Meet the Judges: The Agile Professional ‘Snap & Win’ Contest

Take a moment to learn about the judges of the Agile Professional Snap & Win Contest. Be sure to enter right here before June 11.

Julia Mair
VP of Marketing,
Dow Jones Enterprise

With more than 25 years in the online information industry, Julia Mair currently leads the B2B marketing team for Dow Jones, including Factiva, Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal.  Prior to joining Dow Jones, Julia led marketing activities for the academic publishing unit of LexisNexis, a member of Reed Elsevier Group plc.

How would you define professional agility? What does being professional agile mean to you?
The marketing profession and my industry (publishing) are undergoing rapid changes, driven by social and economic forces as well as technology. To me, being professional agile is trying to keep my eyes open to emerging ideas and marketing concepts – like new apps and social media markets. It is also important that my team remains professionally agile, so we must constantly question the way we think about our business, interact with our customers and conduct our day-to-day tasks.

Deb Hunt
Principal, Information Edge

Deb Hunt is currently the SLA President Elect and Principal of Information Edge which empowers clients to find the information they need to do their work. Information Edge specializes in document and digital asset management, knowledge services, professional research and analysis, and library design and automation.

Deb has written for Information Outlook, Freepint, Information World Review (IWR) and other publications and has presented at SLA, Internet Librarian and Createasphere.

How would you define professional agility? What does being professional agile mean to you?
My SLA Presidential theme is "Transform knowledge and expertise into strategic value." As information professionals we must add flexibility, insight, and recognition of opportunity to our essential core skills! We need to move outside our comfort zone into new career areas such as document management, digital and media asset management and knowledge services where there are ample career and earning opportunities. I continue to demonstrate agility as I leap off the edge into new career areas utilizing current skills while investing in continuing education to enhance and grow those skills. 

Anne Caputo
Executive Director, Dow Jones & Company

Anne Caputo is the 2010 President of SLA and works as an advisor and consultant to the Dow Jones Information Professional Market.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies where she teaches a course in electronic information retrieval.

How would you define professional agility? What does being professional agile mean to you?
To me professional agility represents the ability to reinvent and refocus critical information skills to the demands of new jobs and new roles.  In the course of my career I have been a trainer, educator, marketing executive, project manager, professional association volunteer and leader and speaker at conferences and events around the world.  Each step required agility and openness to change and new opportunities. 

Mary Ellen Bates
President, Bates Information Services

Mary Ellen Bates is the SLA Division Cabinet Past-Chair and the owner of Bates Information Services, providing business research and analysis for over 20 years. She is a frequent speaker and the author of six books and innumerable articles on the information industry.

How would you define professional agility? What does being professional agile mean to you?
Being professionally agile means fully believing that I both need and want to continue to grow and challenge myself professionally. I assume that I always need to be learning new skills, whether that is creating and editing webinars, becoming proficient in a new application or just making sure I meet with other info pros at least once a month. That is why I so value all the virtual places where I can hook up with other SLA members.

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