Kate Anderson is an Information Security professional who is a recovering Project Manager. Having spent 10 years in Tech driving difficult projects to closure, her current focus is in the M&A space. She lives in Chicago with her wife, dog, snake and yes, she loves the weather, even the winters.
Kim is a PMP certified project manager and PMI Registered Education Provider with over 20 years of experience managing projects, programs, and PMO’s, and the resulting emotional trauma. Partner at the PPM consulting firm Kolme Group, LLC, he also has an unnatural fascination with PPM tool deployment and optimization. You can email Kim, or find him on LinkedIn.
Outperformers are not born; they’re made. We ALL have the capacity to “raise our game,” and Scott Welle has spent more than 15 years helping people do this, personally and professionally. Scott’s 9 bestselling books, articles, videos, podcasts and online programs inspire hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He has a master’s degree in Sport Psychology, is an adjunct professor at St. Olaf University and was recently named the 2021 Midwest Motivational Speaker of the Year. For “fun” (and because he’s a little crazy!), he’s completed 31 marathons, 5 Ironman triathlons, a 100-mile ultra-marathon, and serves others by showing them how to tap into the mindset of challenging their self-limiting beliefs and aspiring to Outperform every day.
Morning Technical Session
Dr. Detra German has been an active member of the Palmetto Chapter since 2020 and currently serves as the VP of Membership. She has worked in the Information Technology field over a decade as an IT Project Manager, Certified Scrum Master, and Lead Quality Assurance Engineer in both Waterfall and Agile environments. Her experience spans across diverse industry sectors including Aerospace/Defense/Security, Education Technologies, Mortgage Servicing, Benefits Management and Business Transformation Solutions.
Dr. German has earned her PMP (Project Management Professional), CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner) certifications. She also has a B.S. Computer Science, MBA, and Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree. Her area of expertise is improving virtual communication through the development of emotional intelligence, self-confidence and trustworthiness, which she’s presented at several conferences over the years. Dr. German is also a certified life coach helping others to maximize their potential.
CEO of RefineM and Enterprise Agile Coach, NK is a pioneer in Project Management & Agile transformations. In last 30 years of his career, he has helped thousands of professionals, in companies large and small, learn and implement best project management and Agile practices.
NK is a seasoned and engaging speaker. He enjoys sharing his learnings at international, national, and regional conferences and training engagements. His speaking engagements include PMI Global Conference, PMI Seminar World, PMI chapter professional development events including a keynote presentation, and numerous RefineM public courses and corporate engagements. A natural storyteller, he draws from his decades of experiences to help audiences absorb and retain concepts and leave feeling inspired with specific action items to lead change in their organizations.
Afternoon Technical Session
Michael Roberts is an IT industry professional with more than 25 years of experience in bringing software to market. His industry certifications include those from ICAgile, Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, and the Scaled Agile Framework. With his experience as a technology executive, he’s guided many companies to successful IT and software projects.
Rachel Rai Henry is a dynamic speaker and creativity expert. Born and raised in Detroit, her vibrant spirit, both on and off stage, embodies the glory, grind, and grit of her hometown.
She helps agencies, businesses, and communities use creative thinking to foster leadership, promote innovation and create a more equitable future for all. A seasoned creative thinking and innovation facilitator with over a decade of project management experience, Rachel has dedicated her career to creating frameworks that help heart-centered people & organizations connect the dots and solve meaningful problems we face today. Throughout her career, Rachel has worked with renowned organizations such as Columbia College, Alpha Kappa Alpha, National Black MBA Association, and Women of Project Management, reaching thousands of people through keynotes and interactive workshops.
She is also the founder and CEO of the Creative Flow School, the premier peer-to-peer skills exchange platform designed to help future leaders foster creative genius to create the life they envision. When she’s not working - Rachel is passionate about hosting soulful events for family and friends, practicing yoga, wandering across the world with her passport in hand, and whipping up magic in the kitchen every chance she gets!