1-Day Summit for Engineering & Product Leaders

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Wed, Aug 7th
The Midway, 900 Michigan St, San Francisco
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Schedule

Morning

Attendees arrive & breakfast is served
8:30 - 9:30 am
All Attendees
Talk
Opening remarks
Plato's CEO Quang Hoang will share a piece of advice that changed his life to kick off Elevate 2019.
9:30 - 9:45 am
All Attendees
Quang Hoang
Plato
Talk
Keynote: "Managing during growth & change"
Reddit's CTO (Chris Slowe) will talk about his time from the early days at the company to today, and the tactics he used to lead during periods of change. He'll cover how to articulate values that guide decisions, how to scale your team but stay innovative, and how to help managers work through tough situations.
9:45 - 10:00 am
All Attendees
Chris Slowe
Reddit
Panel
Fireside Chat: "Lessons in Leadership"
Stitch Fix's CTO (Cathy Polinsky) and Zume's CTO (Chris Satchell) discuss their journeys to become CTOs with moderator Mo Bhende, co-founder of Karat. They'll reveal what that transformation was like, the broad and influential role of today’s CTO, plus how to hire and develop leaders in hyper-growth environments.
10:00 to 10:30 am
All Attendees
Cathy Polinsky
Stitch Fix
Chris Satchell
Zume
Mo Bhende
Karat
BREAK: 10:30 - 10:45 am
Panel
Panel: "Surviving fast scaling"
Hear from leaders at Lyft, GitHub, and Asana (Luc Vincent, Dana Lawson, & Prashant Pandey) on how they've tackled management challenges while scaling (with moderator Loic Houssier, DocuSign's VP of Eng).
10:45 - 11:15 am
All Attendees
Luc Vincent
Lyft
Dana Lawson
GitHub
Prashant Pandey
Asana
Loic Houssier
DocuSign
Talk
Keynote: "The Product Triangle"
Slack's VP of Product Eng (Michael Lopp) dives into the roles and responsibilities of engineering, product, and program managers.
11:15 - 11:30am
All Attendees
Michael Lopp
Slack
Panel
Panel: "Building alignment with Eng & Product"
Learn how to strengthen the relationship between Eng & Product teams from Airbnb's Head of Professional Hosting (Clara Liang), Robinhood's VP of Product (Josh Elman) and Workday's Sr. Director of Eng (Madhura Dudhgaonkar) — moderated by Tom Willerer (Coursera's ex Chief Product Officer and Partner at Venrock).
11:30 to 12:00 pm
All Attendees
Clara Liang
Airbnb
Josh Elman
Robinhood
Madhura Dudhgaonkar
Workday
Tom Willerer
Venrock
LUNCH: Noon to 1 pm

Early Afternoon

Content
Talk: "Building high-performing teams" + Panel: "The ins and outs of evaluating engineers"
Hear how Medium's VP of Product Eng (Brian Zotter) has built high-performing teams, then a discussion on how to interview and assess engineers with panelists from YouTube, Box, and Coinbase (moderated by Triplebyte's co-founder).
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Room 1
Brian Zotter
Medium  •  TALK
Denali Lumma
Box  •  PANEL
Tim Wagner
Coinbase  •  PANEL 
Prachi Gupta
YouTube  •  PANEL
Ammon Bartram
Triplebyte  •  PANEL
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Affirm
• Slack
• Amazon
• Salesforce
• Carbon Five
...and more!
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
BREAK — 1:45 to 2 pm
Content
Talk: "Managing remote teams" + Panel: "Driving team performance with effective communication"
Hear how Invision's SVP of Eng (Asanka Jayasuriya) has managed remote teams at InVision, then a panel on how communication can impact team performance with leaders from Netflix, Eventbrite, WeWork, and Apartmentlist (moderated by Lingo Live's CEO).
2:00 to 2:45 pm
Room 1
Asanka Jayasuriya
Invision  •  TALK
Michael Spiegelman
Netflix •  PANEL
Jen You
WeWork  •  PANEL
Pat Poels
Eventbrite  •  PANEL
Sue Nallapeta
Apartmentlist  •  PANEL
Tyler Muse
Lingo Live  •  PANEL
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Lyft
• Yelp
• eBay
• Zendesk
• Slack
..and more!

2:00 to 2:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
BREAK — 2:45 to 3 pm

Mid Afternoon

Talk + Panel
Talk: "Effective Engineering and Product Teaming" + Panel: "Evaluating your team's success as you grow"
Hear from Rachel Obstler on how PagerDuty has aligned product & eng teams, then a panel on measuring your team's success with leaders from Brex, CZI, and LogDNA (moderated by Onramp's CEO).
3:00 to 3:45 pm
Room 1
Rachel Obstler
PagerDuty  •  TALK
Cosmin Nicolaescu
Brex  •  PANEL
Kathryn Koehler
CZI  •  PANEL
Danny Chai
LogDNA  •  PANEL
Howard Sueing
Onramp  •  PANEL
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Google
• Amazon
• Atlassian
• Rakuten
• Box
..and more!

3:00 to 3:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
Quang Hoang Type Like This
CEO, Plato
BREAK — 3:45 to 4 pm
Talk + Panel
Panel: "Employee growth and career development" + Talk: "Becoming a badass eng leader"
Hear from eng leaders from Netflix, Optimizely, and VMware on developing your career and the careers of your reports (moderated by HackerRank's SVP Product), followed by a talk from Rukmini Reddy on 5 tried & tested lessons to elevate your career.
4:00 to 4:45 pm
Room 1
Chris Saint-Amant
Netflix  •  PANEL
Prafulla Arvind
VMware  •  PANEL
Sonesh Surana
Optimizely  •  PANEL
Oded Shel
HackerRank  •  PANEL
Rukmini Reddy
Abstract  •  TALK
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Stripe
• Dropbox
• Zendesk
• Braintree
• Gusto
..and more!

4:00 to 4:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
HAPPY HOUR 4:30 - 6:00 pm
OPEN FLOOR PLAN PDF

About ELEVATE

If you're a manager, director, VP, or executive in Engineering or Product — join us on August 7th to hear from the Bay Area's top tech leaders on building & managing high-performing teams.

You'll connect with peers & experts, participate in interactive workshops, and leave with actionable advice you can implement immediately — that's what makes ELEVATE unique.

Learn how to get teams to deliver value, how to align on strategy, how to plan for growth, and how to be a manager that people love to work with. Grab a ticket before we're sold out!

Speakers & Workshop Leaders

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We’re there for you whenever you need us. With unlimited calls, you never have to worry about waiting until next month to get your questions answered.

4 Workshops

We’re there for you whenever you need us. With unlimited calls, you never have to worry about waiting until next month to get your questions answered.

Topics for keynotes, panels, & workshops

Attracting and hiring talent
Managing teams and help your
Sourcing and attracting great engineer candidates
Structuring a scaling team

Building cross functional alignment across Eng & Product

Sourcing & attracting great candidates

Create diverse teams and an inclusive culture

Managing remote teams

Becoming a better people manager

Schedule

Morning

Attendees arrive & breakfast is served
8:30 - 9:30 am
All Attendees
Talk
Opening remarks
Plato's CEO Quang Hoang will share a piece of advice that changed his life to kick off Elevate 2019.
9:30 - 9:45 am
All Attendees
Quang Hoang
Plato
Talk
Keynote: "Managing during growth & change"
Reddit's CTO (Chris Slowe) will talk about his time from the early days at the company to today, and the tactics he used to lead during periods of change. He'll cover how to articulate values that guide decisions, how to scale your team but stay innovative, and how to help managers work through tough situations.
9:45 - 10:00 am
All Attendees
Chris Slowe
Reddit
Panel
Fireside Chat: "Lessons in Leadership"
Stitch Fix's CTO (Cathy Polinsky) and Zume's CTO (Chris Satchell) discuss their journeys to become CTOs with moderator Mo Bhende, co-founder of Karat. They'll reveal what that transformation was like, the broad and influential role of today’s CTO, plus how to hire and develop leaders in hyper-growth environments.
10:00 to 10:30 am
All Attendees
Cathy Polinsky
Stitch Fix
Chris Satchell
Zume
Mo Bhende
Karat
BREAK: 10:30 - 10:45 am
Panel
Panel: "Surviving fast scaling"
Hear from leaders at Lyft, GitHub, and Asana (Luc Vincent, Dana Lawson, & Prashant Pandey) on how they've tackled management challenges while scaling (with moderator Loic Houssier, DocuSign's VP of Eng).
10:45 - 11:15 am
All Attendees
Luc Vincent
Lyft
Dana Lawson
GitHub
Prashant Pandey
Asana
Loic Houssier
DocuSign
Talk
Keynote: "The Product Triangle"
Slack's VP of Product Eng (Michael Lopp) dives into the roles and responsibilities of engineering, product, and program managers.
11:15 - 11:30am
All Attendees
Michael Lopp
Slack
Panel
Panel: "Building alignment with Eng & Product"
Learn how to strengthen the relationship between Eng & Product teams from Airbnb's Head of Professional Hosting (Clara Liang), Robinhood's VP of Product (Josh Elman) and Workday's Sr. Director of Eng (Madhura Dudhgaonkar) — moderated by Tom Willerer (Coursera's ex Chief Product Officer and Partner at Venrock).
11:30 to 12:00 pm
All Attendees
Clara Liang
Airbnb
Josh Elman
Robinhood
Madhura Dudhgaonkar
Workday
Tom Willerer
Venrock
LUNCH: Noon to 1 pm

Early Afternoon

Content
Talk: "Building high-performing teams" + Panel: "The ins and outs of evaluating engineers"
Hear how Medium's VP of Product Eng (Brian Zotter) has built high-performing teams, then a discussion on how to interview and assess engineers with panelists from YouTube, Box, and Coinbase (moderated by Triplebyte's co-founder).
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Room 1
Brian Zotter
Medium  •  TALK
Denali Lumma
Box  •  PANEL
Tim Wagner
Coinbase  •  PANEL 
Prachi Gupta
YouTube  •  PANEL
Ammon Bartram
Triplebyte  •  PANEL
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Affirm
• Slack
• Amazon
• Salesforce
• Carbon Five
...and more!
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
BREAK — 1:45 to 2 pm
Content
Talk: "Managing remote teams" + Panel: "Driving team performance with effective communication"
Hear how Invision's SVP of Eng (Asanka Jayasuriya) has managed remote teams at InVision, then a panel on how communication can impact team performance with leaders from Netflix, Eventbrite, WeWork, and Apartmentlist (moderated by Lingo Live's CEO).
2:00 to 2:45 pm
Room 1
Asanka Jayasuriya
Invision  •  TALK
Michael Spiegelman
Netflix •  PANEL
Jen You
WeWork  •  PANEL
Pat Poels
Eventbrite  •  PANEL
Sue Nallapeta
Apartmentlist  •  PANEL
Tyler Muse
Lingo Live  •  PANEL
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Lyft
• Yelp
• eBay
• Zendesk
• Slack
..and more!

2:00 to 2:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
BREAK — 2:45 to 3 pm

Mid Afternoon

Talk + Panel
Talk: "Effective Engineering and Product Teaming" + Panel: "Evaluating your team's success as you grow"
Hear from Rachel Obstler on how PagerDuty has aligned product & eng teams, then a panel on measuring your team's success with leaders from Brex, CZI, and LogDNA (moderated by Onramp's CEO).
3:00 to 3:45 pm
Room 1
Rachel Obstler
PagerDuty  •  TALK
Cosmin Nicolaescu
Brex  •  PANEL
Kathryn Koehler
CZI  •  PANEL
Danny Chai
LogDNA  •  PANEL
Howard Sueing
Onramp  •  PANEL
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Google
• Amazon
• Atlassian
• Rakuten
• Box
..and more!

3:00 to 3:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
Quang Hoang Type Like This
CEO, Plato
BREAK — 3:45 to 4 pm
Talk + Panel
Panel: "Employee growth and career development" + Talk: "Becoming a badass eng leader"
Hear from eng leaders from Netflix, Optimizely, and VMware on developing your career and the careers of your reports (moderated by HackerRank's SVP Product), followed by a talk from Rukmini Reddy on 5 tried & tested lessons to elevate your career.
4:00 to 4:45 pm
Room 1
Chris Saint-Amant
Netflix  •  PANEL
Prafulla Arvind
VMware  •  PANEL
Sonesh Surana
Optimizely  •  PANEL
Oded Shel
HackerRank  •  PANEL
Rukmini Reddy
Abstract  •  TALK
Workshop
Interactive workshop sessions

Participate in small group discussion facilitated by leaders from:

• Stripe
• Dropbox
• Zendesk
• Braintree
• Gusto
..and more!

4:00 to 4:45 pm
Rooms 2 and 3
Quang Hoang
CEO, Plato
HAPPY HOUR 4:30 - 6:00 pm
OPEN FLOOR PLAN PDF

Opportunities for 1-on-1s

2018 Attendee Testimonials

Ben Chen

Engineering Manager at

"ELEVATE felt uniquely genuine about the challenges that managers face. I had the opportunity to chat with VPs and Directors at plenty of impressive companies, but I felt like everyone treated each other as equals. The ability to openly discuss difficulties we were facing and share best practices with one another made it one of the most enjoyable conferences I’ve attended."

Shweta Vidyarthi

Engineering Manager at

“ELEVATE was very relevant and authentic, and the group sessions were extremely engaging. I loved interacting with managers navigating the same situations as me and meeting so many like-minded people. I would definitely come back and recommend attending Elevate to leaders and managers!”

Jigish Mehta

Sr. Engineering Manager at

“ELEVATE is a must for all the budding and experienced managers. It was the perfect platform to connect with my peers as well as senior executives from other companies. Listening to speakers talk about their journey and the group discussion sessions were the most satisfying part!”

2018 Highlights