Biographies

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Laura Paton – MBA, PMP, PMP-PBA, CBAP, CSM

Founder and CEO

Laura Paton is Founder and CEO of BA Academy, Inc. She has acquired over 30 years of vast project management and business analysis experience across numerous industries. Her passion is helping organizations and individuals gain a better appreciation and understanding of business analysis and providing coaching support to mature and improve BA skills and practices .
Laura has been an instrumental contributor to the business analysis profession and in the development of international standards where she has served in the following capacity:

Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Standard in Business Analysis (in process) – Chair and Author
  • Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide – Chair and Lead Author
International Institute Of Business AnalysisTM (IIBA):
  • BABOK® Guide, version 2 Project Manager
  • BABOK® Guide, version 3 Chair/Author
  • Head of New Product Development (2011 – 2014)
  • Vice President of Professional Development RTP Chapter (2010-2011)

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida, and a M.B.A. from the University of Tampa. Her certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP®), PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).