Thank you to everyone who is volunteering their time to organize Mile High Agile 2020! This is a 100% volunteer-based conference which together with our generous sponsors, helps us to keep the registration cost low. Be sure to say hello!

Co-Chairs


Jen Krieger

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Keynote speaker and doer of many things, Jen Krieger is Chief Agile Architect at Red Hat. Most of her 20+ year career has been in software development holding many roles throughout the waterfall and agile lifecycles. At Red Hat, she led a department-wide adoption of DevOps methodologies focusing on CI/CD best practices. Most recently, she worked with the Project Atomic & OpenShift teams, the company’s two leading products, to help establish strong working relationships while the organization scaled rapidly. Now, Jen is guiding teams across the entire company into agility in a way that respects and supports Red Hat’s commitment to open source.

Christen McLemore

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Christen is a recovering Project Manager and Agile Purist. With decades of coaching, leading agile transformations and consulting Fortune 100 companies, she is dedicated to serving the agile coaching community by promoting Leadership, Love and Belonging! Christen is known for her raw and humorous discussions with people struggling to be brave and successful in today’s sometimes callous, alienating workplaces. Christen lives in Denver, Colorado with her rescued Great Pyrenees mix, Ripley (named after Ellen Ripley from Aliens!). You’ll likely find the two of them camping, finding new places for inspiration and visiting with friends year round.

Organizing Team


Erin Bolk

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Erin is an active agilist in all aspects of her life. Her agile journey started almost 15 years ago when she was officially introduced to Agile and Scrum as a Web Developer. Through the years she has been in multiple roles, whether on a Scrum team, as a leader and now as a coach. Through her agile years, she has been lucky to have worked with and trained with some of the leading agilists in our community. In 2017, she earned my ICAgile Certified Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC). She has been able to bring her training and experiences back to her organizations as well as her personal life. Through this experience, she discovered her passion for coaching and being with others. In 2018 and 2019, she completed 104 hours of International Coach Federation (ICF) Co-Active Coach training and completed the 6 month Certification process to becoming a CPCC. She has a belief that we all have greatness and uncovering that greatness in herself and others is her passion. Through her journey as a coach, she has modified her own behaviours, changed how she parents her 2 young daughters and continue to build the relationships that surround her. She currently resides in Centennial, Colorado with her husband and 2 daughters.

Giselle Collazo

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Giselle has 20 years of enterprise experience in operations and marketing. When she’s not marketing Agile-related and other topics, you can find her singing professionally as a member of the Colorado band, Clandestine Amigo, or as a versatile studio vocalist. And when she’s not doing those things, or catching up with her 23 year old son, you’ll find her nerding out on botany, horticulture and ecosystems as a participant in the Denver Botanic Gardens Rocky Mountain Gardener certificate program or she might be backpacking in the Rocky Mountains. Originally from the Hudson Valley region of NY, Giselle has lived in Colorado since 1996.

Sue Laurent

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Sue is obsessed with discovering new ways that agile can be used outside of technology. As a certified agile marketer, she is excited to see work being done with her fellow marketers as they break rules and get results with agility. When she’s not moving stickies along her Kanban board, she’s hanging out with her family on various sports fields and Irish dance venues around Colorado.

Shawna Organisciak

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Shawna is an Agile Delivery Manager with 15 years experience in the event industry. Through her career in project management, she has approached everything with an Agile mindset, before she even knew what it was. Coming at everything in her life with a “Get Sh*t Done” mentality, finding Agile was a perfect fit, and has jumped in with two feet. Outside of work, she loves to travel, check out area restaurants for delicious vegetarian options, and attacking the #52hikechallenge2020 with her pup.

Jeff Schlaver

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Jeff has been working on or with Agile teams since 2005. He is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to backend services. He has worked in a variety of fields as a software engineer and worked his way to team lead and Scrum Master of multiple teams. He Currently serves as a Sr. Scrum Master at IHS Markit, where he lead multiple Agile teams as their servant leader, coach and teacher and assists them in delivering value to the customer. He is an active member of the Agile Denver community as a participant, facilitator, and presenter at its SIG meetings.  In 2018 he was a Mile High conference speaker.

Paula Stewart

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Proven leader and consultant within product management and delivery. Demonstrated success in leading Agile transformations and providing Agile coaching in multiple organizations. Deep experience in developing and implementing data architecture strategies. Very impactful consulting experience within two startups.

Rich Stewart

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I am passionate about leading organizations and individuals in maximizing the value they deliver with products and services that delight internal and external customers. In support of this primary objective, I have served with great success over the past thirteen years in Agile/Lean and organizational transformation leadership roles with increasing scope and responsibility, including Agile training, coaching, mentoring, transformation, and playing the Scrum Master role. For five years I served as IT Director for a $2B+ insurance corporation with wide-ranging responsibilities spanning project, program and portfolio management, administration, vendor, and asset management. In that role, I established an Agile development team that performed at a high level.

Brad Swanson

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Since 1999, Agility 11 Founder Brad Swanson has been applying Agile practices to lead organizations to success. As a recognized expert in Lean & Agile delivery, Brad has been a trusted coach and consultant for executives and large organizations in Europe, Asia and North America, helping them to optimize their leadership practices, product management and development practices. He is also an experienced Agile Trainer, using highly interactive and engaging techniques to teach thousands of students how to successfully apply Agile principles and practices. Brad is a Certified Leadership Agility® 360 Coach, Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), Certified Agile Coach (Certified Enterprise Coach®), CAL Educator® and Certified LeSS Practitioner (Large Scale Scrum). Brad has expertise in Scrum, Lean, and Kanban, and was an early adopter of eXtreme Programming (XP) in 1999. Brad is a former President of Agile Denver and co-founder of the Mile High Agile conference.

Dan Wyks

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Dan Wyks has over 20 years of experience in software and systems engineering. He joined the Agile Denver community in 2012 after moving to CO in 2011 from the Washington, DC suburbs. Dan found his tribe early with the Lean/Kanban Special Interest Group and has been an active member ever since. He served three years as President of Agile Denver (2015 – 2018) and has been an MHA volunteer in a variety of roles since 2013. Dan is a Senior Engineering Manager at Dice. He leads software engineering teams building the candidate profile experience, ingestion and enrichment pipelines, and candidate search experience for Dice and eFinancialCareers. His teams apply Lean, Agile, and DevOps principles and practices on a daily basis. Dan lives in Bailey CO with his wife and two English Mastiffs. Dan’s passions include motorcycling and Rush (the band).