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Kai Dickens is an Executive Leadership Coach and Team Building Consultant. He has over 15 years of experience in leadership development and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge in the areas of leadership presence and effectiveness, team building, millennial management, employee engagement and organizational culture. His passion for leadership development and talent for changing cultures lead him to create PLAYOLOGY, a transformational training company.  

As the go to millennial and culture expert, he is passionate about bridging the communication and cultural gap between executives, directors, owners and millennials. Using play as the vehicle for change, he has created a unique way of improving understanding, trust and communication between the generations and teams. 


Since 1997, Dr. Nelson Zagalsky has been the Principal of High-Tech Focus, an executive-coaching and management-consulting practice whose clients have included NASA, Parker Aerospace, ADC Telecommunications, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

He is a certified executive-coach who has senior line-management and management-consulting experience across the tech sector. He also holds a Ph.D. in Engineering.  This background enables him to simultaneously work with his coaching clients on two tracks; a business-track focused on helping the client gain new insights into a business or management challenge, and a leadership-development coaching track. Observations about obstacles encountered on the business track inform the development track of needed behavior shifts or new competencies. Previous coaching assignments have targeted shifts in such problematic behaviors as avoiding conflict (for a Director of Engineering (DOE)), intimidating subordinates (for a General Manager), lack of authenticity (for a Group Engineering VP), over-committing (for a DOE), lack of emotional control (for a Director of Programs), etc.

He is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West, an International Coaching Federation accredited coaching school. Integral Coaches help clients advance their competency through custom designed practices that address the multiple aspects of their being; Mind & Consciousness, Physical Body & Behavior, Relationships & Culture, and Environment. He is also certified in Enneagram Personality Typing. More detail follows below and on his website at www.hightechfocus.com.

Nelson has held Director and Vice-President level engineering and marketing positions, and has personally made the transition from such functional management positions to enterprise leadership positions such as General Manager and Director of Corporate Planning for Honeywell. This experience has helped him develop a solid understanding of the leadership development needs of senior managers and enterprise leaders. It also allows him to act as a trusted advisor who thoroughly understands both the context and content of his client’s challenges.

Nelson’s background includes more than 25 years of diverse experience, including over 15 years with Honeywell as Director of Engineering (Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Controls), Director of Marketing (Industrial Controls), Director of Corporate (Strategic) Planning, and General Manager (Secure Communications Systems). More recently, he served as Vice President of Engineering for BE Aerospace, a manufacturer of in-flight entertainment systems.

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Pattie Vargas is a recognized leader in performance and change management with a proven track record in behavioral, organizational and personal change, designing and implementing key strategies to create and sustain a high performing organization. She possesses the balanced blend of business acumen, behavioral competencies and common sense to produce aligned, consistent and repeatable results. 

With organizations, Pattie focuses on issues with employee retention, leadership development and team effectiveness, especially during times of change. She coaches managers and individuals through the twists and turns of change, helping them gain personal perspective and self-management so they can, in turn, better equip their teams for what lies ahead. Experience across a wide array of industries and disciplines have demonstrated that her methodology and approach is applicable to all situations.

With individuals, she uses the same approach to explore how you can strengthen your personal Resilience Factor. Whether it’s organizational change, professional change or a life change it all affects us personally. Flexibility and adaptability are the key ingredients in increasing your ability to overcome and thrive. 

Pattie is a frequent conference speaker on the topics of change management, personal resilience, team dynamics and issues facing women in the workplace, with a delivery that is humorous, practical and backed by years of personal experience, both painful and pleasant! Her collaborative and facilitative style brings about dramatic improvements in workplace and personal performance.

Pattie holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelors degree in Business Management. She is certified in the use of DISC Behavioral assessments and is a certified speaker, coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Company.  From her technical days she holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute as well as a certification in Total Quality Management and Process Improvement from University of California, San Diego.

Pattie is also passionate about The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) where she serves as Board Advisor for the American Business Women’s Foundation, a Board focused on Gender and Wage Equity.


Tim Scudder is a partner at Personal Strengths Publishing (PSP), Inc., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer for over 20 years. He is the author of several training programs, assessments, and books, including Have a Nice Conflict and The Leaders We Need. As a consultant and facilitator, he has helped individuals, teams, and organizations reach their potential through improved relationship, teamwork, and strategic skills. His clients have included IBM, CME Group, USC, GEI Consultants, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the US Army, the British Foreign Commonwealth Office, and Twitter. Tim earned his PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. His Master's degree in Human Development is also from Fielding. He is a fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation. His research, Personality Types in Relationship Awareness Theory, provided the first empirical validation of Sigmund Freud’s views on normal personality types. Prior to his career in training and leadership development, he earned a Certified Public Accountancy license and practiced as a CPA, Chief Financial Officer, and financial consultant.

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Nancy Rosenfeld Daly's diverse career culminates in igniting positive change in organizations and individuals as a national speaker, author, executive facilitator, and former Chief Financial Officer. She combines a complex business background with years of consciousness research and speaking, as she merges analytical thinking with neuroscience and human awareness.

Her work as CFO and consultant includes transformative turnarounds of organization structures and visions, facilitating conflict resolution at the highest levels, gaining agreements among a diverse team across Western Europe and at the DoD, and creating and implementing a branding strategy with a workforce of 1,600 to build trust and confidence from customers.

Her diverse clients include national and state associations, city/county government, Tourism Ireland, the International Conference of Global Leadership, and Doctorate of Leadership and MBA programs at universities.

Nancy is the author of three books, Finding Joy Amidst the Chaos, A Left-Brain Thinker on a Right-Brain Journey, and her latest book A Path to Higher Self: Ancient Tribal Wisdom Shows the Way. Books will be available for signing and purchase outside the speaker session. Free excerpts and more details are at www.nancyrdaly.com


Jeffrey A. Fillmore is a U.S. Navy veteran with twenty-two years of project and program management experience. His specialties include business process development, software implementation, systems development, and research oriented projects. With his applied expertise in business process development, project controls systems, and supplying technical requirements for business process design, Mr. Fillmore has assisted organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Motorola Corporation, and large construction and engineering firms.

Mr. Fillmore also leverages his technical expertise and experience in business process development by conducting project management needs analyses, independent project reviews, and earned value system surveillances. His diverse background allows him to work with customers to develop a fully integrated approach to address customer needs. He often works with customers to ensure that business processes satisfy customer requirements, implements and configures the software tools to support the established business processes, and develops and conducts project management and software training to the organization’s personnel.

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Alicia McLain is a Lean Agile Transformation | Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with leadership positions in program management and software development management.  Her clients are in the Department of Defense (DoD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medical Device, Medical Research and Manufacturing space.  Alicia coaches, trains and transforms mid-size to large companies domestically and internationally. She has been a facilitator of change and transformation to an agile approach using Scrum in a number of local and some international companies.  Alicia's career passion has been around leadership & building high performing, psychologically safe teams. As a coach who has led and witnessed the transformation of people, attitudes, hearts and minds towards high performance using Agile practices, she is passionate about being of service to help teams and organizations get there!!

Alicia is the founder and co-organizer of the Agile Coaching Exchange for North America with a base in San Diego/SoCal (ACE:SoCal) https://agilecoachingexchange.com/, the first meet up group of its kind established in the United States in partnership with the original group in London.  This group is in service to the Agile coaching community from CSM up for members who would like to enhance their skill set, share ideas, and take their coaching careers to the next level.


David Winkelman’s thirty-plus year career in professional management has reflects a spectrum of diverse organizations and industries, from Fortune 100’s to family-run companies. In addition to consulting roles, his full-time positions have included: General Manager, Director and VP of Marketing & Operations. He has helped facilitate over 100 corporate strategic planning and team-building events and has staffed MG Taylor “Navigation Centers TM” for NASA, Greater Metropolitan Health Systems, and Ernst & Young, LLP. He served on the E&Y Boeing DesignShop team that launched the Dreamliner initiative in 1997.

Organizations with whom he’s worked include: Boeing, Toyota Motors, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, NASA, Genentech, Solar Turbines, Ernst & Young, MG Taylor, British Petroleum, HP, Xerox, VR Corp (The North Face), GLG Councils, two national insurance companies, media companies and many more. Details can be found on: http://www.winkelmansolutions.com

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Manisha Maker has 10+ years of experience in managing IT projects. At present, she is a Technical Program Manager with UC San Diego Health and is responsible for IS Experience & Web Development projects.

Manisha holds two Bachelor degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Information Technology. Also, has PMP Certification since 2012, and she is now in the process of completing her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

In addition, she coaches and mentors Project Managers and Technical Leads on project management principles and methodologies as learned from PMI.


Alex Winter is the Program Manager of Project Governance in the IS Project Management Office at UC San Diego Health. He specializes in working with project requestors and product vendors to assess, scope, prioritize, and resource proposed projects to meet client expectations. He previously worked on NERC CIP IT security projects in the utility industry. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Cath DeSefano brings real-world experience, a deep knowledge of people and a sense of fun to her speaking and workshops. She has been invited into companies worldwide to develop leaders, help build customer-focused workplaces and lower stress levels.

Her university degree in education, political science and international relations combined with her real-world experience as a Health and Human Services supervisor and executive director of San Diego Diplomacy Council add credibility and practicality to Cath’s instruction. She has earned a reputation as an extremely creative facilitator of learning.

She has worked internationally with non-profits to multinational corporations and with executives to front line staff


Julie Calfin is an Executive Consultant and Organizational Change Management practice lead for Broadsword Solutions.  She has delivered consulting services for over 20 years that have enabled her clients to achieve their business transformation goals.  Julie specializes in applying agile product development methods to process improvement.   Julie partners with her clients to:  establish goals and plans; design and deploy processes; and assess performance.  Julie’s past clients include AT&T, Blackbaud, Boeing, Bose, Chrysler, Ford, NASA, SpaceX, and the US Army. 

Before joining Broadsword Solutions in 2008, Julie was the Director of Organizational Change Management for RLPTechnologies in Farmington Hills, MI.  In this role, Julie led the OCM components of a $23M transformation program that included the design, development, and implementation of new processes, technology, and organization design.

Julie is a native San Diegan who resides in Carlsbad, California with her husband and son.

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Dr. Cynthia Boccara is founder and CEO of Wellness for Life. Over the past 30 years, she has worked with organizations and thousands of people with her signature process to help them live happier, healthier lives while increasing their productivity and performance. She has worked with CEO's, top corporate consultants and Olympic athletes from 6 different countries to help them achieve gold medal outcomes.

Using brain and body based solutions, Dr. Cynthia helps individuals and organizations improve their communications, be more productive and cultivate innovative thinking. She has shared her insights with organizations such as Dell Software, ATD, Citibank, WITI, MPI, PMI, and is a highly sought after presenter at conferences on Executive Presence, Presentation Skills, and Leadership Development.