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Monday, August 5

10:45 EDT

Calm The Storm In Your MInd (Heather Dunning)
Limited Capacity full
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Have you ever had a moment where the thoughts in your head feel like a scene from Game of Thrones? Or the Civil War reenacted? Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy, fighting with the voices in our head between right or wrong, good or bad, worthy or unworthy. You may even be experiencing indecision, insecurity and mental exhaustion at this convention.
Could you imagine a world where all of those voices get along? Or at least they were willing to be kinder and more loving while still disagreeing? Come and spend some time inside your mind and your body. Learn how the two can walk peacefully and harmoniously hand in hand. Discover how physical pain can be created from negative thought patterns and unresourceful inner dialogue. Experience being grounded thru breathing and visualization exercises. Explore your inner workings thru an extremely simple and effective practice that assists in harmonizing opposing parts in your mind. All exercises can be done in your normal attire, no comfy clothes required. With this in mind, we will stimulate you and get your energy flowing by finishing the session with revitalizing Qi Gong movements. Allowing you to move through the rest of your conference journey in peaceful, patient and present style.
Upon exiting, you will have gained resourceful, easy to use tools and strategies honoring the wisdom of your body, calming the storm in your mind, and balancing your life from the inside out.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Thru grounding exercises the participants will be able to release the weight that the intensity of this week may put on them. It’s the first of many stepping stones to lead them on their path towards more body awareness, a connection to the earth and releasing heavy emotions, thoughts and EMF’s from their energy field. This can assist them in having more focus, energy and intention while juggling the many facets of the conference and their life. The benefits from this simple exercise is endless, everything from a great night's sleep, to better work performance, more present in relationships, and even better overall health.
  • Both the intro talk and the actual parts integration work informs each individual with a deeper knowing into their own minds and bodies. It also equips them with a life tool to assist in becoming more resourceful with self and others. Teaching how to be a better cheerleader to themselves, even in the most challenging times. This simple mental practice begins the development of self love from the inside out.
  • Qi Gong is an ancient form of movement that allows the participant to move blockages in the body and mind. It increases energy level within minutes. Increases brain focus and the ability to receive more information. The practice itself, if done daily, can improve overall health, wellness and vitality. Creating a strong foundation for a healthier mind body connection and commitment on every level.


Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 1/2/3

14:00 EDT

Mindful Writing for your Self-Care Tool Kit (Toby Sinclair)

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” Ernest Hemingway
Our thoughts can often be all consuming. We can feel locked in by our internal dialogue, unable to escape.
Writing is a great way to process your thoughts, relax your mind and gain clarity. A 2011 study published in the journal of science found that students who wrote a journal were better able to ease their anxieties.
However as simple as it sounds, writing can be incredibly daunting. What should I write? How should I write it? And we often question, is it good enough?
In this workshop we will explore four different writing techniques you can add to your self-care toolkit. Through writing exercises you’ll have the opportunity to explore techniques such as journaling, poetry, cartoons and story writing.
You will leave this workshop to see the benefits of mindful writing such as:
  • Boosting self-esteem
  • Creating “Me” time
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Increasing creativity
  • Letting go of thoughts
The practical techniques you learn in this workshop will help you get pen to paper straight away!

Learning Outcomes:
  • * Select the best writing technique for your self-care toolkit
  • * Compare different writing techniques to support your self-care
  • * Use these foundational techniques as a foundation to create your own writing exercises
  • * Build a writing schedule to Add to your daily routine


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Toby Sinclair

Personal and Team Coach, JP MORGAN CHASE
Toby is a Personal and Team Coach based in London. He is a practitioner with over 10 years experience in the technology industry including testing, development and in recent years Professional Coaching. He works in complex organisations helping them identify improvements.Toby is a... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 6/7

15:45 EDT

Your Magic in the Mirror: Lessons in Witchcraft and Wizardry (Olaf Lewitz)
Limited Capacity seats available

Your self. An abundance of magical possibilities. How often do you dare let it out to enchant your world?
When your self-care is at its best, that's like... what?
and... your courage, that's like... what?
and... your confidence, that's like... what?
and... what's holding you back from unleashing your magic right now, that's like... what?
Reflection tools (aka mirrors) serve two important purposes in self-care and growth: they show us what is really holding us back, and they show us the only thing we can really change: ourselves.
In this session, we will practice simple, pragmatic tools - fit for everyday use with yourself and any human you work with - that will ground you, focus you on what you do best, and increase your courage and confidence to do it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • We practice simple, pragmatic tools for self-reflection to increase the awareness of our potential.
  • We discover and understand knacks and aptitudes we have to increase the likelihood of using them.
  • We refill our batteries with positive attention and encouragement during a busy and overwhelming conference.
  • We reflect on how attention to ourselves grows our magic and our potential.
  • We take away tools that we can use every day, with anyone, to achieve the same effects at home and at work.

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Olaf Lewitz

Trust Artist, TrustTemenos Academy
Olaf Lewitz loves his life and his work. He helps all with the art to love like that; an art that requires and fosters trust. He's the trust artist. Will stay when needed and leave when wanted.

Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B

15:45 EDT

Zen Den - Upskill while you Chill (Audree Tara Sahota)
Limited Capacity filling up

Zen is the new Black.
Did you know that top executives use meditation to get peak performance?
This experiential session gives you a chance to take a break from information overload and get into a more resourceful state. Along the way, you will discover three different kinds of Meditation that can help you function at your best: Centering, Emotional Clearing, and Problem-Solving.
We have cracked the code on meditation with quick ,easy techniques and found an

effective way to hack into your nervous system to slow down and destress. There is no way to “think” your way to a more resourced state of being; the only way is to connect with your mind-body and support it’s functioning. Anyone can meditate, you will experience how easy it is.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Destress from “Conferenceitis” - Get into a more resourceful state
  • Receive 3 Meditation Practices with MP3 Download
  • Understand the importance of meditation for high performance
  • Develop an easy meditation practice to get results


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Audree Tara Sahota

Chief Metaphysical Officer, Agilitrix/SHIFT314
My passion is to help people on their personal growth journey- shifting your mindset is a journey of awakening, that leads to an awareness of the ego and its destructive tendencies. Deepening into the core of your being, discovering your truth, dissolving old patterns. This journey... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L
Tuesday, August 6

14:00 EDT

Self-Empathy as a Path to Targeted Self-Care (Lorraine Aguilar)
Limited Capacity filling up

How can we best care for ourselves when faced with challenges that drain our energy or bring out the worst in us? As Agile change agents, we want to lead by example and embrace these challenges as opportunities to learn and grow - not only in wisdom, but also in the quality of our self-care.
This session is about smart self-care. You will experience a kinesthetic process that uses body awareness to access deep self-empathy and reveal opportunities for self-love that can restore your energy, outlook and effectiveness. You will walk away with an appreciative awareness of your deepest needs and more targeted self-care strategies that honor those needs - without abdicating responsibility for your role in contributing to unwanted situations.
Upon completing the session, you will be able to practice and teach this process to others. This process is based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a set of empathy-based principles and practices that promote collaboration, inclusion and connection.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply a kinesthetic process to access self-empathy through body awareness.
  • Examine the underlying human needs that drive your behavior.
  • Identify self-care strategies that target your underlying human needs.
  • Explain the relationship between self-empathy and accountability.


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Lorraine Aguilar

Working Harmony, Inc.
Agile communications training and leadership programs.

Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake J/K/L

15:45 EDT

The Curious Case of You (Samantha Laing, Tracey Moerkerk)
Limited Capacity seats available

For 75 minutes you will be encouraged and guided to look deep within yourself.
From a place of curiosity (as opposed to judgement) you will explore your feelings, emotions, actions. We take some time to set the scene and still your mind and inner critic. And then the work will begin.
What is inside you yearning to be heard? What is it your body wants to say to your mind? What is important to you?
This is deep YOU work - you will not be sharing with others - instead you will explore where your heart and mind needs you to go. The final part of this will be exploring joy and how that might look for you.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the dream you have for your future
  • Listen to the YOU deep inside
  • Ways to add more joy to life


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Samantha Laing

Agile Coach, Nomad8
My personal motto is ‘be brave’, and I embody this by taking on challenges one small step at a time.Most of my career has been in the IT industry, specifically Software Development. Nowadays I find myself coaching others with a passion for agile and a focus on self-care.I love... Read More →
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Tracey Moerkerk

Agile Coach and Consultant, Miss Daisy Consulting
I've had a passion for helping teams become high performing for as long as I can remember. I support teams to transition to an agile mindset through training and coaching, helping them become empowered to make the right decisions for their customers, all within a trusting and fun... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 6/7
Thursday, August 8

09:00 EDT

Finding energy for yourself (Karen Greaves)
Limited Capacity seats available

I imagine, like me, you have goals and aspirations. Things you'd like to change or improve about yourself, your home, your job, your team, your career, your relationships, etc. If you are anything like me your list goes on and on. I want to be stronger, thinner, more patient, less judgemental, listen more, drink less. Let's face it, intentions are not the problem. The challenge is finding the energy to do these things. Often as agile coaches and change agents, so much of our jobs is helping people to improve, that we sometimes hold ourselves to higher standards regarding our own self improvement. Yet if we expend all our energy helping clients improve, how do we find the energy to improve ourselves?
In this workshop I want to explore things that give you energy and things that take your energy away. I will share my own personal learnings about how I have managed to create enough energy to tackle some of my goals, and I will share some of the things that have happened that have obilerated my energy and made it very difficult for me to do anything, and how I dealt with that.
In groups I will then invite you to explore this for yourselves. My hope is that you'll be able to identify some patterns that can create energy as well as find out things to try to avoid that drain your energy. By focusing on understanding your own energy levels first, what you can influence and what you can't , I hope you'll find some practical tips to balancing your own needs with those of your work. I'm not an expert in this and I am still learning to do this for myself. My hope is that we can inspire each other.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify things that give you energy
  • Identify things that take your energy
  • Be okay with not doing things you don't have the energy for
  • Have some simple things you can do to increase your energy


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Karen Greaves

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.nz to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :)

Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom D

14:00 EDT

Facing your Demons: Navigating Self-Talk (Feral Rizvi)

"My team's a hot mess and nothing I do seems to work", "I am just not cut out for this", "I'll never be good enough" ... sound familiar? We've all had times in our lives where our self-talk goes to some pretty dark places. This workshop focuses on co-creating a peer support environment where group participants are able to explore what negative self-talk can look like. By the end of the workshop, participants will walk away with an understanding of what negative self-talk looks like, sources of that negative self-talk, and building positive affirmations to counter that negative self-talk.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn an effective facilitation technique to build respect, trust, and vulnerability in a peer support setting
  • Participants will walk away with an understanding of what negative self-talk looks like, sources of that negative self-talk, and building positive affirmations to counter that negative self-talk
  • Participants will be able to add their own personal positive affirmations to their self-care toolbox


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Feral Rizvi

Scrum Master, Best Buy Canada
I am a Scrum Master at Best Buy Canada that coaches teams from design, cloud, and software development backgrounds to deliver maximum value within a given time frame. For the past 6 years, I’ve been creating workflows for 200+ project deliveries that generated $15.8M in annualized... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 11

15:45 EDT

I’m Still Working on My Masterpiece (Megan Windle)
Limited Capacity seats available

How much time do you spend working on your masterpiece: Everything that is you, mind, body, and soul?
Over the past year, the need to work on our masterpieces, via self-care, has emerged. This is easier said than done. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to find the right balance between focusing on others and prioritizing yourself.
I’ve come to realize that self-care is a journey, not a destination! A grand gesture, like a long, relaxing vacation is nice, but the benefits are temporary. I’ve found that making small steps, regularly, towards self-care is an effective way for me to work on my masterpiece.
In this workshop, I’ll share with you a continuous improvement approach to self-care. You will not only learn the steps, but you’ll begin your self-care journey with hands-on practice, both individually and in groups.
Remember, all journeys are different, and bound to have peaks and valleys. In this workshop, you will learn and practice techniques to handle the ups and downs along the way.
If you are ready to work on your masterpiece, don’t miss this workshop. You’ll learn everything needed to proudly exclaim “I’m still working on my masterpiece!”

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recall the 4 steps of a continuous improvement approach to self-care
  • Apply this approach as a sustainable self-care solution
  • Conduct a self-retrospective to evaluate your current state and self-care needs
  • Celebrate success when self-care goals are achieved to stay motivated
  • Embrace failure and use it as a learning experience to continue improving


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Megan Windle

Agile Coach, Newport News Shipbuilding
I am an Agile Coach, specializing in the people side of change. I believe happy teams SPARKLE with creativity and productivity. With my help, teams learn to dazzle customers by delivering valuable solutions frequently and embracing change.

Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 11

15:45 EDT

The Four Pillars of Happiness to Maintain Daily Well-Being (Amitabh Sinha, Michael de la Maza)

Everyone talks of the positive effect Happiness has on our feelings of productivity, trust and quality of work. But, hardly anyone knows a formula to consistently generate such personal happiness.
Have you stopped looking for happiness? Of course not!
If you haven’t found happiness, have you failed? Of course not!
We could use some guidance to better understand a personal “definition of done” for happiness, that’s all! You’re invited to an experiential discovery of the deep relationship between safety, trust, success and happiness. In this workshop, come experience the joy of happiness through a combination of group exercises and self-reflection. Learn principles and wisdom for amplifying your effectiveness, quality of life, and personal satisfaction. Situations in life will change, yet happiness in ourselves can be permanent. Come discover how!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand happiness!
  • Explain the impact personal expectations can have on our happiness.
  • Create your own framework for creating--and maintaining--happiness in yourself and your teams.
  • Apply newfound knowledge of happiness in your life in new, liberating ways!

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Amitabh Sinha

Agile Team Coach, Sony PlayStation
I am extremely passionate about Agile and even more so about people. I have had the good fortune to work & experiment with the Agile principles for more than 15 years while playing the roles of Software Engineer, QA, Tech Lead, Mentor, Product Owner, Scrum Master & Agile Coach at... Read More →
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Michael de la Maza

MIT PhD | Co-founder, DemingWay.com
Michael de la Maza is the founder of Heart Healthy Scrum and a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). Previously, he was VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity (acquired by Microsoft in 2006) and co-founder of Inquira (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He is the co-editor of... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 6/7