Full Speaker List

Chris Shinkle

Chris is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc.

Session: Practical Behavior Design You Can Use Today

Anne Steiner

Anne Steiner is product geek, influencer, and coach who guides large and small companies in managing the challenges that come with innovation change. With over 20 years’ experience, Anne developed a strong interest in identifying and solving customer problems, driving her deeper into the user experience and ultimately, into product management. Today, Anne leads DevJam – a group of collaborative agilists who teach, coach, and practice a pragmatic blend of product, processes, and technologies.

Session: Roadmapping Your Way to Value

Joe Ruekert


Joe Ruekert is co-founder of Fähren, a digital talent and leadership company focused on helping organizations with their digital transformation efforts. He was the winner of Mobile Retailer of the year in 2013 from mCommerce Daily, as well as numerous Webby awards. Joe lives in Minnetonka with his wife Kristi and two daughters, Aubrey and Kinley.

Session: Assume you are wrong. Now What?

Kurt Schmidt


With a resume that spans from professional BMX cyclist to graphic design professor to PMO and Strategy Director for The Nerdery, Kurt Schmidt has been responsible for the delivery of over $300 million in software development and design in his nearly 30-year career in design and technology.

Session: Managing Up and Across

Mike Gillespie


Mike has been working in the IT Industry in Minneapolis for 20 years. Initially Mike began in software development, and eventually evolved into various roles including consulting, product design, and architecture. After being a customer of Amazon Web Services for several years, Mike joined as a solutions architect.

Session: Amazon’s Culture of Innovation

Molly Fuller


Molly Fuller is a service designer currently working for Stella, a national health care company looking at ways to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. She also has a side business creating compression clothing for teens with autism.

Session: Designing decision support for breast cancer patients

Vivienne Whitfield


Someone who is passionate about doing right by the customer (if you build it right they will come) Vivienne is a results oriented builder of products and teams with a track record of transforming complex, abstract goals and ideas into actionable steps.

Session: May you fail…over and over again

Rob Juncker


As senior vice president of product development, Rob leads the software development and delivery teams at Code42. He brings more than 20 years of security, cloud, mobile, and IT management experience to his role.

3 Strikes and You’re IN(novative): Engineering Innovation in the Idea Era

Jasmine Russell

Monicat Data is an agency specifically focused on provided data management and technology solutions to the creative economy. We provide services by way of custom research, monthly reporting and technology design & tool development.

Session: Actionable Evaluation Approaches for Artists and Creative Supporting Organizations

Sara Cowles

Sara leverages the transformative power of user-centered design to help companies solve problems and deliver experiences that achieve business results. Previously Sara was Design and Engineering Director and Distinguished Engineer at Dell Software following their acquisition of enStratus, a local tech start-up where Sara established and scaled product, engineering and design teams.

Session: Data-driven and Human-Centered: Learning to Connect the Dots for Maximum Impact

Jean Storlie


Jean Storlie designs and facilitates processes to help teams collaborate in solving strategic and innovation challenges. She infuses story-based techniques into the creative problem-solving process to deepen insights, create empathy, spark the flow of ideas, and pitch winning ideas.

Session: Clarify the Problem through Stories

Brandon Huff


Brandon Huff manages the Atlassian Consulting practice at cPrime and has driven large Agile transformations, software development, infrastructure, and process development projects for Fortune 500 companies. With a decade as an Agile Coach, Brandon has designed and configured hundreds of Atlassian instances to meet teams Agile needs. He pioneered the first Atlassian University courses and implemented the industry’s first Atlassian SAFe solution.

Session: Leveraging Atlassian to Craft the Best Products