ProCon 2018 - 21st Annual Professional Development Conference


The Twenty-First Annual IEEE Cedar Rapids Professional Development Conference, ProCon 2018, is a one-day, two-track regional event for engineers and other professionals, to be held May 8, 2018, at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids.


Payment is appreciated at time of registration, cash and check will be taken at door.

When registering please select your session interest (Track 1 or 2) by selecting the corresponding menu selection and track i.e. (Chicken Track 1 or Chicken Track 2), etc.


  Date and Time




  • Date: 08 May 2018
  • Time: 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • Marriott Hotel
  • 1200 Collins Road NE
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • United States

  • Co-sponsored by Cedar Rapids Section
  • Starts 16 April 2018 08:00 AM
  • Ends 08 May 2018 01:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
  • Admission fee ?
  • Menu: Chicken - Track 1, Beef - Track 1, Vegetarian - Track 1, Chicken - Track 2, Beef - Track 2, Vegetarian - Track 2


Debra Salz of Prevention Services & Strategies



Unlocking the Mystery of Proactively Responding to Change

Join Debra in this highly interactive and engaging session regarding positive change management strategies. Throughout your time with your colleagues, Debra will explore the change process and cycle with you; defining what change is and how we respond and react to it – providing us the results of success or potential catastrophe! Through this session, Debra will uncover the positive benefits to change and expose research-based strategies which will equip you and your associates to proactively manage change. Each participant will leave this powerful session with a variety of take-aways which you can begin implementing your positive change management techniques immediately as a professional and a person!

Strike a Balance

Join Debra in this thought-provoking and motivational session which strives to unlock the mysteries each of us holds within; ready to be released! During the session Debra will help identify what is important to each of us as individuals and how we can leverage our strengths to improve out areas of growth through interdependency. Learn how to expose the right choices which will help you achieve happiness, balance, and success that is exclusively yours! Focus Areas include:

  • Discuss why people feel they are more apt to strike out in their life rather than strike a balance. 
  • Guide participants through a journey to better discover what their life looks like “topographically”. 
  • Expose the eight categories in everyone’s life – and assess the level of satisfaction in each category.
  • Develop a Personal Action Plan to improve the balance in your life; immediately activating your new knowledge!


Debra A. Salz is the President and Owner of Prevention Services & Strategies, a personalized consulting and training company located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is a licensed Social Worker and Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist through the State of Iowa. She earned her BA Degree from Buena Vista University and her AA Degree from North Iowa Area Community College. 

Through diverse career experiences, Debra has been sharing her knowledge by coaching, training and serving as an inspirational speaker since 1993. She provides energized, customized training programs and Keynote addresses to businesses, organizations, and clients through her "toolbox" methodology. Debra works with local and national, small and large companies, and civic organizations. She is an experienced trainer, facilitator, presenter, coach, and inspirational speaker at the National, Regional, and State Convention levels. Debra is experienced in facilitating Webinars; providing low cost educational options to those across the world. She also has contributed to the University of Iowa's digital book entitled, Making the Puzzle Pieces Fit: An Internet-Based Approach to Management and Leadership, which provides management professionals real world experience in handling difficult employee situations. Whatever format you choose to utilize Debra's services, she actively forms a partnership between those she works with and for - focusing on how she can assist people, "get where they want and need to go."

Debra is active in her community serving as a Member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is a member of the School Social Work Association of America, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cedar Rapids Boys and Girls Clubs.

Debra and her programs are often referred to as dynamic, thought-provoking, and humorous...a pure delight to learn from and listen to! 


Address:3600 Terrace Hill Drive NE, , Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States, 52402

Andrew Smith, Dennis Corpman, Aaron Warner, and Jennifer Horn-Frasier


Agile, Cyber-security, Leadership

Agile for Change

We live and work in an environment where change is the norm. Some call this environment “ a VUCA world”, where VUCA represents Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. The Agile mindset, values, principles and practices give us one map for increasing our chances of success in the face of VUCA.

In this talk we will discuss:

- What are the forces of change for our organization?

- What is Agile, and how does it help us deal with those changes?

- What are the key shifts in becoming Agile?

- How do we get started?

The Current State of Cybersercurity with Brandon Blankenship

A Team that Digs In: Strengthening Leadership and Engagement Through Purpose

People have a innate need to know they make a positive difference in the world, including in their work. When an individual's sense of purpose is aligned with his or her work, the results can be powerful, for the individual*and*for the company and the customers it serves. This is when you're most likely to see team members who truly dig into the work.

Strong leaders are able to align their own sense of purpose with their work, and are also able to help their team members align purpose and work. Leaders who are not able to help their team members make this connection between purpose and work risk employee disengagement--team 
members who don't feel connected to the work or the organization, who don't want to be at work, who are just counting down the minutes until they get to go home. Workplace research shows that poor management is 
the leading cause of disengagement.

The good news is that improving leadership skills can improve employee engagement. This session will explore the concept of purpose and will give participants an opportunity to identify their own purpose and how 
it can be used to strengthen their leadership skills. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to develop specific strategies they'll use to improve the engagement and culture in their own teams.

Some topics we'll discuss include these:

- How purpose is related to an organization's mission
- The benefits of aligning purpose and mission
- How to clearly identify and articulate your own purpose


Andrew Smith:

As Agile Practice Lead at Innovative Software Engineering (ISE), Andrew champions teamwork, technical practices, and shared learning. Andrew is also responsible for system architecture, systems engineering and program management for full-service customer projects. Previous to ISE, Andrew worked on a variety of wireless communications and telematics projects, and was responsible for the architecture and development of a telephony services system. Andrew has a passion for finding better ways to do things and is constantly looking for ways to adapt industry experience and best practices into ISE. To expand his knowledge in Agile and Scrum, Andrew has received the ICAgile Certified Expert – Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF), ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC), and Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) certifications. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics Degree (with Distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Dennis Corpman:

Dennis is a lead for software development and program management at Innovative Software Engineering (ISE). Dennis has had a long career developing solutions for industries including Agriculture, Transportation, and Direct Store Delivery. Dennis’ initial exposure to Agile started as a developer on a team which eventually led to being a ScrumMaster, Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Stakeholder and Agile Coach. To further his expertise in Agile, Dennis has received the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO),  ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP), ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF), and ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) certifications. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics from the University of Iowa.

Aaron Warner: 

CEO, ProCircular Inc.

Jennifer Horn-Frasier:

Jennifer Horn-Frasier, principal of Bluebird Sky (, helps people and organizations get to where they want to be. Equally at home in established systems and in startups, with the big picture and the details, and with structure and ambiguity, Jennifer is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and problem solver. She focuses on evolution management—the art and science of imagining a desired future state, then mapping a path to achieve it—and she delights in supporting her clients’ progress and growth.

A few of the roles Jennifer has held throughout her career prior to Bluebird Sky include: junior high and high school language arts teacher; science editor for an educational publishing company; product development and program manager for a suite of tests measuring workplace English communication skills for an international market; director of strategic partnerships for ACT, Inc.; director of marketing and communications for workforce development products and services; and launching, operationalizing, and serving as director of strategy and programs for ACT Foundation.

For fun Jennifer rides bikes on gravel, dirt, and pavement; plays bass guitar and sings in a band; volunteers in her community; and goes on adventures with her family.


Time Track 1                                         Track 2    
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 10:00

Agile for Change with Andrew Smith & Dennie Corpman

Unlocking the Mystery of Proactivenly Responding to Change - Part 1 -- Salz
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:45

The Current State of Cybersecurity -- Blankenship

Unlocking the Mystery of Proactivenly Responding to Change - Part 2 -- Salz

11:45 - 1:15 Luncheon Speaker -
1:15 - 2:45

Strengthening Leadership through Purpose - Part 1 -- Horn-Frasier

Strike a Balance - Part 1 -- Salz
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:30

Strengthening Leadership through Purpose - Part 2 -- Horn-Frasier

Strike a Balance - Part 2 -- Salz