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Engineer Your Engineering Team: Tactics to Find and Retain the Best Tech Talent

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am

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It’s difficult to not just find great engineers—but also to retain them! Needless to say, once you find great talent, you want to make sure you keep it.

This panel of experts will discuss how they build solid engineering teams from day 1, including:

  • Advice on how to keep the team working smoothly
  • What tools and tactics to use
  • How to recruit your first employees
  • How to determine when you need more help

Our panelists will also dive more into how to identify the right engineer for the job and how to determine the right balance between technical talent, interpersonal skills, and business-savvy and customer focus.

This event is part of the Engineering Track at Startup Boston Week 2019. And is perfect for companies in the Early Stage. 

Our Speakers:

Melissa Leffler – VP of Engineering, Drift

Before joining Drift in January 2019, Melissa was the VP of Engineering at Mautic (acquired by Acquia), Carbon Black, Objective Logistics, and Awareness. She has successfully numerous teams, products, and companies.

Tom Hazel – Founder, CTO, and Chief Scientist, CHAOSSEARCH

Tom is the author of several open-source frameworks that are widely deployed and were acquired. Currently, at CHAOSSEARCH, he is scaling their engineering team to build computer science algorithms for big data.

Lydia Bowers – People and Culture Lead, Spyce Food Co.

At Spyce, Lydia has the unique challenge of connecting the world of people, food, and robotics. Before joining the team in January 2019, she served as a Coaching and Training Pro at Braverly, where she coached employees through professional development and built workforce development trainings.

Moderated By:

Jen Paxton – Director of Talent and People Ops, Privy

Before joining the Privy team in 2018, Jen was the Director of Talent at LevelUp, which was named the #1 Best Place to Work (Mid-Size Company) by the Boston Business Jurnal for the 2nd year in a row. She was also the Talent Manager at TrueMotion after her short time as Talent Manager of Logentries, which was acquired by Rapid7.



This is a Startup Boston Week event.

Startup Boston Week is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 16th-20th, 2019 Startup Boston Week brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston’s startup ecosystem.

Thank you to our event partners! 

About Matter:

Matter is a Brand Elevation Agency unifying public relations, social media, creative services, and search and digital marketing into strategic, content-rich communications campaigns that inspire action and build value. With 15 years of experience working with companies ranging from startups to large enterprises, we understand the fast speed and challenges inherent in marketing a new brand. Whether you’re building a business or growing a brand, we can help you achieve the success you deserve.

About CIC Boston:

One of Boston’s largest innovation communities, CIC provides office and coworking space, and supports a variety of important programs in Boston’s startup scene including Venture Cafe, District Hall, and MassRobotics.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
10:15 am - 11:45 am
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CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Boston, MA
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