Professional Development Day 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Monona Terrace, Madison WI

Meet our Speakers

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Keynote Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results. After two decades as a Verizon executive, Karin founded Let’s Grow Leaders, an international organization focused on human-centered leadership development for those determined to get breakthrough results without losing their humanity. She has helped grow tens of thousand of leaders in 14 countries by teaching practical tools that stick. Karis is also the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators.


Only companies with courageous cultures will survive

How do we create an environment where everyone is empowered to contribute, to challenge, to raise difficult questions and to micro-innovate? In our world of rapid change, a courageous culture is your competitive advantage. Karin’s PDD keynote will focus on a Courageous Culture road map that builds a high-performance, high-engagement culture around sharing ideas, solving problems, and rewarding contributions from all levels..

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Keynote: Scott Mautz

Scott Mautz is a passionate expert on fueling employee engagement, peak performance, and self-leadership. As a former Procter & Gamble senior executive, Scott blends decades of research on humans motivation with actionable insights and specific steps to improve our organization's performance. The author of three multi-award-winning books, including his latest, Leading from the Middle: A Playbook for Managers to Influence Up, Down, and Across the Organization, Scott is also on the faculty at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business for Executive Education and was named a “Top 50 Leadership Innovator” at Inc.com where his column drew over 2 million readers a month.

See Scott at PDD2022 and Ignite your Inspiration to Make Work Exciting Again!

Shawn Belling

Agile Track


Shawn is a globally-experienced technology executive, project management speaker and instructor based in Madison, WI. Shawn has held executive and management roles in higher education, software, consulting, bio-pharma, manufacturing, and regulatory compliance sectors. He is the Chief Information Officer at Madison College and is adjunct faculty at UW-Platteville, as well as UW-Madison and the University of Southern California. In addition to nearly 29 years of technology and project leadership experience, Shawn teaches, speaks, and consults for businesses, universities, and professional organizations on various project management topics and practices.

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Niel Magsombol

Agile Track


1. The 'It Factor' for Scrum Masters/PM’s/BA’s

2. Be Formless Be Shapeless Be Agile


Believing that we are capable of creating the extraordinary, Niel is deeply passionate about human potential and deploying Lean-Agile principles to transform organizations into high performing teams. Niel is an Agile coach experienced in Enterprise Agile Transformations. In addition to being a strong IT professional who has implemented Agile in enterprise-wide digital systems portfolios, Niel also implements Agile in non-IT contexts such as manufacturing and marketing in order to deal effectively with the ever changing priorities of today’s world


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Lori Klinka

Leadership Track

TECHniques for Project Managers: Presenting Information to Influence


Project Managers spend 90% of their time on communication related activities. Whether you are speaking internally or to stakeholders you need to be clearly understood while giving information that your audience may not completely understand. You have to think about your audience and relay information in a way THEY can understand and use. 


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Joe Perzel

Technical Track

1. Ten Simple Ways to Screw-up a Good Project

2. Waterfall - Agile together


Joe Perzel has been leading projects of all sizes and managing staff since 1982 in both a corporate and vendor capacity. He has a background in multiple industries including healthcare, insurance, finance, government, non-profit, K12, and higher education, audit and compliance, manufacturing, and agri-business. Presently, Joe is a partner at JPerzel Inc. as well as Program Manager at Surescripts LLC. He has also held leadership positions at Cargill, MN Workers Compensation Insurers Agency, Thomson Reuters, and International Multifoods.

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Molly Beran

Technical Track

Molly Beran is the Director of Project Management at Strata Decision Technology, a healthcare technology firm that develops financial planning software, strategies and analyses for hospitals. Molly’s team ensures on-time and on-budget delivery for all of Strata’s software solutions and manages the certification training program for Strata’s software products. Prior to joining Strata, Molly worked as a manager of multiple teams in IT at Lurie Children’s hospital, and as a consultant for Chicago-based Burwood Group, Inc., a boutique consulting firm specializing in IT management and infrastructure solutions. Prior to Burwood, Molly worked as a project manager and corporate trainer at Epic Systems Corporation, a Madison, WI-based healthcare software firm.