Join 100 operators for the 2022 Operators Guild Summit.  On April 7-8, meet learn and connect with other influential business leaders that’ve helped shape this organization.  Check out what awaits you in Wine Country, you won’t want to miss this!

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Founding Knowledge Partner

The close partnership between the OG and McKinsey & Company focuses on accelerating sustainable and inclusive growth for high-level operators.  Together we join forces to help professionals at the top organizations innovate more sustainably, achieve lasting gains in performance, and build lasting workforces that will thrive.


claudy jones, partner

Your strategy used to be simple and actionable. Now it’s more complex, and employees don’t buy it – at least not yet. Your reluctance to build out an org chart is the perfect antidote to the bureaucracy trap. Sound familiar? 

Whether fundraising, investing in core processes, expanding into new markets through ambitious M&A, or preparing for an IPO, shaping your organization to compete as it grows in size, scope, and complexity is hard work. 

Doing that while you drive revenue and EBITDA is even harder. Yet, fast-growth companies appear to defy gravity in their ability to do just.  Tackling the growing pains that come with scaling requires a blueprint for different types of growth. 

To learn more, join Claudy Jules, Partner at McKinsey & Company and former advisor to CapitalG, for this interactive session, where he will share insights on how startup leaders can take stock and take action on the blueprint required for different types of growth.


As former small business owners ourselves, we understand firsthand the progression of your role as an operator isn’t linear.  The boom of VC funding and IPOs in 2021 may sound familiar as many companies are scaling from a handful of employees to teams that span several time zones. 

The challenges that accompany every stage of growth places operators in the middle of various projects and departments, advising on changes that need to make as you scale. As every successful business owner knows, operating lean is important. Learn how some of the top executives in the nation are navigating their industries and what is next for them as they offer insight into their success.

To participate in the discussion, join us alongside four of Escalon’s high-ranking C-suite executives as they share information about their roles in helping establish and scale their companies and teams.

meet our speakers

Raj Gokal

Giving Back to the Community

A coffee break in late 2017 was the groundbreaking moment.  When the idea for a lightning-fast distributed ledger technology for mission-critical decentralized applications was created, soon after Solana was founded.  Take a peek into the life of a philanthropic leader and how the community is benefiting from his generosity.

Andrew Hessel

An Introduction to Programming Your Life

Industry has been revolutionized by steam power, electricity, and digital electronics. Now it’s biology’s turn to shake things up. With the core systems of life now understood, we’re starting on the most profound R&D program yet: to program biological systems from the ground up to meet our needs.

George Boyar

Clashing Cult(ure)s

A functional society requires giving up certain freedoms to create predictability when interacting with strangers. This allows us to scale resource coordination because we can trust that anyone with the title of “chef” will not poison us and “doctor” will try to heal us. Crypto is a response to a rapid change in these values that is allowing fewer and fewer individuals to coordinate all the resources of every member of society for better or worse.

Joe Sutherland

The 3 Misconceptions of AI

You might not know how AI works, but you’ve heard it’s incredible. In this talk, we disassemble these common and unfounded assertions. Then, we build an informed understanding of how AI can and will transform your organization to yield enduring results.


Thursday, April 7, 2022
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Arrival + Check In to Harmon House
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Breakfast + Ice Breakers
9:45 am - 11:00 am
Raj Gokal, “Road to Success + Community Giving"
11:00 am - 11:45 am
George Boyer, ”Cryptocurrency”
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Round Table Introductions + Table Talk
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch + Speed Networking
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Andrew Hessel, “Programming your Life”
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Networking Session
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Escalon
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Joe Sutherland, “Three Misconceptions About AI”
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Pre-Evening Chair Down
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Free Time + Late Check-Ins
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cocktail Hour at Green Room / Spoonbar
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Dinner + Word From Sponsor(s)
Friday, April 8, 2022
9:00 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Panel Discussion: McKinsey & Company
10:15 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vineyard Wine Tasting + Lunch
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
A Word From Jamie & Casey + Gifts


Enjoy time with your colleagues in Wine Country while you attend conference forums, catered outings, and networking sessions built specifically for operators. Check out some of the fun you’ll have in between sessions!


Brush shoulders with other high-ranking operators at the rooftop lounge for breakfast and a cup of coffee to kick off the Summit.  Enjoy views of Fitch Mountain, downtown Healdsburg, and Sonoma Hills as your backdrop while you relax.

Wine Tasting + Lunch

Join us at one of the top local vineyards for an afternoon of wine tasting and casual conversation.  Float around and meet new members and/or catch up with OG peers you’ve met in the past, this group outing plans to be a fun, laidback experience!


The two panel discussions and four speakers offer a fresh perspective about various topics that impact operators.  Presenting ideas from AI to Crypto, these sessions will be teeming with information you can apply to your daily routine.

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