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Building Self-Managed Teams – A Case Study from Executive in Gaming Industry

April 7, 2022, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

In this session we’ll talk about becoming the kind of leader that creates long-term success over short term wins by learning how to lead leaders instead of followers. Learn practical tools to transform your team into self-driven, thinking, initiative takers. Using real-world examples, we’ll cover how you can create this environment, delegate more effectively, and be a better coach while also creating clear accountability and ownership. Using these methods you can unlock hidden potential in your teams to create long-lasting results.

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Roundtable session speaker:


Mike Seavers

Mike Seavers has been a technology and business leader for over 20 years. He’s currently the VP of Development at Epic Games where he supports the teams behind the Epic Games Store, Epic Online Services, Unreal Engine, and more. He has spent the last ten years in the gaming industry and was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Riot Games. Prior to that, Mike spent many years in consulting, project and portfolio management, and leading software teams in several Fortune 500 companies. Mike has dedicated his career to helping leaders, teams, and organizations solve the challenges - technical, process, or people-related - that unlock their full potential.

Mike lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife where he spends his free time following his other passion of cycling.

Roundtable session host:

Jeff Villmer

IT Director, Delivery Assurance at Save A Lot

Jeff Villmer is IT Director at Save A Lot. For more than three decades, Jeff has led technology teams and managed project portfolios for companies such as AT&T, Edward Jones, and MasterCard. He has also served as a solution provider for an onshore outsourcing firm and an independent consultant under his own brand, Backyard Leaders. His area of focus has been on “project rescue,” and while circumstances have been diverse, the common themes of improving technology delivery and increasing business value persisted. Jeff acknowledges that it takes more than methodology to achieve desired outcomes, a mindset that has served him well as a leader.