Should You Go?
If you’re an entrepreneur, if you’re in leadership at a startup, if you’re a founder, a team lead, a manager, or somone who aspires to be one someday…
YES, you should go.
It’s a startup conference that isn’t a startup conference
There is an epidemic in our world and it’s called bad leadership. Being a business leader in any sense often means you feel like you’re way out in the ocean all alone, learning as you’re doing. Even the smallest failure may feel infinite. The highs and lows are shocking and sudden. We’re going to change this trend by helping young leaders build sustainable, healthy companies through wisdom sharing and mentorship.
How do we fix this recurring problem?We’re repeating the same mistakes, we’re burning out, we’re putting the wrong people in charge. We are focused on valuations and acquisitions when we should be focused on building sustainable leadership and promoting mental health.
Our Amazing Speakers
All of our speakers have been on the front lines of leadership at startups, as founders, startup employees, and consultants to companies in transition.
Startup Mentor and Partner at Y Combinator
Kevin is a true leader in the startup community, and now spends his time mentoring and coaching other startups through seed rounds, acquisitions, and growth phases. He likes vests, and was one of the very first speakers at our innagural event way back in 2012.
Founder of CoSupport and Elevate Summit
Sarah has worked in tech for over 15 years, and has spent the last 8 years consulting companies on building amazing customer experiences. She’s worked with over 200 startups to help build their internal processes, and has learned a lot about failed leadership along the way.
Startup Veteran and CEO of Close.Iio
Steli is a startup veteran and passionate mentor to founders at all stages. He is an internationally known speaker and author of 6 books on startups and sales. He’s passionate about helping people build sustainable businesses through sheer hustle and vision. You can hear more of Steli’s wisdom every week on the Startup Chat podcast.
DR. SHERRY WALLING
Clinical Psychologist & Co-Founder of ZenFounder
Dr. Sherry Walling is a licensed clinical psychologist and the co-host of the ZenFounder podcast. Her life’s work is to help high-performing professionals be awesome at their work. She consults regularly with entrepreneurs and founders regarding interpersonal conflicts, burnout, depression, anxiety, existential angst, major transitions, personal balance and the other highs and lows of founder life.
Co-founder & CEO of GURU
Rick has been an entrepreneur in the Philadelphia area since 1999. He’s currently the co-founder & CEO of Guru, which helps companies centralize their collective knowledge. Prior to Guru Rick was the Founder and CTO of Boomi, which defined and led a new segment as the industry’s first cloud integration platform-as-a-service. Boomi was acquired by Dell in 2010.
Associate Product Manager at Atlassian
What happens when a company with a solid culture, loyal employees, and no real need for change suddenly gets acquired? Caity will talk through her recent acquisition experience to talk about the highs and lows of internal change, and how leaders can take care of their employees during major corporate transitions.
Founder, Acuity Scheduling
Gavin has built a thriving company by focusing on customers first. With that, he’s gained a ton of wisdom to share about what makes company culture thrive, and how businesses can maintain their personality and still serve customers well, and why it’s better for employees, and the business, to be honest and show personality even if you offend a few folks along the way.
Leadership Coach and Founder of Plucky
After years working in tech startups in NYC, Jen decided to take her expertise in manager training and spin it into a consultancy. At Plucky, she evaluates leadership roles at companies of all sizes to help teams evolve and improve. Jen’s spent the past decade helping companies work better, realizing that it’s the relationships we have with our co-workers that make or break retention and organizational success.
Support and Success Leader at Pingboard
Colin is a former CoSupport employee who recently settled down at Pingboard. He’s also a recovering perfectionist who has lead multiple teams in both a professional and volunteer capacity. He’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to discussing exactly how leadership and unflinching perfectionism aren’t always a good mix for an effective team, company, or professional life.
Head of Support at Appcues
Startup leaders share unique skills and personality traits, but that means they can also share the same struggles with certain mental health troubles. Mercer will speak about her own journey with mental health and share tips for managing self-care for your teams.
Manager of Customer Support at Procore
Do not listen to people telling you positive change is impossible. Through his experience building a new team, Samuel was told multiple times that what he was trying to do is impossible. People will not change, the teams will not listen, other people don’t care. Learn from Samuel how by not just accepting that things were impossible, he built a singular role that became a team.
Product Manager at Dialpad
Scott started his first company while he was student and since then he’s been in startups his whole career. He’s both founded startups as well as working for others. Scott’s going to share the highlights from those experiences, including some best and worst practices. He’ll talk about engagement, leadership, retention and even a brief dive into “holacracy”.
As a product leader with a design and engineering background, Shay has a passion for solving problems and leading teams. He has an array of experience working with a number of fast growing startups and will be sharing his lessons on how knowing your whole self–strengths, weaknesses and all–in comparison to others makes you a stronger leader and builds closer relationships with your team.
April 21, 2018
We’re brining the Elevate to Sacramento for the first time to take advantage of the amazing food scene, the great weather, and all those local wines. It’s just 2 hours from the Bay Area by car or train, and even has a fancy international airport!
We’re taking over The Urban Hive’s new Cannery location for a full day of talks, socializing, and maybe even a live podcast recording. All Hive members get 50% off tickets.
Kimpton Sawyer Saramento
This brand new hotel has a crazy rooftop bar, swanky decor, and a bowling alley in it. And it’s a 10 minute Lyft from the venue.
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The Embassy Suites is right on the riverfront in Old Sacramento and is within walking distance to lots of interesting local sights.
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Be part of the change by sponsoring a leader
If you’re a mentor, a startup veteran, or a VC, you probably know a number of young leaders who could use guidance and wisdom from successful, humble people. You can gift them a ticket by adding their name in the attendee field.Sponsor a Leader
Our most important event yet
We started producing Elevate Support in 2012 to meet the immediate need for education and career development for customer support teams. Since then, we’ve produced 17 events in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London, Portland, Philadelphia, and Palm Springs, Denver, and San Diego.
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