Building Economic Liberation
Agile for Humanity Conference

The Agile for Humanity conference was born out of the massive civil unrest in 2020. As more people open their eyes to the social injustice Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) lives face every day, many are looking for a way to make things better in their own communities and their own workplaces. We organized this conference to create a space where BIPOC can connect to discuss the challenges to equity and inclusivity and to define a way to make things tangibly better.

Our conference will utilize an Open Space Technology format (unconference), to allow people to discuss the topics that they are passionate about. Our goal is to create a space for BIPOC to develop skills that build economic and trust experiences. The topic producers – also known as “conveners”— will guide each session, with attendees contributing to the conversation and learning. We would like to see more speakers and leaders rise as agile leaders across multiple domains.

 

October 15, 2020 Virtual Open Space

The first virtual conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2020. The theme is “Building economic and trust experiences for BIPOC in Agile, Technology, and Product Development.” Although the conference is focused on BIPOC, all are welcome to attend and contribute to the conversations, empathy, and solutions.

February 2021 Conference - Black History Month

The annual conference will begin in February 2021 – during Black History month – as an in-person conference (if COVID-19 allows for group gatherings). This conference will be focused on Blacks, Indigenous, and People of Color’s needs and aspirations.

Organizers

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Kemmy Raji

An Agile Coach and Trainer.  She has been practicing Agile for over 10 years and is a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC), PMI Certified Project Manager, and a professional Coach with the CTI.

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Dr. Dave Cornelius aka "Dr. Dave"

Practiced agile and lean over the last ten years while performing many Agile roles that include coach, trainer, Agile leader, product manager / product owner, Scrum Master, and evangelist.

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Joseph Jones

A servant leader and agile change agent. He practices agile approaches, coaching and active in the agile/coaching community He volunteers on the Agile Alliance’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

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Tracy Treacy, LPC

A specialist in trauma and healing.  She is the founder of D&S Healing Center, a psychotherapy private practice.  Tracy has experience working with diverse populations, ranging from young undergrads to formerly incarcerated men.

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Stephen Treacy

A skilled system engineer with over 25 years of experience in the development of patient monitoring systems for hospitals. He is responsible for driving product architecture based on deep understanding of customer needs. Steve has extensive experience working with luminary healthcare providers to define breakthrough technologies to improve clinical workflow.

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April Jefferson, Open Space Facilitator

April Jefferson bares the moniker Soul Craftswoman for her blended mindset, calm, and engaging spirit. April is an independent agile coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, game creator, and speaker.

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Demyra Brow-Hendrickson

I have experience in coordinating successful conferences and meetings. I'm always looking for new ways to sharpen my skills and and work with diverse individuals.