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Setting The Agile Narrative for Diversity &

Untapping Potential

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Mary Thorn

Mark Rasdorf


A Fireside Chat with Mary ThornVP of IT Strategy and Transformation at S&P

Let's be courageous and talk about ways to make our workplace more LGBTQ+ inclusive.

ezTagile diversity and Inclusion

In honor of #pridemonth, we are excited to share your love and pride through the unique format of a fireside chat. We hope you engage in the discussion and ask those questions that everyone wants to be answered.  Let's be courageous and talk about ways to make our workplace more LGBTQ+ inclusive. Get ready to learn from each other, support each other, and advocate for a better community. 

​This session is part of ezTagile's Stand-Up Initiative, an innovative and original diversity, and inclusion program designed to provide a space for traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education.

Meet Our Presenter:

Mary Thorn

Vice President of IT Strategy and Transformation at S&P

Global Market Intelligence


During her 20+ years of experience with finance, healthcare, and SaaS-based products, Mary Thorn has held VP, director, and manager-level positions in various software development organizations.


A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large-scale agile transformations.


Mary's expertise is a combination of agile scaling, agile testing, and DevOps, which her clients find incredibly valuable. Mary is also the chief storyteller of the book, The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, and is an avid keynote and conference speaker on all things agile and agile testing.

Mary lives with her wife and 2 boys in Raleigh, NC.

Meet Our Moderator:

Mark Rasdorf is the Senior Associate Director in Intercultural Affairs at East Carolina University with primary responsibility for the programming and long-range planning for the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, as well as serving as the staff liaison with the LGBTQ Advancement Council. In addition to his work with the LGBTQ Center, he has served as a Cluster Facilitator (2015) and as Program Coordinator (2016) in the LeaderShape Institute. 

In 2017, his work on campus was recognized with the East Carolina Creed Award for Diversity; the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Award; and the Division of Student Affairs Inclusion Award. Most recently, he was honored with the 2019 Public Service Award from the Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities in the ACPA College Student Educators International.

Mark earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Appalachian State University in May 2013. While at Appalachian, he served as the graduate assistant for the LGBT Center for two years and his work was honored with Appalachian’s prestigious Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Development. In 2012, Mark received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).


He is a founding board member of PFLAG Greenville NC, a local chapter of the United States’ largest organization for parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

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Mark Rasdorf, MA, NCC

Senior Associate Director for the

Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center

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