Director Project Management

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I have grown and applied my leadership and other qualities through nearly two decades of working on diverse endeavors. My professional career began with helping customers resolve their banking questions. It pivoted to technical project work, where I truly developed collaborative skills and had the opportunity to exercise my creativity in writing and helping produce feature-length, professionally made continuing education videos. All the learning and interactions coalesced with the opportunities to lead a team of project managers, working hard to make their careers as engaging and fulfilling as possible, and leading an organizational Agile transformation – the most challenging, energizing, and rewarding experience of my career. To summarize who I am, I am a positive culture-focused leader with a broad skillset who sees challenges as fuel for continuous learning and improvement.

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2010 MBA @ University of South Dakota
2018 Bachelors of Management Information Systems @ Dakota State University
2006 Bachelors of English @ University of South Dakota


2016/2023 Business Systems Manager @ Acuity Insurance

o Led organizational Agile transformation from initial readiness assessment to implementation of Agile practices and products covering all lines of business, requiring regular engagement with executives and adaptive change management
o Created and delivered Agile education for over 400-person project area including IT, Business Consulting, Marketing, and Actuarial departments
o Developed governance model for Agile practices through collaboration with third-party and internal auditors, as well as senior organizational leadership
o Served as product owner for Agile Center of Excellence, overseeing a team of Agile coaches/Scrum Masters while prioritizing strategic objectives to advance practices
o Spearheaded review and acquisition of project portfolio management platform, requiring multiple vendor reviews, regular executive engagement, and long-term visioning and planning
o Managed teams from three lines of business including Shared Services, Claims, and Personal Lines – responsibilities included helping progress strategic goals, navigating resourcing, recruiting, and providing change management support
o Developed growth opportunities for direct report business analysts through coaching and work assignments, which led to helping evolve bi-annual talent management reviews and onboarding approach

2013/2016 Senior Business Analyst/Business Analyst @ Acuity Insurance

o Managed projects ranging from statutory requirements to large, year-plus implementations that required working with stakeholders to develop project vision and requirements, updating system specifications in conjunction with developers, testing, training, and overseeing project timelines and reporting
o Developed and executed project management training across multiple departments to onboard new hires with consistent project management practices
o Mentored new business analysts through onboarding with project management practices, introducing key individuals around the organization, and building strong performance capabilities and cultural connections
o Worked with production company to produce professional-quality continuing education videos – duties included script writing, filming schedule coordination, and various production assistance

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