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Optimizing Career Growth for Engineering Leaders
AGENDA: • 5:30 PM - 6:20 PM: Check-in & food • 6:20 PM - 6:30 PM: Opening remarks • 6:30 PM - 6:50 PM: Keynote by Allen Cheung • 6:50 PM - 7:30 PM: Panel Discussion • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Breakout Session & Networking KEYNOTE: Mapping a Career in Leadership - Allen Cheung, Senior Director of Engineering @ Affirm PANEL - Rolf Jensen, SVP Engineering @ Tradeshift - Maria Latushkin, SVP Engineering @ Omada Health - Souvik Das, SVP Engineering @ Zenefits - Emily Glassberg Sands, Head of Data Science @ Coursera - (Moderator) Dan Pupius, Co-Founder & CEO @ Range Labs, former Head of Engineering @ Medium BREAKOUT SESSION We believe peer learning is equally important. After the panel discussion, we will break out into small groups to further discuss this topic. This is to leverage peer learning and develop deeper connections. Breakout session is optional and has limited capacity. Opt-in is needed at check-in (via iPad). SPEAKER BIOS: Allen Cheung ( Allen Cheung is a Sr Director of Engineering at Affirm, leading Consumer engineering efforts. Previously, he was an engineering manager at Counsyl and Square. He enjoys mentoring both ICs and managers, as well as figuring out how to scale out engineering organizations and enabling them to run more efficiently. Rolf Jensen ( Rolf Njor Jensen is SVP Engineering @ Tradeshift - the business commerce company - where he runs engineering and platform operations efforts from the 200-odd engineers, and is part of executive management and strategic efforts such as fundraising due diligence and acquisition evaluations and integrations. Rolf started when Tradeshift was still in a garage with a title of "Code Monkey", and has grown with the company, being part of the journey and inherent challenges: culture, organization, staffing, and of course: technical. Maria Latushkin ( Maria Latushkin is responsible for leading the Omada Health’s technology vision and team. Prior to joining Omada Health and moving to healthcare space, Maria has spent over 15 years in eCommerce, retail and enterprise SaaS companies ranging from series B startups to large companies, such as Walmart. Emily Glassberg Sands ( Emily Glassberg Sands is Head of Data Science at Coursera. She received her BA from Princeton and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard. Her academic publications cover experimental and applied methods to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making, and have been featured in the popular press including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. Souvik Das ( Souvik Das has more than two decades of professional experience in the software industry. He started as a software engineer and has spent his entire career building highly scalable, available internet scale applications. He has built and led engineering teams in Netscape, PayPal and Capital One. He has led teams of hundreds of engineers and has been responsible for building products that bring in billions of dollars of annual revenue. He is currently the SVP of Engineering at Zenefits. He has an undergraduate and Masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering. In his free time, he likes to read and spend time with his family. Dan Pupius ( Dan is CEO of Range, an early-stage company developing software that builds high-performance culture. Formerly the head of engineering at Medium and a Staff Software Engineer at Google, he has an MA in Industrial Design from Sheffield University, and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence from The University of Manchester. In past lives he raced snowboards, jumped out of planes, and lived in the jungle.

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    What we're about


    SFELC is a curated community of engineering leaders with 1700+ leaders from over 700 companies. Although we started in San Francisco, we are here to serve all engineering leaders.


    To connect world's engineering leaders and help evolve the way leadership is implemented in the tech industry.


    • Most problems we face have been solved by others in the community. What's missing is the connection.

    • Everyone (even the least experienced) has learnings valuable to others.

    • Our challenges are often nuanced and context-dependent, so having dialogs is critical.


    • YouTube channel for some of our past events:

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    • Lei Yang, VP & Head of Engineering, Quora

    • Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing Director @ Zetta Venture Partners

    • Raylene Yung, Head of Payments, Stripe

    • Mike Riccio, Director of Engineering, Google

    • Krishna Bhagavan, GM, Alexa Reminders, Amazon

    • Michael White, Head of Engineering, Caviar, Square

    • Jason Warner, SVP of Technology, GitHub

    • Dave Camp, VP of Engineering, Firefox at Mozilla

    • Wade Foster, CEO & Co-founder @ Zapier

    • Dana Lawson (moderator), VP of Engineering @ InVision

    • Tim Olshansky, CTO @ Aconex

    • John Thimsen, VP of Engineering @ Qualtrics

    • Edward Kim, Co-founder & CTO @ Gusto

    • Andy Chen, Partner @ Kleiner Perkins

    • Naveen Gavini, Head of Product Engineering @ Pinterest

    • David Silverman, former Navy SEALs Officer, Author of "Team of Teams", Founder & CEO @ CrossLead

    • James Birchler, VP of Engineering @ SmugMug

    • Wade Chambers, CTO & SVP of Engineering @ Grand Rounds

    • Daniel Portillo, Talent Partner @ Greylock

    • Scott Shumaker, VP of Engineering @ Credit Karma

    • Jessica McKellar, Founder & CTO @ Pilot

    • Soren Harner, VP of Engineering @ Mulesoft

    • Nik Koblov, VP of Engineering @ Affirm

    • Adrian McDermott, President of Products @ Zendesk

    • Soren Abildgaard, Senior VP of Engineering @ Zendesk

    • Mark Rabkin, VP of Engineering @ Facebook

    • Deborah Liu, VP of Product, Marketplace @ Facebook

    • Rob Mee, CEO @ Pivotal

    • Steve Herrod, Managing Director @ General Catalyst, Former CTO & SVP of R&D @ VMware

    • Jason Warner, SVP Technology @ GitHub

    • Raylene Yung, Senior Engineering Leader @ Stripe

    • Joe Binney, VP of Engineering @ Robinhood

    • Lee Edwards, CTO @ Teespring

    • Bill Portelli, Managing Partner @ CEO Quest, Co-founder and former CEO @ CollabNet

    • Nick Caldwell, VP of Engineering @ Reddit

    • Tim Correia, VP of Engineering & Product @ Zillow Group

    • Wade Chambers, VP of Engineering @ Twitter

    • Ron Lichty, Author of Manage the Unmanageable

    • Simon Perryman, Director of Engineering @ Twitch

    • Matt Greenberg, Sr. Director of Engineering @ Credit Karma

    • Dan Pupius, former Head of Engineering @ Medium


    We are proudly partnering with Greylock Partners ( as our sponsor, who has been helping us tremendously since our early days.

    From Greylock Partners:

    "Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest early in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET), Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR), Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA), Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), Pandora (NYSE: P), Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG, Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY)."

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