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February 2020 Chapter Meeting


Register early to take advantage of discounted pricing! Early bird pricing ends Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 pm. Registration for meals closes on Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 pm!


5:30 – 7:00 pm

(.5 Leadership PDU)

Registration, Business Meeting, Networking and Dinner (Cash Bar)

7:00 – 8:00 pm

(1 Leadership PDU)

Get out of the Alligator Pit- AND Move on: 3 Secrets for Energizing your Mindset

Do you sometimes feel stuck in the proverbial alligator pit with demands chomping all around? Frustrations, expectations, and personalities snapping at you? Flee the hot seat, then hotfoot it to this interactive session where Carrie Vanston will share secrets on how YOU can jumpstart engagement, productivity, and growth. Carrie Vanston helps business professionals out of the proverbial “alligator pit” of too many demands and frustrations by increasing their leadership and energy levels so they can reach their goals quicker and with less stress. She does this with a powerful assessment and program that shifts fixed mindsets to energized mindsets that encourage engagement, productivity, and growth. 

Carrie co-authored the award-winning book "MiniTrends: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit from Business & Technology Trends," with Dr. John Vanston. Her "Crucial Keys to Thriving Business Cultures" is included Austin's National Speakers Association anthology. Her article "Five Keys to an Engaged and Innovative Culture" was one of the top 5 most read articles of the year in Texas CEO Magazine.

Carrie Vanston previously led Corporate Cultures That Rock, where she helped business leaders build engaged, innovative, and transformational organizations. Before that she was Vice President of Communications for Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) for several years, where she was involved in all aspects of the business. She is presently a TFI Board Member. Carrie is a popular speaker on being a more self-aware, connected, and visionary leader. She is Vice President of Ambassadors at the Association of Corporate Growth Central Texas, a National Adviser at the Academy of Culture Ambassadors, and a member of several other industry organizations. She is an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), iPEC Certified Professional Executive Coach (CPC), and ICF Accredited (ACC). On the personal side, Carrie loves to dance, travel, and spend time with her two children.



8:00 – 9:00 pm

(1 Technical PDU)

Case Study: Using Scrum and Kanban to Deliver Real Value on a Government Software Project

It can be difficult to prioritize and deliver the most important work quickly on any project. Government projects can have some unique challenges that increase the difficultly. Kevin was fortunate enough to be part of a contract team that was able to achieve this goal. Kevin will share some of the techniques used to help reach that goal, as well as, some of the mistakes made and challenges they had to overcome.

Kevin Rutkowski is the president and founder of QA Sherpa, a company that helps others deliver software that works. He has more than 20 years of experience solving problems and delivering solutions in various areas of software development including programming, business analysis, quality assurance, process improvement, and management. During that time, he has helped more than 30 companies in a wide variety of industries deliver quality software. Kevin has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Texas.




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Type of activity: Chapter Meeting

Date: February 25th, 2020

Hour: 17:30 to 21:00

Late date:: 20 February 2020 to 18:00

Number of PDUs: 2.5


Members: $25.00

Non members: $35.00

Late member: $15.00

Late non member: $25.00


Norris Conference Centers

2525 West Anderson Lane #365

Austin, TX, 78757

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