Speak at Spark 2020

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Aaron Dignan

Aaron Dignan

Author, Founder of The Ready

Aaron Dignan sees the same phenomenon everywhere he looks. Our most trusted and important institutions—in business, healthcare, government, philanthropy, and beyond – are struggling. They’re confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made them strong are liabilities in an era of constant change. For the past ten years, he has studied organizations and teams with a new way of working that prioritizes adaptivity and autonomy over efficiency and control. Aaron contends that teams everywhere need to join them in the future of work.

As the founder of The Ready—a global organizational transformation and coaching practice—he helps companies large and small adopt new forms of self-organization and dynamic teaming. Clients include GE, Kaplan, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, Citibank, FreshDirect, Hyatt, Airbnb, Bloomin’ Brands, Charles Schwab, PG&E, Fidelity, New York Public Radio, and charity: water.

Dignan is an active angel investor and helps build partnerships between the startups and end-ups he advises. He has sat on advisory boards for GE, American Express, PepsiCo, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, as well as the board of directors for Smashburger. He is currently traveling and speaking in support of his new book Brave New Work (Portfolio 2019).

Jen Frahm

Jen Frahm

So you’re a leader or executive in a large organisation and you’ve got a particularly tricky change challenge that needs urgent attention and you’ve found me here.

I could tell you about my educational qualifications (a Doctorate in Management), or that I’ve worked with a large range of companies or the experience I have had across sectors in types of change (culture change, digital transformation, business agility, customer centricity, operating model changes, large scale technology change).

Or I could just share what I believe in every cell in my body.

Organisational change is often complex, but it doesn’t have to be hard. With change in the workplace we have the opportunity to create a place where people flourish, where customers are delighted, where the shareholders are confident they did the right thing investing in your company. With change in the workplace we can ensure you remain relevant.

Dave Dame

Dave Dame

Just your average tech dude making his way... I'm just your average guy trying to live an average life. I have Cerebral Palsy...

But it doesn't have me! Everyone has their own challenges, these are mine.

As an organizational change agent, principal coach and trainer, Dave has an excellent reputation for facilitating the philosophical adoption and practical implementation of agility practices and training in large organizations.

With over 20 years of management experience he has successfully lead complex agile transformations.

Selena Delesie

Selena Delesie

Love is my guiding force — all things are possible with authentic vulnerability, compassion, pause, and play. For 17 years I have supported individuals, organizations, and leaders through transformation. I help intelligent people improve their life and work from their heart, by bridging ancient wisdom into modern life. I live what I teach alongside being a coach, speaker, teacher, and intuitive guide for others to step into a new way of being.

I offer a variety of transformational programs, retreats, a leadership conference, podcast, and sacred healing circles. I am often travelling the world, laughing with loved ones, meditating, and hugging trees. Find me at www.SelenaDelesie.com.

Sara Bianchi

Sara Bianchi

Originally from Italy, as a kid, my dream job when asked about what I would love to do when I grow up was “speaking to the world”.  Brimming with wanderlust and a globetrotter by nature, my enthusiastic approach to life has often simply been, “…and off I go!”. I left home 20 years ago to study, live and work in 7 countries across 3 continents, becoming fluent in four languages in the process. I’m a powerhouse with a gypsy soul;  I speak my mind and heart out and do not beat around the bushes; I am a straight shooter; I believe in serendipity and synchronicity; I value authenticity, freedom, and adventure. I am a coach, a leader, a biker, an energy storm, a dancer and I’m passionate about working with the warriors, the mavericks, the misfits, the rule breakers, those on a mission or searching for their unique mission in life, and who are ready to embrace their superpowers, with courage, grit and energy to go after it. People and organizations who are ready to take control and claim their true identity for the sake of living a meaningful, purposeful and truly magnificent life.

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

Leading for Change

Everyday you are given 86,400 seconds to make a difference in the world. What you do with your time is up to you, and if you waste any of it, you will never get it back. I am Mike Edwards and I work with people who are tired of wasting time living someone else’s story.

For more than 25 years I lived the corporate career starting as a Software Developer and over time became a Program Manger. I ran running multi-million dollar programs, quickly rising to what many would define as success.

I am a Co-Active Coach, certified through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and graduate of the CTI Leadership Program. As a coach, I am on the forefront of many coaching organizations including Leanintuit, the Leadership Gift Program, and Agile Coaching Institute. I love working with people who are tired of taking life so seriously and are ready to write their own stories.

I coach and mentor individuals, executives, and organizations who are motivated to take charge of their lives, and regularly offer workshops for people and teams who know that so much more is possible. Through my blogs and podcast, I share my own story and give voice to the inspiring stories of so many others.

Marcela Urteaga

Marcela Urteaga

Chief Elephant Whisperer

Marcela Urteaga is an organizational consultant passionate about learning and change. She holds a BA in Human Relations (Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico) and an MA in Human Systems Intervention (Concordia University, Canada), as well as certificates in Organizational Development, Coaching, Leadership, and Sustainable Happiness. Marcela has 20 years of corporate experience in Organizational Development, Training, Change Management and Human Resources, in large multinational companies such as Monster, Panasonic, and FEMSA, and currently works in Change Management for York University.

She has led the teams responsible for change management, HR planning, talent management, organizational transformation and customer service in different companies. Marcela has been facilitating workshops and group sessions (live and online) since 1994, in Mexico, U.S.A., and Canada, to help individuals, communities and corporations develop their competencies and access their inner wisdom.

Marcela started her own consulting company IMIXcoCREATION.COM back in 2012 and has worked with consultants, non-profit organizations and small companies, to help them talk about things that matter.

Sam Demma

Sam Demma

TEDx Speaker, Entrepreneur, Founder of Pick Waste

Sam Demma is a 19-year-old TEDx speaker, one of the top 25 under 25 environmentalists in Canada and the co-founder of the social enterprise PickWaste. In addition, Sam is also a connector for the league of innovators, the youngest member of an advanced toastmasters club, and the emcee of Speaker Slam Youth.

All throughout his life, Sam consistently stepped outside of his comfort zone and he now strives to spread a simple but powerful message, that small consistent actions can lead to massive changes. In the past year alone Sam has spoken in front of crowds as large as 1000 or as small as 15, empowering a total that exceeds 8000 young people. A few past events include: TEDxYouthToronto, Speaker Slam Grand Slam, McMaster University, Algoma University and dozens of secondary schools.

All in all, Sam has one goal. To inspire and empower 10 000 000 young people in the next 20 years. Sam knows that every keynote is an opportunity to change a life and that is precisely why he speaks from the heart at every engagement.

For more information visit: www.samdemma.com

Marsha Shenk

Marsha Shenk

Marsha coined the term "Business Anthropology" in the 1990's, on the understanding that commerce, society, and the brain co-evolved. Her passion is de-obfuscating the forces that make 'work' and 'business' a source of suffering, rather than the joy of social animals contributing to their groups.

Her processes and tools lead people to bring their full ingenuity to the great human game of helping each other thrive. Some of what she suspected through her studies of paleoanthropology and history have now been proven by neuroscientists: the social brain is the big boss.

Working with leaders and innovators since the early eighties, she honed her tools. With a modified Game theory, she led senior teams to develop fresh sets of success measures, particularly early indicators, enabling them to design winnable business games.

Leaders from the Fortune 10 to micro-business have developed sustainable agility with her Ecosystem Mapping, leading metrics and MasterMoves. Leadership skills that breed healthy environments, embrace learning and welcome change as opportunity.

Marsha's work has included 15 years of teaching leadership, and 37+ of consulting/coaching/facilitating, helping leaders develop learning environments and welcoming change as opportunity. A popular speaker and beloved teacher, she continues cast light on ways we can build Ecosystem Intelligence to exchange more effectively with each other - as we evolved to do.

Starting at Reed College, her education includes doctoral study at UCLA and Berkeley, as well as numerous post-graduate courses. Marsha is an active member of the Society for Affective Science.

Todd Charron

Todd Charron

Agile Coach

Todd helps leaders become intentional about their organizational culture, so that they can revolutionize the way they work. Todd combines his background in Improv with over 15 years of experience in the software industry as a Developer, Manager, Agile Coach, and Lean Startup Mentor to help organizations and teams be bolder and more creative. Todd has been a speaker at numerous conferences, was the lead mentor for Lean Startup Machine Toronto and is the founder of Follow Your Fear Day.

Rosanna Lam

Rosanna Lam

Team Agile Coach at Index Exchange

Being a curious person who loves to help others and create from scratch, Rossana graduated from the University of Toronto in Management and Information Technology and endeavored on a journey to create cool tech that can make a difference. Her experience through various analysis and project roles led her to a path of coaching and leading, which she finds very rewarding when teams accomplish their best. When she isn’t video gaming alongside her husband or fellow developer buddies, you will find this spirited person supporting her teams building the next cool product.

Mark O'Donovan

Mark O'Donovan

Director of Agile Product Delivery, Index Exchange

Mark began his professional career hacking together small business websites in the Emerald Isle of Ireland after completing his post graduate education. In 2010, he packed his bags and immigrated to Canada where he engulfed himself into the local tech scene. His passion for product success and delivery increased over the years as he evolved through numerous technical and leadership roles. He has found his true calling after an introduction to Agile and is still driven by the quest to create a culture of self-organization and continuous value delivery.

Mark Raheja

Mark Raheja

Mark Raheja is a founder of August — an NYC and London-based organization design and transformation consultancy that partners with large institutions to help change the way they lead, organize and work.

Inspired by a deep commitment to reinvent organizations, Mark is sought out by leadership teams around the world as a speaker, advisor and coach. For over fifteen years, he has worked closely with Fortune 500 leaders — including at Google, Chanel, GE and PepsiCo — helping them transition to a faster, more adaptive and human operating model.

Mark’s work centres around one crucial riddle: How can we organize at scale in a complex and uncertain world — and not break? It’s a challenge that requires rethinking almost every aspect of how enterprises function — from structure, strategy and decision rights to how we collaborate, innovate and reward.

Beyond his ongoing participation as a keynote in the Lean Startup speaker series, and recent talks at Creative Morningsand EDIT in Toronto, Mark recently co-designed and taught a masterclass in Responsive Organization Design which wasrefined through workshops at Harvard and Yale.