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Competitive Edge: Disrupting the Disruptors Conference Speakers
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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

 

Stephen Wendel

Headline General Session Speaker

Stephen Wendel
Head of Behavioral Science, Morningstar Inc.

Dr. Wendel is a behavioral scientist who studies financial behavior and how digital products can help individuals manage their money more effectively.  He serves as Head of Behavioral Science at Morningstar, where he leads a team of behavioral scientists and practitioners to conduct original research on saving and investment behavior.  Stephen has authored two books on applied behavioral science, Designing for Behavior Change and Improving Employee Benefits, and founded the non-profit Action Design Network, educating the public on how to apply behavioral research to product development with monthly events in ten cities. He has two wonderful kids, who don’t care about behavioral science at all. 


Eyal Danon

General Session Speaker

Eyal Danon
President and Founder, Ignite Advisory Group

Eyal is a top expert in the world on establishing and optimizing customer engagement programs. As founder of Ignite Advisory Group, Eyal Danon is responsible for the company’s unique and effective approach to Customer Advisory Councils and Boards. Ignite clients include Amazon Web Services, Adobe, Aetna, Verizon, U.S Bank, HP Enterprise, UPS and Raytheon. A former Chief Marketing Officer for privately held and publicly traded software companies, Eyal has worked with software companies that experienced dramatic growth amid changing business environments. During his tenure with NICE Systems (NASDAQ:  NICE) he helped generating an incremental $1.3B of shareholder value in 5 years. Eyal has appeared on CNN Headline News, NBC, ABC, Forbes, Fortune, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and Business Week. Having worked as a leadership expert for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Eyal has excellent group facilitation skills and years of learning and development experience. In addition to managing Ignite Advisory Group, Eyal speaks widely before industry groups, and consults directly with entrepreneurs and executives on marketing and leadership development. Eyal holds an MBA from Boston University and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Business School Executive Leadership Program. He is the author of “Cracking the C-Suite, a practical guide to creating a shared future with your executive customers,” and a contributor to the book “Project 100 – Marketing in the Social Media Era.”


Dynamic Breakout Session Speakers

Robin Adams

Robin Adams, Dr., Purdue University

Robin S. Adams is a Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and holds a PhD in Education, an MS in Materials Science and Engineering, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She researches design learning and teaching, and cross-disciplinarity ways of thinking, acting and being in professional settings.


Allan Anderson

Allan Anderson, NPDP, Professor of Product Development and Director of Marketing, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, PDMA Chair

Allan graduated from Massey University, New Zealand with a BTech(Food) degree and PhD. His career to date has included a mix of university teaching, consulting and general management. In the early 1980’s Allan lectured in product development at Massey University and was actively involved in establishing a major in product development under the B Tech. From lecturing, he moved to 9 years of consulting, specialising in product development project management and product development management practices. In the mid 1990’s Allan moved to the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute where, in 1997, he was appointed as Chief Executive, responsible for the $40million R&D investment and around 350 staff. He is currently Professor of Product Development and Director of Marketing for the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University.  Allan was part of the establishment team for PDMA-NZ in 2007; was president of PDMA-NZ until December 2011; has NPDP certification; is an accredited NPDP training provider; was elected as Vice President Asia-Pacific in 2012; became a Director in 2015; and, is currently a member of the Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award selection committee.


Phillip Anthony

Phillip Anthony, President, Design Integrity, Inc.

Phil Anthony, P.E., is an expert in the field of new product design and development (NPD), with over 30 years of experience in the field. He has personally managed cross-functional teams that developed and launched dozens of successful new mechanical and electro-mechanical products for various employers and clients. His expertise in the NPD field includes innovation facilitation, business and engineering management, project and team management, marketing, business strategy, electro-mechanical systems, machine design, problem solving, design optimization, DFMA, FMEA, quality, testing and reliability. Over his career, Phil has worked on a wide range of products including medical devices, industrial equipment, consumer products, and power tools. One of the ground-breaking products that Phil managed from proof-of-concept to production was the Snap-on CT30 cordless impact wrench set, which sold in record numbers, paved the way for Snap-on’s cordless power tool line, and was the most reliable power tool in Snap-on’s history. Another ground-breaking project in Phil’s project management portfolio was the Breuer Tornado Marathon carpet extractor, which won multiple major design awards, was awarded multiple US patents, and allowed Breuer (since acquired by Karcher) to strengthen its market position. Phil has been awarded 14 US utility patents and numerous national design awards. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois, and he has served as an expert witness on several cases involving product design, patent prosecution and infringement, and trade secrets. After 8 years in the corporate world and 3 years in design consulting at HLB, Phil founded Design Integrity, Inc., an NPD consulting firm in Chicago. His firm develops new products and innovations for clients in the medical, industrial, consumer and automotive/aftermarket industries. Design Integrity is an award-winning design firm with products that have been profiled in the MDEA, ID Magazine, Appliance Design, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Design News, and Plastic News.


Marc Bolick

Marc Bolick, Managing Partner, DesignThinkers Group USA

Marc leads the U.S. office of DesignThinkers Group, a global innovation agency with teams in 20 countries. He uses his combination of technical, business and creative skills to help organizations ask the right questions, and find innovative answers through the service design thinking methodology. With over 20 years of experience in various aspects of product and service design, Marc has worked for clients in a variety of sectors including medical devices, mobile & web applications, travel & leisure, financial services, international development, and consumer goods. He is an engaging speaker, a strategic thinker, a curious observer of human behavior, and an energetic group facilitator.


Marc Bolick

Arturo Bonomie, Senior Project Engineer, Sub-Zero

Art has worked with Sub-Zero Group, Inc. for 12 years. He worked in the area of New Product Development as a Staff Engineer for 8 years, supporting the launch of products like Built-In and New Generation Integrated Refrigeration. Four years ago, Art transitioned into the Reliability Department, where he manages Sub-Zero Group’s “Consumer Use Lab” and the corporate consumer field testing program, “Field Test Global”.


Jane Boutelle

Jane Boutelle, Chief Customer Officer, Digsite

Jane has spent her career in marketing and product management, with an emphasis on creating and sharing technology products that improve people's lives. She's the Chief Customer Officer and co-founder of Digsite, an an agile consumer insights platform.


Frank Buck

Frank Buck, Senior Manager, Product Billtrust

Frank Buck is passionate about guiding exceptional products to market, making businesses profitable and customers happy. Frank leads the Product Management team for Billtrust’s new platform. Jason and Frank are at Billtrust and have partnered for more than five years, sharing the challenges, failures and greatness that comes with building new products.


Johan Danielsson

Johan Danielsson, Business Line Manager – General Industry


Jeff Disher

Jeff Disher, President, DISHER Corp.

Jeff Disher, Founder and President of DISHER, is a veteran of new product development with close to 30 years of experience. After his initial 11 years in automotive engineering, Jeff dreamt about operating a product development firm that truly Made a Positive Difference through creative innovation, technical discipline, and exceptional customer service. In January of 2000 with a young family at home, Jeff set up a card table, plugged in his computer, and went to work inside a local conference room in Zeeland, Michigan. His dream became reality as Disher Design and Development was born. DISHER’s sweet spot? Delivering product development solutions in a highly collaborative and responsible way. Today, DISHER’s team has grown to include 160 cross-functional experts who have helped hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, suppliers, and independent contractors in a variety of industries. DISHER provides solutions in: Products and Manufacturing, Talent, and Business. The company’s track record of performance has helped its customers launch successful new products, increase productivity, attract and retain talent, and win awards. In October of 2008, Jeff was selected as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2015 he was chosen for the Business Leadership Award by the Michigan Westcoast Chamber. In 2016, DISHER was ranked by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work® as the 5th Best Small Company Workplace in the USA and the 4th Best Consulting and Professional Services Workplace in the USA. Prior to DISHER, Jeff was Chief Engineer of the automotive electronics launch division at PRINCE Corporation/Johnson Controls Inc. (Yang Feng) in Holland, Michigan. He also held roles in program management, manufacturing, quality, and training and development. Jeff currently serves as a Board Director for three other organizations. He speaks and writes on product development, innovation, and how to build a culture that thrives. He is also an active member of his local church. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hope College and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a certified Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.Jeff and his wife Kathy have four children and reside in Zeeland, Michigan close to the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. They enjoy many outdoor activities.You can reference other professional information about Jeff Disher by viewing his LinkedIn profile. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffdisher/


Karen Dworaczyk

Karen Dworaczyk, Principal Consultant, INSIGHTOVATION® CONSULTING, NPDP, Vice President of Marketing

Karen Dworaczyk, the Principal of INSIGHTOVATION® Consulting, is an experienced product development professional consultant, supporting clients’ transformation of their new product development processes to improve productivity. Her background and experience includes 40 years of consumer and B2B sales and marketing in various positions with Procter & Gamble, Birds Eye Foods, SentrySafe (Master Lock) and  LiDestri Food and Drink. She began her career as a Chemical Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, for Nestle Foods. Ms. Dworaczyk is highly skilled in NPD portfolio management, product line road mapping, and NPD product management group process facilitation. She has developed a branded insight-driven innovation process that supports sustainable, profitable growth and the development strategic plans.


John Eaton

John Eaton, Client Commercialization Strategist, Macomb-Oakland Incubator

John represents over 20 years of B2B product development, market research, innovation, design thinking and strategic planning. He has acquired an eclectic body of work across several industries with regional start-ups, small businesses and multinationals including Northrop Grumman, IHS Global Insight and Johnson Controls. In his current role as Client Strategist at the Macomb-Oakland Incubator, John collaborates across the entrepreneurial ecosystem to help his client’s ideas take shape, their products succeed and their businesses thrive in in SE Michigan. John holds a BA from Western Michigan University in Art and Journalism, is a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP) through the Product Development Management Association (PDMA), received a Business Incubation Management Certificate from the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and earned a Foundations in Design Thinking certificate from IDEO.


Laura M. Fay

Laura M. Fay, VP, Product Management Research, TSIA

 Laura Fay leads the Technology-as-a- service Product Management practice for TSIA, a research and advisory firm. A technology industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience driving business growth from leadership roles in Product Management and General Management,  Laura has influenced large well-established enterprises and a number of early stage high growth companies, including Good Technology (acquired by Blackberry), Sendia (acquired by Salesforce), Scalix (Founding Exec), ShareData (acquired by E*TRADE), cc:Mail (acquired by Lotus Development & then IBM) and Retix (co-founder. IPO). Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (Hons.) from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from Santa Clara University, California. When not actively contributing to the technology industry and the product management leadership community, Laura loves to spend her time alpine hiking, cycling, reading historic novels and cooking with friends.


Claudio Fayad, VP of Technology, Emerson Electric

Claudio Fayad is a business executive with P&L responsibility. Strong technical background on automation and instrumentation, including digital buses and networking. Received his MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil) and post-MBA program in Leadership, Marketing and Negotiations from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).


Steven Forth

Steven Forth, Partner, Ibbaka

Steven Forth is a partner at Ibbaka and a co-founder of TeamFit. He has been recognized by OpenView Labs as one of the world’s thought leaders on pricing for B2B SaaS and is the manager of the 100,000 person LinkedIn Design Thinking group. His work is focussed on understanding and communicating the value of early-stage innovations and using these insights to design innovative pricing models.


Scott Grzesiak

Scott Grzesiak, Managing Director, Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM)

Scott Grzesiak is Managing Director at Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM), a business consulting firm that since 1988 has led more than 4,000 strategically critical projects for more than 400 clients across multiple industries. He has more than 30 years’ experience in business consulting, business process improvement, technology transfer, product commercialization, and project management. Since joining IPM in 2003, Scott has specialized in helping clients solve their problems by developing customized strategies and approaches and providing ongoing assistance to ensure they meet their project goals. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and is a certified black belt in Six Sigma and Project Management Professional (PMP). 


Sudhi Gulur

Sudhi Gulur, Solutions Product Manager - Business Development, Boeing Global Services

Sudhi Gulur is the Solutions Product Manager in the Commercial Aviation Services Business Development organization in Boeing Global Services leading digital solutions through the new product development lifecycle and enabling innovation and operational efficiency for commercial aviation customers. Previously he was the solutions manager in in the Digital Aviation organization. Prior to joining Boeing, Sudhi worked for Dassault Systèmes and led new product development of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions for the aerospace, automotive, structure, shipbuilding and architecture and engineering construction (AEC) industries. Sudhi’s skills and experiences include leading, coaching, and managing teams, partnering with internal and external customers across various domains to understand their needs, leading innovation, product discovery, product strategy and planning, software product management, and new product development. Sudhi has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in industrial and manufacturing engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Sudhi is a continuous learner and is actively learning through books, blogs, courses and new assignments.

Karthik Gunasekaran and Jonna Higgins-Freese

Karthik Gunasekaran and Jonna Higgins-Freese will present on behalf of the ACT New Product Development team, which has 14+ years of NPD experience at 5 different companies, has tested more than 100 concepts, and has launched half a dozen products. They are from the United States and India and enjoy cooking, snowmobiling, hiking, playing chess, swimming, and writing poetry.


Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen, President, Phase 5 US

Steve has almost two decades of experience in client-side product management, marketing strategy, and market research. He has extensive experience in capturing the view “from the outside” with a special focus on product and service innovation. Steve is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


VP of  of Events Ernie Harris

Ernie Harris, Founding Principal, Interesting Blazer, PDMA Vice President of Events

Ernie Harris is the founding principal at Interesting Blazer, a consulting agency focusing on product management and strategy, business process optimization and competitive intelligence.  A veteran of both the enterprise and the startup community, Ernie has spent his career helping drive growth for the organizations he has had the privilege of working with.

Prior to starting Interesting Blazer, Ernie worked with companies like TDAmeritrade where his product team built one of the first real-time streaming data platforms delivered via the Internet and Baltimore Gas and Electric where he built and deployed one of the first automated software distribution and version control systems for the enterprise.

Ernie’s history with PDMA started in 2008 while at Raymond James Financial where he joined a local chapter to enrich his understanding of Product Management. Since then he has held positions at all levels within the organization from chapter President to Conference Planning Committee Member to Treasurer for the PDMA Board of Directors.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Ernie holds a degree in Computer Science and numerous certifications including PDMA’s NPDP.  He currently resides in Arizona with his wife BriAnna.


Stacy Heuer

Stacy Heuer, Consultant, Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM)

Stacy Heuer is a Consultant at IPM with more than 20 years’ experience leading global innovation programs in multiple industries and implementing project/program management best practices, stage-gate processes, and enterprise portfolio management systems. Her previous work experience before joining IPM in 2016 includes program manager at Keurig Green Mountain and global innovation program and portfolio manager at Mead Johnson Nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in food science from Purdue University, an advanced masters’ certificate in project management from George Washington University/ESI, a New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.


Carmine Izzi

Carmine Izzi, Principal; Leader Product and R&D Strategy Practice, Deloitte Consulting

Carmine is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting, and has over 25 years of consulting and industry experience in Product Development where he lead high impact teams to help executives of Fortune 500 companies capitalize on market opportunities and address top strategic and operational challenges in the area of product development. Carmine has helped companies improve time-to-market, reduce engineering spend and manufacturing waste, improve operational efficiencies and quality, establish new product revenue streams, improve margins, and organize for success. Carmine has practiced primarily in complex engineering organizations in the Industrial Products, Consumer Goods, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, and Electronics and High Tech industries.


Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, President, Global NP Solutions

Teresa is the president of Global NP Solutions consulting in innovation best practices. Simple-PDH.com is our sister website offering diverse on-line and face-to-face certification and PDH (professional development hour) training courses. Teresa has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from West Texas A&M University. She has over 20 years of experience working in the petrochemical industry and teaching at the college/university level. She has a passion for lifelong learning and can be reached at teresa@globalnpsolutions.com or 281-280-8717. In her free time, Teresa enjoys scrapbooking and bicycling.


Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly, Do Tank

Matt is a Partner and Business Designer with our Chicago team and has been part of the team since it formed in 2014. He assists organizations with alignment and clarity about the current state of their business, competition, economic challenges, and vision for the future. Matt has over eight years of experience overseeing the lifecycle of complex organizational development activities. Defining project scope with stakeholders, he is skilled in facilitating synthesis of multiple perspectives into a clear strategy and plan for action. Matt has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 


Colleen Knuff

Colleen Knuff, Senior Director, Product Management, Wolters Kluwer

Colleen is the Sr. Director of Product Management for Wolters Kluwer, TeamMate. In her role, she leads the strategic vision and voice of customer research for the TeamMate product portfolio. Colleen has been an integral part of TeamMate’s transformation.


Mats Magnusson

Mats Magnusson, Professor/Senior Partner, KTH Royal Institute of Technology/Value Model

Mats Magnusson is Professor of Product Innovation Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Permanent Visiting Professor at LUISS School of Business and Management in Rome, and Senior Partner at Value Model.


Chad McAllister

Chad McAllister, Founder, Product Innovation Educators 

Chad McAllister, PhD is the host of The Everyday Innovator, a podcast enjoyed by thousands of product managers and innovators. Each week he provides a valuable discussion exploring topics that equip you for success. Find the podcast on your favorite podcase player or at www.TheEverydayInnovator.com. Chad is also a recognized Top 40 Product Management Influencer and a Top 10 Innovation Blogger. He loves helping product managers make the move to product masters, equipping them for real leadership in organizations. He also teachers product management and innovation management at  Colorado State University, Walden University, and Boston University.


Marc McLaughlin

Marc McLaughlin, CEO & Business Designer, DoTank

Marc is an experienced strategy consultant and business designer who is responsible for offices in Chicago, LA and Glasgow. He supports organizations by the use of his bold strategic thinking, creative visual design and practical implementation skills that are ever focused on delivering concrete results. With years of experience (dating back to 2001) with corporates, start-ups, and within a wide range of industry sectors, he enjoys realizing the successful impact of mindset shifts and culture change through the approach that we take.


Tania Philip

Tania Philip, VP of Product, Shutterstock

Tania Philip is a visionary and product leader with 11+ years of extensive global experience defining, building and launching award-winning digital products. In her current role as VP of Product at Shutterstock, Tania generates bold and innovative ideas for growth, creating and delivering products that meet the needs of the customer. Previously, Tania spearheaded and executed the product strategy at Zocdoc, implementing the rollout of new product initiatives to drive exponential growth and scale. She also served as Global Head of Mobile and Connected Devices for Bloomberg where she directed, managed and executed the product portfolio roadmap.


David Phillips

David Phillips, Innovation Provocateur, Faster Glass

David is the founder of Faster Glass, an innovation advisory firm that helps organizations apply the principles of human-centered design to (1) to solve wicked problems, (2) to intentionally design experiences, and (3) to disrupt the status quo.   Equal parts educator, facilitator, and instigator, he equips leaders to strengthen their organization’s innovation capabilities and unleash the ideas and creativity of their people.     Before forming Faster Glass in 2010, David spent six years at Bank of America developing and leading programs at the intersection of learning, leadership development, and innovation. Prior to his time in financial services, he served in a wide range of roles in public accounting, public education, and the U.S. Air Force.    Based in Charlotte, David also enjoys being a husband, father, musician, photographer, and mountain biker, even as he is often reminded of his amateur status in all five endeavors.


Kevin Pinner

Kevin Pinner, Business Lead - Business Solutions | Manufacturing Tech, DISHER

Kevin Pinner serves as Business Lead of Business Solutions and Manufacturing Tech Services at DISHER, a nationally-ranked product development, talent solutions, and business consulting firm based in Zeeland, Michigan. Kevin brings over 20-years of lean and continuous improvement experience to multiple industries. He has helped boost organizational performance in a variety of manufacturing and business settings by focusing on continuous improvement in people, process, and product. Specific areas of expertise include organizational development, cultural transformation, leadership training, TWI and Kata Coaching, and business process improvement. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Wright State University, and certifications in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Lean/Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), and Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to his experience at DISHER, Kevin has held director-level roles in Engineering and Operations, Materials Management, Business Unit Management, and Continuous Improvement Management for the automotive, furniture, and nonprofit industries. Kevin and his wife reside in Rockford, Michigan. When he is not working, Kevin enjoys soccer, running, mountain biking, along with driving and fixing old sports cars. You can reference additional professional information about Kevin Pinner by viewing his LinkedIn profile. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinpinner/

Jason Prunty

Jason Prunty, Senior Manager, UX, Product Billtrust

Jason Prunty arrives at UX Design by way of electrical engineering, photography, and architecture. He is an experienced Product Leader with a diverse design foundation. Jason leads the UX practice at Billtrust whose team has been tasked with improving the experience of managing a company’s cash flow cycle. He is also an adjunct professor in the Kanbar College of Design at Jefferson University.


JJ Rorie

JJ Rorie, Vice President & Subject Matter Expert, Sequent Learning Networks

JJ Rorie is a thought-leader and practitioner who has spent her career helping companies optimize their product management and marketing functions. Prior to joining Sequent Learning Networks as Vice President, JJ spent 18 years in various leadership roles in the financial services, telecommunications and healthcare industries for companies such as First Data, T-Mobile and American Hospital Association.  JJ is also an entrepreneur, co-founding a healthcare technology company as well as a product development and talent management consultancy.


Rick Seibold

Rick Seibold, Partner, Initiator

Rick Seibold After gaining a foundation at Procter & Gamble, he hOver the past 25 years at Procter & Gamble, AcuPOLL Research, and Initiator, he has done new product work with numerous Fortune 500 companies across hundreds of categories. He combines agile thinking, the talent for making insightful connections, and the ability to look at things in novel ways to come up with unique possibilities and convert them into useful ideas. During his career he has contributed to many marketplace successes including: Downy Ultra, Oil of Olay Body Wash, Dasani, Johnsons Baby Bedtime Bath, Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean, Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Cat Litter, and Trojan 2Go.


TP Ong

T. P. Ong, Director of NPD, Innovation & Research, Emerson Electric

T.P. Ong, a seasoned, innovative and energetic leader with strong competencies in research and innovation, new products development, engineering, project management, operations, quality, and supply chain in a fast-pace and highly demanding environment (25 years of industry experience: semiconductor, chemicals, IT, electronics, energy, and process automation). Received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University and currently a NPD certified professional (NPDP).


Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, cPrime, Inc.

Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., is a physicist, former software developer and project manager, and current researcher and consultant in the field of Agile Project Management. As cPrime’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Thompson has trained thousands of people in Scrum and Kanban, and created cPrime’s Agile Scaling and Portfolio-Management solutions and consulting standards. He has helped over one hundred clients, ranging from very small to very large, with Agile development of Web applications, Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence systems, Cloud computing, compilers, computer games, laboratory equipment, telecommunications hardware, and medical products. Dr. Thompson is committed to advancing the state of the art of Agile Project Management, not only within, but beyond, the world of software-product development. His pioneering RAGE paper (Recipes for Agile Governance in the Enterprise), innovation in Agile Portfolio Management, and pioneering work in Agile Hardware development reflect this commitment. Dr. Thompson earned his BS in Physics from Santa Clara University, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University.


Jennifer Travis Fout

Jennifer Travis Fout, Director of Product Management, Rippleshot

Jennifer has extensive experience in developing new products and markets. Proven record managing a product portfolio including SaaS, regulatory, credit card, and B2B and B2C products with revenues of over $30M annually. Exceptional ability to assess client needs translating into product vision, usable design, and product and technical requirements.


am Werley

Pam Werley, Sr. Insights and Marketing Analytics Lead, Safety & Graphics Business Group, 3M Center

Pam Werley is a recognized leader in the research field, yet she often refers to herself as a researcher who captures the voice of the customer through story telling. Her background in both the consumer and B2B world allows her to take interviews, observations, quantitative data and big data and convert data into implications that positively impact the business. Her credentials include 25+ years in Marketing & Insights including CPG, International, Foodservice, Medical Device, and Healthcare businesses. She became a Key Member of 3M insights in 2012 bringing Insights to the 3M Innovation Process. Traction is being made within the 3M™ Safety & Graphics business group through the completion of 200+ Customer S&G Insights projects; representing 18 Business Verticals, 16 Countries around the globe and 31 Different Professions resulting in over 5400 total Customer touchpoints each year. Currently her primary focus is leading Insights for the Personal Safety Division, the largest division at 3M. Pam lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two teenage boys. In her spare time, she loves to spend time in the kitchen creating new dinners to “wow” family and friends, read a good book, and play the piano. Giving back to the community is important leading her to dedicate time and resources as a YMCA camp board member and parent advisor for the Vantage program for the Minnetonka Schools.

Stewart M. Witt

Stewart M. Witt, Partner, Arvense Group

Mr. Witt is a Partner with the Arvense Group. He has more than 20 years of leading successful projects like NASCAR pit stop improvement teams and portfolios of projects for worldwide organization transformation projects. Stewart is also featured in one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Business Management Books, The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt. It contains an interview by Fortune Magazine’s Editor at Large about Stewart’s experiences with the process of ongoing improvement. He earned his Bachelor of Science Organizational Development & Leadership from Purdue University and his Associates of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the Indiana Vocational Technical College.


Gabriel Yoder

Gabriel Yoder, Product Portfolio Manager of Discovery & Development and Senior Consultant, Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM)

Gabriel Yoder is the Product Portfolio Manager of Discovery & Development and Senior Consultant at Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM), a business consulting firm that since 1988 has led more than 4,000 strategically critical projects for more than 400 clients across multiple industries. A former United States Air Force Officer, Gabriel spent 10 years in the service cultivating his passion for people and transformational leadership. Since joining IPM in 2013, he has consulted on & led multiple innovation, product development, and business strategy initiatives while serving clients within the consumer product and life science industries. In his current role, Gabriel is responsible for the discovery & development of new products and services, from whitespace to delivery of commercial grade offerings that solve client problems, as well as continuous improvement of the process, methods and tools used throughout development. He sits on IPM’s innovation management team and Product Development Center of Excellence. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA in Leadership from Liberty University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).