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This is a forum for attendees and speakers, as well as Manager Tools followers who are interested in discussing and learning more about the M Conference 2021! I will be visiting the forums on a regular basis to answer your questions, provide assistance and collect your thoughts and ideas. Remember that this event was created to serve YOU, our audience, so comment at will! I look forward to hearing you all contribute!

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Emily Spencer is the Manager of Clinical Informatics at MidMichigan Health, a mid-size integrated healthcare delivery system in Northeast Michigan and has had a winding career to get to where she is today. She graduated with a degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University and spent the first six years of her career consulting on site assessments and underground storage tank remediation. Engineering didn't strike a passion for her and she returned to college to graduate with a degree in nursing. Emily worked as a bedside nurse for several years before joining the hospital's clinical quality team as a quality abstractor and spent some time working on process improvement projects. Concurrently, Emily earned a Masters of Nursing: Healthcare Administration from Loyola – New Orleans.

Emily was recruited by the health system to participate in the project team to replace their electronic medical record (EMR) platform. This was her first experience in Information Technology working as a RN Application Analyst implementing the Epic EMR. Following the system install, Emily was promoted to Supervisor and then Manager of Clinical Informatics. She leads a team of 14 IT analysts who support, build, maintain, and grow the EMR for a health system that has grown 60% over the last five years.

Emily lives in Midland, MI with her husband of 24 years and they have two daughters in college. Their oldest attends University of Michigan pursuing her Master's degree and their youngest daughter is in her sophomore year at Loyola - Chicago. Emily and her husband are active and enjoying travelling and look forward to doing more once college costs subside.


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Hi everyone! Looking forward to connecting in a few weeks at the conference. Below is my bio as means of introduction.


Jason Janisch, Vice President and minority owner of Jasper Engineering, is a customer-focused, engineered products sales executive, specializing in heavy industrial markets with an established history of process and profitability improvements in the organizations he has led.

At Jasper Engineering, Jason has P&L responsibility for a $20M business unit consisting of two branches and 25 employees. He successfully transitioned the mechanical business unit from family ownership while maintaining the integrity and collaborative service culture that is responsible for the long-term success of the company. Under his leadership Jasper consolidated internal operations, implemented a company-wide ERP upgrade, diversified the key supplier base, and consistently increased top line sales and bottom-line profitability. Further, Jason continued Jasper’s established practice of active community involvement by financially supporting community organizations and by taking an active role in volunteer, Board, and leadership positions for  Meals on Wheels, the Iron Mining Association, the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Subsection of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Range Engineering Council.

Jason is passionate about process improvement, building and retaining the right elite team, and seeking out new challenges. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Minnesota and has continued his education with courses in minerals processing, business, finance, economics, and investing from the University of Wisconsin, Colorado School of Mines, Harvard Business School Online and Manager-Tools. Jason and his wife, Jennifer, live on Minnesota’s Iron Range with their daughter and three dogs.

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Hi. I've been doing some pre-conference prep and I have  seen references to virtual Speaker Series meetings that resulted from M1. Is there location where I can see the recordings? That way I'll be most up to date on what this group has been discussing.

If, instead, you think it's better for me to wait for the M2 Speaker Series, I'll do that.

Thank you! 

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Hello Glynn, 

We are looking forward to meeting you in a couple weeks! Unfortunately, the Speaker Series videos are no longer available to view at this time. These calls were provided monthly since Covid postponed the conference multiple times. They are not needed for any pre-conference prep. 

Please let me know if you have any other questions! See you in Chicago.


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Looking forward to next week!

Lisha DeSantis is the Senior Director of Marketing at Convey Health Solutions. Overseeing her department, DeSantis champions a hybrid of marketing, sales, and business development to bring together insights and forward thinking strategy that creates value across the enterprise. She brings a tenure of healthcare and Medicare related marketing experience with a focus on alignment to corporate goals. Having implemented and utilized multiple marketing technologies over the years, Lisha is adept at developing automation and advanced tactics, leveraging corporate and market intelligence to generate revenue, and improving customer relationships through streamlined communications. Within her first four years at Convey, her role has contributed to doubling the overall revenue of a key corporate division, where she also influences the continued expansion of resources. Her most recent notable accomplishment is playing a critical role in the brand and marketing side of taking Convey public on the New York Stock Exchange. Focused on supporting her community, Lisha has been volunteering locally for over 20 years. She has dedicated her most recent years to the Junior League of Martin County, previously serving on the board and currently supporting several of ongoing projects that she has seen through from conception to execution.

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Donna Carr is a Director of Engineering for the FPGA subdiscipline of Electrical Engineering in the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) segment of L3Harris technologies in Palm Bay, Florida.  L3Harris is the 6th largest defense contractor in the United States, and the SAS segment specializes in mission solutions for space and airborne domains with defense, intelligence and commercial applications. Donna graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science.  While at Virginia Tech she participated in the co-op program and had three semester long internships at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt Maryland. Upon graduation, Donna joined IBM as a logic designer, developing the latest and greatest PowerPC embedded microprocessors.

Donna decided to take a break from her engineering career when she became a mother, and has two grown and nearly flown children. Her son Alex is a Mechanical Engineer that graduated in May is working full time in Tampa FL.  Her daughter Taryn is a sophomore in college studying Advertising. 

Donna returned to work when her children became school aged, and by that time Donna was living in Melbourne FL.  She was hired by (then) Harris as an FPGA design engineer where she had been continued to grow in her engineering career.  She went back to college and got her Masters in Engineering Management and her M.B.A.  She transitioned into Project Engineering roles, leading multi-million dollar development programs and interfacing with customers.  When L3 and Harris merged, Donna transitioned away from program execution and into functional management, where she led an FPGA department of 85 engineers, including 12 group leaders.  Three weeks ago, she was offered the opportunity to be the director of engineering for FPGA development, and now oversees four FPGA departments and over 300 FPGA engineers for L3Harris SAS. 

Donna and her husband John have been married for 14 years and love to travel and do home improvement projects.  Lately they’ve been busy focusing more on home improvements (thank you, COVID), but are very much looking forward to getting back to traveling once things settle down in the world.


Looking forward to meeting everyone next week!

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Angel Wileman is an Engineering Manager at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI, affectionately called "Sweerie" by the employees). She manages a team of engineers and technicians who perform thermofluids research for government and industry, on a contract basis. The projects that come through SwRI include technical challenges in deep sea all the way to deep space. Prior to personnel management, Angel was a project manager in the Fluids Engineering group where she designed and fabricated test stands for fluids research, created safety training content for customers, and other fun projects. 

Angel didn't jump straight into research...she spent part of her previous life as a manufacturing engineer for Applied Materials, working in the PVD chamber section. Clean rooms and supplier quality filled her days before she returned to school for a M.S in thermofluid systems from her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.  

Angel has two small(ish) kids with her husband. They live in New Braunfels, TX where every day is a vacation and life is good. 


I"m looking forward to meeting everyone! This is my first M Conference, but I've been through EMC and ECC, which were a blast. 

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Howdy! My name is Phil Beyer. Since M1, I've been busy! I started at Etsy 15 months ago; we grew our family from six to seven children (14, 13, 11, 9, 7, 4, 1); and we relocated from Round Rock, TX (suburb of Austin) to Stamford, CT.
I'm so excited to be attending again! My expectations were greatly exceeded 2 years ago, and with the preview we've been getting from the ongoing speaker series, I can't wait to learn more and dig deeper!! I'm humbled to be in the same room with all of you!!!
Philip Beyer is the Head of Security for Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY), the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. He leads the teams protecting buyers and sellers in support of the mission to Keep Commerce Human.
Mr. Beyer is mission-driven to guide security leaders to higher effectiveness. His company Getting Security Done supports professionals with business communication and value creation training like Effective Security Leader, an 8-hour course with practical guidance. He co-founded the Texas CISO Council, a regional committee that develops free strategic resources for security leaders and published the Information Security Program Essentials Guide.
As the Vice President of Security Engineering for Global Payments, Mr. Beyer led teams building solutions to protect customer and cardholder data for a Fortune 500 payments technology company. As the Senior Director of Information Security for The Advisory Board Company, he led the prevention, detection, and response programs for a firm improving the performance of 5,500+ health care organizations and educational institutions around the world. As the Information Security Officer for the Texas Education Agency, he protected data for 1200 school districts, 5 million active students, and 1 million employees. As a Lead Consultant for Denim Group, he led security assessments, improved risk management practices, developed detection and response capabilities, and strengthened information security programs for a variety of businesses and Fortune 100 clients.
Mr. Beyer was actively involved in the Austin chapters of ISSA and OWASP. He was a core team member of the BSides Austin and LASCON conferences. He holds a BS degree in Physics from Trinity University and the CISSP certification. Outside the office he is a martial artist and ultra-marathon runner.

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Karl Olm has been the General Manager for Pace Analytical Services, LLC, mobile laboratory division since the start of the pandemic. Previously he was the operations manager for 9 years with ECCS which was acquired by Pace in December 2015. Mr. Prior to that he developed bench skills including XRF, ICP-MS, ISE, HPLC, GC and GC-MS for RCRA SW-846 methods in soil and water matrices. Mr. Olm’s expertise is in coordinating and rapidly mobilizing lab operations to establish onsite laboratories in remote locations. In his current capacity as General Manager, Mr. Olm is responsible for top and bottom-line growth, sales and marketing coordination, client and technical services oversight, as well as serving as project manager for many of the operation’s highest-profile mobile laboratory projects.

Karl has been married to Rebecca for over 20 years and they have daughters Emily (12) and Rachel (10). In the winter Karl can be found at an ice rink officiating high school and collegiate hockey or coaching his daughter’s team. The family resides in Madison, Wisconsin.


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​I'm delighted to see so many familar names here, and can't wait to see everyone in person soon! I've been a listener & member since 2007 -- though it's been a few years since I was active in the MT Forums, I'm still a devotee and have rolled out the Trinity at four companies. (If my name seems familar, Mark had generously shared my resume with the entire TITIT mailing list in early 2014 after a layoff, and the MT community responded with so many job leads, encouraging emails, and phone calls of support... literally awesome.) 

Currently serving as Senior Director of Implementation, Analysis, and Planning at SDV International, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business based in Alexandria, VA; my primary client is HealthNet Federal Services, which supports 2.5 million TRICARE beneficiaries and providers in the USA western region. Our team provides technical support and application development projects for TRICARE systems, and we've grown from 20 developers to 100+ over the last 6 months.

Manager Tools has been a guiding force from my first analyst job with the Department of Veterans Affairs, through the transition into management at Coventry Health Care (now Aetna), then into senior leadership with The Advisory Board Company, a short startup detour, and now in the most challenging engagement of my career. Couldn't have done it without MT, and am excited to share the journey into executive leadership with you all.

I live in Chicago with my husband, Steven, and our cranky middle-aged Ragdoll cat, Mythasisyphus. We're avid readers, hikers, foodies, movie buffs, and (yep, I'll admit it) devoted D&D players. 

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For myself, the best thing about M-Con, getting to go. The hard part, realizing it's over. Wish I met everyone. It's truly been my honor to have time with so many dedicated fellow MT folks over these few astounding days. I learned, laughed, and won a lot of pool.

Is it really over though? See you at the next gathering! in Dallas.

All best wishes,