Bluegrass IIBA Chapter fully supports its community and feels achievements of its members deserve recognition, whether private or public. We announce our community members and study group participants who achieve their IIBA® certification, who elect to be listed in the certification registry, in our Monthly Digest newsletter.
Did you know that you can view your profile on the Bluegrass IIBA website to see the badges you have earned for your activities and achievements with the chapter and IIBA? Click on the person icon at the top of any page of the Bluegrass IIBA website, then select 'View Profile' from the dropdown options listed. Scroll down the page to view the badges you earned.
You do not need to be a Bluegrass IIBA Chapter or IIBA member to receive badges from Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. We feel everyone deserves recognition for their activities and achievements.
Only you can see the badges on your profile, so this is private recognition and we don't request the person's permission to put your badges on your profile. If you feel you earned a badge you do not see on your profile, you may email Recognition@bluegrass.iiba.org and ask that a badge be added to your profile.
If you wish to receive public recognition, we have our Community Member Recognition page that displays these same badges. You may email Recognition@bluegrass.iiba.org and ask us to "Make all my badges visible" and we will list them on the recognition page.
We keep profile and community recognition as up-to-date as possible, but it sometimes takes a little time to get the badges updated for such a large community. Please be patient as we fulfill your requests.
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As announced earlier this week, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has launched the Philippines IIBA Branch to bring a business analysis education and networking program to the business professionals of the Philippines.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has been holding chapter meetings in the Philippine time zone since this past April. We have been searching for professionals to step up to leadership positions to lead the start of a Philippines IIBA Chapter. Starting as a branch of the Bluegrass Chapter is a interim step as the leaders continue to receive mentoring from the Bluegrass Chapter leadership team.
We do have a few people who have stepped up into those leadership role to lead the branch/chapter into the future:
Manu de los Reyes was elected by the Philippine leaders to head the effort as Executive Director. Manu is a business analyst for UBX Philippines, a fast growing Fintech company that makes financial services inclusive and accessible to everyone in the Philippines. Being an archipelago country with many far flung and hard to reach areas, this service has become even more important and the role of technology has been crucial in accomplishing this mission. He studied in De La Salle University Manila and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Fascinated by the impact technology can have on business outcomes and on communities in general, he pursued a career as a business analyst over 6 years ago.
Kristine "Kaye" Chua will take on the role of Community Outreach and Engagement. She is the Lead Business Analyst of Actimai Philippines, a fast-growing IT consulting and solutions delivery company that offers Robotic Process Automation and Intelligent Process Automation. She has been a professional for more than 10 years, practicing Business Analysis in banking and finance, insurance, manufacturing, telecommunications and supply chain industries. Kaye holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from De La Salle University - Manila. She is trained in lean six sigma green belt and is an advocate of establishing lean processes before deciding to automate. From a young age, Kaye has been serving communities through various civic groups and is a volunteer of non-profit organizations, such as the Philippine Red Cross. She enjoys connecting people and looks forward to connect Filipino IT Business Analysts all over the world... the universe rather.
Maybel Villanueva-Mangrobang will take on the role of Marketing. She is part of the Strategy Realisation Office of World Vision International. She provides quantitative and qualitative analyses to inform strategic decision-making. She has more than a decade of experience in business analysis, business process improvement, BI visualizations, tools creation, global due diligence, account management, financial planning and reporting amongst other skills and techniques. She recently passed the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt exam and is currently finishing her project. Maybel is also set to take her Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification next year, with the help of Bluegrass IIBA study group. She is married and has 2 wonderful kids, and is active at church activities. Maybel would like to see the Philippines branch to promote the value of business analysts and to help the Philippine community grow, have in-depth skills and be world-class professionals.
Bryan Shalom Sison will take on the role of Professional Development. He is a Business Analyst from Yondu, Inc. and is a contingent worker for AXA Philippines which focuses on the Technological Solutions for it's Retail Distribution Services Department. He held several positions from different corporate sectors and gained 14 years of IT Professional experience. Bryan has always fascinates himself to learn more and devote himself to further education. Even after he graduated with his bachelors degree in Lyceum of the Philippines University where he took Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Graduated in April 2007. He pursued his Masters of Science in Computer Science in De La Salle University - Manila in October 2010. He had acquired his ITIL v3 Foundation Course Certificate in January 2014 and currently, he is working toward his very first IIBA Certification soon. Bryan is single at the age of 37 and is living independently at Makati City, Philippines. He envisions himself as someone who can help groups or organizations to grow and make impactful development that provides quality products and services for everyone especially that relates to Technology in the Philippines and eventually across the globe.
These leaders in the Philippines have started their new roles and together will lead their active community into further education and networking activities. Check out what activities and events they are hosting in the Philippines on their [Homepage].
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter won the 2021 IIBA® Chapter Leadership Excellence Award during the IIBA Chapter Awards Celebration on Global Business Analysis Day, November 1, 2021.
The award ceremony was broadcast from IIBA®. IIBA awarded eight chapter awards during the ceremony, leading up to the IIBA Chapter of the Year Award.
This is six years in a row that Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has been recognized in the IIBA Chapter Awards ceremony, including winning the top award, IIBA Chapter of the Year, last year.
Congratulations to all the chapter leaders of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and to the Bluegrass local and global community. This award is for you!
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter announces the launch of the Philippines IIBA Branch to serve the business analysis communities of the Philippines and Asia. The new branch will be based in Manila, Philippines to serve all business analysis professionals on all the Philippines islands and expanding to the Asian countries.
Retta Witter, Vice President of Professional Development for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter noted that there are not many IIBA chapters in Asian countries that are hosting events in that time zone. So this is a great opportunity for business analysis professionals in Asia to get education at times convenient to them.
Kathy Leigh, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter noted that we have been hosting chapter meeting for the Philippines community since May 2021. We have built a leadership team in the Philippines and are mentoring them on how to effectively run an IIBA chapter. The Philippines community will eventually break off from us and become their own IIBA chapter.
Manu de los Reyes has been elected by the leadership team in the Philippines to lead the Philippines IIBA Branch. He aims to support the growing demand for business analysis skills in the Philippines by working with the IIBA Bluegrass Chapter in building programs for professional development and career growth.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and Projerra (https://www.projerra.ca) announce their partnership for Projerra to sponsor the Bluegrass IIBA BABOK® v3 Study Groups and offer the chapter members a 30% discount on Projerra products and services.
Projerra is an IIBA® Endorsed Education Provider based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that provides visual study aides for studying the BABOK® (VisuAL BA®) and PMBOK® (VisuAL PM®). They have education courses provided through the Projerra Academy (https://projerra-academy.ca).
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is the local chapter of the global association for the advancement of the business analysis profession, International Institute of Business Analsyis (IIBA®), serving the great Bluegrass State of Kentucky (USA), the Philippines, and global business analysis communities. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is based in Lexington, Kentucky, with branches in Louisville, Kentucky, and Manila, Philippines.
Bluegrass Chapter will offer the VisuAL BA® products to its BABOK® Study Group students at a discount and provide the 30% discount from Projerra on its other products and education courses.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IIBA®: BBC 2021, the official conference of IIBA scheduled for October 25-29, is being postponed to June 26-30, 2022, due to the current Delta wave of the coronavirus.
The good news? The agenda remains the same: http://bit.ly/2ZhrVQ0
Even better news? The early bird deadline is open again: http://bit.ly/2LYEHzU
Congratulations to the first person to earn the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis!
Aaron Whittenberger is the first person globally to earn the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA) from International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). Aaron took the IIBA-CPOA exam on June 4, 2021, shortly after this new certification was announced by IIBA. He later that month taught a CPOA Study Group for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Five students from that class also passed the IIBA®-CPOA exam in June. IIBA took some time to determine the passing score from the scores of the first set of students to take the exam. Students were notified today, August 19, 2021, if they passed the exam.
Aaron has over 18 years of business analysis experience and 15 years of experience as a consultant. He is a Senior Business Analyst for an insurance company and works primarily in an agile environment. Aaron also serves as Vice President of Administration and Finance for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. He is the Founding President of the Chapter and previously served IIBA® as Regional Director of the Americas Eastern Region and Chairperson of the IIBA Certification Program Role Delineation Committee.
Aaron lives in Independence, KY, has four children, and for himself enjoys playing golf.
IIBA® introduces it's new online tool that gives IIBA Members instant "Access to Analysis".
The IIBA® KnowledgeHub is a brand new online solution with actionable how-to business analysis content, knowledge and tools designed to support business analysis professionals throughout their career. The KnowledgeHub provides instant online dynamic access to the BABOK® Guide, plus community-driven content, such as relevant "How do I" scenarios, videos, tips, tools, and templates that can be applied to everyday business analysis practices.
IIBA Membership gives you exclusive access to IIBA's KnowledgeHub. IIBA supports members with the latest information on the business analysis profession, but most importantly we are a community of professionals, applying business analysis everyday to push the business analysis profession to the next level!
Check out IIBA's new KnowledgeHub:
As a result of our elections in April we welcome new members to the Board of Directors for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Now that the Board transition is complete, we look forward to working with our new Board members and look forward to them bringing new energy and ideas to drive the future direction of the Chapter. Please join me in welcoming:
Stephanie Hawkins as the new Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement. Stephanie has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field focusing on enterprise IT transformation, business analysis, project management, data governance, IT risk, and controls. She holds a Master's degree in Information Assurance (MSIA) from Walsh College and is a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA).
Lori Son as the new Vice President of Membership. Lori is a Process Advisor at a gas company in Canada. The BA role is very exciting to her as the role consisted of networking with different stakeholders; preparing for testing and training; requirements gathering, verification and validation; continuous improvement and communication; and continuous learning experience, to say the least. Lori earned her CBAP® designation in 2018. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with her husband and two little girls. She enjoys spending all her spare time with them no matter the activity, reading books, walking outside or just having a lazy day at home. Lori's goal, as Vice President of Membership, is to make all members feel welcomed and engaged, and benefit from each interaction with the Bluegrass Chapter.
Retta Witter as the new Vice President of Professional Development. Retta is a Consultant with J. Geiger Consulting with over 20 years of Business and Information Technology experience implementing ERP systems. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her MBA degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She lives in Kimberly, Wisconsin with her husband, son and dog. In her free time, she loves hiking, photography and volunteers her time with the youth at her church. Retta wishes to help IT professionals understand all the opportunity available and help them increase their skills so they can achieve their career goals.
Also as a result of April's elections, Bill Powers was reelected into his position as Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Aaron Whittenberger moved over from Professional Development to the Vice President of Administration and Finance.
We wish to thank our outgoing officers for their service and wish them all the very best in their future endeavors. So thank you Judeth Tarter who served as Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement, and Diane Teague who served as Vice President of Membership. We truly thank you for all you did for this Chapter.
If you see any of our new chapter leaders at a chapter event be sure to chat them up and congratulate them on their new role.
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