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As a business analyst, you are a leader. You may be in people leadership; you may be in Chapter leadership; and you most definitely are in THOUGHT leadership. As such, if you are like me, you are continually evaluating your performance and seeking new ways to improve and expand your approach. The annual Leadership Series is just the opportunity!

 

As a business analyst, you are a leader. Join the season 6 Leadership series.

 

As a business analyst, you are a leader. You may be in people leadership; you may be in Chapter leadership; and you most definitely are in THOUGHT leadership. As such, if you are like me, you are continually evaluating your performance and seeking new ways to improve and expand your approach. The annual Leadership Series is just the opportunity!

Each year, we are fortunate to learn from a panel of experts through this series. And, this year, we will be having two! Season Six features five leaders from North America, focusing on the book “Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People” by Alan Willett.

The series begins Tuesday, May 25th, with sessions throughout the summer. Join our presenters in each session as they break down core themes of the book. If you are interested in reading along, get your free copy from the IIBA Digital Library!

About the Book

Chances are, in your leadership role, you have come across an individual or two that you might quietly consider “unleadable”. This could be a fellow team member, a business stakeholder, or a volunteer. Regardless of the context, you have likely reflected on what could you do / could you have done to reach this person. After all, no one fundamentally wants to be a problem; we all want to successfully contribute to results. So, as a leader, how can you tap into that underlying desire? “Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People” by Alan Willett is good reinforcement on those techniques and strategies we can employ to get the best out of our team.

Mark your Calendars 

  • Tuesday, May 25th @ 6pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, June 8th @ 6pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, June 22nd @ 6pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, July 13th @ 6pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, July 27th @ 6pm Eastern
  • Tuesday, August 10th @ 6pm Eastern

Members Can Register Here


About the Season Six Presenters

Jay Ashford (IIBA Bay Area Chapter)

Jay has almost 25 years' experience in the information technology domain, and 12 years' experience as a consulting IT project manager and business analyst. He currently holds PMP and ACP certifications from PMI.org, Certified Scrum Master certification from scrumalliance.org, and Certified Business Analysis Professional certification from IIBA.org. For almost 6 years, he volunteered as a PMP bootcamp instructor for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the PMI. He earned a BA degree in political-economics from UC Berkeley in 1992, and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California in 2009. He and his family live in Oakland, California.

Emily Midgley (IIBA Cleveland Chapter)

Emily Midgley, CBAP is the president of the Cleveland Chapter of the IIBA. With over 15 years of business analysis experience in the insurance industry, Emily led business analysis for programs to implement leading-edge technology like big data and mobile apps.  As an Agile coach, Emily brings BA practices to product managers and product owners throughout the enterprise to increase focus on customer value.


Emily Tom (IIBA Ottawa-Outaouais Chapter)

Emily Tom, CBAP is an independent consultant in Ottawa, Canada. She is also the Deputy Regional Director IIBA Americas Northeastern Region. She is passionate about promoting the business analysis profession and supporting fellow business analysts in their careers.

As a leader and a practicing business analyst, Emily enjoys bringing individuals together as a team to align on and achieve common goals. She believes that everyone has unique skills and strengths that they can leverage to develop their leadership abilities.


Jaya Deep Tunuguntla (IIBA Vancouver Chapter)

Jaya is a self-described connector, integrator, advisor, and problem-solver. He is the Vice President of Partnerships for the IIBA Vancouver Chapter. This is a new role seeking non-financial relationships between organizations for mutual benefit. Jaya is also the 2020 Volunteer of the Year for the Americas West Region.


Lianne Watford (IIBA Palmetto Chapter)

Lianne Watford is a South Carolina native and holds an Associate in Science in Commercial Education from the University of South Carolina.  She has been a Senior Level Business Analyst in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years and is the owner of LHW Consulting providing an array of Business Analysis services. She has held her CBAP® certification since June of 2014.

Lianne is the Founding President of the IIBA Palmetto Chapter and has served South Carolina since November of 2017.


About Season Seven

Join us later this year when we feature Season Seven of the Leadership Series. Season Seven will feature leaders from across the globe: Filip Hendrickx (IIBA Brussels Chapter), Christina Lovelock (IIBA UK Chapter), Irina Minoiu (IIBA Romania Chapter), Joe Newbert (IIBA South Africa Chapter), and Yasser Talat (IIBA Egypt Chapter). Look for more information coming soon!


 

About the Author:  
Koryn Anderson

Koryn Anderson enjoyed a couple of careers before finding her ultimate one. She has been a business analyst for more than 10 years and is currently a Lead Business Analyst at Baird. She is passionate about the BA discipline, has her CBAP® certification, is Past President of the Southeast Wisconsin Chapter, and is the current Communications Director for the Global Chapter Council.

 

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