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ELC Summit’s Coaching consists of small group sessions that are designed to facilitate personal and professional skill-building for the challenges of tomorrow that you don’t know about yet. These sessions are focused on internal improvement rather than on specific external problem-solving, and provide a forum for learning not just from the coach but also from your peers at the Summit.
curated professional coaches
curated professional coaches
We’ve curated a roster of high-quality, hyper-relevant coaches to lead and facilitate these sessions.
group learning
group learning
Our group video immediately transform the environment of the high-energy Summit, to an intimate, focused, and supportive conversation.
peer-to-peer RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
peer-to-peer RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
Accelerate insights into your blind spots and your growth by sharing with and learning from the experiences of other leaders.
Focusing on the most impactful challenges
Focusing on the most impactful challenges
Each coaching session will have a specifc topic, hand-picked to represent the most common yet impactful challengees engineering leaders face.
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october 5th
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10+
executive coaches
~10
people/session
90
minutes/session
coaches
so far
Claude Jones
Sr. Director of Engineering @ WalmartLabs
topic
I Was 'Almost' Fired From My Job! - A personal case study of how communication, teamwork, and emotional intelligence helped transformed me into a resilient leader

Resilient leaders come in all forms. Whether people manager or individual contributor, at some point in your career, you will face volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. These obstacles will become a stumbling block, threatening to prevent you from moving forward towards accomplishing your goals. What separates good leaders from great leaders is the ability to persevere through these moments of extreme challenge and arise victorious.

In this session, I share my personal story of how I overcame ambiguity, corporate politics, and fear of failure with 4 behaviors that helped me become a resilient leader. This engaging session will be 45 mins personal experience and 45 mins Q&A.

If you are looking to become resilient and up your leadership game, this is one session you don’t want to miss.

Resilient leaders come in all forms. Whether people manager or individual contributor, at some point in your career, you will face volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. These obstacles will become a stumbling block, threatening to prevent you from moving forward towards accomplishing your goals. What separates good leaders from great leaders is the ability to persevere through these moments of extreme challenge and arise victorious.

In this session, I share my personal story of how I overcame ambiguity, corporate politics, and fear of failure with 4 behaviors that helped me become a resilient leader. This engaging session will be 45 mins personal experience and 45 mins Q&A.

If you are looking to become resilient and up your leadership game, this is one session you don’t want to miss.

Claude Jones
Sr. Director of Engineering @ WalmartLabs
topic
The Invisible Reality - A personal case study of the steps I used to overcome and change the negative perspectives about me

Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?

You’ve had a perfect track record the entire year and you made one mistake and you are now branded as a complete failure When you ask for personal feedback and it is given, the person described does not reflect who you are When sharing your opinion in a collaborative setting with co-workers or managers, you are told that you are difficult to communicate with

If you resonate with any of the points above or something similar, you my friend are dealing with a perception problem.

We have all faced perception problems in our career, and when we do, how do you handle it? Do you fold under the pressure and frustration or use it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and master the art of influence.

In this session, I share my personal story of how my annual evaluation almost ruined my year. I discuss how three simple techniques can help you transform negative perceptions into positive ones.

This engaging session will be 45 mins personal experience and 45 mins Q&A.

If you are looking for ways to help change negative perceptions about you and build a positive professional brand, this is one session you don’t want to miss.

Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?

You’ve had a perfect track record the entire year and you made one mistake and you are now branded as a complete failure When you ask for personal feedback and it is given, the person described does not reflect who you are When sharing your opinion in a collaborative setting with co-workers or managers, you are told that you are difficult to communicate with

If you resonate with any of the points above or something similar, you my friend are dealing with a perception problem.

We have all faced perception problems in our career, and when we do, how do you handle it? Do you fold under the pressure and frustration or use it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and master the art of influence.

In this session, I share my personal story of how my annual evaluation almost ruined my year. I discuss how three simple techniques can help you transform negative perceptions into positive ones.

This engaging session will be 45 mins personal experience and 45 mins Q&A.

If you are looking for ways to help change negative perceptions about you and build a positive professional brand, this is one session you don’t want to miss.

Scott Swedberg
CEO @ The Job Sauce
topic
Effective Salary Negotiation: You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate

Most professionals limit their earning potential the moment they answer the recruiter's first question about target compensation.

Companies won't pay you what you deserve, they'll pay you what you negotiate. Getting this right can add over $1M in pre-tax career earnings while also increasing your perceived value among your colleagues.

In this session, I'll share how I regularly help clients maximize initial job offers then increase them by another 10-20% without using high pressure tactics that could burn bridges (or the offer itself).

Most professionals limit their earning potential the moment they answer the recruiter's first question about target compensation.

Companies won't pay you what you deserve, they'll pay you what you negotiate. Getting this right can add over $1M in pre-tax career earnings while also increasing your perceived value among your colleagues.

In this session, I'll share how I regularly help clients maximize initial job offers then increase them by another 10-20% without using high pressure tactics that could burn bridges (or the offer itself).

Tarikh Korula
Founder @ Superculture
topic
Great managers coach: hands on coaching practice to be a better leader

Leadership is about people and startups are about growth. “Manager as coach” is fundamental to a new principle of learning, growing and retaining talent in dynamic organizations. Perhaps there was a time when managers were expected to have all the answers, to simply impart their wisdom to reports with critical performance feedback. But startups are change machines and old approaches to management don’t work. Great engineering leaders grow their people. They give support and guidance, understand how to give feedback and allow employees to learn how to adapt dynamically and realize their potential in a culture of learning. To be truly successful, managers must reinvent themselves as coaches whose job it is to draw energy, creativity, and learning out of the people with whom they work.

This is a hands on workshop with instruction, direct experience, practice and feedback. As much as we will cover techniques and tips, this workshop is for folks who want to build their emotional intelligence and are willing to actively participate and be vulnerable in a group of like-minded colleagues with a skilled and experienced facilitator guiding the process.

Leadership is about people and startups are about growth. “Manager as coach” is fundamental to a new principle of learning, growing and retaining talent in dynamic organizations. Perhaps there was a time when managers were expected to have all the answers, to simply impart their wisdom to reports with critical performance feedback. But startups are change machines and old approaches to management don’t work. Great engineering leaders grow their people. They give support and guidance, understand how to give feedback and allow employees to learn how to adapt dynamically and realize their potential in a culture of learning. To be truly successful, managers must reinvent themselves as coaches whose job it is to draw energy, creativity, and learning out of the people with whom they work.

This is a hands on workshop with instruction, direct experience, practice and feedback. As much as we will cover techniques and tips, this workshop is for folks who want to build their emotional intelligence and are willing to actively participate and be vulnerable in a group of like-minded colleagues with a skilled and experienced facilitator guiding the process.

Ingrid Christine Abild-Pedersen
Certified Professional Coach
topic
Stop being a passenger in your own life

What kind of leader are you? Are you happy about the way you show up in your life? How do you handle conflicts? Do you feel fulfilled?

Many things can take over how we live our life. Old emotions, sickness, and a busy schedule, are just some examples as to why life can feel like a hamster wheel or out of our control. These reasons can take away all the excitement in life. In this session you will learn to re-assess yourself, gain awareness about patterns, and identify action steps necessary to become the leader and person that you want to be. Hop in - it’s time to take the driver seat!

What kind of leader are you? Are you happy about the way you show up in your life? How do you handle conflicts? Do you feel fulfilled?

Many things can take over how we live our life. Old emotions, sickness, and a busy schedule, are just some examples as to why life can feel like a hamster wheel or out of our control. These reasons can take away all the excitement in life. In this session you will learn to re-assess yourself, gain awareness about patterns, and identify action steps necessary to become the leader and person that you want to be. Hop in - it’s time to take the driver seat!

Michael Papanek
Leadership and Change Management, Executive Coach, OD Consultant, Workshop Facilitator, Author
topic
Agile Leadership and Resilient Teams - how to build unbreakable teams and resilient organizations right now

How do the best leaders create resilient teams who thrive during change and stress? They know how to leverage conflict and use it to drive innovation and high performance. In this session Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant Michael Papanek will provide best practices from top tech leaders in Silicon Valley and around the world, sharing how they make decisions, build relationships, lead innovation and create positive culture change.

This session is not about Agile processes, such as Sprints and Scrums - this is about leading Agile teams which are Strong, Flexible and Fair.

Please bring your hardest and most difficult people issues to the coaching session for an in depth discussion of both established and emerging strategies for building unbreakable teams.

www.michaelpapanek.com

How do the best leaders create resilient teams who thrive during change and stress? They know how to leverage conflict and use it to drive innovation and high performance. In this session Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant Michael Papanek will provide best practices from top tech leaders in Silicon Valley and around the world, sharing how they make decisions, build relationships, lead innovation and create positive culture change.

This session is not about Agile processes, such as Sprints and Scrums - this is about leading Agile teams which are Strong, Flexible and Fair.

Please bring your hardest and most difficult people issues to the coaching session for an in depth discussion of both established and emerging strategies for building unbreakable teams.

www.michaelpapanek.com

Joe Dunn
Executive Coach, ex VP of Engineering
topic
Managing Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations are a fact of life, and work. In this session, we'll dig in to how to have them at the right time, and manage them to a productive conclusion.

Difficult Conversations are a fact of life, and work. In this session, we'll dig in to how to have them at the right time, and manage them to a productive conclusion.

Matt Arena
Managing Director @ Arena Consulting
topic
Success and Failure of Organizational Change Initiatives: walking the tightrope toward success, and successfully navigating the pitfalls along the way.

Change Initiatives come in all sizes – from a small process change to the transformation of an entire company to Agile methodologies. In all cases, it takes walking a thin line to demonstrate early successes vs. falling into the pitfalls that create change fatigue. Common causes of change fatigue can include the over-designing or over-planning the changes, and mistakes in managing individual and organizational resistance. There are pathways to success.

In this session, I will share the insights I’ve gain from leading major change initiatives. I will share the top reasons change efforts fail and how to mitigate them. I will also be sharing my learnings from my experience as a leader and the Chief Architect of the Agile Transformation at PayPal.

I ask you to come prepared to talk through your specific change initiative challenges. Whether you are currently leading or participating in a change initiative today or will be in the future, take the opportunity in this coaching session to learn how best to operate a change initiative in real time.

Change Initiatives come in all sizes – from a small process change to the transformation of an entire company to Agile methodologies. In all cases, it takes walking a thin line to demonstrate early successes vs. falling into the pitfalls that create change fatigue. Common causes of change fatigue can include the over-designing or over-planning the changes, and mistakes in managing individual and organizational resistance. There are pathways to success.

In this session, I will share the insights I’ve gain from leading major change initiatives. I will share the top reasons change efforts fail and how to mitigate them. I will also be sharing my learnings from my experience as a leader and the Chief Architect of the Agile Transformation at PayPal.

I ask you to come prepared to talk through your specific change initiative challenges. Whether you are currently leading or participating in a change initiative today or will be in the future, take the opportunity in this coaching session to learn how best to operate a change initiative in real time.

Thea Polancic
Managing Partner @ Clearspace
topic
Creating a Culture of Accountability in Remote Teams

Do you feel like you’re the one person who’s working the hardest in your organization, who's staying up the latest, and is the only one who's really accountable for "all of it"? Creating a culture of accountability and speed is hard when we're face to face - and the complexity increases when we're remote. Learn simple, practical tools to stop rescuing your team and start holding them accountable in a way that feels good for everyone. Increase throughput and decrease the waste and frustration that's built into all organizations. Hear from your peers and leave with a list of actions you can put into practice right away.

Do you feel like you’re the one person who’s working the hardest in your organization, who's staying up the latest, and is the only one who's really accountable for "all of it"? Creating a culture of accountability and speed is hard when we're face to face - and the complexity increases when we're remote. Learn simple, practical tools to stop rescuing your team and start holding them accountable in a way that feels good for everyone. Increase throughput and decrease the waste and frustration that's built into all organizations. Hear from your peers and leave with a list of actions you can put into practice right away.

Thea Polancic
Managing Partner @ Clearspace
topic
Level Up Your Leadership For Complexity: How To Be Truly Agile And Scale In A Vuca World

Complexity is the name of the game now. All of us live in a world that's Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. To scale, we can’t just work harder, longer; be smarter or make more people happy. Many of us are running on leadership habits that were formed earlier in our careers - and now are strained to the max. It's possible to thrive and outcompete in complexity. Come learn the top five things you can do to level up your leadership for the future and avoid the pitfalls that affect all leaders in complex times.

Complexity is the name of the game now. All of us live in a world that's Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. To scale, we can’t just work harder, longer; be smarter or make more people happy. Many of us are running on leadership habits that were formed earlier in our careers - and now are strained to the max. It's possible to thrive and outcompete in complexity. Come learn the top five things you can do to level up your leadership for the future and avoid the pitfalls that affect all leaders in complex times.

Leigh Newsome
Partner & CTO Coach @ Hoola Hoop
topic
As an engineering leader, learn how to successfully 'manage up' to a CEO, COO or other non-technical executive

Do you report to a non-engineering leader, such as a CEO or COO, or have a goal to become a technology executive? Or do you feel that sometimes engineering is not understood by non-technical leaders in your organization? Reporting and managing up to a non-technical leader requires different skills than reporting to an engineering leader. As a former CTO and CEO, I’ve coached hundreds of engineering leaders to evolve into a true technology executive who can successfully lead an engineering organization and manage up to a CEO, COO, etc. This coaching session is for any Dir, VP, CTO, or other aspiring engineering leaders with a goal to lead larger engineering organizations and become part of the conversation at an executive level. Learn the important skills to build a successful relationship with CEOs, COOs, or other executives and bring your own engineering leadership challenges to this coaching session.

Do you report to a non-engineering leader, such as a CEO or COO, or have a goal to become a technology executive? Or do you feel that sometimes engineering is not understood by non-technical leaders in your organization? Reporting and managing up to a non-technical leader requires different skills than reporting to an engineering leader. As a former CTO and CEO, I’ve coached hundreds of engineering leaders to evolve into a true technology executive who can successfully lead an engineering organization and manage up to a CEO, COO, etc. This coaching session is for any Dir, VP, CTO, or other aspiring engineering leaders with a goal to lead larger engineering organizations and become part of the conversation at an executive level. Learn the important skills to build a successful relationship with CEOs, COOs, or other executives and bring your own engineering leadership challenges to this coaching session.

Neetu Rajpal
VPE @ Oscar Health, Founder @ My Empathy Project
topic
Learn to Prioritize and Advocate for Tech Debt with your executive teams and your own teams

Tech Debt is a reality of life for all Technical and Product Leaders. Anytime a software company is successful, the software that fueled the growth is normally not the software that supports the scaling, increased load and expansion of the business. All of this is (perceived or real) ‘lack’ of the product tends to hold the company, the business or the team back. This inevitable reality of software cycle is called “Tech Debt” and is normally left on the shoulders of the technical leaders to resolve. The skills set required to address this work is not what they teach you in the computer science classes, it is also not what they teach you in management classes. It requires a unique set of intersection of Business, Technical and Communication skills. This session will focus on building a framework for evaluating and prioritizing your own tech debt. In a workshop style exercise, we’ll talk about your individual situation and work with real examples. We will wrap up with building narratives around how to convince your fellow executives and your own teams.

Tech Debt is a reality of life for all Technical and Product Leaders. Anytime a software company is successful, the software that fueled the growth is normally not the software that supports the scaling, increased load and expansion of the business. All of this is (perceived or real) ‘lack’ of the product tends to hold the company, the business or the team back. This inevitable reality of software cycle is called “Tech Debt” and is normally left on the shoulders of the technical leaders to resolve. The skills set required to address this work is not what they teach you in the computer science classes, it is also not what they teach you in management classes. It requires a unique set of intersection of Business, Technical and Communication skills. This session will focus on building a framework for evaluating and prioritizing your own tech debt. In a workshop style exercise, we’ll talk about your individual situation and work with real examples. We will wrap up with building narratives around how to convince your fellow executives and your own teams.

Spencer H. Greene
Managing Partner @ TSVC
topic
Presenting to Your CEO: An Interactive Coaching Session

Presenting "up" -- to your CEO, executive team, or Board - is often a high-stakes proposition, with one chance to get it right. There are easy ways to make it go more smoothly and to increase the chance of getting your desired outcome. In this interactive session, Spencer will invite two volunteers each to deliver a real executive-facing presentation, critiqued by the rest of the attendees. We've found this format is more engaging than a lecture; and, since most presentations have the same problems, the most important lessons end up getting covered :).

Presenting "up" -- to your CEO, executive team, or Board - is often a high-stakes proposition, with one chance to get it right. There are easy ways to make it go more smoothly and to increase the chance of getting your desired outcome. In this interactive session, Spencer will invite two volunteers each to deliver a real executive-facing presentation, critiqued by the rest of the attendees. We've found this format is more engaging than a lecture; and, since most presentations have the same problems, the most important lessons end up getting covered :).

Spencer H. Greene
Managing Partner @ TSVC
topic
Pitching to a VC: An Interactive Coaching Session

The VC presentation is a unique animal. The audience is typically "cold" (meaning they don't know you), and they can also be - dare I say - a bit jaded. The first few minutes of your pitch are critical in attracting the audience's interest and influencing their emotion. In this interactive session, Spencer will invite several volunteers each to deliver a real VC-facing presentation, critiqued by the rest of the attendees. We've found this format is more engaging than a lecture; and, since most presentations have the same problems, the most important lessons end up getting covered :).

The VC presentation is a unique animal. The audience is typically "cold" (meaning they don't know you), and they can also be - dare I say - a bit jaded. The first few minutes of your pitch are critical in attracting the audience's interest and influencing their emotion. In this interactive session, Spencer will invite several volunteers each to deliver a real VC-facing presentation, critiqued by the rest of the attendees. We've found this format is more engaging than a lecture; and, since most presentations have the same problems, the most important lessons end up getting covered :).

Marc Maltz
Partner @ Hoolahoop
topic
What’s work got to do with it?” The Psychology of Accountability in Tech Teams

Teams are complicated groups of people with numerous pushes and pulls. Let’s talk about the power and dysfunctions of teams and how, as a tech leader, you can change the dynamic to achieve higher performance. Boost your collective productivity by building agile, accountable and aligned team(s). We will discuss: Lencioni’s concept of “trust”, a team (organizational) resiliency model, the role of the leader and team member, a model for accountability, agile performance management systems, and related topics.

Teams are complicated groups of people with numerous pushes and pulls. Let’s talk about the power and dysfunctions of teams and how, as a tech leader, you can change the dynamic to achieve higher performance. Boost your collective productivity by building agile, accountable and aligned team(s). We will discuss: Lencioni’s concept of “trust”, a team (organizational) resiliency model, the role of the leader and team member, a model for accountability, agile performance management systems, and related topics.

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