Closing Keynote: Zero Gravity: Reaching for the Stars
For the Orlando Closing Keynote, we are trying a new keynote format! Zero Gravity: Reaching for the Stars will feature 5 keynote speakers as they share their experiences and encourage everyone to stretch themselves – reaching for the stars.
I believe that Agile is an emergent response that helps us thrive in our ever-increasingly complex, changeable and interconnected world. I am a passionate contributor to the discipline and profession of Agile Coaching and have trained thousands of agilists in the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to coach teams and organizations to get full benefits of Agile. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams which is still a best seller years later. I share my thoughts and experience on AgileCoachingInstitute.com and CoachingAgileTeams.com, an important outlet for #WomeninAgile.
Maria Matarelli is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) who travels the world on one-way tickets consulting and training companies on reaching true agility. In addition to applications of Agile in IT, Maria and her team have been applying Agile to the Marketing realm with incredible results. After founding the Agile Marketing Academy, Maria and a team of experienced trainers are dedicated to bringing Agile outside the normal applications. Maria is one of the first Certified Agile Marketing Trainers (CAMT) and is the Founder and President of Formula Ink, an international consulting company. Maria travels to consult organizations and speak at industry conferences with locations including Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Sweden, Istanbul, Vancouver, Morocco, Shanghai and many other locations. Maria is passionate about working with people to inspire agility.
Tirrell Payton is the principal at Payton Consulting where he helps companies create lasting change. Prior to starting his own firm, he was at McKinsey and Company, where served companies in matters of digital strategy and transformation. Tirrell graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and is an Executive MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Dave Sharrock helps companies and organizations get things done visibly and early by applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. Dave has over 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations, from Fortune100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods, government to heavily regulated industries. A sought-after speaker and coach, Dave is an expert on organizational change and lean product delivery and the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in Canada. Dave moved to Vancouver in 2010 from Europe, and leads agile42 in North America.
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, CST, is an IT professional with 25 years of industry experience. While investigating her own strengths through the book Strength Finders, Lonnie recognized skills she hadn’t been able to name before; Empathy and Developer (of others). This explains why Lonnie loves training and coaching people through their agile adoption and helping them meet their goals. A passionate fighter for the “voiceless” little guy, she enjoys helping others understand how an agile work culture leads to happier people and better results.
Lonnie has educated and motivated hundreds of teams at Fortune 500 organizations and small companies, mentoring them through their journey towards agile. She also enjoys mentoring beginner coaches so her customers can be successful once she leaves.
When she isn’t working as a champion for employees she is a champion for shelter dogs, specifically bully breeds, by volunteering in her local animal rescue community. She recommends, Adopt don’t shop.