Class of 2018
Service to Bluegrass IIBA Chapter
Inductee: LeShai Phelps
LeShai Phelps joined Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in 2014. She began serving as a chapter leader as Director of Marketing Strategies in 2015.
As Director of Marketing Strategies, LeShai was instrumental in opening new marketing for the chapter, including new local newspapers, chamber business calendar and others. She began using the chapter's social media outlets to improve consistent and effective marketing of chapter meetings and events.
LeShai was first elected to the role of Vice President of Marketing and Communication in 2016. In this role LeShai proposed the Bluegrass BA Connection newsletter to the Board of Directors. She was instrumental in getting the newsletter off the ground and serves as Newsletter Publisher. She curates content and authors great content herself for the newsletter. The newsletter has received very high reading rates under LeShai's direction.
LeShai also proposed and was key to having the chapter purchase chapter logoed giveaway items. In 2018, the chapter purchased pens, webcam covers and paper portfolios with the chapter logo on them. These were very welcomed by the community as they were given away at chapter meetings and events, and at the Commerce Lexington Business Link trade show, of which the chapter participated.
LeShai continued to open new marketing channels as she proposed to the Board, and began using Meetup social media application to reach a new audience in both Lexington and Louisville.
During all this time LeShai also served as the liaison between Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and her employer, Tempur-Sealy. She handled the communications and negotiation for Tempur-Sealy to host and sponsor chapter events.
LeShai has proven to be a valuable resource to the chapter and Bluegrass business analysis community.
Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter
To be considered for induction in the Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter category, a nominee must have been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and demonstrated a distinguished achievement in the following ways:
· Provided distinguishable service to the chapter
· Received recognition from their peers for their contribution to the chapter
· Assisted the chapter in meeting its strategic and operational goals
Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass
Inductee: Marguerite Sterns, CSM
Marguerite Sterns was the President of the Louisville IIBA Chapter for six (6) years. In that time, she provided many workshops and presentations to Louisville and Bluegrass IIBA Chapters that provided excellent learning opportunities for participants from those chapters. She has also presented on business analysis topics at CodPaLOUsa (Developers Conference) and Kentucky Bluegrass PMI Chapter.
Marguerite has held business analysis, training, developer and project lead positions at UPS in Louisville for more than 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University – Southeast, and is the current President of the School of Natural Science Advisory Board and was awarded their 2014 Alumni of Excellence.
Marguerite is a passionate professional who shares her expertise by developing and delivering training in Business Analysis and as a mentor to students attending Indiana University – Southeast in the mentoring program that she helped develop as a collaboration between the university and Louisville IIBA Chapter.
In 2015, Marguerite founded the Business Analysis Knowledge Academy to provide a business analysis training program for business analysis professionals in the Bluegrass region. She is a contributing author of the content of this training program, collaborating with other regional IIBA Chapter Leaders in its development.
Marguerite has served organizations in and around Kentucky for more than 25 years and the Bluegrass and Kentucky business analysis communities for more than eight (8) years; she is well deserving this award to recognize her individual contribution to these communities.
Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass
To be considered for induction in the Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass category, a nominee must have achieved widespread professional acclaim in the community in one or more of the following areas:
· Raising awareness of the value of business analysis to organizations
· Provide a business analysis educational or training program to the professionals in the Bluegrass region and have it widely accepted by the community
· Assist in creating certified business analysis professionals in the Bluegrass region
· Receive published acknowledgement in the local newspapers of great achievement in the area of business analysis
For more information, please email HoF@bluegrass.iiba.org.