Bridging the Gap: Capabilities that Transform Technical Talent into Leaders
Gordon Program

Simon Pitts and Steve Klosterman will be the key note speakers at the North Shore Technology Council’s October 24th Business Breakfast.  Members and non-members are invited to register for the event.


Bridging the Gap: Capabilities that Transform Technical Talent into Leaders

Many organizations struggle to find current employees who are capable of stepping into leadership roles. While staffers may be very strong in their individual technical domains, they often lack the capabilities needed to lead cross-functional teams and drive positive change within their organizations. This session, led by Simon Pitts and Steve Klosterman, both of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern University, will provide an overview of the “gaps” that hinder technical talent from successfully transitioning into leadership roles, discuss 14 capabilities that research – and experience – have identified as being critical for engineering leaders, and explore how leadership can be learned in terms of the end-to-end product development process.


161 Elliott Street
Exit 22E off Rte. 128
Danvers, MA 01923

Date and Time

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM


  • Simon Pitts is the Director of Northeastern’s Gordon Engineering Leadership Program and Professor of Practice in Engineering Leadership. A graduate of Loughborough University and executive education at INSEAD, Simon began his career in advanced powertrain development and research at Ford Motor Company. During his time with Ford, his assignments included leading engineering and cross-functional teams as Vehicle Line Director, Director of Manufacturing Operations, and Director of Powertrain Planning and then Product Development Operations for all Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo brands globally.  Prior to joining Northeastern, Simon served as Director of the Ford-MIT Research Alliance.
  • Steve Klosterman is the Engineering Leadership and Industry Relations Director and Professor of Practice in Engineering Leadership for the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program. Steve has over 25 years of experience in the high technology and renewable energy industries. Starting in computer architecture and design at the Digital Equipment Corporation and as an engineer at startup Stellar Computer, Steve joined Sun Microsystems in 1990 as a microprocessor designer. At Sun, he led and managed hardware engineering, product design and systems engineering organizations, was the Director of Engineering in Worldwide Operations and a Product Line Director running a program management organization. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Product Management at the Satcon Technology Corporation, a leading maker of commercial solar inverters.


Register Online

Online registration closes at 12:00 p.m. on October 23rd. If you miss the online registration cutoff, you can register at the door (cash/check or credit card).

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