Turn and face the strange
– David Bowie, “Changes”
Changes they are a happening!
After 13 years at Valpak (all working for the same man, I might add), I have resigned my position as Senior Director of Enterprise Agility. It’s been a good ride but now I must move on. My work there is done and there is not much more I can do for Valpak, nor Valpak can do for me. Beginning January 22nd, I will be joining Catalina Marketing as the Executive Director – Global Head of Enterprise Agility & Delivery Excellence. I’m excited about the future but, for someone who specializes in adapting to change for a living, change has always been hard for me personally.
Three other changes to mention that aren’t quite as dramatic as the first.
- I ended my stint on the Agile Alliance board after serving a 3-year term. It was an experience of a lifetime that took me all over the world working with many different people on all things agile. I will always be grateful for that experience. With baby on board now and his Hydrocephalus condition (I know, a whole other blog post unto itself), the travel commitments were just too much. However, even though my time on the board has come to an end, my service to the Agile Alliance has not. I’ve been asked to serve on the Conference Steering Committee where I can best represent the OnAgile virtual conference which has been my baby from my time on the board.
- I’ll continue to serve on the executive committee of the Tampa Bay Tech board (previously Tampa Bay Technology Forum). However, this year I’m stepping up as Community Committee Chair (last year I was Co-Chair). I’ll be joined by the very driven Gina Volmuth of The Praxsys Group as Co-Chair. This year, we’ll be focused on continuing to grow the Tampa Bay Tech Meetup Pro, a co-op of almost 50 tech user groups comprising almost 15,000 unique members, as well as some exciting D&I initiatives.
- Last but not least, my partner in crime on Tampa Bay Agile has changed. Ryan Dorrell retired as co-organizer and Becky Hartman graciously stepped up to help me out. Ryan will be greatly missed! Together, him and I (along with a slew of sub-group event organizers, volunteer presenters, and generous sponsors) grew the group from less than 100 people about five years ago to almost 2,300 members today and one of the largest and most active tech Meetups in the Tampa Bay area. Last year Tampa Bay Agile was named “Meetup of the Year” at the 2017 Tampa Bay Tech Awards.