February Dinner Meeting

February 07, 2018
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Marriott Newport News
740 Town Center Dr.
Newport News, VA 23606

Update on the February Dinner Meeting

Due to an unexpected change in client requirements, our February speaker, Kumar Datattreyan, is no longer available. Wednesday's dinner meeting will now feature Martin Olson, an experienced professional who has agreed to present on the topic of leadership and business agility in Mr. Datattreyan's place. Please find Martin's bio below:


About the Speaker

Martin Olson is the founder of Silicon Prairie Solutions, Inc., the Midwest’s premiere Agile and Lean coaching, training, and consulting firm. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas City (1991) and an MBA from the University of Kansas (2001).

Silicon Prairie Solutions helps organizations throughout the United States and Europe realize better value more predictably and sustainably. Their client-partners range from small nonprofits to Fortune 50 companies. By leveraging the Lean, Agile and Systems coaching bodies of knowledge, Silicon Prairie Solutions is able to help its client-partners understand, design and implement change initiatives that consistently lead to the creation of high performing organizational teams, programs, and cultures.


In Martin’s words:

“Organizational change and cultural evolution is complex and often times difficult; even messy. Simply teaching patterns and models to those involved is never enough. Even more troubling is the fact that established practices of centralized management fall short in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced environments. It is critical that people know what they are working towards and why. The path is constantly being refined and the travelers are every maturing. If your teams’ minds, hearts, and energies are not involved, you are probably going to fall short of where you need to be. I don’t have the answers, and you should really question anyone that says they do. I do have a breadth and depth of knowledge and experiences that can help channel, distill, and grow the inherent voice of the system. By acting as more of a partner-sherpa vs. consultant-guide I have found my true calling; unlocking the intrinsic intelligence, passion, and energy of the systems I work with and supporting them on their journey."

Education and Certifications

  • BS, Computer Science and Telecommunications, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1991
  • MBA, University of Kansas, 2001
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM), 2003
  • Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC), 2012
  • Scaled Agile Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT), 2014
  • Organizational Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC), 2016


$30.00 Non-Member Registration
$40.00 after 05:30 pm January 31

$0.00 Ranzy Gammal Scholarship Donation

$20.18 Member Registration
$30.18 after 05:30 pm January 31