Calling all 7CTOs Members & GUESTS...
We're excited to announce our upcoming annual 0111 retreat - this year we're back to in-person!

Come join us to hear stories about where others have been, and dare to dream about where we can go. We're in the process of organizing an incredible lineup of guest speakers and members who have agreed to contribute to this week. Check out the schedule below!

Once you're ready, please register with us for the conference. Make sure it is an email that you will be checking, as we will be sending exciting announcements leading up to the week.  Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with some more information & links. In the confirmation email, there will be a calendar link where you will be able to add the event to your calendar.

We can't wait to see you soon!

Date & Time
November 3, 2021 5:00 pm - November 6, 2021 12:00 pm
Check out our 7CTOs 0111 Retreat event video from 2019. Join us in November 2021 to be a part of it!
Heads up registered attendees and 7CTOs members!   You have exclusive access to our Notion workspace HERE with presentations, speakers, and a full list of fellow attendees.  Also subscribe to the #0111-events channel in Slack to stay in the know and join the event discussions!


12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Check-in / Registration - Hotel lobby
Event staff will be available to help you get checked in and pick up your retreat goodies.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Reception - Fairway Terrace
Please join us as we kick off our 2021 retreat with a delicious beverage and some catching up to do.

Opening Remarks: RAD Leadership and Endless Disruption
Brant Cooper, CEO & Founder of Moves The Needle
Brant is a NY Times bestselling author and a trusted adviser to startups and large enterprises around the world.

7:00 PM 
Dinner on your own
A list of recommended restaurants both on and off the resort is available to attendees in our Notion workspace.

ThursDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Coffee & Breakfast Buffet - Fairway Ballroom

9:00 AM- 10:15 AM
Opening Session

State of 7CTOs
Beth Rehberg, CEO of 7CTOs
We kick things off with an update on 7CTOs, the year behind us and our plan for the year ahead.

Keynote: The Growth Mode Playbook for CTOs 
Kathy Keating, VP Engineering at Ad Hoc LLC & CTO Advisor
We'll examine the key areas that a CTO needs to focus if they want to be effective (and successful) as they scale.

Emee Pumarega, 0111 Event Planner / Owner, EJP Events 

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions: Fairway Ballroom 1-4, Fairway Prefunction Area

Leadership Focus: Building Psychological Safety in Engineering Teams
Kimeshan Naidoo, CTO & Co-Founder at Unibuddy

This discussion will focus on:
- What does the data tell us about the key ingredients to building elite performing engineering teams?
- What is psychological safety and why it's critical to building elite performing teams
- Learn what are the exact behaviours that demonstrate psychological safety
- Learn how you can practically measure psychological safety in your team and improve it in a structured manner going forward

Technology Focus: SOC2 Compliance
Nelly Spieler, Executive Partner at Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP  
Introduction to the most common and industry agnostic security standards - SOC1/2 and ISO27001, audit process, and addressing any related questions.

Technology Focus: Don’t Die On Your Microservices Journey 
Anup Marwadi, CEO at HyperTrends Global Inc. 
In this talk, Anup will share his experiences from the trenches and how he evaded multiple disasters throughout his microservices journey. Anup has built 4 large-scale Microservices platforms in education, manufacturing, healthcare and event ticketing and recently transitioned a large client from a monolithic to a microservice architecture. Anup discusses the core fundamentals that every microservice traveler should be aware of and outlines questions, gotchas and gives you cheat-sheets to successfully navigate the "microservices journey."

Network Focus: The Inside Scoop
Joanie Connell, President at Flexible Work Solutions
Writing and publishing a book is a big undertaking, but definitely worth it! In this session, we'll discuss the different publishing options, gain information and perspective on the pros and cons of publishing a book, and help you begin building a network of colleagues to talk to about book publication.

11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Lunch and Unstructured Networking

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions: Fairway Ballroom 1-4, Fairway Prefunction Area

Leadership Focus: Hiring a VP of Engineering
Chris Clark, CTO & Co-Founder at Grove Collaborative
For many CTOs, a VPE will be the first executive hire you make. It's a very different process than any other type of hiring, and brings with it a lot of questions about the role of CTO. Chris will share his insights and learnings from hiring executives onto his team over the past three years, and how to make this a successful process for you, and your company.

Technology Focus:  DevOps your Sec 
Dave Mangot, Principal Engineer at Mangoteque
Security needs to change, but there is help available!

Network Focus: Writing Well For Clarity & Culture
Kelly Abbott, CTO at Tablecloth
Join us we get candid and talk about some of the common pitfalls that make leaders look like ding-dongs and erode morale.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions: Fairway Ballroom 1-4, Fairway Prefunction Area  

Leadership Focus: (Panel Discussion) How Technology Firms can gain Traction by leveraging the power of EOS®
Scott Rusnak, Managing Partner at EOS Worldwide
Learn real world examples, from a highly respected panel, on how to implement and utilize EOS in your technology business

Technology Focus:  Deliver Native Cloud Fast
Calvin Hendryx-Parker, CTO & Co-Founder at Six Feet Up
What did we learn along the way with this big bet. What did we love, what did we hate? We’ll dive in with what got us getting up and running fast, but leaving the overhead of managing virtual machines and Kubernetes behind. Leave the legacy deployments behind and forge bravely into the new world of Cloud Native applications.

Technology Focus: Infrastructure: Duck Soup Terraform
Phil Borlin, Director of Engineering at Riser Tech
How to setup sophisticated Multi-Tenant systems that talk to Single-Tenant systems utilizing VPC Peering, Service Discovery for internal routing, ALB for external routing, Docker/ECS, and Terraform Cloud
Network Focus: Managing Distributed Teams via Minimal Engineering Design Artifacts
Matt Ferguson, CTO at Galley Solutions
Learn simple technical design artifacts your teams can leverage to be more productive.

Network Focus: Apprenticeship Models 
Michael Roberts, Founder & CEO at CreatingCodingCareers.Org
Participants will learn how to retain talent at the critical mid to senior, senior to principle engineer levels; A simple processes to identify and attract early career talent to groom; how implement a frictionless talent development strategy; and tips to recognize and overcome bias in the recruiting and candidate pipeline.

4:30 PM- 9:00 PM
Choose your own adventure: Attendees check out the activity chatter on our #0111-events Slack channel and sign up for Group Activities in our Notion workspace.

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Join us for S'mores on the patio! (outside Torreyana Grill)


Friday, NOVEMBER 5, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Coffee and Bagels (light breakfast) - Fairway Ballroom

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Forum Workshop and Breakouts: Fairway Ballroom

Being Seen and Seeing Others: CTO 2.0 
Learn how to see ourselves and our colleagues in a more productive, human, and connected way.  Identify the conditions that magnify and mitigate how you show up and change the way you lead. 

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Catered Lunch and Unstructured Networking

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Panel Discussion: Fairway Ballroom

Challenge Processing Inside and Out
Patty Leeper, Management Consultant & CTOs Facilitator
Learn what our strongest forums do differently in challenge processing and how to get the most out of this inside and outside of your forum experience.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Closing Session - Fairway Ballroom

Closing Remarks
Etienne de Bruin, Co-Founder of 7CTOs & Chairman of the Board

Keynote: New Technical Fund & The Flower
Noel Musicha, CEO & President at The Chisomo Idea
Learn how Noel and his team are partnering with us to create thriving communities and future tech leaders, starting with one community and one child at a time.

Announcements & Departure
Beth Rehberg, CEO at 7CTOs

SAturday, NOVEMBER 6, 2021
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Poolside Day

Whether you're bringing your family to enjoy the week/end, or excited to spend more time with your 7CTOs fam, join us for a low key day poolside at the Hilton. Snacks and lunch will be provided. 

We've organized a wide array of topics with well-known speakers, so you can make the most of your time sharing and learning together with us. Here are just a few to look forward to.

Attendees and members click here to access full bios and speaker info.
Noel Musicha
CEO, The Chisomo Idea

New Technical Fund: The Flower
Jerome Bonhomme
CTO, American Specialty Health
Digital transformation - a story from the trenches
Kimeshan Naidoo
CTO & Co- FOUNDER, Unibuddy
Building Psychological Safety in Engineering Teams
Writing Well For Clarity & Culture
RAD Leadership and Endless Disruption
Kathy Keating
The Growth Mode Playbook for CTOs

State of 7CTOs
Founder & CEO at CreatingCodingCareers
Apprenticeship Models
KD Productions

How Technology Firms can gain Traction by leveraging the power of EOS®
Executive Partner at Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP
SOC2 Compliance
Principal, Mangoteque
DevOps your Sec
Director of Engineering, Riser Tech
Infrastructure: Scaling Dev Organizations

Don’t Die On Your Microservices Journey

Calvin Hendryx-Parker
CTO & Co-Founder, Six Feet Up
It Takes a Village to Raise a Developer: Growing Teams with the Community

Hiring a VP of Engineering
Managing a Distributed team via Minimum Engineering Design Artifacts
President, Flexible Work Solutions
Publishing a Book: The Inside Scoop
Being Seen and Seeing Others: CTO 2.0
Management Consultant & CTOs Facilitator

Challenge Processing Inside and Out
Etienne de Bruin
Founder at 7CTOs

Closing Remarks & Awards
Hotel Details

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines is our conference host. Registrants may book their hotel room at the special rate of $239 plus tax and optional resort fee.

Please visit the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines website and book before October 4, 2021 to secure your special group rate.

Book your hotel online now!

Please note that this special room block is reserved for 0111 Retreat attendees; reservations not associated with a conference registration are subject to cancellation.

To make your reservation by phone, call 1-877-414-8020 and refer to group code: 7CTO21

After October 4, 2021, hotel reservations may be made outside of the room block: or contact [email protected] directly for assistance or room availability.
Covid-19 Safety Procedures

Our first priority is the health and safety of our staff and members.

And while our 2020 Virtual Retreat was an awesome opportunity to gather online, it wasn't the same. We elected to move forward with a smaller in-person event this year with the help of Hilton Resorts and an awesome event planning team.

We are following the CA Department of Public Health and local county guidance that recommends everyone wear a face covering in indoor public settings, whether you've been vaccinated or not.
All registered attendees are required to complete a pre-event questionnaire with any non-vaccinated individuals will be required to submit proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Our opening reception will take place in an outdoor setting and we've reduced the overall size of the event to maintain less than 50% of room occupancy during all sessions.

Hilton was selected as our host property in part due to their elevated cleaning standards and sanitation policies. Below are details on their initiatives for ensuring a safe stay for overnight guests as well as their food & beverage service.

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