Topic: Navigating Diversity & Inclusion on Agile Teams As Human beings, we all want a space in our lives where our knowledge and expertise can be rewarded. Most of us seek
Topic: Navigating Diversity & Inclusion on Agile Teams
As Human beings, we all want a space in our lives where our knowledge and expertise can be rewarded. Most of us seek out this space for expression in our professional careers. Countless numbers of us have become Agilist because both the methodology and subsequent frameworks allow for us to evolve at an accelerated pace with a positive footprint. With our literacy of diversity and inclusion growing by the second, it has challenged us to look at the “individual” referenced in the Agile Manifesto with a new lens.
Let’s quickly revisit the Agile Manifesto and its guiding principles to align on where we see diversity and inclusion being encouraged to move together into a deeper, psychologically safe conversation (your engagement is encouraged) about how this plays out within team dynamics. Last but not least, let’s learn how we can move within this space while some of us may be simultaneously be experiencing “triggering engagements” within the space.
Speaker: Melissa Betts
Melissa Betts has over 13 years of experience in traditional Project Management before transitioning to the world of Agility. Having worked with a number of both Fortune 100 and 500 companies she has cultivated a “secret sauce” for developing relationships with people to facilitate growth that translates into profit. She is now serving as the Agile Leadership Network of Houston President and as an Agile Coach/Scrum Master consultant. Her career objectives are to work for a “big tech” company, work for the beauty /cannabis industries, and start an eco-luxury pajama line.
As a recovering career-a-holic, she just completed a 28 day trip throughout Southeast Asia pre covid. Like many of us, the pandemic has served as a “blocker,” and hobbies she had previously dedicated to her senior years are being re-prioritized in her personal backlog. Melissa also hopes to be a conduit for Women to bridge the gap of economic inequities by being an active participant in professional development groups.
(Monday) 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm