From Engineering Manager to Director: Things I Wish Knew Before

12:45pm

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Session Overview

Becoming a people manager often happens as a natural progression, but too often we are stepping into the role not knowing what to expect or understanding the trade offs.

As we climb the ladder, the fuzzier the role and responsibilities become, whilst this leaves room to define your own role it can create confusion when successfully transitioning from an engineering manager to a director.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to manage Managers Vs Individual contributors
  • Discover how being a good engineering manager is different than being a good director
  • Understand the core and unique set of responsibilities

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    Ahold Delhaize

As data becomes increasingly important for businesses, it’s essential to have a flexible and efficient platform for managing it. Join us for an informative session where we’ll share our experience of creating a unified data platform to streamline operations and improve data quality.

Instead of relying on multiple legacy data platforms, we created one platform to rule them all. Our platform provides standardized protocols for data ingestion, transformation, and aggregation, making it a product-as-a-service that’s fast, self-service, and cost-effective. By taking this approach, we allow data engineers to focus on making data available and improving data quality, which is essential for any business.

During this session, you’ll gain insights into our self-sufficient approach to deploying a data platform, and the importance of speed and cost-effectiveness when working with streaming data sets. This talk is designed to provide a thought leadership perspective on how to create a unified data platform that meets the needs of modern businesses.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to remove Remove bottlenecks by enabling the data engineers to make data available faster with a self-service data platform
  • Discover new approaches to deploying a data platform and pipelines using solely data configurations
  • The speed and cost-effectiveness when working with streaming data sets

This session is for you if…

  • You experience a bottleneck in making data available or trying to get access to data
  • Attendees who work closely with data
2:15pm
Presentation

Scalable Teams For Security And Velocity

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Transformation
  • Workforce
  • Sarah Polan

    Field CTO

    HashiCorp

As an industry, we are always looking for the latest and greatest to lower cost and risk and increase velocity. For every new threat, vulnerability, technology challenge, there is a new tool. But new tools mean higher cost, more complexity, and ultimately, more attack vectors. So how do we address these issues?

People and processes are the key. We’ll address how to build scalable teams which will simultaneously improve your IT landscape and your cyber security posture.

Cyber security is an increasingly important topic, but we also know that the speed of iteration is key to the productivity of a team. The way we are looking at both of these things isn’t working, and we need to take a more holistic approach by zooming out and looking at more variables.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The unpredictability of humans can be an asset, especially when threat modelling
  • The misperception of risk can be mitigated by diversity
  • The composition of your teams can ultimately help you scale your organisation
1:45pm
Workshop

Self-Compassion As Culture: The Step To Building Truly Inclusive Workplaces Part 2

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Premium Only
  • Workforce
  • Zuzanna Borek

    Executive Team Coach & Conflict Facilitator

    Fierce Up Coaching

  • Tiffany Stahl

    Advisory board, Chair and Facilitator

    Fierce Up Coaching

  • Chelsea Hill

    Leadership Development and Facilitator

    Fierce Up Coaching

Although the world is rapidly changing, the big radical change is still to come. Current work structures evolved from outdated, low-tech, exploitative systems, and simply do not meet the needs of today’s workplaces nor take us where we want to go. The coming change is radical, yet is a return to a more natural and humane way of working together to produce greatness. Let’s tap into our collective intelligence, let’s build and co-create, instead of exploit. And it all starts with self-compassion.

Does it still feel like no matter the effort, training, conversations, meetings (and all other…) – your organisational culture still has a long way to go to be fully inclusive and to start benefiting from its diversity? Or perhaps even worse – instead of feeling the benefits, the diversity creates MORE work, or even conflicts straining your precious resources? It’s okay, your organisation is not the only one! And you are not doing anything wrong; the problem lies somewhere else… In our world today, the dream about fully diverse and inclusive workplaces is RADICAL, and it requires a different approach.

In this fully interactive and experiential workshop, you will learn and explore the difference of when self-compassion is at the core of your work structures/pipelines. It creates new and distinct possibilities, not only for your people, but for the fundamental success of your business as well. We will be moving around the room, sharing our experience and tapping into our collective intelligence. It’s transformative, fun, and nothing will be the same afterwards.

This is the second of the mini series workshop on the topic of self-compassion. We use self-compassion as a tool to transform organisations into authentically more diverse and inclusive workplaces. The focus of Part 1 is on what you can do as a leader (it’s on day 1!), while during Part 2 we will focus on company culture, how to bring more self-compassion into it, and the amazing results of such a change. These are two different workshops that compliment each other, we invite you to join one or both.

Session Key Takeaways:

The change you are longing for your organisation starts with the quality of relationships that your people build. In our workshop you will learn and experience:

  • The way you communicate and connect with others has an impact on the whole organisational dynamic
  • The power and possibilities of healthy work relationships
  • The positive impact of self-compassion on reducing stress, performance anxiety, and burnouts, making your organisation holistically healthier
  • How to navigate through rapid changes with greater ease and more satisfying results

This session is for you if…

  • You are a leader, manager or HR-professional looking for better tools to support your people
  • You are a change maker, an advocate for equity and diversity looking to create greater impact
  • You want to transform your business and stay ahead of the competition
  • You believe in the workplace that is built on talents, respecting boundaries instead of exploiting individuals
2:35pm
Presentation

Why Should You Scale Bottom-Up In Your Organization?

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Leadership
  • Transformation
  • Vânia Santos

    Engineering Manager

    OLX

We all have been through company reorganisations, probably more than once. Some are understandable and produce good outcomes, others aren’t, creating insecurities, lack of confidence in leadership, unnecessary changes, and even more complex paths of communication or decision-making. What is the difference, then?

Team-first thinking and the importance of well-defined boundaries to balance cognitive load within the teams is an important matter to consider: it directly fosters teams’ independence and minimising the overhead of communication, enhancing faster decision-making and increasing the quality and throughput of delivery.

Is there a well-proven way of scaling or changing the current landscape of company organisations? In this session we’ll explore Conway’s Law and the importance of team landscape and interactions, supported by an actual study case in the industry, and how well-designed teams charts can improve independence, autonomy, and motivation of the teams, leading to a faster and better rate and quality of delivery.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How to scale organisations based on the interactions patterns
  • Exploring the importance of a clear architectural strategy to a clear team topology landscape
  • How to improve productivity with “fast flow”

This session is for you if… you influence the scaling processes of your company at any level or if you are interested in understanding the importance of having effective and efficient teams within your company.

12:45pm
Presentation

How Technology Is Enabling Inclusive Product Development

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Technical
  • Workforce
  • Dr Emmanuelle Savarit

    Head of User Research (Global)

    Just Eat Takeaway.com

Raising awareness of the interconnection among technology, inclusivity, and UX research is essential for designing products and services. As technological tools have become more accessible to users of all genders, it has become increasingly important to integrate UX research into the development of new digital products and services. In order to be inclusive, UX researchers must systematically consider diverse audiences, taking into account factors such as gender, technology literacy, cultural background, origin, and accessibility.

Today, we can really see how technological evolution has changed the life of researchers (from carrying heavy equipment such as video cameras, tripods or running sessions in labs full of cables to now conducting sessions remotely on any devices with end-users from all over the world).

Although the evolution of technology has made it easier to conduct UX research, this can also lead to a lack of context in the data collected. As a result, there is a need for future tools (such as AI or virtual reality) to provide deeper insights into user experiences.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Technology has improved and can facilitate inclusivity in product development.
  • There is a growing awareness of the importance of inclusivity in creating products and services.
  • UX research is crucial in promoting inclusivity in product development.

This sessions is for you if.. you are a Product manager, Developer, everyone involved in developing digital product of services.

1:40pm
Presentation

Lessons For Cultivating Successful New Teams

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Workforce
  • Veronica Peterson

    Software Engineer and Manager

    IMC Trading

As companies grow or shift, effectively shaping new teams is key to the success of the entire organisation. Whether they are new hires or internal transfers, experienced or entry-level employees, individual contributors or aspiring leads, they all need support to grow in their careers while seamlessly collaborating with teammates.

To build strong teams from the ground-up, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind: navigating different backgrounds and experiences, establishing positive relationships within the group and with stakeholders, and creating a team culture that motivates members towards common goals.

In this talk, we’ll explore best practices for cultivating efficient teams and cover potential challenges you may encounter. Whether you’re a current or aspiring people manager, or just a member of a growing organisation, this presentation will provide valuable lessons and ideas that will help set your team up for long-term success.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Lessons you can apply to build new teams in an established organisation
  • How to leverage the unique strengths, skills and workflows of engineers from all backgrounds
  • How to develop and mentor future leaders

This session is for you if…

  • You are a current or aspiring manager or lead at a growing organisation
  • You are an individual contributor looking to learn how to support your team’s growth and success
11:30am
Workshop

Become A Chaos Pilot & Bring Meaningful Change

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Not to be Missed
  • Premium Only
  • Transformation
  • Workforce
  • Filipa Moura

    Principal Software Engineer

    bp The Netherlands

  • Monica Norman

    Technical Programme Manager

    bp The Netherlands

  • Tehsheena Shams

    Founder & CEO

    Dynamo

Bringing transformative change in any business requires a radically different mindset, chaos pilots have that mindset and you can become one too.

Immerse yourself in a hands-on workshop on chaos piloting. Become one yourself and bring meaningful change anywhere – your business, work, and life! Learn from technology start-up founders and engineers at bp who are transforming front-line operations to make them safer and more efficient.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Who are chaos pilots, and why are they essential in any organisation?
  • How can you become a chaos pilot?
  • Discover the pitfalls to avoid

This session is for you if...you are starting your business, or you are looking to start a business, and/or are working on solving big, complex problems that are ambiguous and challenge the status quo.

 

2:35pm
Presentation

Leading Through Uncertainty With Authenticity To Deliver Business Goals & Employee Happiness

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Not to be Missed
  • Workforce
  • Eve Henrikson

    GM EMEA

    Uber Eats

Whether you’re just starting up or in the midst of scaling a global team, this session will give you everything you need to know about keeping employees happy, while delivering the bottom line.

In this session Eve will share her experience and key lessons learned at the helm of Uber’s European delivery business during the post-pandemic ‘boom’ and ‘bust’ cycles. This will include topics such as balancing bottom line targets with ambitious growth plans; successfully managing global reorganisations, locally; and building meaningful connections at scale.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of seeing the forest and the trees and why knowing the details that matter is critical to delivering the bigger picture
  • Building with heart and maximising your impact by putting yourself in the shoes of the people who use your products
  • Great minds don’t think alike -why embracing diversity is fundamental to building a global and profitable business
11:30am
Workshop

Contract Testing Workshop With Pact

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Premium Only
  • Software
  • Raissa Machado

    Tech Lead

    bol.com

Explore the fundamentals of contract testing, delving into the use of Pact and examining a range of real-world examples. Equip yourself with the expertise needed to effectively apply contract testing in your projects, ensuring a more seamless and efficient development process.

In this engaging and interactive workshop, you’ll acquire valuable, practical skills for implementing contract testing in your microservices-based projects. Contract testing is a crucial practice for teams developing software with a microservices architecture, as it guarantees service compatibility, enhances quality, fosters collaboration, and conserves time and resources.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the benefits of contract testing
  • Learn how to use Pact for contract testing
  • Learn how the Pact broker can improve collaboration

This session is for you if…you are a software developer or tester who wants to improve the quality and reliability of your software.

10:00am
Keynote

Product Led Transformation

30 mins
  • Track - Keynote
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Maite Zubiaurre

    Chief Product Officer

    bol.com

As a professional we read, listen and watch a lot of content that deepens our knowledge about innovation, in depth (tech) solutions and development. But how do you turn knowledge into action? Into actually executing new business opportunities and implementing exhilarating improvement while making sure you are using the power of the technology by the people implementing and engineering on it. Discover the meaning and impactful parameters that are essential to be able to make a difference.

Maite Zubiaurre will share a story about our latest big challenge to change the way we think and use technology in advertising on our platform. It is a story about being brave, the importance of female leadership, an enabling culture and developing strong, resilient teams in combination with elevating the power of tech to truly do a little better every day and make more impact.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Prove that curiosity, humbleness and diversity are essential when it comes to executing the power of tech
  • Embrace that culture is the one thing that binds you as colleagues and unifies and empowers us
  • Understand that Tech is about so much more then the bits and bites of the technology

This session is for you if…

  • You are curious to learn about the major role that tech plays in the bol.com retail platform.
  • You are passionate to learn and be inspired about how you can make a difference by being you
  • You want to be inspired by the journey of a young female leader and you are curious to learn how she leads Product, now from a board position
1:45pm
Workshop

Building Effective Mentoring Practices For Companies

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Irina Veligan

    Campaigns Optimisation Manager

    Gen

Corporate mentorship programs have been implemented by many companies to enhance recruitment efforts, improve employee engagement, foster leadership development, promote diversity and increase loyalty and retention rates. However, the effectiveness of such programs depends on the quality of their implementation. Creating a successful mentoring program can be much more challenging that it appears, and many programs fail to meet their objectives.

This workshop will represent insights and principles from interviews with companies of varying sizes that have effectively implemented mentoring programs. Participants will learn practical strategies to launch their own successful mentoring program within their organisations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Discover best practices for launching and promoting a mentoring program
  • Learn how to pair mentees effectively
  • Learn what resources to provide to mentors and mentees and how to measure success of each relationship during the program
12:40pm
Workshop

Responsible AI Or Ethical Leadership?

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Ayse Duran

    Business Transformations, Managing Director

    FTI Consulting (Netherlands)

  • Stephanie Wagenaar

    Senior Director & Lead Digital

    FTI Consulting (Netherlands)

  • Sabine Clappaert

    Managing Director, People & Transformation

    FTI Consulting (Belgium)

Ethical leadership is the foundation that is needed to develop and use responsible AI. So what kind of leadership is needed to respond to the ethical challenges of artificial intelligence and big data, and what role might character play in guiding leaders?

AI is dominating news headlines and hallway conversations everywhere right now. And while what it can do to help businesses streamline operations and improve leadership decision-making is impressive, there are some things it can’t do. It can’t demonstrate character. It can’t show courage or empathy, at least not authentically. AI can’t make values-based decisions.

Few insights will be more valuable to your success as leader than knowing who you are and what you stand for.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • What is ethical leadership and how does it affect your career, team and your organisation?
  • How can you define your own unique leadership North Star?
  • How can you demonstrate ethical leadership in decision-making related to AI topics?

This session is for you if…

  • You are interested in developing your own leadership north star!
  • You lead projects or people and want to be able to speak from a strong sense of purpose
  • You have an interest in AI and the role that leaders play in ensuring it is used responsibly
11:30am
Workshop

Let’s Talk About The Energy Trilemma

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Marieke ten Houte de Lange

    Vice President HR for Information & Digital Technology

    Shell

Ever found yourself grappling with intricate problems, or in a position where you must collaborate with individuals you don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with? Are you curious about the leadership traits required to facilitate transformative collaboration and generate unique outcomes?

Our world’s most urgent challenges demand a paradigm shift in our approach to collaborative thinking. But how can we pave the path for improved future outcomes when stakeholders have a lack of understanding, trust, or rapport with each other?

In this dynamic session, we’ll use the energy transition scenario as a business case, examining how transformative collaboration among diverse stakeholders can lead to groundbreaking solutions. This is an opportunity to explore the potential of collaborative strategies in overcoming barriers and fostering innovation.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding why collaboration is both difficult and necessary to solve complex challenges
  • Understanding the leadership qualities required to enable transformative collaboration
  • Engage in dialogue on business case “energy transition” what it takes to move forward and the role each and every one of us can play?

This session is for you if…

  • You are curious about collaboration and building bridges
  • You are keen to break down barriers for collaboration
  • You are prepared to get active and lean into the dialogue. And learn about energy transition at same time
11:35am
Presentation

Debunking Myths On Software Quality Engineering

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Software
  • Renka Pooja

    Chapter Test Lead

    Admiral Group plc

Software testing is an essential part of the software development process, but there are many myths about testing that can create confusion and hinder progress. Whether you are looking to learn more about Quality Engineering or want to be involved in an unfiltered group therapy session about the topic, then this session is for you!

This talk will explore and challenge the misconceptions around being a Software Quality Engineer and more importantly, I aim to debunk these myths using examples from my personal experience. I will focus on some common stereotypes as well as some more challenging concepts on automation.

The Why: Anything that has a consumer, will have been tested in one way or another. The question is, was it done in the most effective and efficient way? This talk gives you an opportunity to do things differently at your organisation and understand why Quality Engineering is so powerful.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Reimagine and challenge your views and assumptions on what it means to work in the Software Quality Engineering field
  • You will walk away with an insight into the life of a Software Quality Engineer and Manager as well as understand some of the challenges faced
  • Learn about unconventional routes to enter the technology industry and why it could benefit yourself or your team
  • Have a great understanding of the difference between ‘Testing’ and ‘Quality Engineering’ and why this is important

This session is for you if…you are interested in what Quality Engineering means in practice or to gauge what skills are required to enter this field or even if you are looking to assemble a team of QE superheroes, then look no further!

4:45pm
Presentation

Could An Artificial General Intelligence Be Created? Learn How To Build And Use AI Models Responsibly

30 mins
  • Track - InfoTech
  • Skills
  • Software
  • Vanessa Araújo

    Data & AI Cloud Solution Architect

    Microsoft

  • Adelina Balasa

    AI Cloud Solution Architect

    Microsoft

We will present an overview of the latest uses of GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) models and we’ll discuss the fears and excitement created by artificial general intelligence (AGI) – an emerging field of AI research that aims to create machines capable of human-like intelligence .

We’ll discuss how the technology (GPT)  is used in various industries, and we will clarify both the capabilities and limitations of this technology. In addition, we will delve into the potential impact of this emerging trend on society and ethics. All sparkled with some demos!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Good understanding of what do we mean by AGI? Where does ChatGPT and Large Language Models fit in AGI?
  • Awareness of what are the capabilities and limitations of such AI models. What are the ethical implications on bias, privacy, and accountability?
  • Spark your creative side, making you think how can this AI be used in your world?

This session is for you if…you are curious/interested on future tech trends.

11:30am
Workshop

Demystifying Generative AI On AWS

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Premium Only
  • Software
  • Laura Kennett

    EMEA Specialist Solution Architecture Manager

    Amazon Web Services

  • May Mohamed

    Manufacturing & Automotive, Senior Manager, Solution Architecture (SA)

    Amazon Web Services

In this session, you can explore the exciting world of generative AI and how it has the potential to revolutionise many industries.

In this session the speakers start by reviewing the basic concepts of generative AI. It then explores how generative AI models can be used for various modalities, highlighting the AWS AI/ML tools and infrastructure available to those interested in generative AI.

Explore the potential of generative AI and what AWS tools are available to build and deploy these models in production.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand and be able to articulate the differences between traditional Machine Learning models and Generative AI Foundation models
  • Discover the common use cases Generative AI can help you and your business with
  • Know the limitations of Generative AI and things to keep in mind when working with it
  • Learn about how AWS services can support you to get started building successful Generative AI applications

This session is for you if…you are new to Generative AI, want to know more about Machine Learning, and are keen to see how it can support your business and technology goals.

3:10pm
Presentation

Don’t Dream It, Be It: How To Be Truly Diverse And Inclusive In Tech

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce
  • Tanja Antonijevic

    HR Director

    Miele X

Sometimes tech is too much about doing techie things and not enough about being human. Same goes for Diversity & Inclusion, where we often we fall in the trap of doing diverse and inclusive things, rather than being diverse and inclusive. This presentation gives you concrete steps on how to build a better, more authentic, and inclusive company culture in tech.

As a global digital hub, Miele X is here to support the Miele Group in creating and growing their digital heritage. Founded as a start-up within a large organisation, Miele X quickly grew to a large, gender-balanced team of diverse experts, with over 40 nationalities on board. HR Director Tanja Antonijevic was there from the start and will explain why her mantra ‘Don’t dream it, be it’ was crucial for building this truly diverse and inclusive team. She will do this through sharing successes, failures, and concrete actions that can help you create a better, more diverse, and inclusive tech culture.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the impact of a diverse and inclusive culture on team performance and the creation of solutions fit for all
  • Recognise that fostering a truly diverse and inclusive culture transcends mere activities, emphasising the essence of being diverse and inclusive
  • Gain insights into ten practical strategies to incorporate greater diversity and inclusivity within your organisation

This session is for you if…you are interested or involved in building and leading tech teams and/or creating an innovative culture within scale-ups and larger organisations.

12:40pm
Workshop

Leading A Hybrid Technical Team And Executing In Uncharted Territory

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Whitney Zheng

    Engineering Manager

    Yelp

Whether you are new to management, a company, a team through an internal transfer, or recently experienced a re-org, the novelty can bring excitement but also introduce chaos and uncertainties. There are already plenty of obstacles leading a technical team in this new remote work setup, not to mention the expectation to deliver performance and reliability for hybrid tech teams.

In territories where well-laid blueprints have been replaced by uncertainty, effectively managing the balance between team exploration and execution versus stakeholder buy-in and expectations becomes the engine for propelling products forward. In this session, we’ll talk about practical approaches and processes to help early adopters turn ideas into reality in business contexts.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Running diagnostics of existing team status and dynamics
  • Introducing and implementing relevant and effective team processes
  • Communication strategies internally with team members and externally with management and stakeholders
12:40pm
Workshop

Effective Communication: Mastering Constructive Feedback

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Erica Chesley

    Software Engineer

    Plaid

Delve into strategies, backed by learning science, that will enhance your ability to provide constructive feedback. This session aims to foster meaningful growth, nurture strong relationships, and reduce the stress often associated with feedback exchanges. Be part of an environment where feedback is not something to fear, but a tool for improvement and connection.

Effective feedback helps us grow into the best version of ourselves. Yet so often feedback conversations can prompt feelings of anxiety, fear, and frustration (on both sides), and erode trust and communication. In this interactive session participants will discuss strategies for offering feedback in a way that opens up communication, makes space for vulnerability, and helps the recipient not only receive but also absorb and meaningfully incorporate the feedback.

Discover techniques that range from narrowing (and defining) the scope of your feedback to understanding your audience (and meeting them where they are) to recognising (and reacting to) your biases (and much more). Attendees will leave feeling empowered to make their next feedback conversations ones that lead to meaningful growth, nurture relationships, and just generally aren’t so scary!

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Learn science backed strategies for offering feedback in a way that opens communication, builds trust, and can be meaningfully absorbed and utilised for growth
  • Insights into the ways your existing feedback structures and approaches might engender anxiety or fear, negatively impact relationships, and impede recipients from making effective use of the feedback
  • A personalised action plan for future feedback interactions

This session is for you if…you ever give feedback in a professional capacity (whether to a peer, direct report, or manager).

4:00pm
Workshop

How To Build More Adaptable Organisations By Leading With Authenticity

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Pamela Corbin-Audoux

    Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership

    Decathlon Digital

  • Sophie Pesanti

    Group Product Manager

    Decathlon Digital

We need to smash down the idea that being a leader only equates to being strong all the time and having all the answers: there are many ways to lead, and we’ll tap into our collective intelligence to help you find your own authentic expression.

If Brené Brown and Spiderman had a brainchild, that kid would probably say “with great power comes great vulnerability”. Well, to be honest, we believe it’s the other way around. Becoming aware of your vulnerability takes courage, and harnessing it is so rewarding. Embark with us on this journey to leadership and more connected teams through empathy, authenticity and efficiency.

(Yes, admittedly, we sound like your friendly Instagram self-appointed thought leaders, but we swear we are not.)

Session Key Takeaways:

  • A newly-found support group you can nurture to help you grow
  • Practical, actionable tips to support you as an authentic leader
  • Proven tools to practice vulnerability

This session is for you if…you’re a people manager (whether seasoned or newly-minted) and struggling with the idea of being vulnerable at work, not having all the answers, fighting impostor syndrome…

12:40pm
Workshop

Be Seen And Be Heard Through Assertiveness & Impact

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Monica Rodriguez

    Corporate Facilitator & Coach

    Simitri Group

Now more than ever, our ideas need to be heard and acted upon, as we shape the New Frontier. However, often our strategies and recommendations are not taken seriously in the tech world. Or some feel reluctant to stand their ground or push back. As a result, some women are held back in their careers, and organisations lose out on their innovative solutions.

Be seen- and be heard. Upskill your assertiveness level through this interactive, practical workshop. You’ll understand the benefits and obstacles to assertiveness. You’ll explore different communication approaches and when to apply them. Most importantly, you’ll practice how to express yourself with confidence and impact.

This session is for you if…you have a client-facing role, if you want to develop your leadership presence, or if you seek to make a difference with your ideas and solutions.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Embrace the mindset required to be assertive
  • Strike the balance between empathy and assertiveness
  • Sharpen your body language, voice, and words to speak with impact
2:50pm
Workshop

The Untapped Potential Of Team Branding: Excel In The New Frontier

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Skills
  • Dina Krapivko

    Head of Technology Operations

    PVH Europe

In today’s rapidly evolving tech industry, staying ahead requires not only embracing new technologies but also reimagining the way we harness the collective strength of our teams.

Discover the transformative impact of team branding as we delve into the strategies that empower organisations to unleash their team’s full potential. Learn the essential elements of successful team branding and gain practical insights on its implementation. Through practical examples, we’ll demonstrate how a strong team brand cultivates an innovative culture, boosts employee engagement, and ultimately enhances business outcomes. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionise your organisation’s approach to teamwork and maximise operational excellence.

To stay ahead of the curve, it is now more important than ever to have a team that can work together effectively and efficiently. Soft skills like communication, collaboration, and branding are essential for creating a cohesive team that can achieve hard operational excellence results.

In this session, we will explore how investing in team branding can lead to significant improvements in productivity, innovation, and overall success. Join us in discovering the power of soft skills for hard results in the new frontier of tech.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Harnessing the untapped potential of your team by establishing a strong and recognisable team brand that fosters unity, purpose, and drives innovation
  • Driving operational excellence through team branding: how to cultivate a culture of innovation, increase employee engagement and foster better business outcomes
  • Practical strategies: implementing successful team branding in your organisation, empowering you to enhance leadership skills and drive success in the rapidly evolving tech industry

This session is for you if…you are a forward-thinking leader eager to unlock the true potential of your team and drive operational excellence in your organisation in the new frontier Tech. Whether you’re part of a small startup or a large enterprise, this session is tailored to equip you with the practical insights and strategies in the intersection of technology, team dynamics and innovation.

5:10pm
Workshop

The Untapped Potential Of Team Branding: Excel In The New Frontier

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Premium Only
  • Skills
  • Dina Krapivko

    Head of Technology Operations

    PVH Europe

In today’s rapidly evolving tech industry, staying ahead requires not only embracing new technologies but also reimagining the way we harness the collective strength of our teams.

Discover the transformative impact of team branding as we delve into the strategies that empower organisations to unleash their team’s full potential. Learn the essential elements of successful team branding and gain practical insights on its implementation. Through practical examples, we’ll demonstrate how a strong team brand cultivates an innovative culture, boosts employee engagement, and ultimately enhances business outcomes. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionise your organisation’s approach to teamwork and maximise operational excellence.

To stay ahead of the curve, it is now more important than ever to have a team that can work together effectively and efficiently. Soft skills like communication, collaboration, and branding are essential for creating a cohesive team that can achieve hard operational excellence results.

In this session, we will explore how investing in team branding can lead to significant improvements in productivity, innovation, and overall success. Join us in discovering the power of soft skills for hard results in the new frontier of tech.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Harnessing the untapped potential of your team by establishing a strong and recognisable team brand that fosters unity, purpose, and drives innovation
  • Driving operational excellence through team branding: how to cultivate a culture of innovation, increase employee engagement and foster better business outcomes
  • Practical strategies: implementing successful team branding in your organisation, empowering you to enhance leadership skills and drive success in the rapidly evolving tech industry

This session is for you if…you are a forward-thinking leader eager to unlock the true potential of your team and drive operational excellence in your organisation in the new frontier Tech. Whether you’re part of a small startup or a large enterprise, this session is tailored to equip you with the practical insights and strategies in the intersection of technology, team dynamics and innovation.

4:45pm
Presentation

Revolutionise Your Workday: Unleashing The Power Of Low-Code/No-Code Automation!

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Career
  • Data
  • Workforce
  • Eden Ihamouine

    IT Global Purchasing Intern

    Danone

Today, studies shows that 76% of workers spend 1-3 hours a day in data entry and tasks that a robot could be doing for them. What if you were able to use those 1-3 hours to your core job functions ? That’s the bet we made ! Thanks to our learning on automation, we are now able to earn time and productivity. We will share with you our journey through daily tasks automation and our experience.

Given that daily tasks and data entry are integral parts of your career, it’s essential to leverage them effectively. Let’s streamline these tasks and utilise them wisely for a more productive work life.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what the biggest productivity blockers are
  • Learn how to make your daily-life easier at work
  • Insights into the different steps in automation

This session is for you if…you are seeking for a new way of thinking to manage your data.

1:40pm
Presentation

Enhancing Chat Bots With Customised Models In Azure OpenAI

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Software
  • Lalita Mittal

    Senior Consultant

    Delaware

This session focuses on the critical role of custom models in maximizing your system’s potential through intelligent utilization of Rest APIs. We will walk you through the process of tailoring your model to better comprehend your unique system and show you how to implement this custom model into a Chat Bot.

Pre-existing models in OpenAI provide broad functionality, but they may not fully comprehend a system hidden behind Rest APIs or unknown to them. Hence, customizing and training these models becomes vital for optimal usability.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Understand Azure OpenAI Models – their functionalities and usage
  • Learn to customize your own model
  • Integrate these custom models with a Chat Bot

This session is for you if…you are a tech enthusiast keen on expanding their knowledge of Azure OpenAI capabilities.

2:35pm
Presentation

Getting Future Ready: What It Means To Be A Modern Business

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Non-Technical
  • Workforce
  • Monique Wagenmaker-Oudijk

    Consulting Lead for Northern Europe

    Cognizant

Curious about what a future-ready business resembles? This session will explore findings from Economist Impact research, shedding light on the primary drivers of future readiness. Furthermore, we will introduce a benchmarking tool to assess your business’s readiness for the future.

In this session, you’ll learn important tips for getting ready for the future, figure out the skills you need to grow, and find out how to match big ideas with realistic steps for success now and in the future.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights into the pivotal factors that shape a future-ready business, and how to take proactive steps to become future-fit
  • Receive access to a benchmarking tool that measures your business’s positioning for the future
  • Understand the transformative role of ESG, especially diversity, in driving change

This session is for you if…

  • You are advising clients on their future strategies
  • You are collaborating with partners for a shared future vision
  • You are an individual keen on fortifying your preparedness for an unpredictable future
2:50pm
Workshop

Building Effective Mentoring Practices For Companies

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Non-Technical
  • Premium Only
  • Irina Veligan

    Campaigns Optimisation Manager

    Gen

Corporate mentorship programs have been implemented by many companies to enhance recruitment efforts, improve employee engagement, foster leadership development, promote diversity and increase loyalty and retention rates. However, the effectiveness of such programs depends on the quality of their implementation. Creating a successful mentoring program can be much more challenging that it appears, and many programs fail to meet their objectives.

This workshop will represent insights and principles from interviews with companies of varying sizes that have effectively implemented mentoring programs. Participants will learn practical strategies to launch their own successful mentoring program within their organizations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Discover best practices for launching and promoting a mentoring program
  • Learn how to pair mentees effectively
  • Learn what resources to provide to mentors and mentees and how to measure success of each relationship during the program
5:20pm
Presentation

Workplace Diversity In Action

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Workforce
  • Sandrine Pons

    Regional VP Solution Sales and Innovation

    SAP

There remains an imbalance in workplace diversity, Discover new approaches to driving success and inclusivity in the workplace, addressing the ongoing challenges of diversity imbalance.

Sandrine Pons, SAP, is an award-winning champion of diversity at work. She shares her view on how to drive a dynamic and inclusive workplace – now and into the future

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Where the imbalance and the opportunity lies for a successful, diverse, tech workforce
  • How to break through as a woman in the world of tech
  • How to drive a truly diverse and inclusive workforce now and into the future

This session is for you if…you need the “how to” be more diverse and inclusive at work.

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