PWCC Book Talk Series: Bringing Up the Boss

On October 22, 2021, PWCC invited Wharton Management Lecturer Rachel Pacheco to discuss her book, Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers.

A new start-up comes on the scene filled with a team of talented people. The start-up grows, the team expands, and those early joiners all of a sudden are responsible for leading a team. Just a few years prior, these folks were barely able to figure out their own roles in their crazy, ever-changing company. Now, as managers, they are expected — often without any direction or role models — to know how to develop, coach, structure projects, review, and set expectations for a whole bunch of new, incredible people.

First-timers want to quickly learn what it takes to be a successful manager — like they learned how to code, how to design, how to sell — and put those learnings into practice. But what does it mean to manage, and how do you teach someone to be a good manager? Enter Rachel Pacheco, an expert at helping start-ups solve their management and culture challenges. Pacheco, a former chief people officer and founding team executive at multiple start-ups, conducts research on management and works with CEOs and their managers to build the skills necessary to navigate a rapidly scaling organization.

​​Watch the full event recording above.