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Mike Cottmeyer

Morning Keynote

Mike is a thought leader and industry disruptor in the field of enterprise-focused Agile Transformation. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry working for companies like IBM, EDS, John H. Harland, and Fiserv. Mike launched his consulting career while working for VersionOne before starting his own company, LeadingAgile, in 2010. Since then, as the CEO of Leading Agile, Mike has been speaking around the globe. He’s done keynote presentations for the Federal Reserve, Agile Indy and has been an invited speaker—on Agile Transformation—at the annual Agile conference, hosted by the Agile Alliance, on several occasions.  LinkedIn Twitter


Tania Katan

Afternoon Keynote

Tania Katan is a creative powerhouse, a potent keynote speaker, and Co-Creator of #ItWasNeverADress, a social movement that has inspired over 60 million people worldwide to see, hear and celebrate women for the superheroes they are. Her unconventional way of formulating ideas led to the groundbreaking bestseller,

Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life (Penguin Random House, February 2019).

As an inspirational speaker, Katan is highly sought after to teach both people and companies of all stripes how to generate imaginative innovations and breakthroughs. 
Some of the organizations and major conferences impacted by her talks include: CiscoLive!, Expedia, Amazon, Google, Humana, Etsy, TED, World Domination Summit, Uber, Inbound, and Comedy Central Stage.

Katan’s transformative work has also appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, HuffPost, Time, BuzzFeed, CNN, GLAMOUR, Adweek, Mashable, Forbes, Money Magazine, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and more. For more of Katan’s productive disruptions, visit taniakatan.com.  LinkedIn  Twitter


Master of Ceremonies

Linda Calvin

Linda joined Ivy Tech Community College as Vice President of the School of Information Technology in April 2019. In her role, Linda provides professional leadership in the development of quality standards and consistency in academic courses, training, and other programs to serve the information technology sector. Linda partners with employers to sponsor School of IT activities, identify opportunities to recruit talent from the school of IT, coordinate internships, voice IT curriculum and consult on trends in technology and market demand. 

Linda has over 20 years of experience working in IT in the private sector. Before joining Ivy Tech, Linda was the Digital IT Leader for the Security business for Stanley Black & Decker, partnering with global businesses to deliver innovative digital solutions to support growth initiatives. From 1993-2013, Linda started her career at Dow AgroSciences, now Corteva, working in Systems Support Helpdesk for the R&D organization. While at Dow AgroSciences, she held a number of roles in R&D and Policy Communications. From 2003-2013, Linda served as the global digital/mobile & social media project leader, leading digital transformation in collaboration with IT, business, marketing, and agency/vendor teams. She worked closely with attorneys at Dow AgroSciences and Dow Chemical to architect data privacy and social media policies and train employees on CAN-SPAM and other tech regulations. 

During her tenure at Dow AgroSciences, Linda earned her juris doctor and subsequently accepted a position with the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis as Assistant City Prosecutor. While working for the city, she regularly spoke on the topic of digital and social media in highly regulated environments for the Marion County and American Bar Associations. 

Linda has served on the boards of the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) and Child Advocates. She is currently a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for Kid’s Voice of Indiana. In 2018, she became a mentor for Pass the Torch for Women. Linda regularly mentors young women interested in entering the tech sector. Linda became a mentor for a 21st Century Scholar for the Starfish Initiative in 2019.  

Linda graduated from Butler University in 2001, cum laude, with a BA in Journalism. In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctor from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis. In 2016, Linda also became a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).   LinkedIn  Twitter



Brian Allison

Brian Allison has 20+ years of experience within different business and customer facing Product Life Cycle environments. He is a Senior BA for eimagine providing business solutioning to help companies reinvent outdated - inefficient processes, procedures and products to drive efficiency and improve their outreach and effectiveness to their customers and constituents. LinkedIn 


Kim Brainard

Kim is the Founder of Agile Brain Group, a Consulting, Training, and Agile Talent organization. Kim is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). Kim is committed to helping clients implement the right Agile practices that best suit their specific needs. Kim forms a partnership with clients to tackle challenges companies face when transitioning to Agile. Kim provides clients with a seamless coach, learn, and sustain model using Agile techniques, principles and values, drawing from frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean Thinking, and psychology. Kim’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect her with people of all walks of life.  LinkedIn 


Rita Breen

Rita Breen is an experienced enterprise agile coach. Rita is passionate about change management, organizational transformations, agile mindset and talent growth. It does not feel like work when you help organizations to focus on transparency, relentless improvement, and collaboration.  LinkedIn 


Mark Cruth

Mark Cruth is a Partner with Teal Mavericks, a company focused on reimagining the way we work. An Agile advocate since 2009, Mark has made it his mission to inject the values and principles of Agile into everything he does.  LinkedIn  Twitter


Kat Daugherty

A hungry learner with a radical growth mindset, Kat Daugherty's superpower is challenging the assumptions and doubts that hold back individuals and teams. She specializes in global transformation, business agility and organizational psychology. She has helped transform international companies from Europe to Wall Street at team and executive levels, with a passion for igniting individuals. She has spoken and presented at the global Agile 2019 conference, Agile Indy 2019, Agile Games West, Agile PDX (Portland), Agile Marketing Indy and various events in Chicago, Ohio and New York. She is on the board of Agile Marketing Indy.  LinkedIn 


Bill Fairfield

Bill Fairfield is a trainer, coach and speaker who has been helping teams learn and adopt the Engineering Practices necessary for Agile software development since 2005. He has worked on a wide variety of applications, including financial, health care, telemetry, data visualization and semiconductor equipment.  LinkedIn 


Gary Fleming

Gary is an agile coach, software crafter, and systems thinker. His main hobby is to try and help companies to build better software in better ways. Sometimes this is by helping them with the messy human communication side of agile, sometimes its helping them reflect on their processes, and sometimes it's through teaching better software crafting practices - usually some of each. Coaching, mentoring, teaching, and showing; whatever helps in the context. You'll find him at various local meetups and international conferences trying to both share what he knows and learn from his peers.  LinkedIn 


Andrew Gosnell 

Andrew Gosnell is Director of Corporate FP&A for Wyndham Destinations where he administers benefit tracking for 8 Agile Value Streams. Andrew’s experience with Agile goes back to 2017 at which time IT made the transformation from Waterfall to Agile. Prior to Wyndham, Andrew held various roles in FP&A at both Sensient Technologies and General Motors Corporation including an international stint in The Netherlands. He has a Six Sigma Green Belt and extensive background in master data management, financial modeling, profit analysis, and budgeting/forecasts.  LinkedIn 


Michael Hall

Michael is a Senior Agile Coach with 17 years of transformation experience. He has practical experience in leading enterprise scaled Agile transformations (SAFe), Agile process creation for startup companies (Lean Startup), program-level coaching, team Scrum/Kanban coaching, individual mentoring, and developing/delivering Agile training.

His background is in software development and leading technology teams. He is also the holder of 10 patents issued by the US Patent Office dealing in artificial intelligence and predictive systems. Michael is currently part of the Agile Velocity coaching team at Southwest Airlines, introducing Lean-Agile SAFe concepts and launching agile release trains in a full-scale SAFe implementation.  LinkedIn


Laura Hansen

Laura has 15 years of experience managing programs and projects, growing teams and delivering value to clients. In her current role as Vice President of Delivery Solutions at eimagine, Laura and her team have led the implementation of numerous state and local software systems and applications.

As a member of the leadership team at eimagine, Laura drives process improvements and value add activities centered around best in class project management, business analysis and quality assurance at eimagine. She is focused on the successful delivery of development and implementation projects for the state of Indiana as well as commercial clients.  LinkedIn


Donald Haynes

I’m a renaissance man trapped in a specialist’s body. My degree is in biologist. That’s why I’m IT. I’ve worked as a software developer, with an elegant language for a more civilized age. I became a QA guy, because breaking things is therapeutic. I became a process specialist because it’s easier to negotiate with a terrorist than a Methodologist. I’ve been a Scrum Master and Agile Coach for the last few year. I have drunk the Kool-aid and it tastes good. Agile is really a philosophy, not a methodology. I’m often asked how long have you been agile? Always.  LinkedIn


Robert Herbig

Robert Herbig is passionate about leading teams that can deliver products that users love.

He is a Lead Software Engineer at SEP, a private software consultancy. In his 10+ years in the software industry, he has worked on products ranging in size from small apps to enterprise systems; embedded, desktop, web, and cloud platforms; and in a variety of markets and domains including aerospace, medical, agriculture, construction, and secure communication.

He currently lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wonderful wife, three rambunctious sons, and two dogs.  LinkedIn  Twitter


Tina Hignite

Tina Hignite has over 20 years’ experience delivering customer-focused technology projects. She has a strong background in project management, business analysis, and quality assurance. In her role as project manager for eimagine Technology Group, she and her team are implementing a new software system for a large government client.  LinkedIn  Twitter


Becca Hiller

Driven by courage, curiosity, and compassion, Becca Hiller knows valued people deliver value. As an Agile Coach and ScrumMaster, Becca helps humans reach agility potential. Her agility shines through sharpened improv skills, a mighty pen, a hungry brain, a passion for teaching and coaching, and applying mud run lessons to clean up challenges.  LinkedIn  Twitter


David Horowitz

David Horowitz is co-founder and CEO of Retrium, a platform for agile retrospectives. Prior to co-founding Retrium, David spent nearly a decade between The World Bank and International Finance Corporation as a software developer turned agile coach. While there, he experienced firsthand the importance — and difficulty — of effective retrospectives at scale.

In addition to degrees in Computer Science and Economics from The University of Maryland, David has a Master’s degree in Technology Management from The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business. David is married to his college sweetheart and is the father of 4!  LinkedIn Twitter


Ebenezer Ikonne

Ebenezer Ikonne works for Cox Automotive (a business unit of Cox Enterprise) where he provides support and guidance for teams which develop and deliver software solutions that are transforming the automotive industry. Ebenezer has held a wide range of senior leadership positions in different types of organizations such as software product organizations, services organizations, and startups. Ebenezer is passionate about engaging individuals in delivering products and services that make a difference in society. Ebenezer is an accomplished speaker and has spoken on leadership, organizational design and strategy at various conferences and meetups.  LinkedIn


Jessica Katz

Jessica is an agile trainer, mentor, and coach. She works with individuals, teams, and organizations to help them dig deep into self-discovery and move forward in the Agile Mindset. Jessica sees a world where all work environments can be a safe space for employees to bring their full selves without judgment allowing purpose to drive decisions at all levels.  LinkedIn


Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel is the CEO and founder of Project Brilliant, LLC, co-founder and past Chairman of AgileIndy, and one of only 45 people worldwide to achieve the top two Scrum Alliance certifications of Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Scrum Certified Trainer (CST). Mr. Kopel primarily focuses on training and coaching executive management teams to lead true transformation within their organization. Aaron holds an BA from Wartburg College and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and lives in Carmel, IN with his wife and their two children.  LinkedIn Twitter


John Krewson

John Krewson is the founder and president of Sketch Development Services, a St. Louis based software development studio and clinic. Since 2015, Sketch has been helping companies get better at delivering value for their customers through the adoption of Agile and DevOps approaches. John is a frequent speaker at events like this and likes to use his past career as a professional actor to point out similarities between knowledge workers and entertainers. It turns out there’s a lot we can learn from each other, as you will see from John’s presentation today. @johnkrewson @sketchdevelops  LinkedIn  Twitter


Michael Krug

Michael Krug is a passionate Agile enthusiast who finds great satisfaction in helping organizations and teams gain the benefits of Agile philosophy adoption while having a bit of fun in the process. He has helped teams from several organizations and is currently serving as a Scrum Master/Coach for 2 teams.  LinkedIn 


Mark Mack

Mark Mack: I have nearly 30 years of experience in Information Technology. Coming from a development background I've worked at a variety of Fortune 500 companies in the Financial, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Insurance, Marketing, Manufacturing, and Retail industries in Chicago and Indianapolis. Five years ago I started my Agile journey as a Scrum Master for a major bank making an Agile transformation, which convinced me to get my CSM. Since moving to Indianapolis in 2017 I've been attending AgileIndy Conferences and monthly presentations and I've been working for Fusion Alliance as a Scrum Master for various clients.  LinkedIn 


Ryan Ripley 

A professional Scrum trainer with Scrum.org, Ryan Ripley has experience as a developer, manager, director, and Scrum Master in the Fortune 500. He hosts “Agile for Humans,” the top agile podcast on iTunes, and lives in Indiana with his wife, Kristin, and three children. He blogs at ryanripley.com and is on Twitter @ryanripley.  LinkedIn  Twitter


Dimple Shah

Dimple Shah is an optimist go-getter who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals by creating a better version of themselves. She entered the world of Agile coaching unexpectedly and after she learnt about how being agile aligns with her goals and ethics, she's been making leaps into the Agile world. She loves seeing the AHA moments when the people she is working with, realize their self-worth and feel valued. Now, she's on a journey to combine her passion to make world a better and a happier place to live in, with her servant-leadership philosophy... all while being agile!  LinkedIn 


Chris Shinkle 

Chris is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a wide variety of industries. He introduced and guided SEP's adoption of Agile in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007. Chris’ dedication to the Agile and Lean communities led to his induction as an inaugural member of Indiana Techpoint’s Tech 25.  LinkedIn  Twitter


Wayde Stallmann

Wayde is an Agile Coach at World Wide Technology. He has a passion for developing Great Team Players using the same techniques as Improv and Mindfulness teachers. Wayde has developed software for over 20 years, concentrating on Java since 1999. He is an XP practitioner and former ScrumMaster of the 2nd team to achieve Gold level certification at AT&T in 2012. Wayde is a Certified Java Programmer (SCJP 1.1, 1.2, 6) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). His hobbies are cycling, chess, improv and introspection.  LinkedIn Twitter


Bret Updegraff

Bret is an innovative, Agile Technology and Product Development Leader with 17+ years of experience driving disruptive change using emerging technologies. He is also adept at leading and managing cross-functional teams, along with large-scale, enterprise-level projects. Additionally, he has a strong background in Application Development. Data Engineering, Machine Learning, AI, and Business Intelligence.

He approaches the analysis of the current business state from a holistic model including market opportunities, technology trends, and consumer needs. His Agile experience started in 2016 when he successfully transformed his product development teams from a waterfall approach to Scrum. In his current role, he leads the technology practice at Fusion Alliance. This team consists of software developers, scrum masters, product owners, automation software testers, and business consultants.  LinkedIn 


Rebekah Wallace

Rebekah Wallace is an Agile Coach at World Wide Technology, working with application software development teams. Coming from a teaching background, Rebekah is passionate about how to best help teams thrive and excel.  LinkedIn 


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