Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 | 06:00 AM - 08:00 PM CST
16 West Adams, Chicago, IL
The Fall 2019 Chicago CTO Summit
Connect with, and learn from your peers at the Chicago CTO Summit
ABOUT THE CHICAGO CTO SUMMIT
If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers at The Fall 2019 Chicago CTO Summit. Whether you want to hire smarter, refine your culture, improve your processes, manage more effectively or adopt better engineering practices or architectures, the CTO Summits are designed to help you to learn from top practitioners and to share experiences with your peers. The summit is a single track, full day (9am -> 7pm) summit with. 20 presentations along with plenty of breaks for networking.
WHY ATTEND?
Keep up to date with trends
Identify good practices
Strengthen your network
Get inspired and motivated
THE SPEAKERS

Microservices: The Dark Side

Premanand Chandrasekaran

Principal, ThoughtWorks

Navigating Power Dynamics as a Leader

Zach Beer

Manager of DevOps, InRule Technology

Empathy and Compassion in Communication: Learnings From an Engineer

Francois Toubol

CTO, Livly

Making a distributed working environment work well

Michael Stahnke

VP Platform, CircleCI

From microservices to serverless

Phil Calçado

Senior Director Engineering, SeatGeek

Startup vs. Enterprise - Different Symptoms, Same problems

Thulasi Kethini

CTO, Shiftgig

Crossing The Chasm - Building and Scaling AI-Driven Engineering Teams

Helen Sun

CTO, Stats Perform

Managing Business Risk as a Chief Technologist

Jonathan Graham

CTO, Transaction Assurance Group

Agile is not the answer

Danielle Pollard

Senior Managing Advisor, Responsive Advisors

A tale of two re-architecture efforts

Jan Chong

Senior director of engineering, Twitter

3 Hacks to Communicate Tech Value to Stakeholders

Josef De castelnau

Chief Data Officer & Founder, Syncresia

Engineers Are People Too (How to get the most from those around you)

Claudius Mbemba

CTO, neu

Individualizing your management style

Mercedes Bernard

Engineering Manager, Tandem

Hiring in hyper-growth: Tools for survival

Cat Miller

Director of Engineering, Flatiron Health

MARKETING to your engineering team

Jenny Farver

CTO, LightStream

Data Science at a Startup is Actually Useful! (sometimes)

Chas Jhin

VP Engineering, Cameo

Kickoff by host

Peter Bell

Founder, CTO Connection

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Chelsea Troy

Engineering Consultant, RigorWorks

Under pressure: 20 dead startups in 2 years and 13 more in flight now

Rc Johnson

Director of Engineering, Indeed

Don’t fund a Godzilla: the pragmatic approach to funding nimble teams

Aurimas Adomavicius

President, Devbridge group

How to Grow a Learning Culture: A Learning and Development Case Study

Kwame Thomison

Founder, Magnetic


MEET ENGINEERING LEADERS FROM
What CTO’s say about CTO Summits
The CTO Summit series produces some of the highest-quality content, available for engineering leaders. The speaker lineup is always diverse and passionate about their areas of expertise. I'm not aware of any other event which packs this much talent and high-quality content into a single day!
Johnny Austin
CTO Till
The CTO Summit gave me a great opportunity to step back from the daily challenges and think about broader opportunities to help my team evolve and accelerate.
Ann Funai
SVP Engineering, Under Armour
The summits bring together industry leaders who are passionate about sharing high-quality, practical knowledge in an environment that fosters valuable networking, learning, and growth.
Nick Caldwell
Chief Product Officer, Looker
Almost by definition, most senior engineering leaders don't have peers at their company that they can share with and learn from. I always look forward to participating in the CTO Summit events because they offer one of those rare opportunities to learn from peers, as well as to make and renew connections with colleagues. They are well-run, collegial, and always worthwhile. I recommend them highly to any senior engineering leader.
Randy Shoup
VP Engineering eBay
The CTO Summit was the rare event where every talk felt applicable to me as an engineering leader. The topics ranged from managing remote teams (pre-Covid!) to methods of coordinating a technical re-platforming. Talks were high quality, succinct, and always had useful takeaways.
Cat Miller
VP Engineering Flatiron Health
Agenda
08:00 AM

Registration/Breakfast

09:00 AM

Kickoff by host

Peter Bell, Founder, CTO Connection

09:10 AM

Under pressure: 20 dead startups in 2 years and 13 more in flight now

Rc Johnson, Director of Engineering, Indeed

09:30 AM

Making a distributed working environment work well

Michael Stahnke, VP Platform, CircleCI

09:50 AM

Crossing The Chasm - Building and Scaling AI-Driven Engineering Teams

Helen Sun, CTO, Stats Perform

10:10 AM

Empathy and Compassion in Communication: Learnings From an Engineer

Francois Toubol, CTO, Livly

10:30 AM

Break (40 mins)

11:10 AM

Don’t fund a Godzilla: the pragmatic approach to funding nimble teams

Aurimas Adomavicius, President, Devbridge group

11:30 AM

Managing Business Risk as a Chief Technologist

Jonathan Graham, CTO, Transaction Assurance Group

11:50 AM

Engineers Are People Too (How to get the most from those around you)

Claudius Mbemba, CTO, neu

12:10 PM

MARKETING to your engineering team

Jenny Farver, CTO, LightStream

12:30 PM

Lunch (1 hr)

01:30 PM

Agile is not the answer

Danielle Pollard, Senior Managing Advisor, Responsive Advisors

01:50 PM

From microservices to serverless

Phil Calçado, Senior Director Engineering, SeatGeek

02:10 PM

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Chelsea Troy, Engineering Consultant, RigorWorks

02:30 PM

A tale of two re-architecture efforts

Jan Chong, Senior director of engineering, Twitter

02:50 PM

Break (20 mins)

03:10 PM

3 Hacks to Communicate Tech Value to Stakeholders

Josef De castelnau, Chief Data Officer & Founder, Syncresia

03:30 PM

Individualizing your management style

Mercedes Bernard, Engineering Manager, Tandem

03:50 PM

Microservices: The Dark Side

Premanand Chandrasekaran, Principal, ThoughtWorks

04:10 PM

Hiring in hyper-growth: Tools for survival

Cat Miller, Director of Engineering, Flatiron Health

04:30 PM

Break (40 mins)

05:10 PM

Startup vs. Enterprise - Different Symptoms, Same problems

Thulasi Kethini, CTO, Shiftgig

05:30 PM

Data Science at a Startup is Actually Useful! (sometimes)

Chas Jhin, VP Engineering, Cameo

05:50 PM

Navigating Power Dynamics as a Leader

Zach Beer, Manager of DevOps, InRule Technology

06:10 PM

How to Grow a Learning Culture: A Learning and Development Case Study

Kwame Thomison, Founder, Magnetic

06:30 PM

Closing

06:40 PM

Networking & Drinks

08:00 PM

End of Event

It's just so rare to get such a distinguished group of software engineering leaders together to talk about the issues common to us all. It's a must attend for anyone in technical leadership.

Robert Conrad CTO Crunchbase
The sessions were high caliber and had a lasting impact on my work this year. As a single-day event in my hometown, it was easy to work into my schedule.

Jenny Farver Co-CEO 8th Light
For the second year in a row this conference delivers so many great talks in a tiny package. A great return on investment and so many great connections all in one day.

RC Johnson Senior Director of Engineering Indeed.com
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