Leveraging over a decade of experience leading Amazon’s Strategic Talent and Academic Partnerships team, Anne Szeto’s talk “Lessons on Leadership: Learnings from 15 Years at Amazon” will describe a mental model of leadership developed throughout her work building and leading strategic recruiting teams at Amazon, fostering talent communities at the intersection of academic research and industry. Based on her experience, she will share three examples of leadership moments that changed the course of the company.
Anne is currently launching a stealth function within Amazon Web Services. Anne also sits on Amazon’s Science Leadership team, dedicated to accelerating customer-obsessed science. She spent ten years leading a 125-person Strategic Talent and Academic Partnerships team at Amazon, focused on building and cultivating specialized talent communities. She joined Amazon in 2008 as the company’s first executive recruiter and has recruited and coached senior leaders across multiple businesses globally. Since joining Amazon, Anne has experienced the company’s employee population grow by 100,000X and interviewed over 3,000 senior technology, design, and business executives. Anne previously worked at an organizational design and executive search consultancy in New York. She conducted graduate studies in economics and Slavic cultures and languages. Her undergraduate studies were in biochemistry and history.