Kristian Kimbro Rickard is the Founder, CEO and Chief Change Agent for MAX451, a Seattle-based company helping innovative organizations proactively address business, technological & cultural change. She is the creator and author of VALEX, an Organizational Change Management methodology with its key differentiator being Ms. Rickard’s experience and accompanying published research during her tenure as a Social Constructivist educator in academia. Bringing academia mainstream, Ms. Rickard is Chief Product Strategist for Cloud9MAX, an Azure and Office 365 app in private preview, designed to guide leaders through the change process. Ms. Rickard can be found on stages around the world and in the press talking about how the same productivity and data-related innovations used to develop Cloud9MAX can assist organizations as they strive to become more social, agile, better and faster. Before founding MAX451, she was a Microsoft manager in the world-wide SharePoint product management group in Redmond, specializing in enterprise portals, social and search and IBM, Oracle and Google compete. An undisclosed number of years ago, she made a living as a java developer.