Empowering Women in Agile to take the lead

Ever wondered how to navigate your career in Agile, to open doors for yourself to soar to the next level?

As we evolve in the new world order of Business Agility, it is important to examine your skills and where you are in your career. It is also vital to make decisions on where you would like to be and have a bold plan to get there.

Our Expert Agile panel will share insights into their journeys and explore the latest trends and emerging practices. Our panel brings a rich set of experience on how to be bold, in your leap from team-based roles, to Agile leadership by exploring the topics below:

- Applying the concepts of "Shu-Ha-Ri" to your career journey
- Boosting your career with emotional intelligence
- The importance of certifications
- Overcoming common challenges
- The importance of expanding your knowledge on Agile tools and applications
- Navigating Agile roles on teams, programs and at the portfolio level
- Importance of having mentors
- Key market trends

This conversation involves both men and women, and we are inviting men in the STEM careers to join us in uplifting our fellow women, and to play a part in our ground-breaking journeys.

Featured Speaker(s)


Camille Spruill was born and raised on the island of Jamaica, where her love for technology began with continuing education classes, at the University of Technology Jamaica. She pursued her passion by studying Computer Programming and Computer Information Systems here in the US. She obtained an Associates in Applied Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree respectively.

With over 18 years as a Technologist and a stellar career, she started her own company and is now the CEO of ezTagile LLC, an Agile Solutions delivery firm located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Camille is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer and Coach. She specializes in guiding organizations and teams, to transform from a traditional (waterfall) product delivery way of working, to an Agile method, to get high quality products to market faster.

She is a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC4®), Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA®), Certified Scaled Agile Framework Scrum Master (SSM®), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master (CSM®), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional (CSP®), IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and a PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Camille is very active in her local community, regularly speaking at conferences, professional user groups and communities of practice. She is an active member of the planning team for the TriAgile Conference. She is a leader of the local Scaled Agile Framework NC and Atlassian RTP user groups. She served on the Board of Directors for the IIBA-RTP's chapter, for 5 years as the VP of Education. She also served as the 2016 and 2017 Director for NCPMI's Premier Annual Conference. Her work in the community also extends as a regular Agile guest speaker to project management students, at NC State and Duke University.

Camille recently joined the Women in Technology International (WITI) team, as the Network Director for the Research Triangle Park region, (WITI-RTP).

Camille enjoys going to the beach, travelling to new places and watching movies with her husband and three wonderful boys.

She can be reach on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/camillespruill/

Jackie Owino was born and raised in Kenya, East Africa and at an early age developed an affinity towards Math and Sciences. She pursued higher studies in the US and graduated from NC State with a BSc Electrical Engineering degree.

Jackie is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer and Coach. She has extensive experience leading and coaching organizations and teams in their adoption of Agile frameworks and supporting ALM collaboration tools.

Her extensive knowledge and hands-on experience administering ALM tools for large enterprises and her well rounded experience with Atlassian's suite of products enables her to effectively tailor savvy solutions to the needs of her clients. Jackie is also extremely passionate about driving the advancement of DevOps practices across multiple industries and is active in user groups and forums in Research Triangle Park, NC.

She is a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA®), Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master (CSM®), Atlassian Certified JIRA Administrator(ACP-100), Atlassian Certified Agile Development with JIRA Software (ACP-300).

Jackie is an avid reader and enjoys travelling to new places and hiking and camping with her daughter.

She can be reach on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/jackie-owino-5b86604/

Theodora "Tia" DeMaria is director of program management with Fidelity Stock Plan Services, which provides products and technology that complement in-house or third-party recordkeeping to provide an effective stock plan. Stock Plan Services is a division of Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 27 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.

Ms. DeMaria assumed her current position in 2017 and provides training and coaching for agile teams.

Ms. DeMaria earned her bachelor of arts and sciences degree in political science from the University of Georgia and her MBA with a concentration in finance from Virginia Tech. She is a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA®), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM®), and a Certified IC Agile Professional - Agile Coach (ICP-ACC®).

Christine Babowicz brings 9 years of project/program management experience in IT Operations with global infrastructure implementations, merger/acquisitions as well as new network start-ups. Fluid in both Waterfall and Agile Methodologies, certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Currently an Agile Coach, SAFe Practitioner Certified (SPC4) and certified SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE). Christine has recently played the RTE role for the first train launched within MetLife. Skilled in CSI, ITIL, Business Process Improvement, cross-functional team leadership and Agile Organizational Change Management.


David Gentry is president of Lean-Agile Advisers, LLC. He has extensive product development experience in banking and entrepreneurship. He is Director of Programs Operations for the North Carolina Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and he is a facilitator in the Agile Leadership Network of Raleigh Durham. He has spoken on project management topics to MBA classes and to a Satellite Meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of PMI. He has presented a webinar to global project managers for a large technology company. David is passionately committed to improving the project management profession.

Recently, David launched his own Lean-Agile consulting firm, Lean-Agile Advisers, LLC. His areas of focus are (1) developing high performance teams using the Core Protocols for psychological safety and (2) general Lean-Agile topics, such as Agile transformations and the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Using project management methodology, David started two other companies, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated air charter company and a website development firm.

For twenty years, David was a product/project manager for nationwide, regional, and small banks. In a five-year project as a Senior Vice President, he started a Corporate Product Management Department for a regional bank. Hiring six senior product/project managers, he produced new products required to make the bank competitive in the business banking market. David has spoken at national and international conferences, and he has made many presentations to executive management. He has taught communications courses at the college level.

David has a master's degree in English and American literature as well as a number of business administration college-level courses.

Joyce Jackson is a results-oriented agile coach, trainer, organizational transformation consultant, and mentor with a background in driving agile adoption at the enterprise and team levels for Fortune 500 companies. Joyce brings nearly 15 years of experience delivering critical IT transformations and process improvements using both Agile and Waterfall delivery approaches. Joyce is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified Green Belt (Six Sigma). In addition, she is a SAFe 4 Certified Program Consultant, SAFe 4 Certified Product Owner/Product Manager and SAFe Certified Practitioner. She is a member of the Project Management Institute(PMI), Scrum Alliance, and Scaled Agile Inc.

Schedule of Events

6:00-6:30 Registration, Networking and Appetizers
6:30-7:45 Panel Discussion
7:45-8:00 Q & A and Raffle