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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: Career Opportunities in Big Tech

Event Type
Professional Development
Sponsor
Illinois Computer Science
Location
HYBRID: 200 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 701, Chicago, IL -- ZOOM: go.cs.illinois.edu/cspd-spr23
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Apr 27, 2023   5:00 - 6:00 pm  
Registration
In-Person Attendees: RSVP here to let us know you're coming!
E-Mail
chicago-staff@cs.illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Computer Science Speakers Calendar

Join Zoom meeting: go.cs.illinois.edu/cspd-spr23
Meeting ID: 826 5168 7135
Passcode: 262065
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Abstract

Many computer scientists spend their entire careers in large tech companies. Do you wonder what it would be like to do that long-term? Might you get stuck on a project and have to change companies to stay excited about your work? What if you stay too long with one company that it would be hard to change later if you'd like to? Are you worried that you would only interact with other computer scientists? Or maybe you're not convinced that it's possible to have a life and also succeed in a place like this. This session will feature alumni and recruiters who can share their perspectives from the trenches - come with your questions and they will do their best to answer them!

Speakers

James Commons
Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations
Yahoo

James Commons

James is SVP of Technology and Operations at Yahoo where he leads a global team of approximately 400 employees who are responsible for key technology platforms and processes that power $6B of Yahoo's $8B in revenue. Prior to Yahoo, James was part of the leadership team at AOL that helped to turn around the company and ultimately led to its successful sale to Verizon in 2015. He started his career at Deloitte Consulting and is a 2007 University of Illinois computer science alum.

Paul J. Magelli
Chief Executive Officer
WISEcode LLC

Paul Magelli

Paul is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience and eight global venture teams spanning food, healthcare, information and communication systems, software, and services. He brings together a broad range of leadership qualities with an acute focus on customers and creating businesses that scale. Paul began his career at large companies such as Boeing, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies, where he held roles as a software engineer, industry standards architect, senior business executive, and he has built successful start-ups as a serial founder, CEO, Board director for both public and private companies, and investor.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. He enjoys technically, economically, and socially disruptive ventures, empowering people with deep insight. He has built transformative data, data science, AI/ML, and network/graph software platforms.In his spare time, Paul collects combat armor, is a master pyrotechnician, and enjoys mentoring nascent entrepreneurs. He has a life partner and a son in college. 

Michael Oltman
Consulting Senior Technologist / Fractional CTO
Self-Employed

Mike is a self-employed Executive Consultant focused on software development, architecture, and management specializing in data engineering and data platforms. After earning a BS in Computer Engineering from UIUC, his career began during the internet boom, as he worked as lead architect on enterprise projects, built data-driven platforms, and led software engineering teams, for such companies as American Airlines, McDonalds, and Bank of America. His 20 years' of experience spans multiple industries, including consulting, food service, finance, healthcare, and sports technology.

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