Event category: Leadership, People & Culture


November 16, 2023

11:20 AM - 11:55 AM EDT

Room 210 2023-11-16 35 MINS

From Startup to Scale-up: Expert Advice on Efficiently Scaling a Tech Company

Jacob will explore how he has built and led teams as an internal operator and now as an external recruiter. He has successfully hired over 2000 employees for various startups and continues to recruit hundreds more as a "consultative recruiter for tech".

The journey of scaling up from 5 to 25, 25 to 50, and beyond all have their own unique challenges and triumphs. In this session, you'll learn when to bring on your first HR professional, how to effectively leverage your network, what to look for in your key hires and how to minimize churn as you scale up.


President & Co-Founder


10:40 AM - 11:10 AM EDT

Room 210 2023-11-16 30 MINS

CEO & Leader Resilience: The Journey from Burnout to Bliss

Startups are rollercoasters. CEOs and leaders face extreme highs and lows. A veteran CFO, VC, and coach, Mark MacLeod has seen it all. Failure is expected, but personal failure shouldn't be. Happy, healthy leaders build lasting companies. Mark shares strategic insights and practical habits for sustainable success in this talk.



Mark MacLeod

November 18, 2021

01:15 PM - 01:50 PM EDT

Room 213/215 2021-11-18 35 MINS

Don’t Let Rejection Rule You… Let it Fuel You

7 Steps to Leverage Pain to Unlock Personal & Professional Growth 

90% of startups fail and the founders behind them often silently struggle with extreme stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout.  

While mental health isn’t a topic that’s readily discussed when it comes to entrepreneurship, it is vital to the success of any startup.  

 In this session, Lloyed Lobo, Co-founder, and President of “Soonicorn” Boast.AI shares 7 steps entrepreneurs can use to turn pain into personal and professional happiness from his experiences as a gulf war refugee, 2x failed startups, and almost dying due to COVID-19. 

 Specifically, Lloyed will share: understanding and preparing for the types of rejection and failure, tactical strategies for navigating anxiety and stress, how to build a support network, how to share safely and vulnerably, how to disassociate yourself from attachment, how to refocus and re-energize when you’re backed into a corner and best practices for peak mental, physical, and business performance.


Co-Founder & President


11:10 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

Room 213/215 2021-11-18 35 MINS

Your DIY Guide to DEI: Taking Strategies for Inclusion from Idea to Action

As companies strive to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an organizational core value, many struggle with how to implement change at a systemic level. DEI practitioners Sage and Sharon will help to unpack this complex challenge and share tactical tips on how to integrate DEI as a functional and integrated part of your business structure by addressing specific issues with processes and systems in the day-to-day of your business, operations, and culture. 


Founder & CEO



Founder & CEO


07:45 AM - 08:45 AM EDT

Room 213/215 2021-11-18 60 MINS

The Talent Magnet Breakfast


According to the job search company Monster, as many as 95% of employees consider changing jobs, 92% even across industries. Even if the actual numbers will not reach such astronomical heights, the writing is on the wall. The employer-employee dynamic is fractured, and many companies are in breach of the Psychological Contract without even realizing it. This eye-opening presentation will help you understand how this dynamic impacts your organization and how it makes your employees vulnerable to poaching from competitors or quitting of their own volition. Michael will share with you a proven method you can start implementing immediately to minimize the exodus of hard-to-replace talent and lay a foundation of trust.  


Managing Partner, Human Insight Group


November 17, 2021

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM EDT

Tradeshow Floor 2021-11-17 35 MINS

Food For Thought – People & Culture Challenges are on the Table

Join small groups of peers in a working lunch featuring fun, fast-paced & tactical discussions led by experts on hot topics that matter to you. RSVP now and self-select which table to join onsite!

Total Rewards & Employee Value Proposition – With the shift in focus to employee wellness, work flexibility, etc. many organizational leaders are reviewing their total reward programs and where they’re making their investments. They’re asking themselves “How can we better meet this value prop?” 

New requirements for leaders as it relates to virtual talent – With the expansion of the talent pool to include virtual employees outside of the geographic office location, leaders have a set of new requirements. Everything from learning how to lead hybrid teams, to employee engagement, etc. 

Competition for talent in a virtual space – With many organizations expanding their recruitment efforts virtually the competition to find and retain key talent is more fierce. Leading to questions like: How do I effectively recruit and find top talent virtually? How do I keep my local talent when they now have recruiters calling them from Silicon Valley? 

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM EDT

Room 213/215 2021-11-17 40 MINS

The Great Resignation: Attracting and Retaining Talent in Uncertain Times

The greatest challenge facing SaaS founders post-pandemic may have less to do with adjusting growth strategies and more to do with retaining team members, making them ‘talent poaching proof” and emulating a strong culture with hybrid/remote teams. People are not just changing jobs; they are shifting what they care about and leaving organizations that don’t meet expectations.    

In this session, hear innovative examples of how top companies have: Built cultures that fuel engagement and where team members can find meaning in their contribution, build top talent initiatives and strategic leadership development plans to retain employees who can grow their careers within your company and created connection amongst remote and hybrid teams.



Chief People Officer



VP People Operations



Senior Director, People & Culture


November 17, 2022

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-17 35 MINS

Pivoting From Recruitment to Retention: Employer Branding in a Down Economy

It's been a tough few months for tech employees, with a new round of layoffs hitting LinkedIn almost every week. While the instinct might be to lay low, this is exactly when brands need to double down — on their employees, job candidates, and customers. Shalina Patel, Senior Employer Brand Manager at Ada will share the importance of maintaining an authentic employer brand in times of crisis, and how it can drive business growth.


Senior Employer Brand Manager


02:15 PM - 02:45 PM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-17 30 MINS

Where Do We Start? Prioritizing Your People Ops Roadmap

What gets prioritized when it comes to building your People & Culture function? Often things like culture, events, recruiting, and values. And those are GREAT. But what is missing? Often, the things that we skip over (or do too late) have the biggest impact on our organizations. Things like a defined organizational structure, a clear compensation philosophy, a deep commitment to DEI, and the tracking and sharing of People metrics. In this talk, VP of People at Loopio, Alexis MacDonald will share her lessons learned growing the Loopio team from 80 to 280 employees. She'll dive into the "less sexy, less talked about" People & Culture topics that drive impact.


VP People