Engineering Leadership SIG: Job Search & Career Management



  • Topic: Job Search and Career Management for Engineering Leaders
    A panel hosted by TÂm Nguyen, Principal, TMN Consulting

    Steve Piazzale, Ph.D , Career Coach & TV Show Host
    Gretchen Sand, Sr. Partner & Founder, Skyline Recruiting Corporation
    William Grosso , CTO & VP Engineering,
    Ron Lichty, Interim VPE, RL Consulting
    Ken Yagen, Sr. Director of Engineering, MuleSource

    WIIFM: Learn tips and techniques from people who’ve “been there and done that”: gain insights from their experiences in the areas of the areas of job search, career growth, changing direction, recovering from setbacks, and how to stay marketable in today's changing environments.

    Program Description–Begins promptly @ 7 PM
    If your career is in leading engineering organizations you have to be a bit of a gymnast. Engineering managers, directors and VPs are sitting in a perpetual hot seat in many organizations. You’re most likely constantly under the gun to deliver more products of higher quality packed with more features. And you’re being asked to do it in increasingly challenging circumstances, across time zones, with multi-cultural teams, in a highly collaborative environment that includes intense interactions with people from other functional areas, contractors and customers. In the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley, quite a few engineering leaders find themselves in transitions because the companies they work for are acquired or disappeared. If you're looking for a new job, a promotion, or simply to stay marketable in today's challenging environment, you will benefit from the insights of our expert panel of recruiter, career coach, and engineering leaders on job search, networking, and career management. Their experiences will help you to survive and even thrive in these “interesting times.”

    About the Host and Panelists:

    TÂm Nguyen, Ph.D., Principal, TMN Consulting
    TÂm (“Tom”) provides technology guidance and technical program management to help clients quickly bring high quality software products to the market. He has over 18 years of experience in software R&D, and has held senior technical and management positions at IBM and various startups, including Senior Director of Software at ReplayTV, VP of Engineering at EXP Systems, and Chief Architect at LogLogic.

    Steve Piazzale, Ph.D., Career and Life Coach 
    Steve has spent years coaching, mentoring, tutoring, facilitating and training diverse sets of clients, enabling them to find meaningful and lucrative work, and improve job performance and get promoted. He is also the producer and host of the TV show “You're hired!”. Steve received a Ph.D. In Sociology from Stanford University, with extensive training in Psychology and career consulting.

    Ron Lichty, Interim VP Engineering, RL Consulting
    Ron has been managing software development and technology change for 20 years at Apple, Fujitsu, Schwab, Berkeley Systems, Razorfish, Check Point, and several startups. Ron is an active organizer and speaker at developer conferences and also co-chair of SDForum's Software Architecture & Modeling SIG and the East Bay Innovation Group's Software Development Best Practices SIG.

    Gretchen Sand, Sr. Partner and Co-founder,
    Gretchen and her partner at Skyline have placed more than 600 professionals in scores of high-tech companies, with technology focus that includes wireless, networking, VOIP, storage, enterprise and web applications. Prior to founding Skyline in September, 2001, Gretchen was COO for Lloyd-Ritter Consulting, and held various positions at Lockheed Corporation in functions ranging from operations management to new business development.

    Bill Grosso, CTO & VP of Engineering,
    Bill leads the Twofish Elements product roadmap, platform development and engineering organizations. An active and vocal participant in the software development community, Bill has published 2 books and more than 20 journal articles, and is a long-time board member of SDForum. Bill has held various chief architect and executive engineering roles at companies including Engage (acquired by Spark), Echopass, and Hipbone (acq. by Kana).

    Ken Yagen, Senior Director of Engineering, MuleSource
    Ken has over 15 years of development and engineering leadership experience. A seasoned agile practitioner with a strong customer-orientation, Ken has served as Founder and VP of Engineering for four startups and consulted with several companies on product strategy and engineering practices. Prior to that, he was in a technical leadership role at BEA Systems and also developed global trading systems for several premier financial institutions.



    Building D
    Southern Cross Room
    3410 Hillview Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    6:30pm - 7:00pm - Registration (Snack and Beverage Sponsor Nearsoft
    7:00pm - 8:30pm - Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members

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