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Speaking opportunities at Plato
Speaking opportunities at Plato

Leading a Plato Circle

High-impact group mentoring sessions
What is a Circle?
Plato’s community has expressed lots of interest in group mentorship — where they learn from a senior leader like yourself while also connecting with their peers.
A "Circle” is a group of people who meet on Zoom, typically for 2 meetings, to discuss a leadership topic (it’ll be the same group of people in the meetings).
Depending on the topic you choose, the group is either engineering managers, individual contributors (engineers), or product managers.
Why lead a Circle?
It’s a great way to scale your impact by helping 10 to 15 people at a time (versus a traditional 1-on-1 mentorship situation)
Lots of mentors have said it’s been a nice opportunity to organize their thoughts on a topic (some have created blog articles & talks from the content they originally made for a circle).
This is a chance to create a mini-community where you can expand your network.
One testimonial from a recent circle leader:
“Running a Plato circle is an amazing way to share and fine-tune your perspective on leadership topics with other great managers around the globe.” —VP of Engineering at Mews, Marian Kamenistak
What is the format?
Most circles run for 2 sessions and each session is 45 minutes.
In each session, we recommend you (as the Circle Leader) share your perspective on the topic for 5-10 minutes. The remainder of the time can be used for a group discussion that you facilitate.
For both sessions, you’ll meet with the same group (of 10 of 15 people).
What are some suggested topics?
Here’s an of what a circle webpage looks like, and here’s
Here are example topics (full list of suggested topics are
For engineering managers: “How to scale your team without losing velocity” & “Managing up”
For engineers: “Deciding between technical leadership track vs people management”
For product managers: “Building a great relationship with Engineering” or “How to improve your product launches”
Who finds the attendees?
Plato is happy to do the heavy lifting of finding attendees, but we’d appreciate it if you could share the registration page on your LinkedIn and/or Twitter to help promote it.
We broadcast our events to our community of mentees, mentors and readers, and share them on social media. Read more about the promotion of our events
What are the next steps?
Contact Cappy ( to set up your circle, and feel free to ask her any questions you have.
She’ll ask you for a recurring day of the week and time when you’re available 2 sessions (typically the sessions happen during back-to-back weeks). For example, you could say Tuesdays at 9 am Pacific are good for you.
Let her know if you have a specific topic in mind, otherwise she’s happy to send you a list of topics to choose from.
What are examples of past editions?
by (VP of Engineering at Mews)
Format: 2 sessions of 45 minutes, 13 attendees
Description: Do you find yourself in the situation you somewhat measure your team’s performance via pull requests or tickets count as prescribed by Agile, while missing your goals? Does your peer escalate you inaccurate estimates and missed deadlines? The purpose of the Circle is to share and discuss the real-world tips and tricks that actually work in Engineering management to make you succeed in a data-driven manner.
by (SVP of Products at Produx Labs)
Format: 2 sessions of 45 minutes, 15 attendees
Description: Interested in product management? I've worked in the field for over 15 years and have hired and promoted many PMs. Learn some tips and tricks on how to make your resume and experience stand out as an ideal candidate. Practice how to ace the PM interview (all the parts of it). Possibly most importantly, find out if a career in product is really what you want.

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