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Making Bold Decisions and Taking Risks in Your Career

with Annie Cheng, Claire Hough, Lisa Gelobter & Arezoo Riahi


Being a woman in a predominantly male industry can be challenging at times – and seeking the advice of successful women eng leaders can help inspire you to be bold! In this episode, we feature three women who shared their leadership stories & advice at ELC Annual: Annie Cheng, VP of Engineering @ Waymo; Claire Hough, CTO @ Carbon Health; and Lisa Gelobter, CEO and Founder @ tEQuitable. They discuss their career moves, along with strategies for combating disrespect in the workplace, finding work-life balance, overcoming imposter syndrome, and more. Mediated by Arezoo Riahi (Head of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity @ Waymo), this is a high-energy episode you won’t want to miss! This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: elc.community/public/content
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Becoming A Force Multiplier

with Cal Henderson & Maria Kazandjieva

In this episode, Cal Henderson (Co-Founder & CTO @ Slack) and Maria Kazandjieva (Co-Founder @ Graft) discuss strategies for how to be a force multiplier within your organization! They cover Cal’s leadership journey & the early days of Slack, how to identify lateral inflection points, aligning your people throughout periods of change, tips for personal retrospectives on where you invest your time, and more. Additionally, Cal & Maria share plenty of frameworks for both identifying if you are currently a force multiplier & how to identify opportunities to inspire productivity in others. This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: elc.community/public/content
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Jan 10, 2023

Lessons on being deliberate

with Megan Kacholia

As eng leaders, there are many things outside of our control – however, Megan Kacholia (VP of Engineering @ Google) believes being deliberate can help you realize the many factors you DO have control of. Megan provides real-life lessons from her own leadership journey on how to take ownership of your time / calendar, tips for saying “yes” & knowing when to say “no,” and strategies for communicating with authenticity. Megan also covers why it’s important as an eng leader to feel comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, frameworks for having difficult conversations, communicating with empathy, and how she balances her role in a part-time capacity. This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: https://hubs.la/Q01wHBrS0
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Episode 114: Making Bold Decisions and Taking Risks in Your Career

with Annie Cheng, Claire Hough, Lisa Gelobter & Arezoo Riahi

Being a woman in a predominantly male industry can be challenging at times – and seeking the advice of successful women eng leaders can help inspire you to be bold! In this episode, we feature three women who shared their leadership stories & advice at ELC Annual: Annie Cheng, VP of Engineering @ Waymo; Claire Hough, CTO @ Carbon Health; and Lisa Gelobter, CEO and Founder @ tEQuitable. They discuss their career moves, along with strategies for combating disrespect in the workplace, finding work-life balance, overcoming imposter syndrome, and more. Mediated by Arezoo Riahi (Head of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity @ Waymo), this is a high-energy episode you won’t want to miss! This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: elc.community/public/content
Jan 24, 2023

Episode 113: Becoming A Force Multiplier

with Cal Henderson & Maria Kazandjieva

In this episode, Cal Henderson (Co-Founder & CTO @ Slack) and Maria Kazandjieva (Co-Founder @ Graft) discuss strategies for how to be a force multiplier within your organization! They cover Cal’s leadership journey & the early days of Slack, how to identify lateral inflection points, aligning your people throughout periods of change, tips for personal retrospectives on where you invest your time, and more. Additionally, Cal & Maria share plenty of frameworks for both identifying if you are currently a force multiplier & how to identify opportunities to inspire productivity in others. This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: elc.community/public/content
Jan 17, 2023

Episode 112: Lessons on being deliberate

with Megan Kacholia

As eng leaders, there are many things outside of our control – however, Megan Kacholia (VP of Engineering @ Google) believes being deliberate can help you realize the many factors you DO have control of. Megan provides real-life lessons from her own leadership journey on how to take ownership of your time / calendar, tips for saying “yes” & knowing when to say “no,” and strategies for communicating with authenticity. Megan also covers why it’s important as an eng leader to feel comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, frameworks for having difficult conversations, communicating with empathy, and how she balances her role in a part-time capacity. This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: https://hubs.la/Q01wHBrS0
Jan 10, 2023

Episode 111: How to do an effective re-org

with Aaron Erickson & Mike Tria

Reorgs are never easy, often impacting eng teams – and that’s why they should always be a last resort. However, sometimes they are necessary for an org’s success! Mike Tria (Head of Eng @ Atlassian) joins Aaron Erickson (Co-Founder & CEO @ Orgspace) to discuss frameworks & strategies for implementing a successful reorg, why eng leaders should be involved throughout the entire reorg process, alternative solutions to reorgs, who is accountable when a reorg goes poorly, how to improve communication channels throughout a reorg, and implementing smooth transitions. This is a featured session from ELC Annual 2022 - check out all of the sessions here: https://hubs.la/Q01wHBrS0
Jan 03, 2023

Episode 110: Engineering Founder’s Takeover: Top-down / Bottoms-up sales strategy, pricing, and enterprise product adoption

with Abi Noda

This is a special episode from our new show “Engineering Founders” - Should you build B2C or B2B? What about implementing a top-down or a bottoms up sales strategy? How do you think about pricing? These are many of the dilemmas early founders face in the early stages. We sit down with Abi Noda to explore his experiences co-founding DX and Pull Panda and examine the differences, trade-offs and considerations behind building for consumer vs. B2B, pricing, early sales and product adoption strategies! For more episodes of Engineering Founders, subscribe here: https://engineering-founders.simplecast.com/ P.S. The Engineering Leadership Podcast will return after the winter holidays on January 3rd!
Dec 20, 2022

Episode 109: Authentic networking, community building, and digital transformation

with Yvette Pasqua

We cover building community & digital transformation with Yvette Pasqua, CTO @ Exos! She shares her leadership journey from MeetUp to Exos and how her experiences shaped her views on the importance of community and effective networking. We also discuss principles for creating authentic meetup experiences, how Yvette navigated her Head of Eng search without a recruiter, the importance of asking others for help, and how Exos navigated the opportunities & challenges through their digital transformation.
Dec 13, 2022

Episode 108: Building a startup-within-a-startup

with Heidi Williams

In this episode, we discuss frameworks & strategies for building a “startup-within-a-startup” with Heidi Williams, Head of Engineering for Grammarly Business @ Grammarly! She shares stories about her leadership style while revealing the benefits of & considerations for creating a startup-within-a-startup, sourcing ideas & hosting knowledge-sharing meetings, identifying adjacencies in your user base, communicating challenges between individuals & teams, developing leading indicators, and more.
Dec 06, 2022

Episode 107: Sustaining multi-phase, long-term tech transformation

with Paul Dix

We cover how to sustain long-term transformational projects with Paul Dix, CTO & Founder @ InfluxData! This high-energy conversation reveals the history behind InfluxDB and its multi-phase, long-term transformation over the past 10 years. Plus we discuss how to know when it’s time to take your company to the next level, identifying the right people for your eng teams, integrating multiple teams into an org re-architecture, and building open-source products/communities!
Nov 29, 2022

Episode 106: Building self-sufficient teams and operating in constrained funding environments

with Elaine Zhou

We cover how to uplevel your eng team with Elaine Zhou, CTO @ Change.org! She shares some of her favorite frameworks and strategies for creating self-sufficient teams, amplifying high-performers, performing self-assessments, and hosting prioritization conversations. Plus Elaine shares the story behind how she got involved with Change.org, navigating different operating constraints in your business model (from non-profit to VC-funded contexts), and what it’s like investing in high-impact areas with no revenue expectation.
Nov 22, 2022

Episode 105: Scaling your leadership 10x in 6 years and leading outside your technical depth

with Claus Moberg

We sat down with Claus Moberg to discuss his career trajectory, from meteorology student and hardware CEO to current VP of Eng @ Roblox! We also cover how to overcome obstacles when scaling leadership, leading teams outside of your technical depth/knowledge, attracting & recruiting top talent, finding “diamonds in the rough,” how to communicate effectively between business functions & eng teams. Claus also shares his best frameworks for navigating complex conversations and taking measured risks while scaling eng functions.
Nov 15, 2022
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