School of Business
"Building Change-Agility into your Business:
Ensuring Success in an Age of Disruption"

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall

Presentation: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Outside of Wingra Cafe)


The pace and breadth of change affecting all industries is unprecedented. Every day, changes are directly influencing an organization’s ability to succeed. Modern technology and analytics, increased competition, shifting customer expectations, mergers, reorganizations, changing priorities, new automation tools, regulations and many other disruptors are challenging companies to rethink how they do business.

Join us as we explore how organizations can embrace these changes, and succeed in fast-paced, complex business environments. Our panel will discuss…

  • How to create a continuous learning approach to help better manage change
  • Ways to mitigate challenges when building a culture of change capability
  • How to deliver effective communication and engagement
  • Ways to build measurement for change readiness and sustainability
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Rachel Breitbach

Senior Organizational Change Advisor at Farwell

Rachel Breitbach, PMP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Currently an Senior Organizational Change Advisor at Farwell, Rachel Breitbach has over 25 years of experience leading and delivering complex global transformation initiatives. She has expertise in multiple disciplines - change management, project management, human resources, strategic planning, operations and business transformation – and has worked in numerous industries – financial services/insurance, e-Commerce and engineering/science. Most of her roles have involved coaching leaders to improve employee engagement and help them increase their ability to adopt change. She has a passion for leadership and project management and has led numerous sessions on those topics. She enjoys watching her daughters play sports, volunteering, playing tennis and eating chocolate whenever possible!

Patty Glines-Kotecki

Organizational Effectiveness Leader at Spectrum Brands

Patty Glines-Kotecki, PhD, SPHR, CPT

Patty is the Organizational Effectiveness Leader for Spectrum Brands, a global consumer goods company. She works with business leaders to identify, design, and translate human capital strategies into practical solutions that engage employees and achieve business results. Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, she has held leadership roles in numerous HR practice areas.

In parallel with her professional work, Patty is a life-long learner and an award-winning athlete. She is a ride leader for the Bell Joy Ride women’s mountain biking project and has earned the CrossFit Level 1 certification.

Kathy Blumenfeld

Executive Vice President of Special Operations at TASC

Kathy Blumenfeld, CPA

Kathy Blumenfeld is a business leader with extensive experience in diverse areas of the financial services industry, business, and government. She leads TASC’s operations and contract management for a large Federal contract with the Office of Personnel Management.

Before joining TASC, Kathy worked at CUNA Mutual Group for 25 years, most recently as Vice President of Lending & Payment Security. In this capacity, she steered lending insurance products and services, strategy development, and product management for multi-line insurance portfolios, managing an $830 million Profit & Loss statement. She’s served as a Certified Public Accountant at two large firms and has worked for Wisconsin State and Federal Government.

In 2017, Kathy earned two prestigious Gold-level awards: The Golden Bridge Award for “Best Product or Program Director—Woman” and the One Planet Award for “Female Product or Program Professional of the Year.”

Kathy is also a frequent speaker on women’s leadership topics, and also the cofounder of 4everMoxi, LLC.

Fun Facts: An author of three books and many journal articles, Kathy is passionate about community service, leadership, travel, tennis, and University of Wisconsin Badger basketball. Kathy and her husband live in Madison and have three children.

Andrew Ravenscroft

Director – Organizational Change Management at MG&E

Andrew Ravenscroft, MBA

Change has been the one constant in Andrew’s life and he has sought it out as much as it has found him. He lived in five cities and three countries before he was 16, and traveled extensively in Europe and the USA during his 20’s.

Since then his restless curiosity has taken him through all levels of business from the mailroom to the boardroom in a wide variety of industries in the UK and the USA, including insurance, retail, biotechnology, higher education, staffing, and utilities.

After his first exposure to Agile in 2004 he began a career transition from operations management to project and change management leadership. A student of thought leaders such as Alvin Toffler, John Boyd, Craig Larman, Stephen Bungay, and Steve Denning, he incorporates the Agile mindset into his change management approaches.

He currently leads the change management office at MG&E where a large-scale business transformation is under way.

A life-long storyteller and fiction writer, his most recent work was the libretto for the opera The Queen of the Night which was recently performed in Madison.



John Smalley

Editor at the Wisconsin State Journal

John Smalley

John Smalley has spent a 40-year career in the newspaper business, starting while in college at the La Crosse Tribune in the fall of 1977. These days, Smalley is the editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis., having held the position since December 2008. Prior to that he was editor of the La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune from 2002-2008.

The State Journal is an 80,000-circulation newspaper with a newsroom staff of about 50. Before serving as editor in La Crosse, he was editor of the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette from 1997-2002. Earlier in his career, Smalley worked as a sportswriter, a copy editor and a city editor.

Smalley was born and raised in Evansville, Wis., and is a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate. He and his wife, Barbara, have four grown children (one granddaughter) and live in Verona, Wis.

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