SVELC: Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Engineering Leaders

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Why is it people get promoted for their technical expertise to take on a management role, but aren’t offered training to gain expertise for the non-tangible skills they will use to lead and motivate people? And similarly, how is it we expect our team leaders to know every answer to every challenge when they have limited leadership experience?

The secret that many successful engineering managers and technical leaders have discovered is that Leadership Is Not a Solo Sport. The leader or manager title doesn’t require you to know all the answers. Those managers who try to be all-knowing and all-powerful often fail in their efforts because they forget that their teams are made up of very talented people with a variety of experiences that can be leveraged.

Join the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community to recognize and hone the four superpowers technical leaders - every one of us - have within ourselves to build and lead excellent teams. This interactive session will provide you insights to help you transform your intangible leadership qualities into tangible winning strategies.

Come prepared to participate in a team scrimmage session that will help you:
• channel your innate leadership capabilities
• integrate the facets of non-tangible leadership traits
• mentor up and coming leaders

Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz, PMP, is expert in making the complicated simple. She works with teams to delve through complex layers and identify the essential issue. She enables leaders to build effective teams that acclimate and thrive within changing environments. Throughout her career, she has led a variety of corporate and government teams successfully through technology deployments and organizational changes which resulted in improved core operating procedures.

Last year, Susan published her first book, Creating a Greater Whole: A Project Manager‘s Guide to Becoming a Leader, which unlocks the not-so-secret secrets of how aspiring managers can become strong leaders. Its practical “outcome-tested” strategies and thought-provoking questions offer individuals a tool to craft a personalized framework to help them learn how to help people come together to create something larger than themselves.

Susan recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Washington, DC and is enjoying getting acquainted with the area. Among her new adventures, she has become an adjunct instructor at UC Berkeley teaching within the Project Management Leadership curriculum.


6:30 - 7:00 Networking / food
7:00 - 7:10 Intro
7:10 - 8:30 Presentation
8:30 - 8:35 Closing
8:35 - 8:45 Networking


Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station.

Albin Engineering Services, Inc.

Our sponsor Albin Engineering Services pride themselves on "listening" to their clients, then delivering the "Right" solutions, the right candidates, the right technical expertise, at the right time, at the right price. We specialize in finding software, hardware, and mechanical engineers who are essential to your success! We supply them on contract, contract to hire, and as direct hires. Learn more at Albin Engineering (