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THE IMPROVING EDGE CONFERENCE

Stay on the emerging EDGE of the industry

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Engage. Empower. Elevate.

Improving Edge was designed from the ground up to bring as much value to the community as possible. By leveraging our long standing relationships and community connections, we have pulled together a schedule of speakers that should bring value to individuals, executives, and team leaders alike. If you are looking for inspiration, new tips and techniques, or fellowship in the community then the Improving Edge is for you.

 

Improving considers the industry community to be a key stakeholder in our business, and because of that we aim to share time, knowledge, and experience freely to that community. The Improving Edge adds to other programs like lunch and learns and articles to share lessons learned. At a time when so many of us are facing continued struggles, new problems, and looking for advice in an ever tightening business environment, we felt that it was the perfect time to double down on giving back to the community. The collective goal of Improving, the speakers, and the whole Edge team is that this conference makes today’s, and tomorrow’s, struggles a bit easier for you and your teams to solve.

Key Speakers

Intelligent Cloud Data & AI Director, Microsoft

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Priya Gore

Accelerate your Path to Innovation and Disruption with AI

As a passionate thought-leader promoting responsible AI at Microsoft, Priya Gore is always excited to share her business-centric, relevant and ethical AI message with customers and partners. She has proudly initiated and supported many key Modern Data & AI projects with some of Microsoft’s most strategic customers and serves as Microsoft’s US lead for AI and Sustainability for Manufacturing. Priya also co-founded the Microsoft AI Ambassador community, which allows her to continue to evangelize reliable, transparent and trustworthy AI and Innovation for better modernization. Equally passionate about D&I, Priya is also a founding-member of the New England Women in Technology (WIT) chapter where she advocates for equality and inclusion.

Curtis Hite

Establishing & Maintaining Trust

Curtis Hite is the CEO and Chairman of Improving – a software consulting and training company which he founded in 2007. With a focus on Conscious Capitalism, he has grown the company to 100 million in revenue, 1100+ employees and 14 offices; providing software development, technology consulting and agile training/coaching to clients globally. 

Improving has been recognized by the Inc. 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. for 10 years. The company has also received more than 30 recognitions as one of the best places to work in Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Columbus as well as several national best places to work awards. 

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CEO/Co-Founder, Salveo Partners LLC

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Dr Rosie Ward

Future-Proofing your Organization

Dr. Rosie Ward is an energetic, passionate, compassionate leader, consultant, coach, speaker and author who focuses on transformation from the inside out. Her mission started over 20 years ago when she experienced firsthand the ill effects of working in a toxic work environment and found her wellbeing eroding. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to find a solution so this experience is no longer the norm. She is sought after to help rehumanize workplaces so that people are freed, fueled and inspired to bring their best selves to work – and home – each day.

Rosie serves as CEO and co-founder of Salveo Partners, LLC, a consulting and professional development firm focused on equipping organizations to find success while putting people back at the forefront of their business.

Arash Marzban

How Edge Computing and Serverless Can Provide Better Customer Experiences 

Arash Marzban, SVP of Product at StackPath, has more than 15 years of product development experience across media/advertising, big data, infrastructure and security. He is passionate about innovation and collaboration resulting in great products for users. He spends his free time with his family, cooking, woodworking, playing guitar and binging Netflix at a rate previously unknown to human kind.  

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Engage your people and teams
Taking care of your greatest assets

Agile for the Future
Patricia Kong, Enterprise and Leadership Solutions, Scrum.org

Future-Proofing your Organization
Rosie Ward, CEO/ CO-Founder, Salveo Partners, LLC

Bounce Back Stronger: Developing the 6 Disciplines of Post-Traumatic Growth
Rex Miller, Principal, Go mindSHIFT

A Guide to Improving Agile Team Dynamics
Ken Howard, Executive, Improving

Empowering leadership and management
Changes is your competitive edge

Extreme Business Growth with a Musical Twist
David Charney, Chief Customer Officer, Stealth Monitoring

Change and Growth Facilitation
Simon Reindl, Director, Advanced Product Delivery Limited

The Power of Positive Coaching
Lee Colan, Co-Founder, The L Group

Managing Chaos
Rand Stagen, CEO, Stagen

Establishing and Maintaining Trust
Curtis Hite, CEO, Improving

Elevate your technology and tools
What is coming and how to prepare

Unlocking Scale AND Agility (and cost savings) with Modern Data Platform
Rich McCraw, VP of Consulting, Improving

How Edge Computing and Serverless Can Provide Better Customer Experience
Arash Marzban, SVP of Product, Stackpath

Blockchain: Beyond the Hype
Chris Gerogen, Founder & Chief Architect, Topl

Accelerate your Path to Innovation and Disruption with AI 
Priya Gore, Intelligent Cloud Data & AI Director, Microsoft

Lessons Learned from a Year of Virtual Collaboration 
Ty Crockett, Director, Improving