Engineering Leadership SIG October Event



  • Title  Magic without Tricks - How to Shape a Workplace Culture that's Good for People (and Great for Business)


    If all you care about is money, then this talk is not for you.  However, if you like growth, lower costs, and higher profits, then come right in.  Those are all side-effects of what this talk is about: making a positive impact on the world, starting with your organization.

    Very early in Nearsoft's history we made our overarching goal to help spread technology entrepreneurship anywhere we operated.  The question for us was how to transform a boring and traditionally exploitive business into an out-of-the-ordinary workplace, with a healthy, nourishing culture that great talent would be attracted to.


    You will learn about the characteristics of a positive workplace culture, specifics of how you could get there, and pointers to resources to help you do something similar in your organization.


    Matt has been an Engineering and Business Executive for over 30 years.  Throughout his career he has worked in rapid growth environments.

    Matt has been the Sr technology executive in six startups and helped raise close to $50M in VC in investments as a co-founder for three of them.  He also worked at Sun Microsystems for nine (of the good) years, where he first got to deal with the issue of hyper-growth and the impact it has on culture.

    Matt now leads Nearsoft, Inc, a very successful software development business, with operations in Mexico.


    SNACK & BEVERAGE SPONSOR: This month our snacks and beverages are sponsored by an anonymous sponsor who is grateful for the positive impact EL SIG has had on their professional life. THANK YOU!

    ONGOING MANAGEMENT SPONSOR: Project Connections is our EL SIG Management Sponsor. is dedicated to practically and affordably supporting inpiduals as they do their jobs day-to-day and helping them grow their management abilities and careers. We also provide management development and support resources to organizations, through group subscriptions, methodology content licenses, on-demand virtual training programs, virtual coaching, and more - all to help managers improve how critical project work gets done, and to help grow the capabilities of everyone on their staffs and teams.

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    6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended! 
    6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin 
    6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy wine, beer, cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking 
    6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable 
    7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements 
    7:10 - 8:25 Keynote and Q&A 
    8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements 
    8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A 
    8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful 
    8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!