2019 PDD Speaker Bios

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Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and project management. He has worked, internationally, as both a professional engineer and a project manager with large organizations on custom machine design projects. Living and working abroad has given Alan the opportunity to deepen his understanding of individual and team challenges, better appreciate cultural diversity, and successfully adapt to different organizational structures.

Through a lifestyle of adventure and facing challenges, Alan has furthered his experience. In the spring of 2008, Alan embarked on the journey of a lifetime: attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Along with three members of his immediate family, Alan climbed through some of the most challenging yet exciting conditions imaginable and set a world record when all four of them set foot on the summit. The expedition involved two years of planning and two months of climbing with immense challenges, but they were able to overcome these obstacles through strategic planning, healthy team dynamics, self-awareness, and perseverance. 

Alan delivers several exciting presentations and training programs designed to help individuals, team members and organizations reach new heights in the way they think and the actions they take to achieve breakthrough performance.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in psychology from Adler University, giving him a well-balanced approach to the outer and inner challenges everyone faces.

At PDD 2019, Alan will be the Keynote Speaker and present on the topic of “Project Everest: Hybrid Agile Strategies for Reaching New Heights in Project Management.” He will also host a Breakout Session entitled, “Managing Risk in the Face of Uncertainty.”
With a calm, level-headed approach, keen listening skills, insightful questioning, and a passion for individual and organizational belonging and thriving, Deborah Biddle influences individuals and teams to successfully rethink and redo the ways they engage with people and make decisions.

Deborah runs a diversity and inclusion consulting, coaching, and training firm - The People Company LLC. She works with organizations who want to leverage the power of change to heighten development and performance for their people. She designs and delivers thought-provoking and challenging experiences that help people THINK better, DO better and BE better at what matters most.

Using her 25+ years of corporate, consulting, non-profit and small business experience in the technology, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, healthcare, local government and education industries, Deborah works to ensure individuals are equipped to meet their coaching goals.

She is also able to draw from her education and experiences as a Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator Certified Practitioner, a certified Talent Management Consultant and her certifications in Gender-Based Analysis+ from Status of Women Canada, Interaction Style Self-Profile from PPS International Limited and the Nurtured Heart Approach®.

Additionally, Deborah serves her community as a member of the Board of Education for the Verona Area School District and the Madison Downtown Rotary. She is a volunteer at the United Way of Dane County Volunteer, a committee member of UnityPoint Meriter Community Health Impact, a chair of the State of Wisconsin Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, a board member of Africasong, Inc., a member of Madison Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a committee member of the Chaplain’s Council and Economic Development Committee. She is an accomplished vocalist and serves as worship leader at High Point Church.

Deborah holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a devoted wife to Lloyd and mother to sons, Jason, a human resource professional, and Jared, a collegiate scholar.

At PDD 2019, Deborah will facilitate a breakout session on “Diversity & Inclusion: A Strategic Advantage for Peak Performance.”  
Mike Domitrz Mike Domitrz

One of the founding experts for helping institutions create a culture of respect, Mike Domitrz shares critical skill sets proven to produce long-term impact on organizational culture. Decades before mainstream America was discussing “Asking First” or sexual harassment cases were on the cover of every major media publication, Mike was being brought in by leading educational institutions and the U.S. military to help them pursue a new standard of consent and respect. Having authored three books and an award-winning DVD, he is one of the world’s leading influencers and thought leaders on the topic of respect.

Mike has been featured on NBC Dateline as a subject matter expert and quoted in international news publications. He is continuously sought for his proven track record of helping shift the paradigm for people.

In 2002, Mike founded what is now is The Center for Respect which conducts trainings for tens of thousands each year. Today, small and large companies and associations turn to Mike to help them do what he has done for universities and the U.S. Military - create a culture of respect throughout their organizations.

Mike’s extensive experience and talent as a speaker enables him to connect with audiences of all ages in honest, unique conversations that are always built on creating positive behavioral change for each individual and the organization as a whole. Imagine teaching 15-year-olds about “Asking First” and then later that same day talking with admirals and generals about creating mutually amazing relationships. This demonstrates how Mike successfully connects with each person in any audience.

At PDD 2019, Mike will facilitate two sessions – “Building a Culture of Respect Throughout Your Current and Future Projects” and “The Respect Revolution in Project Management.”
Mike Domitrz Jacy Imilkowski

Jacy Imilkowski (just think “I-milk-cows-on-skis”), PMP, CPCC, ACC, CLL is an energetic speaker, born storyteller, and self-admitted communication nerd. Specializing in resilience and the neuroscience of conversation, Jacy combines emotional intelligence and brain science to create new perspectives on how emotion impacts all parties in our business relationships.

A certified project manager and coach, Jacy has spent 20+ years speaking, training, and leading teams, including 10 years with a Fortune 50 healthcare account. Clients include Mayo Clinic, American Family Insurance, and professional associations like PMI, SHRM, HIMSS, and IIBA. She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison Area Technical College, and has her first TEDx talk in August of 2019.

When not working Jacy volunteers as a Speakers Academy Dean for the National Speakers Association-Wisconsin chapter and a foster home for Greyhound Pets of America. She loves her dog and probably loves your dog too.

At PDD 2019, Jacy will facilitate two sessions – “What Did My Brain Just Say? The Neuroscience of Peak Initiation and Planning Conversations” and “The Brilliance of Resilience: Beating Burnout to Maintain Peak Customer Service.”

Chip Lutz Chip Lutz
Chip Lutz, a retired naval officer, works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done, and leave a legacy. As commanding officer of two different naval facilities, both of his teams received national recognition for setting new standards of service while maintaining high morale and high retention among team members. Chip also knows about meeting critical objectives during stressful conditions. On September 11, 2001, he was serving as the director of security for the Naval District of Washington, D.C., during which he was responsible for the safety and security of 25,000 people on six different naval installations in the National Capital Region.  
Currently, Chip is the president of Unconventional Leadership and the past president of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association. Additionally, he holds a Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speaker’s Association.
At this year’s PDD, Chip will speak about “9/11 and Beyond: What I Leared Leading During Trying Times."
Patty Hendrickson Patty Hendrickson

Patty Hendrickson, certified speaking professional (CSP) of La Crosse, WI, works with organizations that want to grow leaders and with people who want more out of life. She has a distinct approach as a speaker and leadership trainer – her programs are always high-energy and interactive. Patty believes and practices the mantra, “none of us is as smart as all of us!” Since 1987, she has shared her enthusiastic messages with more than a million people. Patty is an author and entrepreneur, has an MBA, and most importantly is honored to have a 90% repeat and referral clientele. That means she works with clients and most often becomes their partner. Her newest book is titled, “Getting Beyond the Busy.” Patty’s energy inspires, so her message sticks!
At PDD 2019, Patty will speak about, “Getting Beyond the Busy – What’s Your Leadership Legacy?” She will also give the end note talk entitled, “From Notes to Notables – Realizing Your Peak Performance.”
Andrew SoswaAndrew Soswa

Andrew Soswa is an entrepreneur, innovator, and an engaged Agile and Enterprise PM. He has directed co-located and globally distributed teams and projects with high risk and business complexity in big data analysis, retail, financial, supply chain, and big five consulting enterprises. Throughout his professional experience, he managed internal and external teams, negotiated contracts, and guided business decisions on projects from inception to closure in waterfall, Agile and matrix frameworks and methodologies.
He is a life-long learner and actively maintains PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, Agile trainer certifications and credentials. He believes that education, training, and certifications are blocks to build solid knowledge as a springboard from a practitioner to a master level.
He has volunteered for PMI Chicagoland Chapter since 2009 and Toastmasters since 2010 where he held multiple director and VP position. Andrew considers volunteering a vital role in his continuous improvement path. Currently, he studies at Abraham Lincoln University to graduate in 2020 with Ph.D. in Business Administration.
Andrew works full-time at Bradford and leads Agile Project Advisors as a managing director, a firm specializing in enterprise agility, governance, and training.
This year at PDD, Andrew will host sessions entitled, “Intro to Agile,” and “How to Achieve Peak Performance in Agile Projects and with Agile Teams.”
Thomas NestorThomas Nestor
Thomas Nestor is a best-selling author, professional speaker, and the CEO of Leadership TODAY, a company specializing in creating learning and development for leaders and organizations. Thomas’s purpose is to teach people how to lead in a world that seems to crave leadership.
Thomas worked alongside Tony Robbins and Robbins Research International. Since leaving Tony, he has spoken to 300+ organizations including xFinity, Ford, Remax, Century 21, and Toyota. As a critically acclaimed keynote speaker, he doesn’t tell people what to do, but guides them in the direction of where they need to go. His latest book, “How Leaders Make Decisions,” helps clarify purpose, instills the belief system needed to blossom in the 21st century, and has a flawless accountability system that ensures you act on what you learn.
When he is not working, he roots for the Chicago Bears, eats at Brazilian steakhouses all over the U.S., and is a devoted movie goer. Thomas resides in Tinley Park, Illinois, with his wife, two beautiful daughters, and active Doberman named Duke.

At this year’s PDD, Tom will present two sessions, the first on “Innovative Leadership: Disrupting the Status Quo with Innovation and an Incredible Customer Experience” and the second on “Hacking Belief – The Secret Sauce of Every Great Leader.”

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