Lead/Forward Exchange at SpringOne Tour Chicago

April 26, 2022
Guaranteed Rate Field 
Kanas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
Gates and suite open at 4:30 pm

Event Overview

The best way to start tackling your challenges is to talk to and learn from your peers. Together, you form a Circle of Excellence when it comes to digital transformation.

Join us for Lead/Forward Exchange at SpringOne Tour, an invitation-only, executive experience to discuss how you, your peers, and other organizations are perfecting their software transformation strategies—and grow your Circle of Excellence at the same time. And baseball fans, get ready! We've got a private suite to watch the White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals and listen to Ozzie Guillen, former MLB player and World Series manager, talk about leading a winning team.

You might be wondering, but what is SpringOne Tour? Great question! It's a two-day developer workshop with experts across Spring, Java, architecture, microservices, and Kubernetes showcasing tools to improve the developer experience. At Lead/Forward Exchange, you’ll be learning from your peers about how to lead a winning developer team, and at SpringOne Tour, we want to invite your developers to come and learn as well. Please share the discount code LF_SAVE50 with your team, and they’ll receive $50 off the pass price.   
Grab your seat before spots fill up. We hope to see you there!

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4:30-5:45pm Gates and Suites Open
5:45-6:10pm VMware Executive Welcome & Fireside Chat with Rob Rose, Cerner
6:10-6:45pm First Pitch: White Sox vs Royals
6:45-7:45pm Leading a winning team with Ozzie Guillen 
7:45-9:00pm Game & Networking


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Rob Rose, Cerner Corporation

Rob Rose is a Sr. Director in Cerner's Digital Factory organization. Rob and his team are responsible for standardizing the build, delivery, and operations of various products across multiple cloud implementations and regulatory expectations.  He makes an impact on Cerner and their clients by advancing the adoption of cloud native principles and contemporary approaches to drive business results in a timely manner.  Recently, Rob has been socializing the use of Tanzu Application Platform (TAP) after experiencing several years of success proliferating the use of Tanzu Application Service (TAS) throughout Cerner. His primary passion and focus is assisting internal teams with the modernization, automation, and delivery of their products.


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Alex Luttschyn, VMware Tanzu

Alex leads Americas Sales for VMware Tanzu Labs based in Chicago, IL.  He is a 20-year enterprise sales leader responsible for growing the $200m+ services business within VMware Tanzu business unit. VMware Tanzu Labs partners with organizations worldwide to accelerate the delivery of software and modernize legacy infrastructures and applications while reducing operating costs and risk.  Alex has held sales leadership roles for the past 12 years prior to the VMware acquisition of Pivotal including General Manager, U.K., Pivotal Software. He led the Global Cloud Native Services Sales team expanding Pivotal Labs’ presence to over 20 offices around the world. He was a charter sales leader at Greenplum Software during its acquisition by EMC and prior to that had an 8-year sales career at Sun Microsystems.


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Michael Coté , VMware Tanzu

Michael Coté studies how large organizations get better at building software to run better and grow their business. His books Changing Mindsets, Monolithic Transformation, and The Business Bottleneck cover these topics. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, done corporate strategy and M&A, and was a programmer. He also co-hosts several podcasts, including Software Defined Talk. Cf. cote.io, and is @cote on Twitter. Texas Forever! 


Ozzie Guillen, Former MLB Player and World Series Manager

Ozzie Guillen played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop for 16 seasons, primarily with the Chicago White Sox. During that time, he won the American Rookie of the Year Award and a Gold Glove. He was considered one of the best defensive shortstops of his era. Guillen later managed the Chicago White Sox from 2004 to 2011, winning the World Series In 2005, Guillen became the first Latino manager in major league history to win a World Series when he captained the Chicago White Sox to their first championship in 88 years. Guillén was respected for his passion, speed, hustle, intensity, and defensive abilities and his ebullient love for the game. Guillen has found post-managerial success as a baseball analyst with NBC Chicago Sports and Co-host of Baseball Video podcast Guillen's World. Ozzie Is married with 3 kids and 2 grandkids Adela and Ozzie “Oso”. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his grandkids.

Code of conduct

VMware is dedicated to providing and promoting a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected categories. Because we don’t always know what might make someone else feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, these guidelines are meant to reinforce our values and clarify our expectations of all of those who participate in our community and events. They also define unacceptable behavior and provide instructions on what you can do if you see unacceptable behavior.

We each have different backgrounds and experiences. At VMware, we have three core values that we expect all to abide by: do the right thing, do what works, and be kind.

Expected behavior

  1. Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  2. Refrain from using any demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.

Unacceptable behavior

Unacceptable behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Harassment and discrimination, which includes: any verbal, physical, or visual conduct based on sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, race, age, national origin, disability, or other protected characteristics; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of sessions, talks, or other events; and inappropriate physical contact, or any unwelcome sexual attention.
  2. Using any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; using profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, homophobic, transphobic, or ethnic slurs; commenting about a person’s body or sexual activity; and discussing sexual activity.
  3. Failing to obey any of the rules or regulations of the event or instructions of the event staff.
  4. Participating in any other illegal activity not already covered above.

Consequences of unacceptable behavior

We won’t tolerate unacceptable behavior. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund and, if appropriate, involving local law enforcement. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

How to report unacceptable behavior

If you have a complaint or concern about harassment, discrimination, bullying, or any other conduct that violates the VMware Events Code of Conduct, please contact [email protected].

We thank our attendees in advance for your help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.


Thank you!

Thank you for your interest. Registration for this event is closed.

We look forward to you joining us.


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