Podcast Episode 2 - Leading, Not Managing, Projects

I’m so excited to share with you today’s guest for Upright and Better’s second episode. Here’s Monica Borrell, a dear friend and mentor. Monica Borrell is currently the CEO of Cardsmith, a visual project management tool patterned after Sticky Notes, and the co-founder of Project Elevate. Fun fact about Monica, is that she’s been self employed since 1992. She’s founded seven companies including Go East, Matrix, Corner Star, LoveJoyFood, Cardsmith and now Project Elevate. She’s also a PMI Certified Project Manager and a theory of constraints Jonah. Monica is way into Sticky Notes.

In-between creating companies, she’s held various positions on contract with large organizations in change management, product management and product leadership roles. She’s also a Project Leadership Consultant, Practicing Team Leader, Mentor and Coach to project managers, helping them become more strategic and stronger leaders. Monica writes about project management on the Project Elevate blog and about visual project management and team collaboration on the Cardsmith blog.

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Kristen Gallagher
Kristen Gallagher is an organizational strategies and learning designer. Specializing in onboarding systems, manager development, and knowledge management, Gallagher delivers programs that are designed to evolve and scale with rapid changes. She is the founder and CEO of Edify and has architected and delivered onboarding programs for companies bringing on just one person a quarter to 50+ people a quarter.

She brings over eight years of learning design, business development, and program operations and strategy to Edify. She guides growing tech companies to create amazing people systems, learning programs, and cultures that scale. Kristen speaks on human resources, human centered design, learning & development in technical environments, and integrated people operations across the country. Informed by her interests in technical product design, art history, contemporary Southeast Asian art, and museums, Kristen brings an iconoclastic approach to designing and implementing learning programs in tech environments.

She's spoken and taught at Learning Dev Camp, ATD Cascadia, ACTW, Refresh Portland, Product Tank, PHRMA, and dozens of other conferences. Effective, efficient programs, events, and strategies are what motivate her, and in every project, she engages teams to understand trade-off’s, make data-driven decisions, and design evolvable solutions.

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