​9:00 - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote

In early 2007, Mats formed BE-CAUSE, a platform for investing and building businesses with a “purpose bigger than their products®.” Join us as Mats provides his view on why brands that have a strong conviction around why they exist and who they exist to serve will end up attracting better employees, more loyal customers, and therefore ultimately be more successful. Mats will also share his view on the broader landscape and why thinking both longer and bigger are key ingredients in building the kind of world we all want to live in. 

Mats Lederhausen, Founder & CEO, BE-CAUSE

​10:45 - 11:00 am

Networking Break

9:30 - 10:15 am

Silos Suck

Transitioning from a startup tech firm to growth company isn’t easy. Learn how to scale effectively across functional teams, be smart with your communication and properly align to remove the silos in your business that can slow you down.

Sean Brown, President & CEO, YCharts

Doug Breaker, CEO,

Kent Steffen, President, CSG International

Caleb Eplett, VP of Product Management, Ycharts (Moderator)

10:15 - 10:45 am

Habits & Patterns of Successful Tech Leaders

What do the CTOs of Microsoft, NASA and Stitch Fix have in common? They’ve all learned how to become more valuable by developing themselves professionally. Learn how to create better leaders with your organization while taking yourself to the next level.

Joel Beasley, Author of Modern CTO Podcast and CTO, LeaderBits

11:00 - 11:30 am

Freight Tech in Chicago: Building the Future of Logistics Technology

Echo Global Logistics, a Fortune 1000 company, is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management services. Hear Echo's approach to simplifying logistics with sophisticated digital solutions, AI, and a superior customer experience.

Miles English, CIO, Echo Global Logistics

Ilhan Kolko, VP of Product, Echo Global Logistics

​11:30am - 12:15 pm

Panel: Your Product is Never Really Ready

These leaders will share their lessons learned at each stage of the process from vision to execution. Gain best practices for managing expectations, encouraging growth, and communicating the "why" while building products.

Christine Pellini, Senior Director of Product & Technology, Paylocity

Joel Pulliam, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Conversant

Andy O'Dower, Head of Product, Snapsheet (moderator)

​12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch & Networking

8:00 - 8:45 am

Registration / Coffee & Conversation

​8:45 - 9:00 am



1:30 - 2:00 pm

Moving from Goals to OKRs - A Transformation Story

How do we prioritize when every goal is exciting and, well, so big? Hear how "Objectives and Key Results" can help transform the company strategy in an actionable, measurable way. 

Katie Malone, Director of Data Science Research and Development, Civis Analytics

​2:00 - 2:30 pm

Bridging the Talent Gap - Lessons Learned Recruiting Engineers From a Female Perspective

There are different challenges and biases as a female leader in tech. Gain insights on best practices in recruiting, retaining and most importantly, advancing women in technical roles.

Marina Malaguti, Director of Data Engineering, Jellyvision

Jodi Goglin, VP of Information Technology, Ensono

​2:30 - 3:00 pm

Closing Keynote

Glen is visionary leader and entrepreneur who previously ran two public companies that changed the way healthcare is delivered. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. Hear from Glen about how to create a successful business from a place of passion and why he left a successful company to go change the world.

Glen Tullman, Executive Chairman, Livongo

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Cocktails & Networking