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Diana Larsen

Founding Partner, FutureWorks Consulting

Diana Larsen, founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting, is considered an international authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Diana works with organizations around the world to design high performance work systems, improve project team effectiveness, and support leaders and enterprises in their transitions to Agile methods. Diana co-founded FutureWorks Consulting LLC and draws on 20+ years of working with technical professionals to coach managers on their role in a changing workplace.

Deeply in tune with how work teams grow, adapt, develop, and perform, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (recommended reading for the PMI-ACP); Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects; Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and articles about the Agile FluencyTM  model and InfoQ, Agile Fluency: Finding Agile That’s Fit-for-Purpose.

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Tirrell Payton

Principal, Payton Consulting

Tirrell Payton is a seasoned product executive with a deep technical background. Prior to founding Payton Consulting, Mr. Payton was a leader in McKinsey’s digital advisory practice, where he helped companies with digital strategy and product development. Payton Consulting is a San Diego based boutique consulting firm that helps companies grow their technology capability to match their business ambitions.

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Lauren Feehrer

Vice President of Consulting Services, West Region (Alliance Global Services)

As Vice President of Consulting Services in the West Region at Alliance Global Services, Lauren Feehrer is committed to driving a culture focused on exceeding customer’s expectations. She has a passion for leading successful product development efforts utilizing Agile. Lauren has deep expertise in JumpStart initiatives and coaching distributed teams. She has a track record of leading high performance software development, testing, and support teams with prior roles within Alliance over the past ten years as the Boston Regional Vice President, PMO Director, and Engagement Manager.

Uma Palepu

Vice President – Product Delivery, Mitchell

Uma has over 18 years of experience in enterprise software & technology leadership. He is passionate about developing software that is simple and useful. Uma enjoys solving process and technology problems using creative approaches. At Mitchell, Uma was responsible for championing and leading the Lean/Agile transformation for the Workers Compensation division and recently took responsibility for the Auto Casualty division as well. Uma has worked in the Backup/Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Capture, Content Management and Insurance industries. He enjoys building high performance teams and leaders and likes to remind people that the core principles of Lean/Agile are important. Under his guidance, the Mitchell teams have successfully adapted Lean/Agile with distributed teams.


Niv Genchel

Senior Software Development Manager, Mitchell

Niv has a passion for creating software that helps people improve their everyday life. He has 13 years experience in developing software, and leading software development teams. He is experienced with building high-performing teams by empowering team members and using Scrum and Scaled Agile framework. Niv likes the software industry because of its rapid changes and the need for continuous learning of new technologies and new development processes.


Marcelo Fernandez

ScrumMaster/Project Manager, Sempra Energy

Marcelo Fernandez is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Product Owner and PMI-certified Project Management Professional, with exceptional background managing enterprise-wise, global projects.  Marcelo has helped a wide variety of large-size organizations such as Sony, Novartis, International Paper and ABB, and led cross-functional departments and multi-cultural teams across the U.S., Canada, Japan, China and Latin America.  He has been immersed in the art of Scrum, committed to continuous improvement and bringing the spirit and techniques of Scrum to large organizations.  Marcelo is a former member of the PMI South Florida Chapter Board of Directors.

Etienne de Bruin

CTO, Monk Development

Etienne de Bruin is a partner and co-owner at Monk Development, where he has been CTO for the last 9 years.  He designed and built Ekklesia 360, a CMS that has generated millions of dollars in revenue addressing common pain points in the Christian Church market.  Combining his love for people and technology led to his next venture, the creation of 7CTOs – an organization focused on stirring up innovative thinking and developing trusted community amongst Chief Technology Officers.  Etienne’s newest venture is MaxHOA, where he is a founding partner and CTO.  MaxHOA focuses on enriching community through technology by providing a centralized platform for HOA members to communicate, feel empowered, and informed.  He is an entrepreneur at heart and is keen on technology’s impact in the everyday lives of people and businesses.