Anita Wood, M.B.A., P.M.P.
Education: B.A., Concordia College – Moorhead, MN, and Institut de Gestion Rennes (IGR), France
M.B.A. International Institute of International Studies – Monterey, CA
PMP Certification – Project Management Institute
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Anita teaches the following courses to traditional students and adult learners at the undergraduate and graduate levels: Integrated Software Applications, Database Management Systems, Systems Anlaysis and Design, Systems Development and Implementation, Aligning Technology and Organizational Strategy, Project Management, and Strategic Planning. In 2009, Anita traveled to China to research the development of a new international business course which she will begin teaching in spring 2011 (including a trip to China).
Experience Outside Academia: Prior to joining Viterbo, Anita had nearly two decades of experience working in the global corporate world, including: systems design and implementation at Ingersoll Rand (France); sales and marketing research in retail petroleum systems at Schlumberger (Switzerland); information technology at Trane; software test engineer, project manager, and product manager at Business Objects, an SAP Company (formerly Firstlogic); and project management / business analysis in the government sector. She has expertise in data quality and business intelligence. Anita stays current in her fields by working with her husband’s consulting firm, ADW Computer (www.adwcomputer.com).
Professional Associations & Community Involvement: Anita is a charter member of the La Crosse chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI, www.pmi.org), where she has also served on the board – most recently as president - for over four years. In addition, she is product management certified by Pragmatic Marketing (www.pragmaticmarketing.com). Anita is actively involved in the PTO at her children's school.
Publications & Presentations: The Pragmatic Marketer recently published Anita and Dave Wood’s article, Three Tips at the Tip of the Iceberg: How to Ensure the Success of Your IT Team. Anita presented Strategic Alignment for Project Success at the PMI Professional Development Days Conference. She has also spoken on numerous occasions on the topic of data quality. Anita has presented research several times at the MBAA Internatinoal conference in Chicago, including Social Networking Technology: Impact on Communication and the Use of Technology and An Investigation of the Use of Case Studies in China and U.S. Business Education.
Hobbies and Other Interests: Anita and her husband, Dave, have two toddlers, who fill most of their free time. Some favorite family activities are walking to the park, traveling, going to the swimming pool, reading, and movies. With both parents in technical fields, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the toddlers already have their own laptop, so games (some educational, of course) are also a popular activity. Anita has dual citizenship (American and Swiss) and speaks four languages. Most of her family lives in Switzerland, so visiting there is always a top priority.