Sarah Davis

Austin, TX


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Work experience

Mar 2019 - Present


Director of Portfolio Programs - Data and AI

Systems - OKRs as management framework + tooling automation across entire Data and AI portfolio ($6B revenue + 8k people) Insights - custom suite of dashboards to extract insights for strategic decision making Talent - Early Professional Hire (EPH) program for Offering Management (OM), AOM Rotational Program, Engagement & Austin Site events


Oct 2017 - Sep 2019


Program Director - Business Operations (Watson Products)

- Grew revenue by 25% with reduced expense and headcount - Set and measure performance targets for strategic growth - Lead business planning activities for portfolio - Lead executive market management team


Jul 2016 - Oct 2017


Portfolio Program Manager and Business Transformation Leader (BTL) - Watson

Cross Functional Leadership of the Watson Exploration & Discovery Offering Portfolio (~$500M) Business Transformation Leader (BTL) for Watson Brand (~1500 people) Enterprise Agile Coach Advanced Design Thinking Facilitator


Jun 2015 - Jul 2016


Offering Team Program Manager - Watson Products

I started with Watson Explorer Offering Team in 2015 and quickly added Watson Discovery Advisor and Watson Knowledge Studio teams for a portfolio impact of $300M and team of over 300 members. As Offering Team Program Manager, I partner closely with our Product Managers and act as the cross-functional leader for the offering overseeing the end-to-end execution of our strategy and working closely with each functional lead (Development, Design, Product Management, Sales, Marketing, Services, Delivery, and Support). I facilitate the creation and tracking of a strategic business plan with quarterly and monthly milestones and manage inter dependencies across offerings and the portfolio.


Jul 2014 - May 2015


Watson Project/Program Manager

* Responsible for driving project leadership in 15 person agile development team for innovation in cognitive computing as well as managing client experience for technology tours and client engagement in robotics. * United multiple teams to deliver 7 technical projects to HQ launch as well as event support and docent training. * Managed client experience for over 100+ tours, 1400+ clients, 10+ industry conferences, and 5 client engagements.


Jul 2013 - Nov 2013

W3 Digital Agency

Project Leader/Consultant

W3 is a one-stop digital agency providing multi-lingual software, mobile and social media solutions for Fortune 500 clients. As a Project Leader, I provide operational leadership to multi-cultural/cross-functional/distributed teams and strategic consulting services to clients in the US.

Oct 2006 - Dec 2012

Alma Cubana Productions

Business Owner/Instructor

Alma Cubana means "cuban soul" and raises awareness for Cuban dance & culture. I create monthly dance class curriculum, custom workshops, private lessons and large events/festivals for dance studios, schools/universities, corporate & private clients. I founded the company in Los Angeles and have taught in the Americas and Internationally. Did you know that learning to partner dance (leading & following) can help you in your professional career and romantic relationships? Ask me how... Keywords: coaching, program management, marketing, social media, market strategy, education ***Special Events are available by appointment but regularly scheduled classes have been put on hold due to my traveling schedule***

May 2011 - Aug 2012

Devon Energy

Senior Business Analyst/Project Manager

* Integrated Enterprise HR Mentoring Solution (COTS tool + process) with 193% ROI. * Resolved requirements for hi-profile, hybrid Content Management solution (SharePoint front-end/LiveLink back-end) for global Environmental, Health and Safety team. * Customized Professional Development Program for Business Analysis Role to include streamlined processes, training and certification resources, tools, templates, and technical career path matrices.

Jan 2011 - Jul 2012

IIBA OKC Chapter


* Chartered OKC Chapter of International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA) * Led Board of Directors in Strategic Initiatives, Organizational Development and growth * Featured Facilitator/Guest Speaker on BA Certification, Elicitation, and Best Practices


May 2010 - May 2011

Chesapeake Energy

Business Analyst/Project Manager

* Optimized daily web-service interface to customized asset management tool for 38% timesaving. * Instituted and managed process for business changes and bug fixes to Artesia Manual Journal Entry (MJE) proof, post, and upload functions, which reduced error rates (and service tickets) by 66%. * Exceeded customer expectations within first weeks of employment by unifying a new development team to address system error and maintenance backlog translating into a 12% cost savings.

Dec 2008 - Apr 2010

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Sr. Business Analyst IV

* Transformed emerging technology opportunities into viable business cases and advised Executive Team on actionable implementation plans with 88% proposal acceptance rate. * Synthesized market data into meaningful comparison reports for Senior Management. * Established inter-agency mentoring initiative in collaboration with Women's Leadership Council.

Aug 2008 - Apr 2009

Central Oklahoma Integrated Network Systems (COINS)

Project Analyst/Consultant

Managed consortium deliverables, evaluation tools for state/federal funding effectiveness, director-level custom reporting, data management, process improvement, work flow re-design, policy and procedure, change management and training.

Aug 2004 - Oct 2007

Indymac Bank

Business Analyst/Project Manager

* Re-engineered multi-functional data review for Senior Management * Facilitated annual strategic planning process for SVPs forecasting growth at divisional level. * Developed cross-functional training programs for business process improvement. * Created online Policy & Procedure documentation including process flows/directories/glossaries. * Initiated custom management reporting from Siebel CRM for New Accounts division improving broker application processing efficiency, sales resource planning, and customer segment penetration. Key words: Business Process Re-engineering (BPR), Quarterly Accountability Reporting, Strategic Planning, Market Research, Sharepoint Administration, Policy and Procedure, Bench-marking, Project Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Jan 2004 - Aug 2004

Target Corporation

Human Resources Manager

Recruiting & Hiring, Orientation, Training & Development, Payroll Management, Benefits Administration, Scheduling, Sales Forecasting, Expense Tracking, Retention, Community Relations, Employee Relations - Worker's Compensation, Unemployment, Safety, Incident Reporting, OSHA Logs, Corrective Action

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