Lightning Keynote Speakers for Missoula BarCamp 2013
Shannon answered Montanaʼs siren song of steep peaks and endless adventure after graduating from the University of Vermont in 2002. Combining a love of storytelling with a passion for unlocking the patterns and puzzles of data led to a career in marketing, most recently as Marketing Director for Innovate Montana.
Her strengths lie in crafting content and finding the eyes that need to see it (and doing her best to push her boundaries every day).
Cindy, an RN, has practiced yoga for 12 years. She was the 2008 Montana Asana Champion and competed in Los Angeles at the World Championships. She led the first ever yoga class at a startup weekend right here in Missoula. Her Lighting KeyYoga will be assisted by Geoff Pepos who has practiced yoga since 1999. In Missoula, he's an app developer and designer and a former LA filmmaker with a Sundance Film in competition and PBS doc preditor, with a segment in the Emmy Award winning series, "Natural Heroes." He's the founder of the Missoula startup weBreathe.net.
Dr. Lawrence is a tenured member of the faculty and has been appointed the Poe Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. from the prestigious London School of Economics and completed a program at the Harvard Business School that is designed to improve the effectiveness of corporate boards.
Dr. Lawrence's research interests are focused on technological mediated organizational transformation, the application of neo-institutional theory into information systems research as well as the organization and management of the IT function within large organizations. His teaching interests are in the areas of management information systems, technology and organizational strategy, quantitative methods and corporate governance.
While teaching at the London School of Economics he was awarded the highest teaching award that can be bestowed upon Ph.D. candidates for demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Dr. Lawrence's undergraduate and graduate teaching evaluations are consistently amongst the highest in the School of Business Administration. In May of 2009 Dr. Lawrence was selected as the outstanding MBA faculty member by the School of Business Administration's graduate students. In May of 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, Dr. Lawrence was selected as the outstanding MIS faculty member by UM's undergraduate students. He has also been honored twice by the University of Montana's Division of Student Affairs for the generous support and encouragement he has provided to UM's students through the years. Dr. Lawrence is a member of both the Admissions and Curriculum Committee for the MBA program as well as the Master's of Accountancy program. He also completed a term on the University of Montana's Faculty Senate.
Dr. Lawrence's academic work has been published in some of the leading international journals in the field of Management Information Systems including the European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems and the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application.
Dr. Lawrence's business background spans technology startups, consulting and real estate including a 60,000 square foot self-storage facility that employs a sophisticated portfolio of technologies to manage security and site access. He is also a member of the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs (MADE), which is comprised of distinguished members of Montana's business community. In addition, he sits on several boards including the Clark Fork Coalition and Planned Parenthood of Montana.
Prior to entering the hallowed halls of academe, Dr. Lawrence spent six years assigned to the U.S. Forest Service and BLM Smokejumper programs where he made approximately 145 parachute jumps using the Ram-Air, FS-12 and FS-14 canopy systems.
When Dr. Lawrence has a break from teaching and writing, he can usually be found skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, playing golf or shooting sporting clays.
Having reinvented her career several times - from librarian to teacher to banker to entrepreneur, Varju believes that everyone is a potential startup. By using lean and agile new skill development methods we can stay relevant and find our niches in the fast evolving ecosystems around us. Access to information and education is increasingly important.
As Director of Communications for a global non-profit she uses low-cost and free web-based tools to build online communities. Varju speaks on technology, accessibility and digital marketing related topics and strongly believes in promoting innovative ideas and technologies.
Mario is UM's assistant vice president for marketing, overseeing marketing, branding, social media and web site development for The University of Montana. He came to UM in January 2013.
Mario spent 10 years managing digital strategy teams at ad agencies WDCW and R2C Group, where he led digital campaigns for clients such as Chase, Vonage, P&G, Alaska Airlines and Philips. He is also the founder of IdeaMensch, a community of entrepreneurs who share stories of bringing their ideas to life. Mario has interviewed over 1,500 entrepreneurs, from the very famous to ones just getting started.
In 2012, Mario orchestrated a record-setting road trip across America, organizing 50 events across 48 states in less than 120 days. His goal? To inspire thousands to start working on their ideas by learning from others who've done so already. Speakers ranged from famous tech entrepreneurs to a pig farmer in Iowa - with sold out crowds from Los Angeles, California to Burlington, Vermont.
Mario is a first generation immigrant from Germany who came to America as an exchange student at the age of 16, landing on a cattle ranch in Hamilton, MT. He is an Ironman triathlete and a 2002 UM business graduate.
Paul Wheaton is is the tyrannical ruler of two online communities. One is about permaculture and one is about software engineering. There is even one for Missoula. Paul has written several permacutlure articles starting with one on lawn carethat he presented at the MUD Project 17 years ago, including articles on raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul also regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts. In his spare time, Paul has plans for world domination and is currently shopping for a hollowed out volcano in the Missoula area, with good submarine access.