SEPTEMBER 19, 2019







About the Event

Are you ready to elevate your IT career? Join this first-ever Professional Development virtual event and gain access to invaluable educational sessions and materials to grow alongside your peers within VMUG’s supportive community. We will be showcasing expert speakers and engaging presentations on topics from public speaking to VMware certifications so you can take your career to the next level. You don’t want to miss this event!

VMUG's online virtual event will deliver a highly interactive, 3-D virtual environment with live video-streaming keynote and breakout sessions with speaker Q&A, on-demand breakout sessions, and interactive partner exhibits within the show floor. And the best part is this event is virtual so you can experience it all from anywhere -- you don't even have to leave your home or office!

Highlights the VMUG Virtual September Event has to offer:


Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings almost 40 years of technology and leadership experience.

Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.

Gelsinger earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an associate degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and that same year awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University. He holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications.


September 19, 2019


Keynote: The 5 L's of Leadership

Pat Gelsinger
CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger will share a perspective on what it takes to navigate and lead the digital future in an era of unpredictable, disruptive change. Gelsinger will examine the increasingly critical role that technologists must play as tech reshapes the competitive landscape in every industry sector.



A Public Speaker's Guide To Public Speaking

Chris McCain
Director, Technical Certification, VMware

This session offers tips and tricks to becoming a more confident and engaging public speaker. There is no science or magic to becoming a great public speaker, but as you will learn in this session anyone can work their way to being able to comfortably stand up in front of a crowd to tell stories.



Soft Skills, Resume Building and Networking are Some of the Toughest Areas to Master 

Paul Nadeau
Senior SD-WAN Systems Engineer, VMware

Discover what and how hiring managers and executives look for candidates, and what “good vs. bad” looks like. A deep dive into what is effective networking and what will harm your chances of promotions or getting another job.



Tips and Habits to Advance Your IT Career 

Ariel Sanchez
Senior Technical Account Manager, VMware

In IT we need to keep our ears tuned to what's coming: it's a dynamic industry and understanding the technology waves can mean the difference between job hunting and financial independence. No matter what you do today, chances are you won't be doing the exact same thing in 5 years. This talk gives you my lessons learned as I have navigated my career in IT. I've moved countries, cities and jobs working different types of shifts, doing management and individual contributor, local and remote work for small and large companies. I've interviewed and learned lessons from many successful engineers and engineering managers and I offer their teachings in this session.



Lunch Keynote: Growing From VI Admin to SRE

Michael Roy
Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware

The technology landscape of today is undergoing an industry-wide transformation with the growth of cloud native technologies. This new world requires admins to update and adapt their skill to deliver new business value to the organization. Come join us as we take a look at what’s different with modern “Dev Ops” workflows, and how VI Admins of today can transition their careers to ride the new Cloud Native wave of the future.



Achieving Happiness: Building Your Brand and Your Career 

Amanda Blevins
Senior Director & Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware

This session is about identifying what brings you happiness as a person and using this knowledge to determine the best path for your career. Using life happiness as a target for creating a path in your career is the ideal way to actively choose what is best for you, your health, your family and friends, and other priorities inside and outside of work.

This is session is created and presented by a VMware Chief Technologist who began in IT over 20 years ago and has built her own career by learning from many mentors, colleagues, friends, books, classes, and more along the way. We’ll also discuss what brand is and why it is important to get you to the next stage of your career. This session will provide a map of how to leverage your brand to boost your career for happiness and fulfillment!




CHAT TOPIC: IT Academy, Certification & Digital Badging, and KSA 

Jackie Barker
Senior Global Program Manager, Strategic Programs, VMware

Changing the world with education, and technology. The future is software defined. Preparing individuals to lead in the digital future, is Jackie Barker’s passion. For over 20 years, Jackie has worked with educators and employers around the world to develop and implement educational program designed to prepare people for careers in technology. While it hasn’t always easy, Jackie has used her understanding of people, product and platform to begin to change the world. Today Jackie leads the VMware IT Academy program.


Karl Childs
Senior Manager - Certification, VMware

Karl Childs is a Senior Manager with VMware Education Services. He has over 20 years experience in IT Education and Certification, working with global companies such as HP, Novell, and MCI. His background is in Instructional Technology and Training Development, and he enjoys applying those skills within the IT and software industry.


Robert King
Senior Education Solutions Architect, VMware

Bob King is a veteran of 12 years with VMware. He has held the position of Sr. Technical Instructor, Sr. Technical Account Manager, and Sr. Solutions Architect for Education. Bob is responsible for the KSA (Knowledge Skills Assessment) program in the Americas. He spends his time helping guide our customers forward through the VMware curriculum and certification programs. Prior to VMware Bob taught everything from Novell to Cisco, wrote a dozen books for Sybex Publishing (mostly Microsoft certification study guides,) and owned his own consulting firm.



CHAT TOPIC: Professional Development – Improving Your Interviewing Skills 

Albert Altino
Sr. Director, Systems Engineering, VMware

Albert Altino is the Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Virtual Cloud Platforms, an organization that is responsible for helping VMware’s customers in their digital transformation journey. This organization is responsible for product lines which include NSX – Vmware’s Network Virtualization Platform, and Cloud Management and Operations provided by the vRealize Platform.



CHAT TOPIC: Getting the Ear of the VP 

Richard Armstrong
Senior Manager, VMware

Richard Armstrong is a veteran of high-technology software technical pre-sales with 23 years leading various organizations ranging from small teams at Austin startups to large (300+) pre-sales organizations at large Virtualization and Cyber Security companies. Most recently Richard was the Americas VP of Systems Engineers at Fortinet and Sr. Manager SDDC Specialist SEs at VMware. During his tenure, Richard has coached many individual contributors in the art of communicating effectively to upper management.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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