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"It's no longer enough to respond to change-
organizations must lead change or be left behind."

      - Pollyanna Pixton, President

   Pollyanna Pixton
President and Founder, Evolutionary Systems
Institute for Collaborative Leadership

Pollyanna Pixton founded Evolutionary Systems in 1996, a business consulting firm that takes companies to the next level through collaboration and collaborative leadership. She brings over 35 years of executive and managerial experience from a variety of successful business and information technology ventures to her company and institute. As the result of a think tank she formed two years ago to address how to improve innovation in today's organization, she co-founded and directs the Institute of Collaborative Leadership.

She was primarily responsible for leading the development of the Swiss Electronic Stock Exchange, developing control systems for electrical power plants throughout the world, and merging the technologies and data systems of large financial institutions. Ms Pixton speaks, teaches, and writes on topics of collaborative leadership, agile enterprise development, and business ethics. Ms Pixton's education includes a Master's degree in Computer Science, three years of graduate studies in Theoretical Physics, and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics.

In 2004, Ms. Pixton was selected as one of 30 Visionary Women to Watch, a program recognizing women who bring new insight to their respective fields. She serves as President on the Utah Nonprofits Association Board of Trustees and serves on the Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition Board. She co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network and serves on that Board as an Officer. She was the past President of the Vest Pocket Business Coalition.

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Niel Nickolaisen, Principle Partner
CIO and Director of Strategic Planning, Headwaters, Inc.
Co-founder, Institute for Collaborative Leadership

Niel Nickolaisen has held technology executive (CIO) and operations executive (COO) positions in large- and medium-sized enterprises, typically in turnaround roles. He is expert in the rapid / adaptive selection, implementation, and deployment of enterprise business applications, analysis tools, and systems. He has developed a strategic and tactical alignment model that results in significantly improved returns on technology and business initiatives (by both improving the benefits and reducing the costs and risks).

He has in-depth knowledge of enterprise management technologies, enterprise resource planning applications, and storage management tools. He holds two patents for enterprise management tools. He is past President of the Intermountain chapter of the Society for Information Management. He holds an MS in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Physics from Utah State University.

He was named IT Executive of the Year at the 2004 Gartner Research Mid-Sized Enterprise Summit.


Kent McDonald, Principle Partner
Principle Consultant, Knowledge Bridge Partners

Kent has over ten years experience as a business analyst and project leader. His work focuses on how organizations and projects can create and incorporate business value models inline with corporate strategic intent. This work assists leaders in reaching sustainable competitive advantage. Kent writes and speaks on leadership, business analysis, and agile principles and practices for ProjectConnections.com and the Cutter Consortium.

Kent puts into practice in organization his focus: "Collaborate. Iterate. Serve the Team. Consider Context. Practice Excellence. Reflect and Adapt. Deliver Value."

He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Kent State University.

He is a co-founder and serves as the Treasurer on the board of the Agile Project Leadership Network, is a founder of the Agile Iowa group, and is on the board of the Central Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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