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  • Monday, May 02, 2022 11:15 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    On May 18, 2022, Traci Onkst will be inducted as the newest member of the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame! She is the only person to be inducted in the seventh class of individuals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. 

    Traci is being inducted in the Advancing the Business Analysis Profession in the Bluegrass category. She has spoken several times at Bluegrass and Cincinnati IIBA Meetings and two of the three years at the Bluegrass Business Analysis Conference, including this past Friday. She has also spoken a few times at BBC, the official conference of IIBA.

    Traci leads a 80-person Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) at Cincinnati Insurance Companies, where she inspires her business analysts to deliver excellent BA service to the organization. Traci is being recognized for her years of service to advance the business analysis profession in the Bluegrass and all over the country. 

    Join us on May 18th to see the induction celebration:  

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 9:00 PM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Elections for officers of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter have now concluded. Three offices were up for election:

    • President
    • Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement
    • Vice President of Sponsorship

    Election results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 18, 2022. Click the Register button to register for the AGM to hear who our new President is. 

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 4:00 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter hosted its annual Bluegrass Business Analysis Conference (BBAC) yesterday. A full-day professional development event for professionals that perform business analysis in their work. Early Feedback results say that the conference was a huge success!

    123 people registered for the conference and by early counts 104 people actually attended. Aaron Whittenberger, Program Chair for the conference said that a few people said they would not be able to make it to the conference but will watch video recordings of the sessions. This was the highest attended BBAC conference ever.  

    All sessions received excellent feedback and rating results. The conference in general received great feedback. We received fantastic comments from attendees during the conference.

    Be sure to come back for next year's conference! I am already looking forward to it!

  • Saturday, March 26, 2022 1:33 PM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Elections for officers of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is fast approaching, says Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Administration and Finance responsible for running the election process for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. 

    We elect one-half of the officers of the chapter each year. This allows for new ideas on the Board while keeping some officers in place to mentor new Board members. This provides new ideas while maintaining continuity in leadership for the Chapter. This year the Board positions that will be elected are: 

    • President
    • Vice President of Community Outreach & Engagement
    • Vice President of Sponsorship

    We have a full slate of candidates running for these offices. Kathy Leigh is the current President of the Chapter. She is at term limit and is not eligible to run for President again. She will move to the Sponsorship position to continue to provide her talents to the Chapter. Bill Powers is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Chapter. He will be running for President to replace Kathy. Stephanie Hawkins was appointed to the Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement last year to complete the unexpired term. She has thoroughly enjoyed working for the chapter and wishes to continue to do so in this role. 

    Elections will run the month of April, with the results of the election announced at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, May 20, 2022. Please [register here] for the AGM to hear these results as well as current activities and direction of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. 

  • Friday, March 25, 2022 2:47 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Manu de los Reyes and his leadership team are very proud to announce that the new Philippines IIBA Chapter has received its charter from IIBA. Manu is happy to announce, "We're official!". 

    As you may know, the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter leadership team, starting with President, Kathy Leigh, has been mentoring Manu and his leadership team. "We began holding virtual chapter meetings for the Philippines BA community last April", says Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Administration and Finance. Kathy Leigh adds, "once we got the community meetings going strong we began looking for leaders that could lead the new IIBA chapter in the Philippines. Bryan Shalom Sison, Maybel Mangrobang, Kristine (Kate) Chua and Manu de los Reyes showed that they wanted to lead the new chapter". Kathy continues, "we began holding weekly meetings with this leadership team to mentor them on what it takes to run an IIBA chapter." She added, "many of our chapter leadership were involved in that mentoring and through that process Alex Filart and a few others were identified as leaders for the new chapter.

    Manu thanks the Bluegrass leadership for their mentoring and assistance in getting through the process of becoming an official IIBA chapter.

    Manu and his team has worked very hard to get the new Philippines IIBA Chapter started. We are so proud of their dedication to advancing the business analysis profession in the Philippines; and wish the new chapter a very bright future! 

  • Friday, March 11, 2022 9:12 AM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Usha Talabhaktula on accomplishing her CBAP Certification!


    Usha Talabhaktula currently an ERP Business Analyst in the Auditor Controller’s Office of Monterey County, CA. She started her career as an IT Programmer Analyst and now has an overall experience of 20+ years in the Information Technology, Data Center/Cloud computing, Higher Education and Local government business sectors. Usha has a Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT) degree from California State University-Fullerton, USA and a Master’s degree in Commerce from India, which is evaluated as an MBA in the USA. As a Business Relationship Manager, she is the liaison between functional and technical teams in Financials and Budgeting areas, and performs a wide variety of business analysis tasks/activities. Usha is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) in Financial Management and Oracle Certified Expert(OCE) in Hyperion System Administration. She also has ITIL and CSM certifications.

    Usha is a member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and have been volunteering as the Director of Technology since February 2021. She attended the BABOK® v3 Summer 2020 Study Group provided by the Chapter and her CBAP application was approved in February 2021. Due to work deadlines and personal commitments, she couldn’t prepare for the exam. Usha is thankful to the Bluegrass chapter leadership team for encouraging her and for providing her with the resources. In December 2021, she rescheduled her exam to February 21, 2022, as the CBAP application expiry date was fast approaching on February 25, 2022. She took 3 days off from work to study and passed the CBAP exam on February 21, 2022 on her first try.

    Usha is a strong believer in the concept of living life to its fullest extent, through continuous learning and growth, now she is on to her goal of becoming PMP® certified. Usha volunteers at her Church, as a Director of a midweek program for middle and high school students. She also volunteers in the Children’s ministry of a Christian Fellowship in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches songs and directs skits.

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 11:55 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    As you may know, the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter started an outreach to business analysis professionals in the Philippines last spring to activate the community and help form an IIBA Chapter in the Philippines. We began holding meetings in the Asian time zone (evenings), which is in the mornings in North America in May 2021. 

    Then the leadership team of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter started personal outreach to those Filipino who were attending meetings consistently and voiced desire to help start the IIBA Chapter. We started mentoring the soon-to-be leaders on all that is involved in hosting meetings and running an IIBA Chapter. Those Filipino leaders we were working with elected their own leader and selected roles for their team members. 

    That leadership team then began the paperwork with IIBA to be chartered as an official chapter with the IIBA. This is a process of submitting paperwork for review, then incorporating review comments from IIBA and submitting more paperwork. The Philippines BA Community will continue to hold virtual meetings during this process. 

    The Philippines leadership team announced that the paperwork process is close to being complete and we soon shall have an IIBA Chapter in the Philippines. Look for that announcement soon. 

    We are proud of the Filipino leadership team on how they have taken the reins of running the meetings for their community and taken leadership in the paperwork process with IIBA. We are also proud of the Bluegrass IIBA Leadership Team that was involved in starting the IIBA Chapter in the Philippines. We look forward to the official announcement that we have a new IIBA chapter. 


  • Monday, February 21, 2022 10:44 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    IIBA certifications provide opportunities to improve an individual’s value in the job market and help showcase expertise and credibility in business analysis. On March 1, 2022, certification fees for IIBA Certifications are changing. 

    What is Changing? 

    Learn more about the upcoming price changes below: 

    For any additional questions, please contact IIBA’s Customer Support team

  • Thursday, February 03, 2022 2:02 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Did you know you can find all the Bluegrass Chapter events you attended in the past on your profile on the chapter website? This is particularly valuable to IIBA certified participants that need to record their Continuing Development Units (CDUs) to retain their certification. However, anyone who has attended a Bluegrass Chapter event can look up the events they attended. To do so, click on the person icon on the top right of any page, then click on View Profile.

    On the My Profile page, click the My event registrations link on the navigation menu on the page. The next page will show all the events that you attended. 

  • Friday, January 14, 2022 2:45 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Peter Neefus on obtaining his CBAP certification!

    Peter Neefus is a Senior Business Systems Analyst with The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Peter has done business analysis for 30+ years, mostly in the IT department of a non-profit organization.  He’s also done some consulting with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementations. 

    Peter is still in stunned relief and thankful to God that he passed the IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification exam on January 8, 2022, on the first try.  Peter thoroughly enjoyed the IIBA Bluegrass BABOK® study group the summer of 2020 which helped him get kickstarted in the process.  Due to a company policy change on vacation rollover, Peter was able to use a lot of accrued time that year to study.  He later also took a self-paced Udemy CBAP course for additional perspectives and listened to business analysis content while jogging and preparing for his first half marathon.  Peter took a break from the CBAP studying for the final stages of a software implementation.

    Peter and his wife live in coastal Virginia and have two grown children, one of which just got married four days before his CBAP exam.  Besides jogging, he enjoys his local church fellowship, word games, helping people, serving as an election official, and following the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds.  Peter lived in Cincinnati as a youth and got to visit many places in northern Kentucky on YMCA field trips and camp.  His family later moved to North Carolina where he received a BS in Chemistry from Davidson College and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, both of which helped form the underlying BA competency of Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving.

    Check out the upcoming Bluegrass IIBA BABOK Study Group [HERE]
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