Ascent By Oyster

A virtual conference about the future of work.
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About the  event

Ascent by Oyster is a first of its kind virtual conference about the future of work, focused
on the opportunities for elevated organizational performance afforded by geographic diversity.

The event focuses on the future of work as we are currently facing a shift in the workforce that
is beyond geographical location. Our goal is to create an intimate space for attendees to network,
and catch a glimpse into a world of distributed opportunity and positive impact.

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Speakers 2021

Samantha Fisher
Head of Dynamic Work
@ Okta
Adam D'Angelo
CEO and Co-Founder
@ Quora
Allison Vendt
Head of Virtual First - People & Culture
@ Dropbox
Raji Nagarkar
Director & Associate General Counsel
@ Quora
Tammy Bjelland
@ Workplaceless
Bryan Caplan
Prof. of Economics
@ George Mason University
Sondre Rasch
Co-Founder &CEO
@ Safety Wing
Dan Lucraft
Head of Engineering
@ Oyster
Lana Cook
Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives
@ MIT Open Learning
Tony Jamous
@ Oyster
Conner Forrest
Principal Research Analyst
@ 451 Research
Rhys Black
Head of Remote
@ Oyster
Jack Mardack
@ Oyster
Stuart MacAlpine
Programme Designer
@ Amala
Miranda Zolot
General Counsel & Secretary
@ Oyster
Chris Herd
Founder & CEO
@ Firstbase
Amir Salihefendic
Founder & CEO
@ Doist
Darren Murph
Head of Remote
@ GitLab
Mohamad Chamas
Education Program Manager
@ Oyster
Bruno Cunha
Partnerships Lead
@ Oyster
Ally Fekaiki
Founder & CEO
@ Workplaceless
Cameron McLain
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
@ Giant Ventures
Itamar Goldminz
Director of Talent
@ Hyperscience
Don Dowling
@ Littler
Ruth Fletcher
Ruth Fletcher
@ Careem
Paul Sieminski
General Counsel
@ Automattic
Natasha Kehimkar
Founder & CEO
@ Malida Advisors
Tim Betry
Vice President, People and Places
@ Go Pro
Dougie Sloan
Investment Director
@ Big Society Capital
Aobo Guo
Growth Equity Investor
@ Generation Investment Management
Jakob Knutzen
CEO & Co-Founder of Butter
Mohamed Embaby
@ Oyster
Scott Summers
Associate General Counsel- Global Employment Law
@ Veeva Systems
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Agenda 2021

US Pacific Time
July 14th
7:30 am - 8:10 am ~ Networking Time  
8:10 am - 8:20 am ~ Opening Remarks w/ Jack Mardack
8:20 am - 8:50 am ~ Closing the Opportunity Gap with Remote Work w/ Bryan Caplan & Dan Lucraft
8:40 am - 8:50 am~Break
8:50 - 9:20 am ~ Global Talent Acquisition w/ Ruth Fletcher, Natasha Kehimkar, Marina Farthouat, & Itamar Goldminz
9:20 am - 9:50 am ~ Building a Successful Distributed Company w/ Tony Jamous, Adam D'Angelo, Jakob Knutzen & Amir Salihefendic
9:50 am - 10:10 am ~ Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:40 am ~ What it takes to “Take Care” of a Globally Distributed Team w/ Ally Fekaiki, Tim Betry, Chris Herd & Sondre Rasch

Moderated by Bruno Cunha
10:40 am - 11:20 am ~ Legal Perspective for Globally Distributed Companies Panel w/ Paul Sieminkski, Scott Summers, Don Dowling & Raji Nagarkar

Moderated by Miranda Zolot
11:20 am - 11:30 am ~ Closing Remarks w/ Jack Mardack
11:30 am - 12:00 pm ~ Networking Time
US Pacific Time
July 15th
7:30 am - 8:00 am~ Networking Time  
8:00 am - 8:10 am~ Opening Remarks w/ Jack Mardack
8:10 am - 8:40 am ~ Distributed Leadership Keynote w/ Tony Jamous
8:30 am - 8:50 am ~ Break
8:50 am - 9:20 am ~ The Future of HR (Evolution of the People Function in the Post-Pandemic) w/ Conner Forrest & Jack Mardack
9:20 am - 9:50 am ~ How to Become an "Impact Unicorn” w/ Cameron McLain, Aobo Guo, & Douglas Sloan

Moderated by Tony Jamous
9:50 am - 10:10 am ~ Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:40 am ~ Education and Skills for the Future of Work w/ Lana Cook, Tammy Bjelland, Stuart MacAlpine & Mohamed Embaby

Moderated by Mohamad Chamas
10:40 am - 11:20 am ~ Head-to-Head of Remote w/ Darren Murph, Allison Vendt & Samantha Fisher

Moderated by Rhys Black
11:20 am - 11:30 am ~ Closing Remarks w/ Jack Mardack


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