility, television and sports management and marketing industries. Kupe is a requested speaker in the BA field. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!
Chip Neidigh, Chief Catalyst- Catalyst OC
Chip Neidigh is driven to help leaders create a better future. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, he now serves as a strategic and leadership advisor, helping leaders navigate through complex organizational changes. His career has included consulting, teaching, coaching, and leadership roles in the military and the private sector. With advanced degrees in business and engineering, Chip combines logic and intuition to help leaders align and engage their teams during times of change.
Kris Taylor, President - K. Taylor & Associates
Kris’s passion for developing leaders is evident in her coaching, speaking, teaching, writing and consulting work. Over 40 organizations have partnered with her firm to implement successful change. Many of the projects represent “make or break” initiatives, including mergers, ERP implementations, business process redesign and cultural shifts that support change in strategic direction. This work has spanned industries including health care, utility and energy organizations, professional service firms, higher education, manufacturing, and supply chain organizations.