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Meet the thought-leaders behind this issue of The Jabian Journal.

Ryan Applegate

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Ryan is an executive director with more than 15 years of consulting experience throughout the business planning and IT delivery life cycles. His work is focused on driving corporate growth, capturing operational efficiencies, and supporting confident strategic investments. He leads the Jabian Vendor Sourcing and Management offering and is passionate about developing the frameworks necessary to capitalize on organizational transformation and M&A.

Amber Baird

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Amber is a director at Jabian focused on understanding the customer experience and tailoring it to the entire customer spectrum. She helps clients keep each customer group in mind during solutioning and development, ensuring that the needs of diverse customer groups are not left out. Amber holds certificates in DEI from Cornell and Tufts.

Matt Cheatham

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Matt is a senior manager at Jabian with extensive supply chain and operational experience, including direct material cost reduction, strategic sourcing, supplier performance improvement, lean process implementation, operating model optimization, capacity management, inventory management, and supply chain risk management. He is passionate about efficiency and sustainability.

Alex Daly

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Alex is a director at Jabian with cross-industry experience primarily focused on strategic planning, business transformation, and human capital management. He is passionate about talent management and diversity, equity, and inclusion, helping organizations create strategies to build a more inclusive employee experience.

Christina Dupre

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Christina is a senior manager and a co-lead of Jabian’s digital transformation offering. She is passionate about helping clients transform their businesses through digital to maximize the value they bring to their customers. She has broad experience across the retail, CPG, travel, and insurance industries.

Danny Gattas

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Danny is a senior manager at Jabian who helps high-growth and mature enterprises define executable strategies, enhance operational processes, and unlock the power of people to drive transformation. Through his work, he has been able to work with organizations to devise solutions that leverage people, process, and technology to drive results. He takes pride in helping organizations bring and adopt innovation to solve their most complex problems.

Jeff Hancock

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Jeff is a director at Jabian with more than 25 years of experience in leading programs across a wide array of industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, communications, and high-tech. He is the champion of the firm’s Project, Program, and Portfolio Management offering.

Fred Jewell

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Fred is a senior strategic advisor at Jabian. He spends most of his time working with his clients on strategy, transformation, operating models, organization design, change management, culture, engagement, and communication. Fred is also an executive and team coach, speaker, and author of the book We Can’t Do It Alone: Building Influence With Simple Strategies.

Fletcher McCombie

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Fletcher is a director at Jabian helping clients convert strategy into guaranteed results. He speaks and writes extensively on change management and business transformation. Fletcher believes in “illuminating opportunity through unifying experiences.”

Stephanie Noland

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Stephanie is a director at Jabian with deep experience in financial and technology consulting serving CFOs and CIOs in driving business impact. In addition to being a CPA, she specializes in system-enabled change — helping clients achieve greater business process outcomes with technology. She has a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and currently serves as the Jabian Women’s Affinity Group co-lead and sits on a committee of Women Influence Chicago with a focus on increasing the number of women in C-suite and board-level positions in Chicago tech companies.

Amir Poonsakvarasan

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Amir is a senior manager at Jabian with over 13 years of organizational change and transformation experience. He has supported an array of clients across the public and private sectors in realizing their strategic visions. His areas of specialty include strategic planning, organizational change management, and organizational design.

Winston Powe

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Winston is a director at Jabian and an accomplished business and technology leader with over 19 years of experience delivering mid- to large-scale customer experience business and cloud-based technology transformation initiatives.

Lubna Qureshi

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Lubna is a business transformation leader helping clients achieve business efficiency, growth, and sustainable results. Lubna led new-to-the-world innovations, managed multimillion-dollar programs, and developed and led business improvement strategies for billion-dollar brands. She is passionate about serving excellence to her customers, bringing the best out of her teams, and fostering a people-first culture.

Tracy Reznik

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Tracy is a director at Jabian with extensive experience in progressive people strategies, including change management, leadership development, and organizational development at the enterprise, team, and individual levels. She is passionate about coaching, mentoring, and bringing out the best in people.

Laura Rodney

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Laura is a senior manager at Jabian with extensive experience helping organizations navigate major change by engaging, training, and communicating with their employees. She uses her passion for change management, along with significant experience enabling and supporting clients, to create solutions that are both practical and forward-thinking. Laura has advised clients in a wide array of industries, including government, hospitality, health care, and financial services.

Christy Rushing

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Christy is a director at Jabian with more than 20 years of experience. She has focused her career on running merger integrations, standing up PMOs for large-scale transformative initiatives, and establishing PM disciplines for Fortune 500 companies.

Lydia Slotten

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Lydia is the Jabian customer experience product director. She has a passion for serving clients and creating purpose-led stakeholder experiences, bringing 15 years of consulting experience across an array of industries. Lydia helps her clients strategically assess, design, plan, and implement B2E human-centered experience programs, products, and services.

Abby Smith

Abby Smith wrote for The Jabian Journal as a 4th year student at Georgia Institute of Technology who obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering. She completed a three term co-op with Jabian where she worked on a mixture of client and internal projects.

Erin Smith

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Erin is a director at Jabian with extensive experience in program/project management and IT delivery across various industries. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and the impact that a diverse and inclusive environment has on customer and employee experiences.

Chuck Sparrow

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Chuck is a director at Jabian. As a consulting executive, he has partnered with clients across a wide range of industries to lead transformation and optimization initiatives, architecting solutions for IT business management, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise integration, and organization design.

Ashley Vonderahe

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Ashley is the director of talent acquisition at Jabian. She brings 20-plus years of experience in the recruiting and management consulting space to Jabian, with deep skills in talent acquisition strategy, operations, and university relations. She is passionate about diversity recruiting strategies and process optimization as it relates to recruiting.

Callie Wheatley

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Callie is a senior manager at Jabian who develops customer-centric strategies to deliver desirable experiences for her clients and their customers. She also focuses on designing strategies with her clients that create mutual value between them and their employees.

Guest Contributors

Lauryn Gordon

Lauryn is the senior manager of global talent insights & organizational effectiveness for Dentsply Sirona. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of roles in sales, marketing, and talent management with large, global organizations. She enjoys applying the diverse perspectives she has gained throughout her career to design solutions that drive strategic business objectives.

Philip Lakin

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Philip Lakin is the co-founder and CEO of No Code Ops, the first community dedicated to operations professionals reimagining the future of internal innovation with no-code solutions. He was previously the solutions architect for national operations at Compass, where he built the onboarding program for over 15,000 real estate agents across the United States. He has more than eight years of experience in operations, internal system implementation, field marketing, and onboarding.

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