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If you are technical and manage engineers, learn from and connect with your peers at The 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.

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Wednesday, May 1st 2019

The speakers

Speakers include senior engineering leaders from Groupon, WeWork, Forbes, LaunchDarkly, Buffer, Flatiron Health, the LTSE, Mode Analytics, RainforestQA and Capital One

The schedule

This years summit is a single track, full day event which is comprised of 20 presentations by senior engineering leaders. We start at 9am (breakfast and registration from 8am). The content finishes by 6.40pm and then we have drinks and networking until 8pm.

  • 08:00 AM Registration/Breakfast
  • 09:00 AM Kickoff by host Peter Bell, founder CTO Connection
  • 09:10 AM Scratch Your own Itch and then Scratch Theirs Colin Bodell, CTO Groupon
  • 09:30 AM Mistakes Were Made - How Not to Feature Flag Edith Harbaugh, CEO & Cofounder LaunchDarkly
  • 09:50 AM Managing Your People Investments Scott Parker, VP Engineering Signal
  • 10:10 AM Growing Our Growth Mindsets Beth Andres-Beck, Software Engineering Manager The Long-Term Stock Exchange
  • 10:30 AM Break (40 mins)
  • 11:10 AM Refactoring Trust on Your Team Rebecca Miller-Webster, CTO Tandem
  • 11:30 AM Foundation Blocks of Building High Performing Engineering Teams Sagar Gaikwad, Sr Engineering Manager Capital One
  • 11:50 AM Growing a Platform Team Stacy Gorelik, Director of Engineering Flatiron Health
  • 12:10 PM Scaling High Performing Engineering Teams Shlomy Gantz, Director Intevity
  • 12:30 PM Lunch (1 hr)
  • 01:30 PM Confessions from a Non-Technical CEO leading a Software Startup through Growth Geeta Schmidt, CEO Humio
  • 01:50 PM Machine Leaning in Practice Russell Smith, CTO Rainforest
  • 02:10 PM Run Engineering Meetings Using Improv Skills Ushashi Chakraborty, Director of Engineering Mode Analytics
  • 02:30 PM Constitutionally Mandated Ship Dates Raffi Krikorian, Former CTO Democratic National Convention
  • 02:50 PM Break (20 mins)
  • 03:10 PM Building & Scaling Distributed Teams Katie Womersley, VP Engineering Buffer
  • 03:30 PM Engineering Decision Model: Messy Opinions, Neat Ownership Rudy Rigot, Software Engineering Manager Kenna Security
  • 03:50 PM Our Road to GCP Vadim Supitskiy, VP Engineering Forbes
  • 04:10 PM Past as Prologue: Foundational Leadership Stories from Inside and Outside Tech Courtney Hemphill, Partner Carbon Five
  • 04:30 PM Break (40 mins)
  • 05:10 PM Frugal Innovation Betty Enyonam Kumahor, Managing Partner The Cobalt Partners
  • 05:30 PM When your best developers leave, does their knowledge about your code leave with them? Peter Pezaris, CEO CodeStream
  • 05:50 PM So You've Realized You Need to Get Serious About Security... Eleanor Saitta, Owner Systems Structure
  • 06:10 PM Breaking Codes, Designing Jets, and Building Teams Randy Shoup, VP Engineering WeWork
  • 06:30 PM Closing
  • 06:40 PM Networking & Drinks

The sponsors

Platinum Sponsors



LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform that software teams use to build better software, faster. Development teams use feature management as a best practice to separate code deployments from feature releases. With LaunchDarkly teams control their entire feature lifecycles from concept to launch to value.

Silver Sponsors



Andela builds high-performing, distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers. In four years, Andela has been ranked the “Best Place to Work in Africa,” hiring just 1,000 developers out of more than 100,000 applicants. Andela developers work as full-time engineering team members from our tech campuses in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali with companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to high-growth tech startups like Gusto and Github.

The venue

The Gleacher Center 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr.,
Chicago IL, United States 60611